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OCU Student to Intern at The Circleville Herald image

Madeline McCain, an Ohio Christian University AYA (Adolescent and Young Adult) education major with a concentration in English, recently accepted a position as an intern at The Circleville Herald. She will begin her duties by learning their computer system and typing police and court reports for the paper. In time, Maddy could move on to writing press reports, and she may eventually be given her own by-line.

Madeline says, “Writing and reading have always been passions of mine. Ever since I was a young child, I could be found with my nose in a book. When I was given the opportunity to explore my writing with a wide variety of assignments in the English Composition classes at OCU, I was thrilled. I feel that I’ve grown as both a writer and a person at OCU. . . . I would like to give special thanks to Professor Conkel, my English Composition professor. She has pushed me to better myself and grow not only in writing, but in Christ as well. Thank you to all of my professors, for always being there with a kind word and a smile. I am blessed by all of you!”

Part of the OCU Mission Statement says that OCU curriculum “integrates faith and learning in a scholarly environment that foster critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence. Our emphasis on ministry and missions extends beyond the classroom into real-world experiences that prepare students for a lifetime of service in ministry.” Certainly, Madeline McCain and many other OCU students live this important philosophy in tangibly serving in the larger community.

As an example of the scope of creativity and talent that our OCU students possess, Madeline participated in a recent OCU Poetry Workshop with OCU graduate and published poet Adam Hughes. He challenged the students to process language through a creative lens that perpetuates the communication of deep feelings through meaningful reflection and critical thinking about the essence of life. Maddy’s poem gives a sense of the scope of her abilities with language:

Still Remember by Madeline McCain
I can still remember –
A voice, soft and tender,
Recounting times long gone by.
That voice, so used to crowing orders
Harsh, gruff, cold
Was so kind for me.
I can still remember –
A wide grin, splitting a lined face,
Memories encased in deep wrinkles.
That smile was genuine
Its grimace of anger and fear
Long since lost to age.
I can still remember –
Callused hands, holding mine
Like delicate flower petals
The hands
Accustomed to grasping guns
Gave my smaller hand a gentle squeeze.
I can still remember –
A cross, heavy and steel
Almost garish in size
Once it had been hidden
Tucked inside an undershirt
Close to the heart.
I can still remember –
Legs, wobbly and weak
Arthritic hands gripping tightly to a cane
The legs
Once propelled him across French sand
Now shuffling against hardwood.
I can still remember –
A whisper breaking the silence,
“Child, it’s story time. Wanna hear?”
Yes –
Of course. I love good stories –
And his stories were fantastic.
I can still remember –
Kindness
Compassion
A passion for God
A thirst for justice and truth
A love for fellow man
The world was not worthy;
So God called him home.

Articles of Interest

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Alumnus Publishes Book

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Published: October 26, 2021

On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success of our students is a joy and a privilege.  R.E. is fulfilling his calling as a pastor, enjoying success as a husband and father, and now as a writer.  Ohio Christian University’s Christ-Centered
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the
OCU Summer Celebration Photo

2021 Summer Celebration Picnic

OCU Summer Celebration Photo

Published: August 6, 2021

Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. OCU’s on-site dining service, Simply Delicious by Hallmark, provided a wonderful picnic dinner, while guests enjoyed the music ministry of The Lore Family (Portsmouth, OH) and Richard Jordan (Nashville, TN). University faculty and staff members also stayed for the evening event. Worship
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. OCU’s on-site dining service, Simply Delicious by Hallmark, provided a wonderful picnic
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton image

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton image

Published: October 24, 2016

Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license and is now serving as a substitute for all of Pickaway County, schools in Ross County, such as Unioto and Zane Trace, and also Teays Valley School District. Aside from subbing, Justin is working and just finished a collection of H.P. Lovecraft novels. He has enjoyed having more time for family and his church as well. Keep up the good work Justin!
Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license and is now serving as a substitute for all of Pickaway County, schools in Ross County, such as Unioto and Zane Trace, and also Teays Valley School District. Aside from subbing, Justin is working and
Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license
OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

Published: October 24, 2016

OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I am thankful for each one of my professors that took time to help me achieve my goals and dreams!  
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer
Alum attributes success to time at OCU image

Alum attributes success to time at OCU

Alum attributes success to time at OCU image

Published: June 29, 2016

Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will manage and coordinate a year-long celebration in honor of 100 years of existence of FMC.  Johnston has dedicated her professional life in the service of others with more than 23 years of non-profit, corporate, and higher education communications including grant writing, personal and legacy gift planning, fundraising events, physician and employee fundraising, marketing, event planning and
Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will manage and coordinate a year-long celebration in honor of 100 years of existence of FMC.  Johnston has dedicated her professional life in the service of others with more than 23 years of non-
Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will
One of OCU's recent RN-BSN graduates being pinned at a pinning ceremony last week.

Thank you, Nurses! - National Nurse Week

One of OCU's recent RN-BSN graduates being pinned at a pinning ceremony last week.

Published: May 6, 2016

National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April 30 — we'd like to thank all of the nurses out there for everything you do! Ohio Christian University wants to take this week to honor our nurses and our nursing students. If you see a nurse this week, thank them for their hard work and diligence in their field. Nurses—we couldn’t do it without you! National Nurse Week exists to acknowledge all nurses and their important role in society. The
National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April 30 — we'd like to thank all of the nurses out there for everything you do! Ohio Christian University wants to take this week to honor our nurses and our nursing students. If you see a nurse this
National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April
Jenna Wood Alumni

Successful Alumni Return for Business Roundtable

Jenna Wood Alumni

Published: April 12, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from diverse backgrounds, each with experience in their field. Students had the opportunity inquire of their past experiences and opinions of OCU. When asked about their favorite aspect of OCU, speakers looked back favorably upon their college classes. Jenna Wood,who majored in business management, said “I could always go to any of my professors for prayer; I was very comfortable talking with them
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from diverse backgrounds, each with experience in their field. Students had the opportunity inquire of their past experiences and opinions of OCU. When asked about their favorite aspect of OCU, speakers
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from