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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 Romy Nos and Family

Romy Nos on the OCU Experience

OCU Graduate Romy Nos and Family

Published: August 31, 2015

What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a class or professor that impacted your life? Professor Bill Ury (Theology of John Wesley) - He truly made Theology a delight to learn, and I could tell that he truly lives by what he believes.
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly
OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay image

OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay

OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay image

Published: July 20, 2015

More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Published: January 5, 2015

 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand emergencies each year and serves the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies, and through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, over 200,000 small
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field
OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

Published: December 31, 2013

2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.Tempest’s poem, “What Would Happen” was originally written for one of her disaster classes at OCU. The course instructor, Thad Hicks stated, “Tempest is very talented. I knew the first time I saw her
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The
Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits image

Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits

Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits image

Published: October 13, 2013

In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit organizations. These results reveal that the University is meeting its mission to:Prepare students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to