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2018 OCU Fall Move-In Day Proves One of Best! image

Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled day. 

Greeted by “#OCUMoveIn - Welcome Home” posters, an eager class of new students streamed into the University’s Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) to sign in, check into dorms, and finish financial arrangements.

Admissions staff, clad in OCU-blue polo shirts, warmly greeted the newcomers.  Blue and silver balloons festooned check-in tables where the freshmen picked up First Year Experience instructions attached to popular brands of candy bars. 

On this first day of Alpha Week, the near-largest-ever freshman class split into small groups, each led by a faculty or staff mentor. These groups will quickly learn how to progress through their first year of college successfully. According to Events Coordinator Kandi Holbrook, “The First Year Experience helps freshmen plug into OCU's culture and community and learn to survive and strive. Using candy-bar brand names to assemble subgroups is a fun way to kick off this socialization.”

Freshman Isaiah Pauley, the recipient of one of three prized University scholarships, drove in from West Virginia with his parents. According to his father, “We looked at OCU and another Christian university. After touring this campus and Isaiah winning the scholarship, he decided this is where he wants to be.” Mrs. Pauley chimed in, “We’re thrilled, a bit nervous, and excited for our son who worked so hard to get here. It’s wonderful to participate.”

“Today, our new students and their parents are very upbeat and happy,” noted Bradford Sample, OCU’s Vice President of Enrollment. “Our new students will learn in groups with questions and issues being addressed consistently by the same faculty or staff mentor during their entire first year, ensuring engagement.”

After a Discovery Period students and parents roamed the campus becoming familiar with the services and facilities.  In mid-afternoon, the newcomers joined President Kulaga and his wife Lena who welcomed everyone and spoke about the University’s Wesleyan worldview and its integration into every course of study.  “When you send your student to a Christian university you are providing them with the broadest and deepest education possible.  Only Christian universities allow the study of secular and sacred texts.  At OCU we study secular contemporary theories - but in the light of eternity as revealed in Scripture.” 

Late in the afternoon, everyone participated in a ceremony in which the class was officially named ‘The Proclaimers’ after Luke 4:18-19 (NIV):  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Bidding parents farewell, the new freshmen settled into their small groups for their first meet-n-greet sessions, followed by dinner, a game show extravaganza, and residence hall meetings.  At the end of the day, many were exhilarated by anticipation of the adventure that Alpha Week would bring.

Articles of Interest

Orientation staff

Incoming Campus Students Attend Summer Orientation

Orientation staff

Published: July 13, 2020

On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. OCU President Dr. Jon S. Kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of God’s story. Students and
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus
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Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer

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Published: June 4, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1:
Lauren Ray Highlight

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray Highlight

Published: April 26, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). Originally from Canal Winchester, OH, Lauren transferred into OCU following her freshman year at Ohio University,
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management
Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Published: March 18, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
OCU Pizza and Points Event

Youth Groups Invited to Pizza and Points

OCU Pizza and Points Event

Published: January 9, 2020

Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the Point Park University Pioneers on Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m. The free event includes admission to the game, pizza, giveaways and face painting. In addition, high school juniors and seniors can enter to shoot a half court shot for a chance to win a $12,000 scholarship! Watch our video from a previous Pizza & Points:   REGISTER A STUDENT REGISTER A GROUP
Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the Point Park University Pioneers on Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m. The free event includes admission to the game, pizza, giveaways and face painting. In addition, high school juniors and seniors can
Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the

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Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Published: December 3, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming effortlessness. Learning choreography with live choirs singing was a challenge that Movements from the Heart (MFTH), the creative movement team, met in the practice time afforded before the first
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative
Hands-on Teaching: OCU Professor Keeps Science 'Fun' image

Hands-on Teaching: OCU Professor Keeps Science 'Fun'

Hands-on Teaching: OCU Professor Keeps Science 'Fun' image

Published: November 19, 2018

By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer​, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 14, 2018 When teaching, Rolanda Hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. Hurtt, an Affiliate Professor in the Teacher Education department at Ohio Christian University, shares her hands-on approach with her students who can then pass it on to their students once they are in the classroom. “We always try to have fun,” she said. “I want my students at OCU to enjoy what we’re
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer​, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 14, 2018 When teaching, Rolanda Hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. Hurtt, an Affiliate Professor in the Teacher Education department at Ohio Christian University, shares her
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer​, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 14, 2018 When teaching, Rolanda Hurtt believes
Trunk-or-Treat Brings Big Smiles! image

Trunk-or-Treat Brings Big Smiles!

Trunk-or-Treat Brings Big Smiles! image

Published: November 5, 2018

Ohio Christian University's Maxwell Center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling Trunk-or-Treaters on October 23 as the University hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual Halloween fun fest. As ever, the children showed delight in the Trunk-or-Treat destinations and games, engendering another memorable time for the young-at-heart. Families moved about the parking lot lined with cars with Halloween-style decorated trunks, collecting candy and playing games. OCU students, staff, and faculty enjoy bringing this happy and safe experience to the Pickaway County community
Ohio Christian University's Maxwell Center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling Trunk-or-Treaters on October 23 as the University hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual Halloween fun fest. As ever, the children showed delight in the Trunk-or-Treat destinations and games, engendering another memorable time for the young-at-heart. Families moved about the parking lot lined
Ohio Christian University's Maxwell Center parking lot was filled with hundreds of smiling Trunk-or-Treaters on October 23 as the University hosted many neighbors and friends at its annual
Psychology Department Offers New Degree in Human Services image

Psychology Department Offers New Degree in Human Services

Psychology Department Offers New Degree in Human Services image

Published: November 1, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has launched a new Bachelor of Art in Human Services in response to demand from students in the School of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has launched a new Bachelor of Art in Human Services in response to demand from students in the School of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has launched a new Bachelor of Art in Human Services in response to demand from students in the School of Adult
Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Faculty Profile: Dr. Caleb Friedeman

Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Published: November 1, 2018

Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology (New Testament) from Wheaton College. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Christology of Luke chapters 1 and 2 and its
Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical
Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a