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Dean Joe Wuest

The Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) honored Ohio Christian University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Joe Wuest, M.A., with the 2018 Ruth Bamford Award.  Dr. Edee Schulze, ACSD’s president, explains the award’s significance:

“The Ruth Bamford award is presented annually to individuals who have served in the field of student development less than 15 years, who have provided outstanding leadership and service to ACSD and their home institution, as well as contributed significantly to the field of student affairs.  Especially important is demonstrated ability to integrate faith and learning in their professional lives and practice.

“Joe is known for possessing a deeply-committed heart both for the Lord and for Christian higher education.  He invests into his institution and has been heard on several occasions to articulate his desire for his colleagues and students to grow deeper in their relationships with Christ, as he actively cultivates his own spiritual growth."  

Reflecting on this recognition, Dean Wuest shares how rewarding his participation in ACSD has been:

“I am blessed to have a Student Development team who is passionate about challenging and supporting our students well.  I am honored by this recognition, but many mentors in the field, my staff, and my family played a big part in this achievement, and I am incredibly thankful.  I will continue to keep fixed on Christ and ‘pivot’ as needed, knowing the students we serve are changing.  Student Development needs to balance being malleable with the truth of the Gospel."

Articles of Interest

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Published: December 6, 2018

The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply leadership in teams and learn processes to benefit for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and discover how to evaluate enterprises, understand group dynamics, and improve performance. Jobs in
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill
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Student Profile: Heather Tucker

Student Profile: Heather Tucker image

Published: December 7, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have been in the Special Olympics. She helps in training and competition of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She has been involved in helping these individuals develop their fitness
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio

Archived Articles of Interest

Faculty Presents Research on Counselors’ Acute Stress Reaction image

Faculty Presents Research on Counselors’ Acute Stress Reaction

Faculty Presents Research on Counselors’ Acute Stress Reaction image

Published: April 15, 2013

On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors After Learning of the Accidental Overdose Death of Their Patients: A Series of Six Cases.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students, and members of the community.  While Kelch was pursuing his doctorate degree, the university was offering a service called “Therapy for the Therapist.”  He was intrigued by the statistics on opiates being a leading cause of accidental death and
On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors After Learning of the Accidental Overdose Death of Their Patients: A Series of Six Cases.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students, and members of the community.  While Kelch was
On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors
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Students Present Research Findings

Students Present Research Findings image

Published: April 2, 2013

On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands in a service is one example of behaviors they tracked. They witnessed individuals conformed when they received reinforcements.“The students were reinforced to conform by receiving something desired
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a
Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception image

Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception

Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception image

Published: March 11, 2013

On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community.Frederick’s presentation focused on a study she conducted in which participants scored their current supervisor according to items of perceived integrity and implicit leader characteristics such as: sensitivity, dedication, tyranny, charisma, and intelligence. The survey
On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community.Frederick’s presentation focused on a study she conducted in which
On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity
OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates image

OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates

OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates image

Published: March 7, 2013

Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Rick Christman serves as the Vice President for Student Development and faculty member for OCU. He has been an integral part of the university since 2008. Christman earned his Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Arts in Advanced Leadership Studies from Indiana
Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Rick Christman serves as the Vice President for Student Development and faculty member for OCU. He has been an integral part of the university since 2008. Christman earned his
Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for
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Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain

Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain image

Published: March 1, 2013

On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’ treatments are improvements on the older treatments, but many of them are still being validated for various problems and disorders,” Decker said.Professor Decker led a study in which participants who
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was