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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

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You?

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

Published: April 26, 2019

by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and Setting When you consider going away to college, it is important to not only consider the qualities of the school but also the location and the setting. How far away from home is optimal? Do you want
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus
Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
2019 Georgia Commencement image

2019 Georgia Commencement

2019 Georgia Commencement image

Published: April 11, 2019

On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location. OCU President, Dr. Jon Kulaga welcomed the record crowd of nearly 1,300 students, family and honored guests declaring, “We are living in a time where Christians have never been more needed-to be out there in society being salt and light.” He further challenged them stating that “your community needs you, your city needs you and your country needs you”.    Terence Chatmon was the commencement
On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location. OCU President, Dr. Jon Kulaga welcomed the record crowd of nearly 1,300 students, family and honored guests declaring, “We are living in a time where Christians have never been more needed-to be
On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location
Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Published: April 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith

Archived Articles of Interest

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Published: June 7, 2013

Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in Business.It really should come as no surprise that Ted Murphy would go back to school to get his degree when you see how he honors God in his community, church and workplace. Serving as a North Lewisburg
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good
Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning image

Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning

Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning image

Published: April 15, 2013

On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its benefits.“As someone who takes the teaching portion of my job very seriously, I felt it my duty as a professional to investigate trends in higher education,” Dr. Sylvia McDonald said.McDonald and
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented
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
Students Present Research Findings image

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