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As the tragic effects of opioid addiction continue to grip the nation, in Ohio efforts to address them are well underway through initiatives by organizations such as Propel Ohio and Ohio Christian University.

On Nov. 17, Teacher Education Professors Valerie Jones and Angela Flowers, along with student majors Maddy McCain and Emily Morton, attended Propel Ohio’s Collegiate Leadership Conference on the effect of poverty and the opioid crisis on Ohio youth.  They joined some 600 attendees in the University of Akron’s historic Quaker Station conference center to hear Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman join keynote speaker activist author Marian Right Edelman in discussing how primary and secondary education can impact and alleviate this societal crisis.

Propel Ohio promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders.  The one-day statewide conference was one of five regional gatherings orchestrated to engage teacher education students and faculty on issues that affect childhood poverty, including food security, inequities in education, and homelessness, in addition to additive drug and substance abuse.

The speakers’ consensus is that proper education, beginning in early childhood with pupils three years of age, is a key to addressing these problems.  A typical scenario is economically distressed parents moving from using expensive prescribed pain-killers to taking heroin, acquired illegally at one fifth the cost.  Pregnant mothers pass the addiction to their children born addicted with irreversible brain damage that causes loss of impulse control, irrational behaviors, and learning disabilities.  The parents’ loss of employment during the Great Recession induced wide-spread depression and drove the opioid crisis.

The Propel Ohio conference attendees learned change comes through teachers educated to be ‘trauma-informed’ and trained in classroom practice of empathetic understanding, caring, and showing love to suffering pupils who witness parents using drugs, over-dosing, fighting, and divorcing.  Within OCU’s current teacher education curriculum students have been learning how to be aware of such devastating outside influences on pupils.  OCU-educated teachers learn how to identify situations that call for attention of professional counselors, nurses, and parent surrogates.

For Dr. Jones, OCU’s Teacher Education Department chair, “This event was enlightening and empowering.  Although the event was secular and solution approaches discussed apply in public schools, many participants were Christians who understood the importance and benefit of applying the Christian principles of empathy, compassion, and Godly love in classrooms.  Takeaways are that empathy, understanding, and discipline through love are powerful tools teachers can use to help their pupils overcome societal ills of which they are unwitting victims.”

Another outcome of this participation is that the Teacher Education Department will host Trauma Informed Care and Practice, a two-and-one-half day teacher training workshop for the Pickaway County Board of Development Disabilities.

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Trailblazers in Reading

Trailblazers in Reading image

Published: August 12, 2019

Submitted by Professor Scott Barr American author Henry David Thoreau wrote, “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” This holds true for many of the young men and women in Professor Anita Conkel and Professor Scott Barr’s English composition classes. On April 15, students marked their participation in “The Great American Read” with a celebration sponsored by the English Department and hosted by the Maxwell Library staff. “The Great American Read” is a nationwide event started by the Public Broadcast System (PBS) in 2018. One hundred influential and
Submitted by Professor Scott Barr American author Henry David Thoreau wrote, “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” This holds true for many of the young men and women in Professor Anita Conkel and Professor Scott Barr’s English composition classes. On April 15, students marked their participation in “The Great American Read” with a celebration sponsored
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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
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OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers

OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers image

Published: June 14, 2019

The 2019 Summer Institute took place on June 3-7. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department partnered with Circleville City Schools, Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Pickaway County ESC to design an institute that would benefit many educators. Courses offered for graduate credit included Trauma Informed Care Training II, Orton-Gillingham Training, and Google Classroom Training. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department believes in providing excellent and effective professional development for the teachers and the school
The 2019 Summer Institute took place on June 3-7. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department partnered with Circleville City Schools, Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Pickaway County ESC to design an institute that would benefit many educators. Courses offered for graduate credit included Trauma Informed Care Training II, Orton-Gillingham Training, and
The 2019 Summer Institute took place on June 3-7. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department partnered with Circleville City Schools, Pickaway County Board of Developmental
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Kids on Campus Returns to OCU

Kids on Campus Returns to OCU image

Published: June 7, 2019

Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well. Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus brought a child-rich energy. It wasn’t just the adults who enjoyed having the kids around; the kids had fun too. Carley Derexson,
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well.
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving

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Professor Krista Stonerock, General Studies Department Chairperson

Writing Center Success Highlighted at Conference for Writing Program Administrators

Professor Krista Stonerock, General Studies Department Chairperson

Published: October 8, 2018

English Professor Krista Stonerock, Writing Center Director at Ohio Christian University (OCU), recently presented “Connecting the University Writing Center to the First-Year Experience” at the Conference for Writing Program Administrators in Sacramento, California. Dr. Stonerock described how the OCU Writing Center serves as a critical resource for at-risk students during their first year at the university. Citing reflective logs of peer tutors and surveys of first-year students that illuminate the concerns and successes of the Writing Center, she described how the center is poised
English Professor Krista Stonerock, Writing Center Director at Ohio Christian University (OCU), recently presented “Connecting the University Writing Center to the First-Year Experience” at the Conference for Writing Program Administrators in Sacramento, California. Dr. Stonerock described how the OCU Writing Center serves as a critical resource for at-risk students during their first year
English Professor Krista Stonerock, Writing Center Director at Ohio Christian University (OCU), recently presented “Connecting the University Writing Center to the First-Year Experience” at the
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Church Service Day 2018 – Goodwill Trumps Rain!

Church Service Day 2018 – Goodwill Trumps Rain! image

Published: September 26, 2018

Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a single day! Church Services Day 2018, undertaken on September 26, proved a worthy addition to this traditional service-above-self event!  About 400 students lent their energies to 31 work projects in local churches, residences, and charity organizations. After an early breakfast, students formed into teams and received directions to and instructions for their projects. Eager teams headed out to
Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a single day! Church Services Day 2018, undertaken on September 26, proved a worthy addition to this traditional service-above-self event!  About 400 students lent their energies to 31 work projects in
Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a
Malibu Club, BC

Students Serve in British Columbia

Malibu Club, BC

Published: September 19, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 When three Ohio Christian University students first considered summer job plans, traveling to British Columbia, Canada, to work at Malibu Club, a Young Life Youth Camp, wasn’t on their radar.  Boarding the flight across the continent, senior Amber Ginter and sophomores Liam Benson and Benjamin Johnson took a leap of faith to see what God had in store for them. Completing 2,650 miles of airplane, ferry, and car travel, the students arrived at Malibu Club situated on the bank of a remote British Columbia island. Choosing to serve high school juniors and seniors for a
By Amber Ginter ‘19 When three Ohio Christian University students first considered summer job plans, traveling to British Columbia, Canada, to work at Malibu Club, a Young Life Youth Camp, wasn’t on their radar.  Boarding the flight across the continent, senior Amber Ginter and sophomores Liam Benson and Benjamin Johnson took a leap of faith to see what God had in store for them. Completing
By Amber Ginter ‘19 When three Ohio Christian University students first considered summer job plans, traveling to British Columbia, Canada, to work at Malibu Club, a Young Life Youth Camp, wasn’t
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Summer Adventures into Central Ohio History

Summer Adventures into Central Ohio History image

Published: September 14, 2018

By Amber Ginter, ‘19 Every summer, Ohio Christian University offers monthly on-campus and online courses ranging from Math Systems to Music Fundamentals, Psychology, and Ohio History. The courses carry college credit and exciting field adventures. In teaching central Ohio history, Professor Michael Burchett provides hands-on activities. Most students are teacher education majors, interested in local history for creating more effective and interactive lessons. Trips to Logan's Elm, Adena Mansion and Gardens, The Ohio History Connection, and Tecumseh bring the subject to life, and the
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Professor Scott Barr: Fruits of Summer Labor

Professor Scott Barr: Fruits of Summer Labor image

Published: September 14, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 English Professor Scott Barr, after over four decades of teaching, is no stranger to being productive during Central Ohio's long, hot summers. Investing in summer projects this year, Barr found his activities refreshing and fruitful. In May, Barr became lead writer for Ohio Christian University’s (OCU) accreditation report for the Higher Learning Commission. In preparing for the Commission’s 2019 visit, he is examining all aspects of OCU’s effectiveness. Barr met with the audit preparation team to discuss five main areas within 21 sub-components. These included
By Amber Ginter ‘19 English Professor Scott Barr, after over four decades of teaching, is no stranger to being productive during Central Ohio's long, hot summers. Investing in summer projects this year, Barr found his activities refreshing and fruitful. In May, Barr became lead writer for Ohio Christian University’s (OCU) accreditation report for the Higher Learning Commission. In preparing
By Amber Ginter ‘19 English Professor Scott Barr, after over four decades of teaching, is no stranger to being productive during Central Ohio's long, hot summers. Investing in summer projects this