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The Collegian Enter to Learn . . . Go Forth to Serve Spring 2014
Volume 66, Number 1
Oakland City University’s President Ray Barber: New communications degree Leadership with heart coming this fall By Heather Smith Editor
Scripture reading is an integral part of Barber’s life. In Growing up in the small addition to reading community of Dexter, Mo., b o o k s about many of Ray Barber’s leadership, theology childhood memories comprise a n d philosophy, farming activities. Barber respects the “I loved horses. I loved underlying morals livestock, but I wasn’t that and ethical values encouraged about being a present in many Dr. cotton farmer,” Barber said Seuss books. with a chuckle. Regarding spiritual Barber was honing his formation, Barber preaching skills from a very advises students that young age. When he was four they need to discover or five, his father asked Barber who they are. and his older brother to keep Student’s personal the other children out of the faith “doesn’t have to cotton fields while the hired be their mom or dad’s workers chopped cotton. The p e r s o n a l faith,” children played in the horse Barber said. lots. Practicing silence A summer revival was being is an important held, and the children decided c o m p o n e n t of to play church. An old oak tree spiritual formation. had been cut near the horse “Students should Photo of Dr. Barber in his office. Photo lots. Young Barber climbed up practice silence and by Heather Smith. on the tree and preached a being still, even if just sermon. for a minute,” Barber said. Barber considers a finance “Of course, they all got Barber uses the travel time class and a world literature saved,” Barber adds with a that his position requires as an class two of the most beneficial smile. opportunity for reflection and classes he took in his college Baptism followed. devotion. career. The world literature The children filled the horse “If I lost my car radio, I class “opened my mind to troughs with water from the wouldn’t miss it,” Barber universal suffering, pain, joy, water tank, and forgot to shut quipped. and happiness,” Barber said. it off. As students progress through The knowledge Barber The end result was “a dry their academic and spiritual gleaned from the finance class well and ten wet kids,” Barber journey, they may see that is used every day in his said. “ABC doesn’t work for me leadership position when Years later, in high school, anymore, but XYZ does. OCU budgets and other financial Barber felt a call to the gives students the freedom and issues are addressed. ministry. In his junior year of space to explore their personal Greek, Hebrew, and high school, Barber began faith in Christ,” Barber said. philosophy classes helped in preaching at his home church When students need to talk, the ministerial aspect of and churches in the Barber and other faculty Barber’s career, but electives surrounding area. His vocation members are available. such as the world literature was supported by many, According to Barber, “There and finance classes gave him a including his guidance is a sense of oneness and whole new perspective on life. counselor. openness between faculty and This is why Barber values the “I wish I could thank them students.” liberal arts education that OCU for their support,” Barber said. His advice for college offers. The following years of freshman? “Discover that your Barber mentions that the academic and spiritual calendar can be your best landscape of OCU has changed formation prepared Barber for friend.” And for college a bit in the past five years. his leadership role at OCU. seniors? “Don’t give up.” Now, a formal entrance welcomes visitors to the campus, Deaconess Clinic provides medical care within walking distance for OCU students, and a large, stainless steel cross near Provance Memorial Chapel gleams in the sun. Barber said that the cross represents “who we are as an institution and our mission.” An average day in the role of OCU’s president is full of variety. Budget meetings and visits from students and professors are just a portion of Barber’s schedule. Some may wonder, “How does he do it?” Barber admits that the thing that keeps him going is “helping students become successful citizens and church members, and seeing Photo of Dr. and Mrs. (Beth) Ray Barber during the Senior them follow their dreams.” Round Up in April of 2010. Photo by Heather Smith.
By Jessica Eberhardt Staff Writer In the fall of 2014, Oakland City University will be adding a new communications degree. Recently, this has been a popular program with other universities, and OCU has decided to expand by adding this one. The program contains four different concentrations: journalism, public relations, web design, and graphic design. Minors in journalism, communications, and creative writing will also be offered. More than one concentration, but not all, require an internship or practicum on or off-campus. In order to better understand the advantages and workings of this program, I talked to Dr. Roxanne Mills from the English department. I held the understanding that the communications program was primarily under the English department. When I asked Dr. Mills if this was correct, she said, “Yes, for now.” She then informed me that, eventually, those in charge of it hope the program will stand-alone, but it will still have some overlapping classes and requirements with the English department. The main focus of a communications degree, she informed me, is on writing and speaking skills, along with understanding the media. When I asked, she said that yes, this program will make the student more versatile because of the main focus of the degree. “This program will produce good communicators.” She continued, “Those abilities will help in any kind of job.” When asked what opportunities would be available to anyone holding a communications degree, she suggested that any opportunity that relates to what concentration was chosen would be a good one. She also suggested that people holding a communications degree would become good
spokespeople for businesses or non-profit organizations. When I asked how many students were expected to take advantage of the new program, she replied that the information about this program had just been recently released at the time we talked. She then directed me toward admissions, saying that they, along with Dr. McNabb, were strong contributors in getting this program to be a part of our school. Next I headed over to admissions to ask how they felt about the new program and what they felt was most appealing. In admissions, I talked to Abby Wallis, who serves as an admissions counselor. She told me that admissions is “really excited about it.” When asked about who and how many students they expect to join the program, she happily told me that they have already had a lot of interest shown, especially in the graphic design and public relations areas. Ms. Wallis explained that several students have realized, as Dr. Roxanne Mills related to me earlier the same day, that this degree, especially with the public relations concentration, would be helpful for running and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Both ladies I spoke with eagerly told me about how this program is expected to grow in the future, especially with journalism and radio broadcasting possibilities. So much more about it can be expanded upon to make the student versatile and knowledgeable in the communications area and in the areas of concentration. All parties involved are excited to see how students respond and how to tailor the program to the needs of the student so that, in the future, they may use their education to, “Go Forth to Serve.”
New cross erected By Heather Smith Editor A visual reminder of Oakland City University’s Christ-centered mission stands near Provance Memorial Chapel. Standing 20 feet tall and comprising 2,000 pounds of stainless steel, the cross became a prominent fixture of OCU’s landscape in October 2013.
Enter to Learn By Jessica Eberhardt Staff Writer The fall of 2013 at Oakland City University brought in new freshman and a new tradition. Every year, when the graduating class makes their way down to the Johnson Center to begin commencement, they pass through the “Go Forth to
Serve” side of the university’s iconic brick arch holding the phrases, “Enter to Learn” and “Go Forth to Serve” on respective sides. This year, it was decided that, in a long-term effort to make this graduating tradition more meaningful and come full circle on graduation day, the incoming class would pass through the “Enter to Learn”
side of the arch before we began our orientation and classes. Not only did we begin a tradition as a class, before most of us had even met, but we also got a visual example of just what we were beginning, a transition, a life decision, a commitment to our education and our future, all with the strangers surrounding us. These next four years are a completion of this tradition. As we work toward our goals and grades in these next four or so years, we will be doing just what the arch suggests. Everything on this campus is just what the arch implies, and this goes for all the students. We will either be learning in preparation to serve, in our classes or by experience, or being given opportunities to serve, whether that be serving our community through events and projects, serving our fellow students through our daily interactions and friendships, or even those in other countries, such as is being done on the missions
trips to Jamaica and Honduras. Oakland City University’s influence is growing and reaching out, and this new tradition is just the beginning for the 2013 freshman. Our own influence will grow in this university, on campus or off. This new tradition, a symbol of our time, has given the students a better perspective of the university’s mission and goals for them.
Those who dared to pay attention and listen to the staff members’ talks afterward at our freshman convocation would have heard the university’s history and passion for its students, a passion for education that will, hopefully, be shared by the underclassmen and nurtured in the years to come.
Anne of Green Gables By Jessica Eberhardt Staff Writer This semester, the university’s Drama club put on a production of “Anne of Green Gables.” The co-directors were Esther Waller and Colby Laxton, and they presided over a very talented cast. I had the privilege of asking a few, sadly not all, members of the cast to tell me a bit about their characters and their experience with the play this semester. Mike Shultz: Moody Spurgeon “He’s basically a dirty hillbilly with 4 lines. There’s not much to him, but he’s kind of one of Anne’s love interests. I’ve also been helping other people in the play one-on-one learning their lines and working on delivery.” Dylan Johnson: Ira Mills “I’m on stage for about 3 minutes in total. My
character is rich, bland, and business-like. He shows up at the end, announces he’s Anne’s uncle, and basically proposes to Marilla.” Megan Forston: Josie Pye “Well, she’s the opposite of what I am which is challenging, but that’s makes it fun!” Shayna Misukonis: Diana Barry “My Character is Anne’s best friend. I think it’s really fun to play off of both girls that play Anne. They make it really great. Diana has a younger personality; she’s fun. Paige plays Anne some of the time which is funny because in the last play we did, Paige and I were old sisters, so we’ve gone from playing old, crazy sisters to best friends!” Jessica Koelling: Mrs. Allen “My character is prim and proper because she’s a preacher’s wife; it’s ironic because my dad is actually a
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preacher. Spoiler alert: I get poisoned! By Anne!” Hannah Salo: Anne Shirley “Yes, I poison Jessica’s character. It’s really fun. Anne is a really fun person. She’s just a happy little girl. She loves the friends she has and hates mothers. She is a very relatable character, and – What’s the word? – Childlike! She has a very childlike mind.” Taylor Maxwell: Miss Florence “Minus the Nightengale” “My character is the only one who likes Anne in the beginning. She broke my vase and I didn’t even care, because Anne is my homegirl! I get laugh points and I was really excited about that.” “[Miss Florence] is a really beautiful, compassionate, and loving character.” – Shayna Misukonis Sarah Wiggs: Mrs. Spencer “My character – Mrs. Spencer—really likes Anne; she’s the one who pickes her out for Matthew and Marilla. Mrs. Spencer is in her early to mid 50s and she constantly complains of being short of breath, which isn’t a medical conditions like she claims. She really just never stops talking so she just doesn’t get enough air!” Steven Toepfer: Gilbert Blythe a.k.a “That Certain Boy” “I’ve realized throughout the play that everyone has a positive reconciliation. Gilbert gets constantly shunned and eventually gets his positive reconciliation with Anne, but then he gets friend-zoned. I am very sympathetic to his character.” Sara Salo: Mrs. Barry “I’m Diana’s mother. I like to, not gossip, but I come around and chitchat with Marilla. I’m a caring mother, but I just can’t stand the character Rachel!”
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Dr. Robert Asa: Thirty years of dedication and excellence at Oakland City University By Heather R. Smith Editor On a humid summer afternoon, members of Winslow Christian Church and surrounding churches gathered under a shelter house at the park in Winslow, Ind., for a special evening worship service. The lyrics of familiar hymns rang out amid rumbles of thunder and train whistles. Magic was next. The audience laughed and clapped as Robert Asa, minister of Winslow Christian Church, performed the six card repeat trick. The classic linking rings trick was used “to illustrate the union of believers in the Church….We are linked to one another and in that there is power,” Asa said. Whether he is adapting magic tricks to clarify biblical principles, teaching biblical Hebrew to seminary students at Oakland City University, instructing Japanese jujitsu or reenacting a historic battle for an audience, Asa’s enthusiasm is evident in his teaching style. Oakland City University Master of Divinity student Joy Thiry said that Asa’s magic tricks are “a favorite with his students.” A young Asa saw televised magician Mark Wilson perform at the Du Quoin State
Fair in Du Quoin, Ill. Twelve-year-old Asa’s burgeoning fascination with magic spurred him to learn magic tricks from library books. After becoming acquainted with Carroll Porter, former mayor of Harrisburg, Ill., Asa joined a local assembly of magicians at age 13. In junior high, Asa and his peers formed a magic club which performed a show for the entire school. Asa fondly remembers the magic show. “My segment of the show ended with a levitation of another eighth-grader which fooled even the teachers, who wanted to know how it was done.” Over the years, Asa has performed magic shows in many venues including churches, clubs, community centers and Oakland City University. Humor and story-telling have enlivened Asa’s lectures for 30 years as he serves as professor of Old Testament and church history at Oakland City University’s Chapman Seminary. Before coming to Oakland City University in 1984, Asa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history and religion at Belmont University (1975) and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., (1979 and 1983). Later, Asa earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Evansville in 1994. Asa “has developed a good relationship with each of his students. He inquires of their needs and assures them that he prays for them. His pastoral care of his students is phenomenal, which awards him the respect of his students. When a student respects their teacher, they listen,” Thiry said. In the fall semester of 2010, a small class of seminarians
Dr. Asa as Faculty Marshall at Oakland City University. gathered for Hebrew class at Chapman Seminary. As Asa wrote vocabulary words on the board for the upcoming quiz, he assured the students that they would always remember the Hebrew word for horse and proceeded to explain how a student had substituted Hebrew words for “horse” and “name” in America’s 1972 hit song, “A Horse with No Name.” References to song lyrics, historical events and other interesting topics add levity and relevance to each class lecture. “He has a gift for bringing dull material to life. He has of ten f oun d w ays to legitimately apply Star Trek episodes to class content. Personally, I think that’s an incredible feat,” Thiry said. Thiry also mentioned that Asa “is an actor at heart.” Asa portrays many biblical and historical characters in dramatic monologues. From a hippie to Barabbas—Asa has portrayed 20 characters during the past 20 years in order to effectively teach and entertain. Asa’s favorite character to portray is Jesus. However, he added that “being a rascal as Barabbas is fun to do since it stretches me as an actor. I create a sinister, scary character in appearance and
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Page 3 actions, which has even been known to frighten children.” As with magic, a televised figure inspired Asa to practice martial arts. Bruce Lee co-starred in the 1966-1967 crime-fighting show, “The Green Hornet.” A studious teenage boy, Asa checked out library books to learn the basics of martial arts. In the following years, Asa had many martial arts instructors, including David Wilson and Terry Stanton. Asa has attained black belts in many martial arts, including Shinki Ryu Jujitsu. Asa currently teaches martial arts at Integrity Martial Arts Academy in Fort Branch, Ind. He is addressed as Shihan in the head dojo. Asa is one of only four people in Shinki Ryu Jujitsu who has acquired the aforementioned title. Asa holds the same teaching philosophy in both academics and martial arts. “I take the humanity of my students seriously, knowing that they are feeling persons who should not be reduced to their class performance for me. Their lives are broader than what I do with them, and I have to take that into account. At the same time, I must model certain behaviors and values if I expect them to become formed as persons.” When curious people ask why Asa enjoys being a re-enactor, he replies, “I like history. I like theater, and boys like things that go boom.” Asa added that he enjoys “the costume drama of it, the antiquarianism of it, and the sheer fun of shooting the musket and being in the midst of cannon and rifle fire.” “My brother and I played army and I am certain my
older brother’s interest in military history rubbed off on me. As a family, we often took vacations that included Civil War sites,” Asa said. Asa and his brother still enjoy connecting to the past as re-enactors. At age 60, Asa did not state when he plans to retire from OCU. His retirement plans include spending more time reading, writing, and continuing the numerous activities he has been doing “until bodily health or circumstance prevents it.” Contemplating the past years of his life, Asa said, “I can see the hand of God guiding me and providing for me even when at certain moments I felt God-forsaken or at a loss. I have learned to make much of the horizontal grace which comes to us through friends who, whether they know it at the time or not, become media of divine grace. I am grateful for parenting which, while not perfect, was effective in shaping me toward my identity and calling.”
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Around Campus Darkness into light By Dylan Branson Guest Writer This is Dylan’s perspective of his time in China with the English Language Institute/ China.
My name is Dylan Branson, and I am a senior at Oakland City University majoring in Religious Studies and English. In the summer of 2012, I was given the opportunity to go to Hong Kong for five weeks through a Christian organization to teach English to middle school and high school kids. God did amazing things while I was there in that He used me as a vessel to show His love to my students while, simultaneously, using my students to show me His love. During the fifth week of the trip, my team went to Harbin, China, in order to explore what the organization was doing on a long-term basis. It was here that I experienced something that changed my life forever. I went with two Chinese university students to visit a Buddhist Temple. Walking up to the gates, I could sense the
spiritual warfare that was getting ready to happen. As we walked through the gates, it was overwhelming to see so many people bowing to and worshipping the false idols found there. Walking through the halls of idols, if one had the eyes to see, I am positive one would see demons behind the statues taunting the lost souls in the place. It was an experience I will never forget. But, while I was there, I could not help but think of how great and powerful God is and the never-ending love He shows to His people. I have seen the chains that bind the country and have seen a glimpse of what Christianity is fighting throughout Asia. Because of my experiences, I have committed to serving a year in China through the organization. The ability to be a light where it is darkest is what excites me the most. It is a ministry where the focus is to plant seeds and to disciple those who are seeking spiritual growth, not just simply arousing curiosity of God in a culture where the only
Darkness Into Light By Dylan Branson Set on a pedestal and filled with fear I stand there thinking, “Maybe they will hear: My deepest desire, My greatest wish, All that I’ve ever wanted put into my fist.” Thoughts of power Thoughts of fame Thoughts of filling the space where I only feel shame. Is this the Light that I’ve been searching for? Is this the Way? I life up my hands in their position to pray. “Might spirit, hear my words, Grant me all that I feel I deserve. Give me the money, Give me the fame, Fill up in me that empty space. I want to feel something, Something real. I don’t care what it is I just want to feel. Love. Hatred. Fear. Joy. I don’t care what it is, I just want to feel.” Silence. Deafening silence. I look at the image of gold And all I feel is cold. Nothing. Numb. Empty. Shame. The tears stream from my eyes Anger and hatred on the rise. Why won’t they answer me? These stupid divines. All I wanted was to know they’re alive. Leaving the “holy” ground, Not wanting to stick around, Darkness crept deep upon me.
ambition is material gain. It is about living the life that is glorifying to the King of Kings, not staying in one’s comfort zone. The words of Hudson Taylor have been a strong motivation in pushing myself further along God’s path: “Finding one’s purpose with God can be a strange and mysterious journey, or it can be as plain as asking God for a task and then watching your desire for that task grow within you. Problem is, most of us forget to ask God to fill us with a fervent spirit to serve
Him. Then, years later, we wake up and realize we had our life. We made our small choices…our safe choices. But, somehow, we missed the richness of following our God down an uncharted path.” The poem, Darkness Into Light, is a reflection of my time in the temple, of the hopelessness that is in those who are searching for Truth in a place they will never find it. In the United States, we hear of people having idols in their lives, but very rarely, if ever, do we see people physically bowing down to images of gold. But, more importantly, it is a poem that seeks to show how in our darkest of times, the Light that comes from Jesus conquers all darkness.
Dylan Bransonin, white shirt and vest, with his ESL class. There is no light. Only darkness. There is no good. Only evil. There is no hope. Only fear. What good is it to pray to those who do not hear? Suddenly from out of the darkness there shone a light, Brighter than anything else in sight. Something’s different, It’s not the same, It’s filled with wonder And Glory reigns. A figure stands in the center With hands stretched out wide. My eyes wide with terror, I know I cannot hide. He steps toward me And I cower all the more. Who is this man I have never seen before? “I Am He that you have been searching for. From out of my mouth came light, Spoken into existence to My perfect delight. You have looked in darkness, not in light, But now I am here to solve your plight. I Am the Way. I Am Truth. I Am Life. You won’t get your riches, You won’t get your fame, But I can promise you, I will take away your shame. Simply believe Simply have Faith. I will restore you whole, And save the essence you call a soul. I Am Alive And I have conquered Death. For from my Life, There is no more Darkness.” Words could not escape as He spoke these Words. Words of Life Words of Truth. Words of Saving Grace. Yes. I believe. No more will I run. For I know that You are the only One.
Digital production class happenings By Dr. Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D. Professor of Art Oakland City University This semester Seth Farley, Amanda Hurlock, Paul Keys, Kayla Meinema, and Tyler Seidel, members of the ART 455 Digital Production class, made three field trips to enhance their understanding of digital printing processes. The first trip was a visit with OCU IT director, Clint Woolsey. He discussed the university's network system and servers, which the students were able to see. The visit coordinated with students’ study of computers as they apply to graphic digital work. On March 13th, the class drove to Evansville to tour the Clondalkin Group printing plant (f ormally Kel ler Crescent). The organization is an international producer of packaging products and services. The Evansville plant specializes in pharmaceutical and healthcare product packaging. The students were able to follow the printing process starting with the digital files. The graphic designer showed the students two files that had to be corrected before the packages could go to press. One issue concerned trapping or the overlap of two ink colors to avoid press misregistration. The other problem concerned the use of screen tint color applied to typography. Some of the processes they were able to see included how CAD was used to create packaging templates, the intricacies of the color matching process, the working presses and how color adjustments were made during the process, how dies were designed and made, how packages were machine folded, and how each step had quality controls in place. The last trip on March 20th was to the family-owned and operated Woods Printing Company in Holland, Indiana. Students had the opportunity to talk with two on-staff graphic designers about correct digital files and the problems and costs encountered when mistakes are made. Students were able to see a variety of presses including the newer digital machines and how some of the older presses had been refurbished for a variety of tasks.
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From the Archives The Oakland City Collegian: A newspaper with a rich history and a meaningful future By Heather R. Smith Editor Musty air escapes as I open a file cabinet in the archives of OCU’s Barger-Richardson Learning Resource Center. Eureka! The fragile, mustard-colored document is dated Oct. 1895. A hardcopy of Oakland City the first Collegian has been preserved! In 1895, 25 cents bought a year subscription to Oakland City College’s incipient newspaper. Article topics range from classical mythology to the scientific adventures of local zoologist, Cloud Rutter. The flowery language of the Victorian Era graces the articles of the first Collegian. The beautiful language of the late nineteenth century is evident in Ella C. Wheatley’s comparative study of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and
Ella C. Wheatley contributed to the first issue of The Oakland City Collegian.
Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immorality. An
excerpt of Wheatley’s article follows:
Gray’s expressions are artistically finished. He has described homely scenes and common thoughts in beautiful language. The rhyme and meter are almost faultless, and well suited to the thought. Wordsworth’s style is simple and direct. He uses homely words and delights in using simple things to bring out his deepest thoughts. He has taken deep principles in human life and uses nature as a symbol and language to make them clear to us. Wheatley was the daughter of the college’s primary founder, Col. William Cockrum. She became the dean of women at OCC and the head of the English and Language department. OCC’s first dormitory, Wheatley Hall, was named after her. The women’s dormitory stood where OCU’s Barger-Richardson Library stands today. William Cockrum’s son-in-law, William Prentice Dearing, served as editor of The Oakland City Collegian. Dearing received the first four-year degree from OCC in 1895. He became dean of OCC shortly thereafter, and eventually served as president of the college. During the span of his presidency, Dearing witnessed OCC thrive in the 1920s and nearly collapse during the Great Depression.
William Prentice Dearing, served as editor of The Oakland City Collegian. It is interesting to note how the founders of the school’s student newspaper viewed the paper’s mission. Dearing and associate editors (Wheatley, W.J. Royalty and A.G. Cato) wrote the following entry delineating the benefits of publishing the Oakland City Collegian.
With this, the first issue of The Collegian, we greet our friends and co-laborers in education. The purposes of The Collegian are as numerous and varied as the needs and demands which have prompted its existence. It comes primarily as an advocate of liberal education, striving at all times to show its many advantages and encouraging and assisting
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all in their attempts to obtain it. In order that The Collegian may best serve this purpose, its columns are offered as a medium through which its readers may give to their friends the results of their thoughtful hours and valuable experiences. While we thus establish a brotherly feeling by the discussion of subjects of common interest, we at the same time meet the demands of the teachers of this part of the state for a practical home educational journal adapted to their special needs. We expect to furnish in every issue such mental food as will create within our readers a desire for higher education and will speedily enlist them among its
supporters. Such, in brief, is the raison d’etre which The Collegian offers, possessing at once a maximum excellency at a minimum cost. Asking a hearty co-operation, a liberal patronage and indulgence when we err we gladly submit the first issue of The Oakland City Collegian. Beneath the masthead of the first issue of The Oakland City Collegian are the words from the second half of John 8:32, “The truth shall make you The Collegian free.” As staff reintroduces OCU’s newspaper, we aspire to continue the tradition of publishing an edifying, veracious campus newspaper.
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Faith OCU students volunteer for Habitat Reprinted with permission from Tabitha Waggoner and the Princeton Daily Clarion HAUBSTADT—Students and faculty from multiple departments of Oakland City University teamed up to work on a Habitat for Humanity house in Haubstadt on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s the first Martin Luther King Day that Oakland City University classes have taken a break, so student, including those on the Honduras team who have done construction work there, decided to volunteer their time and help out Gibson County Habitat. They tore old siding off, removed screws and chopped off old concrete and removed old windows starting around 9 a.m., breaking once to eat a lunch donated by Sandy’s Pizza. Michael Wilson, a New Albany senior who’s studying social sciences, was busy stripping siding from the outside and removing old tile residue from inside the house. “The group was coming so I decided to come along,” he said. Is Wilson planning to help again? “Oh, yeah,” he said. Gibson County Habitat for Humanity Director Greg Goodson added, “he was already asking when he could come back.” It was a new experience for Morganfield, Ky. junior Kathryn Sheridan, an elementary education major. “I’ve never done it before,” she said. “When I heard about it I was, ‘sign me up, it should be fun,’” she said. “They wouldn’t let me on the ladder,” she added jokingly. But for Sullivan senior Justin Benefiel, a music major, the construction work was old hat. “I’ve been doing construction since I was 12,” he said.
Plainfield senior Arik Carpenter agreed. “We do stuff like this all the time.” Newburgh senior Elizabeth Wellinghoff, a psychology major, was encouraged by Pratt to join up. She’s been with the group on a mission trip to Honduras, “We wanted to do mission work in the states,” she said. “It’s always fun with these crazy people,” she said. Senior Katie Pratt said she “though it would be a good opportunity” while OCU financial director Cassie Scraper said it was a good opportunity for her to get to know the students better. Campus Life Director Jim Pratt, Director of Development Brian Baker, Whitney DeLoach and Ashley Lynn Forbes were also on hand to help. The group considered it a team building service project. “They worked a solid three hours—it was all work, they did a great job,” Goodson said. Paula Hosmer, who will be moving into the house with her two children, said she was “very grateful” for all their help. Hosmer has to complete at least 250 hours of work on the house to remain qualified to live in it. “I was grateful they got a section (of the chipwork on the floor) done,” she said. “I’ll be working on it for a while.” “The last three days I’ve been in here, helping put up all the framework,” she said. The home’s renovation is about 35 percent done, Goodson said. They still have to get it wired, install plumbing, dry wall, new siding, and windows and install heat and air conditioning. Goodson said they’re always accepting applications for the next home, which will be in Princeton on Madison Avenue.
Our Oakland City University students working on the Habitat for Humanity house on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2014.
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Souls: Am I saving them or selling them? By Mat Murphy Guest Writer My name is Mat Murphy, and I met my wife Mallory at Oakland City University. During my sophomore year at OCU, I felt God calling me into full-time ministry. I decided to major in Religious Studies, which eventually led to a summer internship in the Philippines, where I taught classes at General Baptist Bible College. After graduating from OCU, I moved to Missouri, where I started working at the General Baptist denomination’s headquarters. It has now been almost two years since I crossed under that famous sign stating “Go Forth to Serve” with a diploma in my hand. I left intending to change the world, to see many people baptized and receive the life change that our God provides. I wanted to save souls; locally, globally, it didn’t matter. I wanted to see lives changed at the hand of Jesus. I am typing this from a desk in Cookeville, Tennessee. It is a city located between Nashville and Knoxville. A General
Matthew and Mallory Murphy moved to Cookeville, TN in November 2013 to help Dustin and Melissa Thompson plant a General Baptist church called Refuge Church. Mat is currently employed by the KIA car dealership in town. The church has plans to launch in October 2014. More information can be found at www.foundrefuge.com. Baptist pastor and his family felt called to reach this city for Jesus, and I thought I would also allow God to use my family unit to help this cause. However, my desk is not at a church or a denominational office anymore; it is at a KIA dealership on the main drag of town. And that leads into the question of this article: Did I
move here to save souls or to sell Souls? The answer is: both. It’s great the lessons God will teach us if we will just listen. I look out my window and see a lot of Souls. Some of them are hurting, some of them are trying to get better, and some of them are brand new. Now, I just need to be open to what God wants to do through me.
Praise you in the storm By Rachel Toepfer Guest Writer One of the first things people ask me when they see me doing sign language to music is, “How did you get started doing this?” Well, I grew up being homeschooled, all the way from preschool until college. Our family was very involved in our local home school group, and so was my friend’s family who had a special interest in the deaf community. So, when I was in junior high, my friend’s mother taught a beginning class on sign language. I was in the class for 2 years and learned quite a bit, but, during high school, I did nothing with sign language. I only became interested in it again when I reached college, at which point I wanted to try signing to songs. The problem was that soon after I started signing to music in college, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 19. Fibromyalgia is a very complicated disease with no known cause and thus, no known cure. It is most likely a defect of my nervous system, causing pain most of the time throughout various parts of my body and causing normal functions to be more difficult than they should be. So here I am, wanting to do sign language but also having a chronic pain disease. Sounds like quite a paradox, doesn’t it? About a week after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the little sign language team I was a part of at the time decided to go to the local nursing homes and Gibson General to sign some songs for the residents. I had decided to sign the song “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns. I chose it because it was precisely what I was doing:
Rachel Toepfer praising God despite my circumstances. While performing it, the pain of the song was all too real to me, both emotionally and physically. While we performed the song at Gibson General, there was an elderly lady present who was one of the hospital’s residents. Accompanying her was her daughter who was either an employee of the hospital or a volunteer. After my team was finished with our performance, the lady’s daughter called me over. She thanked me for my testimony through song. She explained that her mother had been unable to hear anything for the past two years but also did not know any sign language. The only way she could communicate was by writing and reading the small dry erase board she carried with her. But her daughter said that during my singing , she looked over at her mother and saw that she was crying. She was crying because, although she
could not understand the sign language nor hear the words, the emotion I put into the performance of the song was enough for her to understand the meaning of a song. And it moved her to tears. And that moved her daughter to tears. I was speechless. You never know when God will use you, or how He will use you. That is why I continue to sign to music. For me to do so is completely illogical and very difficult. But that lady showed me the real reason behind doing it: to glorify God in all that I say and do. God used my sign language, PLUS my disease, to reach her in a way that others could not. That is why I sign, to glorify God and reach others in a unique way. Yes, it is difficult for me to do sometimes, but I’m not going to let that stop me from being used by God. The pain was worth it to minister to that woman at Gibson General. The pain is always worth it when God is glorified.
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CHAPMAN SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES BACHELOR OF ARTS Nickolas Anthony Bauer+ James Dylan Branson Kyle Fischer Kyle David Whitten
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS Douglas Wayne Johnson+
CERTIFICATE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES Cynthia Lynn Clark Lagle+ Carol Swain Lewis+
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BACHELOR OF ARTS Haleigh Elise Beasley+ Justin M. Benefiel Jeremy Berry James Dylan Branson Janice Carr-Whalen Lashaunda Marie Crymes+ Paul Alexander William Keys Cynthia Lynn Clark Lagle+ Kayla Meinema Hannah Marie Moore Tyler Dean Seidel Courtney Renee Slough Jesse Lee Underwood
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Jessica Lynn Adams Corina Alejandra Gerberg Caraballo+ Ashley Marie Carter Charles Allen Gonzales+ Anton D. Howard Christina L. Lloyd+ Rolando Lopez+ William W. Newton III Jeremy Michael Rogers Lauryn Lindsay Schnarr Elizabeth Rachel Wellinghoff Justin Lee Wininger
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS Jacob P. Hubachek* Carole DeAnne Splittorff Yulanda Lateche Young
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE Cassandra J. Arndt
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION BACHELOR OF ARTS Rebecca Deloris Anderson Eric William Barnes Elizabeth A. Bohnert MaKaylee Grace Brown Elizabeth June Burden Timothy M. Crowe Terri Rene Fellers+ Stephanie Dawn Gabbard Michelle L. Goodnight Ann Elizabeth Hachmeister Abbi T. Heironimus Carleigh Johnson Cody Robert Johnson+ Lacey M. Lindauer Abbigail Mayer Elizabeth Michelle McCleland Leann C. Merta Hannah Marie Moore Katherine Rose Pratt Alisha Lynn Reed+ Sara Virginia Salo Beth Louise Sheldon+ Sarah Rose Sigman Katrina Ann Tennyson Carmen Jean Van Winkle Jacob Bobby Lee Wallace+ Eric Matthew Wilson
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Preston James Altstadt Madison A. Clark* Jessica Anne Hadley Katie Elaine Harrison Shelbie Howard+ Whitney Christine Malin Nathan T. McCord Travis J. Miller+ William Andrew Purdue Michael David Taylor
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS Virginia Mae Gerkin Dakota Nicole Lee* Lindsay S. Masterson*
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Kazi Raisha Inshad Anwar+ Amanda Lauren Braunecker Andrew Jordan Curl Courtney Michelle Deffendall+ Alicia Renee Goedde Amy Elizabeth Goodman Emily B. Heironimus Corey Jacob Hicks+ Douglas Wayne Johnson+ Ethan D. Knepp+ Logan J. Mohr David J. Ott+ Alexander Wayne Porteé Terrance Levi Powers Derrick Lee Reed Kylie Marie Sandefer+ Adam M. Sell+ Nicholas Thomas Snyder+ Olivia Reneé Theriac Nathan M. Watson Branden L. Winschief Kendall Brian Wittmer Isaac Michael Scott Worrell
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE Laban Kyle Graber Virginia Mae Gerkin Lauryn Lindsay Schnarr Heather Renée Smith+ Steven Douglas Toepfer
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE Elizabeth A. Bohnert Randi Denay Conder Alexis M. Obach
DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM ASSOCIATE IN ARTS GENERAL STUDIES Demi Alexandria Archer Alison C. Beasley Brytni Victoria Bray Caitlin Lee Chestnut Dusten T. Cook Nathaniel James Gingerich Tailon Shae Graber Kylie Shayne Hanna Bradyn S. Helms Abby Jade Hollis Lucas D. Holstine Taylor Deane Jeffers Cassandra Leigh Knepp Lacey Nichole Marie Knight Benjamin Alan Lacy Brandon Neil Lengacher Rebecca Danielle McClellan Sadie Roxanne Nading Thomas D. Newby Renee Lynn Rink Megan Dennine Schenck Joshua Michael Sluder Sabra B. Smith Michael Schae Sprinkle Magdalena Rose Swartzentruber Logan D. Turpin Morgan Wadsworth
OUTREACH PROGRAMS BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE Sarah Elizabeth Fuller Traci McClintock Vanessa Lynn Robinson+ George Sidney Weaver, Jr.+ ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE William Taylor Alsop Omar G. Burton Vicki Creed Worthington
CHAPMAN SCHOOL SEMINARY MASTER OF DIVINITY Brian K. Newton SCHOOL OF EDUCATION DOCTOR OF EDUCATION Megan Margaret Brothers+ John L. Day+ Jim W. Duke+
Rasheeda A. Green Sophia S. Hughes Tanya Arlene White Jones Gregory Allan May Randolph Lyle Oliver Bertha A. Proctor(*13) Sheila M.T. Washington
Page 7 ONLINE PROGRAMS MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Lisa Ann (Crum) Holdren Abby Joan Kessler
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE CRIMINAL JUSTICE Richey L. Barton
Timothy Michael Chen Tyler Isaac Counsil John D. Fuller Ronald W. Hicks* Terry Brian Johnson Stacia O’Brien
A special thanks to Betty Burns for taking the time to supply us with the list of our graduates.
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING Tonya D. Gill+
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – ADULT AND EXTENDED LEARNING MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Perry J. Avant, Jr.* Everett Wayne Baker+ Tracy Ann Brewer+ Dusty Lynn Cooper+ David N. Cope+ Jason Ryan Deadmond+ Lisa M. Dillon+ Natalie Nicole Faulk* Andrew Ficklin Steve Bruce Gladding+ Tebben Evert Grafelman Ronica Daylene Hageman+ Gregory J. Hirsch Alethea N. Hunter+ Winton Keith Hutchison+ John C. Johanningsmeier+ James Edward LaMonde Melissa Louise Martin+ Kristin Renee Miles+ Daric M. Moenter+ Danny Ray Moore+ Terry Dale Morson II+ John Andrew Simon Michael J. Smith+ Ashlee Nicole Wallis+
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT Jerry S. Smith
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Namon Daniel Black Wendy C. Collins Thomas L. Conder Brandon Alan Crick+ Antony Ray Dix Jason Tolbert Gaines+ David Patrick Gilmour+ Jason L. Hall* Racquel Hanks Phoebe H. Harrell+ Stephanie Lynne Harrison DeAnna M. Hoffman Robert J. Ingle+ Katrina A. Kelly+ Nancy J. Lasher+ James Stephen LeMond, Jr. Sandy McNeely+ Courtney R. Metzger* Andrea Nicole Merrick Amanda R. Miller Lisa G. Minton+ Tabitha Lynn Morris Craig Allen Pounds Saffron Janelle Ragan Murth Lee Ramsey III* Aaron K. Simpson+ Eric Ray Simpson Mark K. Smith* Daniel Dean Terry Rhonda K. Trail Angela Renee Turpin Kristi Ruth Wilson Michael E. Wilson+ Andrew Scott Wolford
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE Seth M. Augustine+ Donna Atchison Barclay* Layne Robert Conner+ Harley Grovenberry Daniel Hughes Ryan Neal McGuire Craig Robert Roper+ Brenton Andrew Royal+ Jerry T. Sonheim Markeda A. Terry
Holy Grounds on the holy grounds of Oakland City University By Marilee MillsSchoonover Staff Writer The familiar cups of Starbucks™ are commonplace on the campus of Oakland City University. Holy Grounds Coffeehouse opened its doors the Fall of 2013 on our OCU campus. The news of its existence is slowly flowing through the town of Oakland City, bringing another opportunity for the residents of the town and the university to mingle. Ho1y Grounds is frequented most often during the morning hours, between classes, serving a daily average of 30 to 50 beverages. While there are many choices on the menu of Holy Grounds, there are specialties that are prepared for the knowledgeable coffee and tea imbiber, such as Salted Caramel Mocha, Peppermint Mocha, Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino, Cafe' Breve', Chai Tea Frappuccino, and Green Tea Frappuccino. Confused as to what to order? Ask one of our well-informed student attendees for suggestions. The manager, Ann Barrett, recommends one of her favorites, the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with a shot of cinnamon dolce'. "It's like Heaven in a cup." says Anne. For a first time patron, the Iced Caramel Macchiato is Ann's suggestion. Whatever magical elixir is your choice, the quality at Holy Grounds is the same as any Starbucks™ across the nation. Ann also expresses that everyone who visits is patient and kind, as each drink is individually made. She has never had a negative experience with any of the
patrons of Holy Grounds—it is smiles only at the coffeehouse. Ann says the student employees of Holy Grounds truly enjoy their hours at there. Student Hannah Bedwell pronounces, "This is definitely one of my favorite jobs ever and the free coffee is a nice perk!” The students enjoy the diversity of people they serve. The coffeehouse is used for a variety of reasons: meeting with friends or other students, taking a break from studies or collaborating on projects. The appealing furnishings invite you to sit and sip your personalized order and enjoy free wi-fi, as well. There is an intimate feeling to the atmosphere and the gentle silence is an enjoyable respite. Campus residents, drive-in students, as well as staff frequent the coffeehouse. Certain English professors have been seen walking around on campus with Starbucks™ cups. And the staff would like to see the coffeehouse remain open for the summer. Some of the new extended hours have been successful, while others have not. The hours from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM are a success while the evening hours of Sunday have been cut. Holy Grounds is a 'fluid' operation while new ideas and hours receive experimentation. The current hours for Holy Grounds are M - F, 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM; M - Thurs., 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It will be open only from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM in May. Thanks to the leadership of OCU who brought Starbucks™ to our campus!
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Fall Banquet honors the teams By Maria Cottier Staff Writer On Monday, January 30, 2014, the fall sports teams were honored for their hard work and accomplishments. The fall teams consist of the women’s volleyball team, the men’s and women’s cross country teams, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. After being served a meal and desert for families, friends, and athletes, each athlete from every team was given a participation award for their hard work in his or hers team.
The coach of each team spoke of their team’s accomplishments of their season. Some of the men and women were honored with plaques for different accomplishments that they earned recognition for, such as leadership awards, or setting NCCAA records. It is important that each and every student receive recognition for their hard work. Without them, we would not have teams, and without their hard work, we would not have success.
From Wales to America: Katie Harrison By Maria Cottier Staff Writer Katie Harrison is an international student. She left her home from Wales to come to Oakland City University in 2010 on a soccer scholarship as a goalie for the women’s soccer team. “I never planned or wanted to play college soccer. At home you can graduate at 16. I wanted to join the army and be a medic. I joined the army for two weeks, but I then got offered a scholarship here, and I knew I could give it a go. I always knew I could go back home if I wanted to,” Harrison said. The culture was very different for Harrison with our food, the look of our money, and being on the other side of the car and road. Many things were new for Harrison. She had never met “country folk” or heard “country music.” Because Harrison was a city girl, she was not used to the small town life, but she warmed up to it. Harrison is now an employee at Oakland City University and plans to stay in America. “I never planned on staying in the states. My freshman year did not go well with soccer, and I was very homesick. My parents and I had a talk over the summer, and I decided to give it one more try. The talk helped me improve in my fitness and studying in class. What helped me the most were my good roommates. If I hadn’t met them, I wouldn’t be who I am now; they got me to talk and become more extraverted. I found myself, and I felt like this is where I want to be; I actually got homesick for this place when I went home to Wales.” Harrison will graduate this May with a Physical Education and Health nonteaching degree with a minor in Biology. She hopes to become a college soccer coach in the future. Harrison is happy for her new job at Oakland City University, and she knows this will help
her with her goal to be a coach someday. “I’m the administrative assistant at the Tichenor Center. I assist the coaches on whatever they need, making copies for tests, helping for sports practices, and I help with basketball and volleyball games at the Johnson Center. Working this job will help me get a foot in the door for applying as a college soccer
Dodgeball fun By Maria Cottier Staff Writer On Monday February 2, 2014, the Student Government Association hosted a dodgeball tournament in the Tichenor Center. The game started off with five people on a team, and five balls for each team. There were six different teams in all, mixing men and women. The whistle went off with a screech by Elizabeth Wellinghoff. Two teams started on the blue out of bounds lines and sprinted for the multicolored light-weight balls in the center of the court. The Smugglers and the Union Bears started off the games with the Union Bears moving onto the next round. There were over 50 students at the gym as the teams faced one another. The championship game consisted of the Gucci Squad and 5 Guys. Unlike the other games leading up to the championship, that had a 3 minute time limit on each
game, the championship game did not have a time limit. Balls were thrown quickly with the two teams jumping and dodging each ball. The last person on the Gucci Squad was Stevie Cummins; four guys were left on the other team as they all threw a ball at Cummins at the same time. Cummins quickly laid flat on his stomach as all the balls flew over him. A minute later, the ball hit him on the leg,
causing the 5 Guys to win the championship. The first place winners received $20 gift cards to Walmart, and the 2nd place winners received $10 gift cards for Walmart. A lot of people showed up for the event. There has never been a dodgeball tournament before, but I think everyone enjoyed it quite a bit. I hope SGA will host the dodgeball tournament again next year.
Dodgeballer Stevie Cummins takes a break between the competition.
Homecoming By Maria Cottier Staff Writer
Pictured here is Katie Harrison, sitting at her desk at the Tichenor Center. Photo taken by Ellen Carlile. coach in the future,” Harrison said. At the moment, Harrison is a part-time employee because she is still a student at the University. However, she will work 40 hours a week when she becomes full-time in May with the possibility of being the assistant soccer coach and the sports information director in the fall. Ap a rt f r om w o rk i n g part-time, Harrison also volunteers and helps in softball and soccer. She feels that everything is starting to fall into place for her here in America. “I have an apartment lined up in Evansville, and I’m moving in May when I leave the dorm. I can get my car next week, and I have a new visa for a one year extension. Everything is now transferred from England to America. I now have a bank here and a social security number. Everything is looking up,” Harrison said
Many international students come to Oakland City University to get degrees and often play a sport. Harrison would give the following advice to any international student thinking about coming to Oakland City University. “My advice for an international student would be to enjoy every minute of it because it goes by fast, but it’s worth it. It’s hard when you’re 18 and away from home, but if you open up and enjoy it, you’ll meet new people and learn a lot. Stick it out it because it gets better, I promise.” Harrison does not regret coming to Oakland City University. If she had the chance to go back and do it all again, she would still come to this college. “I wouldn’t change this for the world. It’s made me who I am today. Everything happens for a reason, and I believe it was God’s plan for me to be here; you make it what it is here.” Harrison said.
The leading scorer for the Oaks was Kendall Whittmer with 18 points. He was followed by Ryan Helfert with 17 and Brandon Morton with 16. Whittmer was named Player of the Tournament. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team along
On Saturday, February 8, the homecoming court was announced between the men’s and women’s basketball games. White runners were laid out for the men and women nominated for the homecoming court. A white arch sat next to large white pillars waiting for the men and women to walk. “I think SGA did a good job with the decorations and setting up for the homecoming,” said Corey Oser, a nominee of the homecoming court. As each person was announced, a man and woman would meet in the middle and walk through the arch and to a side. Six couples were nominated, and three stood on each side of the arch waiting to see who had won king and queen.
The first runner ups were announced first. The runner ups were Zack Keeney and Nastya Koptelova. The king was Kyle Fisher, and the queen was Megan Pennington. They were each given a crown as they stood in front of the arch, smiling as the crowd cheered. “I was glad Kyle Fisher won; he’s a good guy, and I called that he would win it,” Oser said after Fisher was crowned. The king and queen crowning for homecoming was the last of the events that are hosted by the Student Government Association for Homecoming Week. Games and events such as Bingo night were held throughout the week for the students to enjoy. “I always enjoy homecoming week; It’s nice to have a change in what you usually do; it mixes things up. The festivities and homecoming are fun,” Oser said.
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Mighty Oaks wins 3rd CCNIT On March 15, 2014, our Mighty Oaks men’s basketball team won their third straight Christian College National Invitational Tournament with a 71-68 win over Victory University. The Oaks finished the season with a successful 21-6 record.
with Kinney, Morton, and Smith. On a sad note, the game not only ended the season for Victory University, but also ended their basketball program. Victory University will be closing their doors at the end the school year.