DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TASK FORCE ENSUES

CCU is looking to establish a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, with Student Advocate and Academic Advisor Jonathan Garrett as its coordinator.

“I was sitting and talking with Tom Thatcher one day eating lunch, and we were discussing diversity and inclusion issues in CCU, and he asked me if I was interested in being a diversity and inclusion coordinator because of all the work he’s seen me do at Solidarity over the last two years,” explained Garrett.

The task force currently consists of six faculty members: Student Services Administrative Coordinator Lydia Darlington, Student Involvement Coordinator Roger Bishop, School of Business Department Chair Dave Farris, Assistant Professor Laura Pressley, Urban Scholars Program Coordinator Carole Strecker, and First-Year Experience Coordinator Karin Admiraal.

“The goal is overall to actually make the campus look more like the Gospel because we have a lot of division here at CCU, unfortunately,” continued Garrett.

On the topic of international students, Garrett expressed his understanding that “international students are not only coming to this school, but they’re coming to a school in a culture that is not their own.”

“It’s one thing to say, ‘You’ve got classes and got to do homework,’ and it’s another thing to say, ‘Who helps me understand the culture?’” said Garrett. “One of the international students that came for a semester in grad school, he just needed help catching a bus to go grocery shopping.”

CCU is currently making improvements to ensure that the transition to the United States and college life is easier for international students.

Darlington, along with Registrar Amanda Derico and Associate Registrar Judy Pratt, recently went through a foreign student advising training led by Ron Cushing, director of international services at University of Cincinnati.

“The role I’d like to be in is one that can just kind of advise students not just on an academic level or for immigration reasons, but just to orient them to America and being at a university in America,” said Darlington.

“It’s so important to have somebody teach you those things, so I’d like to get into that.”

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CCU STUDENTS SLAM BUSINESS PROBLEMS

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

Last week CCU Seniors Sam Baker, Makenna Granger, Sarah Stacy, Sophomore Rachel Menzel and a few others had the opportunity to work with University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph University, and Northern Kentucky University in a team competition to try to solve problems for some Price Hill businesses with in an event called University Brainsteer Slam.

As a member of the winning team, Menzel will receive $1000.

Sponsored by the Incline Incubator, an organization that helps start new businesses and create jobs in Price Hill, the first-time event was planned and coordinated by CCU’s Entrepreneurial Marketing class.

“The event was put together as a collaboration between the universities but primarily driven by the Incline Incubator and the CCU Entrepreneurial Marketing class,” CCU’s School of Business and Department Chair Professor Dave Farris explained.

Teams of six students mixed across the universities worked Friday night and all day Saturday to research and present a plan solving a challenge outlined by one of the participating businesses.

Local Price Hill businesses — BLOC Coffee House, Primavista Restaurant and Henke Winery — were the three businesses who presented problems for the students to solve.

Each business chose a winning solution to the problem that they had presented. Then the competition continued to declare one student team overall winners.

The winners will get to see their plan implemented into the business in addition to splitting a $6,000 prize.

“Something really nice was that our names got put out there for other businesses. People who are looking for hires have seen our names and it brings attention to the university,” said Menzel, whose team won the prize.

Granger said she would “do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

She added, “Brainsteer was a weekend long event that was one of the most stressful yet rewarding school events I have ever done. “Being the only undergrad in the group it was amazing to be able to work on a business problem with MBA students who work with problems like these all the time in the real world.”

Organizers indicated they hope to repeat the event, next time focusing on business needs in other parts of the city.

This event had so much success that Farris, Baker, and representatives of other universities were interviewed on radio station WVXU.

If you did not get the opportunity to listen in on Wednesday you can follow the link here.

CCU SERVES IN 2017

BY: COLIN CONNELL

Over 150 CCU students participated in Community Service Day yesterday.

The day began in the gym at 9 a.m. as CCU’s Student Involvement Coordinator Roger Bishop welcomed the students.

The welcome was followed by a brief worship session led by Senior Brian Webb and a devotional about serving others instead of focusing on self from Senior Eric Craft.

“I chose my devotional topic out of the desire for us as a community to understand that serving is not just something that we do on a specific day, but each and every day we need to look for opportunities to simply love our neighbors,” said Craft.

More than 12 groups went all throughout the city of Cincinnati. While most stayed in the Price Hill area, some went as far as Anderson Township to work at Parkside Christian Church.

Some of the service projects were cleaning out rooms at churches, helping people in the community around their house, planting a garden here on campus, and many more.

“We wanted to make this garden,” said Junior Crista Eaton. Eaton was among students who participated in a service learning trip to England over spring break where they saw similar gardens serving communities in the greater London area. “We dreamed about it in England and we are just so excited we were able to make it happen.”

It was not just students that got involved with serving our city. Among CCU staff and faculty who participated was Interim President David Ray who helped serve at one of the BLOC Ministry houses.

“Community Service Day gets us out of ourselves and into the community that surrounds us. It reminds me what we’re all about,” said Ray.

“This year’s Community Service Day was a great addition to a long-standing tradition of student service at CCU,” said Bishop. “I was so glad to see students committing their day to helping out the Greater Cincinnati area and representing Jesus through all of their efforts.”

The day wrapped up with a 3-on- 3 basketball tournament in the evening. Students who participated in the day also received free tickets to the FC Cincinnati soccer match tomorrow night.

A NEW NEED FOR ASSISTANCE

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

CCU’s Career Services has been unable to meet the demands of the university’s growing list of degree programs available.

The original intention of the Career Services department was to help students find jobs upon graduation. Unfortunately, without proper direction, it has fallen short of this goal. Careers Services are not directly at fault; because of budget cuts the service is only ran on an interim basis.

“At this point, Career Services acts mainly as a liaison between churches looking to fill ministry positions and the student population, but there is not an active job placement program. CCU is currently taking strides to connect students with jobs through internships and other opportunities,” said Student Services Administrative Coordinator Lydia Darlington.

“We also encourage students to visit the Counseling Center to get assistance with their future plans,” she added.

Internships for students are arranged with advisors as part of the student’s degree program. Students also occasionally receive emails from Student Services about current job offerings both on and off campus.

“We hope that all students are privy to the job opportunities that are available to them through the CCU network. We try to keep an open line of communication with our students through emails and open office hours when students can take advantage of academic and career advising with CCU staff and faculty,” said Darlington. “We also have a career closet that students are welcome to utilize to find appropriate interview attire.”

The career closet is a service provided by Student Services. Located in the Student Services hallway in President’s Hall, the career closet is a place where students may borrow appropriate attire for an interview.

“It is our hope that every student who graduates from CCU is prepared to be a leader in the career and ministry worlds,” said Darlington.

 

*Today’s Eaglette includes Senior Allie Johnson’s enterprise project on the subject of Career Services. In journalism, an enterprise project is a multi-faceted topic requiring more than one article to be written about it. Advanced level students in the Eaglette class write three stories about their chosen topic for their enterprise project, one of them an opinion piece.

–Joni Sullivan Baker, Student Newspaper Instructor

JONES’ SURVEY SERVES STUDENTS

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

Assistant Professor David Jones has been conducting surveys based on a theory he formed that peoples’ personalities tend to influence what field of study they work in.

“My hypothesis is that a mismatch may influence academic success negatively,” said Jones. “For example, a business student who is high in agreeableness is more like a psychology student. Most business students, [score] high in extroversion and low in agreeableness. Does agreeableness limit a student capacity to be a go-getter?” said “There are always exceptions in that humanity is diverse,” continued Jones. “But we will be able to find trends that allow for generalizations. So if we do find that personality matters, we may be able to establish interventions for students who are mismatched to help them be more successful in life.”

Jones is aware that no survey is a one-size fits all.

Jones explained that the reason he is passionate about this theory is his own indecisiveness in college. “I changed my major around six times and still did not land well,” admitted Jones. “A big part of this was not knowing who I was (such as my personality). It took until later in life to find the counseling field which aligns well with how God created me and my strengths.”

The surveys are trying to help prove these theories and assist the students in the process. Over 300 students have taken the survey thus far.

Students who participate are entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. To participate, contact
David Jones at
david.jones@ccuniversity.edu.

IN MY OPINION: EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE

BY: ALLIE JOHNSON

On May 13, the graduation ceremony for this year’s seniors will take place. These students will be thrust into the world with only their diplomas to help keep them afloat while student loans try to pull them down. I am one of these seniors.

Until about a month ago, I was still clueless about what I wanted to do once I left CCU. When I entered college in 2013, I had decided to pursue Ministry degree.

In two months, I will be leaving with a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, an Associate’s degree in Communication Arts, and a minor in Youth and Children’s Ministry. This is after I changed my degree three times in two years.

I considered a Humanities degree to be a degree for those who needed to graduate but did not know what to pursue after college. If I had taken Assistant Professor David Jones’ survey earlier in the year, I may have had more peace of mind as my chapter in college slowly comes to an end.

Jones’ survey has the ability to make students aware of this uncertainty before it snowballs out of control. While it is still in the research stages, the personality test included in the survey is able to assist students in finding the career path that would be most beneficial, filling the gap that currently exists in Career Services.

However, I have realized that a Humanities degree also applies very well to someone who just needs somewhere to begin.

“The Humanities degree with a minor appeals to people who want more open electives either so that they can transfer in more credits or so that they can take a wider range of courses,” commented Professor Paul Friskney, Dean of the Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts & Sciences.

“Both Biblical Studies and Humanities are also natural lead-ins to advanced studies in things like law.”

Humanities was a ‘natural lead-in’ that applied well to my situation. Even in my uncertainty and despair about a month ago, I have found my strengths and have been presented with wonderful opportunities because of the things I have learned.

“I encourage students to pursue even a general studies or liberal arts degree,” said Ray Horton, Director of Student Services. “I also don’t think it is always wise to pressure students to make these decisions immediately. They can take a few semesters of general education courses and give themselves time to get their bearings.”

For those who have found themselves in my situation, a good place to begin is Jones’ survey. This survey can help students to determine what future opportunities are available to them, allowing them to move forward.

FUTURE TEACHERS MEET LOCAL POLITICIANS

BY: COLIN CONNELL

CCU Education students enrolled in the Critical Issues in Education class met with politicians at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on March 29.

The class met with Representative Catherine Ingram (D), Representative Terry Johnson (R), Senator Lou Terhar (R), and Senator Cecil Thomas (D).

The nine students had the opportunity to give a presentation on different topics that were discussed in the class throughout the semester to the politicians that are involved in the local schools of Price Hill like Oyler Elementary School and Roberts Paideia Academy.

Some of the topics that were included in the presentations were nutrition, teen pregnancy and day cares, teacher preparation, teachers and self-defense, and schools’ arts programs.

The meeting with these local politicians was a part of the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations (OCTEO) Conference called “Day on the Square.”

OCTEO organized “Day on the Square” for higher education teachers to get the opportunity to meet with their local political leaders and talk to them face to face.

“It was a huge deal to meet with an actual senator instead of an aide,” said Senior Francesca Gabennesch, who met with Senator Terhar. Gabennesch presented her project on the value of homework for elementary school kids in low socio-economic areas to the senator.

“The point of the class is to not only learn about these issues but to become an advocate,” said Gabennesch. “We learn how to contact government leaders and feel more comfortable approaching them.”

When asked why meetings like this are important, Gabennesch said, “Education is very political and it is important for us to know how to deal with the political side of our profession once we graduate and go on to teach in our own classrooms.”

With both the OCTEO conference’s “Day on the Square” and the Critical Issues in Education class taking place in the spring, the education department plans on continuing to take future teachers to get important face time with politicians.