CCU’s mission statement is to develop selfless, well-rounded leaders who follow Christ and positively impact their community, country, and world. This includes training and preparing international leaders to impact their side of the world with the Gospel.

CCU has graduated more than 50 international students in the last 15 years, with 17 foreign students currently attending CCU, according to Registrar Amanda Derico.

Some international students reflected on their CCU experience. “At first it was difficult to get the studying part right,” said Junior Simon Saleem, a psychology major from Pakistan.

“The education system in America is different from how it is in Pakistan. It took me a while before I got used to how things are done here,” he added.

“My goals in the future are to get further equipped with psychological knowledge and expand my horizons on what God wants me to do with the skills I have acquired,” Saleem continued.

“After I am done with my studies I plan on going back to Pakistan to proclaim the word where it is urgently needed.”

International students at CCU include graduate students as well.

“1994 was the time I started praying to be able to come here at CCU. It took me like 22 years of praying and I almost gave up,” said Graduate Student Victor Dela Serna, who is from the Philippines and is pursuing an M.A. in Leadership Studies. The whole process for Serna to apply to CCU took over a year.

“When I first applied, I sent everything. Then after a couple of weeks, the person I was speaking with was laid off. So, I applied again and spoke to this person again, and then after like a month, the person is laid off again. So, it took me like four different batches of people before I finally set everything,” he said.

One of CCU’s international alums is Taweepong Yinthanm from Thailand. Yinthanm graduated from CCU in 2016 with a master’s in Biblical Studies and is currently the pastor of the Thai Outreach Hollywood Church in Los Angeles.

“My goals are having a happy family and life by serving God,” said Yinthanm. “And my project for the future is building a library in my hometown which will be one of the most important landmarks in South East Asia and disciple people to Christ until the end of my life.”

Yinthanm attributed his ease of assimilating to the culture in the USA to his friends and professors at CCU.

“Professors and officers were very kind and they helped me to get through so many difficult things during I was studying at CCU.”

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Zach Muller also offered another aspect of CCU’s involvement with international students.

“With the recent expansions of our athletic department, our coaches have aided in recruiting some of our current international students,” said Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Zach Muller.

“CCU as an institution strives to be as diverse as the Church is, and international students are part of what help CCU realize this endeavor,” he added.




As CCU enters finals week, some students are experiencing more than just final exams. With the end of the year comes final Family services, final classes with their favorite teachers, and final days with close friends.

Graduating seniors now reach a unique crossroads.

It is a time to look back on the place that they have come from, all the things they learned, the people they have met, the experiences they have had. On the other hand, it is a time to look forward to new jobs, new locations, and new experiences.

It can be both a time of pure excitement and a time of heavy-heartedness.

“I’m definitely going to miss Family, and the community that I’ve built in my life here,” said Senior Jake Christie. “In a weird way, I’m going to miss going to school, too.”

Senior Eric Craft holds similar feelings while looking forward to his job lined up after graduation.

“After school, I am going to Southwest Church in Springboro, Ohio to be a pastor for their junior high kids,” Craft explained. “That being said, it’s hard to leave the community I’ve built here.”

Senior Sarah Stacy has already used her business management degree to obtain a full-time job as a recruiter at Living Room, a business research firm, and admits that she’ll miss “the professors and her friends” and “being an athlete.”

Among members of faculty leaving this year are Dr. Johnny Pressley, professor of Theology, and Professor Shawnee Fleenor, professor of English, who are both relocating.

Though these transitions are both difficult and exciting, and many, this writer included, are watching friends leave, the takeaway from these seniors’ experiences is for all students to take a look around them and enjoy the time at CCU, because that final week on campus will be here before you know it.



Instead of releasing your exam stress through Twitter memes, get ready for the biannual finals week events.

SAB has spent the past month planning three events to help students relax during finals week, according to Junior Monika Schilling, SAB member.

Kicking off the week with an event that has been done for several previous exam weeks, the Student Union will host Late Night Breakfast & Bingo starting at 10 p.m. on Monday.

Bingo prizes are currently displayed in the Student Union, including dorm essentials like air fresheners and laundry baskets, movies, kites, and games, and the top prize, a 43” TV.

“The prizes are pretty cool, and who doesn’t love Late Night Breakfast? My friends and I always make it a point to go,” said Senior Stephanie Linn.

Next is Taco Tuesday, a tacos and open gym event beginning at 9 p.m. on May 9. Students are invited to hang out, eat tacos, and play basketball or dodgeball with friends.

To wrap up this year’s SAB events, Cookies & Crafts begins at 8 p.m. in the Eagle’s Nest on Wednesday.

“It’s a great way to hang out with friends and take a nice break from studying for exams. Even if you don’t think you’ll like it, we do our best to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” Schilling said.

If you just can’t wait for next week’s events, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Senior Iain Skaggs is presenting an original play, Arthur Sable’s Crime, in Foster Hall. Tickets are free, and there’s still time to RSVP by emailing



CCU continued its tradition of serving the community with its 11th annual Community Service Day yesterday.

“Community Service Day is an opportunity for students and staff of CCU to become the ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus in the community, serving and loving in a very practical way,” said Interim President David Ray.

Many decades ago the event was called Campus Day, when classes were dismissed so students and faculty could spruce up the campus, according to Jim Lloyd, CCU’s library director since 1984.

“We would clean up for spring, get rid of trash, put in owers, clean windows, do whatever needed to be done,” he explained.

But during former CCU president Dr. David Faust’s tenure, he transformed the day into Community Service Day.

“CCU has worked with the City of Cincinnati Police to paint fire hydrants around the city, and Price Hill has benefited every year from CCU’s Community Service Day when we fill truckloads with trash from neighborhood streets and sidewalks,” said long-term President’s Assistant Wendy Spalding.

Former CCU professor Bill Baumgardner, now director of student services at Kentucky Christian University, began coordinating the day in 2005 and remembers it as an enjoyable part of his job.

“Each year, we saw more students involved. In the early years, I had to find all the projects, but as the years went by, the students, mostly small group leaders, had to find the projects. That’s when things became a lot more interesting,” he added.

“We used to go to a baseball game on Friday night, and one time the jumbotron featured our group from dancing, to the kiss cam, to others doing crazy stuff,” said Baumgardner, recalling memories from Community Service Day.

Ray recalled some of his memories of Community Service Day.

“Through picking up trash along several blocks of nearby streets and green spaces, cleaning up BLOC Ministries’ houses, helping paint a nearby missional church, or lending a hand to an Over-the-Rhine ministry for at-risk kids, I’ve also gained a deeper appreciation for the needs of the community that surrounds us,” he said.

“Often it’s only when you ‘get your hands dirty’ that you learn the most about ministry.”



Most students and faculty have needed this man at some point this year, and he has made his name well known across The Eaglette.

This man is Roger Bishop.

As student involvement coordinator, he does whatever the student body needs. He works with Student Activities Board, Student Government, Spiritual Formation, and “random things that no one else wants to do,” Bishop said.

“I am willing to help wherever I see fit,” he added.

Bishop, a native of Bedford, Indiana, graduated from CCU in 2015 with a degree in General Ministry, and started working for CCU that summer.

He believes that there is a lot of value in Community Service Day.

“If we are going to be the Christian university that we need to be, we need to be involved in the area,” commented Bishop. “Committing this one day is significant to Cincinnati. It speaks to the mission of the university.” Roger Bishop and his wife Carly pose at his sister-in-law’s wedding at the Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky. [Source: Carly Bishop’s Facebook]

When Bishop was a student on campus, he participated in every Community Service Day.

His freshman year, he helped clean up trash along Glenway Ave. His sophomore and junior year he served at the Edge Teen Center in Liberty Township by painting and repairing their building. Then in his senior year he again cleaned up trash in Price Hill.

Yesterday he was helping Professor Dave Farris, department chair of the School of Business, with the new compost garden on CCU’s campus.

He is a big advocate for serving. On a weekly basis he ministers alongside his wife Carly Bishop, also a CCU alum, who is children’s minister at Lakeside Christian Church in northern Kentucky.

But out of all the places that he serves, he said he loves to be at CCU.

“My purpose is here,” he concluded.



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.



*The Eaglette regrets its mistake made previously in the article below. The article has been corrected as of April 28.

CCU is offering a pre-law certificate that could start any student on a path to becoming a lawyer.

All students are qualified to earn this certificate, especially those with open elective hours.

Four courses are required to earn the pre-law certificate, totaling 12 credit hours. The classes are only available once per semester.

Professor Paul Friskney, department chair of arts and sciences, took on organizing the pre-law certificate courses two years ago.

All four courses are taught by Adjunct Professor Bill Frank, who has been practicing law for 29 years. “He has been practicing law locally for awhile. He has a strong network [in the court system],” said Friskney.

Intro to the Legal System will be offered in the 2017 fall semester. Students may attempt Intro to Constitutional Law during the 2018 spring semester.

Business Law and Non-Profit Law take place the following two semesters. It is not required that these courses be taken in the order above, but Friskney advises it.

“Intro to the Legal System will be the discovery of the legal system on a national and state level,” said Friskney. “Intro to Conservative Law will begin to focus more on the specifics.”

In Conservative Law last year, CCU alum Perry Moore and Senior Christy Hiance had the opportunity to present arguments regarding the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell case to Honorable Robert C. Winkler, judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hamilton County.

“This is one example of how the CCU pre-law program will continue exposing students to the actual practice of law,” said Frank.

CCU has already had one student go on to pursue law degree at the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

If you are interested in pursuing CCU’s pre-law certificate, contact your student advisor or Paul Friskney.