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.




If a whole lot of commotion can be heard at sporting events starting next fall, do not be alarmed. CCU is adding Athletic Band and Cheerleading to its options next semester, as well as the football team returning for its sophomore season.

Despite spring being football’s off season, Head Coach David Fulcher has kept his team focused with spring practices.

“Spring ball has been going well. We finally have the players in here not just to play football, but to practice it as well,” commented Fulcher.

“The mindset of what I’ve been trying to teach these young men is that hard work will pay off,” Fulcher continued.

The football team will split up and face each other in an intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow at Western Hills High School. The game will begin at 2 p.m.

Cheerleading is celebrating its inaugural season, with Katrina Avery as head coach. Avery previously won regional championships in three consecutive seasons.

The Athletic Band will be a welcome addition to the stands at some home football and basketball games next fall.

“We are going to build it around a rhythm section, which would consist of guitar, bass, and drums,” said Ken Read, department chair of Music and Worship.

“If enough percussionists are interested, we will also have a drumline,” added Freshman Sean Steele, a member of the Athletic Band.

“You do not need to be a professional on your instrument to join,” he commented.

Adjunct Percussion Professor Willaim McMullen will direct the band.



CCU’s men’s golfers Senior Taylor Suggs and Junior Austin Taylor garnered accolades this season, with the whole team finishing sixth in the River Side Conference [RSC] with a low-team score of 305.

“We had a really good season. We played probably tougher conditions than last year, but overall I think the guys performed a little bit better than what they did a year ago,” said Head Coach Micah Peavley.

Taylor and Suggs were both first team conference. Taylor placed second in the Cedarville Tournament, while Suggs finished second in the IU Kokomo Invitational and was awarded RSC Player of the Year.

“So the interesting thing about winning conference player of the year this year is that I missed out on qualifying for nationals by one shot,” said Suggs.

“I am still very disappointed by that, but there is still an outside chance that I may receive an at-large bid and still get to go but there’s no guarantee. Winning POTY was a little bit of consolation, so that helped me feel a little better,” he continued.

“In the three years that I’ve been here, that was definitely the best season that we’ve had as a team, just in terms of like finishes in tournaments, like multiple tournaments we came in like second or won it,” said Taylor.

Peavley said they are looking to have about eight to nine players altogether for the golf team in the fall, when they play in the NCCAA.

“We’ll start our fall season immediately so the guys have to come back to school, ready to play probably two weeks after we’re back in school and in the fall, we’ll start playing our first tournament again,” commented Coach Peavley.

“The whole season was quite a success,” said Junior Jonathan Burrows. “It’s time we bring home some metal. Big goals? Go to nationals.”



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.