Rine Hall Demolition

In August 2014, the CCU campus was forever changed with the demolition of Rine Hall. The building held a significant spot in the hearts of many alumni and friends. Not only did it serve as resident housing for women students for six decades, the basement housed the school’s dining hall, student center (Eagles Nest), and education department.

The cornerstone of the building, (originally laid in 1953) was preserved as it contained a time capsule. The cornerstone was opened in a gathering of Student Body Leadership in September. Unfortunately, the contents of the time capsule did not persevere through time and were largely dust. Fortunately, however, librarian Jim Lloyd was able to determine the contents with help from CCU historical archives.

The items included a brief historical sketch of the CCU (then Cincinnati Bible Seminary), a list of students enrolled that year, a list of donors who contributed to the construction of the building, a copy of the school’s Constitution, issues of the Report describing the progress of the building campaign, an academic catalogue of the school and a copy of the Bible. The flyleaf of the Bible was inscribed with this statement: ‘The chief textbook of the Cincinnati Bible Seminary.'”

Planning for the construction of a new Rine Hall is underway, but no specifics have been released.

Click here for a photo gallery of the demolition of the dorm as well as the contents of the time capsule.

President Tracy Inauguration

On Thursday September 25th, Ken Tracy “stood on the shoulders of giants” as he was inducted as CCU’s eighth president. Joined by hundreds of family, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, as well as by hundreds viewing the web simulcast online, President Tracy detailed what the university means to him, as well as his plans to lead it toward a brighter tomorrow.

“Our past is great,” he stated. “Our future, for the sake of the world, must be even greater.”

Noting that he graduated in 1988 from what was then known as Cincinnati Bible College, President Tracy emphasized the school’s name change to Cincinnati Christian University in 2004 to describe his vision for the institution’s future. His expectations for institutional success begin with the city of CINCINNATI. “We must realize that God has called us to love the city of Cincinnati,” said President Tracy. “The better this University is, the better Cincinnati is.”

President Tracy then focused on what he believes to be the most important component of the school’s name: CHRISTIAN. He criticized the false assumption that a Christian school is only successful if they train church leaders. Serving as a Christian institution of higher education demands, “a commitment to develop, love, nurture, challenge and disciple the students we have now.”

He revealed the academic strategic plan designed to attract new students and ensure the school’s effectiveness as a dynamic UNIVERSITY. This included plans for a new degree in Public Theology, focusing on the intersection of faith and culture, as well as launching a new Honors program to attract the brightest students from around the United States. President Tracy also announced a vision to develop programs in Science Education, Math Education, Special Education, I.T. Management, Entrepreneurship and Communication Arts.

As the conclusion of his remarks, President Tracy announced the launch of a three-month long initiative called Dream Big CCU, challenging all attendees and CCU constituents to live up to the name of Cincinnati Christian University and “dream big” together.⊕

Contributions by Sydney Mason, CCU Student

You can click here for a photo gallery of the inauguration.