Center for Stone Campbell Heritage

CCU is pleased to announce the creation of the Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage. CCU has played an important role in the emergence and development of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and will host the new center on our campus.

WHY DO WE NEED THIS CENTER?
The historic development and growth of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ is both unique and important. Currently, our fellowship does not have a archival and research center directly associated with our history. Both the Disciples of Christ and the Churches of Christ have such heritage centers.

Until recently, the Disciples of Christ Historical Society served every segment of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. The DCHS has now fallen under the exclusive control of the Disciples of Christ and has focused its efforts on serving as a denominational archive and research center specific to the Disciples of Christ. This has created a vacuum for preserving our unique heritage.

PURPOSE OF THE CENTER
1. To collect, preserve, and make available for research materials related to the history of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and the larger Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

2. To acquire and preserve both documents and artifacts affiliated with the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

3. To form a digital archive for the preservation and distribution of research materials.

TWO-FOLD OUTREACH
The Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage desires to be the premier academic research collection for all materials related to the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. However, the center will also appeal to a popular level, providing access and resources for churches and individuals to pursue a more thorough understanding and connection to their faith tradition.

CONTACT
If you are interested in contributing to the development of the Center for Stone-Campbell Heritage, contact Dr. Rick Cherok at rick.cherok@CCUniversity.edu

Building For Today: Housing Renovations

As we continue to pursue our plans for our new housing units to be opened in 2016, CCU is taking steps to ensure that our current dorms are top-notch. This summer, both Alumni and Restoration Halls are undergoing major renovations. Both the dorm rooms and the lobby areas are seeing major improvements, including new flooring, painting, and new furniture.

Josh Mason, Director of Operations, has his team working non-stop to make sure that the aggressive rehabilitation schedule is completed by the time that students return in August.

President Tracy noted, “We’re constantly investing in the CCU student experience. When our students get back on campus, they’re going to love all the changes happening in the their home away from home.”

Pictures of the work thus far:

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First floor of Alumni Hall is prepped for new flooring

Restoration1Third floor of Restoration Hall has been completely cleared

Restoration4The fourth floor lounge in Restoration Hall is being renovated

Restoration3The bathroom on first floor of Restoration Hall has new tile

Restoration2New flooring has been already been installed in parts of Restoration Hall

Alumni2The lobby in Alumni Hall will also have new amenities

Commitment to Ministry

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CCU’s ministry programs are well-rounded, biblically-based, and theologically sound. Our urban location also allows ministry students to gain exposure to the latest trends and innovations. To continue to bolster our curriculum, several new initiatives are being launched this coming academic year that combine academic excellence with field experience.

THE TEACHING CHURCH
CCU is taking advantage of our centralized location to significantly increase the amount of time students spend in real-world ministry contexts. We are collaborating with a dozen partner churches in the Cincinnati area to create a program that allows students extensive time in the field. They will get involved in the life of the local church from the very beginning of their studies. Students will be assigned to a local teaching church during their freshman year and will serve, shadow, and observe. In the following years, they will become more deeply involved in ministry and, eventually, complete a one-year internship. The teaching church program will involve no extra cost to students and will not require them to leave Cincinnati. These meaningful ministry experiences will provide opportunities to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

THE BLOC PARTNERSHIP
CCU recently finalized an agreement with BLOC Ministries, an urban ministry that works with under-resourced families and kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students will work with BLOC for cross-cultural experiences in a wide range of settings including schools, mentoring programs, and self- sustaining businesses. The program culminates in an extended, immersive experience that allows students to live and work in an inner city context for up to two full years. The city will serve as a laboratory for the theory they learn from faculty. For more information on BLOC, go to their website (www. blochead.org).

THE HONORS PROGRAM
CCU’s new Honors Program rewards elite students who wish to pursue a biblically-based college degree. Participants receive a full-tuition scholarship and a wide range of unique extra-curricular opportunities. While the Honors Program is open to students enrolled in any major, honors ministry students will receive special mentorship experiences and travel opportunities to develop their professional skills.

CCU Boosters

boostersFounded in 2015, the Cincinnati Christian University Athletic Boosters enhance the performance, achievement, spiritual development, sportsmanship, and the overall athletic experience of the Cincinnati Christian University Student-Athlete through community-based fund raising activities and student-athlete involved community betterment programs. The Boosters work closely with the CCU Athletic Department to determine the needs of its student-athletes and coaches and provide funding for those needs in an equitable manner.

BOOSTERS GOALS/OBJECTIVES

  • Provide funding to support the athletic programs and sports complex facilities
  • Support the athletic, academic and spiritual development of the CCU student-athlete
  • Build a sense of spirit and community on campus
  • Create a source of institutional pride for our alumni
  • Become an active and contributing member of Cincinnati community

LEGACY OF CHAMPIONS CAMPAIGN
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Since the 1920’s, Cincinnati Christian University has used intercollegiate athletics as a tool to instill character and leadership skills in students. Ninety years later, as CCU continues to DREAM BIG, we imagine a future where new champions are forged on the field of play.

The Legacy of Champions campaign is a project of the CCU Athletic Boosters that will fund three major projects that will vastly improve the ability of the CCU student-athletes to achieve excellence.

A new multi-sport stadium on campus
Throughout our history, CCU has been forced to rent athletic facilities across the city in order to compete in intercollegiate athletics. This campaign will enable us to construct a 1,500 seat stadium on land that the university already owns on the north side of Lehman Road.

A new athletics center
CCU’s current athletic facilities are overtaxed and insufficient to meet the needs of our growing NAIA program. The Legacy of Champions campaign will permit us to build a 10,000 square foot building, serving as a gateway to the new stadium. The structure will include training facilities, locker rooms, offices, and a state of-the-art weight room.

Expanded CCU Practice Complex
Since 1997, Jean Byars Field has been the home field of the soccer programs. Constructed on top of a landfill, it has been unreliable as the playing surface is uneven from the ground settling far below the surface. Additionally, NAIA regulations demand a larger field, making Byars Field unplayable for collegiate competition. Landfill from the stadium construction will be used to reinforce and expand the area. Field-turf will be installed on the grounds, providing both a top-tier practice and game facility.

Funding
The goal for the Legacy of Champions campaign is to raise $5 million. This includes the cost of reconfiguring the land, field turf, lighting, bleachers, and building construction. The Legacy of Champions campaign will raise money from donors across the financial spectrum. The boosters will sell naming rights and corporate sponsorships and all revenue from ticketing, field rental, and concessions will go to fund the projects. Construction is slated to begin in the last months of 2015. The main field is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2016.

CONTACT
For more information, email boosters@ccuniversity.edu

David Fulcher Announced As CCU’s First Football Coach

fulcherheadshotOn June 1st, Cincinnati Christian University announced the addition of NAIA varsity football to begin play in 2016. David Fulcher was announced the program’s first head coach.

Coach Fulcher is a native of Los Angeles, California. Growing up in South Central L.A., he credits athletics as a major part of his path to life success. He stated, “in my neighborhood, you either played sports or were in a gang. I knew that playing ball would keep me out of trouble. And it did.”

David attended Arizona State University on a football scholarship (1983-1986) and was a three-time All-American. Because of his play at ASU, we was inducted into their sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft. David had a distinguished eight-year professional career, seven of which were spent with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a three-time All-Pro selection and played in Super Bowl XXIII against the San Francisco 49ers.

After his NFL career, Fulcher has been involved in various service ventures. Recently, he was an administrator at Cincinnati Christian High School, serving as the school’s head football coach from 2011 through 2014. He is the founder of MANA-Now, a non-profit that provides life skills to incarcerated males. David is married (wife, Judy) and has two grown children.

Athletic Director Beth Rogers is excited that Fulcher will be leading the new program. “Not only does David have the football experience we were looking for, he is a man of great character. His commitment to Christ is first and foremost in his life. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Coach Fulcher is up for the challenge of starting the university’s newest sport, just the fourth collegiate football program in the greater Cincinnati area. He declared, “I’m ready to go. I’m excited for Eagle football at CCU.”

Cincinnati Christian University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II, competing in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (KIAC). The university already fields twelve varsity sports, adding men’s baseball, women’s softball, and women’s golf this fall. As CCU will be the first program in the KIAC to add varsity football, potential competition has yet to be determined.

Why Athletics At CCU?

As CCU seeks to grow our student population, we have put special emphasis on bolstering our academic programs, planning facility expansion, and enhancing our student life. One part of the CCU student experience is our NAIA sports programs. Here we offer some bullet points to explain why CCU offers scholarship athletics.

OUR RATIONALE
Students want athletics
· Today’s prospective students desire additional extracurricular activities.
· Many prospective students began playing sports at an early age and wish to continue playing in college
· They view athletics as part of their educational experience

 Athletics is a part of CCU’s history
· In the earliest years of our school, we fielded athletics teams
· Thousands of CCU students have represented the school on the playing field over the years
· In the 1956 yearbook, CCU outlined two reasons for having varsity sports

  1. to create opportunities to influence the opposing teams for Christ, and
  2. to develop the Christian characteristics in student-athletes

· We still hold fast to these ideals today

Athletics is yet another vehicle to attract students
· Collegiate athletics are rapidly expanding throughout the country
· There are prospective students who desire to attend a college like CCU and participate in athletics
· Some of these prospects bypass us for other Christian colleges offering those sports

OUR RESEARCH
CCU fully investigates the addition of all new sports programs
· We have conducted interviews with both Christian and secular universities
· We have talked with presidents, trustees, athletic directors, and other institutional personnel
· We have inquired about positives, negatives, opportunities, and threats of athletic expansion

CCU fully investigates the financial implications of adding sports programs
· While NCAA Division 1 athletics experiences fiscal issues, lower tier collegiate athletics are a more viable enterprise
· The CCU finance department conducts financial pro formas about every new sport offerings
· While expansion requires initial investment, the university benefits in the long term

CCU fully investigates the hiring of new coaching personnel

· The key to new program success is selecting the right leader
· We seek coaches with the Christian character to lead men and women
· We hire coaches with the athletic intelligence to find success on the playing field

OUR RESOLUTIONS
CCU is committed to our mission
· Cincinnati Christian University exists to “develop students into selfless, well-rounded leaders who follow Christ and positively impact their community, country and world”
· All existing and new programs (whether academic or athletic) fall in line with our mission

All CCU students adhere to the highest standards
· The university expects academic excellence, spiritual development, and community service
· NAIA and NCCAA affiliations impose additional academic and character-driven requirements on student-athletes
· No student is above accountability

The CCU culture is bigger than any one program
· No academic or extracurricular endeavor supersede the university direction
· Our culture is based on faith in Christ Jesus
· Our structure is designed to ensure our community remains focused on our mission

Building for the Future: New Athletics Facilities

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This fall, Cincinnati Christian University will begin construction on a new athletics complex. Since the 1920’s, Cincinnati Christian University has used intercollegiate athletics as a tool to instill character and leadership skills in students. Ninety years later, as we continue to DREAM BIG, we imagine a future where new champions are forged on the field of play.

LEGACY OF CHAMPIONS CAMPAIGN
The Legacy of Champions campaign is a project of the CCU Athletic Boosters that will fund three major projects that will vastly improve the ability of the CCU student-athletes to achieve excellence.

A new multi-sport stadium on campus
Throughout our history, CCU has been forced to rent athletic facilities across the city in order to compete in intercollegiate athletics. This campaign will enable us to construct a 1,500 seat stadium on land that the university already owns on the north side of Lehman Road.

A new athletics center
CCU’s current athletic facilities are overtaxed and insufficient to meet the needs of our growing NAIA program. The Legacy of Champions campaign will permit us to build a 10,000 square foot building, serving as a gateway to the new stadium. The structure will include training facilities, locker rooms, offices, and a state of-the-art weight room.

Expanded CCU Practice Complex
Since 1997, Jean Byars Field has been the home field of the soccer programs. Constructed on top of a landfill, it has been unreliable as the playing surface is uneven from the ground settling far below the surface. Additionally, NAIA regulations demand a larger field, making Byars Field unplayable for collegiate competition. Landfill from the stadium construction will be used to reinforce and expand the area. Field-turf will be installed on the grounds, providing both a top-tier practice and game facility.

Funding
The total cost for all for the three projects (stadium, athletic building, and practice fields) is $4.7 million. Funds will be raised fully through the newly-formed Cincinnati Christian University Athletic Boosters. Click here to discover more about the CCU Athletic Boosters.

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The new Athletics Complex will include a weight room, training room, locker rooms, and will house concessions and ticketing centers.

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The stadium will be regulation size for soccer, football, lacrosse, and field hockey.

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Expansion will take place on the other side of Lehman Road on land that CCU already owns.