From the President

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Alumni, athletics, education, "Kevin Eichner", "School of Education"

Education. It is what we’re all about. Our raison d’etre. And through our School of Education, which is the focus of this edition of the Ottawa Spirit, we are preparing many others for this noble profession.

As we all know, this is a critical time in the field of education as school districts and colleges across the country continue to confront some severe challenges. We at OU have had our share of these challenges as well, but through perseverance, creativity and the support of so many alumni and friends, we are stronger than ever. One of our historical mainstays, our education program remains so today and promises to be so well into the future.

As we continue to equip future and current educators with the most relevant and effective tools for serving in the classroom, we enjoy sharing stories of the innovations and successes that have helped OU to a well-deserved reputation of excellence in this field. Several are included in this issue. You will also read about five of our own faithful educators who recently retired after impacting countless lives and contributing so much to our school.

Athletics is also a key component of the total student experience, both here at OU and for many of our graduates who go on to coach young athletes. One such coach is Amy Arnold, a fascinating, high-impact OU-Arizona education student and coach that you’ll read about here. Another is Lou Coppoc ’57, a retired teacher and coach from Williamsburg, Kansas, who was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in October. These are terrific examples of so many we could mention who utilize the playing fields and courts to develop and educate young people.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Ottawa Spirit, which we publish to keep you abreast of what’s happening here at the University. As always, we value your input and updates.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers on behalf of Ottawa University. We have much to accomplish in 2011, and as you recently read in our Annual Report, we have some excellent momentum.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, LLD ’08