A Fork in the Road

Winter 2014

We all encounter them – those moments in life when we have a choice to make. Take the high road or the low road? Pursue this career or that career? Go for glory or integrity? Money or meaning? Comfort or courage?
 
These forks in the road often alter the very direction of our lives, determining what we do and who we become. They are the moments for which Ottawa University seeks to prepare its students from the instant they step on campus. By helping them explore all the dimensions of who they are and where they fit in an increasingly complex world, students leave equipped to examine decisions from a broader life perspective and expanded worldview. 
 
The stories in this issue of the Ottawa Spirit bear this out. As you read them, we hope you will identify with the life choices that have been made by current students, alumni and faculty who are leading lives of significance and helping others do the same.
 



Cross Culture, Cross Benefit

Posted by Paula Paine on December 2, 2013 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, Faculty/Staff, "School of Business", "The College", "Your OU"

Zimbabwe is not an African country that many Americans are familiar with, which is all the more reason that new graduate assistant (GA) Keith Dangarembwa is proving to be an asset to Ottawa University. He brings unique perspectives and life experiences to bear on the students and athletes he...

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From RN to HR

Posted by cservaes on December 2, 2013 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Kansas City", Online, "School of Business", "Your OU"

After being a registered nurse (RN) for more than 25 years, Vivian Derby decided she needed to expand her career options. With a special interest in human resources (HR) and a need to earn her degree online, she chose Ottawa University for her Master of Arts in Human Resources.

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The Service Lane

Posted by Paula Paine on November 19, 2013 in Alumni, Athletics, Community, "School of Education", "The College", "Your OU"

From a young age, Steven Lane knew he wanted to help underprivileged children, but his grandmother told him that it wouldn't be until he experienced some type of difficulty in his own life that he would be able to put himself in others' shoes and help in a meaningful way. That difficulty...

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Born to Lead

Posted by Paula Paine on November 19, 2013 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Music, "School of Business", "The College", "Your OU"

If you met Sophomore and Student Body President Michael Jones, you would have the perfect mental picture of an "overachiever." Involved in four sports, four activities and four clubs at Shawnee Mission North High School, as well as being active in community and church events while...

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Lending an Ear

Posted by Paula Paine on November 5, 2013 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Kansas City", "School of Business", "Your OU"

Rosemary Hart could never be accused of "coasting" into her senior years. In fact, she was not satisfied with simply earning her bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in her 70s, so she just completed her MA in Human Resources from the Kansas City campus in May. "Rosemary...

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