From The President - Winter 2014

Dear Friends,

Spring is finally in sight and a sense of renewal can be felt across the University. Not only is the sun shining for longer periods and warmth returning, but we, as an institution, are being re-invigorated on a number of fronts.
 
I recently had the privilege of working with the board and senior leadership to update Ottawa University’s strategic plan as we look toward realizing our goals for Vision 2020, which is fast approaching. Revising the plan allowed us to make necessary adjustments to compensate for trends we continue to see in the marketplace, such as adjusting enrollment projections and outlining more efficient processes, more streamlined and strategic partnerships, and more effective deployment of key personnel. The updated plan was communicated and well received at Town Halls conducted at each of our campuses in January and February.
 
One of the most anticipated renewals this spring is our re-accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. Visits at four of our nine campuses have taken place or will take place in the near future. The process of examining ourselves as an institution to identify what we do well and where we can improve in relation to the five criteria outlined by the HLC has been a most enlightening process and one from which we have benefited greatly. Going forward, the self-study will be a continual, as opposed to a ten-year, process, to ensure perpetual institutional evaluation and progress.
 
Construction of the Gibson Student Center is underway, and the Gangwish Library will be close on its heels. There has been little in recent years that has provided the level of hope and anticipation on The College campus that these new facilities are offering. We can’t wait to open their doors and invite you in to share the wealth of knowledge and exchanges that they will afford in a state-of-the-art setting.
 
New programming always infuses our staff and students with new life, as it has done with the introduction of men’s and women’s wrestling at The College, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering at The College, and Addiction Counseling in APOS. We are so fortunate to have outstanding leaders for these new programs in Kevin Andres, Dr. Dennis Tyner and Dr. Kirk Bowden, respectively. You can look forward to exciting news coming from these offerings as each gets off the ground, as well as additional programming that we are exploring for 2015.
 
As you will read in this issue, our alumni, faculty and students have also experienced spring in their lives at various junctures when faced with choices that led them to joy and service over worldly success. These forks in the road served, as they do for all of us, as an opportunity to choose a life of significance that may be different from what others would do or expect of us. I hope you will see a little of yourself in their stories – I know I did!
 
I wish you each an extraordinary spring season that brings many opportunities for renewal of all kinds. As you think of us at Ottawa University, we covet your prayers, visits and gifts as we continue the good work we have been given.
 
Sincerely,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, LLD ’08
President

 



Homecoming 2013 Overview

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Ottawa University hosted its annual Homecoming festivities from October 23 – 27 at The College. Themed “Among the Stars,” Homecoming 2013 featured the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) induction, the Alumni Awards banquet, the Angell Snyder Business Symposium, multiple class reunions, and a...

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Wrestling Hits the Mat at OU

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Since the announcement that Ottawa University is adding men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletic programs starting fall of 2014, new head coach Kevin Andres has been hired and the first recruits signed in preparation for the program’s historic first season.

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Winningest Coach!

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Andy Carrier is now the winningest coach in Ottawa University Men’s Basketball history.

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Top Scholars Announced

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Seven high school students were awarded scholarships as part of The College’s fall Top Scholars competition. Each of the recipients is anticipated to be a full-time OU student beginning the fall of 2014.

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The Shot Doctor

Posted by Lisa Wellman on March 18, 2014 in

James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891. He’s famous for it – especially around Lawrence, Kansas. Since graduating from Ottawa University in 1980, another Midwest kid has quietly transformed the game of basketball with the most recognized shooting form in the world.

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