From the President
Spring 2017

Welcome to our spring Spirit magazine! It is difficult to believe we are getting ready for yet another commencement celebration season as this academic year moves to a close in a few weeks. It is always a time to remember why we do what we do as graduates of extraordinarily diverse ages and backgrounds take that special walk to pick up their hard-earned diploma from Ottawa University. It is a walk that folks have taken for 152 years!

Moving on to current events and observations, on February 17, we officially announced our plans to open a brand new residential campus in Surprise, AZ, which will welcome its first students this coming fall. This is both a missional and strategic move for our institution, an initiative which has been under consideration for over five years. This effort has been made possible by generous gifts from donors who share our vision for the future of OUAZ and who appreciate the desire and need for OU to continue to grow while meeting the lifetime needs of its thousands of students who deserve to taste the Ottawa Spirit. If you visit us in Surprise, you will find tremendous energy and enthusiasm for this extension of the Ottawa mission and we are excited to be able to finally bring this effort to fruition. I look forward to sharing updates with you over the coming months and in future Spirit Magazines as we embark on this latest outreach of Ottawa University into a world that seems to need more and more of what we do and teach every day.

Our beloved College in Ottawa is also bustling with activity over the next couple of months as the Schendel Conference Center plays host to several conferences. The Women in Gold Leadership Conference, the 22nd Annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference and a special Non-Profit Leadership Workshop will give students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as the Ottawa and Kansas City communities an opportunity for some exciting learning and dialogue.

OU alums are invited to a gathering for our east coast friends in Tarrytown, NY, on June 2, and the Braves Classic Golf Tournament in Ottawa on June 23. I am looking forward to connecting with those of you who are able to join us at those events. Our alumni exemplify what we attempt to teach on an everyday basis, and you are a key part of the fabric that makes our school what it is.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine. If you haven’t been to campus (any of them) to visit us in a while, I encourage you to make the trip. We would love to see you.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Head Women’s Soccer Coach Marc Gordon wins NSCAA and KCAC Coach of the Year Honors

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Ottawa University women’s soccer head coach Marc Gordon was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Plains Region Coach of the Year and the KCAC Coach of the Year after an impressive 2016 season.

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Wrestling programs has successful postseason

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The Ottawa University women’s wrestling team was the national runner-up at the 2017 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships. The Braves were led by sophomore Valeria Rivera who won the National Championship in the 109 pound weight class. Rivera is the second women’s...

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Ottawa University adds bowling to varsity sports teams

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In December, Ottawa University announced it will add men’s and women’s bowling to its lineup of varsity intercollegiate teams. The teams will begin competing in the 2017-2018 season and recruiting has already begun. The addition of bowling brings the number of intercollegiate teams offered at...

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Braves Have Strong Showing at 2017 KCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

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The OU men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the 2017 KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. The women finished seventh and the men placed eighth at the meet. Bryanna Music brought home the Braves only KCAC Championship. She...

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Work continues on Dick Peters Sports Complex facility upgrades

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Work continues on improvements to the Dick Peters Sports Complex on the campus of Ottawa University thanks to the generosity of donors and the successful Advancing the Vision Capital Campaign. The complex, which is currently home to the baseball and softball facilities, will be enhanced with the...

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