From the President
Spring 2016

It’s hard to believe the 2015-2016 school year has ended. It seems like yesterday we were helping students move into Martin and Bennett Halls. Now that commencement ceremonies are complete at all our campuses, I sit back and reflect on another successful year and find myself reenergized as we forge ahead, continuing to advance the mission of Ottawa University. 

As this year comes to a close, we wrapped up our Advancing the Vision campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Ottawa University. Because of you, we raised more than $26 million in gifts and pledges. We have made great strides in ensuring our students have all the tools necessary to go out into the world and make a significant impact.

Everyday, we are helping young minds develop and grow in powerful ways. We continue to keep an eye on the changing demands of society and are exploring new programs that will meet the needs of current and future OU students. We are also currently evaluating existing programs and taking inventory of our classes and coursework to ensure that we are preparing students to enter an even more challenging workforce. 

As we look ahead to the 2016-2017 year, we have seen an increase in inquiries and signed letters for the fall. Word is spreading about the high quality education and the top-notch faculty in the classroom here at OU. We are optimistic about our fall enrollment numbers, especially at The College in Kansas.

I hope that as you read the spring issue of Spirit Magazine you are proud of all Ottawa University has accomplished and the role that you have played in our history. We count on you to be advocates of the University. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and commitment to expanding the Ottawa spirit.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Discovering Genius

Posted by Paula Paine on April 1, 2015 in

Dr. William Maxwell is a man on a mission. He believes that “all humans at conception are potential geniuses in some domain and that that genius is time-sensitive, environment-sensitive and mentor-sensitive.”

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Communication in Real Life

Posted by Paula Paine on April 1, 2015 in communication, "Erin Shriver", golf, "The Campus", "Your OU"

Senior Erin Shriver first thought she wanted to go into business, but after taking an Intro to Communication course, she instinctively knew she needed to change directions.

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New Programs Expand Recruiting Reach

Posted by on April 1, 2015 in "AJ Stevens", athletics, "Austin Babb", lacrosse, "Your OU"

With the introduction of lacrosse, men’s volleyball, and powerlifting/weightlifting as new athletic offerings for the 2015-16 year, Ottawa University is finding prospective students from states and regions traditionally under-represented on the residential campus.

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OU Establishes DeFries Society for the Performing Arts

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

Ottawa University is pleased to announce the establishment of the DeFries Society for the Performing Arts at Ottawa University through a generous family gift from alumni Dr. Stanley ’50 and Alice Jo (Hostetter) ’51 DeFries of Lawrence, KS.

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Raffle for Rose Brooks

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration at Arrowhead Stadium on October 16, 2014, a raffle was held as a way to give back to the Kansas City community.

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