From the President
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
Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in "career services", Indiana
On Friday, November 12, OU-Indiana presented a half-day career planning seminar entitled “Fast Track Your Current Job and Future Opportunities.” The seminar featured OU faculty member Dr. Wayne Meaux, a corporate consultant with 30 years of experience. The workshop addressed the...
Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in alumni, "Habitat for Humanity", "The College"
150 students participated in Alternative Break service projects over the two days of fall break, completing more than 700 hours of service in the Ottawa community. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, two houses in dire need of work were scraped and painted and another house painted. Other...
Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in education, "School of Education"
Excerpts taken from an address by President Barack Obama on Higher Education and the Economy at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2010.
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...
Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"
Life Beyond the Sport In the fall, the Ottawa University Athletic Department hosted Career Athletes, LLC on campus to conduct student-athlete seminars focused on “Developing your Career Game Plan” and “How to Sell Yourself as an Athlete.” Based out of Olathe, Kansas...