From the President
Fall 2016

It seems no matter how hard we wish for it, time doesn’t seem interested in slowing down. It’s hard to believe we have welcomed our 152nd class to Ottawa University – and for the third year in a row, we’ve seen the largest number of students on our campus in more than 40 years. It’s always exciting to reconnect with old friends and welcome the new faces to OU each August as we continue to grow the University community. I was right there on move-in day, watching returning students carry their belongings into the residence halls and assisting the first year students find their way around campus just as I have since becoming president of our beloved University.

With each new academic year comes a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year. We experienced tremendous growth in our nursing and engineering programs, welcomed more than 25 international students thanks to a renewed focus on our international studies program, received national accreditation of our business school, and improved facilities and technology capabilities across campus.

Our student-athletes made a statement on the field of play last season. Women’s volleyball and women’s golf won KCAC Conference Championships, 12 teams earned NAIA Scholar Team Awards, three were named KCAC Champions of Character, and a NAIA Individual National Championship was won in women’s wrestling. And all of this was possible thanks to the leadership of our 2015-2016 KCAC Athletic Director of the Year Arabie Conner and the amazing coaching staff that she has assembled.

As always, I’m proud of the hard work and dedication of the OU administration, faculty and staff – they are the gears that keep this University moving forward day after day. Their vision for our students experience while on campus has been instrumental in creating the atmosphere that has helped us reach record enrollment numbers for the past three years.

I would be remiss if I didn’t stop and take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude to you, our alumni and friends, for your ongoing support of our programming, athletics and student activities. Ottawa University holds a special place in all our hearts and without you, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate nearly 152 years of significance in the lives of all we encounter.

I hope you enjoy this latest issue of Spirit Magazine as much as we enjoy sharing the stories and imagery with you. We look forward to seeing you all during Homecoming Weekend, October 20-23, here on campus.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



On Education and the Economy

Posted by Paula Paine on February 8, 2011 in Alumni, economics, education, "School of Education"

Whatever your opinion of the status of education in America, there can be no dispute that the hard hit on the economy has left virtually every state in the nation scrambling to balance its budget, with the majority putting education under the knife to trim both positions and programs. According...

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Passion Play

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The rumbling clash of helmets is stopped short by the shriek of a whistle and the thud of Coach Arnold’s clip board as it hits the ground. The boys know what’s coming. In a low, staccatoed bellow, she (yes, you read right) - she lays in. “How–many– times–do...

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Coordinating Efforts

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Through a partnership with East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN), OU now has an on-site Volunteer Coordinator.

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