From the President
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
Posted by Paula Paine on November 12, 2014 in "40th Celebration", Arrowhead, "KC 40th", OUKC, "Your OU"
Ottawa University-Kansas City celebrated its 40th anniversary, as well as 40 years in adult education, at Arrowhead Stadium on October 16, 2014.
Posted by Paula Paine on November 12, 2014 in APOS, Christmas, giving, "Your OU"
OU's adult campuses are getting in the Christmas spirit by giving back to their communities this holiday season. Learn how each site is playing Santa to those in need.
Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in "alumni banquet", "Class Reunions", Homecoming, "Homecoming 2014", Reunion, "Your OU"
Homecoming – doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? The idea of coming home to Ottawa University - where you belonged; where you grew as a young adult; where you had faculty and staff who nurtured you and classmates who became lifelong friends.
Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in "class gift", "Class of 64", "Jan Lee", "Your OU"
During the OU Alumni Association Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Class of 1964 presented the largest class gift in Ottawa University history to OU President Kevin C. Eichner.
Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in Hostetter, "Menninger Clinic", "Walt Menninger", "Your OU"
Ottawa University’s annual Hostetter DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20, and will feature Dr. Walt Menninger, doctor, psychiatrist, author, and former CEO of the acclaimed Menninger Clinic.