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 11, 2014 in 40th, gift, Goppert, KC, Skidmore, "Your OU"
The Goppert Foundation of Kansas City, MO, presented $50,000 to Ottawa University during OU-Kansas City’s 40th anniversary celebration at Arrowhead Stadium on October 16.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 30, 2014 in "Your OU"
Ottawa University has been ranked in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges. Out of approximately 1,800 schools, U.S. News ranked colleges and universities into several categories, with Ottawa University receiving a ranking of 59 in the Midwest region, tying with Notre Dame College of Ohio.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 29, 2014 in "Your OU"
After more than a decade of drug abuse and thoughts of suicide, ex-Marine Brandon Coleman now has instant credibility with other veterans suffering from substance abuse as he counsels them to lives of long-term recovery and hope.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 26, 2014 in
The fall has seen the announcement of a number of retirements from among OU's beloved faculty and staff.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "2014 OUAA", "Eldon Rader", "OU Alumni Association", OUAA, "Pat Volland", "Sharon Farral", "Travler Chair", "Trish Dowd", "Will Allison"
The 2014 OUAA Award recipients were recognized on October 18 during Homecoming.