Having earned the respect of her fellow fire fighters and the Phoenix community, Kara Kalkbrenner broke a few stereotypes and glass ceilings when she was named the city's first female fire chief in November 2014.
The Gangwish Library is exhibiting daily transformation as construction is on schedule and on budget. The Hetrick Bistro within the new Gibson Student Center also has students coming, going and hanging out at all hours as the new gathering place on campus.
As part of its sesquicentennial celebrations, and for the first time in its history, Ottawa University hosted an Ottawa Powwow conducted by the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma on Saturday, April 18.
We all encounter them – those moments in life when we have a choice to make. Take the high road or the low road? Pursue this career or that career? Go for glory or integrity? Money or meaning? Comfort or courage?
These forks in the road often alter the very direction of our lives, determining what we do and who we become. They are the moments for which Ottawa University seeks to prepare its students from the instant they step on campus. By helping them explore all the dimensions of who they are and where they fit in an increasingly complex world, students leave equipped to examine decisions from a broader life perspective and expanded worldview.
The stories in this issue of the Ottawa Spirit bear this out. As you read them, we hope you will identify with the life choices that have been made by current students, alumni and faculty who are leading lives of significance and helping others do the same.
OU-KC grad Stephen Lutz shoots for a revised goal after missing the mark for the Olympic Pistol Team.
Rev. Arlo R. Reichter's relationship with the OU-WI campus through the American Baptist Church has been long, and he reflects on it here.
OU-IN grad Kim Moran proves that acting on a radio ad can change your life.
Graduates Sarah Shoults and Pablo Fontan encouraged and challenged their fellow graduates at OU-WI's commencement ceremony. Excerpts from their speeches are included here.
Jim O'Dell '57 is a loyal OU alum and a career banker. He recently celebrated 50 years in banking.