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

 



Largest Class Gift Honors Jan Lee

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.

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Dr. Walt Menninger to Speak at 2014 Hostetter-DeFries Event

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.

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Rising to the Top

Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in "Allie Straub", "Top Scholars", "Your OU"

Allie Straub is one of 16 students who received Presidential or Provost Scholarships last year and are now making a difference on The College campus.

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OU Theatre Presents "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson"

Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in Andrew, Bloody, Jackson, theatre, "Your OU"

Ottawa University Theatre presented the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on October 23, 24 and 25 in the Larry D. Peters Auditorium on the Ottawa campus.

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Goppert Foundation Makes $50,000 Gift

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.

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