From the President
Spring 2016

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

 



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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Ottawa University Ranked in 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges Report

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.

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