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

 



Lisa Johnson Named to Governmental, Regulatory and Legal Affairs Role

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

Ottawa University (OU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Johnson, former Franklin County Administrator, as its new Director of Governmental, Regulatory and Legal Affairs.

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Wrestling Draws 39 Students to Campus

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Brandy Green", "Coach Andres", ezflex, "Kevin Andres", "Randy Hinderliter", "right fit", "U.S. Wrestling Foundation", wrestling, "Wrestling Foundation"

39 new wrestlers from seven states are enrolled at The College for the 2014-15 academic year, with the first home matches scheduled for November 1. Coach Kevin Andres wants a packed house for the historic opening event.

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Top Scholar Joins Rural Health Program

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

Junior Annette (Annie) Kessler is a Top Scholar at Ottawa University who is double majoring in biology and math. She is also an outstanding OU athlete. Annie was recently accepted into the Scholars in Rural Health program in the University of Kansas School of Medicine, due, in part, to the...

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Progress Marks Kickoff of 150th Year!

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in 150th, "Braves Camp", "Business Fusion", "Class of 2018", "fall 2014", "Gibson Student Center", "Hetrick Dining Center", movein, move-in, sesquicentennial, "student orientation"

Ottawa University may be almost 150, but it’s definitely not slowing down! In fact, the start of the 2014-15 academic year was marked with excitement as students returned to many new and improved facilities, events and programs this fall.

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New Choral Director Brings Multinational Experience

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

Dr.Dong-Hyun Son of South Korea took over the role as OU’s new choral director and assistant professor of music at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.

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