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 September 10, 2014 in jazz, "jazz ensemble", "jazz studies", "Music Education", "Nick Rowland", Rowland, saxophone, "Todd Wilkinson"
Nick Rowland took a career path that, while a bit longer and more winding than some, eventually led him to where he’s meant to be. On stage and in the classroom.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Brave Jazz", jazz, "jazz ensemble", "jazz invitational", "jazz studies", "Todd Wilkinson"
A welcome stride within the music department is the addition of a Jazz Studies major, along with the introduction of a number of jazz ensembles.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Bryce Stottlemire", "Dennis Tyner", engineering, STEM, stottlemire
The approval of OU’s new B.S. in Engineering degree was announced in February. This fall, there are 18 students enrolled in the introductory course.
Posted by Doug Carder on September 10, 2014 in 1963, "capital campaign", demolition, "Gangwish Library", "Gibson Student Center", "Jan Lee", library, "Mowbray Union", sesquicentennial
By Doug Carder, Ottawa Herald Senior Writer
Reprinted with special permission from the Ottawa Herald
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Arie Smith", "Barb Dinneen", "critical thinking", Dinneen, LAS, "Liberal Arts Studies"
Dr. Barbara Dinneen is Professor of English and Director of the Liberal Arts Studies Program at OU’s residential campus in Ottawa.