From the President
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
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.
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.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in HLC, reaccreditation
Ottawa University received word on July 8, 2014, that it has been reaccredited for 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Kasey Crump", "Kevin Andres", wrestling
Though Kasey Crump had opportunities to join Division I and II wrestling programs, they weren’t the right fit for him.
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.