From the President
Welcome to our spring Spirit magazine! It is difficult to believe we are getting ready for yet another commencement celebration season as this academic year moves to a close in a few weeks. It is always a time to remember why we do what we do as graduates of extraordinarily diverse ages and backgrounds take that special walk to pick up their hard-earned diploma from Ottawa University. It is a walk that folks have taken for 152 years!
Moving on to current events and observations, on February 17, we officially announced our plans to open a brand new residential campus in Surprise, AZ, which will welcome its first students this coming fall. This is both a missional and strategic move for our institution, an initiative which has been under consideration for over five years. This effort has been made possible by generous gifts from donors who share our vision for the future of OUAZ and who appreciate the desire and need for OU to continue to grow while meeting the lifetime needs of its thousands of students who deserve to taste the Ottawa Spirit. If you visit us in Surprise, you will find tremendous energy and enthusiasm for this extension of the Ottawa mission and we are excited to be able to finally bring this effort to fruition. I look forward to sharing updates with you over the coming months and in future Spirit Magazines as we embark on this latest outreach of Ottawa University into a world that seems to need more and more of what we do and teach every day.
Our beloved College in Ottawa is also bustling with activity over the next couple of months as the Schendel Conference Center plays host to several conferences. The Women in Gold Leadership Conference, the 22nd Annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference and a special Non-Profit Leadership Workshop will give students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as the Ottawa and Kansas City communities an opportunity for some exciting learning and dialogue.
OU alums are invited to a gathering for our east coast friends in Tarrytown, NY, on June 2, and the Braves Classic Golf Tournament in Ottawa on June 23. I am looking forward to connecting with those of you who are able to join us at those events. Our alumni exemplify what we attempt to teach on an everyday basis, and you are a key part of the fabric that makes our school what it is.
I hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine. If you haven’t been to campus (any of them) to visit us in a while, I encourage you to make the trip. We would love to see you.
In the Ottawa spirit,
Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08
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.
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.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 29, 2014 in "Your OU"
After more than a decade of drug abuse and thoughts of suicide, ex-Marine Brandon Coleman now has instant credibility with other veterans suffering from substance abuse as he counsels them to lives of long-term recovery and hope.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 26, 2014 in
The fall has seen the announcement of a number of retirements from among OU's beloved faculty and staff.
Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "2014 OUAA", "Eldon Rader", "OU Alumni Association", OUAA, "Pat Volland", "Sharon Farral", "Travler Chair", "Trish Dowd", "Will Allison"
The 2014 OUAA Award recipients were recognized on October 18 during Homecoming.