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

 



Lessons Learned

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Ariane Smith", "Arie Smith", "Concert Choir", "Hungry for Change", Katrina, "New Orleans", "Pi Kappa Delta"

Senior Ariane (Arie) Smith first realized that she was meant to be a teacher during a primary reading practicum at a local school. She recalls the moment.

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Three Generations, Two Continents, a Single Decision

Posted by Paula Paine on August 4, 2014 in "Your OU"

Eniola Olaonipekun completed his MBA at OU’s residential campus in December 2013 and his BA in Accounting and Business Administration in 2010. His “what if” came from a single decision made a world away and decades earlier.

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The Shoebox Challenge

Posted by Paula Paine on August 4, 2014 in "Your OU"

Though it’s only August, OU-Kansas City’s community service committee is gearing up for Christmas by issuing a challenge to all OU faculty, staff, students, and friends in the Kansas City and surrounding area.

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Fear of Commitment - Overcome!

Posted by Paula Paine on August 4, 2014 in "Your OU"

Louis Monroe graduated from OU-KC in May with a B.A. in Communication and Psychology. He recently shared his winding but ultimately victorious educational journey with us. And he’s not done yet! In his own words….

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Arts Therapy Prof on Display

Posted by Paula Paine on August 4, 2014 in "Your OU"

Professor in Charge of Expressive Arts Therapy, Dr. Barbara Bagan has been on recent display both for her art and her expertise.

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