From the President
Spring 2017

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

 



From the President - Fall 2014

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

At the beginning of this historic 150th academic year at Ottawa University, it has been an opportune time to reflect on many of the milestones that we have achieved in the past few years as we strive to extend the great legacy of this institution.

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Five Inducted in 2014 BAHOF

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "2014 BAHOF", BAHOF, "Beau Basler", "Dan Chapla", "Shane Koranda", "Steffen Smith", "Steve Shelton"

During the September 18 induction banquet, five former Braves were added to the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Phoenix Campus Moves to Nearby Location

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

Ottawa University’s Phoenix campus recently moved from its location at 10020 N. 25th Avenue to a new building one block south at 9414 N. 25th Avenue.

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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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