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

 



Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle in the Corporate World

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 17, 2016 in country, cross, field, health, overland, park, Sprint, track, wellness

There are multiple avenues a person can take in their career path. The direction of a career is rarely set in stone when a student arrives on a college campus, the chance the direction remains unchanged is rare. Such is the story of Mike Finch.

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2015 Homecoming Wrap-Up

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 17, 2016 in 150th, alumni, BAHOF, banquet, Gangwish, Homecoming, sesquicentennial

Ottawa University hosted its annual Homecoming festivities October 15 – 18 at The College. The highlight of the weekend was the dedication of the new Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center and then the Sesquicentennial Convocation, the culmination of the University’s year-long celebration of...

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Leaving a Legacy: The DeFries Society for the Performing Arts

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 17, 2016 in arts, choir, concert, DeFries, Eichner, Performing

In 2015, Ottawa University established the DeFries Society for the Performing Arts through a generous family gift from alumni Dr. Stanley ’50 and Alice Jo (Hostetter) ’51 DeFries of Lawrence, KS, as well as their children, Lucky ’75 and his wife, Pam ’75, of Topeka, KS; and Paula Nauman ’77 and...

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Helping Students “Plug In” to their Faith

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in Bible, Braving, Briley, Christian, Discipleship, Ministries, Rivers

If you’re looking for Director of Christian Ministries Briley Rivers ’01, his office would be the last place to check. Since returning to Ottawa University and assuming the role of DCM in July, Rivers has been on the move around campus. He has meetings to get to, Bible studies to attend and lives...

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Women’s Volleyball Team Completes Historic Season

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in Blessington, Championship, KCAC, NAIA, National, Tournament, volleyball

The Ottawa University women’s volleyball team wrapped up a successful 2015 season that saw the team tie a school record with 34 wins and a victory in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in program history. The team finished the season ranked 23rd in the NAIA Women...

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