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 Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in "Brown Hall", flooding, spirit, water
On the evening of August 27, a water main break in the city of Ottawa set off a series of events on the Ottawa University campus that affected students, administration, staff and faculty. But as is the case when the going gets tough, the Ottawa spirit proved alive and well.
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 6, 2016 in "Fredrikson Chapel", "Ottawa University", "Roger Fredrikson"
Rev. Dr. Roger Fredrikson ’42 was a gift from God. He was a man who was led by the Holy Spirit in all he did, whose actions and words were known to have a lasting impact on anyone he encountered. His was a life of service and faith and abundant in spiritual gifts.
Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in EMBA, international
As part of the ongoing expansion of the International Studies Program at Ottawa University, the college has entered into a partnership with Howell Management Services (HMS) to assist with recruiting of students at the global level.
Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in counseling, masters, MBA, "Ottawa University"
Patricia Carrington ’06/’16 WI has a soft spot in her heart for people. She has worked with children suffering from HIV, children who have been abused, and served as an advocate for families in need of a voice. Knowing she had a calling to serve early in her career, she started off her...
Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in "Ottawa University Coaching Institute", "Train Ugly"
On Aug. 6, more than 100 coaches and athletes from Ottawa University and surrounding communities in the region, attended the Performance Edge Summit in the Schendel Conference Center. The one-day conference, which was aimed at helping coaches and athletes get the most from themselves and their...