From the President
Fall 2016

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

 



Dr. Greg Moore Joins Business Faculty

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in

Assistant Professor of Finance Dr. Greg Moore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Finance program at Ottawa University.

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Rao to Lead Data Science Program

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Aruna Rao", business, "Data Science", Rao, "School of Business", technology, "Your OU"

Ottawa University is happy to announce the addition of Aruna Rao, Assistant Professor of Management Information and Health Systems, to the University’s business faculty.

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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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