From the President
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
Posted by on November 29, 2016 in "Fredrikson Chapel", nathex, "Ottawa University"
The long awaited renovation of Fredrikson Chapel has been completed. A cornerstone at Ottawa University, the Chapel was in need of a complete interior refresh. Thanks to generous support of donors during OU's Advancing the Vision capital campaign, the result of the renovation is a warm, welcoming...
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...