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

 



Inaugural Performance Edge Summit Helps Introduce the Ottawa University Coaching Institute

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...

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2016-2017 Student Leadership Elected

Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in "Alex Kincaid", "Kaylee Asher", "Student Senate"

When the 2016-17 academic year begin, so will the year of student leadership under new Student Body President Kaylee Asher and Student Body Vice President Alexander (Alex) Kincaid.

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TAU Institute Now Accepting Student Applications

Posted by on August 9, 2016 in "Fredrikson Center", "TAU Institute", theology

Applications are now being accepted for High School aged youth who want to participate in Ottawa University’s newest initiative, the TAU Institute.

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Arabie Conner Named KCAC Athletic Director of the Year

Posted by on August 9, 2016 in "Arabie Conner", "Athletic Director", Braves, KCAC, "Ottawa University"

Arabie Conner was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2015-16. Conner was formally recognized at the KCAC Sport Management Conference on August 2.

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Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in Braves, "Dennis Tyner", engineering, football

For junior Dylan Wheeler of Holton, K.S., academics comes before athletics. He prides himself on his success in the classroom knowing that the hard work will lead him to the future he dreams of for himself. And, according to those who know him here at OU, the future for this Engineering major is...

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