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

 



Fox Juggles Volleyball, School and Motherhood

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Braves, Ottawa, Volleyball

Junior Janaya Fox is busy. Like most of her fellow student-athletes at Ottawa University, she is juggling school, practices and games each day while working towards her degree in physical education. A typical day for Fox begins at 7 a.m. and ends when she returns home in the evenings and straight...

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Asst. Volleyball Coach Selected to Pepperdine University Athletic Hall of Fame

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Braves, Ottawa, Sorensen, Volleyball

Assistant men’s and women’s volleyball coach Tom Sorensen has been selected to Pepperdine University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Sorensen, who joined the Braves in December 2014, will recognized during a ceremony on October 18.

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Up and Coming

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Affinity, Ottawa, University

It started with a vision and the result was worth the wait. We broke ground in 2013 on the single largest building project ever undertaken by Ottawa University and as the largest number of students in 41 years arrived on campus, they were greeted by the newly completed Gangwish Library and Gibson...

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New Alumni Positions

Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in alumni, Hale, Janice, Nori, promotions, Trigg

While students were transitioning from school day sot summer fun, Nori Hale ’71 within the Advancement Office. Hale was promoted to the position of Leadership Gift Officer, where she will widen the University’s donor base and secure gifts for its annual fund, capital campaigns and various...

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Lacrosse debuts at OU this spring

Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in athletics, Braves, lacrosse

Under the direction of Stevens and women’s head coach Brittany Frankenfeld both teams will compete for Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) championships in their inaugural season after the conference added lacrosse to their list of championship sports in July.

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