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 cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Communication, "Current Students", "Disaster Assessment", Events, Reading, "The College"
Ottawa University students traveled to Reading, Kansas, on April 13-14 to participate in a mock disaster, just less than a year after the town was devastated by an EF3 tornado that killed one person and injured five others. Ottawa University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Disaster Assessment...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", "distance teaching", "Dodge City", "Kansas City", "School of Education", "student teaching"
Cyndy Torres knew she wanted to return to Dodge City at some point in her life. It’s where she grew up. It’s where her family lives. So when the Ottawa University-Kansas City education student was presented with the opportunity to do her student teaching in Dodge City, she jumped at...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "adventures in faith", Alumni, "Current Students", Events, "Online Education", "The College", "University of Kentucky"
“God puts people in your path for an absolute reason,” University of Kentucky Athletic Director and OU alumnus Mitch Barnhart says. “He doesn’t make mistakes. Failures. Disappointments. Losses. It’s all for a reason.” That is part of the message that Barnhart...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Adawe LifePlan Center", Buddhism, Christianity, "Enlightened Faith", Hinduism, Islam, "The College"
The Adawe LifePlan Center offered three workshop series during the spring semester, which served to help students deepen their faith, explore their identity and consider career and lifestyle options. The first was an Enlightened Faith series that taught students about the principles of Buddhism...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Acting, "Current Students", Desdemona, theatre
The Ottawa University Theatre Department presented Robert Bastron’s “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage” and Toni Morrison’s “Desdemona” during the spring 2012 semester. Lynn Deboeck, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas...