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

 



OU Adds Director of Nursing

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff

Kathy Kump has been named the director of nursing at Ottawa University. Kump comes to Ottawa University from the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, where she was an educator with the Wound Management Academy. “Kathy has been a registered nurse for 25 years and...

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Player of the Year

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Myah Sprew was named softball All-KCAC Player of the Year for her efforts to help lead the Lady Braves to a 30-22 season. To many, the honor wasn’t a surprising feat. Sprew’s grandfather, Marvin Wilson ’60, was a standout athlete during his time at Ottawa University, dominating...

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News & Notes

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Alumni, "News and Notes", "Other News"

Births and Adoptions, Marriages, In Memoriam, and Class Updates

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Challenging the Darkness - Norwood Jones 2012

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Norwood L. Jones Convocation", "Os Guinness", "Other News", "The College", "Upcoming Events"

Ottawa University hosted Dr. Os Guinness as its annual Norwood L. Jones Convocation speaker on March 7-8, 2012. Guinness presented two lectures, “Can Freedom Last Forever?” and “Challenging the Darkness.” He also presented a seminar aimed at clergy members. “Can we...

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For the Love of Music...and Students

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Alumni, Music", "Kansas Music Educators Association", "Music Education", "Music Educators National Conference", "The College"

He did it because of his love of music. He did it because he enjoyed playing the saxophone. He did it because a career as a professional musician is difficult financially. But mostly, music teacher Marlin Cooper ’61 did it for the students.

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