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

 



Pastor's Conference

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, Community, Events, "Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality", "Pastor's Conference", "The College"

The 2nd Annual Conference for Pastors and Laity was held January 31 through February 1 in the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality. The conference served as an opportunity for pastors and lay people to better understand the meaning of spiritual formation through the series &ldquo...

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The Culture of Counseling

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, "Graduate School", "Human Resources", "Professional Counseling", "School of Arts and Sciences"

We each belong to a segment of society defined as our “culture,” i.e. the American culture. However, within the broader culture are countless “sub-cultures” that shape who we are and more narrowly classify us as individuals - sub-cultures like our professions, family units...

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No Graduation Day

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, "American Baptist Churches", "American Baptist Home Mission Societies", Seminary, "The College"

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”– Vernon Howard Rev. Soozi (Whitten) Ford ’78 offers a hearty “Amen!” to Howard’s admonition. Throughout her career as a professor, pastor and American Baptist Churches regional...

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Concert Choir Hits The Road

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Choir Tour", music, "The College"

This winter, the Ottawa University concert choir performed across the state of Kansas, as well as in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. The tour began March 5 and ran through March 16. Before heading across the Midwest, the choir performed in several churches in Ottawa, Lawrence and Osawatomie. Each...

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All That Jazz

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "Ottawa University Band", "Spring Band Concert", "Spring Jazz Concert", "The College"

Two Ottawa University Spring Music Concerts featured students, community members and a variety of music styles. The Spring Band Concert and Spring Jazz Concerts both took place in April in the Fredrikson Chapel. The Ottawa University Band is a wind and percussion ensemble that consists of music...

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