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 athletics, Baseball, Golf, KCAC, Softball, "Track and Field"
Softball, Baseball, KCAC Honors, Track and Field, Women's Golf, & Men's Golf
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Mathematics, "Music Education", Online, "Online Education"
Michael Bennington almost quit his Calculus I course the first week of class. It was challenging to absorb so much information in a short period of time, and Bennington had never had much experience with math before. But he didn’t quit.
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Albert Einstein", Faculty/Staff, Mathematics, Online, "Online Education"
By Dr. Jeff McCreight, Assistant Professor of Mathematics “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.” These words from British philosopher, mathematician and historian Bertrand Russell effectively summarize the essence of mathematics. But what is this...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Black Student Union", Community, "Current Students", "Gospel Extravaganza", "The College"
On April 12, Ottawa University’s Black Student Union (BSU) hosted the first annual Gospel Extravaganza, which featured soloists, praise dancers and gospel rappers expressing their love for God in different ways. The performers used their diverse backgrounds and interests to come together...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Faculty/Staff, "Other News"
Dr. Amy Hogan has accepted the position of interim dean of the School of Education following the resignation of Dr. David Barnes. Hogan has served as the associate dean of the School of Education since the summer of 2011. She has maintained a leadership role in the education program since 2005...