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

 



Staying in Tune With Mathematics

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.

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Of Truth and Beauty

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...

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Gospel Extravaganza

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...

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Administrative Announcement

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...

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This Issue: The Culture of Learning

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Culture, "Higher Education"

Every now and then the English language offers us a fun aberration. Arguably, the word “culture” is one of those. Why? Because the diversity of the meanings associated with it serves to define the word itself, so that as one explores and cultivates the various aspects of culture, he...

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