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

 



Cultivating Minds in the Field of Education

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, education, "Kansas State Department of Education", "Ottawa Middle School", "School of Education", "The College"

Brian Hutton and a fellow teacher at Ottawa Middle School wanted to come up with a creative way to get their 7th graders to read. What they decided on was a friendly competition in which each student was rewarded for every 100 pages they read. “They would receive a paper snowball to build a...

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Responding to Disaster

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...

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Distance Teaching

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...

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Adventures in Faith 2012

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...

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Adawe Workshops, Events Enhance Classroom Learning

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...

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