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 "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...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "School of Education", "The College"
Author John Maxwell recounted, "It's been said that there are two kinds of people in life: those who make things happen and those who wonder what happened." Despite her humble beginnings, Beverly (Clinton) Fink '56 has chosen to make a difference in the world around her &ndash...
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "School of Business", Wisconsin
Louis Young is a 2008 graduate of Ottawa University-Wisconsin. Tasked with new business development with Frank Mayer & Associates, a major in-store merchandising solutions company, Young’s story exhibits what OU’s adult education is all about. He tells it best in his own words.
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni
A lifelong friend of Ottawa University passed away December 21, 2011. John Kruska ‘68 came to Ottawa University in the fall of 1963 from Bronx, New York. He attended OU for five years, participating in the campus Young Republicans club for three years. “When thinking of John, his...
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...