From the President
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
Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Acting, "Current Students", Desdemona, theatre
The Ottawa University Theatre Department presented Robert Bastron’s “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage” and Toni Morrison’s “Desdemona” during the spring 2012 semester. Lynn Deboeck, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas...
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...