From the President
Fall 2016

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

 



Teaching Excellence

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", faculty, Faculty/Staff, Professors, Tenure, "The College"

Several faculty members at The College were recognized in February for their teaching excellence and significant contributions to the institution. • Gloria Creed-Dikeogu - promoted to associate professor of library science. • Dr. Amy Hogan - promoted to associate professor of education...

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$1 Million Pledged for Gibson Student Center

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Norwood L. Jones Convocation", "Os Guinness", "Other News", "The College", "Upcoming Events"

As most of our constituents are aware, Ottawa University has slated a new library and student center as the major building project within the Advancing the Vision capital campaign that is currently underway. To be built in 2013-14, the vibrant, modern structure is designed to be the cultural hub...

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The Money Man

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Invest Atlanta", "Money Man", "motivational speaker", "School of Business", "The College"

Some people know him as Lonnie Saboor, manager of small business and industrial finance for Invest Atlanta. Others refer to him as a motivational speaker who offers insights into unconventional financial resources and ways to improve personal and business leadership. Still others call the 1970...

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Athletics, "Breast Cancer Awareness", Community, "Current Students", Events, Softball, "The College"

The Ottawa University baseball and softball teams hosted Breast Cancer Awareness games on March 31. The mothers of junior Katarina Burns and sophomore Darin Lewis both threw out first pitches for the Lady Braves, while junior Greg Wisner’s grandmother tossed the first pitch for the...

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Manufacturing Success

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Carr Lane Manufacturing", "Made in America", "Political science", "The College"

While “Made in America” is making a comeback as the perceived ethical and preferred choice for many products like cars, appliances, furniture, and clothing, governmental and environmental regulations have long pushed companies and industries to distant shores where restrictions are...

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