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

 



Perfect Pitch

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", "Lady Braves", "Perfect Game", "School of Education", Softball, "The College"

One batter at a time. One strike at a time. One out at a time. That’s how Ashley Renaldi pitched Ottawa University’s first-ever perfect softball game in April. “I didn’t really know I was having a perfect game until the last couple of innings,” says Renaldi, who is...

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Perspectives from Space - Hostetter DeFries 2012

Posted by cservaes on June 13, 2012 in "Current Students", Events, Hostetter-DeFries, NASA, "Space Shuttle Discovery", "The College"

The truth is - being married to an astronaut, though thrilling, is very scary. It’s risky. It’s dangerous. And it’s nerve-racking. But Eileen Hawley made a life of NASA alongside her astronaut husband Steven, and now the couple share their experiences in presentations throughout...

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Senator Jerry Moran Visits Ottawa University

Posted by cservaes on June 13, 2012 in Community, "Jerry Moran", "Kansas Private College Week", "Other News", "The College"

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., made a visit to Ottawa University’s residential campus on Wednesday, April 4, as a precursor to Kansas Private College Week. After touring the campus, Senator Moran met with President Kevin Eichner to learn more about Ottawa University and discuss what...

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by cservaes on June 13, 2012 in Athletics, "Breast Cancer Awareness", Community, "Current Students", 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 baseball...

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New Education Programs in Arizona

Posted by cservaes on June 13, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona

As part of Ottawa University’s ongoing mission to provide students with ample opportunities to grow as professionals, OU-Arizona recently launched two new educational programs. The first is a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in School Guidance Counseling. The program, which...

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