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", Athletics, Community, "Elementary School", "Kansas Kids Fitness"
On Monday, April 23, The College took part in Kansas Kids Fitness Day. More than 500 area elementary students participated in the statewide event, which serves as a way to show youth that physical activity can be fun. Throughout the day, OU students who are enrolled in physical education and...
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...
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...
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...
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...