From the President
Spring 2017

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

 



The Culture of Counseling

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, "Graduate School", "Human Resources", "Professional Counseling", "School of Arts and Sciences"

We each belong to a segment of society defined as our “culture,” i.e. the American culture. However, within the broader culture are countless “sub-cultures” that shape who we are and more narrowly classify us as individuals - sub-cultures like our professions, family units...

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Pastor's Conference

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...

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No Graduation Day

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, "American Baptist Churches", "American Baptist Home Mission Societies", Seminary, "The College"

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”– Vernon Howard Rev. Soozi (Whitten) Ford ’78 offers a hearty “Amen!” to Howard’s admonition. Throughout her career as a professor, pastor and American Baptist Churches regional...

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Concert Choir Hits The Road

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Choir Tour", music, "The College"

This winter, the Ottawa University concert choir performed across the state of Kansas, as well as in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. The tour began March 5 and ran through March 16. Before heading across the Midwest, the choir performed in several churches in Ottawa, Lawrence and Osawatomie. Each...

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All That Jazz

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "Ottawa University Band", "Spring Band Concert", "Spring Jazz Concert", "The College"

Two Ottawa University Spring Music Concerts featured students, community members and a variety of music styles. The Spring Band Concert and Spring Jazz Concerts both took place in April in the Fredrikson Chapel. The Ottawa University Band is a wind and percussion ensemble that consists of music...

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