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 March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "business degree", "business school", "Current Students", Events, "School of Business", "The College", Uncategorized
The Angell Snyder School of Business continues to lead the University in enrollments and is being bolstered by a number of initiatives. “Guided by principles of continuous improvement and reinvention, The Angell Snyder School of Business is progressing on multiple fronts,” says Dean...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, Events, "Hall of Fame", "The College"
Four-year starter on the Braves football team, Jeff Hull (1984-88), and long-time Braves Basketball Coach Andy Carrier were both inducted into the Ottawa University Braves Athletic Hall of Fame on October 20 during Homecoming weekend. Jeff Hull ’88
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Aiden, "Current Students", internship, music, "rock music", Uncategorized
When Shyla Shank first heard the band Aiden playing, she never imagined the places she would go or the people she would meet as a result. Shank heard the heavy metal band play for the first time in the summer of 2006. She became good friends with the members, keeping in touch with them and...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, "Current Students", Events, "The College", Uncategorized
Ottawa University played an integral part in the EMHE building project for the Hills. A slideshow of photos from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's trip to Ottawa. Not only did OU have many student, staff and faculty volunteers who helped with the build, but OU also provided lodging for...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Indiana, "Jeffersonville Campus", psychology, "School of Arts and Sciences"
Like many growing boys, Scott Turner grew up raiding the kitchen at every opportunity, especially when his parents were away. But unlike his peers, Scott wasn’t looking for pizza and chips; he was looking for flour and sugar. And eggs and butter and chocolate and vanilla. Several hours...