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

 



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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Kansas Kids Fitness

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...

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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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