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

 



Lifesaving Meals

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Current Students", Events

A new student organization aimed at combating local, regional and world hunger issues was established in April 2011. Hungry for Change is a chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. “The mission of the organization is to encourage students, faculty and the community to join the fight...

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Going For The Goal

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Clarence Anderson", football, NFL

Clarence Anderson always dreamed of playing professional football. It was just a dream. A dream that started looking more like a reality his senior season on the Ottawa Braves football team. During his senior season, scouts from 16 National Football League (NFL) teams visited campus to watch...

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Alumni Awards Banquet

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Uncategorized

Distinguished Service Award, awarded for the demonstration of exceptional service in the church and/or community over a span of time. “I am very honored and very humbled. When I looked back at the people who have won this award, they are all people who I admire and people who have inspired...

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Back on the Diamond

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, "The College"

The Ottawa University Braves baseball team has welcomed several new coaches to the roster. Cory Blaine ’88 was hired as the new head baseball coach in December, and Freddie Adamson and Joe Malin were enlisted as assistant coaches at the start of the new year. Blaine was a four-year letter...

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OU Tennis Program Resurrected

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Lance Lysaught was hired in early fall to resurrect the Ottawa University men’s tennis team after more than 20 years of dormancy. The men’s tennis team was in existence from the fall of 1889 to 1944, but was cut in 1944 because of World War II. The program resumed in 1947, but was...

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