From the President
Fall 2016

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

 



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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Move A Muscle, Make A Difference

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "business club", Community, "Current Students", DECA, Events, "School of Business", "The College"

Ottawa University’s first-ever business club, DECA, used a muscle to make a difference in October during its first annual Haunted Hike 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The run marked the first event sponsored by the University’s newly founded DECA chapter...

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Lunch-N-Lecture

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Events, "Roy Reiman", "South Suburban Chamber", "The Business Journal"

In October, Ottawa University – Wisconsin faculty and staff participated in a “Lunch-N-Lecture” program at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin. The event was sponsored by Ottawa University, the South Suburban Chamber and The Business Journal of Milwaukee. Roy...

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OU- Wisconsin Initiates Alumni Awards

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Events, Wisconsin

OU-Wisconsin alumni gathered in the fall for the first annual Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards Celebration, hosted at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Willie G. Davidson, grandson of co-founder William A. Davidson, provided a private tour for guests prior to the ceremony. 

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Braves Card

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Acceluraid card", "Braves Card", "Current Students"

Eating in the cafeteria, utilizing the copy center and buying books in the bookstore just got easier. This fall, the University launched a new Braves Card, which serves as an ID card, meal card and campus access card. Students also can use the card to do laundry, make purchases in campus vending...

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