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

 



A Rewarding Recipe

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...

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The Heart of Entrepreneurship

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "School of Business"

Every office and home seems to collect outdated and broken technology and many people resort to the dumpster to solve the problem. But Jason McAninch ’09 is in a perfect position to provide an alternative solution so that he can help the environment, his clients and raise money for his...

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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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