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", Community, "Current Students", Events, Theatre
Designed to give audience members a glimpse into the inner-workings of relationships, the Ottawa University Theatre department presented a musical in October entitled, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The musical followed the trials and tribulations of relationships...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, music, "Ron Chronister", theatre
Joyce Stuermer, long-time professor of music at Ottawa University, still remembers the day she asked Ron Chronister ’76 to serve as assistant director for an upcoming musical. “Even as a student, his organizational skills and abilities were top notch,” she said. Those same...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", faculty, "faculty symposium", Uncategorized
Ottawa University professors had the tables turned on them in September when they became students as part of the annual faculty symposium. Dr. John Wells, executive vice president at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, kicked off the three-day symposium with his presentation, &ldquo...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, volleyball
The Ottawa University volleyball team had just lost their final game of the season and Shannon (Holmes) Donley’s career as a Brave was over. It was a bittersweet realization – one that Donley says she’ll never forget. “After the match, we sat in the locker room for a long...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, "class gift", Community, Events, "The College"
During Homecoming 2011, the Ottawa University Class of 1961 presented the University with a check for $100,000 to be used for the Roger and Ruth Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality. The gift went towards the $1 million being sought for the Chapel and Center as part of the Advancing...