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 Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in alumni, Hale, Janice, Nori, promotions, Trigg
While students were transitioning from school day sot summer fun, Nori Hale ’71 within the Advancement Office.
Hale was promoted to the position of Leadership Gift Officer, where she will widen the University’s donor base and secure gifts for its annual fund, capital campaigns and various...
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in athletics, Braves, lacrosse
Under the direction of Stevens and women’s head coach Brittany Frankenfeld both teams will compete for Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) championships in their inaugural season after the conference added lacrosse to their list of championship sports in July.
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in athletics, basketball, Braves, McClintock, men's, Phil
The men's basketball team is bringing a familiar face back to Wilson Field House.
Phil McClintock ’10 has been named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, returning to the court where he was a two-time NAIA All-American and four-year letterman. In addition to working with the post players, he’ll...
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in athletics, basketball, Braves, Kentucky, men's
For the first time in program history, the Ottawa University men’s basketball team will take on national powerhouse the University of Kentucky in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at historical Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kent. Tip-off time will be announced at a later date.
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in and, Arts, Delta, Forensics, Kappa, of, Pi, School, Sciences
In 1913, students from Ottawa University in collaboration with others from small colleges, founded Pi Kappa Delta, a forensics honorary society. The founding members used the first letters of the Greek phrase, Peitho Kale Dikaia, which means “the art of persuasion, beautiful and just.”