From the President
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
Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in and, country, cross, field, KCAC, Kirk, NAIA, track, Wren
Legendary Ottawa University cross country and track coach Kirk Wren announced his retirement from coaching at the conclusion of the track season. Luckily, Wren is not leaving OU; he has accepted a new opportunity to teach full-time as an associate professor in the School of Education and liberal...
Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in and, calderwood, championships, country, cross, field, jordan, marathon, NAIA, track
Junior Jordan Calderwood left her mark on the conference this season, capturing the KCAC Cross Country Championship title for the Braves. She finished the race with a winning time of 18:46.6, a victory earned her a spot in her third straight NAIA National Cross Country Meet. It’s the first women...
Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in Center, Endowment, Faith, Fredrikson, grant, Lilly
In December, Ottawa University received notification that it had been awarded a grant of $593,623 to establish the Theology, Action, and Understanding (TAU) Institute as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to...
Posted by Janae Melvin on November 10, 2015 in Basketball, Braves, Kentucky
It was the experience of a lifetime for all who made the trip. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Ottawa University men’s basketball team traveled to Lexington, Ky., to face the No. 2 ranked Wildcats at famed Rupp Arena. The Braves lost the exhibition game 117-58, but left Kentucky with plenty of memories...
Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Arts, education, Festival, Fine, Ottawa, SWAN, Teaching
When Meg Dickinson moved to Ottawa with her husband in 2008, they purchased a home near Ottawa University. She didn’t know what opportunities might be available that would allow her to get involved with the University, but she was intrigued by the thought of working on campus.