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 Athletics, cancer, "The College"
The Braves softball and baseball teams team will be sporting pink socks and pink shirts on March 31 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The games, which are set for 1 p.m. and to which alumni are invited, are against the University of Saint Mary (Lady Braves) and Sterling College (Braves...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in athletics, soccer
The men’s soccer team ended its season 9-8-1 and qualified for the KCAC semifinals. KCAC Honors 1st Team Michael Mesle Philip Nguyen Drinnan Sante Honorable Mention Zach Doolan Matt Abbott Paul Oswald
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Community
In 1958, William Mercier arrived at Ottawa University, having chosen it by throwing a dart at a board of Baptist schools he was considering. He was 18 and had a very dominate East Coast accent. He spent his first semester in speech correction class (for no credit) because no one could understand...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", Events, "The College"
The Ottawa University Braves defeated the Sterling College Warriors 27-6, October 22 during the annual Homecoming football game at Peoples Bank Field. The Braves had 360 yards of total offense, 207 rushing and 153 passing. Sterling had 73 yards rushing and 114 passing for a total of 187 yards of...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, "Current Students"
Lucas Straub knew he’d be able to overcome the sickness and injuries he sustained during his time on the Ottawa University cross-country team. But he also knew those injuries would impact his career. “My greatest accomplishment in crosscountry was overcoming a severe injury and...