From the President
Spring 2016

It’s hard to believe the 2015-2016 school year has ended. It seems like yesterday we were helping students move into Martin and Bennett Halls. Now that commencement ceremonies are complete at all our campuses, I sit back and reflect on another successful year and find myself reenergized as we forge ahead, continuing to advance the mission of Ottawa University. 

As this year comes to a close, we wrapped up our Advancing the Vision campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Ottawa University. Because of you, we raised more than $26 million in gifts and pledges. We have made great strides in ensuring our students have all the tools necessary to go out into the world and make a significant impact.

Everyday, we are helping young minds develop and grow in powerful ways. We continue to keep an eye on the changing demands of society and are exploring new programs that will meet the needs of current and future OU students. We are also currently evaluating existing programs and taking inventory of our classes and coursework to ensure that we are preparing students to enter an even more challenging workforce. 

As we look ahead to the 2016-2017 year, we have seen an increase in inquiries and signed letters for the fall. Word is spreading about the high quality education and the top-notch faculty in the classroom here at OU. We are optimistic about our fall enrollment numbers, especially at The College in Kansas.

I hope that as you read the spring issue of Spirit Magazine you are proud of all Ottawa University has accomplished and the role that you have played in our history. We count on you to be advocates of the University. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and commitment to expanding the Ottawa spirit.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



1,000th Football Game

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, Events, football

Former Ottawa University football players visited campus in November to celebrate the Braves 1,000th football game. The Braves became the first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football team to ever play 1,000 games on November 12, when the team defeated the Bethel College Threshers 72-6...

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Franklin County Campaign

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Community, Events, "Franklin County Campaign", fundraising, "The College"

Donations to the Franklin County Campaign have tripled during the last three years – this year raising more than $100,000. Which is fitting, considering there are more than 55 Franklin County students enrolled at Ottawa University this academic school year. “Support from the local...

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From The President

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in

This is proving to be an especially eventful year at OU as we enter Phase II of our Vision 2020 strategic plan. After summarizing for our many constituents the accomplishments of Phase I in our most recent Annual Report, it is exciting to note that the momentum continues to build. We do hope you...

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Christmas Vespers

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in

Ottawa University’s annual Christmas Vespers at The College took place Sunday, December 4, and featured a unique combination of orchestral and choral music. The OU Orchestra performed pieces by Holst, Victoria, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Vaughnan, Williams, Leroy Anderson, and carols arranged by...

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Ford Night

Posted by cservaes on January 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, "The College"

The Ottawa University community mixed football, food and Ford in October during Ford Night at Peoples Bank Field.

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