From the President
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
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, "Current Students", Events, "The College"
While the average person would call 911 to diffuse the type of situation recounted here, Gina knows that most first response teams have not been adequately trained to answer the call to a PTSD scene. Often, the response further escalates the situation and puts the veteran and his family at...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, "The College"
The Braves Athletic Council, BAC, is a group established during the 2010-2011 school year to help increase interest in student athletics. Courtney Harris, who is involved with cross country and track and field, is president of the organization. “The main idea is to increase the number of...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"
Braves football team finished the season with a 9-3 record. The senior class recorded 37 wins during their reign at OU, making it the most wins in a four-year period by any senior class in the program’s history. The Braves finished the regular season ranked No. 10, clinching the second KCAC...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "The College"
Kevin Waterhouse can still fly airplanes. It’s different now, sure. He uses his hands to steer the rudders instead of his feet. Landing and takeoffs are more difficult. But it’s still flying. When he was a kid, Waterhouse, a junior at Ottawa University, planned to join the Air Force...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Arizona, Community
Dera, Ethiopia, is a hot, dry and dusty flat land. Just months prior to the arrival of Kim McCrady ’11 AZ, the children of Dera stood in line for hours, dripping with sweat, waiting for just a tiny serving of water. They carried large, yellow jerry cans in their tiny hands – empty...