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 "Academic Programs", Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"
Corey Smith- Basketball Max Brown- Men’s track and field Courtney Harris- Women’s track and field Lauren Peil- Women’s soccer Elaine “Mom” Pyle Award Morgan Boore- Women’s basketball Chris White-Ready- Men’s basketball Dudley Geise Champions of Character...
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...