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 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...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"
The women’s soccer team finished the season second in the KCAC with a 10-8-3 record. The team went on to win the KCAC Tournament and qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the second time in three years, being defeated by Azuza Pacific in the first round. Amanda Just and Theresa...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "The College", "The Ottawa Spirit"
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A life of significance is not lived unto itself – but unto God, unto family, unto neighbors...
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, Faculty/Staff, "The College"
A slideshow of photos from Homecoming 2011, Paint The Town Black and Gold.
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...