From the President
Welcome to our spring Spirit magazine! It is difficult to believe we are getting ready for yet another commencement celebration season as this academic year moves to a close in a few weeks. It is always a time to remember why we do what we do as graduates of extraordinarily diverse ages and backgrounds take that special walk to pick up their hard-earned diploma from Ottawa University. It is a walk that folks have taken for 152 years!
Moving on to current events and observations, on February 17, we officially announced our plans to open a brand new residential campus in Surprise, AZ, which will welcome its first students this coming fall. This is both a missional and strategic move for our institution, an initiative which has been under consideration for over five years. This effort has been made possible by generous gifts from donors who share our vision for the future of OUAZ and who appreciate the desire and need for OU to continue to grow while meeting the lifetime needs of its thousands of students who deserve to taste the Ottawa Spirit. If you visit us in Surprise, you will find tremendous energy and enthusiasm for this extension of the Ottawa mission and we are excited to be able to finally bring this effort to fruition. I look forward to sharing updates with you over the coming months and in future Spirit Magazines as we embark on this latest outreach of Ottawa University into a world that seems to need more and more of what we do and teach every day.
Our beloved College in Ottawa is also bustling with activity over the next couple of months as the Schendel Conference Center plays host to several conferences. The Women in Gold Leadership Conference, the 22nd Annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference and a special Non-Profit Leadership Workshop will give students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as the Ottawa and Kansas City communities an opportunity for some exciting learning and dialogue.
OU alums are invited to a gathering for our east coast friends in Tarrytown, NY, on June 2, and the Braves Classic Golf Tournament in Ottawa on June 23. I am looking forward to connecting with those of you who are able to join us at those events. Our alumni exemplify what we attempt to teach on an everyday basis, and you are a key part of the fabric that makes our school what it is.
I hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine. If you haven’t been to campus (any of them) to visit us in a while, I encourage you to make the trip. We would love to see you.
In the Ottawa spirit,
Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Events, "The College"
It’s noon on Monday in Ottawa, Kansas, and tornado sirens begin their shrill whistle throughout the city as part of a weekly test. In the car on their way home from Walmart, Gina Hill ’96 sees her husband, Staff Sergeant Allen Hill, tense up and “leave” as he’s...
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...