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 September 19, 2011 in Arizona, Faculty/Staff, "School of Education", "The College"
Dr. David M. Barnes was recently named the dean of Ottawa University’s newly created School of Education. He will be responsible for building a nationally recognized education program offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Barnes previously served as president and...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "The College"
While no stranger to France, Dr. Murle Mordy, OU foreign language professor, has never been recognized internationally for his vast knowledge of the country. Until now that is. Mordy recently received a certificate from the French Consulate certifying that he was officially awarded the Ordre des...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "The College"
It’s challenging to find a job right now. But two Ottawa University students managed to do just that – with the same company. Recent graduates Courtney McMahon and Emily Fuerst both put their resumes and interview skills to the test during an On Campus Interview Day at The College...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", "Kansas City", "Other News"
Darkness can fall on a soul much the way it eclipses the brightest of days, creeping in shadows, nipping at the heels of retreating rays, faster and faster, until the light, in seeming defeat, flees before the pursuant darkness. Darkness came to Jakoma Machok in 1987 when Muslim militants of...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Wisconsin
Ottawa University has finalized a transfer agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), which allows WTCS students to transfer up to 80 credits toward an Ottawa University bachelor’s degree. The transfer agreement was completed in June. The WTCS has 16 technical college...