From the President
Fall 2016

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

 



Safety First

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "The College"

William H. Gossard has a passion for saving lives. And that’s what he, a senior program manager with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has spent his life doing. Gossard ’67 recently was added to the National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame....

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Ronald C. Yingling - In Memoriam

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, "The College"

Ronald Clair Yingling’s family has a rich history with Ottawa University. More than 32 of Yingling’s relatives have attended OU over the years – the first back in 1893. Yingling, who passed away May 8 at the age of 76, dedicated many years of service to the school, both as a...

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Enabling the Disabled

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "Other News", "The College"

Richard Bannon retired from 26 years of public service in the parks and recreation field in 2002. Before that, he spent 14 years using his Ottawa University education in physical education as a coach and teacher. Like everything else in his life, Bannon gave retirement his all. He truly attempted...

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Farmer, Preacher, Manager

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "Current Students"

Russell Amburn always thought he’d retire as a dairy farmer. “The most wonderful sights and sounds were watching a cow and newborn calf,” Amburn says. “Watching this miracle of new life somehow made everything in the world seem OK for a moment.” Amburn spent most of...

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Linked In

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Community, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "The College"

Ottawa University’s LinkedIn profile has more than 450 followers. Some are current students. Some are alumni. Some are faculty members. And some are friends of the University. Followers of OU’s LinkedIn profile can stay up-to-date with University happenings, visit with former...

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