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 September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, Faculty/Staff
Their positions and degrees may vary, but these five Ottawa University-Arizona staff members, and 2011 graduates, share a commitment to education and to helping others achieve their life goals.
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...