From the President
Spring 2016

It’s hard to believe the 2015-2016 school year has ended. It seems like yesterday we were helping students move into Martin and Bennett Halls. Now that commencement ceremonies are complete at all our campuses, I sit back and reflect on another successful year and find myself reenergized as we forge ahead, continuing to advance the mission of Ottawa University. 

As this year comes to a close, we wrapped up our Advancing the Vision campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Ottawa University. Because of you, we raised more than $26 million in gifts and pledges. We have made great strides in ensuring our students have all the tools necessary to go out into the world and make a significant impact.

Everyday, we are helping young minds develop and grow in powerful ways. We continue to keep an eye on the changing demands of society and are exploring new programs that will meet the needs of current and future OU students. We are also currently evaluating existing programs and taking inventory of our classes and coursework to ensure that we are preparing students to enter an even more challenging workforce. 

As we look ahead to the 2016-2017 year, we have seen an increase in inquiries and signed letters for the fall. Word is spreading about the high quality education and the top-notch faculty in the classroom here at OU. We are optimistic about our fall enrollment numbers, especially at The College in Kansas.

I hope that as you read the spring issue of Spirit Magazine you are proud of all Ottawa University has accomplished and the role that you have played in our history. We count on you to be advocates of the University. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and commitment to expanding the Ottawa spirit.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



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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Donald G. Reynolds - In Memoriam

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "Other News"

A Memorial Service was held at the Ottawa University Chapel in May to honor Donald G. Reynolds, who passed away May 4. Reynolds, a resident of Ottawa since 1971, had worked in the custodial department for The College since 2000. He especially enjoyed spending time socializing with the students...

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