From the President
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
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "Kansas City"
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Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, Indiana
Walter Crox recently was named the new campus executive at Ottawa University’s Indiana campus. Crox began his career with OU in 2008 as a retention advisor, focusing on the student experience and degree planning. In 2010, he was appointed interim campus executive, and also served as dean of...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "The College"
Longtime Ottawa University trustee Justus “Jud” O’Reilly passed away Sunday, July 3. O’Reilly, 98, was a member of the Board of Trustees since 1954. He was elected a life trustee in 2003. He attended Pittsburg State University for two years, where he was an accomplished...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Arizona, Faculty/Staff
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Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "The College"
Dr. Teresa Kriley has accepted the position of director of the Adawe LifePlan Center. During her time at Ottawa University, Kriley has worked as an assistant professor of education and an Adawe advisor. She also has been heavily involved in the preparation of the Foundations of Excellence self...