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

 



Single Mom Success

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

When Hope Blackmon sets her mind to something, she usually accomplishes it. “When one of my brothers graduated with his master’s degree, I looked at my family tree and realized I was the only one who had just a high school diploma,” says Blackmon. She soon began attending...

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Track and Field

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

All-KCAC Honors Kylie Covey 1st in the 100M 3rd in the 200M Clinton Weldin 3rd in the 100M JJ Baca 5th in the 100M Caj Kueffer 6th in the 800M Long and Triple Jump Morgan Boore 1st in the Long Jump 6th in the Triple jump Clarence Anderson 2nd in the Long Jump Javelin Gabe Belobrajdic 3rd Maggie...

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The Ripple Effect

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni

“If Carol Blythe holds a conviction that injustice is taking place, she will not rest until something is done to change it,” says her pastor, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. “From lobbying on Capitol Hill to tutoring a kid with his homework, every...

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Ethel Cook named Chief of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma

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

Ethel Cook has no formal college education. She has a high school diploma and more real-world experience than she ever thought possible. But that doesn’t mean Cook, newly elected Ottawa Tribe Chief, doesn’t understand the value of a higher education. “I am totally in support of...

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Kansas Kids Fitness Day

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, "The College"

On Tuesday, April 19, The College took part in Kansas Kids Fitness Day. More than 500 area elementary students participated in the state-wide event, which serves as a way to show youth that physical activity can be fun. Throughout the day, OU students who are enrolled in physical education and...

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