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", Wisconsin
Ottawa University has finalized a transfer agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), which allows WTCS students to transfer up to 80 credits toward an Ottawa University bachelor’s degree. The transfer agreement was completed in June. The WTCS has 16 technical college...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona, Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansyas City", Online, "The College", Wisconsin
View a slideshow of commencement photos.
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"
For the second straight year and the third time in five years, the Lady Braves won the KCAC Championship by tying Bethany with a KCAC record of 14-4. The Braves hit the 30-win plateau for just the second time in school history. OU’s 32 victories is a new school record for single season wins...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, Community, Events, "School of Business", "The College"
Homecoming 2011 will kick off on Wednesday evening, October 19, with the naming of Ottawa University’s School of Business in honor of former faculty member and alumnus Dr. Wayne Angell ’52 and former faculty member Dr. Sherwin Snyder. The ceremony will be followed by a business...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona, Community, "Current Students", Events, Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansas City", Online, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College", Wisconsin
That was the question posed to OU-Kansas City graduates by Ottawa University Board Member and Ransom Memorial Hospital (Ottawa, Kansas) Administrator Larry Felix during his 2011 Ottawa University – Kansas City commencement address on May 21. In answering that question, he proposed that...