From the President
Spring 2017

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

 



Recognizing Faculty Excellence in the Classroom

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Angell, Business, Distinction, Economics, Faculty, of, Ottawa, Synder

Dr. Russ McCullough always knew he wanted to be a teacher. He would sit through classes listening to lectures, thinking of the ways he could improve upon what was being taught. He found the subject of economics easy to understand and knew he could bring it to the masses in a way that would help...

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From Student to Marine Corps Officer-in-Training

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Jacyn Dawes didn’t know what to expect when she signed up for summer officer candidate school with the United States Marine Corps during the summer of 2015. A junior from Garden City, KS, double majoring in business economics and communications with a concentration in speech performance, she...

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Internship Leads to Potential Groundbreaking Discovery

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in and, Arts, Biology, Nematodes, Ottawa, rRNA, Sciences

When asked how she spent her summer vacation, senior Hope Waisner has a response that’s different than most of her peers. While many of her classmates were working or vacationing, Waisner was in North Dakota researching genetics. Or, more specifically, looking at the gene operon of the rRNA in...

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Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Braves, Ottawa, Volleyball

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Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Braves, Ottawa, Sorensen, Volleyball

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