From the President
It seems no matter how hard we wish for it, time doesn’t seem interested in slowing down. It’s hard to believe we have welcomed our 152nd class to Ottawa University – and for the third year in a row, we’ve seen the largest number of students on our campus in more than 40 years. It’s always exciting to reconnect with old friends and welcome the new faces to OU each August as we continue to grow the University community. I was right there on move-in day, watching returning students carry their belongings into the residence halls and assisting the first year students find their way around campus just as I have since becoming president of our beloved University.
With each new academic year comes a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year. We experienced tremendous growth in our nursing and engineering programs, welcomed more than 25 international students thanks to a renewed focus on our international studies program, received national accreditation of our business school, and improved facilities and technology capabilities across campus.
Our student-athletes made a statement on the field of play last season. Women’s volleyball and women’s golf won KCAC Conference Championships, 12 teams earned NAIA Scholar Team Awards, three were named KCAC Champions of Character, and a NAIA Individual National Championship was won in women’s wrestling. And all of this was possible thanks to the leadership of our 2015-2016 KCAC Athletic Director of the Year Arabie Conner and the amazing coaching staff that she has assembled.
As always, I’m proud of the hard work and dedication of the OU administration, faculty and staff – they are the gears that keep this University moving forward day after day. Their vision for our students experience while on campus has been instrumental in creating the atmosphere that has helped us reach record enrollment numbers for the past three years.
I would be remiss if I didn’t stop and take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude to you, our alumni and friends, for your ongoing support of our programming, athletics and student activities. Ottawa University holds a special place in all our hearts and without you, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate nearly 152 years of significance in the lives of all we encounter.
I hope you enjoy this latest issue of Spirit Magazine as much as we enjoy sharing the stories and imagery with you. We look forward to seeing you all during Homecoming Weekend, October 20-23, here on campus.
In the Ottawa spirit,
Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in and, Applied, engineering, Health, of, School, Sciences
Engineering is an exciting, ever-evolving field and Ottawa University’s recent addition of an engineering degree keeps the school at the forefront of higher education. In fact, very few small universities offer engineering degrees. What sets OU’s program apart from the others is the combined...
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in Kathy, Kump, Nursing
Director of Nursing Kathy Kump, MSN, MHSA, CWOCN, APRN, FNP-C, has been elected to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) and will begin her four-year term of office on January 1, 2016.
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in CCNE, Nursing
A nursing career begins with an internal spark—a desire to help others. However, that spark might go out without proper training and experience. Ottawa University’s nursing program also began as a spark. In 2009, a feasibility study was conducted and by 2012, with proper funding and approval, the...
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in College, Education, Gifted, The
They are students we all remember in school. Sometimes they were pulled out of class for independent study, sometimes they were bussed to a different school for specialized classwork. They are gifted students, students that have an exceptional understanding of specific areas of study or interest....
Posted by Janae Melvin on September 29, 2015 in College, education, of, School
After a successful career in the business world that spanned more than 20 years, Brian Watson ’01/MAEd ’15 was looking to do something new. He wanted to make an impact. He wanted to change lives.
He wanted to be a teacher.
It was 10 years ago when he began researching programs that would...