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


Nakeesha Brown Ordained in the National Baptist Church

Posted by Paula Paine on May 15, 2015 in APOS, OU, Your

Ottawa Wisconsin’s Academic Advisor, Nakeesha Brown, was ordained in the National Baptist Church on March 29, 2015.

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Up and Coming

Posted by Paula Paine on May 14, 2015 in

Not only is the new Gangwish Library well on its way up, but the Hetrick Bistro within the new Gibson Student Center has students coming, going and hanging out at all hours as the new gathering place on campus.

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OU Hosts Historic Powwow

Posted by Paula Paine on May 12, 2015 in 150th, "Charter Day", powwow, sesquicentennial, "Your OU"

As part of its sesquicentennial celebrations, and for the first time in its history, Ottawa University hosted an Ottawa Powwow conducted by the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma on Saturday, April 18.

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150 Years of OU History

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in

Watch a slideshow of OU's 150 year history.

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OU's Kalkbrenner Named First Female Fire Chief in Phoenix

Posted by Paula Paine on April 1, 2015 in "fire chief", Kalkbrenner, OU-AZ, Phoenix, "Your OU"

Having earned the respect of her fellow fire fighters and the Phoenix community, Kara Kalkbrenner broke a few stereotypes and glass ceilings when she was named the city's first female fire chief in Nov. 2014.

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