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

 



Saved for His Purpose

Posted by Paula Paine on May 25, 2011 in Alumni, faith, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

Melanie Sarra Hanson ’77 grew up on a farm in Kansas and followed her mother and older sisters’ footsteps to Ottawa University. While at OU, former OU President Dr. Hal Germer was her advisor. He recalls faculty discussing characteristics of ideal students—capable, motivated...

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hard luck; determined joy

Posted by Paula Paine on May 25, 2011 in Alumni, Arizona, "School of Education", "special education"

Orphaned, uneducated, and hungry; dodging minefields and bombs; living in refugee camps; dependent on the intermittent kindness of strangers - for a 10-year old Cambodian boy whose name means “lucky,” Samnang Yun’s young life seemed anything but.

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P.E. - Prized Educators

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Alumni, education, "physical education", "School of Education", "The College"

Teacher of the Year Marcel Kadera-Redmond believes that physical education is about creating experiences for his students. “Every day in class, my students and I participate in activities that help us learn about our bodies and how to live healthy and active lives, while also experiencing...

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Administration - The Right Fit

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, education, Faculty/Staff, "School of Education"

It took a few years, but Dr. Paula Wolfe, the new director of education at Ottawa University-Arizona, has finally found the right job that is a great fit. More interested in the administrative side of her field, she was looking for a university “where running the program is my job,&rdquo...

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OU Choir Sings at Carnegie Hall

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in choir, "Current Students", Events, Music, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

“Excellent, brilliant, fantastic.” That is how internationally renowned composer Karl Jenkins described the U.S. premier of his composition “Gloria” at Carnegie Hall on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Ottawa University Choir joined a number of other choirs from the U...

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