From the President
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
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "News and Notes"
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Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, Online
In the spring of 2010, Cindy Folz and Anne Hayes were just two strangers separated by more than 2,000 miles. Folz worked as a supervisor in respiratory therapy in Evansville, Indiana. Hayes had just completed a paralegal studies course and was living in California. But a course through Ottawa...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Faculty/Staff, "The College"
Tom Taldo has been appointed the Dean of Student Affairs at The College. For the last year and a half, Taldo has served as the interim dean of student affairs, but Dr. Dennis Tyner, vice president and provost of The College, announced Taldo’s transition in July. “Tom’s...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "School of Education"
Studies show that an overwhelming majority of teachers believe they are responding to a calling in choosing the field of education, so even with a discouraging outlook in the field due to the economy, these 2011 graduates stayed the course. And their superior Ottawa University training helped...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni
Convenience means more than having that little store on the corner. According to Wikipedia, it’s “anything that is intended to save resources (time and energy) or frustration.” For Ottawa University– Wisconsin’s two spring commencement speakers, convenience was...