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 cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"
All-KCAC Honors Kylie Covey 1st in the 100M 3rd in the 200M Clinton Weldin 3rd in the 100M JJ Baca 5th in the 100M Caj Kueffer 6th in the 800M Long and Triple Jump Morgan Boore 1st in the Long Jump 6th in the Triple jump Clarence Anderson 2nd in the Long Jump Javelin Gabe Belobrajdic 3rd Maggie...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni
“If Carol Blythe holds a conviction that injustice is taking place, she will not rest until something is done to change it,” says her pastor, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. “From lobbying on Capitol Hill to tutoring a kid with his homework, every...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Community, News, Other, "The College"
Ethel Cook has no formal college education. She has a high school diploma and more real-world experience than she ever thought possible. But that doesn’t mean Cook, newly elected Ottawa Tribe Chief, doesn’t understand the value of a higher education. “I am totally in support of...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, "The College"
On Tuesday, April 19, The College took part in Kansas Kids Fitness Day. More than 500 area elementary students participated in the state-wide event, which serves as a way to show youth that physical activity can be fun. Throughout the day, OU students who are enrolled in physical education and...
Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"
In April, Ottawa University media students were recognized at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press (KACP) conference in Hutchinson. The nine staff members of The Campus newspaper received 21 individual awards at the conference. Four took home first-place awards. The conference featured 23...