From The President - Spring 2015

Dear OU Family and Friends,
 
What a great moment in the life of Ottawa University! We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of leading students to lives of significance all over the world. Wow!
 
Such a momentous occasion is worth celebrating in a big way - and we have already begun. Our intent is not only to celebrate our rich past but also to use this year to refine, re-affirm, and further extend our mission and outreach as we look to an even brighter future.
 
To kick off the year’s festivities, we held a Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremony on Thursday, January 22, where faculty, students and staff across the entire University participated in person and via video in a special worship service. The celebrations continued on February 20 in Arizona when the new Hays Center campus building was dedicated in honor of benefactors Dr. E. Earl “Sonny” Hays and his wife Betty. And most recently, we honored the University’s tribal heritage during an Ottawa Powwow on April 18 in celebration of our April 21 Charter Day. A huge heartfelt “Thank you” to the Ottawa Tribe for providing this rich cultural experience to hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community on our very own residential campus.
 
In this issue of the Ottawa Spirit, you will read about other celebration activities, including a proclamation that was read in both the Kansas House and Senate, special sesquicentennial commemorative items that are available for purchase, and more upcoming events.
 
The main event of this special year will, of course, be the Sesquicentennial Homecoming scheduled for October 15-18. We will be dedicating the gorgeous and impressive new Gibson Student Center and Gangwish Library on Friday, October 16. During the dedication, a visual of OU’s historical timeline designed by John Boyd Martin will be unveiled, and the commissioned book of our history, 150 Years of Significance: Spirit and Story, authored by our own Dave Malone, a 1991 graduate of the College, will be available for purchase. It is a great read, and you will want at least one. On October 16, we will also hold a special Sesquicentennial Convocation ceremony in the Fredrikson Chapel you will not want to miss.
 
As we celebrate all that Ottawa University has stood for and accomplished during its important history, I am reminded that few American universities can boast the prolonged impact on higher education that OU has had. Thanks for all you have done to help that happen, and all you will do to help ensure the next 150 years of significance.
 
Happy 150th!
 
Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



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Ottawa University hosted its annual Homecoming festivities from October 23 – 27 at The College. Themed “Among the Stars,” Homecoming 2013 featured the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) induction, the Alumni Awards banquet, the Angell Snyder Business Symposium, multiple class reunions, and a...

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Wrestling Hits the Mat at OU

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Since the announcement that Ottawa University is adding men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletic programs starting fall of 2014, new head coach Kevin Andres has been hired and the first recruits signed in preparation for the program’s historic first season.

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Winningest Coach!

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in

Andy Carrier is now the winningest coach in Ottawa University Men’s Basketball history.

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Top Scholars Announced

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Seven high school students were awarded scholarships as part of The College’s fall Top Scholars competition. Each of the recipients is anticipated to be a full-time OU student beginning the fall of 2014.

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The Shot Doctor

Posted by Lisa Wellman on March 18, 2014 in

James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891. He’s famous for it – especially around Lawrence, Kansas. Since graduating from Ottawa University in 1980, another Midwest kid has quietly transformed the game of basketball with the most recognized shooting form in the world.

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