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Ottawa University (Kansas) Homecoming Weekend Festivities Announced 

10/19/2021

Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University has announced the festivities scheduled for its annual Homecoming weekend, Oct. 21-24 at the residential campus, 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa. This year’s celebration features the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the OU Alumni Association Awards Banquet, Inauguration of President and CEO Dr. William M. Tsutsui and the Homecoming football game.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, six individuals will be inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame: Richard (Dick) Maack ’59, Paul Wheaton ’52, Birch Roybal ’06, Brittany Broyles ’07, Kevin Eichner ’73, and Corkie Hedlund. The Ottawa University Alumni Association Awards Banquet will take place Friday, Oct. 22, honoring Harold Popp ’59, Mitch Barnhart ’81, Michael ’16 and Regan (Aeschliman) ’16 Jones, and Dr. John Holzhuter. On Saturday, Oct. 23, President and CEO Dr. William M. Tsutsui will be installed as the 22nd President of Ottawa University; and the Braves will battle the Friends University in the homecoming football game at AdventHealth Field at Ottawa University at 1 p.m.

While several events are free and open to the public, some require a ticket or advance registration. For more information on ticketed events, please contact Susan Trendel at 785-248-2331 or susan.trendel@ottawa.edu.


Thursday, October 21
8 a.m.    Chamber Coffee, Gangwish Library, Schendel Conference Center
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.    Braves Fan Shop Open
6:30 p.m.    Braves Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet*, Schendel Conference Center; Inductees: Richard (Dick) Maack ’59, Paul Wheaton ’52, Birch Roybal ’06, Brittany Broyles ’07, Kevin Eichner ’73, and Corkie Hedlund.

Friday, October 22
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.    Alumni Check-In, Gangwish Library, Scherich Atrium
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.    Braves Fan Shop Open
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Class ’70 and ’71 – 50th Year Class Reception*, University Lawn
11:30 a.m.    Celebration Luncheon*, Gangwish Library, Schendel Conference Center
5 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Southwestern College, AdventHealth Field at Ottawa University
6 p.m.    Women’s Basketball Scrimmage at Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Kan.
6 - 8:30 p.m.    Ottawa University Alumni Association Banquet*, Schendel Conference Center; Recipients: Harold Popp ’59, Mitch Barnhart ’81, Michael ’16 and Regan (Aeschliman) ’16 Jones, and Dr. John Holzhuter
6:30 p.m.    Men’s Basketball Alumni Scrimmage, Wilson Field House
7:30 p.m.    Men’s Soccer vs. Southwestern College, AdventHealth Field at Ottawa University
8 p.m.    Late Night Bonfire, 11th & Mulberry St.
8:30 p.m.    Class & Affinity Socials*
    Class of ’70, The Historic Post Office
    Class of ’71, Smoked Creations BBQ

Saturday, October 23
8 a.m.    Men’s and Women’s Cross County at Mid-States Classic, Winfield, Kan.
10 a.m.    Baseball Inner-squad Scrimmage, Dick Peters Sports Complex
9 a.m.    Creed Family Greenhouse Dedication, Creed Family Greenhouse
9 a.m.    Braves Visit Day; Gangwish Library
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Alumni Check-In, Gangwish Library, Scherich Atrium
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.    Braves Fan Shop Open
10 a.m.    Softball Alumni Scrimmage, Dick Peters Sports Complex
10:30 a.m.    Inauguration Ceremony for William M. Tsutsui, Fredrikson Chapel
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Alumni Tailgate Lunch at Food Trucks*, University Mall
12:45 p.m.    Homecoming Coronation, AdventHealth Field at Ottawa University
1 p.m.    Football vs. Friends University, AdventHealth Field at Ottawa University
6 p.m.    Class Dinners* (Golden Club, Class of ’60, Class of ’61, Class of ’70, Class of ’71)
7 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Wilson Field House

Sunday, October 22
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.    Community Worship Service, First Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan.

*Denotes event that requires advanced registration or a ticket.

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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix and Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit www.ottawa.edu for more information.

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About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix and Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit www.ottawa.edu for more information.

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