Strategic Plan 2022-2027
Two OUAZ athletes were nominated and awarded the GSAC Cliff Hamlow Champion of Character award. Football player Austin Bohn and softball player Alexandra McCutcheon were the recipients of this highly respected award.
The criteria for this include:
- Academic status – must be at least a junior with a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Must be outstanding in
- Academic achievement
- Campus leadership
- Community service
- Embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character Initiative
- Future ambition
- Athletic achievement
Alexandra McCutcheon is from Avondale, Arizona, and is a part of the Spirit softball program. Throughout her academic and athletic career, McCutcheon has carried herself with great class and is the epitome of what a student-athlete represents.
She aspires to be a college pitching coach when her playing career is over. She currently works with many young players in the softball community, helping them with their pitching fundamentals and the mental side of the game.
"Alexandra is at the very "top of my list" as a student, a softball player, and most importantly, as a person," said Head Coach Ernesto Ortiz. "I am so proud of all her accomplishments on and off the field. I look forward to seeing her continued success and impact in the community."
Bohn, a native of Erie, Colorado, is an all-around outstanding individual. His determination to succeed is relentless, and his willingness to achieve the goals he sets for himself is impressive. However, it is not as admirable as his desire to help others and make the world a better place. Austin has a great heart and a compassionate soul.
Throughout his time at Ottawa University, Austin dedicated many hours to the St. Mary's Food Bank for their spring citrus cleaning. He also spent time with the Luis Zendejas Foundation, where he helped disabled and at-risk individuals learn the skills of kicking and punting. Austin is always willing to lend a hand whenever asked.
Austin received his undergraduate degree from OUAZ and is working towards his master's degree. His goal is to attend medical school, where he plans on becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
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 open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,500 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit Ottawa.edu for more information.