The University Band is the premier large wind and percussion ensemble at Ottawa University. The band consists of OU music majors, non-music majors, and community members joining together to perform the finest band/wind ensemble music. Repertory form both traditional and contemporary genres provides for great learning and performance experiences. Participation in the OU University/Community Band is by audition and invitation. The band rehearses weekly and presents public performances in both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Members from this band also perform in the University Pep Band which provides exciting entertainment at home football and basketball games.
The University Pep Band is a non-credit instrumental ensemble that performs at all home football and basketball games. The pep band is open to all OU students with an interest in having fun playing popular, contemporary and rock tunes to generate excitement and support for their fellow student athletes. No audition is required.
The University Concert Choir, founded in 1938, is Ottawa University’s premiere choral ensemble. Its membership is determined by audition and is open to all students. Concert Choir’s history of excellence in choral music calls upon its singers to maintain high levels of individual musicianship and ensemble skills as they perform music spanning the history of all choral traditions. The University Concert Choir is the major choral ensemble called upon to sing for official University events and to appear on behalf of the University beyond the campus. It performs frequently in area churches, in on-campus concerts, and tours annually during the spring semester, both nationally and internationally.
Jazz Singers is a select group of 12-16 voices with high expectations of commitment and singing skills. Although its primary focus is on the performance of standard and contemporary jazz repertoire, the ensemble also maintains a multi-functional identify by performing works of other choral styles as well. It performs in area churches, schools, and in on-campus concerts. Membership in Jazz Singers is by audition and is open only to members of Concert Choir.
The Brave Jazz Ensemble is the premier large group in OU Jazz Studies. It is an 18 piece chamber group featuring rhythm, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone sections, striving to achieve the highest possible standards in performance. Jazz Ensemble will perform campus concerts as well as attend regional and national jazz festivals. Emphasis will be mastery of the best in standard and contemporary big band music and performances will feature a balance of musical styles. Students are encouraged to contribute their own original arrangements and compositions. Participation in jazz ensemble gives students tools for section playing, composition, improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and critical listening skills. Although membership is limited to one person per part, jazz ensemble is open to all University students that play woodwind, brass, and rhythm section instruments. Selection and placement are by audition at the beginning of each semester.
The University Orchestra performs the great works for symphonic and chamber orchestra, with a diverse repertoire that ranges from Baroque to Contemporary. Using the most scholarly editions available to create a fresh approach to the standard repertoire, the members of the ensemble include OU students and faculty, music students from area colleges, and teachers from the Ottawa Suzuki Strings Institute. Highlights of the concert year include an annual Baroque program, collaborations with students from the Suzuki program, and the yearly Christmas Vespers concert. Distinguished musicians from the area are invited to perform as soloists, thus providing Ottawa students with a unique musical experience. Membership is open by audition.
The Video Production Group is responsible for recording, editing and producing archives of campus events and student projects. Students gain hands-on experience in professional type settings in video and film.
The Media Sales Team is responsible for selling all ads placed in any campus media including The Ottawan, The Campus, The Campus Online, and Rage 88.9. Students work on commission and are responsible for maintaining relationships with clients throughout the design and placement process.
Ottawa University competes in intercollegiate forensics in platform speaking, limited preparation speaking, oral interpretation, and debate. The OU team participates in tournaments around the country, typically ending the season with a state tournament followed by a national tournament. Joining the speech and debate team will help you prepare for a career that uses speech performance abilities. Team competition will also give you an edge in jobs where speech skills are less obviously in demand.
At Ottawa University, the intercollegiate forensics team travel schedule is very selective, allowing you more time to devote to academics and develop other interests. You will enjoy traveling to outstanding regional, state and national tournaments in such states as Illinois, California and Florida. OU students not only compete against students from across the country, they also develop friendships with them as well.
PKD, a national honorary forensics society, was founded in 1913 and today has over 60,000 members. Ottawa University is the original charter chapter of Pi Kappa Delta and sponsors a variety of philanthropic and educational activities beyond the Ottawa community. These off-campus events include high school workshops, supporting local high school tournaments, and various local, regional and national performance opportunities.
The Forensics Club sponsors on-campus activities for students to explore public speaking and performance skills, including improvisational comedy, public forum debates, literary performances, speech showcases and service activities that support the Ottawa community.
Each year national honor societies elect eligible Ottawa University students into their membership. The national honor societies with chapters at Ottawa University include Alpha Psi Omega, a national dramatics fraternity; Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education students; Phi Kappa Theta, a national history honor society; Pi Kappa Delta, a national forensic fraternity established in 1913;and Sigma Alpha Honor Society, an academic honoe society established this honor society in 1941 to encourage high academic achievement by electing to membership only students who rank in the top 10 percent of the senior class or the top two percent of the junior class.
The Biology Club at Ottawa University was established to increase interest in the field of biology by discussing relevant topics and taking field trips to educate participants, all the while raising awareness in the community.
The Student Senate represents the students' voice to the faculty and administration. Students elect their 13 senators annually, as well as a student body president and vice president. The student body president primarily serves as the liaison among faculty, administrators and students. The Student Senate meets regularly to discuss, and take action on issues facing Ottawa University students. Student senators work in a committee format to serve the interests of all Ottawa University students.
It is the mission of the PHP Club to provide support for pre-health professional students including but not limited to resources, test preparation materials, advising and peer counseling. The organization will prepare students that plan on going into the medical field for the next step after finishing their undergraduate degree here at Ottawa University. Whether it be internship or graduate school that you are preparing for, the organization will assist you in getting you where you desire to be which is ultimately attaining your goals. This will include having guest speakers, field trips, and visits to graduate schools to get a glimpse of what is in store for you. Anyone can be a member that is serious about the organization.
The Campus is the student newspaper of Ottawa University.
The oldest student run newspaper in the state of Kansas, The Campus has been publishing since 1885. Today, The Campus is a bi-monthly paper that covers news, sports, entertainment and opinions within the university, the community and the world beyond. The paper has moved online in recent years featuring news, videos and photo slideshows.
Braving Discipleship is a weekend retreat for high school students from Kansas and surrounding states. OU students plan and administer this program. Students have ample opportunities to lead committees and small-group workshops within this Christian-based ministry.
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Surge is a group of volunteer students who form a traveling ministry team. The group spends several weekends each semester performing skits and participating in lock-ins and conferences all across the state. This group is perfect for students wishing to evangelize through drama, music and testimonies.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes reaches out to student-athletes by sponsoring activities. Representatives from each athletic team lead the group's weekly meetings. Meetings generally include discussions and feature pizza and soda - a break from the athletes' usual diets.
Encourage students, faculty and the community to join the fight against domestic and global hunger through service and programming that highlight our vision and goals. Our vision is to make fighting hunger a core value within Ottawa University.
Each year Campus Ministries plans a spring break mission trip, usually in conjunction with the Religious Life Council. The trips are student led and student organized. Students have traveled to Chicago, Pennsylvania and Mississippi to work in the inner city. All Ottawa University students are welcome to participate in these mission trips.
Each summer Ottawa University sends a summer camp ministry team to various American Baptist summer camps around the Midwest. Teams have visited six camps in Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, and Colorado. Summer camp teams attend a three-day training session that emphasizes all aspects of summer camp ministry. Students learn how to lead small group Bible studies, music, craft activities, games, and devotionals. Students also conduct team-building activities during their training and during the summer camps.
The Campus Activities Board plans activities to develop a well-rounded social, educational and multi-cultural environment for Ottawa University's students, faculty and staff. Two student directors lead CAB. Past activities have included comedy, music, film and cultural programs, as well as Casino Night, Late Night Breakfast, and trips to various activities and events in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka.
Greek life is an important part of the campus life. Greek sororities/fraternities provide an opportunity for students to plan social events and community service projects, participate in intramural athletics and enhance leadership skills. Greek life consists of Kappa Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Chi, Pi Theta Chi, and Mu Epsilon Nu.
The Whole Earth Club creates opportunities for the Ottawa University community to experience the diverse cultures represented by our faculty, staff and students. Led by Dr. Murle Mordy, the group organizes activities that allow students to interact and learn each other's customs, values and traditions through a variety of programs and cultural events.
Intramural athletic activities offer a voluntary program that allows students, regardless of degree or skill, to participate in competitive activities on campus. The program's aim is to not only contribute to the health and fitness of each student, but to develop wholesome recreational skills, constructive attitudes and desirable social relationships. Intramural athletics are recreation by participation. The program organizes activities such as basketball, flag football, volleyball, cornhole, speed stack, racquetball, table tennis, and dodge ball.
The Ottawa University Competitive Dance Team finished 4th at the 2015 NDA National Collegiate Championship in Daytona Beach, FL. The Braves were the defending 2014 NDA national champions in the NAIA Small Team category.
The OU Dance Team regularly performs at Braves athletic events and competes in competitions throughout the year. Try-outs are held in the spring.
The Ottawa University Competitive Cheer squad finished 12th at the 2015 NCA National Collegiate Championships in Daytona Beach, FL in the NAIA Small Co-Ed Division. This is the third straight year that the Braves have qualified for national competition. OU was the top finishing team from the state of Kansas.
The squad regularly performs at Braves athletic events and competes in events throughout the year. Try-outs are held in the spring.