From the President

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona, Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansas City", Online, "Other News", "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College", Wisconsin 146 years of graduates. Just four years to the Ottawa University sesquicentennial! Every one of the six annual commencement ceremonies in which I participate drives home what a tremendous legacy this institution has had over one and a half centuries – a legacy that continues every time we send another group of students into the workplace to impact the world with our special brand of education. During the past months, our leadership team has been working to even more clearly define that unique brand of education and articulate it in a way that is salient and powerful for the many audiences we serve. What has emerged is a positioning statement that puts into words what we have, in fact, always been and what we have always done: We Prepare Students for Lives of Significance. That essence is clearly in our Vision Statement, and our alumni are testaments to it every year, every day, in every way – in their careers, families, churches, communities, and personal lives. More than a slogan or just a logo (we hope you like our subtle changes), a brand involves promises and mutual expectations. Students should expect that what they learn and experience at Ottawa University will empower them to live richer lives: Lives of Significance. Of course, our promise requires an equal commitment from the students, as preparation for a life of greater significance is clearly a two-way proposition. You will read of that deep commitment from many of this year’s graduates in this issue of the Ottawa Spirit. Celebrate them, and all of our 2011 graduating students, as they are why we exist and why Ottawa University is, itself, an institution of significance. I would also like to let you know about a special event during Homecoming Week (October 19 – 22) that will recognize two people who impacted a tremendous number of students in leading lives of significance during their 67 years of combined teaching at Ottawa University - Dr. Wayne Angell and Dr. Sherwin Snyder. The Angell Snyder School of Business will be officially named in their honor during a gala event on Wednesday, October 19, followed on Thursday by workshops showcasing some of our business faculty and distinguished guest presenters. There are many other exciting things happening on our campuses, many of which you will read about in this edition of the Ottawa Spirit and in the upcoming Annual Report, which will showcase a year in which Ottawa University delivered the largest operating surplus in its history. We are blessed, indeed, and send blessings your way. See you in October, Kevin C. Eichner