Progress Marks Kickoff of 150th Year!

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in 150th, "Braves Camp", "Business Fusion", "Class of 2018", "fall 2014", "Gibson Student Center", "Hetrick Dining Center", movein, move-in, sesquicentennial, "student orientation" Ottawa University may be almost 150, but it’s definitely not slowing down! In fact, the start of the 2014-15 academic year was marked with excitement as students returned to many new and improved facilities, events and programs this fall. Even the students themselves were a source of progress. Enrollment at The College rose to approximately 620 students (before census date), which represents a 10 percent increase over last year. New students made up an estimated 250 of that total, which is a 22 percent surge.
So, what’s been happening on campus to account for the new-year excitement? Read below to find out, then come back to campus for Homecoming on October 17-19 to experience it for yourself!
  • The state-of-the-art Hetrick Dining Center within the Gibson Student Center is finished and students are enjoying the beautiful new facility and dining experience.
  • The Mowbray Union was demolished over the summer and the Gangwish Library is under construction.
  • The Commons has undergone major renovations, including a new wrestling practice facility, reconfigured/renovated football offices, reconfigured/upgraded cheer & dance offices, and renovated locker rooms/wrestling offices.
  • The golf program has a new full-swing golf simulator and putting green.
  • Student Health Services was moved to a permanent, more spacious and more inviting home in Ward Science Hall. A relaxation room was also added as a temporary student haven.

  • Men’s and women’s wrestling programs were added to the athletic lineup. The first home meet is set for November 1.
  • Several academic programs were recently added, including a B.S. in Engineering, B.S. in Finance, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and M.A. in Education; the MBA was moved to a track-based model and the biology and business administration majors were expanded as Bachelor of Science degrees.
  • The University Apartments located at the corner of 8th and Oak Streets are fully occupied for their first year as a student residence.
  • Move-in Day allowed new and returning students to meet some of our loyal alumni and take advantage of the Braves Football team’s muscles!
  • New-student orientation was re-branded as “Braves Camp” and included loads of activities, new and old: a formal opening ceremony, “Get to Know Your Campus” speed-dating style, Active Shooter Training (ALICE), community service, the ever-popular Foam Party, the Fusion Business Expo, and much more!