Up and Coming

Posted by Janae Melvin on October 15, 2015 in Affinity, Ottawa, University It started with a vision and the result was worth the wait. We broke ground in 2013 on the single largest building project ever undertaken by Ottawa University and as the largest number of students in 41 years arrived on campus, they were greeted by the newly completed Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center. 

The final product really is stunning. A state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the needs of not just today’s students, but students of the future. Amenities abound that are sure to appeal to the Ottawa community and surrounding cities, creating a central hub for meetings, conferences, weddings and other events. 

A key component to Vision 2020, the new addition to campus is more than we could have imagined. It’s modern and warm, inviting to all who step inside. Countless students, alumni and friends have stopped by the new Braves Fan Shop to pick up the latest in black and gold gear. Walk through the building during the week and you’ll see students hard at work in one of the library’s new smart rooms or relaxing with friends in Scherich Atrium or possibly engaged in an intense game of ping pong in Pelton Lounge. The building hums with excitement and we can’t wait for you to come by and see it.

Our 150th celebration continued during homecoming weekend with the dedication of our new building, the Sesquicentennial Convocation, homecoming football game and tailgate, the induction of the newest members of the Braves Athletics Hall of Fame and the Ottawa University Alumni Association Awards Banquet. It was an inspiring and exciting weekend full of friends, fellowship and of course, the Ottawa spirit. 

As the leaves change to their vibrant fall colors, we are reminded of those who came before us at Ottawa University, who laid the groundwork for the continued success of our mission. We’ve come along way and seen much change in our first 150 years – the buildings, the technology and the world around us. While we don’t know what the next 150 years will look like, we are confident that through the Advancing the Vision Campaign and the continuous support of our alumni and friends we have laid the groundwork for countless years of success and significance.