From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



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The OUAZ Spirit Athletic Department has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Adidas to be the official outfitter for OUAZ Spirit athletics beginning this fall. Twenty-one athletic teams will compete for the Spirit in the inaugural 2017-2018 season.

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OUAZ Athletics Accepted Into NCCAA

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The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced that Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) has been accepted with full membership into the NCCAA in time for the 2017-18 athletic season. All eligible sports will be able to qualify for the national championships in year one.

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This spring, several Ottawa University student-athletes were able to experience competing in the national tournament for their respective sport. For many of these athletes, it was the first trip to the national championships in their career.

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Volleyball Coaches Earn National Honors

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This season, Ottawa University head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington accomplished something that is very rarely done in one academic year, outside of the sports of track and field and cross country. She was named conference coach of the year twice.

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Smith’s Coaching Success on the Links is Recognized

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Ottawa University head men’s golf coach was named KCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year it was announced by the conference office at the KCAC Men’s Golf Championships. It is Smith’s second KCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year honor, his third overall. He earned the honor in 2008 and was named KCAC Women...

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