From the Chancellor
Spring 2018

Dear Friends:

Greetings to all of you from all of us from OU in Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, and across the nation where Ottawa University continues to pursue its most worthy mission.

In this issue of Spirit Magazine, you will learn why your president now has a new title and how the Board of Trustees is looking to further undergird the long-term growth and impact of our 153-year-old institution.  You will learn of some incredible generosity thanks to Jim ‘57 and Jeanne ‘56 O’Dell who have made a transformational gift to secure the future of our new OUAZ campus in Surprise, Arizona.  You will discover yet another example of how OU is living out its Christian faith commitment.  You will read of many examples of the vibrant life of a school that was once a small, one campus operation on the plains of Kansas and has grown now into a full and comprehensive university system serving over 4000 students and with revenues expected to grow by nearly 50% this year alone.  And, sadly, you will learn of the passing of some wonderful people who, each in their own special ways, helped to contribute to and shape the Ottawa University of today.

At the time you read this, Marylin and I will mark the tenth year of our service here.  The decision to accept the invitation of the Board back then was very difficult for us, as we were firmly rooted in St. Louis with family, friends, and leadership of company that we co-founded. Life there had become very successful and fulfilling for us.  Marylin had literally lived her entire life in that community.  The very thought of uprooting and moving to Ottawa, Kansas, to take on the multi-faceted challenges of a beloved but struggling school was daunting to say the least.  For both of us.

Now, those ten years have gone by seemingly in the blink of an eye.  With the help of five Board chairs who managed to completely surprise us with their individual retrospectives at our board dinner in Arizona at the end of February, we were reminded of all that we have faced at OU in that time—the struggles and the wonderful victories.  When one tries to put it all in perspective, it can feel overwhelming and breath taking.  But the net residual take-away from all of it is that we both feel that we have been very blessed to be a part of this portion of the Ottawa story.

So, now we look together to the future.  Our plan is to continue in our newly revised structure to lead into and through Vision 2020.  Continued growth, albeit more muted, for our OUKS Ottawa campus is the intent and the challenge for a new president for that campus.  Further stabilization and modest growth of our Adult, Professional, and Graduate studies programs is the plan there.  And the more rapid growth and expansion of our new campus in Surprise, Arizona must all be brought together in a way that delivers on our commitments to all of our constituencies wherever they reside and whatever role they play.  As a friend of mine says, “you have a lot of plate spinning to do.”

And so we mark another year in the journey of a fine institution.  Grateful for so much support and many blessings in so many configurations.  Challenged to do what we do but to do more of it and better.  Building lives and communities and organizations of significance.  These are fine things to get to spend one’s life doing, and so we do it gladly and with reverence.

We thank you for who you are, what you do for OU, and what you have meant to us.

In the OU Spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner
’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 

 



Alumni Night with OU Basketball

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, Community, Events, "The College"

Ottawa University alumni were the guests of honor at Wilson Field House on Saturday, January 22, during Alumni Night at the OU men’s and women’s basketball games. During intermission of the OU-Bethel games, a reception for alumni was held in the Hull Center for Athletics. OU fans...

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Pro-bono Tax Clinic

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in accounting, Community, "Current Students", Events, taxes, "The College"

Ottawa University’s accounting students, under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. Marylou DeWald, once again provided free preparation of income tax forms for members of the local Ottawa community as part of an annual service-learning project within its...

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Math and Science Day

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Community, Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

Math and Science day was held at The College on February 22. More than 72 students from Ottawa High School and Bethel Christian Academy took part in “Aquasphere: Our Watery World.” Students had a number of sessions to choose from taught by faculty from OU’s science department...

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Human Trafficking

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Current Students", Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College"

All OU™ seniors at The College are required to complete a senior core project as part of a larger group. The project must address a current social issue, provide education about the issue, and take some type of positive, measureable action. Two projects of the spring semester included human...

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Forensics Awards

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Current Students", Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

In March, nine forensics students traveled to Portland, Oregon, for the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention. It was the largest tournament in recent history, with 1400 entries, and OU Forensics took away its best ranking in University history under the direction of Instructor of...

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