From the Chancellor
Summer 2018

Dear Friends:

This letter is written to you in mid-summer, just after finishing our most recent fiscal year.  Long gone (if they ever existed) are the days when most folks at universities relaxed and took it easy until the students returned in the fall. For those of us at OU, the last year ended and the new one has opened with a crescendo of events and activities. OU has been a year-round educational institution for decades, so this is not exactly new here.
 
While our audit work is just beginning, it appears that we will have completed the 2017-2018 year with a new record in total revenues, eclipsing the $52 million mark for the first time in our history—nearly 40% above the prior year. This was driven by significant growth in our total student enrollments, particularly at our campus in Kansas and in Arizona with the launch of our OUAZ Surprise site.
 
Another major factor contributing to this growth was the best year in our history for donations, including in any capital campaign year. Friends like you contributed over $10 million, quite a remarkable sum for an institution that just ten years ago had seen only two gifts in its history over a million dollars.
 
As you might imagine, results like these buoy the spirit and lift our people. More importantly, they make an enormous difference in the lives of our students as they enhance talent, programs and facilities and the quality of the student experience.  We are grateful for this on many levels.
 
We are also grateful that we have completed our search for a new president for our Ottawa campus location. Dr. Reggies Wenyika began his work on July 16 to help lead our 153-year-old original campus to new heights and new outcomes. You can read about him and his family extensively in this issue of Spirit Magazine, but I will just say that myself and our team here, as well as the Board, feel very blessed to be welcoming someone of his stature and capability to our leadership team. He will be a game changer and most capable of continuing to build on the tremendous work done by his predecessors, Dr. Dennis Tyner and Dr. Terry Haines, both of whom have contributed mightily to bringing our home campus to outcomes not enjoyed since the early 1970s.
 
You will enjoy Reggies and his equally impressive spouse Bongi, and will appreciate their intellect, energy, creativity, and heart. I am already enjoying the process of introducing him to this wonderful institution that is Ottawa University and the broader Ottawa constituencies and look forward to welcoming him as a key member of our leadership team for years to come.
 
There is great energy and excitement about this new year on so many fronts: academically, in the athletic world, in the development of some wonderful new facilities, and so much more.  You, our friends and alumni, are central to making that happen as you always have. Thank you for that and so much more.

In the OU Spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner
’73, MBA, LLD ’08
 

 



From Braves to Chiefs

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in

His brother’s experience during his own campus visit is all Bobby Adamson ’12 needed when making a final decision about whether or not to enroll at Ottawa University. He was looking for a place to transfer to for his final two years of college while his brother Travis ’14 was being recruited by...

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Taking the long way back

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in Bicycle, Cannondale, "John Tharp", Ottawa, reunion, University

Usually, when an alum begins making plans to return to his or her alma mater for homecoming festivities the process includes checking flight prices, looking into available hotel rooms and planning the quick trip back for a few days of memories with old classmates and friends. When John Tharp ’66...

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Ottawa University Announces New Residential Campus in Surprise

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 17, 2017 in Arizona, Ottawa, Spirit, Surprise, University

Expanding on more than 151 years of preparing students for lifetimes of significance, Ottawa University announced on Feb. 17, 2017, that it will be opening a brand new residential campus in Surprise, Ariz., beginning in the Fall of 2017.

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OU Women's Soccer Falls Short in National Title Bid

Posted by Janae Melvin/Katie Tooley on November 30, 2016 in Braves, NAIA, Ottawa, soccer, University

The OU women’s soccer team ended a successful season in the most brutal of ways, losing 0-0 (4-2 in penalty kicks) to Northwest College (Wash.) during the round of 16 in the NAIA National Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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Nursing Program Experiences Rapid Growth After CCNE Accreditation

Posted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in CCNE, Maricopa, Nursing, Ottawa, University

Since Ottawa University added an online RN-to-BSN program to the University’s degree offerings in 2013, student inquiries have continued to increase at a rapid pace. Once the program was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in the summer of 2015, it received the...

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