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
 

 



More Value-Added Workshops

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Community, Events, Indiana, "Kansas City", "Leadership Matters", marketing, "School of Business", Wisconsin, workshops

OU-Indiana recently initiated a series of workshops designed to offer expert knowledge and resources to the corporate community, as well as among current students and alumni. The latest workshop was entitled “Globalization” and was presented on April 8 by OU™ faculty member Dr...

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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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