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

 

 



Making Disciples

Posted by Paula Paine on February 18, 2011 in "Braving Discipleship", faith, "Finding Favour", "The College"

Ottawa University’s campus ministries conducted its annual Braving Discipleship retreat for area high school students on November 5, 6 and 7. Braving Discipleship is a studentled weekend retreat for high school students held on The College campus. During the weekend, students learned what...

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“Women in Management” Visit WI Governor

Posted by Paula Paine on February 16, 2011 in MBA, Wisconsin

The former Governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle, now knows about Ottawa University thanks to a visit by Carly Rutley’s Women in Management class. Rutley ’00, ’05 MBA WI was able to provide the enriching learning opportunity to her students through contacts she has developed through...

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New Faces

Posted by Paula Paine on February 16, 2011 in Arizona, MBA, "Other News"

A Navy helicopter pilot who also has incredible business experience, Dr. Kirk Wessel was initially hired to lead the business program at OU-Arizona and our MBA program nationwide. He is currently serving as acting dean of the School of Business.

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Homecoming Weekend Highlights

Posted by Paula Paine on February 15, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, football, soccer, "The College", volleyball

• Braves Football vs. University of St. Mary (34-16) • Braves Soccer vs. University of St. Mary (0-1) • Lady Braves Soccer vs. University of St. Mary (8-1) • Volleyball vs. Kansas Wesleyan University (3-0) • Family Fun Zone • BAHOF Induction and Banquet &bull...

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Teachin’ Tots

Posted by Paula Paine on February 14, 2011 in education, "School of Education"

Before kindergarten, parents teach their children everything from animal sounds to the alphabet. Kids attend music classes, preschool and ballet lessons. According to Assistant Professor Annette Blecha ’76, play and physical activity are important elements for not only physical...

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