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
 

 



School in Real Life

Posted by Paula Paine on February 20, 2011 in education, "Kansas City", "School of Education", teaching

Not all schools are created equal. The size, location, demographics, and budget of a school make each one a unique experience. Unfortunately for some education majors, they don’t discover which environment is ideal for their skill set and passions until they’re in the thick of...

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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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