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

 

 



Music

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in choir, jazz, music, orchestra, "The College", Vespers

The Ottawa University Music Department once again ushered in the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Vespers on December 5. Performances by the University Ringers, University Orchestra, and University Concert Choir and Jazz Singers, as well as scripture readings and traditional carols sung...

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First Down Classic

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Athletics, football, "The College"

Ottawa University defeated Baker University, 24-14, in the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic on August 28 at Peoples Bank Field. It marked the first time since 1993 that the Braves and Wildcats had met on the football field. Approximately 3,000 spectators were in attendance.

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KC Students, Staff & Alumni Work Together

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Alumni, CAPS, "Kansas City", SHRM

In September, OU CAPS advisors, the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the OU-Kansas City Alumni Association hosted three Career Focus Days for current students and alumni. Each featured a practical workshop designed to help participants in their job search...

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Productions of Place

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in "The College", theatre

OU Theatre presented two productions this fall. The first was the comedy Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, on September 30, October 1 and 2, featuring director Joel Williams ’00 and 19 student actors. Almost, Maine takes place on a starry night in the town of Almost, located...

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Raising Awareness

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in "ACE Events", "The College"

Two fall ACE events at The College raised student awareness about two important social issues - domestic violence and HIV-AIDS. The first took place on October 18 with an educational presentation on domestic violence, followed on October 28 with a peaceful “Taking Back the Night&rdquo...

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