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
 

 



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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You’ve Got Mail

Posted by Paula Paine on February 14, 2011 in "School of Education", "study abroad", "The College"

College-wide e-mails changed the lives of three current OU™ students in 2009. Messages many people drop right into their recycling bins allowed these three to experience life as they never had before. Jake McMillian was chosen as one of only 10 students in the entire country to participate...

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Spirit of Support

Posted by Paula Paine on February 13, 2011 in Alumni, "City of Ottawa", "Franklin County"

The connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially as regards the way they behave toward and feel about one another

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Dear Ottawa Family

Posted by Paula Paine on February 12, 2011 in Arizona, "Kansas City", "Other News"

As with many changes, there is a mix of joy and sadness. This is true with the news that five of our most cherished faculty colleagues recently retired from their long-time careers with Ottawa University. Peter Sandstrom, Mike Sancho, Jerry Malizia, Gus Breytspraak, and Paulette Krenke all...

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Education Shake-up

Posted by Paula Paine on February 11, 2011 in Arizona, Communiversity, education, "School of Education"

Mover. Shaker. These are words that described Todd Aakhus ’00 AZ in a recent Phoenix area magazine article that featured him for his innovative work as director of community partnerships at Rio Salado College in Arizona. Aakhus definitely fulfills the meaning of those descriptors as he...

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