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
 

 



2010 Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted by Paula Paine on February 10, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, "The College"

Kim Hendrix '79 Kim Hendrix was a four-year letterman in football at the University from 1975 to 1978 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1979. In 1976, he was selected to the All Heart of America Conference (HAC) Second Team. He accounted for 56 percent of receiving yards, 48...

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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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