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
 

 



Energizing the International Studies Program

Posted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in International, IT, MBA

The global appeal of Ottawa University is rapidly growing as word spreads about the quality of education offered both at The College and in APOS. Over the past year, OU has taken steps to again become a major player in the international student market.

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Fredrikson Chapel Renovation is Now Complete

Posted by on November 29, 2016 in "Fredrikson Chapel", nathex, "Ottawa University"

The long awaited renovation of Fredrikson Chapel has been completed. A cornerstone at Ottawa University, the Chapel was in need of a complete interior refresh. Thanks to generous support of donors during OU's Advancing the Vision capital campaign, the result of the renovation is a warm, welcoming...

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Students Persevere Through Unexpected Flooding in Brown Hall

Posted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in "Brown Hall", flooding, spirit, water

On the evening of August 27, a water main break in the city of Ottawa set off a series of events on the Ottawa University campus that affected students, administration, staff and faculty. But as is the case when the going gets tough, the Ottawa spirit proved alive and well.

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A Life of Service - Roger Fredrikson

Posted by Janae Melvin on September 6, 2016 in "Fredrikson Chapel", "Ottawa University", "Roger Fredrikson"

Rev. Dr. Roger Fredrikson ’42 was a gift from God. He was a man who was led by the Holy Spirit in all he did, whose actions and words were known to have a lasting impact on anyone he encountered. His was a life of service and faith and abundant in spiritual gifts.

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New Partnership Expands OU's Global Reach

Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in EMBA, international

As part of the ongoing expansion of the International Studies Program at Ottawa University, the college has entered into a partnership with Howell Management Services (HMS) to assist with recruiting of students at the global level.

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