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
 

 



OUKS Introduces New President

Posted by Janae Melvin on August 6, 2018 in Ottawa, OUKS, Reggies, University, Wenyika

The residential campus in Ottawa has a new leader. On Friday, June 15, Chancellor Kevin Eichner announced that Dr. Reggies Wenyika had been hired as the new president OUKS. Wenyika assumed his official duties on July 16.

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Geoff Poston Receives Coach of the Year Award

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 26, 2018 in

OU bowling coach Geoff Poston was named the 2016-2017 Girl’s Bowling Midwest Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Poston came to OU from Topeka Seaman High School, Topeka, Kan., to lead the new OU bowling program this past fall.

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OU Braves Cheer and Dance Team Capture First KCAC Championships

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 26, 2018 in

The Ottawa University cheer and dance teams captured the 2018 KCAC Championship title. This is the first season cheer and dance has competed as a sport and was eligible to compete for the title. In the past, the teams participated in the championships as an exhibition.

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OUAZ Women’s Soccer Qualify for NCCAA National Championship in Inaugural Season

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 26, 2018 in

The Ottawa University Arizona women’s soccer team earned an at-large bid to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships during its first season of competition. The Spirit went 0-2 during the tournament, falling to Concordia University in Ann Arbor (MI.) 3...

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Spirit Men’s Golf Team Competes in National Championship

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 26, 2018 in

The OUAZ men’s golf team traveled to Palm Coast, FL., for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Golf National Championships. The Spirit took fifth place as a team, led by Freshman Phil Williams’ final round 69. Williams became the first NCCAA All-American in OUAZ’s short...

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