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
 

 



OU Athletes Compete at National Tournaments

Posted by Janae Melvin on June 28, 2017 in

This spring, several Ottawa University student-athletes were able to experience competing in the national tournament for their respective sport. For many of these athletes, it was the first trip to the national championships in their career.

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Volleyball Coaches Earn National Honors

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This season, Ottawa University head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington accomplished something that is very rarely done in one academic year, outside of the sports of track and field and cross country. She was named conference coach of the year twice.

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Smith’s Coaching Success on the Links is Recognized

Posted by Janae Melvin on June 28, 2017 in

Ottawa University head men’s golf coach was named KCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year it was announced by the conference office at the KCAC Men’s Golf Championships. It is Smith’s second KCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year honor, his third overall. He earned the honor in 2008 and was named KCAC Women...

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Braves Softball Team Caps off Season with Trip to World Series

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The Ottawa University capped off an incredible season with the program’s first ever win at the NAIA World Series after the Braves defeated no. 19 Warner University 4-2 during the first game of the series.

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Ottawa University Holds 152nd Commencement Ceremony

Posted by Janae Melvin on June 28, 2017 in

The 152nd Commencement ceremony took place at Fredrikson Chapel for students of The College, OUKC and online on Saturday, May 6. Additional ceremonies took place in Phoenix, AZ; Jeffersonville, IN; and Brookfield, WI, to present graduates from those campus locations with their degrees.

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