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
 

 



A College Town

Posted by Janae Melvin on June 28, 2017 in

The announcement that Ottawa University would open a new residential campus in the city of Surprise was made on Friday, February 17, in front of faculty, coaches, alumni, members of the Surprise city council and residents of the community of Surprise to great enthusiasm and with tremendous support.

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Head Women’s Soccer Coach Marc Gordon wins NSCAA and KCAC Coach of the Year Honors

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in

Ottawa University women’s soccer head coach Marc Gordon was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Plains Region Coach of the Year and the KCAC Coach of the Year after an impressive 2016 season.

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Wrestling programs has successful postseason

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in

The Ottawa University women’s wrestling team was the national runner-up at the 2017 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships. The Braves were led by sophomore Valeria Rivera who won the National Championship in the 109 pound weight class. Rivera is the second women’s...

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Ottawa University adds bowling to varsity sports teams

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in

In December, Ottawa University announced it will add men’s and women’s bowling to its lineup of varsity intercollegiate teams. The teams will begin competing in the 2017-2018 season and recruiting has already begun. The addition of bowling brings the number of intercollegiate teams offered at...

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Braves Have Strong Showing at 2017 KCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in

The OU men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the 2017 KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. The women finished seventh and the men placed eighth at the meet. Bryanna Music brought home the Braves only KCAC Championship. She...

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