From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Math and Science Day

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Community, Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

Math and Science day was held at The College on February 22. More than 72 students from Ottawa High School and Bethel Christian Academy took part in “Aquasphere: Our Watery World.” Students had a number of sessions to choose from taught by faculty from OU’s science department...

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Human Trafficking

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Current Students", Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College"

All OU™ seniors at The College are required to complete a senior core project as part of a larger group. The project must address a current social issue, provide education about the issue, and take some type of positive, measureable action. Two projects of the spring semester included human...

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Forensics Awards

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Current Students", Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

In March, nine forensics students traveled to Portland, Oregon, for the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention. It was the largest tournament in recent history, with 1400 entries, and OU Forensics took away its best ranking in University history under the direction of Instructor of...

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Irish Poet

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

Heralded as one of Ireland’s most important poets, Moya Cannon read from her works at Ottawa University on April 6 during an annual event coordinated by Professor of English Dr. Andy Hazucha. Cannon’s first volume of poetry, “Oar” (Salmon Publishing, 1990), was awarded the...

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Birch Playing Pro Basketball

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, "School of Education", "The College"

Ottawa University’s all-time leading scorer, David Birch, has achieved his goal of playing professional basketball. However, it may not be what he originally envisioned. Birch is a member of the Washington Generals, the team that loses on a nightly basis to the world-famous Harlem...

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