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

 



Literature Festival

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in children, Community, "Current Students", Events, literature, "School of Education", "The College"

More than 1,000 third, fourth and fifth graders, the largest group in the event’s history, swarmed the Ottawa University campus on March 10 to participate in the 10th annual Franklin County Children’s Literature Festival. Students heard stories new and old, had books autographed...

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School of Business to be Named

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Alumni, "School of Business", "The College", "Upcoming Events"

Homecoming 2011 will kick off on Wednesday evening, October 21, with the naming of Ottawa University’s School of Business in honor of former faculty member and alumnus Dr. Wayne Angell ’52 and former faculty member Dr. Sherwin Snyder. The ceremony will be followed by a series of...

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Morris and Smith Named to Champions of Character Team

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Ottawa University basketball players Tarryn Morris and Corey Smith have been named to the KCAC’s Champions of Character Team. Morris is a four-year letter winner for the Lady Braves. This past season she appeared in 29 games, with 20 starts. Morris averaged 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.6...

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Just Like Mike

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

It’s not just Mike Clark who’s hit the big time in the strength and conditioning world. Ron McKeefery ’98 has been hired as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Tennessee. From 2000 to 2010, McKeefery served as the assistant athletic director for strength...

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EMBArking on a New Venture

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, EMBA, MBA, "School of Business"

While Ottawa University has been offering an MBA degree for several years, it is taking the degree up a notch with the introduction of its Executive MBA (EMBA). Though similar to the traditional MBA program, the differences in the EMBA include audience, delivery, focus, and price. The EMBA...

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