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

 



New Faces

Posted by Paula Paine on February 16, 2011 in Arizona, MBA, "Other News"

A Navy helicopter pilot who also has incredible business experience, Dr. Kirk Wessel was initially hired to lead the business program at OU-Arizona and our MBA program nationwide. He is currently serving as acting dean of the School of Business.

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Homecoming Weekend Highlights

Posted by Paula Paine on February 15, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, football, soccer, "The College", volleyball

• Braves Football vs. University of St. Mary (34-16) • Braves Soccer vs. University of St. Mary (0-1) • Lady Braves Soccer vs. University of St. Mary (8-1) • Volleyball vs. Kansas Wesleyan University (3-0) • Family Fun Zone • BAHOF Induction and Banquet &bull...

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Teachin’ Tots

Posted by Paula Paine on February 14, 2011 in education, "School of Education"

Before kindergarten, parents teach their children everything from animal sounds to the alphabet. Kids attend music classes, preschool and ballet lessons. According to Assistant Professor Annette Blecha ’76, play and physical activity are important elements for not only physical...

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You’ve Got Mail

Posted by Paula Paine on February 14, 2011 in "School of Education", "study abroad", "The College"

College-wide e-mails changed the lives of three current OU™ students in 2009. Messages many people drop right into their recycling bins allowed these three to experience life as they never had before. Jake McMillian was chosen as one of only 10 students in the entire country to participate...

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Spirit of Support

Posted by Paula Paine on February 13, 2011 in Alumni, "City of Ottawa", "Franklin County"

The connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially as regards the way they behave toward and feel about one another

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