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

 



Dear Ottawa Family

Posted by Paula Paine on February 12, 2011 in Arizona, "Kansas City", "Other News"

As with many changes, there is a mix of joy and sadness. This is true with the news that five of our most cherished faculty colleagues recently retired from their long-time careers with Ottawa University. Peter Sandstrom, Mike Sancho, Jerry Malizia, Gus Breytspraak, and Paulette Krenke all...

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Education Shake-up

Posted by Paula Paine on February 11, 2011 in Arizona, Communiversity, education, "School of Education"

Mover. Shaker. These are words that described Todd Aakhus ’00 AZ in a recent Phoenix area magazine article that featured him for his innovative work as director of community partnerships at Rio Salado College in Arizona. Aakhus definitely fulfills the meaning of those descriptors as he...

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2010 Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted by Paula Paine on February 10, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, "The College"

Kim Hendrix '79 Kim Hendrix was a four-year letterman in football at the University from 1975 to 1978 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1979. In 1976, he was selected to the All Heart of America Conference (HAC) Second Team. He accounted for 56 percent of receiving yards, 48...

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Music

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in choir, jazz, music, orchestra, "The College", Vespers

The Ottawa University Music Department once again ushered in the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Vespers on December 5. Performances by the University Ringers, University Orchestra, and University Concert Choir and Jazz Singers, as well as scripture readings and traditional carols sung...

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First Down Classic

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Athletics, football, "The College"

Ottawa University defeated Baker University, 24-14, in the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic on August 28 at Peoples Bank Field. It marked the first time since 1993 that the Braves and Wildcats had met on the football field. Approximately 3,000 spectators were in attendance.

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