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


KC Students, Staff & Alumni Work Together

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Alumni, CAPS, "Kansas City", SHRM

In September, OU CAPS advisors, the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the OU-Kansas City Alumni Association hosted three Career Focus Days for current students and alumni. Each featured a practical workshop designed to help participants in their job search...

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Productions of Place

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

OU Theatre presented two productions this fall. The first was the comedy Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, on September 30, October 1 and 2, featuring director Joel Williams ’00 and 19 student actors. Almost, Maine takes place on a starry night in the town of Almost, located...

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Raising Awareness

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in "ACE Events", "The College"

Two fall ACE events at The College raised student awareness about two important social issues - domestic violence and HIV-AIDS. The first took place on October 18 with an educational presentation on domestic violence, followed on October 28 with a peaceful “Taking Back the Night&rdquo...

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OU-Indiana Hosts Career Planning Seminar

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in "career services", Indiana

On Friday, November 12, OU-Indiana presented a half-day career planning seminar entitled “Fast Track Your Current Job and Future Opportunities.” The seminar featured OU faculty member Dr. Wayne Meaux, a corporate consultant with 30 years of experience. The workshop addressed the...

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Taking a Break to Serve

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in alumni, "Habitat for Humanity", "The College"

150 students participated in Alternative Break service projects over the two days of fall break, completing more than 700 hours of service in the Ottawa community. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, two houses in dire need of work were scraped and painted and another house painted. Other...

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