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 Phoenix Campus to be Dedicated as Hays Center

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

During the OU board meetings on February 20, 2015, the building is set to be dedicated as the Hays Center in honor of benefactors E. Earl “Sonny” (’93 AZ) and Betty Hays. All Arizona students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to the dedication.

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Elves and Angels

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

Before students left for Christmas break, they demonstrated that they care about a lot more than finals. Senior Katee Hinkle organized Ottawa University’s first annual Elves and Angels project.

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OU-WI Reaches Out to the Hmong

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

Ottawa University-Wisconsin continues to develop a positive relationship with the Hmong community living in the metro Milwaukee area. For the second year, OUWI sponsored a display booth at the Hmong New Year Festival which took place December 13 – 14 in Milwaukee.

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Do I Really Need a BSN?

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

Jennifer Imel had her RN and a good job as a cardiac cath lab nurse. She had been in nursing for more than six years and never wanted for a job. But something kept telling her that if she wanted to advance or maybe even keep her job, she needed to get a BSN.

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Rad Doctor Dickerson

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

It’s not every day that a broken arm leads to a lifelong career, but that’s exactly what happened to Dr. Tom Dickerson ’00 MA as a high school junior.

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