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

 



Celebrate Soccer

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Athletics

We invite you to pay tribute to two Ottawa University soccer legends on October 24 and 25 during two events at this year’s Homecoming. Coach Bob Schoonover (’65-’71) and the late Coach Tony Van Leiden (’65-’82) will be honored at halftime of the “Legends of...

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First Class

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Indiana, "Your OU"

In 2002, Josh Richards had just finished a degree from Indiana University. With enough credits to graduate but not enough for a specialized major, he graduated with a degree in General Studies so he could “just get done.” He had no idea what he wanted to do with his life...

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OU Boasts NAIA Scholar Teams

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, "The College"

Ottawa University Braves athletic teams experienced an award-winning year. All in all, there were six Capital One award winners, 31 Daktronic Scholar Athletes, eight NAIA All-Americans, 22 KCAC Players of the Week and 81 All-KCAC performers during the 2011-2012 school year. Among the most notable...

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Golfing "Fore"

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, Community, Events

The second annual David C. Owen Leadership Institute Golf Classic took place June 11, 2012, at the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kansas. The event raised more than $35,000 for the Ottawa Scholarship Fund and the David C. Owen Leadership Institute. The four-person scramble tournament featured...

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OU Welcomes New Spirit Squad Coordinator

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ottawa University has hired Shayla Jacob as the new spirit squad coordinator. Jacob succeeds Regina Smith, who led the Braves for the last two seasons. Jacob has more than 15 years of cheerleading, dance and gymnastics coaching experience. She has spent the last two years as Pratt Community...

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