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

 



The Processional

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, Uncategorized

Like the opera star who has performed in public many times, the Faculty Marshal dons his academic apparel, checks to see if his cap is on correctly, checks last-minute notes before motioning to the flagbearers to assemble - all the while feeling the adrenalin surfacing like so many commencements...

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Pursue Destiny

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two Ottawa University graduates delivered speeches at the Ottawa University – Wisconsin graduation ceremony on June 8 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Graduate Darvelle Hutchins’ speech was entitled “Hopes and Dreams” and challenged his fellow graduates to become a catalyst for...

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University Achieves 60% of Goal; Announces Public Phase of Capital Campaign

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, Community, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, Indiana, "Kansas City", Online, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College", Wisconsin

On June 15, 2012, after 18 months of behind-the-scenes fundraising, Ottawa University’s Advancing the Vision Capital Campaign went public during a special dinner to honor the exceptional generosity of OU’s trustees and major campaign donors to date.

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OU Adds Director of Nursing

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff

Kathy Kump has been named the director of nursing at Ottawa University. Kump comes to Ottawa University from the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, where she was an educator with the Wound Management Academy. “Kathy has been a registered nurse for 25 years and...

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Player of the Year

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Myah Sprew was named softball All-KCAC Player of the Year for her efforts to help lead the Lady Braves to a 30-22 season. To many, the honor wasn’t a surprising feat. Sprew’s grandfather, Marvin Wilson ’60, was a standout athlete during his time at Ottawa University, dominating...

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