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

 



News & Notes

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Alumni, "News and Notes", "Other News"

Births and Adoptions, Marriages, In Memoriam, and Class Updates

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Challenging the Darkness - Norwood Jones 2012

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Norwood L. Jones Convocation", "Os Guinness", "Other News", "The College", "Upcoming Events"

Ottawa University hosted Dr. Os Guinness as its annual Norwood L. Jones Convocation speaker on March 7-8, 2012. Guinness presented two lectures, “Can Freedom Last Forever?” and “Challenging the Darkness.” He also presented a seminar aimed at clergy members. “Can we...

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For the Love of Music...and Students

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Alumni, Music", "Kansas Music Educators Association", "Music Education", "Music Educators National Conference", "The College"

He did it because of his love of music. He did it because he enjoyed playing the saxophone. He did it because a career as a professional musician is difficult financially. But mostly, music teacher Marlin Cooper ’61 did it for the students.

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Leading Online Learning

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Association of Educational Communications and Technology", "Current Students", "Distance Learning", "Information Age Publishers", Online

Ottawa University – Online was recognized in January as a leader in distance education when it received the Distance Education Best Practices award from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), a professional association dedicated to improving instruction through...

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From the President

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Culture, "Higher Education"

Dear Friends, As always, we are pleased to bring you this new edition of the Spirit magazine. Our editor, Paula Paine, our senior designer, Lee Stadler and our communications specialist, Courtney Servaes do a great job for us on these publications and we appreciate their hard work and creativity....

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