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

 



Distance Teaching

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", "distance teaching", "Dodge City", "Kansas City", "School of Education", "student teaching"

Cyndy Torres knew she wanted to return to Dodge City at some point in her life. It’s where she grew up. It’s where her family lives. So when the Ottawa University-Kansas City education student was presented with the opportunity to do her student teaching in Dodge City, she jumped at...

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Adventures in Faith 2012

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "adventures in faith", Alumni, "Current Students", Events, "Online Education", "The College", "University of Kentucky"

“God puts people in your path for an absolute reason,” University of Kentucky Athletic Director and OU alumnus Mitch Barnhart says. “He doesn’t make mistakes. Failures. Disappointments. Losses. It’s all for a reason.” That is part of the message that Barnhart...

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Adawe Workshops, Events Enhance Classroom Learning

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Adawe LifePlan Center", Buddhism, Christianity, "Enlightened Faith", Hinduism, Islam, "The College"

The Adawe LifePlan Center offered three workshop series during the spring semester, which served to help students deepen their faith, explore their identity and consider career and lifestyle options. The first was an Enlightened Faith series that taught students about the principles of Buddhism...

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Acting Out

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Acting, "Current Students", Desdemona, theatre

The Ottawa University Theatre Department presented Robert Bastron’s “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage” and Toni Morrison’s “Desdemona” during the spring 2012 semester. Lynn Deboeck, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas...

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Athletic Statistics

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in athletics, Baseball, Golf, KCAC, Softball, "Track and Field"

Softball, Baseball, KCAC Honors, Track and Field, Women's Golf, & Men's Golf

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