From the President
Spring 2017

Welcome to our spring Spirit magazine! It is difficult to believe we are getting ready for yet another commencement celebration season as this academic year moves to a close in a few weeks. It is always a time to remember why we do what we do as graduates of extraordinarily diverse ages and backgrounds take that special walk to pick up their hard-earned diploma from Ottawa University. It is a walk that folks have taken for 152 years!

Moving on to current events and observations, on February 17, we officially announced our plans to open a brand new residential campus in Surprise, AZ, which will welcome its first students this coming fall. This is both a missional and strategic move for our institution, an initiative which has been under consideration for over five years. This effort has been made possible by generous gifts from donors who share our vision for the future of OUAZ and who appreciate the desire and need for OU to continue to grow while meeting the lifetime needs of its thousands of students who deserve to taste the Ottawa Spirit. If you visit us in Surprise, you will find tremendous energy and enthusiasm for this extension of the Ottawa mission and we are excited to be able to finally bring this effort to fruition. I look forward to sharing updates with you over the coming months and in future Spirit Magazines as we embark on this latest outreach of Ottawa University into a world that seems to need more and more of what we do and teach every day.

Our beloved College in Ottawa is also bustling with activity over the next couple of months as the Schendel Conference Center plays host to several conferences. The Women in Gold Leadership Conference, the 22nd Annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference and a special Non-Profit Leadership Workshop will give students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as the Ottawa and Kansas City communities an opportunity for some exciting learning and dialogue.

OU alums are invited to a gathering for our east coast friends in Tarrytown, NY, on June 2, and the Braves Classic Golf Tournament in Ottawa on June 23. I am looking forward to connecting with those of you who are able to join us at those events. Our alumni exemplify what we attempt to teach on an everyday basis, and you are a key part of the fabric that makes our school what it is.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine. If you haven’t been to campus (any of them) to visit us in a while, I encourage you to make the trip. We would love to see you.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



The Hallmark of Good Business

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, "School of Business", "The College"

“When you care enough to send the very best…” “Life is a special occasion…” Hallmark Cards, Inc., based in Kansas City, Missouri, is famous for knowing just what to say. The company was founded in 1910 by a Nebraskan teenager. It now employs 13,000 full-time...

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$1 Million Pledged for Gibson Student Center

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

As most of our constituents are aware, Ottawa University has slated a new library and student center as the major building project within the Advancing the Vision capital campaign that is currently underway. To be built in 2013-14, the vibrant, modern structure is designed to be the cultural hub...

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Teaching Excellence

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", faculty, Faculty/Staff, Professors, Tenure, "The College"

Several faculty members at The College were recognized in February for their teaching excellence and significant contributions to the institution. • Gloria Creed-Dikeogu - promoted to associate professor of library science. • Dr. Amy Hogan - promoted to associate professor of education...

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The Money Man

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Invest Atlanta", "Money Man", "motivational speaker", "School of Business", "The College"

Some people know him as Lonnie Saboor, manager of small business and industrial finance for Invest Atlanta. Others refer to him as a motivational speaker who offers insights into unconventional financial resources and ways to improve personal and business leadership. Still others call the 1970...

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Athletics, "Breast Cancer Awareness", Community, "Current Students", Events, Softball, "The College"

The Ottawa University baseball and softball teams hosted Breast Cancer Awareness games on March 31. The mothers of junior Katarina Burns and sophomore Darin Lewis both threw out first pitches for the Lady Braves, while junior Greg Wisner’s grandmother tossed the first pitch for the...

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