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

 



Staying in Tune With Mathematics

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Mathematics, "Music Education", Online, "Online Education"

Michael Bennington almost quit his Calculus I course the first week of class. It was challenging to absorb so much information in a short period of time, and Bennington had never had much experience with math before. But he didn’t quit.

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Of Truth and Beauty

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Albert Einstein", Faculty/Staff, Mathematics, Online, "Online Education"

By Dr. Jeff McCreight, Assistant Professor of Mathematics “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.” These words from British philosopher, mathematician and historian Bertrand Russell effectively summarize the essence of mathematics. But what is this...

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Gospel Extravaganza

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Black Student Union", Community, "Current Students", "Gospel Extravaganza", "The College"

On April 12, Ottawa University’s Black Student Union (BSU) hosted the first annual Gospel Extravaganza, which featured soloists, praise dancers and gospel rappers expressing their love for God in different ways. The performers used their diverse backgrounds and interests to come together...

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Administrative Announcement

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Faculty/Staff, "Other News"

Dr. Amy Hogan has accepted the position of interim dean of the School of Education following the resignation of Dr. David Barnes. Hogan has served as the associate dean of the School of Education since the summer of 2011. She has maintained a leadership role in the education program since 2005...

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This Issue: The Culture of Learning

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

Every now and then the English language offers us a fun aberration. Arguably, the word “culture” is one of those. Why? Because the diversity of the meanings associated with it serves to define the word itself, so that as one explores and cultivates the various aspects of culture, he...

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