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

 



A Legacy of Learning

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "School of Education", "The College"

Author John Maxwell recounted, "It's been said that there are two kinds of people in life: those who make things happen and those who wonder what happened." Despite her humble beginnings, Beverly (Clinton) Fink '56 has chosen to make a difference in the world around her &ndash...

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Education on Display

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "School of Business", Wisconsin

Louis Young is a 2008 graduate of Ottawa University-Wisconsin. Tasked with new business development with Frank Mayer & Associates, a major in-store merchandising solutions company, Young’s story exhibits what OU’s adult education is all about. He tells it best in his own words.

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In Memoriam - John Kruska

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni

A lifelong friend of Ottawa University passed away December 21, 2011. John Kruska ‘68 came to Ottawa University in the fall of 1963 from Bronx, New York. He attended OU for five years, participating in the campus Young Republicans club for three years. “When thinking of John, his...

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Pastor's Conference

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, Community, Events, "Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality", "Pastor's Conference", "The College"

The 2nd Annual Conference for Pastors and Laity was held January 31 through February 1 in the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality. The conference served as an opportunity for pastors and lay people to better understand the meaning of spiritual formation through the series &ldquo...

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The Culture of Counseling

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, "Graduate School", "Human Resources", "Professional Counseling", "School of Arts and Sciences"

We each belong to a segment of society defined as our “culture,” i.e. the American culture. However, within the broader culture are countless “sub-cultures” that shape who we are and more narrowly classify us as individuals - sub-cultures like our professions, family units...

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