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

 



No Graduation Day

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in Alumni, "American Baptist Churches", "American Baptist Home Mission Societies", Seminary, "The College"

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”– Vernon Howard Rev. Soozi (Whitten) Ford ’78 offers a hearty “Amen!” to Howard’s admonition. Throughout her career as a professor, pastor and American Baptist Churches regional...

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Concert Choir Hits The Road

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Choir Tour", music, "The College"

This winter, the Ottawa University concert choir performed across the state of Kansas, as well as in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. The tour began March 5 and ran through March 16. Before heading across the Midwest, the choir performed in several churches in Ottawa, Lawrence and Osawatomie. Each...

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All That Jazz

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "Ottawa University Band", "Spring Band Concert", "Spring Jazz Concert", "The College"

Two Ottawa University Spring Music Concerts featured students, community members and a variety of music styles. The Spring Band Concert and Spring Jazz Concerts both took place in April in the Fredrikson Chapel. The Ottawa University Band is a wind and percussion ensemble that consists of music...

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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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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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