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

 



$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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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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Manufacturing Success

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Carr Lane Manufacturing", "Made in America", "Political science", "The College"

While “Made in America” is making a comeback as the perceived ethical and preferred choice for many products like cars, appliances, furniture, and clothing, governmental and environmental regulations have long pushed companies and industries to distant shores where restrictions are...

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Kansas Kids Fitness

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, Community, "Elementary School", "Kansas Kids Fitness"

On Monday, April 23, The College took part in Kansas Kids Fitness Day. More than 500 area elementary students participated in the statewide event, which serves as a way to show youth that physical activity can be fun. Throughout the day, OU students who are enrolled in physical education and...

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