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

 



Lifesaving Meals

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Current Students", Events

A new student organization aimed at combating local, regional and world hunger issues was established in April 2011. Hungry for Change is a chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. “The mission of the organization is to encourage students, faculty and the community to join the fight...

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Going For The Goal

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Clarence Anderson", football, NFL

Clarence Anderson always dreamed of playing professional football. It was just a dream. A dream that started looking more like a reality his senior season on the Ottawa Braves football team. During his senior season, scouts from 16 National Football League (NFL) teams visited campus to watch...

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Alumni Awards Banquet

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Uncategorized

Distinguished Service Award, awarded for the demonstration of exceptional service in the church and/or community over a span of time. “I am very honored and very humbled. When I looked back at the people who have won this award, they are all people who I admire and people who have inspired...

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Back on the Diamond

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, "The College"

The Ottawa University Braves baseball team has welcomed several new coaches to the roster. Cory Blaine ’88 was hired as the new head baseball coach in December, and Freddie Adamson and Joe Malin were enlisted as assistant coaches at the start of the new year. Blaine was a four-year letter...

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OU Tennis Program Resurrected

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Current Students", "The College"

Lance Lysaught was hired in early fall to resurrect the Ottawa University men’s tennis team after more than 20 years of dormancy. The men’s tennis team was in existence from the fall of 1889 to 1944, but was cut in 1944 because of World War II. The program resumed in 1947, but was...

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