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

 



Move A Muscle, Make A Difference

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "business club", Community, "Current Students", DECA, Events, "School of Business", "The College"

Ottawa University’s first-ever business club, DECA, used a muscle to make a difference in October during its first annual Haunted Hike 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The run marked the first event sponsored by the University’s newly founded DECA chapter...

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Lunch-N-Lecture

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Events, "Roy Reiman", "South Suburban Chamber", "The Business Journal"

In October, Ottawa University – Wisconsin faculty and staff participated in a “Lunch-N-Lecture” program at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin. The event was sponsored by Ottawa University, the South Suburban Chamber and The Business Journal of Milwaukee. Roy...

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OU- Wisconsin Initiates Alumni Awards

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Events, Wisconsin

OU-Wisconsin alumni gathered in the fall for the first annual Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards Celebration, hosted at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Willie G. Davidson, grandson of co-founder William A. Davidson, provided a private tour for guests prior to the ceremony. 

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Braves Card

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Acceluraid card", "Braves Card", "Current Students"

Eating in the cafeteria, utilizing the copy center and buying books in the bookstore just got easier. This fall, the University launched a new Braves Card, which serves as an ID card, meal card and campus access card. Students also can use the card to do laundry, make purchases in campus vending...

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"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Community, "Current Students", Events, Theatre

Designed to give audience members a glimpse into the inner-workings of relationships, the Ottawa University Theatre department presented a musical in October entitled, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The musical followed the trials and tribulations of relationships...

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