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

 



Ron Chronister - Staying in Tune With Youth

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, music, "Ron Chronister", theatre

Joyce Stuermer, long-time professor of music at Ottawa University, still remembers the day she asked Ron Chronister ’76 to serve as assistant director for an upcoming musical. “Even as a student, his organizational skills and abilities were top notch,” she said. Those same...

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Faculty Symposium 2011

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", faculty, "faculty symposium", Uncategorized

Ottawa University professors had the tables turned on them in September when they became students as part of the annual faculty symposium. Dr. John Wells, executive vice president at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, kicked off the three-day symposium with his presentation, &ldquo...

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Ready, Set, Go

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Athletics, volleyball

The Ottawa University volleyball team had just lost their final game of the season and Shannon (Holmes) Donley’s career as a Brave was over. It was a bittersweet realization – one that Donley says she’ll never forget. “After the match, we sat in the locker room for a long...

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1961 Class Gift

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, "class gift", Community, Events, "The College"

During Homecoming 2011, the Ottawa University Class of 1961 presented the University with a check for $100,000 to be used for the Roger and Ruth Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality. The gift went towards the $1 million being sought for the Chapel and Center as part of the Advancing...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Game

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

The Braves softball and baseball teams team will be sporting pink socks and pink shirts on March 31 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The games, which are set for 1 p.m. and to which alumni are invited, are against the University of Saint Mary (Lady Braves) and Sterling College (Braves...

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