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

 



Men's Soccer

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in athletics, soccer

The men’s soccer team ended its season 9-8-1 and qualified for the KCAC semifinals. KCAC Honors 1st Team Michael Mesle Philip Nguyen Drinnan Sante Honorable Mention Zach Doolan Matt Abbott Paul Oswald

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Lifelong Learners Indeed

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

In 1958, William Mercier arrived at Ottawa University, having chosen it by throwing a dart at a board of Baptist schools he was considering. He was 18 and had a very dominate East Coast accent. He spent his first semester in speech correction class (for no credit) because no one could understand...

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Homecoming Game 2011

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

The Ottawa University Braves defeated the Sterling College Warriors 27-6, October 22 during the annual Homecoming football game at Peoples Bank Field. The Braves had 360 yards of total offense, 207 rushing and 153 passing. Sterling had 73 yards rushing and 114 passing for a total of 187 yards of...

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Running Through Obstacles

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

Lucas Straub knew he’d be able to overcome the sickness and injuries he sustained during his time on the Ottawa University cross-country team. But he also knew those injuries would impact his career. “My greatest accomplishment in crosscountry was overcoming a severe injury and...

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Cross Country

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics

Chelsea Fullerton earned All-KCAC honors and qualified for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Meet. She finished 251st with a time of 20:34 competing against 323 runners. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished fourth at the KCAC Cross Country Championships. KCAC Honors...

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