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

 



Women's Soccer

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

The women’s soccer team finished the season second in the KCAC with a 10-8-3 record. The team went on to win the KCAC Tournament and qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the second time in three years, being defeated by Azuza Pacific in the first round. Amanda Just and Theresa...

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This Issue: Spirit of Community

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "The College", "The Ottawa Spirit"

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A life of significance is not lived unto itself – but unto God, unto family, unto neighbors...

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Homecoming 2011 Slideshow

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Athletics, Community, "Current Students", Events, Faculty/Staff, "The College"

A slideshow of photos from Homecoming 2011, Paint The Town Black and Gold.

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1,000th Football Game

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Athletics, Events, football

Former Ottawa University football players visited campus in November to celebrate the Braves 1,000th football game. The Braves became the first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football team to ever play 1,000 games on November 12, when the team defeated the Bethel College Threshers 72-6...

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Franklin County Campaign

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Community, Events, "Franklin County Campaign", fundraising, "The College"

Donations to the Franklin County Campaign have tripled during the last three years – this year raising more than $100,000. Which is fitting, considering there are more than 55 Franklin County students enrolled at Ottawa University this academic school year. “Support from the local...

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