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Academic and Professional

Preparing students and graduates for lives of significance, Ottawa University is proud to offer a wide variety of student organizations that feature professional and academic excellence. Some of these organizations are co-curricular, while others are extra-curricular. A few are membership by invitation and/or accomplishment-based.

The main purpose the ARCC is to focus on the volunteer and blood drive services the Red Cross has to offer. The participants in this club will be educated furthermore on the different areas within the Red Cross to motivate future generations to get involved in the volunteer work. This will provide volunteer experience that will not only look good in a resume, but provide individuals with a chance to help those in need.

Advisor: Donna Washington

The Biology Club at Ottawa University was established to increase interest in the field of biology by discussing relevant topics and taking field trips to educate participants, all the while raising awareness in the community.

Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wiese

Helps members increase their leadership abilities through resources provided by DECA, Inc. The organization also provides a real world experience through competitive events, projects, and community service as well as connections to DECA Inc.’s wide range of partner corporations. “Business as Usual!”

Advisor: Lyn Wagner

The Ottawa University Engineering Club was established as a social outlet for intellectual members studying and/or relatively interested in engineering.


The Forensics Club sponsors on-campus activities for students to explore public speaking and performance skills, including improvisational comedy, public forum debates, literary performances, speech showcases and service activities that support the Ottawa community. 

The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.

Advisor: Kirk Wren

An organization dedicated to servicing community youth, by demonstrating “Bringing out the Best in Kids.”  The organization also actively participates with the local organization to provide an event for the community.

Advisor: Rebekah McCurdy

PKD, a national honorary forensics society, was founded in 1913 and today has over 60,000 members. Ottawa University is the original charter chapter of Pi Kappa Delta and sponsors a variety of philanthropic and educational activities beyond the Ottawa community. These off-campus events include high school workshops, supporting local high school tournaments, and various local, regional and national performance opportunities. 

PRSSA is a national organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Membership will help students from all fields enhance their education, broaden their networks and launch their careers.

Advisor: Ryan Louis

To promote and encourage concern for intellectual issues on the Ottawa University campus in Ottawa, Kansas. Give visible focus to a concern for high academic achievement. And recognize those students who have attained distinction in the academic program of Ottawa University.

Advisor: Murle Mordy

The mission of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.  Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

Advisor: Lyn Wagner

The Student Government represents the students' voice to the faculty and administration. Students elect their 13 senators annually, as well as a student body president and vice president. The student body president primarily serves as the liaison among faculty, administrators and students. The Student Senate meets regularly to discuss, and take action on issues facing Ottawa University students. Student senators work in a committee format to serve the interests of all Ottawa University students.

2020-21 Student Government Members

President: Kaitlyn George
Vice President: Jo’Niesha Kennedy
Secretary: Jaqueline Carey
Treasurer: Allison Rivers

At- Large Representatives: Jennifer Anthony and Katie Martin
Senior Representative: Tomi-Lyn Hickman
Junior Representative: Dalton Sikes
Sophomore Representative: Macy Stewart
First Year Representative: Brooklin Mathers
Brown Hall Representative: Joshua Weghorst
Bennett Hall Representative: Liz Lobato
Martin Hall Representative: Reagan Lorey
Off Campus Representative: Nadia Chorny

The purpose of the TechClub is to increase interest in technology by discussing, helping, and participating in projects and events in the community and on campus.

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