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an Ottawa University publication | Winter 09

t's a new year and there's a new look for Ottawa Spirit magazine. With this edition, we will focus on the academic programs here at Ottawa University, beginning with arts and sciences. I hope you will enjoy reading about the new and creative ways OU students, faculty and alumni are growing in the arts and sciences. With this new look, we will be able to tell you even more about the good things that are happening University-wide ­ and there are many good things happening. It is often said that time flies when you are having fun. I want you to know that I am indeed having fun in the first year of my presidency for OU. One of the most enjoyable parts of the job is meeting as many of you as possible whenever I travel to the various OU campuses for board meetings, Leadership Matters workshops or town hall meetings. Though each one of you is very different, we share genuine enthusiasm for this University and our hopes for it. We have set some lofty goals for the University and there are challenges before us that will make achieving those goals even more difficult. We were encouraged this past January by an 85 percent increase in the number of new students enrolling at our adult campuses and OU-Online. A great team effort made this possible and will obviously be required in the future. This is nothing new for OU. We have undertaken difficult challenges in the past and we will continue to do so in the future. The important thing to remember is that we must have the participation of everyone in the OU community to take part in achieving our goals. Alumni, administration, faculty, students, no matter your role, each of you brings something to the table that is of tremendous worth in meeting all that we have committed to do. May God grant us the strength we need to move this University to new heights. Many have placed their trust in us, and we cannot fail them. Your commitment will be noticed, and the payoff will be felt by future generations. Thank you,


Kevin C. Eichner

Susan Backofen Vice President for Communications and Special Projects Lara (Rich) Boyd '01 Marketing Manager Julie McAdoo Administrative Assistant Scott C. Miller Manager of University Communications Paula Paine Communications Coordinator Lee Stadler Marketing Coordinator


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1-6 The Art of Science Do the two academic areas really go together?


Rocket Man Helping engineer America's space program.


The Children's Voice Communicating with purpose.


Open Mic. Lederhosen,microphones,fishsticks,ohmy!


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Other News Athletics Advancement

Contributing Writers Adrienne Allen '97 Paulette Krenke Scott Miller Paula Paine Grace Simmons Katie Tooley '01 Lisa Farrar-Wellman '99

Contributing Photographers Susan Backofen Lara (Rich) Boyd '01 Cord Cunningham Kathleen Rockers '04 Alex Shaw Lee Stadler

Winter 2009 Volume 8 Issue 2

Arts and Sciences

The arts and sciences at Ottawa University constitute much of the core curriculum of its liberal arts education. While students can choose majors within these two academic areas, those who do not are required to take a variety of courses in the arts and sciences to ensure that they are well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who will enter the work force prepared to engage the ever-changing environments they will encounter. Within the arts and sciences at Ottawa University is a range of course offerings in art, biology, chemistry, dance, English, history, journalism, languages, liberal arts, mathematics, music, physics, political science, religion and theatre. This issue of the Ottawa Spirit features various programs, events, alumni and faculty related to these academic disciplines, both at The College and the adult and professional studies campuses. We hope you enjoy the articles, and we invite you to e-mail [email protected] with your feedback and/or information about other alumni who have been, or are currently involved in these areas.




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any institutions of higher education have a "College of Arts and Sciences," but do the two academic areas really go together? On one hand, we have the biologists studying science and nature, and on the other are the creative types ­ writers and artists. There are not many who can blur the line between science and art, but Debby Mitchell, education program coordinator, teaching assistant and adjunct faculty member for Ottawa University-Arizona, has managed to do just that. Not only does she wear many hats at the University, but she also has a hunger to learn and a passion for teaching in both of these areas.

After retiring from her 30-year career as an elementary school teacher, Mitchell found herself bored after only two months of retirement and wanted to do more with her time. A volunteer opportunity listed in the local paper sparked her interest ­ "School Guides Needed at the Desert Botanical Gardens," read the announcement. The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, is an outdoor museum of more than 50 acres of both indigenous and endangered plants from around the world. Mitchell's role as a school guide was to educate

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bus loads of elementary school students on field trips. She loved teaching the children about plant research and conservation, and it showed ­ her supervisor wanted Mitchell to take her passion and move into a full-time position teaching adults. So began her training in ethnobotany, the study of how plants are used. The Desert Botanical Gardens hosted a "Taste of the Desert Tour," where Mitchell gave tours of the gardens and prepared foods made from plants, such as mesquite bean cookies, agave, and salsa made from cacti. She met people from all over the world ­ Japan, Iceland, South America, and more. "People were amazed," said Mitchell. "They would say that the desert `looked like the moon.'" She enjoyed watching the tourists' eyes light up as they encountered new plants and new tastes. Mitchell worked at the Desert Botanical Gardens for two years before deciding it was time to get back to teaching in the classroom. She chose an inner city school district because "you should do what you can for those kids," she said. However, she found it too heartwrenching and decided to go back to school to learn something new herself. She came to Ottawa University to take courses but left a meeting with Dr. Martha Braley, associate dean of education at OU-Arizona, with a job. Her experience as an elementary school teacher and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning was just what the University was looking for, not only in the education office, but in adjunct instructors as well. Mitchell began teaching Nature of the Southwest, Early Childhood Education, Theory of Poetry, and Poetry Analysis and hasn't looked back since. Her experience at the Desert Botanical Gardens explains the Nature of the Southwest course, and the Early Childhood Education course is a given with her extensive teaching background, but what about poetry? Mitchell has always been a poet at heart and often writes poetry for fun. When her poetry hobby turned into a teaching position, she readily shared her passion with her students, co-workers and peers. She was recently nominated for the "Push Cart Prize: Best of the Small Presses," an annual publication of short stories, poetry and essays. "There's no actual prize," she laughed. "But it's an honor to be nominated by your peers." Mitchell is a member of the Phoenix College Creative Writing Program and regularly does poetry readings for the community. She's even published a small book of her poetry that includes her plant photography inspired by Georgia O'Keefe. In each of her courses, Mitchell uses her personal experiences from the classroom, from the gardens and as a poet to help her students obtain their goals. She uses her inner city teaching experience to support her education students and uses different examples of modern and classic poetry to help her poetry students find their voice and see that language is the foundation of poetry. "Some students take my poetry class as an elective and they say they `hate' poetry," said Mitchell. "I tell them, `you just haven't found the poetry you like.'" As for her Nature of the Southwest course, she hosts her own "Taste of the Desert" night, during which her students get to experience the different uses of plants. "Now my students can't just walk by a plant and not know its potential, its care requirements and its purpose." Whether taking a course from Mitchell in the arts, the sciences, or both, all of her students take something valuable away from her classroom. No matter how much they take, however, Mitchell always has more to give.


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Easy as Pie

Though perhaps little comfort for those still mastering the art of boiling water, Marian (Rumohr) Getz '85 says that if you have a passion for cooking and use one key ingredient ­ love ­ cooking is "as easy as pie." A gourmet pastry chef for the renowned Wolfgang Puck, Getz knew she wanted to be a pastry chef from the early age of eight as a missionary kid in the Congo. It was there that she spent evenings reading "The Joy of Cooking" and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by candlelight and learned to make croissants in a wood stove. She continued to develop her cooking skills while at OU, including making a red velvet cake for her future husband Greg '85 in the tiny kitchenette of Centennial Hall. Her perfected red velvet cake was later featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens (April 2005), along with a story in the magazine. Though her degree is in human services, Getz pursued her cooking passion as a career, starting out with a small catering business operated from the basement of the Ottawa First Baptist Church. Wanting to sculpt her cooking skills into a culinary art, Getz, her husband and two boys moved to Florida in 1992. Within five years, she was hired as a cook at Puck's Grand Café at Disney World and was quickly promoted to executive pastry chef. She served desserts to such clients as Billy Graham, Michael Jordan, Christopher Reeve, and Demi Moore. In September 2005, Getz returned to Ottawa to teach two cooking classes for the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, "Key Ingredients: America by Food." She returned again in July 2008 to make the wedding cake for Tara Cunningham '07, daughter of friends Alan '80 and Phyllis '82 Cunningham (see page 14). In May 2006, Getz began a new position with Puck as the spokesperson and food preparer on his monthly live Home Shopping Network show that nets $10 million in cookware and kitchen gadgets each 21-hour weekend it airs. Getz recently published her first cookbook, "Home Style Bread Making with Marian Getz," to rave reviews. In 2006, Getz was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by the OU Alumni Association.

OU-Arizona Graduate Karryn Allen, '08

OU-Arizona Offers New Dance Major

Ottawa University-Arizona and the Maricopa County Community Colleges have created a partnership to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at OU-Arizona. Faculty from OU have collaborated with members of the Maricopa Community College Dance Instructional Council to create the dance major. The dance program focuses on dance as an art form with particular attention to dance theory and its relationship to the development of good technical skills. The degree prepares its graduates to teach dance at the secondary level, as the program is written to meet Arizona teacher certification requirements at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Students take courses in dance history, theory, choreography, dance production, and technique from the community colleges, while the OU dance courses include Kinesiology, Teaching Methods, and Dance Philosophy and Criticism. Dance instructors from the community colleges are hired as OU adjunct faculty to teach the Ottawa dance courses. Three students graduated from the program in December 2008, with seven more currently enrolled.

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Creative Bilinguist

Assistant professor of English Dr. Karen Ohnesorge, The College, is equally at home with either of the two "languages" through which she expresses herself ­ the written word and her artwork ­ or in merging the two to create an artful dialect all her own. Her compelling artwork, which consists of digital photo collages, usually relates to issues such as race, gender and socioeconomic inequality. She often ties those same topics into her poetry and critical writing, experimenting with a variety of photos and word combinations until she produces the perfect euphonious imagery. Ohnesorge holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from New York University (1984), as well as a PhD in English from Kansas University (2005). Her art was featured in October 2008 as part of the 14th annual Lawrence ArtWalk in Lawrence, Kansas, where she sold prints, postcards and other pieces.

Victory Dance

The Ottawa University dance team took first and became a national qualifier for the national competition at "Nations Best: Cheer and Dance Competition" at the Topeka Expo Center on Sunday, January 11. The team of Nijah Fudge, Jessica Clark, Maya Short, Jannise Robertson, Liz Jackson-Osbourne, Meghan Caldwell, Meghan Warhurst, and Portia Buford competed against Missouri Southern State University, Neosho County Community College and various gyms and studios across the states of Kansas and Missouri. The ladies placed first in the Pom Dance category, dancing to the song "Womanizer" by Brittney Spears in a dance choreographed by dance coach Alex Shaw. With the victory, the team received a score high enough to declare them "National Qualifiers" for the Disney National Dance Competition in Disney World, Florida. The team was also honored with a special "Sportsmanship Award" based on team members' interaction with one another, other teams, coaches, and staff throughout the day. Maya Short and Jessica Clark took home awards of their own by placing in the top five in the "Best Dancer" competition. Short received fourth place and Clark earned fifth place.

artwork by Karen Ohnesorge

4th Place Winner Maya Short

5th Place Winner Jessica Clark


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Lauren Alexander (below) is working toward her Pre K-12 teacher licensure in art through Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Her art exhibit, "Framework," was displayed during the first two weeks of December at the Mammel Art Gallery on the OU campus. The exhibit's purpose was to reveal small but mighty experiences in unexpected ways, particularly by playing on different types of opposites, such as size versus space, tradition versus innovation, and nature versus manmade. Associate Professor of Art Frank Lemp '72 has been impressed with Alexander as an artist and educator. "Lauren is precisely the kind of art educator we now need to work with our public school students," said Lemp. "Her exhibit shows artistry, wit and optimism, as well as a bit of humor. Combine that with initiative and knowledge of technology and one can see why she represents the future of art education in Kansas." To learn more about the artist and her art, visit

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photo courtesy of LIFE Magazine


ayne Koons '56 was busy training as a Marine Corps pilot when an opportunity came about that would change the course of his life. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (what would later become NASA ­ National Aeronautics and Space Administration) approached the Marines about the possibility of using helicopters to retrieve spacecraft from the ocean upon landing. When the squadron commander asked if they had an engineer in the group, it was Koons who was called into the meeting.

Koons--like most people back in 1956--had never heard of a man in space and was baffled by the conversation that followed. However, after hearing more, he found the possibilities exciting and was up to the challenge of leading the retrieval planning for Project Mercury. He and his team spent the next several years developing, refining and testing the retrieval process.

When the time came for the first American manned space flight in May of 1961, it was Koons who served as command pilot of the helicopter crew that retrieved Alan Shepard and his spacecraft from the Atlantic. Both the flight and retrieval went as planned, and Shepard was grateful. "After the flight, I was shutting the helicopter down," remembers Koons. "Shepard climbed into the cockpit and gave me a friendly slap on the leg. `Good boy,' he said, and then back down he went." Just 26 years old at the time, Koons was shocked at the media attention he received after the retrieval. He was flown to New York, along with his co-pilot and their wives, to appear on a television show called I've Got a Secret, where they met Johnny Carson and Bess Meyerson, among others. "For a couple of young guys, that was quite an experience," said Koons. | Winter 2009 |


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After leaving active duty with the Marines in 1961, Koons went to work for the Space Task Group. He was the 87th employee to sign on with the space program and spent the next 22 years at NASA, receiving numerous promotions throughout his tenure. The first decade of Koons' career at NASA was spent in flight operations, and it is this era that Koons remembers most fondly. "The decade from '59 to '69 was really exciting," said Koons. "We went from the first manned flight to the first landing on the moon in just over eight years." Koons was in the Control Center on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon--a significant moment for the space program and the country as a whole. "To watch that realize that for the first time in human history we had actually gone to another celestial was tremendously fulfilling," said Koons. "It was quite a feeling to stand there outside of the Control Center (that night) and look up at the moon." For all of the successes within the program, there were also serious setbacks. Koons particularly remembers the tragic Apollo 1 fire in 1967, which killed all three astronauts inside. "That was really, really tough," he said. "For me personally, that was tough because Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee were friends of mine. It was truly difficult to go to work for awhile after that happened." NASA continued to explore new frontiers, however, and during the late 1960s, preliminary talk about the Shuttle had begun. By 1970, Koons was one of just 41 people transferred to the Space Shuttle Program office. He spent the next 13 years working on the Shuttle, reaching an executive leadership position as manager of the manufacturing and testing office, where he was responsible for the manufacturing and acceptance testing of Space Shuttle Orbiters, equipment and facilities with an annual budget totaling $250 million. Koons remembers watching the first Shuttle, Columbia, launch in person on April 12, 1981. "That was quite a rewarding experience, to see that launch up close," he said. "We were probably a couple of miles away, but it was still close enough that you felt everything shaking when those solid-rocket boosters were building up to full thrust." Koons retired from NASA in 1983, moving back to his hometown of Lyons, Kansas, where he took over the family farm until his retirement in 2000. He spent a total of 31 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1987 as lieutenant colonel. Koons built a solid foundation for his work in the Marines and at NASA during his time at Ottawa University, graduating in 1956 with degrees in physics and mathematics. Looking back, it was the critical thinking skills he developed while at OU that he values most. As he now tells his granddaughter, "What you learn in the way of facts is important, but what is most important is learning how to think." In 1991, Koons' parents created the Marvin G. and Fern K. Koons Scholarship in their son's honor. It has been awarded to 44 Ottawa University students. Koons is an active volunteer in the Lyons community, having served on the school board from 1989 to 1997 and currently serving as president of the school district's endowment association. He is also a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Churches. Koons and his wife, Cynthia, raised five children and have two grandchildren.

from left to right Alan Shepard, Wayne Koons, and George Cox in front of the helicopter used to retrieve Shepard and his spacecraft from the ocean after the first U.S. manned space flight in May of 1961. Photos courtesy of Wayne Koons and NASA.


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Artful Historian

An art major at Ottawa University, Robert Cole's career path veered dramatically after he enrolled in an art history course his junior year. "That's when I got hooked on history," recalls Cole, who received his secondary teaching certification at OU following graduation in 1961 and took his first history teaching position in Emporia, Kansas. He has been teaching history ever since. After earning his MA from Kansas State University and his PhD from Claremont Graduate University in California, Cole began teaching history at Utah State University (USU) in 1970, where he remains today as a full professor. Based on his PhD thesis on Oxford don and Europe historian Alan John Percival Taylor, Cole published "The Traitor within the Gates" in 1993. Through that and other research conducted in Great Britain, Canada, the U.S., and Ireland, Cole became fascinated with the subject of propaganda and war, particularly WWII, and is now an internationally recognized expert and lecturer on the subject. Throughout his career, Cole has combined the artful craft of writing with his passion for history, publishing eight books, including three popular histories. A ninth book is due out in the spring. It is entitled "Propaganda and War, 1939-1945" and deals with propaganda and censorship employed by each of the major belligerent powers of WW II. In addition to his books, Cole has written 12 articles and more than 40 book reviews. He is founder of USU's British and Commonwealth Studies Programme and also founded and was first president of the Western Conference on British Studies, an organization that is part of the National Conference on British Studies. Cole is originally from Argonia, Kansas, which has a population of approximately 550 and is renowned for electing the first woman mayor in the U.S. in 1887. Upon coming to OU, Cole recollects, "OU was really a good transition for me. After growing up in a little town in nowhere Kansas, I became aware of how much there was in the world." Cole now resides in Logan, Utah, with his wife and is grandfather to "five of the smartest, most beautiful grandchildren on the planet."

"History should be written so that someone wants to read it."

A. J. P. Taylor

In (Bio) Defense of Public Policy

Representing the 42nd district in the Kansas House of Representatives for 16 years, Kenny Wilk retired in January. During his tenure, he served on numerous standing committees and chaired a number of others, including the House Appropriations Committee, the Legislative Budget Committee and the House Taxation Committee. But his greatest accomplishment will benefit the state of Kansas for decades to come and earned him the title of Kansas Legislator of the Year in 2005. Wilk, along with Senator Nick Jordan, conceived, co-authored and passed the Kansas Economic Growth Act (KEGA) in 2004, a $600 million initiative that included the creation of the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA), whose sole purpose is to advance Kansas leadership in bioscience. Within four years, the legislation and state-wide commitment to bioscience paid off for Kansas when, in December 2008, the federal government unanimously selected Kansas as the future location of its National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. To be located in Manhattan, Kansas, the proposed 520,000 square foot facility will be staffed with hundreds of scientists and will serve as the nation's premier research facility for developing vaccines and countermeasures for diseases that threaten livestock and other animals. "There was a great deal of satisfaction for those of us who worked on that policy," said Wilk, who attributes its success to the extensive support gained for the bill prior to its introduction. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority ­ 123 out of 125 house members and 38 out of 40 senators supported it. "I think that's the way legislation ought to work," said Wilk. "It was totally bipartisan. That doesn't just happen by accident. I think this bill was a great example that every once in a while, public policy can actually work." Upon his departure from politics, Wilk's largely unsung legislative efforts were recognized by the Kansas City Star and earned him its coveted title of 2008 Mo-Kan Politician of the Year. Wilk has worked for Hallmark Cards for the past 30 years, currently as a commercial sales executive. Fittingly, Wilk is scheduled to earn his BA in the spring from OU-Greater Kansas City with a major in Studies in U.S. Politics. | Winter 2009 |


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very mom is her own child's advocate. It's more unusual to find a mom advocating for strangers who may not even know they need it. Kara Cunningham is that mom.

Cunningham is in her third year as assistant professor of communication studies and business at The College, and as advisor of the OU student newspaper-The Campus. Her mastery of public relations, communication and journalism is evidenced in the numerous awards her students win and the unique, practical projects they complete. However, her ability to communicate clearly and passionately is never more obvious than in her advocacy for children cancer patients. Cunningham's advocacy work began with a regular medical exam for her son, Lane. Their family doctor noticed Lane's stomach felt a bit tight. A softball size tumor was removed just two days later. He was not quite nine months old at the time of his diagnosis--stage 4 neuroblastoma. Lane's extensive treatment spanned 16 months and included chemotherapy and three surgeries. In September of 2007, Lane's physicians officially declared him in remission. He has scans every three months and fortunately remains cancer free.

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Most people would thank God and try to forget the harrowing experience. For Cunningham, though, the need to spread the word about early detection trumps her desire to put her family's nightmare to rest. "I feel compelled to use my knowledge to better inform parents about childhood cancer," says Cunningham. "Early detection saved Lane's life and maybe our story will make a difference in the life of another child." As with everything in her life, Cunningham tackled childhood cancer awareness with fervor. Her first attempt to share her story was a letter to the editor in September of 2007. Originally far too long for newspaper publication, Cunningham edited the letter and re-submitted it to seven publications; five printed it. "Anyone can write a letter to the editor," says Cunningham. "However, that small step informed countless readers about the danger of childhood cancer. I knew I could do more, so I found other ways to be involved." Her extensive promotion of Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to find a cure for childhood cancer, proved very successful in the greater Kansas City area. The local annual intake of donations went from $84,000 to $132,000 the first year Cunningham served as media and publicity coordinator. Cunningham also finds time to serve as Kansas Team Leader for Cure Search National Childhood Cancer Foundation. This position takes her to Washington, D.C., to lobby for funding and share Lane's experience with lawmakers. Cunningham believes her testimony strikes a chord with Congress members because she doesn't focus on statistics they already know. "I tell them our story," says Cunningham. "I explain how a diligent family doctor and early detection made all the difference for Lane. We're not a statistic. We're a real family they can remember when they vote on cancer funding." In February of this year, Cunningham made her fourth trip to lobby before Congress. Back home in Kansas, Cunningham has recently accepted a position on the Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics board. She served as coordinator for the Pediatric Oncology Benefit Train Ride last fall and will coordinate other Children's Mercy-sponsored events. Cunningham puts her communication skills to work on a regular basis when she advocates for Lane and children like him. She has written columns and articles for publications such as The Kansas City Star and KC Parents Magazine, has done multiple media interviews and has designed collateral materials such as brochures and t-shirts. This unstoppable mom also reads cancer-related stories to children and parents at area libraries and speaks to civic organizations to further her cause. Lane's mom is just as dedicated to her teaching position as she is to advocating for cancer patients. She did not miss one single day of work due to Lane's illness, but instead moved her classroom online while he was in the hospital. She credits Ottawa University's family atmosphere as one of many blessings she counted on during her son's battle. The University is equally grateful for Cunningham's continuing contribution and dedication. "As Kara fought tooth and nail for her son's life," says Barb Dinneen, professor of English and director of liberal arts studies, "she also transformed our journalism track and reinvigorated the student newspaper, modeling grace and energy under duress."

Kara Cunningham with son Lane and daughter Lakin


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Christmas Celebrated in Music

"Christmas Vespers is one of the most anticipated programs of the year," says OU Orchestra Conductor Steven McDonald. "It provides the public an opportunity to hear all of the OU music ensembles perform in a single concert while also having an opportunity to participate themselves." The 2008 Vespers program at The College took place on Sunday, December 7, and featured a unique combination of the sacred and secular. The OU Orchestra performed pieces from George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," as well as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." Blakely Bunning '98 directed the University Ringers as they rang out "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," while the Concert Choir sang several selections under the direction of Dr. Jeff Anderson, including "There is No Rose," an anonymous 15th century piece. Two student soloists, Brittany Fain and D'Marco Wise, also performed.

Every Story Has a Song

Uh, shouldn't that be "Every Song has a Story?" Well, when you're talking about elementary music educator Alan Cunningham '80, it's both. You see, Cunningham has been writing music for his and other grade school classes for the past 19 years, with many of his songs inspired from events at both school and home. "Each song has its own story," says Cunningham, and on his recently released CD of children's songs, "Colors All Around," the inspiration for each song is printed on the CD insert instead of the lyrics. Cunningham has also written a musical each of the past 19 years that is performed by his students at Eisenhower and Eugene Field Elementary Schools in Ottawa, Kansas. Though some of his musicals contain both original scripts and songs, most have been written based on a children's book with a good story line and a number of characters. "I go through the book and mark seven places that would work well for songs. Then I begin the writing process," said Cunningham, who usually designs and makes the set, as well. During the performance, a narrator reads the book while students act it out and sing the songs. Some of the books for which Cunningham has written a musical include "Granny and the Indians" by Peggy Parish, "The Tears of the Dragon" by Hirosuke Hamada, and "You are Special" by Max Lucado. The spring 2008 issue of Kansas Music Review contains an article about how Cunningham writes his musicals. When not writing songs or teaching, he performs as a storyteller/singer at libraries across Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. Cunningham and his family are well acquainted with OU. Son Chad is a sophomore at The College; daughter Tara graduated in 2007; wife Phyllis is an '82 grad; and her family, the Curriers, have a history with the University dating back generations. To learn more about Cunningham and his music, visit his website at

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Giving Voice

There's an artist or writer in most of us, but often we find no voice, no safe venue for unveiling the latent creativity shrouded protectively in our hearts and minds. Students at The College have provided an answer to that problem by developing a literary journal open to both the bold and budding literary or graphic artist. The journal, 55890, was created in 2006 as part of a Literature of Personal Discovery course taught by Assistant Professor of Humanities Erika Marksbury '99. The name of the journal was taken from a Flannery O'Connor short story and contains a variety of art forms ­ poetry, short stories, photography, drawings, essays, drama, and academic writing ­ submitted by students, faculty, staff, and alumni. "It's good for students to have this creative outlet and have the experience of editing, designing and publishing something of their own," said Marksbury. "It's also a nice way to affirm the literary arts at OU and for us all to see the talent that surrounds us." Published in the spring, the journal is free to the greater OU community, though subscriptions may be considered in the future due to funding concerns. If you are interested in receiving the journal, assisting with funding or submitting an entry, please e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] The submission deadline for the 2009 journal is March 31, or you may submit an entry any time during the year for next year's publication. Another venue for writers to share their work and nurture their creative spirits is through the revived writers' group Cognoscenti. Originally created in the 1990s by former OU English professor and author Dr. Lora Reiter, the group was revived in 2005 and has recently become an interactive Facebook group, with members consisting of students, faculty, staff and alumni from OU, as well as members from the local community. The group also meets on The College campus twice each month in the Center for Excellence. The group encourages others to join, including people from OU's APS campuses. If interested, contact sponsor Karen Ohnesorge at [email protected] [email protected] |

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Theatre Revue

Designed to give theatre students and audience members a chance to experience a variety of theatrical styles, the Ottawa University Theatre department presented a Styles Showcase theatre revue on November 21 and 22, 2008, in the Larry D. Peters Auditorium. The showcase consisted of 10-minute scenes from plays such as Lysistrata (Classical Greek Comedy), The Rover (Restoration Comedy), No Exit (Existentialist Drama), Master Pierre Pathelin (Medieval Comedy), Tartuffe (French NeoClassicist Comedy), Trifles (Early American Realism) and The Power and the Glory (Contemporary Play). The scenes were directed by both students and faculty and featured student, faculty and staff cast members. Student directors included Megan Redden and Erica Weaver. Vice President and Provost of The College Dennis Tyner was among the faculty who performed. Both before and since coming to OU in 2007, Tyner has been involved in the performing arts in a variety of roles, including as a "game show" host at Norwich University, a longtime DJ for college radio and private functions, and more recently on stage in OU's production of Little Shop of Horrors. That part led to an invitation to participate in a local acting group's annual Cabaret show, and this year to sing in the local Suzuki Strings' Christmas performance. "I'm really not sure why they wanted me to perform," said Tyner, "because I have a lousy voice. I think they liked my ability to sell a song on stage." The song he "sold" for the Suzuki Strings was "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

Faculty, staff and students perform during OU's theatre revue.

Against Political Odds

Of the 36 presidential elections in which Kansas has participated, a Democrat has carried the state only six times, with the last one being Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963. Likewise, the Democratic Party has rarely held a majority in either chamber in the Kansas capital, but during the first term of Judy Macy's legislative tenure, 1991-1993, the Party held a one-seat majority in the Kansas House of Representatives. Macy's surprising 1990 victory for State Representative could very well have been the one-seat upset that put the party over the top. Divorced, female, single parent, and an attorney, Macy '84 KS felt it was very unlikely she would get the support of predominantly Republican rural Kansans. She did, however, and spent the next four years serving in the Kansas House under Democratic Governor Joan Finney. Macy said, "It was an exciting, charged atmosphere as I was part of a process that was moving at warp speed in an attempt to aggressively move legislation through the system." During her four years, she was highly instrumental in passing a record number of bills to improve the collection and payment process of child support in Kansas, for which she received an award from the Kansas Child Support Association. Following her two terms in the House, Macy decided not to run for reelection and spent the next 15 years working for the U.S. Department of Labor as an investigator. Though she retired in November 2007, she returned to politics in 2008 at the request of Governor Kathleen Sebelius, this time running for a Johnson

County, Kansas, Senate seat. As a virtual unknown competing within the Senate district that holds the greatest percentage of Republican voters in the state, the political odds were stacked against her. Though Macy lost that race, she firmly believes that "some day, Johnson County voters will elect a Democrat to serve in the State Senate. I look forward to that day," she said.

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hat do a comedian and a member of a polka band have in common? A penchant for lederhosen and a microphone? Maybe, but the real commonality between two performers in particular is a degree from Ottawa University-Wisconsin and a unique arts connection outside of their everyday jobs. Harry Huettel and Andy Burgmeier have never met, but the two OU-Wisconsin alumni each participate in extracurricular performance activities ­ playing in a polka band, and doing an improvisational comedy show.

Huettel graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. While working a full-time job and managing a family, Huettel attended night classes and played weekend gigs with his German/Austrian band, Austrian Express. Although tiring, each activity was met with much satisfaction. Upon completing his degree, Huettel's career opportunities abounded at Milwaukee Electric Tool Company, where he has worked for 22 years. "My degree definitely helped me get some internal interviews," he said. "I love where I'm at and plan to stay for a long time." Huettel's commitment is not only strong at work, but he's also very committed to his band. He has played lead guitar for Austrian | Winter 2009 |


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Express for 11 years. The polka band, which also dabbles in rock `n' roll, has been together for 27 years. Huettel became a member after an old band instructor remembered his talent. "My dad got a call asking if I was still playing," he said. "I auditioned, and the rest is history." It's hard to connect a business administration degree to playing in a band, but Huettel has actually seen the benefits of his degree within Austrian Express. He's taken over negotiating rates and little extras for the band's gigs, as well as managing their finances. "Business sense is important. We travel, and that gets expensive. Financially, you have to look at what you need to make sure it's worthwhile," he said. Austrian Express regularly plays at Germanfest and Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you're interested in booking a show, contact the band at [email protected] Andy Burgmeier also participates in a traveling performance show. He has performed with the Wisconsin improvisational troupe, "Fish Sticks," for the last year, and the group has just begun to gain recognition outside of the Dairy State. The group performs a Christian improv show for churches to assist with their outreach ministries and fellowship events. All seven members of the group were professionally trained in improvisational comedy with Comedy Sportz in Milwaukee. The comedians are quick on their feet and keep a "squeaky clean" show. Burgmeier first experienced improv at a junior high theatre camp and dabbled in the "sport" during high school in his acting classes. After high school, Burgmeier left those experiences behind and didn't pursue acting or a college education until several years of retail and sales jobs left him burnt out and looking to pursue a more rewarding career. About five years ago, Burgmeier joined a beginner's workshop with Comedy Sportz and was eventually hired to perform professionally. "It was very surreal," he said. "I mean, someone paying you to act like a goof in front of hundreds of people as their weekend entertainment was not something I ever thought I would be capable of doing." During that time, he also began taking courses at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and ended up transferring to OUWisconsin. He graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services and is now working for The Rich Company as a computer trainer. The company is a client of Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Burgmeier's primary responsibility is to teach computer skills to developmental vocational rehabilitation clients who are in need of job placement. This is a brand new job for Burgmeier, but "so far, it's been very rewarding," he said. "Without a college degree, I wouldn't have this job. My college experience was a great life lesson in hard work and determination." Burgmeier's comedic background is a great icebreaker when working with a new client. "My improvisational training has given me the ability to use humor appropriately in building rapport with clients," he said. With his newfound career and old love of comedy, Burgmeier will no doubt continue to perform improvisational comedy during his free time. Visit the group's website at Learning how to combine their education and newly acquired professional skills with their "open mic" makes both Huettel and Burgmeier perfect examples of the well-rounded students Ottawa University loves to attract and help succeed through a liberal arts education.

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The Many Orchestras

of Steven McDonald

Steven McDonald skillfully uses his baton to conduct the Ottawa University Orchestra comprised of students, faculty, professional players, and members of the Ottawa community. Occasionally, guest artists join the orchestra, as was the case during their fall concert when violin soloist Pasha Sabouri performed his Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition piece, Violin Concerto in A, K.219, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Sabouri is a doctoral student of renowned violinist Brian Lewis, son of Tom, retired OU faculty member, and Alice Joy Lewis, director of Ottawa's renowned Suzuki Strings. McDonald's conducting prowess extends far beyond The College to orchestras at both the professional and competition levels. In the summer of 2007, McDonald became the conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra (LCO), Lawrence, Kansas, infusing the group with new musical talent and administrative skills that have once again made the orchestra's concerts coveted events to attend. His recent concert, "Faith Meets Philosophy," received a rave review in the Kansas City Metropolis Review, which praised McDonald for leading "the heavenly sounds of great music" . . . "with humor and intelligence." And in January 2009, McDonald was invited to conduct the Missouri All-State Orchestra during the Missouri Music Educators Association convention at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Walking in the Way

Following in the Footsteps;

left to right Hanna, Wallace, Christy, Hollyn

Wallace Smith '95 followed in the footsteps of his father, Warren '65 by graduating from OU, as well as from an American Baptist seminary. Also like his father, Wallace was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA and went into the pastorate. However, in his latest church plant endeavor, Wallace is "walking in the way of Jesus" by sharing the journey of faith with a new community of believers and seekers through Journey Community Church in Shawnee, Kansas. In January 2008, the junior Smith moved with his wife and two daughters from the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, to accept the unique challenge of building a ministry "from the DNA up" in the relatively new and forming metropolitan community. Supported as church planters by the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, Journey Church is working in a creative partnership with Central Baptist Theological Seminary which allows students to serve internships to creatively learn about the challenges of establishing a new ministry. Journey Community Church is unique in its approach to building its church body. "We believe that the church is the people," said Smith. "So we are exploring the very basics of what it means to be a church according to the Bible, and then living that out in today's emerging culture." That translates to growing a core group of people in three essential areas: worship, mission and community. "We believe that worship is a verb," said Smith, "and Jesus said `Go!', sending his followers out to transform the world. So the church meets people in the neighborhood, at work, at community events, even at other churches. They are building relationships and forming Living Room Groups that meet weekly in homes, restaurants, coffee houses, etc., and corporately once a month. Each group studies, seeks and grows together; they also determine an area of mission they will engage in that serves the wider community, whether through partnering with existing ministries such as Bethel Neighborhood Center, or generating their own area of service. To learn more about Journey Community Church, visit

Smith comes from a long line of OU loyalty and Christian ministry. As mentioned, his father graduated from OU in 1965 and also serves on the OU Board of Trustees; he will celebrate 40 years of ordained ministry in May. His mother Jane (Smith) also graduated in 1965 and has served as a lay leader in the church throughout her career. She currently serves on the National Executive Committee for American Baptist Women's Ministries. Sister Dawn (Smith) Cubbison '92 and her husband Russ '93 are actively involved in church and prison ministries in the Ottawa area, while twin brother Wendell '95 and his wife Rachel (Winslow) '97 are both employed with Ottawa University and serve within the local First Baptist Church. Finally, Wallace's aunt, Judy (Smith) Cooper, graduated from OU in 1961 and served on staff for two decades at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas. | Winter 2009 |


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Speaking Up

When an institution possesses the kind of expert professional knowledge that many of our OU faculty have, why keep it to ourselves? As part of its strong commitment to the community, the OU-Wisconsin faculty and staff have initiated a speakers bureau which provides OU speakers as a public service within Brookfield and the greater Milwaukee area. The speakers bureau is a free service which allows OU professionals to make presentations on a wide range of topics at area clubs, churches, civic organizations, businesses, and schools. Some of the topics currently being offered include Art Making, Balance Your Body­Balance Your Life, What Does Generation Y Really Want?, Marketing Research on a Shoestring, and The Power of Customer Complaints. OU-Wisconsin Campus Executive Officer Robin Ware, said, "As I have been mentioning this at corporations I visit, they are excited about this possibility and can even see having brown bag lunches for their employees. I hope it's going to help get OU-Wisconsin's name out there!" Currently, faculty and staff that will be "speaking up" for OU-Wisconsin are Joyce Caldwell, Connie Cudnohowski, Elaine George, Armen Hadjinian, Dr. Wade Mauland, Dr. Rhoda Miller, and Dr. Ann Williams. For a complete list of topics being offered, as well as speaker biographical information, visit

The Holocaust Remembered

The Holocaust was twice discussed at The College during the fall 2008 semester. In October, Holocaust survivor Eva Edmands, who lives in Lawrence, Kansas, visited MJ McLendon's intermediate writing class to share her experiences of hiding out with her parents in France during the devastating World War II era. Edmands, who is now 78 years old, told the Lawrence Journal-World in 2003 that even after her family found a safe haven in the United States, a reaction of fear would overcome her whenever she would see anyone in uniform or hear a knock at the door. Edmands also explained that she struggled with feelings of guilt for having survived while 1.5 million Jewish children died. The feelings persisted until 1991 when Edmands attended the First International Reunion of Children Hidden During World War II in New York City. 1,600 hidden children were in attendance, as well as 20 Christian rescuers from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Israel. "It was helpful because I saw that my experiences were not unique to me, and that all of the psychological traumas were common to so many of us," Edmands told the Lawrence Journal-World. The Holocaust was remembered and discussed again on November 20 when Dr. Richard Olson of the Central Baptist Theological Seminary spoke in OU's weekly chapel service on "Christianity and the Holocaust: Why It Still Matters." Olson, who also serves as an adjunct instructor of ethics at OU-Greater Kansas City, centered his message on a week-long study at the United States Holocaust Museum conducted in February of 2008, where he and 13 other selected clergymen learned how to teach the tough questions about the Holocaust. In his address, one of the questions Olson posed was, "Why did so many Christians stand by and let the Holocaust happen?" "The leaders of Christian churches were having problems of their own," said Olson in answering the question. In June of 1933, the Nazis took over the leadership of 27 Christian church bodies and restrictions were placed on clergy to be "politically reliable." Pressure was also put on them to expel Jewish Christians from their churches. "Even people who had converted to Christianity and had become Christian ministers were not protected," said Olson. It wasn't until the fall of 1933 that German ministers, led by Martin Niemoller, stood up and formed the Pastor's Emergency League as a way to help the Jews. Olson concluded his remarks by encouraging the audience to read such famous works as "The Diary of Anne Frank" and multiply her experience by six million, the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust.

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The Gift of Giving

Christmas often finds children (and perhaps a few adults) sneaking by the Christmas tree to shake their packages in hopes of discovering what they'll be getting on Christmas day. But for parents, the joy of Christmas is usually more in the giving than in the getting - in seeing their children's faces light up each time they open a "just what I wanted" gift. Similarly, OU received the gift, the joy, of giving this past holiday season by ensuring that many others less fortunate had something to celebrate on that most sacred day. Listed here are some of OU's 2008 Christmas giving initiatives:

· OU-Indiana conducted their annual Toys for Tots drive, collecting 325 toys and $250 in donations from students, faculty and staff for the Marine Corps toy distribution program. · · OU-Greater Kansas City collected 45 bath towels, six hand towels, and 84 wash cloths for the Rose Brooks Women's Center. The Braves football team, under the direction of Coach Kent Kessinger, conducted its fourth annual gift drive for Hope House, the local food pantry and family assistance organization. Toys were collected for 63 children, followed by a Christmas party for the children on December 7. The College's chapter of Amnesty International conducted a Fair Trade Holiday Store featuring items crafted by people in underdeveloped countries for a living wage in humane conditions. Each purchase helped sustain small artisan communities around the globe. The College psychology department held its ninth annual food drive, allowing students to earn extra credit by donating non-perishable food items for the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN). Through the Employee Relations Committee, The College community adopted two needy families through ECKAN, providing gifts to the families' children for Christmas; the marketing department also adopted a family. The Braves baseball team, under the direction of Coach Joe Reed, visited the Niles Children's Home, a foster care facility and school for children in Kansas City. The team helped decorate for Christmas, played games, hung out with the children, and talked to them about choices, goal setting, etc. A Senior Core Group at The College consisting of Rebecca Loe, Ashley Siemers, Doug Crawshaw, and Anne Le put together care packages for members of the armed services stationed overseas. Several staff and faculty from The College served as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army around Ottawa.





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Dr. Stephen Brookfield

Noted educator Dr. Stephen Brookfield delivered an address on critical thinking at the Ottawa University Faculty Symposium in October. Brookfield, distinguished university professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, explained that in order to get students to think critically, instructors must employ critical teaching concepts. Brookfield says the most helpful instrument in gauging his students' experience is the "critical incident questionnaire," which he gives on a weekly basis. The questionnaire asks the students for their most engaged moment, their most distanced moment, the most helpful action, and the most puzzling action. Finally, Brookfield asks the students to explain what surprised them the most. After reading through the responses, Brookfield then discusses the responses with the class in the next session and whether or not his assumptions were met. At times, he says students have asked him for the correct way to critically think about a concept. "I then have to stand my ground and say, `No, I can't change in the way that you want me to. I'm not going to back down from this agenda of getting you to think critically. That's the center of a liberal arts education,'" said Brookfield. "Unless you can think critically, how on earth can you call yourself any kind of a life-long learner as you go through your own life?" Brookfield says the critical incident questionnaire can have positive outcomes for both the students and the instructor. For the students, | Winter 2009 | the questionnaire causes them to reflect on the material presented, build trust in the instructor, consider diverse methods, and promote critical thinking. For the instructor, the questionnaire can help them to ponder how they react to unanticipated questions. A native of England, Brookfield began his teaching career in 1970 and has also taught in England, Canada and Australia.



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If Ottawa University men's basketball coach Andy Carrier's New Year's resolution was to post his 250th career victory, he can check it off his list. Carrier did just that on the first Saturday of 2009 at Wilson Field House with a 98-82 win over Avila University in a non-conference battle. OU placed four players in double figures, led by David Birch's 31 points, and, as a team, shot 50 percent from the floor. The 250th win for Carrier comes in his 19th season at Ottawa University, the only school for which he has served as head coach. Carrier began his OU coaching tenure in 1990, and he achieved his 50th win against Sterling College on February 5, 1994, by the count of 75-60. Carrier's 100th win was recorded on November 29, 1997, as OU downed Benedictine in overtime, 74-73. His next milestone victory, number 150, occurred on January 24, 2002, with a 77-61 win over Bethany College, Carrier's alma mater. The 200th win of Carrier's career occurred December 10, 2005, against Bethel College, 73-63. "First of all, I feel very blessed and grateful to Ottawa University for the opportunity to coach here and to coach here this long," said Carrier. "I don't take that for granted. Second, I want to thank all the great assistant coaches and players I have had the privilege to work with over 19 years. The wins are nice, but I am more proud of the program we've built and the traditions we have in terms of how well we do in the classroom, our graduation rate and how we represent our school. Finally, I want to say thanks to my wife and kids, as well as my brother and mom." Carrier currently ranks second in career wins at Ottawa University, trailing Bill Frear, who led the Braves from 1955 to 1978. Along the way, Carrier has amassed quite a resume' of achievements and honors. Specifically, he led the Braves to the 2008 NAIA Division II National Tournament, the fourth time he has done so, the other times being 1993, 1995 and 2002. He also guided OU to the 1995, 2002 and 2008 KCAC Regular Season Championship and the 1995 and 2002 KCAC Post Season Tournament Championship. Carrier earned NAIA District 10 Coach of the Year in 1993, Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1995 and KCAC Coach of the Year in 1995, 2002 and 2008. "Coach Carrier's 250th career victory is another indication of what an outstanding basketball coach he is and career he has had," said OU Athletic Director Arabie Conner. "What I believe Ottawa University and those who know him admire the most is the way the successes and accomplishments have come as a result of doing things the right way with character, integrity and humbleness, always. He is one of those coaches who comes along every once in awhile who is deeply respected by all who know him. This is a milestone when we all stop and pay tribute to a coach whose heart and soul are the very essence of what coaching should be about."



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Like many other successful people, Carrier is well-rounded in other areas of his professional life. He is in his second year as OU's dean of student affairs and is an associate professor, having previously taught in the physical education department and the liberal arts studies program. Prior to his current assignment, Carrier served as OU athletic director for nine years, as well as director of enrollment for three years. In the KCAC, Carrier is a past vice president of the 10-member conference and was voted KCAC Athletic Administrator of the Year three times ­ 1995, 2000 and 2005. "Andy Carrier is a winner both on the court and off," said OU President Kevin Eichner. "His record of wins is accentuated by his outstanding graduation rate and by the contributions his players make in their lives after college. He is a model of modern day coaching. We celebrate and salute him. We are so fortunate Andy has chosen to make Ottawa University his home." Originally from Council Grove, Kansas, Carrier earned eight varsity letters and was an All-KCAC performer in both basketball and golf at Bethany College. In 1996, he was inducted into the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame. Carrier graduated with a business/economics degree from Bethany before earning a master's degree in physical education and exercise science from Emporia State University. Basketball victories are very much a family affair for Carrier and his wife, Debbie, who stepped down in 2008 as head coach of the Johnson County Community College women's basketball team after 12 seasons, totaling 239 career wins.

During the Inauguration Festival in October, students had the opportunity to have caricatures of themselves drawn by a professional artist from The Fine Tooners company out of Kansas City. Approximately 150 students participated. Students also took part in an interactive game show presented by ThinkFast, winning an array of prizes. The show featured professional sound, MTV-style staging, mainstream music, and current pop culture trivia. Both events were sponsored by the Student Activities Force.

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The Braves had a very successful 2008 campaign, finishing with an 8-2 mark and a #20 ranking in the final NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll. OU came close to an at-large berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series. "We were definitely excited about how our season went," said Coach Kent Kessinger. However, we feel that there is still much more to accomplish. The good news is many of the players that received individual honors will be returning next year, which should help us build on what was accomplished in 2008." 23 OU football players earned All-KCAC honors.

Women's Soccer

The Lady Braves made it all the way to the KCAC post-season title game, where they fell short, 1-0, to Kansas Wesleyan. OU finished the 2008 season with an overall mark of 14-5-1 and 7-2 in the KCAC. Along the way, the Lady Braves came within a few votes of returning to the NAIA Top 25 rankings. "For such a young team, the girls stepped up this year to achieve things that I thought were still a season away," said Coach Craig Shaw. "If they continue to work hard and not take success for granted, I will be so excited to see what they can further achieve. I am proud to be their coach." Two first year players, Amanda Just and Lauren Peil, earned AllAmerica Honorable Mention honors. Additionally, Just was named the KCAC Freshman of the Year, while Peil was voted KCAC Goalkeeper of the Year.

First Team Offense Chris Simms Taylor Burnett Matt Pennington First Team Defense Evander Williams Ross Diehl First Team Special Teams Casey Wieder Corey Schultz Second Team Offense Ethan Haller Robbie DuBois Corey Schultz Kevin Mikeska Second Team Defense Fielding Brenner Jamison Shaw Honorable Mention Andy Otto Patrick Cook Chris McClellan Chris Hurd Earl Moorning Xavier Weatherby Josh Hojje Art Rubio Jarvis Moorhead-Reed Thomas Pearson (RB) (OL) (OL) (DB) (DB) (DB) (LB) (LB) (DL) (DL) junior senior senior senior junior junior sophomore junior junior senior (LB) (DL) sophomore junior (QB) (RB) (WR) (QB/RB) junior senior junior senior (PK) (PR) sophomore junior (DB) (LB) senior junior (WR) (TE) (OL) senior junior junior

First Team Whitney Bowen Amanda Just Lauren Peil Elizabeth Wilkins Second Team Christie Johnson Kelsey Meyer (D) (MF) firstyear firstyear (F) (MF) (GK) (D) sophomore firstyear firstyear sophomore

Reigning at Homecoming

Ottawa University seniors Thomas Pearson and Toni Reynolds (right) were crowned as 2008 Homecoming King and Queen prior to kickoff at the Homecoming football game on October 18, 2008. Pearson, from Baldwin Park, California, is an exercise science major and is involved in the community elementary school reading program Shoulder Pads and Paragraphs. Reynolds is from Leavenworth, Kansas, and is a presidential scholar majoring in human services and sociology. She is a Center for Excellence tutor, a student teacher volunteer, and a three-year participant in the OU/Ottawa Tribe Oral History project. The other candidates for king were Clay Fagan and David Birch, while Allison Small and Kelly Kramme were the other candidates for queen. The OU football team capped off the homecoming festivities with a convincing 49-14 victory over Bethany College. The Braves built a 21-0 halftime lead and later extended the lead to 35-0 before the Swedes scored their first touchdown. OU quarterback Ethan Haller passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were hauled in by wide receiver Chris Simms. Braves running back Robbie DuBois racked up 114 yards on the ground and three TDs. On the night, OU rolled up 435 yards of total offense.

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Men's Soccer

The Braves went 9-9-1 overall in 2008 and 6-3 in the KCAC. OU hosted the KCAC post-season tournament, where they lost in the quarterfinals to Tabor College, 3-2. Six players earned All-KCAC Honors "The 2008 season was one of great growth for the program," said OU Coach Bob Casper. "Our returners have done their work in raising the bar for acceptable soccer performance. I have a lot of faith in our young players and truly feel that we will go as far as they wish." "We have a long road ahead of us in terms of growth and improvement," said Casper. We need to buckle down in the classroom, while training in the weight room and through other workouts."


The Lady Braves were well traveled in 2008, taking part in two tournaments in Texas and two others a bit closer to home in Kansas. OU closed out the season with a 5-29 overall mark and 4-14 in KCAC play. "I was very pleased with the amount of improvement I saw in my younger players this year," said former OU Coach Lorrie Hammit. "The team chemistry was the best I have ever seen with a group of young ladies and they represented Ottawa University well. Their character on and off the court made me very proud and I have no doubt we will see great things from these ladies in the future." Senior libero Laura Jeannin was named to the All-KCAC Second Team. "Laura Jeannin garnered All-KCAC Second Team among a very talented group of athletes," said Hammit. "She was just an absolute joy to have in our program."

First Team Collin Wylie Second Team Chris Munoz Honorable Mention Marvin Graham Brian McAllister Philip Nguyen (MF) (MF) (MF) sophomore senior firstyear (GK) senior (MF) junior

Second Team Laura Jeannin (L) senior

Additionally, three volleyball players earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Laura Jeannin Kaitlin Keiswetter Erin Tanking (L) (DS) (RS) senior senior junior

Cross Country

The OU men's cross country team finished third at the KCAC Cross Country Championships, missing second place by six points. The OU women's cross country team sent five runners to the KCAC Championships. Hillary Bruce topped the OU runners with a time of 23:18.60, followed by Ashley Solomon (25:04.10), Sarah Blecha (27:13.40), Courtney Harris (27:43.70), and Meghan Kearney (28:51.50). Justin Garrard qualified for his third NAIA Cross Country National Championships with a second place finish. The senior from Antelope, Kansas, ran a personal best by 45 seconds with a 25:29. Brandon Garcia earned All-KCAC in his first season. The first year student finished 12th and missed qualifying for his first national meet by nine seconds. At Nationals, Garrard finished 154th with a time of 26:32.8. There were 331 runners competing. After the season, Garrard, Devon Scott and Shawn Stottlemire, along with Blecha and Solomon from the OU women's cross country team, were named as NAIA Scholar Athletes. | Winter 2009 |



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Mr. Bean Returns to OU

Paul Bean, Vice President for University Advancement

Ottawa University is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Bean as Vice President for University Advancement. Bean comes to Ottawa University from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he has served for the past nine years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Under Bean's direction, Southwestern completed a four-year, $26 million capital campaign, which was the largest in school history. Bean's arrival at Ottawa University marks a return for him as he served as director of development from 1995 to 1999. Prior to his first stint at OU, Bean worked for nine years at Bank IV in Ottawa, Kansas. "I had a great experience at Ottawa University and in Ottawa, and it is the reason I am back," said Bean. "Development is what I have come to love, and when you can do what you love, you have got a great career." Some of the goals Bean has laid out include broadening the donor base, bringing more participants in to the life of the University and starting campaigns and initiatives. "The core purpose of everything we do starts and ends with the student," said Bean. "That's what drives me." Bean is a 1985 graduate of Southwestern College, where he earned a BA in International Business. He later earned an MBA from Baker University. "I am delighted that Paul Bean has accepted our offer to become vice president for University Advancement," said OU President Kevin Eichner. "He has amassed a very strong record at Southwestern, completing a successful capital campaign, organizing and leading an advancement staff similar to ours, and in building a strong alumni and annual fund capability. He understands what it takes to raise money in an environment increasingly driven by affinity interests and tested by trying economic times." Bean and his wife Chris are the parents of three boys, Chase (21), Garrett (19) and Austin (17). The couple will reside in Ottawa.



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Student Accomplishments

Karrie Andes KS Graduate student Karrie Andes is the human resources (HR) director for DeffenbaughIndustries,Inc.&AffiliatesinKansasCity,Missouri,and creator of The Savvy Conference, a self-funding healthcare conference and expo. She has been offered her own column for Employee Benefit News, a publicationofTheBenefitsGroupofSourceMedia,whichprovidesnewsand informationtoHRandbenefitsdecisionmakers. Taylor Leftwich TC Emily Loughary TC Leftwich and Loughary have been selected as 2008-09 recipients of the Jerry Campbell Class of 1971 Memorial Cross-cultural Scholarship. Leftwich will use his stipend of $2,000 for an educational program in Spain, while Loughary will use her $900 stipend to offset expenses for a business class trip to Australia. Both will be honored during the April 23 Spring Honors Convocation. 2008 Fall Phonathon TC The fall phonathon conducted by students at The College exceeded its goal of$40,000by$5,057.TopcallerswereSunitaSmall(firstplace-$7,745), Chent'l Smith (second place - $6,470) and Ashley Nunley (third place - $3,045). Debate Team TC At the December Study Break Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, the Ottawa University forensics speech and debate team placed third overall, with individual awards as follows: Camille Haynes and Ashley Nunley Lee Nave, Jr Camille Haynes Brittney Smith 3rd place team 4th Speaker 9th Speaker 12th Speaker

The two schools placing ahead of Ottawa University were Webster University (St. Louis) and McKendree College (Lebanon, Illinois), both of whom brought three times as many competitors as OU. College forensics generally pits all levels of schools against one another, with regular competitors being larger institutions such as the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama and Notre Dame.

Save the Date

Hostetter-DeFries Cultural Event, March 4-5

The annual Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Event will take place on March 4 and 5, 2009. Dr. Charles Kimball, an expert on Islam and presidential professor/director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker. He will present two addresses, the first on Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and the second on Thursday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m., both in the Ottawa University Chapel. For the past 25 years, Kimball has made more than 35 visits to the Middle East and worked closely with Congress, the White House and the State Department. Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Kimball has been interviewed by more than 500 TV and radio stations, as well as major newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Australia, and South Africa. Kimball's visit to Ottawa University is funded in part by the DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Fund, which was established in 1999 by Dr. Stanley and Alice Jo (Hostetter) DeFries. | Winter 2009 |




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of Charitable Gift Annuities

Many people do not realize that there are some types of charitable donations that allow donors to receive an uninterrupted fixed income stream for the rest of their lives. These donations are structured to provide this income stream, reduce taxes and make a gift to Ottawa University in the future. This is a great way to benefit the donor and the University with one gift. One popular way to set up these types of gifts is a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). When a donor creates a Charitable Gift Annuity, the plan will pay the donor a fixed dollar amount for the rest of his or her life. The donor starts by making a gift of cash or securities to Ottawa University. In return, we pay the donor an annuity payment, the amount of which is determined by the age of the donor (and the age of another beneficiary if a joint life annuity is desired) at the time of the donation. The specific annuity rate of the CGA is determined using the suggested rates of the American Council on Gift Annuities. The payments are a fixed amount and remain the same from year to year once the donation is completed. When the annuitant passes away, the remaining balance benefits Ottawa University as designated by the donor. A CGA provides a charitable deduction on the donor's income tax return and can reduce capital gains tax for the donor if appreciated securities are used to make the donation. This investment may also decrease the size of the donor's taxable estate in some cases. Of course, with this investment, as with any financial transaction of this type, expert assistance should be sought through a tax professional or attorney.

If you have any questions or would like to receive anestimatedpayoutforaspecificgift,please contact Janet Peters, JD., director of planned giving, at

785-229-1034 866-324-8788

or by e-mail at

[email protected]

'Round-the-Clock Giving

In 1962, Eldon Addy built a clock for his wife from blueprints his cousin gave him, but when their son got married, he gave the clock to him as a wedding gift. So Addy made another clock for his wife, but gave that one away to their daughter when she got married. The next one he sold to the president of Weston Medical Center in Wichita, who saw it during a visit to the Addy home. Strictly a hobby, Addy's clocks have wound up as far away as South Africa and as close by as the living room of his friend Ken Shaw. He has also made clocks for three OU fundraising auctions. When President Kevin Eichner asked the 93-year-old to make a clock for his University office, Addy was happy to oblige. He presented the clock to Eichner on Tuesday, November 11. "Eldon's contributions as a board member and friend to this institution for so many years, as well as those of his beloved wife Dorothy, have been powerful and deeply appreciated," said Eichner. "We gratefully receive this special gift, and the University will treasure it for many years to come. Eldon can know that this clock will help keep each president of OU on time and on track!" Inscribed on a plaque on the inside of the clock, Addy wrote: This clock is given to Ottawa University in grateful memory of our years on campus and the many wonderful relationships that have remained through the years. Please accept this with our sincere thanks. Originally from Wellsville, Kansas, Addy is a 1937 graduate of The College and has served on the OU Board of Trustees since 1981; his late wife, Dorothy, was a 1936 grad. He lives in Wichita and is a retired manager of Cargill Corporation.

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News and Notes


Mitchell '01 and Lindsey (Cox) Bailey November 1, 2008 Travis '01 and Jessica (Schmied) Bryant May 31, 2008


Daniel Sernoffsky '70 has been inducted into the Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, only the third member of the media to receive the honor. A sportswriter for The Lebanon Daily News, Dan has covered a wide range of sports, from high school to the pros. Other honors he has earned include induction into the District Three Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, the James Ellery Award for coverage of the American Hockey League, the Lanny Ammon Award for outstanding soccer coverage, and sportswriter of the year awards from both the American Softball Association and the International Softball Congress.

In Memoriam

Kay (Genung) Fath '71 Mrs. Fath passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 2008 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Bob '69, two sons and their families. Carol MacDonald '57 Ms. MacDonald passed away on October 15, 2008. Clarence Nauman '50 Dr. C.O. Nauman passed away on July 20, 2008. He was a retired dentist of Lawrence, KS. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and later retired as a captain of the Naval Reserves. He is survived by his wife LaVonne '52, daughterBarbara,sonRobert'77andhiswifePaula(DeFries)'77,five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Antoinette Work '48 Ms. Work passed away on November 15, 2008.


Randall Riggs '83 recently accepted the position of city manager of Newton, Kansas.


Jack Smith '90 KS received his calling to be a pastor in 1999. He currently serves as associate pastor of Louisburg Baptist Temple in Louisburg, KS, and recently published a book, "Climbing the Ladder for Christ." The book is available at, or Timothy Stone '90 grabbed his "little piece of history" after recently being promoted to the rank of Commander (O-5) in the U.S. Navy. He served as the leadprosecutorinthefirstwarcrimestrialintheU.S.inmorethan60years, U.S. vs. Salim Hamdan. Hamdan was convicted and received a light sentence. Kenneth Moran '92 was recently featured in the KCCommunity News for his interest in marathon running. A foreign exchange student at Ottawa High School on a scholarship from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperany, Ireland, he attended and graduated from Ottawa University on a scholarship to play soccer and run track. He still holds records in the 800 and the 1,500 at OU. Kenfinished54thinhisfirstmarathoninJune2007inSanDiego.Hefinished 6th in his most recent marathon in Kansas City in October 2008. Amanda Hale '94 was recently featured in the Fort Scott Tribune for becoming oneofFortScott'sleadingbusinesswomen.Amandastartedherfirstbusiness, Amanda Hale Contracting, Inc., in 1996 and opened Fort Cinema in 2005. She credits her success to family, friends and God. Kathy (Wood) Sheldon '95 was recently inducted into the Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) 2008 Hall of Fame. While attending FSCC in 1990 and 1991, Kathy was All-Conference in both cross country and women's basketball.ShewasthefirstfemalecrosscountryathleteatFSCCand competed in cross country and track Nationals in 1990, placing 27th. She placed third in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters both years in the Jayhawk Conference Track Meet. Kathy then transferred to OU where she was AllConference and competed in the NAIA Cross Country National Meet in 1992 and 1993. Babette (Hudson) Tsao '96 recently traveled with the U.S. Wrestling Team to France and Ukraine as their athletic trainer. Chuck Broeder '97 AZ was named the 2008 Willcox Citizen of the Year, Willcox, AZ. He and his wife Carol have lived in Willcox for more than a decade. Broeder received the honor for his extraordinary civic and volunteer work, as well as his love and devotion to the community.


Jack Burton '53 wasaBaptistpastorformorethan50years,holdinghisfirst pastorate at Appanoose Baptist Church just outside Ottawa, Kansas. Most of Burton's service has been in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife Janet currently reside. Since retiring, Burton has published a book entitled "Prayers God Always Answers." Visit to learn more. Carl '56 and Louise '54 Gangwish were recently featured in the Kearney, NE newspaper. They have spent many years sharing their farm with foreign exchange students and up-and-coming leaders from other countries as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The visits help give the students a picture of "the real America," according to the Gangwishes.


Kathryn (Settergen) Cain '69 has been named the Upper School Dean of Students at The Master's Academy of Oviedo, FL. She has been on the faculty of the non-denominational Christian school since it was founded in 1986. Her husband, Bill '70, continues to work and travel for Lockheed Martin's Missile and Fire Control division in Orlando. Their older daughter Deanna and her family live in Athens, GA, and their younger daughter Kristin '05 works at the VA Hospital in Kansas City as a lab technician in cancer research. Thomas Carter '69 returned to the stage in a musical revue of the "Fifties" after a lapse of 40 years. His last appearance was in the 1968 OU performance of "Once Upon a Mattress." A speech and drama major at OU, Tom earned an MA from the University of Buffalo and worked in Buffalo as a speech/language pathologist for 33 years before recently retiring. He andwifeSuecurrentlyliveinFairfieldGlade,TN.DaughterStaciisinthe management training program for General Mills; son Kyle is a graduate assistant and PhD student at Michigan State University. Bob Wallace '66 has written a chapter on counter terrorism that is included in the book "Vaults, Mirrors and Masks" released by Georgetown Press in January. Touted as a "must read" for the new federal administration, contributing writers are from a broad range of intelligence, military, law enforcement,privatesector,andsecurityfields.

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Brett Parker '06 was named as the head men's soccer coach at College of Santa Fe in New Mexico in May. He is one of the youngest head soccer coaches in the nation.

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Arts and Sciences

Reunion Celebration

Mark your calendars for Reunion Celebration, May 1-3, 2009. Return to campus for a weekend full of opportunities to reconnect with friends and interact with current students and faculty. All are welcome, with the following graduating classes hosting special gatherings and events '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, and '04. Following are the highlights of the weekend:

Class Dinners - Friday, May 1 A hallmark of Reunion Celebration weekend. Enjoy this time to reminisce and fellowship with classmates. Memorial Celebration - Friday, May 1 A time to remember and honor those alumni from the 50th anniversary class who are no longer with us. The Celebration Lunch - Saturday, May 2 This will be a time to recognize members of the Heritage Roll of Honor and the Dome Society and allow scholarship donors to meet current scholarship recipients. Ottawa University Alumni Association Awards Banquet - Saturday, May 2 An elegant evening recognizing Distinguished Service, Esther Ruth (volunteerism) and Outstanding Achievement recipients. Those receiving the awards this year will be: Distinguished Service Award Ruth Claypool '52 Esther Ruth Award Patricia B. Wolf BA '85, MA '89 Outstanding Achievement Award Wayne Koons '56 Tom Trigg '74

The Dome Society

There is still time to make a gift to the University and to become a member of the Dome Society. The Dome Society is a donor recognition club honoring donors that give $1,000 or more to the Greater Ottawa Fund during the fiscal year. It derives its name from the Dome on top of Tauy Jones Hall, the University's first building constructed in 1869. With OU's current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2009, there is time for you to become a current member. Your gift this fiscal year will be used to

· Providescholarshipstodeservingstudents · EnhancetheUniversity'scoreliberalartsprograms · Buildonthedevelopmentofseveralacademicareas of excellence · Strengthenactivitiesprogramsforstudents,and · Createadynamicstudentdevelopmentcenterto deliver a powerful and comprehensive growth experience for all students.

Each year gifts made to the Greater Ottawa Fund by members of the Dome Society significantly impact students attending Ottawa University. Please consider becoming a member of the Dome Society with your gift of $1,000 or more to the Greater Ottawa Fund before June 30, 2009.

If you would like to have more information about the Dome Society or the Greater Ottawa Fund, please contact Brooke Riffel, the director of annual giving and Dome Society, toll-free at:


or via e-mail at

In addition to the events mentioned above, the weekend will include classroom visits, faculty presentations, campus tours, alumni choir rehearsal/performance, and an OU Theatre performance. If your schedule allows, you may also join the worship service at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning and enjoy the OU Orchestra spring concert in the University Chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Make your plans now to join us for Reunion Celebration, May 1-3 at The College.

To register or for more information on the events and lodging, please contact Annette Ferguson via e-mail at

[email protected]

Contribute online at

Mail contributions to Ottawa University Office of University Advancement 1001 South Cedar Street, # 16 Ottawa, KS 66067

[email protected]

or by phone at

785-242-5200, ext. 5520.

or toll free at



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University Advancement

Paul Bean, Vice President for University Advancement

[email protected] | 785-229-1035

Executive Director of Development, Amy J. Piersol '93, MA '01

[email protected] | 785-229-1031

Director of Advancement, Lanette Stineman

[email protected] | extension 5523

Director of Annual Giving and Dome Society, Brooke Riffel MBA '07

[email protected] | 785-229-1033

Director of Planned Giving, Janet Peters

[email protected] | 785-229-1034

Director of Alumni Relations, Galen Bunning '97

[email protected] | extension 5516

Advancement Services Coordinator, Virginia Pine

[email protected] | extension 5522

Development Resources Coordinator, Rachel Smith '97

[email protected] | extension 5569

Events Coordinator, Annette Ferguson

[email protected] | extension 5520

Assistant to the VP for University Advancement, Susan Trendel

[email protected] | extension 5510

1001SouthCedarStreet,#16·Ottawa,KS66067-3399 866-324-8788 | 785-242-5200

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Winter 2009 Volume 8 Issue 2 Adult and Professional Studies campuses The College campus (Ottawa, Kansas) University-wide

Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Event Speaker: Dr. Charles Kimball


(Arizona, Greater Kansas City, Indiana, Online, Wisconsin)

Nelson Atkins Museum Tour APS Presentation by: Associate Professor Frank Lemp '72 Spring II Undergraduate Term Begins Franklin County Literature Festival APS TC TC

14-21 Spring Break

For the most up-to-date calendar, please visit

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Norwood Jones Convocation Event Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat Spring II Graduate Term Begins Commencement ­ 7:00 p.m. North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ Charter Day ­ 144 years


Ottawa University ­ The College 1001 South Cedar Street Ottawa, KS 66067-3399 800-755-5200 | 785-242-5200 Ottawa University ­ Arizona Phoenix and Chandler 10020 North 25th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021 800-235-9586 | 602-371-1188 Ottawa University ­ Indiana 287 Quarter Master Court Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-7271 Ottawa University ­ Greater Kansas City 4370 West 109th Street Suite 200 Overland Park, KS 66211 888-404-6852 | 913-266-8660

Ottawa University ­ Wisconsin 245 South Executive Drive Suite 110 Brookfield,WI53005 866-228-4262 | 262-879-0200 Ottawa University ­ International 1001 South Cedar Street Ottawa, KS 66067-3399 800-755-5200 | 785-242-5200 Ottawa University ­ Online 1001 South Cedar Street, #83 Ottawa, KS 66067-3399 888-710-0014

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Reunion Celebration Weekend (See pg. 31 for more details) Early Summer Undergraduate Term Begins Commencement ­ 2:00 p.m. University Chapel, Ottawa, KS Commencement ­ 10:00 a.m. First Baptist Church, Shawnee, KS Commencement ­ 7:00 p.m. ElmbrookChurch,Brookfield,WI


We all have professional and personal goals. Sometimes a little friendly encouragement is all it takes to help us take that first step. Maybe that describes you. Perhaps a friend gave you the confidence you needed to pursue your education at Ottawa University. Now you can provide that same type of support to someone else. Help them get started at Ottawa University by connecting us with them, and we will follow up with a call or e-mail along with some useful information about OU. To make a prospective student referral, call us at

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Early Summer Term Begins Senior Dinner ­ 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, Jeffersonville, IN Commencement ­ 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church, Jeffersonville, IN


13-25 Origins of Christianity Cruise Open to alumni and friends. 26-28 American Baptist Churches Biennial Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA 27 Summer Graduate Term Begins


or send us an e-mail at

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Thank you for helping others reach their goals and experience the Ottawa Spirit for themselves.

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