Ottawa University is committed to providing opportunities for students to explore extra-curricular interest.  At OU, students regularly participate in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom that help them learn and utilize new tools.

Orientation is designed to introduce new students to academic and co-curricular services and programs integral to their successful transition to Ottawa University. The orientation program focuses on students’ first-year transitional experience, exposure to key services and opportunities, and education of student’s rights and responsibilities in and out of the classroom that will enable and empower students to make positive decisions academically and personally throughout their college experience. Orientation provides a holistically structured program for students and families to become lifelong members of the Ottawa University community.

Ottawa University 2020 Orientation
Wednesday, August 19 – Sunday, August 23

The mission of Ottawa University Intramurals is to enrich the college experience for all students, staff and faculty by providing quality opportunities for participation, healthy competition and leadership in organized recreational activities.  The overall aim is to provide a variety of opportunities for the University to participate and have fun with their peers in a recreational environment. Participation doesn’t require superior skill levels or previous sport experience; there is a place for everyone from the novice to the advanced competitor.  Some of the intramural activities include sand volleyball, corn hole, basketball, racquetball, and so many more.



Mission: CAB is an organization that plans activities that will assist in developing a well-rounded social, educational and multi-cultural environment for Ottawa University’s students, staff and faculty.  Achieving this mission will contribute to student development and enhance opportunities for student leadership at Ottawa University.
Advisor: Amber Grant



Student Senate

Advisors: Donald Anderson 
and Sydnee Krueger

In order to form a student response, Student Senate is dedicated to the needs of our community. We the student body of Ottawa University at the college, endeavor to ensure that students of all colors, all races, and all religious affiliations, can be assured of leadership that is equitable and just.  In keeping with the principles of democracy and a government representational in nature, we the student body of the University accept this challenge and implement this path to be followed by the generations of students yet to enter our community.  


Campus Activities Board
Advisor: TBD

Check out our Student Activities Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)


Residence Hall Council
Advisor: Dylann Finley

Check out our Residence Life Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)


Be Brave



The BE BRAVE organization was established to cultivate Agents of Change within the Ottawa University Community.  Our purpose is to (1) critically examine social issues impacting college students. (2) Develop resources to educate, empower and assist members of the Ottawa Community (3) Promote personal responsibility and ownership in situations where it is important to take action. (4) Advocate respect, kindness and healthy interactions.



Ottawa University is proud of their mascot, Gibby the Otter. The sports teams and fans need students to be the mascot in order to bring high energy and spirit to athletic games and university events.



Social Organizations


Archery Club
Advisor: Dr. Steven Boese

A student organization dedicated to the education and enjoyment of archery.


GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance)
Advisor: Ryan Louis

Check out our Multicultural Affairs Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)


The Whole Earth Club
Advisor: Murle Mordy

Check out our Multicultural Affairs Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)

Academic and Cultural Organizations




Biology Club
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wiese

To increase interest in the field of biology by discussion of relevant topics and taking field trips to educate participants, at the same time raising awareness in the community.


Diversity Activities Board
Advisor: Donald Anderson

Check out our Multicultural Affairs Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)




Black Student Union
Advisor: Donald Anderson

Check out our Multicultural Affairs Page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)


Engineering Club
Advisor: Sonja Flesberg

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



Community Involvement Organizations




Optimist Club
Advisor: Rebekah McCurdy

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: Lyn Wagner



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!”


American Red Cross Club
Advisor: Jose Ventura

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.


Campus Ministries

Check out our Campus Ministries page
(Under Student Affairs Portal)


Honor Societies

Kappa Delta Pi (Honor Society)
Advisor: Kirk Wren

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

OU Honors Society
Advisor: Murle Mordy

To promote and encourage concern for intellectual issues on the University Campus. 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.

Sigma Beta Delta  (Honor Society)
Advisor: Lyn Wagner



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.