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Councilmember Ken Remley March Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. The next meeting will be March 25. Come and hear from Parks and Recreation staff as they give an update on the Gaines Park Ballfield design. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Surprise Resource Center expands evening hours

The Surprise Resource Center offers connections to human services that include everything from rent and utility assistance to employment support to food and nutrition resources. This week, the operating hours were extended. They are now:
Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Resource Center is located within the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road, Bldg. A, Ste. 124. Please call 623.222.1600 for more information and referrals to services and programs.

2020 Census

It’s important to be counted in the 2020 Census. Check your mailboxes March 12-20 for a letter with a website address and Census ID number explaining how to respond online. The letter will also include a toll free number that you may call to respond, and instructions on how to receive a paper survey. For more information on the census, please visit the City of Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

Baseball Art & Collectibles Exhibit

This free reception will be held March 12, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Art Gallery and Mayor’s Atrium, located at 16000 Civic Center Plaza. Swing by to see a collection of baseball art and collectibles that will be on display.

State of the City – 60th Anniversary

The State of the City will be held on March 26, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Please join us as Mayor Skip Hall provides an update on the city’s accomplishments and vision for our future. We hope you can stay afterwards to see the 60th anniversary art wall unveiling and enjoy live music and entertainment in the courtyard.

Economic Development

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill & Bar is now open! Amigo’s is a family owned and operated restaurant. They are located in the complex on the SE corner of Litchfield and Waddell roads.

Inside Amigos Restaurant

Deboa Jiu Jitsu Academy, located at 14763 W. Cactus Road, recently opened.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd, Councilmember Winters and the employees of De Boa Jiu-Jitsu Academy stand outside the business for the grand opening ceremony.

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

The City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building on February 21. The building is located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. The 70,000 square foot team housing complex is three stories and has 36 suites. Also included in Rangers Village, is a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab for the players.

The Texas Rangers housing building.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ) hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings on Friday, February 21 – the O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

HOA Meetings

I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. If I have not yet visited your community, please contact me at 623.222.1300.

Upcoming Events

  • March 9-27- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Appointment Scheduling. Please schedule your appointment by calling 623-222-1920 or through the My Surprise app.
  • March 14- Residential Waste Cleanup Event at the Northwest Regional Landfill, , from 7 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, please call 623-222-6000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.
  • March 25- Public Art Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Starts and ends at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street. Please reserve your seat by calling 623-214-7537.
  • March 26- State of the City address and 60th Anniversary art wall unveiling at City Hall in the Courtyard, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • March 28- Dysart Unified School District Festival of the Arts at The Vista – Center for the Arts, 15550 N Parkview Place, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • March 29-Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Councilmember Ken Remley October Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

Fire Station 304

As Surprise continues to grow, so do public safety needs. Last month, Fire Station 304 held a groundbreaking ceremony. This new fire station will be located in the city’s northern region to replace the temporary facility which has been in use for approximately 17 years. Once completed, this station will be able to support the growth in the area.

Ottawa University

Ottawa University is bringing Saturday night college football to our town! The OUAZ Spirit held their first home football game last month and the stands were packed with fans, parents and students. Council attended to show our support, not only for the team, but for the partnership we share with Ottawa University.

City Councilmembers attend a Saturday night Ottawa University football game.

Stage Left Productions

During the month of October, Stage Left Productions will hold performances of The Diary of Anne Frank. This dramatic presentation brings to life eight people hiding from Nazis in an attic. Capturing the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence, their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief, this performance will be one to go see. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.stageleftaz.com.

6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is seeking promotional booth applicants and classic car show entries for its annual Surprise Fiesta Grande street fair on October 12 near Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock St.

This Hispanic-oriented, cultural festival and street fair features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, dancing, music and much more. A shuttle service will be offered due to limited parking near the Villanueva Recreation Center. Mark your calendars for October 12, and I look forward to seeing you there. For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Surprise Fiesta Grande free shuttle parking map.

Volunteer for a Day of Service

The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Department is seeking over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This event helps to promote community pride and engagement. There will be several indoor and outdoor service projects to include painting, sorting, yard work and other services.

Following the completion of the community service projects, an island party will be held with BBQ, live music, games and fun!

For more information or to register, please email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Groups of 10 or more must RSVP with a group name.

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Head out to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Ave., for a family event that will offer trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer, dinosaurs presented by the Dino Crew and much more. Remember to bring two cans of food for the Salvation Army to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. Admission is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is accepting parade entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to show their patriotic spirit and honor those who bravely served our country. The parade will be held on Monday, November 11. Entry forms are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Entries are due by October 27.

HOA Meetings

I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. If I have not yet visited your community, please contact me at 623.222.1300.

Ottawa University Announces New Residential Campus in Surprise

City of Surprise to become university town with classes beginning August 2017

Ottawa University and the City of Surprise today announced that Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ), a new residential university campus, will be opening Fall 2017 in Surprise, Ariz., expanding upon the university’s 40-year presence in the Valley of the Sun, making Surprise a university town, and bringing intercollegiate athletic programs to the West Valley.

OUAZ Surprise, 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza, will offer a full complement of academic, athletic and student activity programs primarily for traditional-age college students, including multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university will be home to 19 varsity men’s and women’s sports teams, and will be working toward a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) designation. Upon award of the designation, OUAZ would be one of only four NAIA programs in Arizona. The school mascot is a grey wolf and the sports teams are called the Spirit.

At a dedication event this morning, Ottawa University President Kevin C. Eichner announced the university aims to enroll 250 students for its first semester of classes at the new campus, with a target of up to 3,000 residential students over 10 years, adding to its current 8,300 alumni roll in the Arizona market.

“Ottawa University has expanded strategically during the last 151 years and we are poised for significant growth and exceptional student outcomes here in Surprise,” said Eichner. “We are grateful the City of Surprise shares our vision for delivering a new model for education with an emphasis on educating and developing the whole person, and creating work-ready graduates who are prepared to be successful on the job from day one.”

Ottawa University is a private, non-profit, Christian university that was founded in Ottawa, Kansas in 1865. The university has been operating in Arizona since 1977 with campuses in Phoenix and Queen Creek, and has been serving the Surprise community for eight years at its current location as part of the Communiversity at Surprise, a partnership of higher education institutions. Historically, the Surprise campus has primarily served adult learners, which it will continue to do; the traditional-age student is a new market for OUAZ.

The future 35-acre OUAZ campus will be embedded within the Surprise City Center, integrating with the existing 250-acre City of Surprise Civic Center and Recreation campus. The school will also launch out of existing space within the Civic Center, allowing students to avail themselves of the surrounding city amenities, including the Surprise Aquatic Center, Dream Catcher Park, the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, and Surprise Stadium, as well as robust shopping and dining amenities.

“Surprise is a college town! Our graduating high school seniors now have the option to pursue a college degree in their hometown,” said Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “This partnership keeps our promise to residents; after all, university campus development is part of the City Council’s Strategic Plan and we could not ask for a better partner than Ottawa University. This is a storied educational institution with more than 150 years of success and a 40-year foothold in the Phoenix market. They know us and we know them!”

Expansion plans for the Surprise campus include development of residential housing, an indoor activity center, dining and conference space, and new athletic fields, including a stadium with artificial turf for football and soccer.

OUAZ innovates a unique approach to education. In addition to traditional academic degree and athletics programs, the University places significant emphasis on evolving all dimensions of the student: intellectual, spiritual, physical, artistic, financial, familial and vocational. A key delivery vehicle for this approach is OUAZ’s Adawe Center, which pairs a life coach with each student upon registration who will remain with the student throughout their enrollment at the university, helping them identify and pursue their degree and life paths, and preparing them to pursue their desired vocation upon graduation. Another distinctive element of OUAZ is “personal growth days.” No classes are held on Wednesdays so students may take part in chapel, attend the numerous personal and professional skills development conferences and workshops offered throughout the year, take part in volunteer or service activities, and share a meal together with faculty and staff.

OUAZ’s unique FlexTerm academic calendar offers a 21st century approach to enable students to learn how and when they want to learn. Courses are offered in formats that run for four weeks, eight weeks, or in more traditional semester-length time frames. With this format, students will typically take just two courses at a time, allowing them the benefit of concentration vs. fragmentation (when trying to balance four or five courses in a traditional semester system). The OUAZ FlexTerm calendar encourages students to tailor their educational experience and investment to go deeper into their studies while also interspersing their classroom learning with internships, service learning, international and cross-cultural study programs. It also allows students to accelerate toward graduation in less than four years and even to combine master’s degree studies within their educational plan, enabling OUAZ graduates to enter the job market with a combination of degrees.

OUAZ will be introducing the Ottawa Alliance for Quality Christian Education, a network of not-for-profit mission-based organizations that are interested in supporting a Christ-inspired community of grace throughout their educational institutions and the world. The Alliance aims to reduce the cost of Christian education, increase enrollment at Christ-focused schools and encourage enrollment at Ottawa University. Scholarships for students; faculty, staff and board members; and, faculty spouses and student parents will be available.

Of particular interest for strong academic and service-minded students will be the prestigious Founders and Pioneer Scholarships targeted for well-qualified and motivated students who will serve with OUAZ to shape student culture at the new campus. A limited number of these scholars can begin serving the institution this spring by working with prospective students and their families.

“We are a steadfastly Christian, positively open and inclusive university empowering students from around the world and every background to become ‘whole’ people, to develop their passions and abilities, and be ready to face the world when they graduate from OUAZ,” said Eichner. “We are proud to be bringing a full-fledged residential university experience to Surprise and to our future students.”

The OUAZ leadership team includes: Dr. Dennis J. Tyner, Provost; Keith Johnson, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Amy Hogan, Dean of Instruction; Brandon Fowler, Dean of Student Experience; Dr. David Barnes, Executive Director of University Advancement, Arizona; and Kevin Steele, Director of Athletics.

Additional faculty hires are underway, with a number of key athletic coaching positions already filled. Student recruitment for August enrollment has begun.

For enrollment information and to learn more about OUAZ Surprise, visit www.ottawa.edu/Surprise.

About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.