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Student Organizations

Below is a list of activities you can get involved with as soon as you step foot on Otterbein's campus:


COMM-MENT is a mentor program specifically for Communications students. It allows for students to have a mentor in any of the Communications majors and be able to pair up with those mentors to better themselves in the field. It allows for leadership and students to mentor their peers.


Students have the opportunity to compete in debate tournaments and individual events (public speaking, oral interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking) tournaments, which provide travel opportunities to both local and out-of-state contests.

Otterbein's forensic team has won state championships in policy Lincoln-Douglas debate and has finished 10th in the nation in Individual Events at the National Forensics Association's National Tournaments. Otterbein is a member of the Ohio Forensics Association, National Forensic Association, and Pi Kappa Delta, a national forensics honorary. All students are welcome to join.


Learn to be a video professional in a professional environment. Use cutting-edge technology to create, produce, write, shoot, edit, voice or be talent in the world of video. This activity is about much more than television. Visual media are everywhere, and you can be part of the process in whatever capacity you choose to create content for distribution anywhere, including television, DVDs, the Internet and more. You can work for WOCC-TV, the Westerville community channel, that operates on local cable systems, or create product for OTV, Otterbein's online video outlet. If you have a story to tell, we want to see it.


  • No experience necessary.
  • If you were editor of your high school yearbook, we want you.
  • If all the web experience you have is updating your relationship status on Facebook, we want you.
  • If you have never done anything like this before, we really want you.
  • If you want to learn how to report news, edit stories, shoot photos, create graphics, manage social media, sell ads, measure audiences or run a business, we want you.

You will get experience you can put on your resume, new friends on campus and all the junk food you can eat. Otterbein360 keeps the campus informed about what matters to students: tuition, housing, entertainment, crime, and sports.

But Otterbein360 is more than just a place to be published. Staff learn how to maintain a fully operational news website, how to maintain relationships with advertisers, how to track and measure an audience and how to run a business. Regardless of your major, you will learn skills that you will use: how to work on a team, how to manage a project, how to be leader and how to have a lot of fun at the same time.

You can sign up for the class, JAMC 1404, or just get involved. Email the adviser, Dr. Hillary Warren, at hwarren@otterbein.edu.


Otterbein sponsors a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a national, pre-professional organization for students interested in Public Relations.

The Otterbein University chapter sponsors a variety of speakers and workshops and a student-managed public relations agency. In addition, members of PRSSA are eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), receive reduced rates at professional luncheons and workshops, and may attend national and district conferences of PRSSA.

T&C Magazine

Show our campus what it’s like for a young woman with terminal cancer to live just long enough to earn her degree from a hospital bed. Go into the locker room and see how it feels to be the only woman on a college football team. Tell us what it’s like to be a blind student, deaf professor, and a military veteran/college student. Take a deeper look into the difficulty of paying back student loans or how students overcome learning disabilities.

If you sign the up for the magazine practicum you will have the privilege of bringing to life Otterbein’s campus in a 32-page semi-glossy magazine that is published twice a semester. You will get to be part of a team more than a class. You will learn how to better share and develop ideas. You will become a better writer. You will become a listener, a focused communicator and realize sending an email or a text is cheating yourself out of a good story. You will understand the importance of deadlines. You will be challenged to try an assignment outside your comfort zone. You will learn how to express your own opinions while respecting those of your teammates. You will have a great opportunity to have your work published. And best of all, you will walk out of Otterbein with something to hand to a future employer and say “I helped create this.” (You will also get free food a couple times a semester.)

The magazine practicum has the benefit of using the entire campus as its laboratory. We would love for you to help us experiment.

Ubuntu Mentoring for College Program

In a collaborative learning setting, Otterbein students and 11th and 12th grade students from Linden-McKinley and Mifflin high schools study mentoring skills and practices, define college aspirations, and learn college access paths.

As part of the course COMM 1900 - Mentoring: Theory and Practice, the Otterbein students and high school students plan and conduct regular mentoring sessions for Linden-McKinley and Mifflin 9th grade students and Medina and Beery middle school students.


Did you ever wish you could turn the world on to the music you like? Did you ever wish the news talked about things you care about? Did you ever want to be the announcer at the football, baseball or basketball games? WOBN-FM/wobn.net is a student-run, student-programmed, student-managed radio station. Any Otterbein student is welcome to become a part of our radio team. 24-hours every day, on-air and online, for Otterbein and the surrounding communities at 97.5 FM and wobn.net.

/ Department of Communication

Diane Wootton
Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd., C110
p/ 614.823.3380
e/ dwootton@otterbein.edu

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