Class of 1963

The Class of 1963 is excited to gather on campus during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2023. Festivities start on Friday, September 15, for all alumni, at 5:00 pm with a faculty and staff Meet & Greet, live music, food trucks and Biergarten. The fun continues on Saturday, September 16, with the Celebration of Otterbein awards and state of the university, parade, sports, live music and more! Find the full schedule of events below.

Tell your classmates you plan to attend by contacting class member Lois Augenstein Harris at 717-838-6763 or lousyann@aol.com

Note on Accessibility: Designated handicapped parking will be available. To assist moving about the campus, golf carts will also be available. The Campus Center now boasts an elevator for easy accessibility. 

Here’s who’s planning to attend (updated weekly):

Elizabeth A. Arnold  |  Marie Fast Baughman  |  Jean Davidson Berry  |  Richard S. Berry  |  Sharon Hept Blakeman  |  Lois Axline Campolo  |  Imodale Caulker-Burnett  |  Arlene Huff Chase  |  Larry E. Chase  |  Kristen Gustafson  |  Lois Augenstein Harris  |  Edmund A. Henn  |  Elaine Koehler Henn  |  Richard Hohn  |  Sally Hohn  |  Doris Jean Gorsuch Hubbard  |  Douglas R. Knight  |  Mary Pat Knight  |  Connie Hellwarth Leonard  |  Jerry Lyke  |  Marilyn Bamberger Lyke  |  Dee Martin  |  Thomas R. Martin  |  Darlene Stoffer Mellick  |  Gerald L. Miller  |  Marlene Pfahler Patterson  |  Carol Shook Rufener  |  Judith Mack Salyer  |  Norma Smith Stockman  |  Mary Lou Keinath Wells  |  Gary Wiley  |  Grace Barnes Wiley  |  Bob Wilson

More information about your class gathering

Gathering Schedule

Your Class Gathering is schedule for September 15-16, 2023.

Friday

The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. under the tent at the Campus Center west parking lot with a faculty and staff Meet & Greet, live music, food trucks, and Biergarten.

At 7 p.m. The Moonbats will perform hits from the 50s and 60s.

Saturday

The Class of ’63 will have a designated area under a tent for itself at OtterFest, but you’re always welcome to meander for more mixing and friendship.

Plan to attend the Alumni Awards Ceremony at 9:30 am. in Riley Auditorium, followed by President Comerford’s State of the University Address.

Early ’63 “Cardinals” may arrive at our special area in OtterFest for a wake­up coffee at 9:30 a.m. Plan to gather at 11:00 a.m. at the tent for the group picture before the parade. The 11:00 a.m. homecoming parade will be visible from OtterFest.

Lunch time (OtterFest ~11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) is an easy arrangement. A delicious buffet lunch is available from campus dining, for purchase on-site, with a Biergarten featuring Zaftig Brewing.

There is a tour of the Frank Museum of Art from noon – 1:00 p.m. A free ticket is required for headcount only. Reserve yours using the Homecoming & Family Weekend ticket process here.

Following lunch, the 3:00 p.m. football game against Wilmington College is also watchable from the comfort of the tent or FREE to sit in the stands

Note on Accessibility: Designated handicapped parking will be available. To assist moving about the campus, golf carts will also be available. The Campus Center now boasts an elevator for easy accessibility. 

Tell your story!

A note from Lois Augenstein Harris:

Connecting to one another is an important part of our class. Let’s share in a similar way we did for the 2018 reunion. Many of our life stories became a booklet distributed at the last gathering. Let’s create another booklet!

You are invited to “catch us up” since that last reunion. This year we are invited to answer an additional topic from classmate Lois (Axline) Campolo who recently challenged the Clip House gals, a group still zooming, with the following topic. Lois asked, “What stands out as the most fulfilling experience in your professional career or personal life? It may be a memory (event) that still warms your heart?”

All class members, whether you attend or not, are encouraged to write an article.
We will enjoy your story.

Your writing may be emailed to me at lousyann@aol.com or mailed to my address:

14 Mockingbird Lane
Palmyra, PA 17078

The deadline is September 2. If you are unable to attend, a booklet will be mailed to you following the September 16 reunion.

Book your stay

Traveling to Westerville for the Homecoming & Family Weekend or your Reunion?

To make your out of town stay more comfortable, we’ve arranged room blocks or special Otterbein rates at the following local hotels:

Hotels with special Otterbein rates

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
32 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
Click here by August 30th to book your room at our special rate of $119/night!
Book by phone: 
614-899-656

Additional area hotels

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris (1.5 miles)
409 Altair Parkway, Westerville, OH 43082
To book: Click here or call 833-427-0292

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris (2.6 miles)
8411 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240

To book: Click here or call 614-885-8400

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus (2.7 miles)
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231

To book: Click here or call 614-890-8600

Holiday Inn Express Columbus-Worthington (5 miles)
55 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43235
To book: Click here or call 614-977-0520 

Courtyard Columbus Worthington (5.1 miles)
7411 Vantage Drive, Columbus, OH 43235

To book: Click here or call 888-236-2427

Homecoming & Family Weekend Details

Save the Date! September 20-21, 2024

Mark your calendar for Otterbein’s signature alumni and families event! We’re hard at work on another special Homecoming and Family Weekend for 2024 and can’t wait to welcome you back to campus to celebrate our connections.

2023 Homecoming & Family Weekend Recap

In the meantime, we hope you’ll visit our 2023 Homecoming & Family Weekend recap page!

Cardy Parade