Golden Reunion: Class of 1971

The Class of 1971 Golden Reunion is scheduled for September 29 – October 2, 2022. Registration for this exciting celebration is now open!

If you’d rather register by mail, watch your mailbox for a packet of reunion materials. Or you can call the Alumni office at 614-823-1650.

Here’s a look at who’s already registered!

(registered guests’ names will appear here)

Still not convinced?

Check out the schedule and more details on the event in the menus below!

And don’t forget to to join our Otterbein Class of 1971 Facebook Group and book a room using the information below if you’re coming in from out of town!

Golden Reunion Schedule

The Golden Reunion is scheduled for September 29 – October 2, 2022.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

  •  7 p.m. Meet & Greet (The Point at Otterbein – 60 Collegeview Rd)
    Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

Friday, September 30, 2022

  • 9:30 a.m. | Coffee and Meet & Greet (The Point)
  • 11 a.m. | Class Photo (The Point)
  • 11:30 a.m. | Golden Reunion Welcome (The Point)
  • 12 p.m. | Picnic Luncheon (The Point)
  • 2-3 p.m. | Visit and Tour the Community Garden (600 N. Spring Rd.)
  • 2-4 p.m. | Campus Tours (Walking or van)
  • 3-4 p.m. | Tour of the Otterbein Center for Equine Science (600 N. Spring Rd.)
  • 3-4 p.m. | Promise House Tours (86 W. Home)
  • 5 p.m. | Sierra Leone Program Alumni Reunion (Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris – 409 Altair Pkwy)
  • 6 p.m. | Golden Reunion Happy Hour with Classes of 1971 & 1972 (Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris – 409 Altair Pkwy)
  • 7 p.m. | Class of 1971 Reunion Celebration Dinner (Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris – 409 Altair Pkwy)

Saturday, October 1, 2022

  • 7:30-9 a.m. | Celebration of Otterbein Breakfast (Campus Center West Parking Lot)
  • 9:30 a.m. | Celebration of Otterbein & State of the University Address (Cowan Hall)
  • 11 a.m. | Homecoming & Family Weekend Parade (Meet at Howard House, 131 W. Park St)
  • 11:30 a.m. | OtterFest – Music, Uptown Vendor Fair, Lunch (pay on site) (Campus Center West Parking Lot)
  • 2 p.m. | Otterbein Football Game vs. Capital University (Memorial Stadium, Otterbein Campus)
  • 2-10 p.m. | Class Hangout at Augspurgers’ House (75 N West St.)
    Drop-in and catch up with classmates for snacks, drinks, dinner from City Barbecue, bonfire, etc. 
  • 8 p.m. | Department of Theatre & Dance presents a performance of A Little Night Music – Tickets available here beginning August 30 (Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall) 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Otterbein Chapel – 88 Cochran Alley)

Where to stay

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

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris (1.5 miles)
409 Altair Parkway, Westerville, OH 43082
Special Golden Reunion Rate: $137 plus tax
1971 Booking Link
1972 Booking Link
To book by phone, call 833-427-0292 and identify yourself as a member of Otterbein’s Class of 1971 or 1972.

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
32 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
To book: Call 614-899-6560 x7114 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris (2.6 miles)
8411 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240
To book: Call 614-885-8400 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus (2.7 miles)
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231
To book: Call 614-890-8600 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Holiday Inn Express Columbus-Worthington (5 miles)
55 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43235
To book: Call 614-977-0520 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Courtyard Columbus Worthington (5.1 miles)
7411 Vantage Drive, Columbus, OH 43235
To book: Call Call 888-236-2427 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Memory Book

Thank you to everyone who submitted a memory book entry! We’re currently editing and preparing to print the completed book. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Class of 1971 Reunion Committee

  • Adele Knipp Klenk- Co-chair
  • Barb MacKenzie Campbell- Co-chair
  • Marsha Brobst Adkins
  • Jim Augspurger
  • Linda Ancik Augspurger
  • Rita Schumacher Bilikam
  • Jim Francis
  • Jane A Holford
  • Sue Butcke Koverman
  • Denny Lohr
  • Wendy Louise Roush
  • Joyce Bristow Winget
  • Debbie Finlaw Wolfe

Legacy Gift

Our class gift has been designated to support two special programs at Otterbein: The Promise House and the Otterbein Community Garden.

The Promise House is Otterbein’s on-campus resource center and food pantry, providing assistance to students who are in need of food and basic necessities such as clothing, school supplies as well as emergency grants. Its mission is to break down socio-economic barriers to success for students.

The Otterbein Community Garden provides produce to The Promise House and other Westerville food pantries. It also serves as an education center for conducting innovative studies and research opportunities for Otterbein, as well as Westerville schools, students, faculty and staff. A portion of the legacy gift is designated toward the design and construction of a pavilion that would provide shelter for educational programs. 

Our original goal of $50,000 was to establish a permanent endowment fund to support The Promise House ($25,000) and to provide initial funds for the construction of a pavilion at the Community Garden. Because of the generosity of our class, we have raised $84,000, enough money to establish the endowment and also cover most of the funds necessary to build the pavilion. By raising our goal to $100,000 we will be able to fully fund the endowment plus complete the Community Garden pavilion.

Watch this video or view this document to learn more about the Promise House.

We need your help to make our gift truly memorable.

There are several ways to contribute to the Class of 1971 Legacy Gift:

  • Visit www.otterbein.edu/71give. Under designation, select “Other” and in the box that appears, type: Class of 1971 Promise House.
  • Individuals who have reached age 72 can make a gift from their IRAs and in doing so may reduce their taxable income. Contact your IRA administrator for more information or to request a transfer. Contact Kathleen Bonte (614-823-1400; kbonte@otterbein.edu), to alert her to any forthcoming stock transfers or IRA distributions.
  • Let the University know of any intentions to remember Otterbein in your estate plan.

If you have any questions about donating or would like to donate over the phone, please contact the Advancement Office at (614) 823-1400.

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