Golden Reunion: Class of 1972

The Class of 1972 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!

Deborah Bartlett | David Bloom | Gail Williams Bloom | James Brubaker | Joy Brubaker | Kathy Butler | Deborah Patton Cline | Jenny Curtis | Jim Curtis | Margaret Doone | Rick Doone | Pamela Beatty Fitzer | Ted Fitzer | Lynne Hokanson | Lynn Lehman | Sara Lord | Donna Maminskas | Michael Maminskas | Tasha Marshall | William Marshall | Kathlynn Moling | Linda Haddox Parente | Jo Pohly | Keith Pohly | Debbie Arn Segner | Kathy Sellers | Nancy Jean Smith | Cheryl Turner | Nate Van Wey | David Weininger | Lynda Deffenbaugh Weininger | Amy Weinrich | Diane Savage Witt | Keith Witt | Glen Young | Karen Young | Michael Ziegler

Still not convinced?

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

And don’t forget to submit your Memory Book entry by September 21!

What do I need to know for my reunion?

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)
  • 10:30 a.m. | Class Photo (The Point)
  • 11:30 a.m. | Golden Reunion Welcome & Celebration of Class Gifts (The Point)
  • 12 p.m. | Picnic Luncheon Courtright (The Point)
  • 2-4 p.m. | Campus Tours (Walking or van)
  • 2:30 p.m. | Class of 1972 Library Program & Tours (Courtright Memorial Library)
  • 5 p.m. | Sierra Leone Program Alumni Reunion (Elevate Office – Westerville, 670 Meridian Way)
  • 6 p.m. | Golden Reunion Happy Hour with Classes of 1971 & 1972 (Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris – 409 Altair Pkwy)
  • 7 p.m. | Class of 1972 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. | State of the University Address & Celebration of Otterbein (Cowan Hall)
  • 11 a.m. | Homecoming & Family Weekend Parade
  • 11:30 a.m. | OtterFest – Music, Uptown Vendor Fair, Lunch (pay on site) (Campus Center Lot West)
  • 2 p.m. | Otterbein Football Game vs. Capital University (Memorial Stadium)
  • 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. Church Service Hosted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Marsha Brobst Adkins ’71 & Friends (Otterbein Chapel – 88 Cochran Alley)

Memory Book

It’s time to write your story!

The deadline for submitting your entry is SEPTEMBER 21st! 

Your class, like Golden Reunion Classes before it, is creating a special 50th Reunion Memory Book. Every member of the class is invited to share their memories of their time on campus – pictures included!

Use this easy form to write your entry. It can take a narrative form or simply be a bulleted list of memories – you decide. Whichever style you choose, please limit your entry to 2 pages (about 750 words).

Need a little inspiration? Unsure where to start? Check a sample entry from class member Lynne Hokanson. 

Reading this book, made up of submissions from your Otterbein classmates, is a joy no class member will want to miss out on. You’ll be reminded of friends you might have lost touch with and get to know more about classmates that you didn’t have time to get to know on campus. Win-win!

We also invite you to submit a page in memory of any friends or relatives from the Class of 1972 who have passed. And remember, even if you can’t make it to our reunion this fall, we still want to hear from you in your own words.

Complete the memory book form today – you won’t regret it!

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
To book by phone: call 833-427-0292.

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.

Legacy Gift

 

Like most classes celebrating their Golden Reunion at Otterbein, we’re raising funds for a class gift to mark the occasion. That means that all gifts received through June 30, 2022 – regardless of their designation or purpose – count towards our total Class Gift. 

However, unlike most classes, we’ve decided to create a special Library Textbook Affordability Endowment as part of this effort. As you may know, textbooks can be very, very expensive, and this can represent a significant financial burden for our students and their families. To help ease that burden, we ask for your support, in partnership with the Courtright Memorial Library, in creating this unique fund. With your help, earnings from the investment of the Fund will be used by the Library to purchase high-cost, high-demand textbooks and other course materials for wide student use. Every little bit we can do helps lower this barrier to student success at Otterbein.  

Whichever designation you choose, we hope you’ll make a gift today to help support Otterbein students now and in the future. It all helps Otterbein and it all counts towards our class gift!

There several ways to contribute to the Class of 1972 Legacy Gift:

  • Return the enclosed reply card in our spring 2022 mailing (April)
  • Visit www.otterbein.edu/give
  • 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.

Class of 1972 Reunion Committee

  • Kathleen A. Butler
  • Margaret Morgan Doone
  • Lynn A. Hokanson
  • George P. Miller
  • Nancy Jean Smith
  • Nathan J. Van Wey
  • Diane Savage Witt
  • Keith Witt, Jr.