Student Organizations & Involvement at Otterbein
Becoming involved in student organizations at Otterbein will add an important dimension to your life. In addition to having a lot of fun, you will make new friends, contribute to important causes and learn new skills.
Our numerous student organizations offer many opportunities beyond the classroom that will introduce you to new experiences, build communication and leadership skills and instill a pride in your campus community.
Contact the Center for Student Involvement for information about how to contact these organizations.
Check out our student organizations by category:
Academic & Professional
Animal Health Science Club
Otterbein’s Animal Health Science Club is geared toward strengthening post-graduation plans for students majoring in Zoo & Conservation Science, Equine Veterinary Technology, Equine Pre-Veterinary/Pre-graduate Studies, or any student with the intentions of applying to veterinary school. This organization shall strive to encourage, inform and prepare its members by providing opportunities in leadership, career exploration, and professional networking. This organization will use its knowledge and abilities to benefit animal related charities and promote a sense of appreciation and understanding of animal related issues in the community. Contact for more information.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals exposes undergraduate and graduate students to fundraising as an essential part of their career, both in the profit and not for profit sectors, and the importance of philanthropy and the vital role of ethics in a professional practice. Contact for more information.
Eta Sigma Gamma – Public Health Education National Honorary
Eta Sigma Gamma – Public Health Education National Honorary is a public health honor society whose mission is to promote the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally prepared men and women in Health Education. Contact for more information.
Health Professions Club
The Health Professions Club is a group developed by students for students to help aid in professional development, provide opportunities for professional networking and social interaction and provide community service in the area of Health and Physical Education. Events include attending workshops and professional events, developing community workshops, and networking with current professionals. Contact for more information.
MBA Student Association
The MBA Student Organization was formed to address the needs and goals of the MBA student body through networking, exploring new business or community opportunities and other programming that further enriches the MBA experience. All students are invited to participate in this organization. Contact for more information.
Ohio Collegiate Music Educator’s Association
We, the members of the Otterbein University Chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, maintain this organization for the benefit of music education students. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Actuarial Science Club
This club educates students about the actuarial profession and furthers the goals of those students who are interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Club of Athletic Training Students
OCATS is designed to provide an environment for social and academic learning. The mentorship program will assist new students with meeting upperclassmen and getting information about Otterbein University and our athletic training program. The vision is to provide a stimulating learning environment, which in turn will produce athletic trainers of the highest quality. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Collegiate Middle Level Association (OCMLA)
OCMLA is a professional educational organization for college students preparing to become middle level teachers, and an affiliate of the National Middle School Association. The aim of this organization is to advance and support appropriate middle level education while promoting collegiate participation at national, state, and regional middle level conferences. Membership is open to all education majors. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Pre-Law and Criminal Justice Association
Otterbein Pre-Law and Criminal Justice Association serves to unite students with a common interest in law or a legal career. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Student Education Association (OSEA)
OSEA is a professional development organization for all education majors attending Otterbein University. Students involved in OSEA have opportunities to attend events focused on a variety of educational topics, including classroom management, resume writing, interviewing tips, and classroom technology resources. Through social events, OSEA allows its members to connect with other passionate educators while simultaneously building valuable skills needed to become an effective educator. Contact for more information.
Otterbein University Student Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
This organization promotes the study of microbiology and support for academic, professional, and community involvement within the experience of students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program at Otterbein University. Contact for more information.
Otterbein University Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society
This organization allows students of chemical science to become better acquainted, to secure the intellectual stimulation that arises from professional association, to obtain experience in preparing and presenting technical material before chemical audiences, to foster a professional spirit among the members, to instill a professional pride in the chemical sciences, and to foster an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of the modern chemist. Contact for more information.
Otterbein University Student Nursing Association (OUSNA)
Otterbein University Student Nursing Association (OUSNA) is a student branch of the national (NSNA) and state (OSNA) Student Nursing Associations. Its major goals are to contribute to nursing education, to provide programs of professional interest and concerns, and to aid in the development of the whole person and his/her professional role. OUSNA provides speakers, fundraisers, and service opportunities to help meet these goals. Contact for more information.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional organization designed for students who are interested in learning more about the field of public relations. Students from all majors are welcome to join. The organization features speakers from a variety of public relations settings, mentorships with professionals, attendance at local, regional and national conferences and internship experiences. The Otterbein chapter is affiliated with the Central Ohio (professional) PRSA Chapter. Contact for more information.
Sport Management Club
The purpose of this club is to provide professional development opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in sport and to offer programs that promote and foster awareness in the field of sport management. Students will have the opportunity to:
- Gain managerial experience
- Provide leadership opportunities
- Provide professional development opportunities
- Communicate with alumni/professionals in the field
Women in Science
Women in Science works to promote a greater understanding of the contribution of women in the science, and provide an open environment for women to share and explore their interests and career paths within the sciences. Contact for more information.
Athletic & Recreational
Otterbein Ultimate Frisbee Club
This Ultimate Frisbee Club, Otterfrizz, provides a casual atmosphere to connect with other frisbee lovers while learning how to play through drills, games and scrimmages. Contact for more information.
For more information about these organizations please contact the Center for Student Involvement at CSI@otterbein.edu.
Other Involvement Opportunities in Athletics & Recreation
Cardinal Dance Team
Cardinal Dance Team performs at basketball games and some community events. The team is open to all students by audition only. Contact Susie Crum for more information.
Fitness and Recreation
Learn more about options for having fun and keeping fit on campus on the Fitness and Recreation site.
Otterbein Equestrian Teams
The Otterbein University Equestrian Teams have something valuable to offer horse people of all experience levels. These opportunities are open to all, even those who choose not to ride and/or compete. Those who choose not to ride are invited and encouraged to participate in all team functions such as social gatherings, campouts, picnics, horse shows, and invitations.
The CardinalCorps is a student volunteer network facilitated by the CardinalCorps Leaders (CCLs). CCLs lead eleven weekly service organizations through the Center for Community Engagement, including: Sports Pals, America Reads, Club Whittier, Grandma’s House, GARA (Girls are Really Awesome), ChickChat, BROtime, Raise Your Voice, GirlTalk, The Otterbein Animal Coalition, and Plan-it Earth. If you are interested in volunteering with the CardinalCorps please check out their website or contact for more information.
Global Brigades Club
Global Brigades Club is a student-led organization that travels once a year to Panama, Nicaragua, Ghana, or Honduras to set up medical clinics with the help of student volunteers and medical professionals. Global Brigades is run using a holistic model, where immediate medical care is provided and a long term health solution project is completed. Anyone is able to participate, and no medical experience is needed! Contact for more information.
Otterbein Special Olympics Club
Otterbein Special Olympics Club raises awareness and acceptance for individuals with special needs within the Otterbein community, as well as involved Otterbein students in the lives of local children and peers with special needs. Contact for more information.
OTTERTHON is a yearlong fundraiser, part of the national movement of Children’s Miracle Network, benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We end our fundraiser with a 7-hour dance marathon in celebration of our efforts. We strive to make sure that no child fights alone! If you are passionate about bettering and bringing hope to the future of children in the greater Columbus area, OTTERTHON is the organization for you! Contact for more information.
More Involvement Opportunities in Cultural Engagement & Awareness
Center for Community Engagement
At Otterbein University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we believe that even small acts can change the world. And we believe that there are many ways to change the world. So we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in areas that range from planting trees to tutoring children, and from walking dogs to scrapbooking with senior citizens. For those who want to volunteer a few hours each term, and for those who want to volunteer several hours each week, we have it all!
Kneading Minds is a student-run service program associated with Otterbein University’s Honors Program, since it began as a student’s Honors project. The primary objective is to work to help alleviate food insecurity in the Westerville area by baking and selling fresh bread to students and faculty on Otterbein’s campus. The money raised by this endeavor is donated to Westerville Area Resource Ministry, a local food pantry and family outreach center. Contact for more information.
Commuter Student Association
The Commuter Student Association works to provide activities specifically for Otterbein’s commuting population. The group works to promote issues effecting commuters. This organization works out of the Commuter Lounge. Contact Ben Schwarz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Creative & Performing Arts
11th Hour Theatre Company
11th Hour Theatre Company is for students to be able to create art with skills learned in the classroom. A group like this, designed specifically for educational purposes, will help bolster the wide array of opportunities available to Otterbein students and allow students hands-on experience with outside projects, scripted and new, that many desire when not working on mainstage productions. Contact for more information.
Cap and Dagger
The purpose of Cap and Dagger shall be to foster the dramatic arts on the campus of Otterbein University and to advance the interests of students involved in productions of and the activities surrounding the Otterbein University Theatre program. Contact for more information.
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi promotes the existence and welfare of the college and university bands and cultivates at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievement. Individuals who are members of University bands and meet eligibility requirements are invited to join this honorary. Contact for more information.
Mainstage Improv Troupe
Mainstage Improv is a student-run comedy troup whose mission is to entertain students throughout the semester in a fun, free, and friendly atmosphere. The organization holds auditions for membership at various times throughout the academic year. Contact for more information.
Ottertuned is a mixed, student-run pop a cappella group that is open for all Otterbein students to participate in. Information about auditions is shared with the Otterbein community regularly. Contact for more information.
Quiz & Quill
Quiz & Quill is Otterbein’s student literary magazine with a staff comprised entirely of Otterbein students, and publications containing creative pieces written by students. We pride ourselves on showcasing quality work and literary citizenship through our semesterly publications (one to two smaller ones in the fall, and then our larger spring magazine) and events (such as “Haiku Death Match” and “Hoodlums & Hipsters”). Contact for more information.
This organization promotes the appreciation and education of art throughout the Otterbein community as well as to promote and develop the artwork of Otterbein art students. To fulfill their mission, Starving Artists offers an open membership to any person at Otterbein who is interested in promoting and developing a self-and off campus, and community outreach programs with area schools. Contact for more information.
Otterbein’s outstanding Department of Music sponsors many instrumental and vocal ensembles. Membership is open to all students, including non-majors, although initial or annual auditions are required for some ensembles. Visit the Department of Music’s webpage for details about the many ensembles at Otterbein which include:
- Bands (Marching Band & Pep Band)
- Chamber Music
Cultural & Diversity
African-American Student Union (AASU)
The African-American Student Union (AASU) was established in 1987 to promote unity and cooperation among African-American students and all students with similar interests and/or backgrounds. Membership is open to any Otterbein student who supports and respects the heritage, legacies and cultural traditions of African-American people. Contact for more information.
Alpha Phi Alpha
This fraternity was established with the goal of maintaining close association and unified support for African American men. Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles include good character, sound scholarship, fellowship and the uplifting of humanity. Contact for more information.
FreeZone! (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Organization)
Originally founded in 1992, FreeZone! serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and their allies. FreeZone! provides support, education, and networking opportunities within the context of regular meetings, social gatherings, activist efforts, and various special events. Contact for more information or visit FreeZone! on Facebook or check them out on Twitter @OtterbeinFZ.
Heritage of Latino Americans (HOLA)
Heritage of Latino Americans (HOLA) promotes a sense of community and pride among Latino American students at Otterbein. The organization promotes friendship and cooperation among all students and fosters encouragement, academic excellence and cultural appreciation of Latino American students. Contact for more information.
International Students Association (ISA)
International Student Association (ISA) welcome international and American students to join their organization. They work closely with the Office of Diversity and the Host Family Program to help new international students to adjust to their new environment and to foster ties between international and American students through trips, activities, and festive gatherings. ISA hosts the International Festival annually, an evening for fun and celebration of our students’ identities. Contact for more information.
Men of Vision
Men of Vision is an organization of Otterbein male student leaders. This organization promotes male leadership within the Otterbein community, recognizing the importance of developing and exchanging views and ideas among college men on campus. The goals are to encourage Otterbein males to become active in leadership roles and service on and off campus, in addition to enhancing and further developing the skills and talents of male student leaders. Men of Vision works collaboratively with other student organizations, such as Sisters United. Contact for more information.
National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations are nationally recognized African American Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. Otterbein University participates in city-wide chapters with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Otterbein Greek Life Advisor: Ben Schwarz More about greek life
Otterbein Deaf Culture Club
The Otterbein Deaf Culture Club (ODCC) works to promote Deaf awareness on campus and in the community through service and events. No prior knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) is required to join. Contact for more information.
Sisters United was established in 2000 as an organization dedicated to the political, cultural and social advancement of women of color at Otterbein University. These goals are fostered by activities and workshops designed to build awareness and friendship among women. The programs are designed to meet the needs and concerns of women of color; however, all students are welcome to attend. The members of Sisters United seek to create innovative, interesting and intellectually stimulating programming throughout the year. Contact for more information.
More Involvement Opportunities in Cultural Engagement & Awareness
Otterbein Study Abroad
From study abroad to immersion opportunities with Otterbein’s international students, you’re invited to gain greater insight into the greater global community.
The Office of Diversity Programs & Resources
Whether you consider yourself diverse or simply admire all the diversity the world has to offer, make it a part of your Otterbein experience. The Office of Diversity hosts programs for you to explore diverse populations academically, culturally, and socially-you never know, you might make a new friend!
The Otterbein Gospel Choir was organized in the fall of 1990 to give students a medium to express their culture through music, in the form of standard, traditional and contemporary gospel songs. Today the choir is more diverse than ever, and full of students who enjoy singing! The choir performs annually for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Gospel Festival, and also accepts engagements for area churches, schools, and other organizations. Contact Choir Director, Mrs. LaJoyce Cain, for more information.
William Henry Fouse House of Black Culture (HBC)
The House of Black Culture was named after Otterbein’s first African-American graduate, William Henry Fouse. The HBC, established in 1994, serves as a meeting and social space for African-American students. The house offers living space to five individuals who are involved in the African-American Student Union and/or other diversity organizations on campus. The HBC promotes cultural exchange through programming and discussions for the Otterbein community. The HBC also assists the Office of Diversity in co-hosting various programs throughout the year.
Greek Life: Fraternities & Sororities
Fraternities and Sororities
We have six local sororities, six local fraternities, two national fraternities, and two National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters. Our local organizations exist only at Otterbein University, while national organizations have chapters at different colleges and universities across the country.
Panhellenic Council (Panhel) Sororities
- Epsilon Kappa Tau (EKT)
- Kappa Phi Omega (Kappa)
- Sigma Alpha Tau (Owls)
- Tau Delta
- Tau Epsilon Mu (TEM)
- Theta Nu (Recruitment Video)
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Chapters
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Omicron Rho City-Wide Chapter) (Currently Active)
- Capital Univeristy
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Otterbein University
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Pi Gamma City-Wide Chapter)
- Capital University
- Denison University
- Ohio Dominican University
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Otterbein University
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Nu Phi City-Wide Chapter) (Currently Active)
- Capital University
- DeVry University
- Franklin University
- Mount Carmel University of Nursing
- Ohio Dominican University
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Otterbein University
“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”
There are many ways to get involved in Student Government. Some individuals will run for office to be elected, some Senators are appointed, and still other students have the opportunity to be appointed to University committees through Student Government. If you have any questions on getting involved with Student Government please contact the executive officers at email@example.com or Student Government Advisor, Colette Masterson.
There are two elections held each year, the Primary Election in the spring term and the Fall Election at the beginning of fall term. All officers and a majority of all Senators are elected in the spring. Incoming first-year students can learn more about running for office during their orientation this summer.
All questions regarding Elections should be directed to the Elections Committee Chair, Brigid Aslin.
Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma (ALDPES)
Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma are national academic honorary societies for students who have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA and are in the top 20 percent of their class in their first year of college. Eligible students are invited to lifetime membership in Otterbein’s merged chapter after fall semester of their freshman year. Members who continue to maintain high academic standing are eligible for various awards and scholarships, including fellowships for graduate study. The honorary society members may participate in a variety of community service and membership events. Contact for more information.
Delta Omicron (DO)
Delta Omicron is an international honorary for men and women pursuing the discipline of music in college. Members must be at least sophomores, and are chosen on the basis of academic and musical achievement. Delta Omicron carries out educational and service activities. Contact for more information.
Iota Iota Iota (Tri-Iota)
Tri-Iota (Iota Iota Iota) works to encourage and support scholarship and excellent in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as embody the values central to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Otterbein University: plurality of thought, egalitarianism, and social justice. Contact for more information
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. It is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support and professional growth for educational professionals. Students in their sophomore year or above who meet academic, service, leadership and professionalism criteria are invited to join. Contact for more information.
Kappa Pi is a national honor society for art majors. This organization offers student of the Otterbein Art Department, who excel, the opportunity to share, discuss, and collaborate with other members of the organization, as well as give recognition to students who have greatly excelled or created an impact within art. Contact for more information.
Mortar Board (Senior Leadership/Service Honor Society)
Mortar Board is the senior men’s and women’s leadership/service honor society. The group fosters the qualities of selfless service and leadership and the improvement of our college community. To become a member, students must have a 3.2 or higher GPA and have demonstrated and committed him/herself to continue distinguished scholarship, leadership and service to the college community. Contact for more information.
Psi Chi is an invitation only honor society for Psychology majors. Psi Chi sponsors the Psych Psymposium speaker series and plans other activities relevant to psychology and to applying for graduate school. Psi Chi also sponsors national and regional under-graduate and graduate research award programs, and publishes a quarterly national newsletter to inform members of Psi Chi’s opportunities at all levels. Contact for more information.
Lambda Pi Eta
Otterbein University Department of Communication’s Lambda Pi Eta Chapter is named Iota. To be inducted into this national communication honorary a student must be of junior standing with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Scholarship and service are trademarks of this honorary.
Phi Sigma Iota
Phi Sigma Iota is the National Honorary Romance Language and Literature Society. Its purpose is to foster the appreciation and study of all foreign languages and their respective literature and culture.
This is an honorary for Continuing Studies students with junior status and a 3.5 GPA.
Torch and Key
Torch and Key is an honorary for the recognition of distinctive achievement in general scholarship. Seniors and juniors with exceptional cumulative records are elected (3.7 GPA).
Religious & Spiritual
Athletes in Action
Athletes in Action is a Christian organization whose purpose shall be to serve as a spiritual resource to athletes, coaches, staff, and all others involved in the athletic department. Contact for more information.
Crossroads is an all-inclusive worship ministry which gathers Monday nights at 8 PM at Church of the Master during the school year. The Crossroads mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, worship environment that welcomes students and community of ALL: sizes, genders, races, beliefs, and sexes. If you’re looking for a progressive place to question your faith, doubt it, share it, or express it, join us Monday nights. We bring in speakers of diverse faith backgrounds who share their perspective on faith and life. At Crossroads, you can be you. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Catholic Student Ministry
Otterbein Catholic Student Ministry is a community of students striving towards sainthood. We help each other grow spiritually and invite anyone interested in the Catholic faith – all are welcome! We gather every Thursday at 4pm in the Chapel for prayer, study and fellowship. We also carpool to Mass every Sunday. There are many opportunities to engage in community service and retreats as well! Contact for more information
More Involvement Opportunities in Religious & Spiritual Life
Religious & Spiritual Life Council
The Religious & Spiritual Life Council (RSLC) is the supervisory supporting and coordinating body for all religious activities and programs at Otterbein. As an inclusive and ecumenical body, the Council invites people of various religious traditions and heritages to gather together in this common ministry. RSLC’s membership consists of representatives from each of the religious organizations on campus, and members-at-large (i.e., anyone interested in being a part of planning religious activities). RSLC sponsors a variety of experiences and events throughout the year including special worship services, weekend retreats, participation in the Franklin County Crop Walk, Campus Sharing Day, and several opportunities for discussion, Bible study and spiritual enrichment.
The Otterbein Gospel Choir is a non-denominational choir composed of students from many different backgrounds. Students join this choir to be spiritually uplifted, enjoy spiritual fulfillment, develop friendships, and have “extreme fun”. The choir performs both on and off campus.
Habitat for Humanity
The campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International enables and encourages students to combat poverty housing issues. The three main functions of the organization include building, fund-raising, and educating the community. For more information or to volunteer, contact Chaplain Judy Guion-Utsler.
A group of women who fear, thank, and praise God through dance. Our mission is to praise God with every part of our bodies in the hope that through our dancing, it will touch someone’s lives, while creating a Christian environment where we can encourage, teach, and strengthen each others faith through fellowship.
Active Minds at Otterbein
Through advocacy and education, Active Minds at Otterbein’s goal is to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues in order to decrease the stigma that surrounds the topic of mental health. Here on campus, through events and information, we hope to open up important conversations surrounding mental health issues to create a more engaging and inclusive campus for all students. Contact for more information.
Campus Activities Board (CAB)
CAB provides programs of a cultural, recreational, social and educational nature to the Otterbein University community and provides students and staff with opportunities to shape their environment through the selection, production, and evaluation of those events. Additionally, CAB actively encourages multicultural understanding, acceptance and appreciation through programming and co-sponsorship with other organizations. Contact for more information.
This group brings gamers together to meet others who like the same games. They also sponsor tournaments and other events to encourage community and camaraderie. Contact for more information.
Otterbein Animal Conservation Club
The Otterbein Animal Conservation Club strives to promote awareness of animal conservation, especially those of endangered and threatened status. This organization is open to anyone with a general interest in making a difference in the lives of the world’s threatened wildlife. Contact for more information.
Otterbein St. Jude
Otterbein St. Jude works to educate the campus and community about the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and raise money for their efforts. Members participate in or volunteer at events held around the Columbus area such as the St. Jude Walk/Run and Discover the Dream at the Columbus Zoo. Here on campus, we hold our own fundraisers and informational events such as an informational table for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and the Letter Sending Event. Contact for more information.
Otterbein University Film Club
The Otterbein University Film Club offers space for discourse for film lovers. They integrate an academic lens and other elements of the film minor into a relaxed setting of screenings and conversation. Contact for more information.
OtterPAWS serves to provide Otterbein a connection which allows students to train service dogs. They hope to gain awareness and interest in the student body to aid in the education of proper etiquette around working animals. Contact for more information.
Resident Student Association
The primary function of RSA is to provide a voice for students in residence life decision-making processes and to provide feedback on all aspects of residential student living environments. A secondary function of RSA is to plan events and activities for students, that allow them to experience life on campus, have fun, develop community and make Otterbein feel like the best home away from home. Contact for more information.
Students For Life
Our mission is to create a culture where every human life is respected and valued from conception to death, and to foster an atmosphere that is open to discussion about human rights issues. Contact for more information.
Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE)
URGE stands for spreading awareness about reproductive justice issues, sexual health, and creating a safe sexual environment in general. We want students to have access to information about sex and reproductive issues in a safe, informed, environment. Contact for more information.
Commuter Student Association
The Commuter Student Association works to provide activities specifically for Otterbein’s commuting population. The group works to promote issues effecting commuters. This organization works out of the Commuter Lounge. Contact James Prysock for more information.
Student Media & Publications
AEGIS Humanities Journal
Aegis is a multilingual journal designed to catalyze a deeper critical appreciation of the humanities at Otterbein University. The journal is published once yearly in the spring and includes Otterbein student’s scholarly essays and book reviews that advance the presence and values of the humanities on campus and beyond. Submissions are read by a student panel during winter quarter to decide which selections will be published. For more information on joining the board or submitting, please contact Dr. Eisenstein.
Otterbein360 is the independently organized and operated student news outlet at Otterbein University. It is an award winning publication which prides itself on its professional attitude quality reporting and relatable journalism. This digital only publication offers practical experience editing stories, honing writing skills and composing images. A great resume builder, Otterbein360 requires nothing but an eagerness to learn and a passion for storytelling. Whether through written word, photography or graphic design, Otterbein360 strives to tell the stories that the campus community cares about most.
Kate is a feminist publication. The name was chosen in honor of Otterbein’s first female graduate, Kate Hanby. Otterbein was the first college to admit women to all levels of study, first in hiring women faculty, and one of the first colleges to admit African Americans.
Quiz & Quill
Quiz & Quill is a creative writing group open to all students. quiz & quill publishes a chapbook each fall, a spring magazine, and holds several creative writing contests and literary readings.
WOBN – University Radio Station
WOBN operates at 97.5 FM.. The station plays a wide variety of music showcase programs and has a core format of alternative music. WOBN broadcasts over 100 sporting events each year (football, basketball, baseball, soccer) and also features news and talk shows. No experience or specific major is required. Learn to broadcast “on air” or help in promotions, sports, news or public service. Just come to the meetings or stop in our studios in the Communication Building and we’ll do the rest!
Otterbein.tv – University Television Station
Otterbein.tv is a student operated cable station that is owned and supported by the City of Westerville. A well-equipped control room, studio, and an Otterbein.tv remote production van provides the resources to produce programming focusing on Westerville, Otterbein and the surrounding community. All Otterbein students are invited to participate in the station. Interested students may attend the weekly organizational meeting held in the Otterbein.tv studio.
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5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Recognized Student Organization
- Meet with the Center for Student Involvement
- Email the Center for Student Involvement at CSI@otterbein.edu or call 614-823-3202 to set up an appointment.
- Be prepared to talk about the purpose of your organization.
- You must have an employee of Otterbein University willing to serve as your advisor.
- Submit a New Student Organization Petition
- Submit your New Student Organization Petition to the Student Organization Development Committee of the Otterbein University Student Government.
- Once reviewed and approved you will gain Pending Status for up to 12-months.
- Recruit members for your organization and select officers.
- During this one year (maximum) probationary period you may function as a registered student organization.
- You have one year to become fully registered and complete all of the registration requirements. Take your time and begin enacting the purpose of your organization.
- Final approval from the Student Organization Development Committee
- Submit all required registration materials (and Charter Application) to the Student Organization Development Committee within 12-months.
- Submit a Constitution for review and approval. (Please see the Student Organization Constitution Guidelines document for more information.)
- Once the Constitution and registration requirements have been reviewed you may be asked to attend a Student Organization Development Committee Meeting to answer questions about your organization.
- The Student Organization Development Committee may ask you to make revisions to your Constitution.
- Approval from Otterbein University Student Government
- After the Student Organization Development Committee approves the Constitution and registration material, it will be sent to the Otterbein University Student Government for final approval.
- Once these steps are complete you will be granted recognition as a student organization. In certain cases, the group may need approval of the Board of Trustees before recognition is granted. The advisors and the president of the considered group will receive notification of the decision. Please be advised the final approval or denial usually requires four to eight weeks from the date of submission.
Student Organization Constitution Guidelines and Requirements
The Constitution will be the guide in a consistent and fair standard of consideration of new organizations and evaluating continuing organizations. The Student Organization Development Committee of the Otterbein University Student Government will use the following criteria as its guidelines in the review of new and edited Constitutions and consideration for the approval of new student organizations at Otterbein University. All new constitutions must be typed and submitted to the Center for Student Involvement in a clear and precise form. Electronic submission in a Word document is required. Constitutions must include the following:
- The organization should have a name not presently used by any other recognized student organization.
- The purpose of the organization should be clearly stated.
- Officers’ requirements and functions must be stated.
- Procedures for election of officers must be stated, and the voting margins of elections must be stated, i.e., simple majority or plurality.
- The organization must have one advisor that is an employee of Otterbein University.
- Meeting requirements must be stated (i.e., how many times a week, month, etc.).
- Attendance requirements must be specified. If there are no attendance requirements this must be stated as well.
- Expulsion requirements and procedures must be specified.
- Financial obligations of the members must be specified. If there are no financial requirements this must be stated as well.
- Processes for amendments to the constitution must be stated.
- The following sentence must be stated in the constitution, verbatim: Any student of Otterbein University regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status is eligible for membership in this organization. *Registered fraternities and sororities should contact the Center for Student Involvement to verify their appropriate statement.
- All organizations must be open to all students with the exception of the following classifications of groups, which are permitted to have eligibility requirements: Academic and Professional, Fraternities and Sororities, Honor Societies and Groups. The Student Organization Development Committee will determine if the organization’s classification is proper.
Please refer to the Student Organization Constitution Guidelines for a full listing and description of the requirements, sample layout, and sample constitution.
Student Organization Policies
As part of the Otterbein University community, campus organizations represent and are considered accountable to the college. The college, in turn, is responsible for their actions. Therefore, all campus organizations as well as the individuals who compose the college community are expected to abide by the Otterbein University policies and regulations as they apply to them. Please read the Campus Life Handbook for a full listing of organization policies. Constitutions must include the following:
- All events sponsored by student organizations must be scheduled on the college calendar. Contact Student Affairs (823-1591) to schedule an event. You can also pick up calendaring policies and request forms from the Student Affairs Office.
- Religious and Spiritual organizations must attend all Religious Life Council meetings. Please contact Chaplain, Judy Guion-Utsler for more information.
- Campus sales and solicitations must follow the established guidelines found in the Campus Life Handbook.
- Policies as they apply to alcohol and gambling should be considered and referred to as they affect decision-making within campus organizations. Please see the Campus Life Handbook for these policies.
- Some student organizations require students be enrolled full-time, having at least 12 hours of courses per term except graduating seniors. Please check with the respective organization to see if the organization requires full-time status.
- Amended constitutions must be re-submitted to the Student Organization Development Committee for approval when the amendments have an effect on any of the constitution requirements or guidelines listed in the Student Organization Constitution Guidelines and Requirements document.
- Student organizations must renew the status of their organization annually. The information needed for renewal includes online renewal form, leadership and membership roster, advisor agreement, and an updated constitution. Renewal requirements must be completed by the third Friday of fall term to receive benefits of continual renewal. Organizations that fail to do this will be considered “inactive” and will not receive the privileges afforded recognized groups.
- The responsibility for seeing these and other University regulations are followed lies with the individual organization and failure to comply with University regulations may result in disciplinary action.