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At Otterbein, our president is focused on college affordability. Our professors are leading the way in curriculum development. Our Center for Community Engagement is winning awards for its dedication to serving others. These are only a few of the people and programs you’ll read about in our Newsroom.

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Otterbein Fast Facts:

Location: Westerville, Ohio
Founded: 1847
Control: Private not-for-profit
Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities
Size & Setting: Four-year, small, highly residential
Enrollment: 3,000
President: John Comerford, Ph.D.
Colors: Tan and Cardinal
Mascot: Cardinal

News Stories:

New Creativity and Culture Living Community in Historic Otterbein Residence Hall


News - October 26, 2021
By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA’23  The study of humanities has a long history at Otterbein University and a new creative and cultural community is bringing first year students together with faculty and students.   Dunlap-King Hall, better known as “DK,” is one of many residence halls students call home at Otterbein. DK is the oldest residence hall on campus and was built in 1926.   “DK has naturally had a higher concentration of humanities majors in the building; students who are in related areas of study, and these students have gravitated…

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Otterbein Senior Molds her Future in the Arts through Ceramics


News - October 26, 2021
By Payton Kaufman ’24  Senior visual arts major Alaina Reher began her college studies with a much different track: marketing and graphic design. With the help of pre-existing art connections, Reher decided art was the route she wanted to pursue.  Thanks to a few art classes she took freshman year and a love for art she had since high school, Reher made the jump to her new department the following year.  “I had connections in the Department of Art that helped me decide that art education was a good…

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Otterbein Theatre and Dance presents “A Lie of the Mind”


News - October 18, 2021
The upcoming Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance production of Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind” is a deep, dark look into two dysfunctional families in the American West, each trying to hold on to the ideal picture of stability without ever having experienced it. Jake believes he may have killed his wife, Beth, during a domestic dispute and, to calm his concerns, his brother Frankie attempts to get the real story by traveling to Beth’s family home in…

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Otterbein Library Director Receives Service Award for Dedication to Improving Student Experience


News - October 14, 2021
Tiffany Lipstreu, the director of Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library, has received the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) 2021 Service Award. The annual award is given to OPAL members who have shown dedication to the organization’s mission “to strengthen and promote member libraries through financially responsible collaboration and innovation.”  OPAL is a group of 27 academic libraries that work together to develop and provide expanded collections and services at collectively negotiated prices. All OPAL members are also members of OhioLINK, a statewide initiative offering a shared union database and the…

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Otterbein Police Provide Services to Campus Beyond Just Security


News - October 13, 2021
By Bridget Oder ‘23 The Otterbein Police Department (OPD) provides many useful services to the Otterbein campus community that many don’t even realize. OPD’s primary mission is to keep the university safe. “Service First,” their motto, demonstrates their commitment to helping in any way, no matter the situation. “We want to live our motto every day,” said Larry Banaszak, chief of police. “Students should call us at 614-823-1222 anytime 24/7 when they don’t know who else to contact.” Many people…

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Otterbein Junior Riley Philhower Helps Refugees and Immigrants Score Big on Soccer Field


News - October 11, 2021
By Payton Kaufman ’24 Shortly after junior Riley Philhower proposed an Otterbein partnership with the Columbus-area Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) organization, he was awarded one of six 2021 Vernon L. Pack Fellowships through the Otterbein Center for Community Engagement. The Pack Fellowships provide funds for community-based research projects, and Philhower sought to make a difference in the lives of Columbus refugees and immigrants. Philhower rolled up his sleeves and put together the third annual Columbus Nations Cup with…

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Otterbein Library Director Receives 2021 Library Consortium Service Award


News - October 11, 2021
Tiffany Lipstreau, the director of Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library, has received the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) 2021 Service Award. The annual award is given to OPAL members who have shown dedication to the organization’s mission “to strengthen and promote member libraries through financially responsible collaboration and innovation.”  Tiffany Lipstreu OPAL is a group of 27 academic libraries that work together to develop and provide expanded collections and services at collectively negotiated prices. All OPAL members are also members of OhioLINK, a statewide initiative offering a shared union database…

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An Open Mind and Lots of Questions Maximize Your Otterbein Campus Visit


News - October 5, 2021
By Bridget Oder ‘23 Many students are apprehensive when trying to find their home for the next four years. Otterbein provides many opportunities to maximize a campus visit for the student and their families to ease those nerves and enjoy their first experience on campus. During a campus visit, it’s best to meet with a faculty advisor or professor in the students’ desired department if possible. This gives the student a chance to ask questions about their desired major and…

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Otterbein Professor Worked on Graphic Novel Connecting History and Pop Culture for Students


News - October 5, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ‘23 Amy Sheeran wanted to bring culture into her Otterbein classroom, and she acted on it. Sheeran, assistant professor of Spanish Modern Languages and Cultures, co-edited a graphic novel, United States of Banana, by Giannina Braschi, which intersects pop culture, history, and works of art and literature in a fictional story with real-world lessons. While in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, Sheeran met Amanda M. Smith, co-editor of the graphic novel. The two kept in contact…

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Otterbein Students Benefit Tremendously from Blue Jackets’ Affiliation


News - October 1, 2021
By Grace Weidenhamer ’23 Columbus Blue Jackets Since day one of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2000-01 inaugural season, Otterbein has had a presence with the team. The Blue Jackets’ first foundation executive director was Otterbein alumna Wendy Bradshaw, a position she held for more than 10 years. For a decade since then, Otterbein public relations (PR) and journalism students have had the opportunity to experience the world of professional sports through internships in media relations, communications, broadcasting and fundraising. The…

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