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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:

Making Every Fourth Year Count


News - February 29, 2024
By Giselle Fead ’24 According to NASA, the actual time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun is approximately 365.25 days, not an even 365. By adding an extra day to the calendar every four years — Leap Day — we balance out the .25 difference. But what about people born on Leap Day? Individuals born on Feb. 29 typically celebrate their birthdays on either Feb. 28 or March 1 in non-Leap Years. Alena Guillory ’26 was born…

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Peace and Justice Award Winner Looks to Multicultural Students to Stay Grounded 


News - February 22, 2024
Each year, Otterbein’s Office of Social Justice and Activism honors members of the campus community with the Award for Peace and Justice for demonstrating the humane values of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Recipients must be involved in activities on the campus or in the community which serves to balance inequities; encourage like philosophies among others; promote equity and equality in the classroom and/or community; and teach or demonstrate the principles of non-violence in solving problems.  Michelle Armour, coordinator of…

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Diversity Ambassadors Do the Work to Increase Student Diversity 


News - February 22, 2024
By Maggie Nicol ’25  Diversity is important to a university community because it allows students to encounter new viewpoints and perspectives, challenge beliefs, and consider other perspectives in a respectful manner. It also prepares students to work with a variety of people in their future careers. At Otterbein, students like D’Andre Person ’26 are doing important work to make the campus a more diverse place as a Diversity Ambassador. With this role, Person helps prospective students to ensure they feel…

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Ukrainian Art and Culture on Display at Otterbein 


News - February 22, 2024
Feb. 24, 2024, marks two years since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. To keep public attention on this democratic nation fighting for its sovereignty, Otterbein University is spreading awareness of Ukraine’s distinct and independent culture through three art exhibitions.  Otterbein & The Arts: Opening Doors to the World invites the public to view the work of Ukrainian artists Zaryana Bezu, Oleksii Koval, and children participating in art therapy programs run by mother and daughter team Natalya Pavlyuk and…

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Cool Courses: Sport Management Class Plans Annual Film Festival 


News - February 22, 2024
The students of Sport Management 3920: Special Event Planning and Management recently announced the film lineup at a kick-off event for the seventh annual International Sports Film Festival of Ohio.   The class has planned a festival with three films and a new trivia night from March 18-21. All events take place at 7 p.m. in Roush Hall, room 114.   March 18: Film screening of Small Town Strong.  March 19: Film screening of Helen | Believe  March 20: Film screening of…

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Otterbein to Host Piano Sale March 7-10, 2024


News - February 16, 2024
Pianos and Digital Pianos Available for Public Purchase. Every year, the Otterbein University Department of Music receives an annual loan of new Yamaha pianos for our rehearsal, teaching, and performance needs. These pianos are provided at no charge to us. Having these pianos in our facility is essential to providing quality experiences for our students and our community. To support this loan program, these and other fine pianos are annually offered for sale and then replaced with new ones. All pianos will…

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Learn about “Free Drugs,” “Superbugs,” and “Forever Chemicals” in the Environment at the Science Lecture on Feb. 21


News - February 14, 2024
What happens when the pharmaceutical drugs we take end up in wastewater? How do “forever chemicals” from consumer products end up in surface water? And what will we do about the emergence of “superbugs” that are resistant to treatment? Renowned environmental chemist Dr. Diana Aga is ready to answer those questions and more as she visits campus for the George W. and Mildred K. White Science Lecture Series. The highlight of her visit is the public lecture at 6 p.m.…

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Student Composer Sets the Mood for Theatre & Dance Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”


News - February 13, 2024
Deep in a magical forest, mortals and fairies collide, resulting in tempestuous love triangles, contagious fogs and moonlight revels — proving that “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Shakespeare’s best-known comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is a fairy tale about the complexities of human relationships and the often-hilarious path to love.  And the path to love in Otterbein’s production is set to music written by senior David Zimmerman, a senior music composition and economics double major from…

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Otterbein Partners with Church of the Master to Support Faith and Spiritual Life


News - February 12, 2024
A new partnership will strengthen the long-held ties between Otterbein University and Church of the Master, as Rev. Lucy Kelly has agreed to serve in a shared position as associate pastor for the church, as well as Otterbein’s part-time director of faith and spiritual life. In addition to the shared role, the new structure of the partnership creates innovative opportunities to share mutual resources such as campus ministry funding and facilities use. Rev. Lucy Kelly Dean of Students Julie Saker said…

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International Students Find Welcoming Community at Otterbein


News - February 9, 2024
By Izzy Winter ’25 Each year Otterbein hosts students from around the world to study on campus. In recent years international students from China, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Taiwan, and other nations have come to Otterbein for a new experience. What these students often discover is an experience unlike their universities back home. “I really like the close-knit family feel at Otterbein,” says Ellen Fegan from Northern Ireland. “It’s crazy how close everyone is here. At home,…

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