Our people and programs are making news every day.


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:

The Point at Otterbein Receives Awards for Internal Design

News - December 10, 2019
By Catie Duzzny ’21 Today’s students need hands-on experience both inside and outside the classroom, top-of-the-line lab equipment, and personal attention from their professors and mentors, as well as connections within the industries that will someday employee these students. And most importantly, they need a liberal arts education to teach them the soft skills that employers desire. To provide all of these under one roof, the University renovated an existing warehouse to create The Point at Otterbein, a 62,000 square…

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Otterbein Professors Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence

News - December 3, 2019
Otterbein University professors are at the top of their fields and leaders in the greater academic community. Recently two Otterbein professors received awards for teaching excellence and their commitment to our students. Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Allied Health Dr. Rob Braun was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Health Educator Award by the Ohio Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). According to SOPHE, individuals who receive the Outstanding Health Educator Award are leaders within their communities and organizations. “Rob…

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Otterbein Students Give Thanks

News - November 26, 2019
“I am thankful for my family, theatre, my sorority and my ear muffs that will keep me warm this winter.” Grace Dillon '21 “I am thankful for the friends and sisters that God placed in my life at just the right time. I'm thankful for candles, sunsets and pastel colors. I am thankful for the chance to receive higher education and clean water to drink.” Kalica Kohner '20 “I am so thankful for my family, my friends and for having…

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Dance 2019: Together Again, Dec. 5-8

News - November 26, 2019
After seven years, Kathy Bartelt, Maria Glimcher, Stella Kane and Tammy Plaxico join together again to restage some of their favorite choreography, with Dance 2019: Together Again. The first pulse of man leads to complex and passionate human connections, a universe can be hidden in a breath and in the collective breathing of a family, and life can be joyful, loving, and wonderfully rhythmic with a decidedly romantic and playful beat. This collection of favorites includes selections from pasts Dance…

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Health Disparities Part of Life in New Game by Otterbein Students

News - November 22, 2019
A group at Otterbein University is taking a unique approach to educating the public about health disparities that exist in society — from access to healthcare to financial repercussions of an unplanned health emergency. They were inspired by the Game of Life to create a game as a teaching tool, and their game is receiving recognition. The game was created by Public Health Education student Mariah Nevels and alumni Chris Saylor and Brooke Stephen with the help of Associate Professor…

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Otterbein Comm Students Land Jobs at Record Pace

News - November 22, 2019
Otterbein’s class of 2019 public relations graduates has earned the nickname the “half-million dollar class.” That’s because the combined entry-level salary of this year’s class of public relations (PR) grads is up to a half-million dollars and counting. From PR and advertising agencies, to health care and non-profit organizations, to corporate, fashion and sports operations, Otterbein’s PR grads are earning outstanding communication-related jobs, with excellent salaries and benefits. “I had a job offer before I graduated and it felt so…

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Otterbein Roommates Share Space, Call to Serve Their Country

News - November 12, 2019
Roommates share space and insight into each other’s lives. Blake Sitch '21 and John Posey '20 also share a call to serve their country. Learn more about their friendship, their service, and how they juggle studies, sports and time for fun. Question: What do you appreciate about having Blake as your roommate?John: Blake’s roommate was transferring and I was looking for a different living environment. I knew Blake so it was great when he said to come on in. We…

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Otterbein Proudly Supports Veterans

News - November 11, 2019
Otterbein University proudly stands with veterans of the armed forces. Currently, Otterbein has 24 students who identify as veterans. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, a new veterans recruiter position was established for the first time. Senior History and AYA Social Studies major Chris Roberts will be taking on the role. Chris joined Otterbein in 2015 thanks to forming a relationship with former Dean of Students Bob Gatti. Chris is an eight-year U.S. Marine Corps infantry veteran with three combat…

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Former President of the National Women’s Political Caucus to Speak at Otterbein

News - November 5, 2019
The Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to present its inaugural guest, Anita Perez Ferguson, former president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, to share her insights into the impact e-commerce is having on face-to-face service jobs and how international labor markets, material sourcing and trade agreements are impacting reliable job forecasting in the United States. This lecture, “Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Two Reliable Roads,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.…

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Writers & Scholars Series presents A MAP OF MYSELF, Nov. 18

News - November 1, 2019
Otterbein University Department of English Writers & Scholars Series presents Sara Abou Rashed in A MAP OF MYSELF: a 70-minute, one-woman revolution on war, immigration, language, home, history, DNA and everything in between. This thought-provoking show will be performed from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University, 170 West Park St. Westervillle, OH. Tickets for this free performance are available online. Directed by Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project, A MAP OF MYSELF is a…

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