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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.
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News Stories:

Class of 2020 Artists Honored in Senior Exhibition

News - January 15, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Senior artists from the Class of 2020 will finally have a chance to share their art with “The Forgotten Class: A 2020 Senior Art Exhibition,” running from Jan. 19-Feb. 12 in the Miller Gallery in the Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road, Westerville. The gallery is open from 8-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The senior art exhibition traditionally is held in the spring, but the showcase for the class of 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic. Now, after graduating from Otterbein and waiting nine months,…

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Otterbein and Westerville Invite Students to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

News - January 14, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 18, and Otterbein University and Westerville are offering virtual opportunities to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon.     Otterbein will honor Rev. King’s legacy throughout the week with Racial Healing Circles — facilitated conversations with diverse groups of individuals to help them connect across their common humanity: what kinds of experiences, hopes and dreams are shared across the “identity” lines that sometimes divide people.  Racial Healing Circles will be held throughout the week of Jan. 18-22, and…

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Robert Braun helps students, community learn about public health through conversations and new social determinants of health board game

News - January 12, 2021
Reprinted with permission of Westerville Magazine.   By Sarah Robinson Public health and healthy communities are vital in this day and age, and no one knows this better than Robert Braun. As a professor of public health at Otterbein University, Braun is dedicated not only to his students, but to the community of Westerville and Columbus at large. Robert Braun In the past year, Braun has worked with Justine Barr, a community health planner for Franklin County, to create a Westerville chapter…

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English Alumna Wins Singing Contest on Netflix

News - January 4, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Allison Asarch ’18 After Allison Asarch ’18 graduated from Otterbein with a major in English creative writing and minor in music, she took her creative skills to Netflix, and won episode six of the streaming service’s singing competition show, “Sing On!” She sang five songs and beat five other contestants in the ’80s mixtape-themed episode. Although the episode premiered on Netflix in 2020, Asarch filmed in London in 2019 — and kept the secret for over a year, “It’s a big secret. People knew I…

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Otterbein Father and Daughter Publish Children’s Book

News - January 4, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 When the pandemic hit last spring, many people baked bread, took walks, or watched movies to pass the time. John Newman ’77 and his daughter, Ellie Newman ’23, aren’t like other people — they published a children’s book while staying safe at home. The product of their collaboration, “Baby Polar Bear and The Mean Germ,” is a children's book that explains pandemic-related safety measures in a colorful, fun, and kid-friendly way. “We tried to incorporate the information of the times along with things that little kids would like and that would stick with them. The situation…

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Otterbein Art Alum and Administrator Sees Success at Home and Around the World

News - January 4, 2021
Chaz O’Neil ’06, collection registrar and instructor in Otterbein’s Department of Art and Art History, is so fascinated by space exploration that he chose to focus on it for an exhibition of original art as part of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His body of work, on display at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) through April 25, 2021, reflects his interest in the messages that humans have sent into outer space in search of intelligent life. (Please check the CMA website for closures due to COVID-19.) O’Neil’s process of making these works involves a tension between control…

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Even with Winter Break, Behind-the-Scenes Work at Otterbein Doesn’t End

News - December 18, 2020
Otterbein University’s semester ended for students on Dec. 4 with virtual finals week, and soon campus offices — including Admission and Financial Aid — will close for a well-deserved winter break from Dec. 19-Jan. 3. However, while campus tours and financial aid appointments won’t be available, the work behind-the-scenes to keep campus running smoothly never stops. Here a few areas that continue to operate over break and how they support the Cardinal Community. Facilities Services It’s no surprise that the Facilities Services to-do list gets some much-needed attention while campus is quieter. Troy Bonte, executive director of facilities management, says it’s a balancing act between routine…

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Acting and Musical Theatre Students Showcase Their Talents in “The Launch: A Senior Cabaret”

News - December 15, 2020
Otterbein University Departments of Theatre and Dance and Music will present “The Launch: A Senior Cabaret,” streaming on-demand Friday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Dec. 20. The Launch: A Senior Cabaret 2020 The cabaret, an annual fundraiser for the NY Senior Showcase, will feature performances of the Otterbein University Acting and Musical Theatre Class of 2021. While the performances will look a little different this year — scenes, monologues, and songs were filmed in locations as far away as Texas and…

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Service-Learning Projects Adapt to Pandemic Challenges

News - December 14, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Thirty-two Otterbein students conducted semester-long service projects as part of an Integrative Studies course this fall. The Interrogating Social Inequality projects ranged from more traditional projects like volunteering, fundraising, and collecting items to unique ones like creating infographics and sitting on national boards to combat a social inequality in the community. The students served 24 different organizations in Ohio and found creative ways to give back during the pandemic. Students enrolled in INST 2006 chose a social inequality issue and organization, created a plan to make an impact and executed it throughout the semester. After the service projects were complete, students identified a personal perspective shift, which describes how they feel about the social…

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Otterbein Disability Services Assistant Director Recognized for Commitment to Students

News - December 11, 2020
Kera Manley, assistant director of Otterbein University’s Office of Disability Services (DS), is the recipient of the Ohio AHEAD 2020 L. Scott Lissner Outstanding Leadership Award. Kera Manley, Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services “I am honored to be nominated and to have received the leadership award,” Manley said. “Many colleagues in the disability resources field, my incredible Otterbein coworkers, and my family have helped to build my expertise, shape my approach to assisting students, and influence my overall work ethic.” Nominees for the award demonstrate passion for their work, have contributed to the advancement of…

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