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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:

Professor La Trice Washington Interviewd by ABC News on Ohio Governor Criticism

News - November 24, 2020
Ohio governor sees growing criticism from fellow RepublicansABC NewsPublished Nov. 23, 2020

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NEW Cardinal Telehealth Provides 24/7 Mental and Medical Care for Otterbein Students During Winter Break

News - November 23, 2020
Otterbein University is launching a FREE mental and medical telehealth program to provide remote winter break coverage for Otterbein students from Nov. 24-Jan. 18. Instructions for accessing the program will be sent via email on Nov. 23.    The past several months have been challenging for our entire Cardinal community, and our Counseling Center and Student Health Center have been busy supporting our students’ mental and medical health needs. When our students go home for the extended winter break, we want…

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Otterbein Equine Students Benefit from In-Person Experience During Pandemic

News - November 23, 2020
Pre-veterinary students rely on hands-on learning to immediately apply what they learn in the classroom to qualify for competitive veterinary programs. Receiving complex and crucial equine knowledge from a computer screen would not fully train vet students for the rigors ahead in their careers. Despite the pandemic, Otterbein University’s pre-veterinary students were able to spend the fall semester getting that valuable in-person experience.  Otterbein’s phased approach to starting the semester, which prioritized courses with experiential components while implementing strict health and safety protocols, meant that students didn’t have to take a semester off from educational experiences that…

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Otterbein Students Share what They’re Thankful for in a Very Different Year

News - November 20, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ‘23  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and new health and safety protocols for academics and student life, Otterbein students remain positive and appreciative for many things in their life. Here are five Cardinals telling us what they are thankful for this holiday season.  “I am thankful for my family and friends, as always! Though separated by distance this year, I know they will always be there for me no matter what.” Duncan Squillante ’21 Public Relations and Health Communication double major Gahanna, OH  “I am thankful for the opportunity to have the relationships…

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Students in Otterbein Health Professions Club Lead Project for Senior Citizens

News - November 20, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Members of Otterbein’s Health Professions Club saw widespread feelings of loneliness and isolation among residents of assisted living facilities caused by COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting visits with family and friends. Otterbein students responded by writing over 90 cards with encouraging words and vibrant colors to brighten the days of those residents.   “Many of these students work in skilled nursing facilities and in hospitals to gain valuable patient-care experience, and they have witnessed the toll that COVID has had on healthcare workers and senior citizens who miss visits from…

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Vet Tech Colleges highlights Zoo & Conservation Science’s partnership with Columbus Zoo

News - November 20, 2020
10 HANDS-ON ZOO & EXOTIC ANIMAL SCIENCE PROGRAMSVet Tech CollegesPublished Nov. 11, 2020

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Otterbein’s WOBN Received FCC License Renewal, Keeping Station On-Air for 72 Years

News - November 20, 2020
Otterbein University’s student-run radio station, 97.5 FM WOBN, recently completed the process of renewing its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcast license — a strenuous undertaking that Otterbein students have been through many times in the station’s 72 years on air.  Every eight years, the FCC requires all radio stations go through a three-month license renewal process. A station must make on-air public service announcements (PSAs) announcing the process and allowing the listening audience to add their comments to the application. The Emergency Alert System is also tested, and documentation of tests and other station issues must be provided.  A major overall component to…

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Part-Time Teaching Awards Honorees Display Full-Time Passion for Education and Students

News - November 17, 2020
The seventh annual Otterbein University Part-time Faculty Awards were presented virtually on Nov. 6, 2020. Recipients of this year’s awards were Casey J. Tucker, Department of Biology and Earth Science, for the Teaching in General Education category and Wendy N. Johnston, Department of Chemistry, for the Teaching in Discipline category.  The Part-Time Faculty Awards are given out each year to honor and celebrate the contributions of part-time faculty to the campus community. There are 150 part-time faculty members at Otterbein this academic year.  “Without fail, each year it is clear that our nominees are incredibly dedicated, phenomenal…

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Otterbein Theatre and Dance Explores Emotions in “Dance 2020: The Wild Within”

News - November 17, 2020
Members of the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance reached back into their collective childhoods for the annual dance concert, Dance 2020: The Wild Within, which runs Nov. 19-22.  Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic, “Where the Wild Things Are,” the performance will include a collection of solos, duets and trios that explore the power of imagination.  It was Sendak’s vivid illustration of the child’s imagination that inspired Professor Stella Hiatt Kane to conceive and choreograph the concert. “The growth of our imagination and the journey can bring us comfort and the affirmation…

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Otterbein Alum Defers Oxford to Make an Impact with Black Caucus in Ohio

News - November 16, 2020
An airport lockdown connected to the global pandemic changed the trajectory of Tony Bishop’s ’15, MSAH’18 career.   “I was visiting my girlfriend in Algeria when the entire airport shutdown because of the pandemic. I was stranded in another country for a month,” Bishop said. “I thought about what the world ahead was going to look like.”  Tony Bishop’s ’15, MSAH’18 While stranded in Africa, Bishop started to look for job openings back in the United States. He had already worked for several government agencies including the Ohio Statehouse as well as agencies in Washington, D.C., and Europe. It was these connections that helped secure his appointment…

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