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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 Otterbein Student Government Leaders Looking to Inspire Students

News - September 23, 2021
By Catie Duzzny MBA’23  Otterbein University Student Government (OUSG) for 2021-2022 is led again by two women as president and vice president.   President Joseline Martinez-Cortez ‘22 and Vice President Cayla Andrick ‘22 share their visions and hopes for the Otterbein community as we transition back into a more “normal” school year.  Cayla Andrick (left) and Joseline Martinez-Cortez What do you hope to accomplish this school year along with the University? Andrick: :What I really hope to do this year is show students some concrete change on campus. The past couple of years we’ve all been trying to…

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Otterbein Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Fellows Creating Open Dialogue About Race through Alumni Oral History Project

News - September 20, 2021
In 2020, Otterbein was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as one of 23 universities to host Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers across the United States. Otterbein was the first institution in Ohio to receive this recognition.  Part of the work of a TRHT center involves looking inward towards your institution and experiences lived by the campus community. It was this imperative that spurred the work of Otterbein’s student TRHT Fellows.  Four students began to work with faculty…

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Words Get in the Way

News - September 13, 2021
All mathematics rely on representation, whether in symbols, pictures, or models. Unfortunately, as is the case for many areas of study, our language can be a hindrance to communicating mathematics with clarity. In fact, academic language is so problematic that teaching licensure programs must directly address the ways in which preservice candidates are prepared to navigate the gaps between colloquial and disciplinary meanings. Thus, it will come as no surprise that mathematicians and mathematics educators have been working diligently to…

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Literacy Instruction and New Website

News - September 13, 2021
Each summer, Otterbein’s education faculty, along with their graduate students who are pursuing reading endorsements, lead a unique, hands-on reading clinic. Teachers add to their teaching expertise with new reading techniques, expert coaching and mentorship, and opportunities to engage with the community.  The strong focus on the science of reading in Ohio’s recently updated reading plan (Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement) has long been a part of Otterbein’s literacy instruction. Otterbein’s literacy experts embrace the imperative for direct, explicit reading instruction — while…

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Eat Your Way to Lower Stress

News - September 13, 2021
The adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay,” may extend to wellbeing and not just chronic health conditions. In a recent study on the impact of fruit and vegetable consumption on overall perceived stress levels, Radavelli-Bagatini et al. (2021) observed that increased fruit and vegetable consumption, measured subjectively with questionnaires and objectively through serum carotenoids, were associated with lower stress levels. Higher fruit and vegetable consumption were significantly associated with lower perceived stress in men (p =…

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Post-Pandemic Leadership

News - September 13, 2021
When we enter the world of the Post-Pandemic Era, organizations will need to make many decisions to navigate brand new roads. Should we work in person? Should we work remotely? Should there be a mix? What will be crucial in these decisions is leadership. This article from Forbes Magazine provides some insights into how leadership within organizations will be crucial to face the new challenges. Post-Pandemic Leadership: How Managing A Business Is Changing In Times Of Covid-19 Don EskewGraduate DirectorMaster…

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Leadership Changes and Other Highlights

News - September 13, 2021
Did you know that Otterbein’s Nursing Department has made four changes in leadership positions this year? Each of the new leaders is a faculty member who contributes in various ways to the success of students and our programs. Below, you can read their brief introductions, highlighting some of what they value about the Nursing Department and its students. But first we’d like to highlight our students’ recent successes. Our 2021 Family Nurse Practitioner students graduated in May and are beginning…

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News - September 13, 2021
The start of the fall semester is typically associated with change and transition. This year is no different. This fall, 59 new graduate students transitioned into the first semester of their first year of graduate school. Some of our graduate students transitioned into their last year or last semester of graduate work. Others, like the nursing graduate students who joined us in the summer, transitioned to the next stage in their graduate education. All these transitions bring with them the…

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Otterbein University Recognized for Programs and Values

News - September 13, 2021
Otterbein University has been collecting honors this fall, as it is recognized in national publications for its programs and values, including U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and Washington Monthly.  US News & World Report  Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its academic excellence, commitment to undergraduate teaching, and focus on affordability, student success outcomes, and experiential learning.  In the U.S. News & World Report 2022 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein jumped from 21st place to 12th, placing it in the top 8% among 157 peers in the Regional…

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Otterbein Campus Community Reflects on 9/11

News - September 10, 2021
Twenty years ago, the events of 9/11 resulted in a shared trauma for the entire nation, with loss of lives and loss of a general sense of security. But it was also a moment when Americans came together, leaning on friends, families, and neighbors for support.   Otterbein’s community was no different. Members of our multi-generational community of teachers and learners from all over the country and world experienced the tragedy in different ways, but all responded with empathy and understanding.   Here are some reflections about 9/11 from Otterbein’s campus community.   Emma Urhammer ’23 Major: Public…

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