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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:

La Trice Washington Part of Forum on Long-term Election Implications

News - November 13, 2020
CMC Hosts Forum on Long-Term Election ImplicationsSpectrum News 1 OhioPublished Nov. 12, 2020

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Otterbein University Flu Shots Funded by Donors

News - November 13, 2020
We know students don't get flu shots regularly — they feel healthy and the hassle of figuring out Mom and Dad's insurance doesn't seem worth it. This year there is a real reason to encourage them, so a group of donors funded free flu shots for all current students, whether they have health insurance or not.  “Otterbein is committed to removing barriers to success for our students. There are many examples, from Student Success and Career Development staff helping students overcome academic challenges to the Promise House addressing food insecurity,” said Michael McGreevey, vice president for institutional advancement. “When…

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New Otterbein Scholarship for Military Families Awarded to First Recipient

News - November 11, 2020
Otterbein recently announced the new Otterbein Honoring Service Scholarship for Folds of Honor and Ohio War Orphans recipients as part of Otterbein’s commitment to those who serve the nation. This scholarship will make an Otterbein education more affordable for the children of these families by providing $19,000 toward an undergraduate degree — a 58% discount off Otterbein’s 2020-21 tuition.  “It is truly an honor to provide the Otterbein Honoring Service Scholarship to students whose families have sacrificed so much. Supporting these students not…

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Otterbein Student in Cancer Remission Felt Supported by Otterbein from the Start

News - November 10, 2020
During her junior year of high school, Jasmine Konneker received news that would change the course of her academic future.  “When I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, I had to immediately stop going to school and make my health my main priority,” she said. “My grades were frozen for that year so I could focus on treatment.”  Jasmine Konneker '23 Battling cancer for the remainder of her junior semester and then into her senior year, Konneker was determined to graduate on time with her classmates. While in the hospital, she completed…

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Otterbein Art Gallery Exhibitions Put Social Justice Issues on Display

News - November 9, 2020
The Otterbein Department of Art and Art History has opened the University’s museum and gallery spaces this year to the issues of labor justice, the poor working-class, immigration, systemic racism and mothering in poverty with three new exhibitions.   According to Museum and Galleries Director Janice Glowski, the Department wants students to ask where they see themselves in the art, the stories and the exhibition themes. They hope students will allow themselves to be open to change and being uncomfortable because that, Glowski said, is when the greatest learning occurs.  “Part of Otterbein's…

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Three Otterbein Alumni Named Top Ohio Political Journalists by The Washington Post

News - November 3, 2020
The Fix’s 2020 list of outstanding politics reporters to follow in every stateThe Washington Post - The FixPublished Oct. 26, 2020Otterbein alumni: Andy Chow '08, Karen Kasler '89 and Andrew Tobias '08

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Why I Want You to Learn About People Who Stutter

News - November 3, 2020
Otterbein junior Jacob Russell’s experience of living with a stutter inspired his fellow students to organize and promote a viewing of the documentary “My Beautiful Stutter.” Read his story below and support the public relations class by attending the free virtual screening of the documentary from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, followed by a Q&A with speech professionals. For viewing information, visit www.otterbein.edu/inst/events/.   Jacob Russell (left) with Houston Astros centerfielder and "My Beautiful Stutter" Executive Producer George Springer By Jacob Russell ’22 Majors: Public Relations, Journalism and Media Communication, and Health Communication  It…

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Otterbein Students Contribute to Large Youth Voter Turnout

News - November 3, 2020
On a warm, sunny day in September, sophomore pre-veterinary major Lindsey Payton and a few other students set up their Voter Education Table, which was filled with voter buttons, patriotic rubber ducks and informational materials. Decked out in voting-themed t-shirts, they asked everyone who walked past the library if they were registered to vote. If the answer was yes, they followed up with, “Do you have a plan to vote?”   The Constitution Day event was the kickoff of a non-partisan voter education…

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Otterbein Political Science Professor Lends Her Expertise to News Outlets

News - November 2, 2020
Long after most people go to sleep on Nov. 3, Associate Professor La Trice Washington will still be glued to her TV and computer, watching the results of the presidential election roll in. She will need to have all the latest information to discuss with her students and to provide on-air analysis for news outlets that night and the next morning.  La Trice Washington While polls can be wrong, trends can change, and October surprises can be, well, surprising, there is one thing Washington can count…

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Otterbein Professors Use Cemeteries as Teaching Tools

News - October 29, 2020
When Professor Chris Reynolds surprises her class with a field trip to the Otterbein Cemetery near campus, she’s met with some apprehensive, yet curious reactions.  “Half of the class looks at me shocked. They think ‘this is nuts.’ However, once we arrive on-site it turns into a whole different situation, and one that often becomes truly impactful,” Reynolds said.  Otterbein University and Westerville, OH, have collective history that dates back over 170 years. In that time, several cemeteries have been established in the city, with two right next to campus. In fact, the Olde Methodist…

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