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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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Jenny Hill 
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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:

Columbus hosts one of the first movies to restart shooting amid Covid-19


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Columbus hosts one of the first movies to restart shooting amid Covid-19Columbus Business JournalPublished Sept. 4, 2020 

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Otterbein STEM Faculty Finding Innovative Ways to Engage Students


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Otterbein faculty are finding innovative ways to engage students during an unconventional fall semester. COVID Conversations examine COVID-19 from a variety of perspectives, drawing on the interdisciplinary expertise of Otterbein’s faculty. Each presentation will be about 20 minutes long, followed by a period of discussion. They are open to the entire campus community.  “Consistent with the hallmark interdisciplinary nature of Otterbein, this series asks students to not only consider the science surrounding COVID-19 but its impact on diverse populations, effect…

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Otterbein Homecoming & Family Week has Gone Virtual, Sept. 19-26


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The 2020 Homecoming & Family Weekend has gone virtual! And instead of just a single weekend, special events run Sept. 19-26. “Homecoming & Family Weekend is a long-standing tradition at Otterbein,” said Steve Crawford, executive director of Alumni Relations. “We know members of the Cardinal Nation still want opportunities to celebrate Otterbein, even if we cannot be physically together on campus.” The team in Alumni Relations took the opportunity to envision what a virtual experience would be. “We didn’t just…

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Nigel Chatman Continues to Impact Campus Through New Student Emergency Fund at Otterbein


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Nigel Chatman was certainly unique. In addition to being a standout defensive lineman for the Otterbein University football program, the personable Reynoldsburg native had a rare ability to lift someone’s day. A promising sophomore, he was tragically killed in a car accident on Sept. 6, 2019 during his drive to morning practice. It occurred just one day before Otterbein’s season opener. Nigel Chatman Nigel was not a student of great means and was working hard to put himself through school,…

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COTA Launches New On-Demand Bus Service for Otterbein, Westerville


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All the advantages of Otterbein’s perfect location are easier to access thanks to the addition of COTA’s on-demand and app-based bus service to campus and Westerville.  Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has expanded its COTA//Plus micro-transit service to the Otterbein and Westerville communities. This is an on-demand service — a lot like Uber and Lyft, but from our trusted friends at COTA. The new service will take students anywhere in Westerville, as well as Polaris Fashion Place, IKEA and Top Golf.  COTA//Plus can also serve as a great way to help students make it to a polling location…

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Athletes speak out, boycott games in protest, but take risks doing so


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Athletes speak out, boycott games in protest, but take risks doing soWSYX-TV ABC6Published Aug. 27, 2020

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Otterbein University president discuss reopening plans during COVID-19


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Otterbein University president discuss reopening plans during COVID-19WSYX-TV ABC6Published Aug. 23, 2020

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Central Ohio college campuses prepare for unconventional fall term


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Central Ohio college campuses prepare for unconventional fall termWCMH-TV NBC4Published Aug. 23, 2020

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Will Students Show Up at Private Colleges?


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Will Students Show Up at Private Colleges?Insider Higher EdPublished Aug. 24, 2020

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Otterbein Alumnus Donates 600 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer Helping Campus Fight COVID-19


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On Wednesday, Aug. 19, a delivery truck pulled into Otterbein Facilities Services with a major “hands-on” alumni donation befitting a pandemic.  Darrell Miller ’79 is co-founder of Aqua Science, Inc., and an actively engaged alumnus. He has been a fixture with the Otterbein Men’s Basketball team since his four years as a player and now serves as a volunteer assistant with the program. Miller’s continued connection to Otterbein led him to make a donation of 600 gallons of hand sanitizer to campus as a way to give-back to his alma mater during the pandemic.  600 gallons of hand sanitizer donation "Alumni step up when the…

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