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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:

Otterbein Biomechanics Institute Captures Motion for Forward-Thinking

News - April 22, 2021
The Biomechanics Institute might look like an ordinary room at The Point at Otterbein University, but the data collected and lessons learned are far from ordinary. The new learning laboratory, equipped with cameras and specialized software to study movement, is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Health and Sport Sciences and Engineering.  “There are some things you just can’t see in real time,” said Shelley Payne, associate professor of health and sport sciences. “Our cameras and software allow us to see someone move in all planes of motion and slow it down to fully…

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Otterbein Graduate School Provides Platform for Career Change

News - April 20, 2021
Sarah Hunter was using her undergraduate degree in zoology to study bats and echolocation for the Ohio Department of Wildlife. However, it was a smaller part of her job that she became the most excited about.  Sarah Hunter MAT'23, holds a bat during her research work. “I loved talking with to kids about what I was doing and showing them the bats up close. I didn’t get to do that often, which led me to decide I should follow that excitement to new career,” she said. …

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Otterbein Theatre & Dance presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” April 22-25

News - April 19, 2021
The Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance presents a new look at Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” April 22-25 via scheduled virtual performances.  Mark Mineart, Associate Professor of Theatre at Otterbein, curated the script by studying and combining various versions of the text from the Shakespeare First Folio and those from previous professional productions. He then edited the script further for length and context specific to the needs of this production.  “One of the things that has always deeply interested me about Shakespeare was how well he…

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Otterbein Senior Shares Her Experience as an Intern at Marine Conservation Non-Profit in the Florida Keys

News - April 16, 2021
Alyssa Fogel  Majors: Environmental Science and Biology Minors: Sustainability Studies and Earth Science Class of 2021Hometown: Westerville, Ohio  As an environmental science and biology major, my interests lie strongly in marine science, oceanography, and geology. I had an initial plan to travel to Samos, Greece to complete a 12-week “GIS for Marine Conservation” internship during the fall of 2020. I had been accepted to the program and begun planning my Honors research project, which I intended to complete on site. When it came time to purchase flights,…

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Otterbein Community Garden Transforms Peppers and Pigments into Chemistry Lessons

News - April 12, 2021
Otterbein’s Community Garden is celebrating its 10th year of providing hunger relief to local food pantries, including Otterbein’s on-campus Promise House. In addition to its work fighting food insecurity, the garden serves as an innovative study and research site for Otterbein students, faculty, and staff.   Two classes offered by Professor of Chemistry Joan Esson spent time learning about and using products from the garden during Fall 2020.   “There’s something special about being out in the Otterbein Community Garden that just catalyzes a students’ thinking,” said…

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Plan-It Earth Planting Trees for Earth Day at Otterbein

News - April 9, 2021
Student organization Plan-it Earth will plant trees at The Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science and the Otterbein Community Garden on April 10 in preparation for the celebration of Earth Day, recognized annually on April 22. “Earth Day celebrations have been part of our green work at Otterbein for over 16 years, helping students to understand ways to decrease their carbon footprint and get engaged in their community,” said Melissa Gilbert, director of the Center for Community Engagement. “This…

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Equine Class Collaborates with The Point to Create a Safer Horse Jump

News - April 7, 2021
By Harold Walston ’21  A two-time Olympic equestrian teaming up with an accomplished engineer and sculptor might seem like an odd pairing, but the two came together to create safe horse jumps for the cross country course at Otterbein’s Knowlton Center for Equine Science.   Bruce Mandeville Bruce Mandeville is an associate professor of equine science at Otterbein, as well as an Olympic equestrian for his home country, Canada. He teaches a cross country design class, which he presented with a tough question: How do you make a jump that will fall…

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See Otterbein’s new plans for navigating the new normal

News - April 7, 2021

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Otterbein plans to switch to fully remote classes in response to COVID-19 outbreak

News - April 6, 2021

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How Otterbein admissions are navigating during the pandemic

News - April 6, 2021

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