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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:

Allied Health – Practicums with a Purpose: Developing Professionals While Fostering Community Engagement

News - February 18, 2021
Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH) students at Otterbein have the opportunity to complete either a capstone practicum experience or a thesis research project in conjunction with engaging coursework to complete the MSAH degree. The practicum can be completed over one or two semesters and allows our students to have access to fields they may not have otherwise been exposed to.  John Putnam had an excellent experience this fall working with the American Lung Association. He helped coordinate efforts to create a reimagined Fight for Air Climb slated…

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Welcome to 2021 – a time to work together, develop and grow.

News - February 18, 2021
As poet Amanda Gorman said at President Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, “There is always light if only we are brave enough to see it, if only we are brave enough to be it.”  We have all been waiting for 2021, and now it is here. It seems like the start of 2021 will continue to be somewhat of a “wait and see” scenario — we will wait for the COVID numbers to flatten, for the vaccine to arrive and become accessible to every individual, and to see how our economy responds. We…

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Otterbein Graduate Lecture Focuses on Cultural Humility and Inclusive Workplaces

News - February 18, 2021
Felicity Boykin ’24  The Otterbein University Graduate School’s annual Guest Lecture Series will feature a lecture by Kristy McCray, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25. The lecture, “Let’s Get Humble,” will look at cultural humility and how to use these skills to create diverse, inclusive, and equitable workspaces. It is free and open to the public with registration at www.otterbein.edu/gradlecture.   McCray is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at Otterbein University. She teaches numerous courses on diversity and inclusion involving racial justice and cultural sensitivity.  “We are less in a place where we have to explain…

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Summer Savings Return to Otterbein with Credit Hour Discount

News - February 15, 2021
Do you need to get ahead this summer? Students interested in enrolling at Otterbein University for undergraduate courses this summer can register for classes with the discounted price of $500 per credit hour. Based on new Federal Financial Aid regulations, Pell eligible students can now access additional Pell Grant funds to use in the summer. That means they can get additional financial aid just for summer classes. The rate excludes graduate level classes or graduate students.   Some related courses will be offered back-to-back so…

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African American Student Union Hosts Black History Month Events

News - February 12, 2021
By Harold Walston ’21 Otterbein’s African American Student Union (AASU) is active on campus year-round, but their Black History Month events are among the most popular. With topics ranging from financial literacy to Black identities, their virtual discussions are open to anyone who wants to listen, share, respect, and learn. AASU Black History Month events include: Now-Feb. 16 – AASU T-Shirt SaleFeb. 15, 5 p.m. – Financial Literacy 101Feb. 16, 5 p.m. – AASU and FreeZone present: Intersectionality of Black…

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Otterbein Marketing Major Pursues Passion on the Equestrian Team

News - February 12, 2021
By Harold Walston ’21Major: MarketingMinor: Race and ethnic studies I am in the home stretch of my senior year and I can’t believe that my flight is almost done. As I reflect back, my journey to becoming a Cardinal might not have been traditional, but it was worth it and I wouldn’t want to call any other school home. I am a marketing major with a minor in race and ethnic studies. I am also a member of the Otterbein…

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Interdisciplinary Show and Competition Spotlights the Art of STEM

News - February 9, 2021
Otterbein University’s STEM faculty have an eye for art, so each year they host an interdisciplinary STEM Art Show and Competition open to students, faculty, and staff.   The primary rule of the annual competition is that each piece of art must be related to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). Participants could enter pieces in the categories of painting, sculpture, wildlife/nature photography, agar art, computer art, chemistry art, microscopy art, technology art, and more.  “One of the things that I love about Otterbein is that…

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“For the Love of Otterbein” Breaks Down Barriers to Help Students Succeed

News - February 8, 2021
Otterbein University has launched a new fundraising initiative to break down barriers to student success during the pandemic.  COVID-19 has turned life upside down on college campuses everywhere. At Otterbein, our students have faced their own set of challenges and barriers over the past year — from job losses to lacking adequate technology for remote learning to simply not having funds for basic needs like food, gas, and rent.   As the pandemic unfolded over the past year, we learned that many of our students…

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Otterbein Alumnus Designs Dress for Walt Disney World’s New Attraction

News - February 4, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Alumnus Wes Jenkins ’09 took his skills from the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance to the most magical place on earth. The theatre and design technology graduate has been working in costuming for Disney since November 2016 and recently designed a dress related to a new Walt Disney World ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which opens this year at Epcot.   Wes Jenkins '09 (right) “I supplied the initial idea, and then many additional hands helped bring it to life. For my part, I approached this design like I would any other — including theatre costumes — which begins with asking the question, ‘What story do…

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New Opportunity at Otterbein for Aspiring Law Students

News - February 2, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Amanda Lefkovitz ’21 recently founded the Otterbein University Pre-Law Society (OUPLS) for any student interested in legal studies or law.  Lefkovitz is a political science major with minors in journalism and media communications and legal studies. The New Albany, Ohio, native decided to create an on-campus community for students who share her passion for law.  “I wanted to create a space where students can connect with each other and support each other - especially people who have a common interest in law,” Lefkovitz said.  Students quickly became interested about OUPLS during the fall semester. “Students started hearing about it and…

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