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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 Offers COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Impacted Students and Families


News - April 17, 2020
Otterbein University’s Cabinet has approved a new initiative to begin the summer 2020 semester — COVID-19 Emergency Funding. “We’re hoping this additional funding will offer some important relief to our students and their families, opportunity,” said Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, Otterbein’s vice president for enrollment management. “Otterbein is unwavering in its commitment to access and affordability and has long cared about helping families navigate the reality of unexpected circumstances.” COVID-19 Emergency Funding will help provide immediate relief for students coping with the…

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Only Otterbein – The Otterbein Way


News - April 15, 2020
I can only say, and want to share with you, how proud I am to be part of the Otterbein community. Otterbein has stepped up in every way during this community crisis to assure ongoing operations with full support to students, faculty, staff and our community! Please know that Otterbein is in full operations. Even with classes being taught remotely and with most office personnel also working off-campus, we continue to provide all student services. We are finding new and…

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Otterbein Urges Community to Fight COVID-19 with Citizen Science App


News - April 8, 2020
In the fight against COVID-19, Otterbein University leaves no stone unturned, this time asking its community to click an app. “We are encouraging all members of the Otterbein Community to participate in Citizen Science,” said Otterbein Vice President for Academic Affairs Wendy Sherman Heckler. “Participating is simple: you download the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app and open it each day to report your symptoms or lack of symptoms.” The COVID symptom tracker was created by doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General…

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Otterbein Urges Community to Fight COVID-19 as a Citizen Science


News - April 8, 2020
In the fight against COVID-19, Otterbein University leaves no stone unturned, this time asking its community to click an app. “We are encouraging all members of the Otterbein Community to participate in Citizen Science,” said Otterbein President John Comerford. “Participating is simple: you download the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app and open it each day to report your symptoms or lack of symptoms.” The COVID symptom tracker was created by doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan…

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Service Learning Hits Home for Otterbein’s Spiker


News - March 31, 2020
Even during distance learning, Otterbein students are still impacting their communities through service learning. One student saw a need close to home. Senior Winston Spiker is enrolled in Sociology 3100, a service-learning course taught by Melissa Gilbert, associate dean for experiential learning and community engagement. Students in the course were volunteering in the Westerville community and conducting case studies of non-profit organizations prior to Otterbein moving online to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “As students moved back to their…

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The Point at Otterbein Manufacturing PPE Donations


News - March 31, 2020
The Point at Otterbein University is working to fill the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis by setting up a light manufacturing operation in the university’s Maker Space. PPEs made at The Point will be donated to EMS, fire, police and healthcare workers. “Otterbein has strong partnerships in central Ohio, so when The Point received requests to contribute, we pulled together a dedicated team of students and staff to produce PPEs,” said Erin Bender, executive…

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Otterbein Volunteers to be Hospital Surge Location


News - March 27, 2020
Otterbein University has valued civic engagement and service to community since its founding. In this new day of a global health crisis, Otterbein’s leaders have been reaching out to community partners on ways to help. The University’s close relationship with OhioHealth through its Nursing and Athletic Training programs, as well as its Student Health Clinic, make it an ideal partner for local healthcare providers. Currently, local healthcare entities are looking for surge locations for hospitals if they become overwhelmed by…

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Otterbein’s Promise House Working to Continue Serving Students


News - March 26, 2020
*Note: Photo at right taken in 2018. As the harsh realities of the global health crisis continue to ripple outward, Otterbein is working hard to ensure that its Promise House, a resource center for students that includes a food pantry, remains open.   “Otterbein has a long-standing commitment of caring for its community. It’s who we are. It’s what we do,” said Melissa Gilbert, Otterbein’s associate dean of experiential learning and director of the Center for Community Engagement. “Students rely on the Promise House. As businesses close temporarily due…

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Otterbein Donates Much-Needed Medical Supplies to OhioHealth


News - March 25, 2020
Two of Otterbein University’s healthcare programs put their values into action this week, focusing on the care of patients while also helping take care of their fellow professionals. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is desperately needed by healthcare providers during this unprecedented health crisis. Since Otterbein students are completing their courses online for the remainder of the semester, the Department of Nursing and the Athletic Training Program gathered surplus supplies from their respective clinical labs to donate to the OhioHealth Distribution…

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Otterbein Students Stepping in to Help Firefighters with Child Care


News - March 20, 2020
Coronavirus: Otterbein students stepping in to help firefighters with child care Columbus DispatchPosted March 19, 2020

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