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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 Homecoming Royalty Found their Home at Otterbein

News - October 29, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Despite the unique circumstances of this fall semester, including a virtual Homecoming and Family Week celebration, Homecoming Royalty Angel Banks and Kevin Diaz have found a way to make the most of the situation. As high-profile members of the Otterbein community, they are setting an example for their fellow students of how to be involved in student life.  “Before COVID, I had lots of hangouts in the Campus Center and was intentional about how I interact with others. I like showing people that…

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Common Book Tackles Tough Topic of Opioid Addiction

News - October 26, 2020
Otterbein University’s Common Book is taking on the complex issue of the opioid epidemic through an interdisciplinary lens. This shared reading experience will challenge students to look at all angles of the epidemic throughout the academic year.   This year’s Common Book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by journalist and author Sam Quinones, uses the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, as an entry point to examine the opioid epidemic, which has devastated hundreds of small towns and cities across the country. He weaves together…

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Otterbein Theatre and Dance Offers a Modern Take on a Classic Play

News - October 23, 2020
Otterbein University Theatre and Dance continues its reimagined fall season with Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” running from Oct. 29-Nov. 1.   In this tautly constructed drama, siblings face off in a battle of political ambitions and moral integrity when a water contamination crisis puts their community in peril. “An Enemy of the People” unfolds like a contemporary political thriller with a head-on clash between public health and economic well-being. Although it was published in 1882, Ibsen’s depiction of a lone individual fighting…

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Local Columbus NBC4 Asks Students’ Opinions after Final Debate

News - October 23, 2020
Otterbein students weigh in on last presidential debateWCMH-TV NBC 4Published Oct. 23, 2020

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Professor Millsap Grades Candidates after Final Debate for NBC News

News - October 23, 2020
Who won the Trump-Biden debate? Experts grade the candidatesNBC NewsPublished Oct. 23, 2020

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Preventing  Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking on Campus

News - October 23, 2020
By Associate Professor Kristy McCray, Department of Health & Sport Sciences  Associate Professor Kristy McCray October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the timing couldn’t be better: Otterbein University was recently awarded a $298,658 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to improve prevention education, awareness, and victim-survivor services in response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVSAS) in the Otterbein community.   The statistics are startling: Research shows that sexual violence affects one in five female undergraduate students, as well as…

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Otterbein Virtual Showcase Forges New Skills for Music Students

News - October 22, 2020
For the last seven years, performers in Otterbein’s various musical ensembles have taken part in the Fall Collage concert, showcasing their talents at the end of fall semester. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, including performance rehearsals, the Department of Music had to get creative.   “We saw the need to still give our students a place to highlight their accomplishments at the end of the semester as we’ve always done,” said Dennis Davenport, chair of the Department of Music. “We began brainstorming and quickly saw how we had the…

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Otterbein Offering Winter Break Courses at Discounted Rate

News - October 22, 2020
Otterbein University is offering online courses for current students at a discounted rate over the extended winter break. The Cardinal+ Term is modeled after the summer session, which drew record enrollment this year.  “We have an almost two-month stretch between Thanksgiving and the start of spring semester. We had an overwhelming response to our online summer courses, so we’ve decided to offer courses at a discounted rate over the extended winter break,” said Otterbein President John Comerford.  The Cardinal+ Term will run Dec. 7-Jan. 15. The schedule is compressed, with two weeks of online classes (Dec.…

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Otterbein Professor Millsap gives opinion on Vice Presidential debate

News - October 21, 2020
Who won the Pence-Harris debate? Experts give their verdictNBC NewsPublished Oct. 8, 2020

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New Otterbein project off Cooper Road discussed

News - October 21, 2020
Otterbein proposes 'Uptown West' development off Cooper RoadThisWeek NewsPublished Oct. 7, 2020

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