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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 
Director of Communications
jhill@otterbein.edu 
(614) 823-1284
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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 Dressage, Hunt Seat Teams Add Another Strong Season to Impressive Equine Program


News - May 26, 2022
Otterbein University’s equine teams recently wrapped up strong finishes to their first respective competition seasons in three years. The dressage team won the Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s national championship on April 24 —the team’s second consecutive title. On May 8, the hunt seat team completed their season as zone and region champions. The team placed 13th in the national tournament. “We went into the season being a very green team,” said Jennifer Roth, dressage coach and a 2002 graduate of Otterbein.…

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2022 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide: Day Camp Options – Sports


News - May 26, 2022
2022 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide: Day Camp Options - SportsPublished: May 26, 2022Columbus Monthly

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The Rubin Museum Of Art Launches Three-Part Initiative, Project HIMALAYAN ART


News - May 25, 2022
The Rubin Museum Of Art Launches Three-Part Initiative, Project HIMALAYAN ARTPublished: May 25, 2022Broadway World

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Capturing experiences, creating memories


News - May 25, 2022
Capturing experiences, creating memoriesPublished: May 25, 2022Daily Advocate

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Columbus Summer Fun 2022: World premieres, classic favorites and more on theater stages


News - May 25, 2022
Columbus Summer Fun 2022: World premieres, classic favorites and more on theater stagesPublished: May 25, 2022Columbus Dispatch

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Abbey Theater of Dublin takes top Roundtable award, other local groups also honored


News - May 20, 2022
Abbey Theater of Dublin takes top Roundtable award, other local groups also honoredPublished: May 20, 2022Columbus Dispatch

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JPMorgan CEO Dimon calls for raising minimum wage, more education to address racial gaps


News - May 18, 2022
JPMorgan CEO Dimon calls for raising minimum wage, more education to address racial gapsPublished: May 18, 2022Columbus Dispatch

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Otterbein alumni are elephant zookeepers at Reid Park Zoo


News - May 17, 2022
By Payton Kaufman ’24 Three graduates of Otterbein’s Zoo and Conservation Science program are working with each other — and elephants — at Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona, thanks to the program’s relationship with the zoo. While the zoo itself is on the smaller side, it is home to many large animals. That’s where Mara Eisenbarth ’17, Lauren Silla ’17, and Matthew Vieth '16 come in. The Otterbein alumni work to care for the African elephant herd at Reid…

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Otterbein Teacher of the Year Jennifer Merkowitz Inspires Students to be Creative and Original 


News - May 12, 2022
Each year, Otterbein honors outstanding teachers for their impact on their students, colleagues, and the University. Professor of Music Jennifer Merkowitz, the recipient of this year’s Teacher of the Year Award, is described by colleagues and our selection committee as a “quiet but powerful presence” on campus who is “always focused on the students.” Merkowitz was recognized for striking a perfect balance between theory and application that leads her students to land jobs and careers they are passionate about.  …

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Girls Who Code Club Back in Person for 2022 at Otterbein 


News - May 12, 2022
For the first time in over a year, the Girls Who Code Club is back in person at The Point at Otterbein University, helping educate girls and young women in the community to pursue careers in computer science.  “The girls are more productive to learn coding with the screen right in front of them, so they are able to take full control of the coding,” said Riya Lengade, facilitator with Girls Who Code. “I think our weekly sessions are more…

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