Our people and programs are making news every day.


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.

Media inquiries can be directed to:

Jenny Hill 
Director of Communications
(614) 823-1284
(614) 370-3221 (cell)

Media Resources

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:

Three Otterbein Alumni Named Top Ohio Political Journalists by The Washington Post

News - November 3, 2020
The Fix’s 2020 list of outstanding politics reporters to follow in every stateThe Washington Post - The FixPublished Oct. 26, 2020Otterbein alumni: Andy Chow '08, Karen Kasler '89 and Andrew Tobias '08

Read More >

Why I Want You to Learn About People Who Stutter

News - November 3, 2020
Otterbein junior Jacob Russell’s experience of living with a stutter inspired his fellow students to organize and promote a viewing of the documentary “My Beautiful Stutter.” Read his story below and support the public relations class by attending the free virtual screening of the documentary from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, followed by a Q&A with speech professionals. For viewing information, visit www.otterbein.edu/inst/events/.   Jacob Russell (left) with Houston Astros centerfielder and "My Beautiful Stutter" Executive Producer George Springer By Jacob Russell ’22 Majors: Public Relations, Journalism and Media Communication, and Health Communication  It…

Read More >

Otterbein Students Contribute to Large Youth Voter Turnout

News - November 3, 2020
On a warm, sunny day in September, sophomore pre-veterinary major Lindsey Payton and a few other students set up their Voter Education Table, which was filled with voter buttons, patriotic rubber ducks and informational materials. Decked out in voting-themed t-shirts, they asked everyone who walked past the library if they were registered to vote. If the answer was yes, they followed up with, “Do you have a plan to vote?”   The Constitution Day event was the kickoff of a non-partisan voter education…

Read More >

Otterbein Political Science Professor Lends Her Expertise to News Outlets

News - November 2, 2020
Long after most people go to sleep on Nov. 3, Associate Professor La Trice Washington will still be glued to her TV and computer, watching the results of the presidential election roll in. She will need to have all the latest information to discuss with her students and to provide on-air analysis for news outlets that night and the next morning.  La Trice Washington While polls can be wrong, trends can change, and October surprises can be, well, surprising, there is one thing Washington can count…

Read More >

Otterbein Professors Use Cemeteries as Teaching Tools

News - October 29, 2020
When Professor Chris Reynolds surprises her class with a field trip to the Otterbein Cemetery near campus, she’s met with some apprehensive, yet curious reactions.  “Half of the class looks at me shocked. They think ‘this is nuts.’ However, once we arrive on-site it turns into a whole different situation, and one that often becomes truly impactful,” Reynolds said.  Otterbein University and Westerville, OH, have collective history that dates back over 170 years. In that time, several cemeteries have been established in the city, with two right next to campus. In fact, the Olde Methodist…

Read More >

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…

Read More >

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…

Read More >

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…

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >