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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:

Diverse Student Population bring International Perspectives to Otterbein Classrooms

News - June 25, 2021
By Emma Urhammer ’23  Otterbein brings students together from all around the world. At the core of that experience is the ability to communicate with one another, whether students are from any continent or central Ohio.  Iman Sahaag, a communication studies major with a minor in accounting, grew up in Toronto, Canada, but was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She’s one of dozens of students with an international background studying at Otterbein.   “I personally have always liked closer-knit schools, so finding an atmosphere where I was able to get to know my professors on a personal…

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Product Developed at The Point at Otterbein University featured on FOX & Friends

News - June 23, 2021
A product developed by entrepreneur and alumnus Gary Hoyle ’79, who has an ongoing relationship with The Point at Otterbein, was recently introduced to a nationwide audience on FOX & Friends. Hoyle serves on the Advisory Board at The Point and collaborated with engineering students on designs, prototypes, and even presentations to potential licensees.  BORA PM-4520 All-Terrain Sawhorse featuring STABLZ Tap to Adapt Technology Contributor Skip Bedell, a popular licensed home-improvement and television personality, reviewed the BORA PM-4520 All-Terrain Sawhorse featuring STABLZ Tap to Adapt Technology on his segment on June 19. Calling it a perfect gift for fathers, he…

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Otterbein Graduating Senior Accepted by 12 Medical Schools

News - June 22, 2021
Gabrielle McGeorge ’21 never believed a person could be accepted by 12 medical schools — until it happened to her.   “I was overjoyed. I received my first acceptance letter from Johns Hopkins University, a dream school of mine,” she said. “Once that came in, I figured I had a pretty good shot at some of the others. Little did I know it would all snowball from there.”  McGeorge has been accepted by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Des Moines University, Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro College,…

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Otterbein Students’ Work Goes from Scriptwriting Class to the Abbey Theater Stage

News - June 21, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Three Otterbein students took their coursework to the live stage thanks to a first-time partnership between the Abbey Theatre of Dublin and Otterbein University. The Abbey Theatre of Dublin will use scripts written by Otterbein students for the theater’s summer production, Otterbein Playwrights Collective. Performances will be held in-person and livestreamed on June 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and performances will be available on-demand from June 27-July 3 with one ticket per streaming device.  The unique opportunity for students comes from Assistant Professor Jeremy Llorence’s intermediate scriptwriting…

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Otterbein Student Travels to Japan for Exchange Program

News - June 18, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Pranith Madishetti knows the value of an Otterbein education on-campus in Westerville, but he is ready to take his potential across the ocean to gain even more experiences. Madishetti will be spending a full academic year at Otterbein’s exchange partner, Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Pranith Madishetti Madishetti is a rising junior with double majors in psychology and global studies, and a minor in sociology from Dublin, Ohio. While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it comes with a price tag. With the help of Otterbein’s Student Success and Career Development, Madishetti applied for and earned a scholarship to help him with…

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Otterbein New Student Orientation Welcomes Class of 2025

News - June 17, 2021
The Otterbein Summer Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) welcomes new students to campus each year for information sessions and activities to make their transition to Otterbein a smooth one. This year, the SOAR team is preparing to welcome more than 600 new Cardinals over six orientation days from June until August, starting with sessions on June 17 and 18. After moving to a virtual program in 2020, the orientation staff is eager to host sessions on campus this year. “We…

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Take Time to Appreciate the Work You Do

News - June 16, 2021
We are fast approaching the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country, and we could not be more pleased or thankful. Now is a time for reflection of our recent past, one that forced us all to face and acknowledge the horror of the disease and the effects on all our communities. History from the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic, which wiped out entire U.S. communities, allows us to review the response from some of the nurses that served during…

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An Unexpected Advantage

News - June 16, 2021
Two years ago, there were 229 million cases of malaria worldwide. One of the reasons the disease continues to be so hard to treat is that the one existing malaria vaccine is only about 30% effective (Martin, 2021). However, the current focus on developing a vaccine to fight COVID-19 has opened opportunities for teams working on more complex and deadly communicable diseases to benefit with new and improved vaccines. A new malaria vaccine has shown high efficacy in trials. It…

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The Future of Remote Work: What About Your Job?

News - June 16, 2021
Coming out of the pandemic, businesses find themselves in foreign territory. The pandemic created new views in workers that were required to work online. As things open up, businesses are now faced with new challenges. Come back to work, stay online, or allow a combination of both. This report by the McKinsey Institute offers some information for managers looking for insight. What’s next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries. Don EskewMBA Graduate Director

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The Future of Allied Health: Health Coaching

News - June 16, 2021
The Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH) program is thrilled to announce our partnership with Wellcoaches to provide students with the foundational skills needed to begin a career in health and wellness coaching as well as the acquisition of additional interpersonal skills. What is health and wellness coaching? Health and wellness coaching is a growing field that allows health professionals to assist clients in pursuing enhanced health and wellbeing. According to the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching,…

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