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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:

Alumna Rebekah Perry ’18 receives grant for conservation community outreach

News - April 9, 2019
  By: Aselya Sposato '21   Otterbein University alumna Rebekah Perry was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from BirdNote to continue her passion for conservation education and community outreach she started as an undergraduate.   Before graduating from Otterbein in the fall of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in zoo and conservation science, Perry worked with the Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington, West Virginia, to create a nature and wildlife education series called Wild Heritage. The series offers…

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Sherman Heckler Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

News - April 5, 2019
Wendy Sherman Heckler has accepted the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Sherman Heckler began her career at Otterbein University as an associate professor of science education in 2007, and served as director of graduate programs in education from 2009 to 2012. She was associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of university programs from 2012 to 2017. She has been Interim Provost since 2017.   "She has been a remarkable asset to Otterbein for many years…

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Otterbein Associate Professor Jennifer Bennett’s published article and video features Otterbein students and recent grads

News - April 5, 2019
Otterbein Associate Professor Jennifer Bennett’s written and video article, Visual and Microscopic Evaluation of Streptomyces Developmental Mutants, was recently published in the scientific methods Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Otterbein alum Sean Kirk onset for the JoVE video shoot.   The article was designed to teach bacterial genetics techniques to students of research around the globe. Bennett and her team of scientists presented protocols to initiate phenotyping for the pharmacologically important bacteria Streptomyces in both written and video features. The…

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Otterbein experiential learning meets Broadway for three communication seniors

News - April 1, 2019
By (left to right) Jessica Metcalf ’19, Olivia Crago '19 and Lauren Heberling ’19 Otterbein offers countless opportunities for students to learn about careers, first-hand, from professionals in the field. Seniors Jessica Metcalf, Lauren Heberling and Olivia Crago, all Communication/Public Relations majors, and Dance/Theatre students, took on Manhattan for an unforgettable experiential learning trip over winter break. Students met with three public relations professionals that promote Broadway musicals and plays. Then the students enjoyed three musicals the public relations pros…

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ThisWeek Community News highlights Otterbein’s vintage wedding dress display

News - March 26, 2019
"Wedding fashion reflects eras" Published in ThisWeek Community News website on Mar. 26, 2019

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Otterbein Theatre and Dance presents “Singin’ in the Rain” March 28-April 6

News - March 25, 2019
Left to right, Jeremy Hurr (as Cosmo Brown), Cecilia Trippiedi (as Kathy Selden), and Lincoln Belford (as Don Lockwood) in the Otterbein Departments of Theatre & Dance and Music production of Singin’ in the Rain. Photo By: Mark Mineart Get your tickets today! >   Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music present Singin in the Rain at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28; 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31; and 8 p.m. on March 29, 30,…

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Dean of Students Bob Gatti recognized for advocacy at the 2019 Central Ohio Social Justice Awards

News - March 19, 2019
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Bob Gatti has been a supporter of all students over his 41 years at Otterbein. His advocacy and dedication to students and social justice was recently recognized outside of campus as well. Dean Gatti was awarded the Education Advocacy Award - Individual in Higher Education at the 2019 Central Ohio Social Justice Awards on Friday, March 5. “This is not solely an individual award, but is the reflection of the hard…

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Megan Carey ’22 Receives Army ROTC Scholarship, Otterbein Award to Continue Education

News - March 13, 2019
  Otterbein offers students the opportunity to pursue a passion to serve their country without the burden of student debt. The Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) allows students to obtain an officer’s commission with a bachelor's degree in their preferred field. On Monday, March 11, Megan Carey, a first-year athletic training major and hurdler on the track and field team, received a three and a half year scholarship valued at over $128,000 from Army ROTC, which covers the cost of full…

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United Methodist affiliated colleges and universities in Ohio jointly affirm continued commitment to inclusivity in joint letter

News - March 8, 2019
  Dear Friends and Colleagues, The work of the United Methodist Church and its members has left an indelible and positive imprint on our communities, state, nation, and world. Included in that legacy here in Ohio is the very existence and development of our five institutions. Through the dedication and faith of our founders, and generations of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, we have grown and prospered together to now serve nearly 13,000 students. Throughout our histories, our five…

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Otterbein believes we are a better, stronger, more meaningful community when we open doors for anyone and everyone who is ready to learn and to work with the aim of advancing the public good.

News - March 7, 2019
Our university has always been a leader in ensuring all have full access to a world-class education. That is why women were admitted as students on equal footing as their male counterparts and why women served as faculty members right from the start. It is why we admitted students of color before the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s why we admitted students from Japanese internment camps. Even today, we are building on this legacy by attracting the most diverse class in our…

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