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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:

Otterbein Launches #otterbeinVOTES Initiative in Time for November Election


News - September 18, 2020
The Otterbein University Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is partnering with groups across campus to encourage student voter registration, awareness, and electoral participation with its new #otterbeinVOTES initiative this fall. The kick-off for #otterbeinVOTES on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, brought more than 100 people to table to learn more about voting in Ohio.  “The #otterbeinVOTES campaign is a cross-campus, non-partisan effort to mobilize our students to participate in the political process, educate themselves about the candidates and issues, and vote in 2020,” said CCE Director Melissa Gilbert. “During the pandemic, our students…

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Otterbein University Recognized for Programs and Values


News - September 15, 2020
Otterbein University has been collecting honors this fall, as it is recognized in national publications for its programs and values, including Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, and Colleges of Distinction.   Washington Monthly  Otterbein University has been named by Washington Monthly as one of America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting 2020 for its high student voter registration and student voting rates, as well as its ongoing efforts.   True to this recognition, Otterbein is launching a new #otterbeinVOTES campaign on Constitution Day, Sept. 17. The campaign will lead several initiatives, including voter registration drives,…

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Professor La Trice Washington on the President pulling Ohio ads


News - September 15, 2020
President Trump pulls ad buy in Ohio; Is Buckeye State still in play?WSYX-TV ABC6Published Sept. 11, 2020

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Professor TJ Gerkens teaches his 9/11 New York City experience


News - September 15, 2020
Otterbein professor teaches his 9/11 experience, never forgettingWMCG-TV NBC4Published Sept. 11, 2020

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Discover Otterbein Virtually Sept. 29-Oct. 31


News - September 15, 2020
Otterbein is different – here's why that matters: finding the right fit is the key to college success. It can be difficult to understand college ‘fit’ in the best of times, but is even more difficult with the pandemic limiting opportunities to engage with faculty, staff and students in person.  Helping you find your fit at Otterbein is the focus of Discover Otterbein, a month of virtual student and faculty panels, conversations and fun, Sept. 29-Oct. 31 . We want you to discover the things that make Otterbein different, from our perfect location…

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Otterbein Ranked Top Program for Nurse Anesthesia


News - September 7, 2020
The Otterbein University-OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program was named the top nurse anesthesia program in Ohio by NurseJournal.org.   “Being the newest NA program on the list for the state of Ohio, we could not be prouder of the NA program, it's faculty, staff and students,” said Barb Schaffner, associate provost for graduate studies. “We look forward to future years of success in providing high quality professional nurse anesthetists to the health care consumers of Ohio.”  The Otterbein University-OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia program provides a framework that prepares and develops knowledgeable, caring and…

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Columbus Dispatch highlights Otterbein COVID-19 financial aid


News - September 7, 2020
Nearly 32,000 students at central Ohio colleges get emergency COVID aidColumbus DispatchPublished Sept. 7, 2020

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WSYX-TV reports on Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund


News - September 7, 2020
Otterbein University announces launch of the Nigel Chatman Student Emergency FundWSYX-TV ABC 6Published Sept. 4, 2020

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Columbus hosts one of the first movies to restart shooting amid Covid-19


News - September 7, 2020
Columbus hosts one of the first movies to restart shooting amid Covid-19Columbus Business JournalPublished Sept. 4, 2020 

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Otterbein STEM Faculty Finding Innovative Ways to Engage Students


News - September 7, 2020
Otterbein faculty are finding innovative ways to engage students during an unconventional fall semester. COVID Conversations examine COVID-19 from a variety of perspectives, drawing on the interdisciplinary expertise of Otterbein’s faculty. Each presentation will be about 20 minutes long, followed by a period of discussion. They are open to the entire campus community.  “Consistent with the hallmark interdisciplinary nature of Otterbein, this series asks students to not only consider the science surrounding COVID-19 but its impact on diverse populations, effect…

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