Cardinals Connect on the West Coast

by | Mar 28, 2024 | Alumni Matters.

Mary B. Thomas Award Honorees 2022

Left to Right: Mark Hower, provost and CEO, Antioch University Los Angeles; John Comerford, president, Otterbein University, and president, Coalition for the Common Good; Tylina Burdell ’18; Erica Holmes, associate program chair and director of the Psychological Trauma Studies specialization, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program, Antioch University Los Angeles; Alphonso Graves; Marcus Fowler, director of alumni and family programs, Otterbein University; Michael Echols ’80; Sandy Lee, COO, Antioch University Los Angeles.

Alumni and friends in the Los Angeles area gathered in early March to network and hear an update from President Comerford at the Antioch University LA campus. Next stop: Seattle in June 2024.

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Get Involved and Help Students!

Are you looking for a new way to get involved with Otterbein? Consider joining one of these auxiliary groups!

The Otterbein “O” Club has supported Otterbein University’s athletic program by contributing to capital campaigns and special projects since 1955.
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The Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club was founded in 1921 to raise funds for Otterbein and its students. It runs the Thrift Shop on campus at 177 W. Park St.
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Founded in 1996, the Friends of Courtright Memorial Library supports the library and its students and patrons through events and fundraising.
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Share Your Thoughts

To better serve our alumni, families, and community, the Otterbein Office of Engagement is conducting a 2024 Cardinal Survey.

The survey is open to all Otterbein community members and contains questions about your Otterbein experiences, your feelings about the University, and more. The survey will be open through early May.

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Alumni Memories

As part of Otterbein’s 175th anniversary in 2022, nearly 1,000 alumni shared their most cherished memories about their time on campus.

Many of my relatives went to Otterbein because it was a family school for us. The whole school had a sense of connectedness among students. The authenticity of the people, their openness to learning, and conversation made an impression on me. Otterbein was a basis for moving forward, learning, and keeping that learning continuous.”

– Lewis E. Frees ’58

I chose Otterbein when I was a courier for FedEx. North Westerville was my delivery route. I used to say to myself, ‘If I ever go back to college, that’s where I want to go.’ After 19 years, I had an opportunity to return to college. I chose Otterbein and never looked back. While I was a student at Otterbein, I earned a fellowship to attend Ohio State University for free, and I got my master’s there.”

– Donna J. Williams ’99

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