As 2020 came to an end and the impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities continued to create barriers for our students, President John Comerford had an idea: create a fundraising initiative that would directly address the challenges our students are facing and serve as a path for Otterbein to emerge as strong as possible from the pandemic. From this idea, the For the Love of Otterbein: The Time is Now initiative began and will span throughout 2021.
The initiative is focused on protecting and investing in every student’s opportunity to experience an Otterbein education. Many alumni and friends have already answered the call to action and supported a number of needs, which cover two overarching themes: needs for today and needs for tomorrow.
“Thank you for supporting me in the opportunity to meet and learn about so many diverse people and expand my knowledge of business so that I may pursue a successful career.”
“I feel it is important to support this initiative for many reasons. I always enjoyed going to class and interacting with my professors and classmates. I also cherish the time and memories made from campus activities and groups. I want future students to have similar opportunities while we adjust to these current limitations.”
President John Comerford
“The caring on this campus is palpable. And when the pressure has come, we have risen to it together as a campus community. We are here to ask you for your help. We believe that Otterbein can and should emerge from this stronger, not weaker.”
“Thank you so much. With your help, I am able to continue my schooling towards my dream job of working in a wildlife sanctuary. I am a junior zoo and conservation science and biology double major and I am currently interning at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, where I get to care for the living collection of native Ohio birds and help care for birds in rehabilitation. Without your support, I would not have this amazing opportunity for hands-on experience.”
“Donor support has allowed me to study in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. Over the course of four months, I made friends from all over the world and immersed myself in the culture of various European countries. I will never have an opportunity like this again in my life, and your donation helped me make the most of it! I have already accepted a position as an analyst in Fifth Third Bank’s Financial Sponsors Group after graduation.”