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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 Athletics to Return Following 10-Month Absence


News - January 22, 2021
Following more than 10 months of uncertainty and time away from competition due to the ongoing CoVID-19 pandemic, Otterbein Athletics will finally be returning to varsity competition this weekend!  Otterbein Women's Basketball Both basketball teams, both track and field teams, and the wrestling program have been practicing on campus and are now being tested regularly in compliance with the NCAA guidelines. All contests will be held within the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), meaning Otterbein is only competing against the other…

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Otterbein Joins with Westerville Community to Launch Racial Equity Organization


News - January 20, 2021
Community members and organizations, including Otterbein University and other key stakeholders in the greater Westerville area, have come together to commit to doing the important work necessary to defeat racism in the community in response to the tragic events of police brutality in 2020.  Along with incidents across the country, two recent police shootings of unarmed Black men in central Ohio have brought the focus on racism in policing closer to home.   When Otterbein senior Desmond Fernandez organized his first Black Lives Matters march in Westerville on June 3, 2020, he expected about 50 people, but approximately 1,000 members of the greater Westerville community attended.  …

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Otterbein Student Receives Community Honor at MLK Celebration


News - January 18, 2021
Desmond Fernandez, a senior BFA acting major at Otterbein, was honored with the Alston Award at Leadership Westerville’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 18, 2021. The award recognizes a member of the Westerville community that has embodied and lived out the ideals of Dr. King.   Fernandez grew up in Westerville and attended Westerville City Schools before enrolling at Otterbein. His activism grew as a student until the summer of 2020, when he stepped up to organize protests and celebrations supporting Black Lives Matter.   “I’ve been a part of this community…

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Class of 2020 Artists Honored in Senior Exhibition


News - January 15, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Senior artists from the Class of 2020 will finally have a chance to share their art with “The Forgotten Class: A 2020 Senior Art Exhibition,” running from Jan. 19-Feb. 12 in the Miller Gallery in the Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road, Westerville. The gallery is open from 8-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The senior art exhibition traditionally is held in the spring, but the showcase for the class of 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic. Now, after graduating from Otterbein and waiting nine months,…

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Otterbein and Westerville Invite Students to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.


News - January 14, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 18, and Otterbein University and Westerville are offering virtual opportunities to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon.     Otterbein will honor Rev. King’s legacy throughout the week with Racial Healing Circles — facilitated conversations with diverse groups of individuals to help them connect across their common humanity: what kinds of experiences, hopes and dreams are shared across the “identity” lines that sometimes divide people.  Racial Healing Circles will be held throughout the week of Jan. 18-22, and…

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Robert Braun helps students, community learn about public health through conversations and new social determinants of health board game


News - January 12, 2021
Reprinted with permission of Westerville Magazine.   By Sarah Robinson Public health and healthy communities are vital in this day and age, and no one knows this better than Robert Braun. As a professor of public health at Otterbein University, Braun is dedicated not only to his students, but to the community of Westerville and Columbus at large. Robert Braun In the past year, Braun has worked with Justine Barr, a community health planner for Franklin County, to create a Westerville chapter…

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English Alumna Wins Singing Contest on Netflix


News - January 4, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Allison Asarch ’18 After Allison Asarch ’18 graduated from Otterbein with a major in English creative writing and minor in music, she took her creative skills to Netflix, and won episode six of the streaming service’s singing competition show, “Sing On!” She sang five songs and beat five other contestants in the ’80s mixtape-themed episode. Although the episode premiered on Netflix in 2020, Asarch filmed in London in 2019 — and kept the secret for over a year, “It’s a big secret. People knew I…

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Otterbein Father and Daughter Publish Children’s Book


News - January 4, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 When the pandemic hit last spring, many people baked bread, took walks, or watched movies to pass the time. John Newman ’77 and his daughter, Ellie Newman ’23, aren’t like other people — they published a children’s book while staying safe at home. The product of their collaboration, “Baby Polar Bear and The Mean Germ,” is a children's book that explains pandemic-related safety measures in a colorful, fun, and kid-friendly way. “We tried to incorporate the information of the times along with things that little kids would like and that would stick with them. The situation…

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Otterbein Art Alum and Administrator Sees Success at Home and Around the World


News - January 4, 2021
Chaz O’Neil ’06, collection registrar and instructor in Otterbein’s Department of Art and Art History, is so fascinated by space exploration that he chose to focus on it for an exhibition of original art as part of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His body of work, on display at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) through April 25, 2021, reflects his interest in the messages that humans have sent into outer space in search of intelligent life. (Please check the CMA website for closures due to COVID-19.) O’Neil’s process of making these works involves a tension between control…

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Even with Winter Break, Behind-the-Scenes Work at Otterbein Doesn’t End


News - December 18, 2020
Otterbein University’s semester ended for students on Dec. 4 with virtual finals week, and soon campus offices — including Admission and Financial Aid — will close for a well-deserved winter break from Dec. 19-Jan. 3. However, while campus tours and financial aid appointments won’t be available, the work behind-the-scenes to keep campus running smoothly never stops. Here a few areas that continue to operate over break and how they support the Cardinal Community. Facilities Services It’s no surprise that the Facilities Services to-do list gets some much-needed attention while campus is quieter. Troy Bonte, executive director of facilities management, says it’s a balancing act between routine…

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