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Location: Westerville, Ohio
Control: Private not-for-profit
Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities
Size & Setting: Four-year, small, highly residential
President: John Comerford, Ph.D.
Colors: Tan and Cardinal
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News - January 22, 2021Following 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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News - January 20, 2021Community 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. …
News - January 18, 2021Desmond 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…
News - January 15, 2021By 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,…
News - January 14, 2021Martin 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…
Robert Braun helps students, community learn about public health through conversations and new social determinants of health board game
News - January 12, 2021Reprinted 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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