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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:

Service-Learning Projects Adapt to Pandemic Challenges

News - December 14, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ’23 Thirty-two Otterbein students conducted semester-long service projects as part of an Integrative Studies course this fall. The Interrogating Social Inequality projects ranged from more traditional projects like volunteering, fundraising, and collecting items to unique ones like creating infographics and sitting on national boards to combat a social inequality in the community. The students served 24 different organizations in Ohio and found creative ways to give back during the pandemic. Students enrolled in INST 2006 chose a social inequality issue and organization, created a plan to make an impact and executed it throughout the semester. After the service projects were complete, students identified a personal perspective shift, which describes how they feel about the social…

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Otterbein Disability Services Assistant Director Recognized for Commitment to Students

News - December 11, 2020
Kera Manley, assistant director of Otterbein University’s Office of Disability Services (DS), is the recipient of the Ohio AHEAD 2020 L. Scott Lissner Outstanding Leadership Award. Kera Manley, Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services “I am honored to be nominated and to have received the leadership award,” Manley said. “Many colleagues in the disability resources field, my incredible Otterbein coworkers, and my family have helped to build my expertise, shape my approach to assisting students, and influence my overall work ethic.” Nominees for the award demonstrate passion for their work, have contributed to the advancement of…

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Otterbein’s STEM in Sports Brings Virtual Field Trips to Children

News - December 11, 2020
An Otterbein professor and two students spent fall semester working on a video series of virtual field trips to make STEM fun for a nationwide audience of children — and to make up for canceled school field trips during the pandemic. Michael Hudoba, Assistant Professor, Engineering As a doctorate student in 2013, Otterbein University Assistant Professor of Engineering Mike Hudoba was hired by United Skates of America to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lectures for elementary- and middle-school field trips to the skating rink. This provided Hudoba with a unique opportunity…

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Otterbein Religion and Philosophy Combine Majors to Tackle Complex World

News - December 4, 2020
Otterbein University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy strives to help students understand the world around them – and themselves. A new combination of department majors will do just that for students, but on a larger and more global scale.  The new Philosophy and Religion major will help students thoughtfully and critically understand a complex landscape of competing worldviews. They will begin to unravel how those worldviews are lived out in practice. Students in the program will tackle big questions about how we should live, how we should organize our communities, how we…

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Art of Nursing on Display with Final Otterbein Class Project

News - December 2, 2020
This fall, Nursing Instructor Christine Zamaripa was challenged with adapting labs and lectures for the Fundamentals of Nursing class, which was presented fully online. She was worried about losing the connectivity with students that in-person instruction creates, so she devised a way for students to do something a little different for their final project that incorporated both the science and the “art” of nursing.   Rather than the traditional paper, the final project was to create an artifact — a visual representation of what being a professional nurse means to…

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Applying to Otterbein Before Dec. 15 Gives Students Most Scholarship Opportunities

News - November 30, 2020
The Otterbein University Priority Scholarship Deadline on Dec. 15 is fast approaching. Students are encouraged to apply before the deadline to be considered for most scholarship opportunities, including full-tuition scholarships that require applications be submitted by Dec. 15.  “We want families to know what their best possible financial aid package will be,” said Mark Moffitt, executive director of admission. “If they file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all materials to Otterbein by Dec. 15, we can present all the opportunities available to them as…

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Professor La Trice Washington Interviewd by ABC News on Ohio Governor Criticism

News - November 24, 2020
Ohio governor sees growing criticism from fellow RepublicansABC NewsPublished Nov. 23, 2020

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NEW Cardinal Telehealth Provides 24/7 Mental and Medical Care for Otterbein Students During Winter Break

News - November 23, 2020
Otterbein University is launching a FREE mental and medical telehealth program to provide remote winter break coverage for Otterbein students from Nov. 24-Jan. 18. Instructions for accessing the program will be sent via email on Nov. 23.    The past several months have been challenging for our entire Cardinal community, and our Counseling Center and Student Health Center have been busy supporting our students’ mental and medical health needs. When our students go home for the extended winter break, we want…

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Otterbein Equine Students Benefit from In-Person Experience During Pandemic

News - November 23, 2020
Pre-veterinary students rely on hands-on learning to immediately apply what they learn in the classroom to qualify for competitive veterinary programs. Receiving complex and crucial equine knowledge from a computer screen would not fully train vet students for the rigors ahead in their careers. Despite the pandemic, Otterbein University’s pre-veterinary students were able to spend the fall semester getting that valuable in-person experience.  Otterbein’s phased approach to starting the semester, which prioritized courses with experiential components while implementing strict health and safety protocols, meant that students didn’t have to take a semester off from educational experiences that…

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Otterbein Students Share what They’re Thankful for in a Very Different Year

News - November 20, 2020
By Madelyn Nelson ‘23  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and new health and safety protocols for academics and student life, Otterbein students remain positive and appreciative for many things in their life. Here are five Cardinals telling us what they are thankful for this holiday season.  “I am thankful for my family and friends, as always! Though separated by distance this year, I know they will always be there for me no matter what.” Duncan Squillante ’21 Public Relations and Health Communication double major Gahanna, OH  “I am thankful for the opportunity to have the relationships…

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