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Otterbein College (1917–2010)
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Undergraduates||2,342 (Fall 2014)|
|Postgraduates||449 (Fall 2014)|
|Campus||140 acres (0.57 km2)|
|Colors||Tan and Cardinal |
|Athletics||NCAA Division III - OAC|
|Sports||19 varsity sports teams (10 men's and 9 women's)|
|Mascot||Cardy the Cardinal|
Otterbein University is a private liberal arts college in Westerville, Ohio. It offers 74 majors and 44 minors as well as eight graduate programs. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. As a result of a division and two mergers involving the church, it has been associated since 1968 with the United Methodist Church. In 2010, its name was changed back from Otterbein College to Otterbein University because of an increasing number of graduate and undergraduate programs.
It is primarily an undergraduate institution with approximately 2,300 undergraduate and 450 graduate students on the campus. Otterbein has over 100 student organizations and a popular Greek presence. The school's mascot is Cardy the Cardinal and the school is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference in Division III athletics.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 2.1 Towers Hall
- 2.2 Art & Communication Building
- 2.3 Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science
- 2.4 Battelle Fine Arts Center
- 2.5 Campus Center
- 2.6 Clements Recreation and Fitness Center
- 2.7 Courtright Memorial Library
- 2.8 Cowan Hall
- 2.9 The Frank Museum of Art
- 2.10 Hanby House
- 2.11 Rike Physical Education Center
- 2.12 Roush Hall
- 2.13 Memorial Stadium
- 2.14 Science Center
- 2.15 The Point
- 3 Academics
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Greek life
- 6 WOBN
- 7 Residence Halls
- 8 Notable alumni and faculty
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Otterbein University was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. As a result of a division and two mergers involving the Church, the university has since 1968 been associated with the United Methodist Church. The University is named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein.
The Otterbein campus is located in Westerville, Ohio. It sits between Alum Creek on the west and State Street (Ohio State Route 3) on the east. West Home Street, which runs through the center of campus, is the address of most of the college's homes and student residence halls (such as 25 [Suite Style Residence], Mayne Hall, Hanby Hall, 163 W. Home Street, and Clements Hall), as well as the Campus Center. The north end of the campus is home to most underclassman housing, the health and physical education department, athletic facilities, as well as the Clements Recreation Center. Overall, the Campus occupies 140 acres (0.57 km2).
Towers Hall is the oldest building on campus and is designated as a national landmark. Towers Hall is a 55,619 square foot structure that was opened in 1871 and renovated in 1998. A gallery of portraits of former Otterbein presidents is located on the second floor. Towers Hall houses the Departments of English, History and Political Science, Religion and Philosophy, Foreign Language, Sociology, and Mathematical Sciences. Towers Hall is a general classroom and faculty office building. Otterbein was founded in 1847 with two buildings that served as classrooms and housing for male students. When the main campus building was destroyed by a suspicious fire on Jan. 26, 1870, Otterbein and the Westerville community raised the $29,335 necessary to build what is now Towers Hall in 1871. Some bricks from the burned building were used in the construction to save money on building costs. Towers Hall was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 4, 1971. The building received a well-deserved makeover in the late 1990s and was rededicated on April 26, 1999.
Art & Communication Building
Located "across the bridge," this building houses the Department of Art and Department of Communication, as well as the Miller Art Gallery. The Miller Gallery provides a superb exhibition space for nationally and regionally known professional artists. The Department of Art features a printmaking classroom, drawing studios, visual communication and package design studios, a Macintosh computer graphics lab, photography rooms, ceramics studios, painting facilities, and 3-dimensional design rooms. It was renovated in 2006. Renovations to Communication's space was completed in 2007. It houses Otterbein's student radio and television studios, editing booths, journalism labs, computer labs, a lounge and classrooms for students majoring in Communication Studies, Health Communication, Journalism and Media Communication and Public Relations.
Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science
The Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science is home to the Department of Equine Science. The Knowlton Center contains classrooms, faculty and staff office space, a large indoor riding arena suitable for regional and national equestrian competitions, night caretaker quarters, reception and spectator seating, and stalls for 52 horses with future expansion capabilities to double stall capacity. Situated on approximately 70 acres in the Westerville residential community, the Knowlton Center is surrounded by pasture and paddocks with turnout sheds.
Battelle Fine Arts Center
The home of the Department of Music, Battelle Fine Arts Center was built in 1929 as a sports and recreation facility called the Alumni Gymnasium. Today, it houses classrooms and practice rooms; a Keyboard Lab; student Mac computer lab; electronic music studio; band room; dance studio; student lounge; faculty offices and the 260-seat Riley Auditorium, which is used for concerts, recitals and lectures.
The Campus Center houses the Cardinal's Nest cafeteria; OtterDen grill and convenience store; Bookstore; "The Pit" Theatre; meeting rooms and the offices for the Center for Student Involvement and the Campus Activities Board (CAB), which plans and sponsors activities both in the Campus Center and various other locations on campus. The Campus Center lounge has a pool table, table tennis, piano, flat screen TVs and gathering spaces. The campus center will be under renovation sometime in the near future.
Clements Recreation and Fitness Center
The Clements Recreation and Fitness Center was built in 2002 for $9.5 million. It features a field house of more than 70,000 square feet with a sanctioned six-lane, 200-meter indoor track; four practice courts for multiple activities, including basketball, tennis, volleyball and badminton; pole vault, long jump and high jump pits and a shot put area; four batting cages; state-of-the-art weightlifting and cardiovascular fitness equipment; and a spectator balcony. Clements Center also houses faculty and coaching staff offices, classrooms and a 5,000 square foot athletic training facility with a SwimEx machine (one in three places in Ohio to have one) and three whirlpool tubs.
Courtright Memorial Library
The Courtright Memorial Library contains over 250,000 volumes of books and is a member of OhioLink. This facility is the home to the Academic Support Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Otterbean Café (Starbucks and on-the-go style food), a student lounge, classrooms and offices. The building was built in 1972 with a new entrance and additional classrooms added in 2005. The building has 60,653 square feet.
Cowan Hall is home to the Department of Theatre and Dance. It is the main campus venue for theatrical performances, concerts, convocations and ceremonies. It houses The Fritsche Theatre, an auditorium with more than 1,000 seats; a scene shop for the construction of production sets and props; costume shop; music studio; classrooms and offices. Cowan Hall was built in 1951 for $500,000 and named for alumnus Dr. Clyde E. Cowan. The first performance held on its stage was the Westminster Choir. Cowan Hall underwent renovation in 2004-05. Major improvements were made to the acoustics, the scene shop, the lobby and The Fritsche Theatre. The improved Cowan Hall was dedicated on May 19, 2005, with a ribbon cutting by Nevalyn Fritsche Nevil ’71, a lead donor and president of the Theatre Advisory Board.
The Frank Museum of Art
The Frank Museum of Art houses Otterbein's collection of art from Africa, Japan and New Guinea. The museum is located in the former "Church House" (39 S. Vine St.) of Lillian Frank, who taught at Otterbein for 29 years in the areas of art, theology and philosophy. Upon her death, the structure was given for the purpose of creating a museum for the University's collection. The building was originally built in 1877, opened as a museum in the winter 2004, and is 2,170 square feet.
Located in Westerville Ohio, Hanby House is the former home of William and Ann (Miller) Hanby. Built in 1846 at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, the Hanby family occupied the house from 1853-1870. William Hanby was the 15th Bishop of the United Brethren in Christ Church. He was an abolitionist and opened his home as a station on the Underground Railroad. Bishop Hanby was co-founder of Otterbein University. He also worked in the early Temperance Movement against the use of alcohol. The house is managed by the Westerville Historical Society under agreement with the Ohio Historical Society.
Rike Physical Education Center
The domed-roof Rike Physical Education Center is home to offices of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Otterbein's largest academic department with more than 300 students in six majors: in Allied Health, Athletic Training, Health Education, Health Promotion and Fitness, Physical Education and Sport Management. Rike Center also houses an intercollegiate wood basketball floor with seating for 3,100 spectators; nets and space to segment three courts for volleyball, tennis or basketball; and a tenth-mile oval track. Rike Center also has a weight training room and two handball/racquetball courts. Additionally, nets serve to section off an indoor baseball, infield, and batting practice cage. The "O" Club weight room was opened and dedicated in the spring of 2008 and features various pieces of York Barbell equipment and free weights.
Roush Hall is a general classroom building built in 1993 and named after Edwin “Dubbs” ’47 and Marilou ’45 Roush. In addition to classrooms, it houses the two-floor Fisher Gallery of art, the President's Office, Academic Affairs, Graduate Programs and the Departments of Education and Business, Accounting and Economics. It also has a quick-serve deli, the Roost Express, which offers food for students taking day and evening classes.
Memorial Stadium is Otterbein's football stadium. The stadium is dedicated to 14 citizens who gave their lives serving the country during WWII. The stadium contains locker rooms, a training room and an equipment room. The stadium also has a 400-meter outdoor track. The stadium was rebuilt in 2005 and has 32,000 square feet.
The Science Center is home to the departments of Biology and Earth Science, Chemistry, Nursing and Physics, as well as the interdisciplinary programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Environmental Studies. It features labs, classrooms, a greenhouse, aviary, observatory and atrium. The building was renovated and expanded in 2009.
Otterbein has partnered with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio to create The Point at Otterbein University, a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Innovation Center. Located at 60 Collegeview Road, The Point and its STEAM Innovation Center is home to several resident companies and Otterbein academic departments, with lab space available to businesses and the broader community.
Otterbein is a liberal arts college and requires students to take a broad variety of courses. It offers B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.Mus., B.M.E., B.S.E., B.S.N., MAE, MBA, MSN and DNP degrees in 56 majors and 41 minors. Since Fall 2011, the university has run on the semester calendar. Otterbein University's graduate school features programs in business administration (MBA), nursing (MSN, DNP), education, Educational mathematics, and science in allied health.
School of Art & Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences houses departments and programs in: art, biological science, biochemistry & molecular biology, chemistry, communications, earth science, English, English as a second language, history, mathematical sciences, modern languages & cultures, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology & anthropology, and theatre & dance. Otterbein is strong in philosophy, physics, environmental studies, ecology, and evolution. Otterbein also has programs in theatre, dance, music, and film. Twenty-eight percent of Otterbein students study abroad. The University sponsors semester-long programs in four locations—London, England; Barbados; Paris, France; and Madrid, Spain—and several short-term summer programs in locations such as Nicaragua, all of which are staffed by Otterbein professors. Students can also choose to study in a variety of other countries through alternative providers. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1.
School of Professional Studies
The School of Professional Studies houses departments and programs in business, accounting & economics, education, equine science, health & sports sciences, and nursing.
Otterbein's Center for Community Engagement has been honored by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor roll for five consecutive years. Every year, more than 50,000 hours are donated by Otterbein students through the Center for Community Engagement. Approximately 80% of the student body participated in community service in 2011-12. In addition, 60 service-learning courses enrolled over 1,000 students that same year.
Rankings and admission
In its 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges", Otterbein was ranked 14th in the "Regional Universities (Midwest)" category by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report classifies its selectivity as "more selective." In its 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges", Otterbein was ranked #19(tie) in "Regional Universities (Midwest)" category, #12(tie) in "Best Colleges for Veterans" category, and #35 in "Best Value Schools" category by U.S. News & World Report. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Other awards include: President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 6 straight years.
The Department of Music at Otterbein offers the degrees of Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in a number of majors including performance, music business, music history and literature, jazz studies, music education, and general music studies. The music program at Otterbein includes many diverse ensembles of different sizes, as well as an opera theatre program. The touring ensembles are Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, and String Orchestra, which tour nationally and internationally. Other ensembles include Marching Band, Opus One vocal jazz, Six in the City, Women's Chorale, Camerata, Otterbein Singers, The Anticipations rock cover band, Jazz Combo, and Early Music. The music department is housed in Battelle Fine Arts Center.
Theatre and art program
Professional training is offered in the areas of Acting, Design/Technology, and Musical Theatre with BFA degrees offered in all three programs and a dance concentration in the latter. A BA degree in Theatre is also available, which allows students to tailor the major to suit interests in directing, writing, and stage management among others. In addition, the department offers a rigorous dance minor. Otterbein University Theatre and Otterbein Summer Theatre stage nine shows a year. Plays range from classical Shakespearean dramas and British comedies to full-scale musicals and experimental works. The department also presents an annual dance concert designed by many of the university's choreographers. Three galleries feature art by students, faculty and guest artists, as well as pieces from Otterbein's permanent collection. The Otterbein Signature Series has hosted notable visiting artists including acclaimed independent filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Joel Meyerowitz, whose photography of Ground Zero after September 11, 2001 has traveled the world.
The Otterbein Cardinals compete in NCAA Division III, as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. Otterbein's traditional opponents include: Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Muskingum University, Ohio Northern University, and Wilmington College. They sponsor ten men's and nine women's varsity sports, including:
- Baseball (men)
- Basketball (men/women)
- Cross country (men/women)
- Football (men)
- Golf (men/women)
- Lacrosse (men/women)
- Soccer (men/women)
- Softball (women)
- Tennis (men/women)
- Track and field (men/women)
- Volleyball (women)
- Wrestling (men)
Otterbein's history of social Greek organization dates back 1908, when members of the debate society started Pi Beta Sigma Fraternity, with Sigma Alpha Tau Sorority founded in 1910. 12 of the 14 Greek chapters on campus are local, meaning they were founded and exist only at Otterbein. There are six sororities and eight fraternities at Otterbein, and all six sororities are local, while six fraternities are local and two are national. Within their Greek Life they have two of the oldest independent chapters in the U.S., Pi Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Phi (not connected to the national Pi Kappa Phi).
Panhellenic Sororities at Otterbein:
- Sigma Alpha Tau (ΣΑΤ),
- Tau Epsilon Mu (ΤΕΜ),
- Epsilon Kappa Tau (ΕΚΤ),
- Theta Nu (ΘΝ),
- Tau Delta (ΤΔ), and
- Kappa Phi Omega (ΚΦΩ)
IntraFraternity Council Fraternities at Otterbein:
- Pi Beta Sigma (ΠΒΣ),
- Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ),
- Sigma Delta Phi (ΣΔΦ),
- Eta Phi Mu (ΗΦΜ),
- Lambda Gamma Epsilon (ΛΓΕ), and
- Zeta Phi (ΖΦ)
WOBN, whose frequency 97.5 FM, is Otterbein's student-run radio station, playing college rock for Otterbein and surrounding Westerville. WOBN is the flagship of Otterbein Sports, covering many of the games for basketball, football, and baseball.
Traditional Residence Halls
- Clements Hall (Sophomore Housing)
- Clements Hall houses 106 upperclassmen men and women on four floors including four RAs.
- Davis Hall (Health & Wellness LLC)
- Davis Hall is home to 110 first year and upper class students as well as six Resident Assistants and one Assistant Director of Residence Life. Most of the rooms are doubles. This two-story building features at least one lounge on each floor and the laundry room and kitchen are located on the first floor.
- Dunlap King Hall (Arts Appreciation, Open Space & Radical Creativity LLC)
- Dunlap-King (DK) is the oldest residence hall on campus. It houses 96 first year and upper class students including four Resident Assistants.
- Dunlap King Hall has a theme of Arts Appreciation, is home to the Radical Creativity LLC and Open Space. Arts Appreciation is for students interested in the arts but not necessarily majoring in art, music, or theatre.
- Engle, Garst and Scott Halls (The Triad)
- The Triad is a complex consisting of three buildings for first year and upper class students: Scott Hall, home to 36 men or women including two Resident Assistants; Engle Hall, home to 45 men or women including two Resident Assistants; and Garst Hall, home to 75 students including three Resident Assistants and one Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- Garst Hall is available for continuous housing, meaning the building is always open during winter break and summer (daily fee applies).
- Garst and Scott Halls are single-story buildings. Engle Hall has two floors.
- Mayne Hall (Leadership LLC & Honors Community)
- Mayne Hall is the home for 138 first year and upper class students including seven Resident Assistants. Mayne Hall is home to the Honors Housing program and the Leadership LLC. Residents in Mayne Hall may participate in the Kneading Minds program, which is run through the Honors Program, and bakes bread once a month in the hall kitchen.
- Mayne Hall has four floors with women residing on first, third and fourth floors and men on the second floor. Two single rooms are located on the first floor with all other rooms being doubles.
- Hanby Hall (STEM Community)
- Hanby Hall accommodates 121 first-year students, including six Resident Assistants and one Hall Director. Most rooms in Hanby are doubles with one triple located on each upper floor. Hanby Hall is connected to Clements Hall through the west stairwell. Students call the Clements and Hanby community "Clanby".
Suite Style Housing
- 25 W. Home Street
- Opened in the fall of 2008, 25 W. Home Street is one of Otterbein's two suite-style residence halls housing 200 upper class students including six Resident Assistants and one Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- DeVore Hall
- DeVore Hall was opened in Fall 2006 as Otterbein's first suite-style residence hall. Housing 174 upperclassman students including six Resident Assistant.
- Home Street and Park Street
- The Commons apartment complexes are located in two areas on campus. Each complex consists of four small buildings providing apartment housing for juniors and seniors located in the heart of campus.
- Selection for the apartments occurs in spring semester. Rising juniors and seniors may apply for an apartment with a group of students. Each year, three buildings at each complex are available for Summer + Academic Year leases, which begin the second Monday after graduation. The remaining building is only available for Academic Year leases, which begin the day before classes begin in the fall, due to summer deep cleaning and minor renovations (painting, carpeting, etc.).
Theme Houses are an on-campus living option for students with a common goal. Residents of each house are expected to create and take part in programming events to benefit the residents, the special interest group they represent, and the campus community. Any full-time sophomore, junior or senior Otterbein student in good standing with the University is eligible to live in a University-operated house.
Each house is advised by a University academic or administrative department which determines the selection process for students residing in the individual houses.
Houses are eligible for gender-inclusive housing, meaning students residing in the houses may determine if the house will be gender inclusive or single sex. All residents must agree to the status prior to signing an agreement to live in the house.
Current Theme Houses
- The Education House - 162 W. Home Street
- Residents living in the Education House are education majors. These students support one another through the Education Program and plan programs for the Columbus City Schools, leadership development and student teaching. Residents serve as role models to freshmen education majors and those going through the student teaching process. In addition, they host a variety of meetings, programs, and socials sponsored by the Education Department.
- The Spiritual Growth House (SGH)- 155 W. Home Street
- The Spiritual Growth House (SGH) is a unique living environment for students interested in learning more about themselves on a spiritual and personal level. Students can engage and interact in conversations with members of the Otterbein Christian Fellowship and learn more about Religious Life. This year, the house will plan numerous events regarding prayer and religion and host a variety of socials open to the campus community.
- The House of Black Culture - 154 W. Home Street
- The House of Black Culture (HBC) is named after Otterbein's first African American graduate, William Henry Fouse. The HBC was established in 1994 and serves as a meeting and social space for African American students. The house offers living space to individuals who are involved in the African American Student Union and/or other diversity organizations on campus. The HBC promotes cultural exchange for the Otterbein community through programming and discussions. The HBC also assists the Office of Social Justice & Activism by hosting receptions for visiting guests. Signature programs include a Welcome Back Cookout and End of the Year Cookout.
- GLTBQ Resource House - 46 W. Home Street
- The GLBTQ Resource House is located near 25 W. Home.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Lillian Resler Keister Harford, 1872, church organizer and editor
- Benjamin Russell Hanby, 1858, American composer of over 80 songs and hymns, including Darling Nelly Gray, "Up on the House Top", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", and Who Is He In Yonder Stall?.
- Frank Truitt, 1950, collegiate basketball coach at Ohio State University, Louisiana State University, and Kent State University; co-founder of Otterbein University's golf team.
- Jonathon Bennett, Actor. Attended but did not graduate
- Agnes Meyer Driscoll, American cryptanalyst during both World War I and World War II
- Harold Anderson, 1924, Men's basketball coach at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.
- Carroll Widdoes, 1926, Head football coach at Ohio State University and Ohio University.
- Fred Martinelli, 1951, Hall of Fame Football coach at Ashland University
- Dominic Jones, 1987, Arena Football League defensive back.
- Gordon Jump, 1955, Actor WKRP in Cincinnati, as well as his WKRP character, Arthur Carlson
- Butch Hartman, attended circa 1960, USAC national stock car champion
- David Graf, 1972, Actor, best known for his role as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry in the Police Academy series of films
- Anne Gonzales, member of Ohio House of Representatives
- Leif Pettersen, 1973, slotback who played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
- Dee Hoty, 1974, Tony-nominated Broadway actress
- Cabot Rea, 1978, television news anchorman, formerly served as the evening and night co-anchorman for WCMH in Columbus, Ohio.
- Steve Traylor, 1973, college baseball coach at Florida Atlantic, Duke, and Wofford.
- Rachael Harris, 1989, Film and television actress and comedian.
- Matt D'Orazio, 1999, Arena Football League quarterback, 2-time ArenaBowl MVP, ArenaBowl XX, 2006; ArenaBowl XXII, 2008.
- Sam Jaeger, 1999, American actor, best known for his role on the television show Eli Stone
- Henry Clay Frick, attended but did not graduate; business partner in Andrew Carnegie's Carnegie Steel Company, largely responsible for the Johnstown Flood and deaths of over 2000, later a major American art patron.
- Chris Jansing (born Christine Kapostasy), 1978, American television news correspondent. Currently working for NBC News as NBC's Senior White House Correspondent.
- Zeola Hershey Misener, suffragist and one of the first women elected to the Indiana General Assembly
- Micheaux Robinson, AF2, CFL, and Arena Football League defensive back.
- Susan Diol, television actress
- Bob Corbin, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
- John Finley Williamson, 1911, choral music pedagogue and founder of Westminster Choir College.
- Ladan Osman, Sillerman First Book Prize-winning poet
- Cory Michael Smith, Actor, best known for his role as Edward Nigma (Riddler) in the Fox television drama series Gotham.
- Jared Rutecki, Eugene Pulliam Award-winning journalist
- Jordan Donica, 2016, Actor, best known for his role as Raoul in Phantom of the Opera and playing the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton.
- Lou Rose, Professor of History and author of 3 books on psychoanalysis and politics.
- Marcus Green, Associate Professor of Political Science and expert on Antonio Gramsci.
- Robert Kraft, Professor of Psychology and author of numerous books and articles on the Holocaust, violence, memory, and reconciliation.
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