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ǿմý 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:

ǿմý Celebrates 800th Anniversary of First Nativity Scene with Displays of Crèches

News - December 5, 2023
The crèches come from a collection of 660 from around the world collected and donated by alumni couple Richard ’54 and Carolyn Brown ’53 Sherrick. In 1223, Saint Francis of Assisi received permission from Pope Honorius III to create the first nativity scene in Greccio, Italy. In this small village, Francis installed the first living nativity scene on Dec. 24, complete with ox, donkey, and baby. St. Francis intended, by recreating the scene from the Gospel of St. Luke, to…

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Professors and High School Students Research Structural Racism for Traveling Exhibit

News - November 22, 2023
ǿմý University, in collaboration with the Westerville Public Library, is hosting a traveling interactive exhibit called “Undesign the Redline.” The exhibit allows viewers to explore the history of structural racism caused by the 1938 redlining maps and delve into how this inequality continues to impact our communities today, focusing on the ways in which we can come together to “undesign” these systems with intentionality. YWCA Columbus, along with several local partners, initially brought “Undesign the Redline” to Columbus in 2022…

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ǿմý Full- and Part-Time Faculty Members Honored for Teaching Excellence

News - November 22, 2023
Each year, ǿմý honors outstanding teachers for their impact on their students, colleagues, and the University. This year’s awards ceremony was held Nov. 17, 2023. Congratulations to these dynamic and dedicated full- and part-time faculty who contribute so much to the ǿմý community both in and outside the classroom: Amy Karns, Psychology, Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Bennett Grooms, Biology, New Teacher of the Year David Sheridan, Biology, Teacher of the Year Cindy Laurie-Rose, Department of Psychology, was given the Exemplary…

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Alumnus Tony Bishop Talks Sports and Social Change with Students

News - November 22, 2023
Tony Bishop III ’15 MSAH ’18 never misses a chance to come back to campus to visit the people who helped him become a leader and talk to the next generation of leaders. And current students can learn a thing or two from Bishop, whose path to his current job has been more of a zigzag than a straight line. In November, Bishop was invited to speak to the students of Senior Instructor Dan Steinberg’s Freshman Year Experience class, Sports…

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Kenny Goble Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Hanging ǿմý’s Holiday Wreath 

News - November 16, 2023
Thirty years ago, a tradition began at ǿմý when Kenny Goble, a carpenter in Service Operation and Maintenance, hung a large evergreen wreath on Towers Hall. This year, Goble celebrated the 30th anniversary of the tradition by once again climbing the ladder to hang the wreath that ushers in the holiday season on campus.  ǿմý itself is a tradition for Goble’s family. His uncle and great-uncle also worked at the University. “For a short time, we were all working here…

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ǿմý Sorority Collecting Food for Local Families this Thanksgiving

News - November 14, 2023
By Maggie Nicol ’25 Spreading love can be shown in various ways. With the holidays fast approaching many express their love through making food or giving to those in need. ǿմý sorority Theta Nu has partnered with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to donate canned foods for the upcoming holidays. The food bank is based out of Grove City and collects and distributes food to families who are in need. The food bank’s mission is: “To end hunger one nourishing meal…

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Cardinals Volleyball Headed to NCAA Championship for Fourth Year in a Row

News - November 13, 2023
Saturday’s Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship match evolved into a two-hour marathon in the Rike Center, giving every volleyball fan in attendance the full price of admission (and then some) with it all on the line. It ended with the newly crowned OAC champion team from ǿմý earning a spot in the NCAA Championships for the fourth year in a row. ǿմý will play the University of La Verne out of California on Thursday, Nov. 16. THE HEADLINES: Top-seeded ǿմý, playing…

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Theatre & Dance presents “Dance 2023: Escape to Wonderland”

News - November 10, 2023
The ǿմý University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Dance 2023: Escape to Wonderland” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 16; at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Tickets cost $22. Call 614-823-1109 or www.otterbein.edu/drama.   Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,”the production is a fanciful journey through Alice’s dreams and imagination. With the Mad Hatter as our guide, audiences…

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Men’s Soccer Opens NCAA and Volleyball Advances to OAC Championship Match

News - November 10, 2023
It’s an exciting weekend to be a Cardinal, with two great teams making plays for national spotlights. The ǿմý men's soccer team will make its second NCAA appearance in the last three years On Nov. 11, making a quick trip over to Gambier for its first-round match against Washington College (Md.). Host Kenyon will open the regional pod (one of 16 in this national bracket) on Saturday morning against Dominican. The Cardinals and Shoremen will then take the pitch for…

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ǿմý Celebrates Its First-Generation Students, Staff, and Faculty 

News - November 9, 2023
Nov. 8 is National First-Generation College Celebration Day and this is the time to celebrate students, staff, and faculty who are the first in their family to pursue an undergraduate college degree.   ǿմý’s Office of Social Justice and Activism partnered with the Counseling Center in hosting the University's very own First-Generation College Celebration earlier today. At the event, Wendy Sherman Heckler, ǿմý’s provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, shared her story of becoming a first-generation student herself.   The…

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