Otterbein College


Otterbein University is a private university 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 with approximately 2,300 undergraduate and 450 graduate students on the campus.

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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 NCAA Division III athletics.
Working within the University structure is a delight for Aurora Exhibit Solutions, Inc. We know what it is like to be prospective students, then students, then alumni and now parents of prospective students! Aurora has a myriad of experience at Otterbein, since it is only 3 miles from our offices and Steve Burkhart is a 1988 Speech and Communications graduate of (then) Otterbein College. Steve was also a student-athlete, competing in the field events for track & field. So, there’s that perspective, as well.
Memorable projects include:
• Digital Alumni Information Board in Campus Center -the first on campus.
• The 1847 Room Walls in Campus Center, previously non-descript, and now a featured area.
• “First Impressions” – a room in Towers Hall where prospective students can best see the advantages of student life at Otterbein.
• President Krendl’s Reflect Connect Act campaign
• CNN’s Presidential Debates were held in the Fall of 2019 and Aurora created avenue banners and large building banners to create awareness of this nationally televised event in little ‘ol Westerville!
Our most memorable project is the President’s Gallery Wall on the second floor of Towers Hall, the main campus building. Otterbein wanted to find a way to honor all the presidents who preceded Dr. Brent DeVore, as well as Dr. DeVore as he was retiring, and the first female president, Dr. Kathy Krendl was about to be inducted.
Towers Hall’s iconic windows were the inspiration for the shape of the wooden structures with embossed logos upon which the portraits were hung. The curved wall is the only remainder of the chapel that once took up most of the west side of Towers Hall. The stained-glass windows that flank the portraits once hung on the opposite wall of the chapel and were found in the attic as we were doing our research and development on the design for the gallery! We incorporated them into the design and a generous benefactor paid to have them restored.