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Articles & Resources

Homesickness part of “natural transition” to college 
By Jill McCullough, assistant director of wellness

Freedom at college is not always what it is cracked up to be.

If your student is spending too much time in her room or holding tightly to high school friendships, chances are she is homesick. Julie Saker, Otterbein’s associate dean of students, says leaving home and starting college is harder than students think because they often start to miss people and things they thought they wanted to leave behind.

“For example, it’s surprising to see how much students start missing their brothers and sisters,” she says. Homesickness is normal, but it could lead to depression, particularly if a student has a history of depression. It could also lead to poor grades or dropping out of school. In the event that homesickness spirals out of control, Student Affairs offers free counseling for students. Students can also talk to their resident assistant.

Parents of homesick students should not encourage a visit home every weekend. Instead, they should suggest ways to connect to people on campus. The idea is to develop a new routine, establish new friendships and learn how to make the transition to Otterbein. Students need to understand that it will take at least a few weeks to develop a support system at college.

Homesickness can be challenging, but it is part of the natural transition to college, Saker says.
“Making the needed adjustments is actually healthy because it is how students mature and develop skills that will get them through future challenges,” she says.

Tender Care Packages (TCP)

It is that time of year to send your student some extra love as he or she prepares for final exams. Tender Care Packages are presented by Parent and Family Programs and will be available for purchase now.  Order online with your credit card by clicking here. Orders are due no later than December 4 to the Center for Student Involvement. Students will be able to pick up their TCP starting December 8. 

Parent and Family Programs Presents
The End of the Semester Academic Support Gifts!

Each Tender Care Package (TCP) is packed into a reusable plastic storage container.  there are two choices variable: Great Indulgence (featuring tasty treats and sweets) and Healthy choice (featuring more healthy options and less sugar).  The cost is only $18 and contains 20 snack items and a few school supplies to help get through those final exams.

The package can include a personal message that you can send in with your order form (below). Sample items are listed for each package, but may change based on product availability. Don't forget to add Otterbucks to your students order to be used at Bon Appetit ding options on campus.

In order for the Tender Care Package to be ready for the students to pick up at the campus Center during the 15th weeks of classes, all order forms must be in the Campus Center by Thursday, December 4, 2014.

All profits from the sale go directly back to Otterbein parents and students through the Parents and Family Programs.  If you would like additional information, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 614.823.3203 or parents@otterbein.edu.

Order one for your student today!

Lists provided are samples of contents, actual contents may vary slightly based on pricing and availability.

Great Indulgence

  • Butter Popcorn
  • Cheese-its
  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Snack Bars
  • Peanuts
  • Caprisun
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Candy
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Gum
  • Post-Its
  • Pen

Healthy Choice

  • Low Fat Popcorn
  • Juice Box
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bard
  • Applesauce
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Raisins
  • Animal Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Candy
  • Post-Its
  • Pen

Important Phone Numbers

  • Academic Affairs / 614.823.1556
  • Admissions Office / 614.823.1500
  • Annual Giving / 614.823.1963
  • Athletic Department / 614.823.3529
  • Business Office / 614.823.1150
  • Campus Dining / 614.823.1116
  • Campus Police / 614.823.1222
  • Center for Student Success / 614.823.1624
  • Chaplain's Office / 614.823.1409
  • Financial Aid / 614.823.1502
  • Health Center / 614.823.1345
  • Otterbein Information Line / 614.890.3000
  • Registrar's Office / 614.823.1350
  • Residence Life / 614.823.1250
  • Student Affairs / 614.823.1250
  • VP/Dean of Students / 614.823.1250

Online Payment Options

You can pay your student's enrollment fee online through PayPal here. Students can pay their tuition bill on our campus portal, My O-Zone and can set up their parents as authorized users on their accounts.

Red Alert Notification System

Otterbein University provides a free emergency alert/notification system, called Cardinal Red Alert, for the campus community that will send email, text messages and automated phone calls to the campus community in the event of an emergency or a cancellation of classes due to bad weather. By default, all Otterbein email addresses; campus office phone numbers; and all student, faculty, and staff cell phone numbers are entered into the Cardinal Red Alert emergency notification system. Thus, all students, faculty and staff will receive Red Alert messages. No registration or sign-up is required. However, everyone does have the choice to “OPT OUT” of the cell phone notification option, and/or specify if they only want a voice mail or text notification. The instruction to opt out of the phone notification or modify the phone option is below.

Instructions for opting out of Cardinal Red Alert:
To remove your cell phone from use in the emergency alert system, you are given an “opt out” capability. Log in to the My-Ozone portal either by way of the main Otterbein home page or the direct URL listed below:

Once logged in, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Select the My-Banner folder icon from the top of the screen. You will then be placed in Self Service Banner.
  2. Select the Personal Information tab or link and select “Answer a Survey”.
  3. Choose “Option out the use of my cell phone in the alert system” and make your choices to remove your cell phone from the call list and/or the text message list.
  4. Complete the survey.

Otterbein encourages everyone not to opt out so you can receive the quickest information about closings or delays and so all of us are in a position to aid each other in order to minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage should a true emergency crisis impact Otterbein University. Thank you for your support in keeping our campus safe!

Westerville Resources

/ Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is located at
100 W. Home St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

Jennifer Bechtold
Director of the Center for Student Involvement
p/ 614.823.3202
e/ jbechtold@otterbein.edu

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