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Student Organizations

Below is a list of activities you can get involved with as soon as you step foot on Otterbein's campus:


COMM-MENT is a mentor program specifically for Communications students. It allows for students to have a mentor in any of the Communications majors and be able to pair up with those mentors to better themselves in the field. It allows for leadership and students to mentor their peers.


Students have the opportunity to compete in debate tournaments and individual events (public speaking, oral interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking) tournaments, which provide travel opportunities to both local and out-of-state contests.
Otterbein's forensic team has won state championships in policy Lincoln-Douglas debate and has finished 10th in the nation in Individual Events at the National Forensics Association's National Tournaments. Otterbein is a member of the Ohio Forensics Association, National Forensic Association, and Pi Kappa Delta, a national forensics honorary. All students are welcome to join.


Otterbein's television station, Otterbein.tv, provides programming for Westerville and the University via cable channel 3. Programming includes public affairs, entertainment, education, and sports.

You will have the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences, including camera, graphics, audio operation, production and direction, and management. The day-to-day operation of an on-air cable television station provides you a practical addition to classroom instruction.


Otterbein360.com is a combination of all student media groups in the Department of Communication at Otterbein University. The site provides instant information to Otterbein students, faculty and staff on campus, as well as alumni and parents of students across the nation. With support from the Tan & Cardinal, WOCC-TV3 and WOBN 97.5FM, we offer multimedia news, sports, arts and entertainment, editorial, opinion and blogs that are updated as events take place. Otterbein360.com primarily covers campus news and events, while also reporting on areas of interest to the Otterbein and Westerville communities.


Otterbein sponsors a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a national, pre-professional organization for students interested in Public Relations.

The Otterbein University chapter sponsors a variety of speakers and workshops and a student-managed public relations agency. In addition, members of PRSSA are eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), receive reduced rates at professional luncheons and workshops, and may attend national and district conferences of PRSSA.

Tan & Cardinal

Otterbein's student newspaper, the Tan & Cardinal, is published by a student staff each week during the academic year. You can write, edit, take photographs, and design this 1,000-circulation newspaper. Some editorial positions are paid, and editors are eligible to attend national and local college newspaper conferences.

The Tan & Cardinal staff have won multiple state and regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio Newspaper Association. It has also won a gold and two silver medals at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual national competition in the past three years.

Ubuntu Mentoring for College Program

In a collaborative learning setting, Otterbein students and 11th and 12th grade students from Linden-McKinley and Mifflin high schools study mentoring skills and practices, define college aspirations, and learn college access paths.

As part of the course COMM 1900 - Mentoring: Theory and Practice, the Otterbein students and high school students plan and conduct regular mentoring sessions for Linden-McKinley and Mifflin 9th grade students and Medina and Beery middle school students.


Otterbein's radio station is student-run and directed by the Department of Communication. The station broadcasts live 24 hours a day. It features a contemporary music format, Otterbein sports, and Westerville area news and public affairs.

You can hear WOBN live at 97.5 FM or online at www.wobn.net and www.otterbein360.com.

WOBN also offer co-curricular opportunities for students majoring in business administration, journalism, visual arts, and other related disciplines.

/ Department of Communication

Diane Wootton
Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd., C110
p / 614.823.3380
e / dwootton@otterbein.edu



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