Rendering of the Exterior Front of the Renovated Campus Center

Campus Center Renovation and The Grove Project

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From the time it was built in the late 1960's, the Campus Center has served as the heart of the University community for thousands of Otterbein students, faculty, alumni and friends. Centrally located and serving as a gateway to academic, residential and extracurricular areas—the Campus Center has been the hub of bustling activity over the years, bringing together the Otterbein community in a multitude of meaningful ways. 

While each student's academic experience is at the core of Otterbein's mission, the well-being of our students is crucial in recruitment and retention efforts. Providing a common place for students and campus community to gather, connect, relax, share a meal and discover ways to learn and grow is critical for Otterbein's future. A renovated Campus Center will allow for necessary updates to the building infrastructure with 21st century technology updates and accessibility modifications, so all students and visitors can use the spaces.

Learn more about these topics:

• Naming and Recognition Opportunities

• Campus Center Gifts vs. Annual Gifts

• The Grove Project



Why Does Otterbein Need a Refreshed Campus Center? 

A renovated Campus Center will allow for necessary updates to the building infrastructure with 21st century technology updates and accessibility modifications, so all students and visitors can use and enjoy the spaces and services. The updated center will enhance and promote the Otterbein’s strong character, brand and institutional values. The revitalized Campus Center will fulfill a variety of needs, including:

Fostering Community 
From the time it was built in the late 1960s, the Campus Center has served as the heart of the University community for thousands of Otterbein students, faculty, alumni and friends. Centrally located and serving as a gateway to academic, residential and extracurricular areas—the Campus Center has long been the hub of bustling activity over the years, bringing together the Otterbein community in a multitude of meaningful ways. 

While each student's academic experience is at the core of Otterbein's mission, the well-being of our students is crucial in recruitment and retention efforts. Providing a common place for students and our campus community to gather, connect, relax, share a meal and discover ways to learn and grow is critical for Otterbein's future.  

Building the Next Generation of Leaders 
The Campus Center has been the heart of Otterbein’s student experience for generations. Currently, the Campus Center houses the Center for Student Involvement where students participate in several activities and groups.  

The Campus Center serves as a place where students have new experiences, build communication and leadership skills and collaborate with their peers – all important factors as we work to help our students grow, learn and succeed. 

Providing Resources for Engagement and Wellness 
The renovated Campus Center will provide each student with more opportunities for individual development through quality services and programs focused on their needs including emotional, social, physical, cultural, spiritual and intellectual. 

By centralizing a number of offices and student services under one roof, Otterbein students can take advantage of the full scope of involvement opportunities. A renovated Campus Center will help Otterbein better meet the needs of students today. 

Enhancing Student Recruitment and Retention 
Student centers have taken on an increasingly important role in campus life. Their purpose and design have evolved with changing student demographics, educational goals and social and professional needs. Many of the student centers built in the 60s and 70s have become functionally obsolete.  

Students today want a place to connect socially, but also provide resources for academic and career success.  A revitalized Otterbein Campus Center will not only serve our current student population, but also facilitate competitive recruitment, support student retention, and ensure alumni engagement in spaces that build on tradition, pride and community. 



Campus Center Gifts vs. Otterbein FUND Donations


A gift to the Campus Center Campaign is considered a special, one-time restricted gift to the University for the specific purpose of a capital project renovation. It is our hope that our donors will continue to support The Otterbein FUND – our annual giving program and the foundation of unrestricted support that allows the University to use funds for its most pressing annual needs – in addition to making a gift to the Campus Center Campaign. Make a gift to both funds today!


Naming and Recognition Opportunities


You can leave a lasting legacy and further our mission by pledging your support to our Campus Center renovation. The link below contains a comprehensive list of naming opportunities that will allow you to attach your name to a designated space in Otterbein's newly renovated Campus Center. The Division of Institutional Advancement maintains the list of available naming opportunities, but please note that our work with donors is dynamic and naming opportunities can change quickly. We will honor naming opportunity requests in the order received and will notify donors if their choice is not available.

Otterbein Campus Center Naming and Recognition Opportunities


The Grove Project


The GroveAs an extension of the renovation of Otterbein's Campus Center, the University plans to create a pedestrian mall and green space along Grove Street - from Main Street to Home Street - in front of the Campus Center. Coined "The Grove" because of its location on Grove Street, the vision for this space will allow Otterbein to further enhance the beauty of campus.

The seed gift for the creation of The Grove comes from Otterbein alumna, Annie Upper '86, who shared, “...the Grove will create a very calm and serene place for students walking to and from class. It’s really important for me to see that on campus.” Once realized, the goal of The Grove is to create a central green space gathering spot that connects the campus, community, Otterbein’s traditions and physical beauty. 

Our Vision

The revitalized Otterbein University Campus Center will be an inviting and welcoming place, with dynamic and innovative spaces to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The Center will honor the traditional character and values of the campus community and share the Otterbein story with all those who experience it.


Renderings

All renderings are for planning purposes only and are subject to change.
Exterior Front Plaza
Welcome Atrium and Store
Lower Level Presentation Lounge
Fireside Lounge
Cardinal Cafe Second Floor
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Multipurpose Event Space Second Floor
Exterior Back Plaza with Fire Pit
CONTACT US

The Office of Development is located in Hancock House at 111 West Park Street.

Office Hours
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Contact Development
Michael McGreevey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
p/ 614.823.1305

Kathleen Bonte, Executive Director of Development for Organizational and Special Giving
p/ 614.823.2707