Building a Model Community

Building a strong foundation of resources to support and grow meaningful mentoring relationships and to cultivate and recognize innovation, creativity and learning.

Real-world experiences inside and outside of the classroom foster civility, compassion, curiosity and critical thinking as surely as they affirm knowledge and comprehension. This kind of transformative experience – for faculty members and students – is critical to Otterbein’s vision in building a model community of leaders and learners.

Otterbein produces graduates who change the world in really big and beautiful ways.

Kent Stuckey '79, Campaign Chairman

Building a Model Community ensures that departments, programs, faculty and students have a strong and stable link to resources that will fuel creativity,  foster innovation and enhance the learning experience.

To build a model community we must ensure a strong and stable link to resources. Such resources equip faculty to teach and inspire discovery as much as they help fund life-changing experiences for students.

Fellowships, research, faculty development, classroom and laboratory enhancements and creative campus initiatives are critical to the work we do at Otterbein.

If our faculty is responsible for challenging and inspiring students to realize their personal best—we have a responsibility to provide them with the means, the tools and the support to help make that possible.

Building a Model Community also means supporting the best ways to help our students learn.  What if all that stands in the way of a student’s ability to make real contributions to their discipline is the chance to travel for research or an internship or some form of cultural immersion and engagement?  

Finally, Building a Model community means securing funds that enhance the faculty and student experience.

Immersive, hands-on learning experiences complement traditional methods of learning. Students need the opportunity to apply lessons in the real world so they can own their knowledge. Faculty members deserve the same kind of opportunities so they can enhance and advance their syllabus through lessons learned in the field.

Curiosity, civility, critical thinking and compassion serve as the ground we stand upon in our commitment to advance the common good. By investing in building a model community we will ensure Otterbein graduates are prepared to stand out as leaders and learners—proven professionals of great moral intelligence. 

STAND for Building a Model Community by Supporting...

  • Five Cardinal Experiences to provide transformational learning:
    • Global and Intercultural Engagement
    • Internships and Professional Experience
    • Research and Creative Work
    • Leadership and Citizenship
    • Community Engagement 
  • Funds to support faculty excellence in instruction and teaching innovation, and department enhancements for research, equipment and instructional resources.
  • Employee professional development funds to recognize exemplars, foster excellence and aid in faculty and staff recruitment and retention.
  • Green fund to invest in sustainability projects and priorities.
  • Funds to support strategic information technology enhancements. 
  • Otterbein Annual Fund to support the University’s greatest needs and opportunities.

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

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm

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