Students at Independent Colleges in Ohio Halfway to $5,000 Goal for Texas Students

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Westerville, OH—Students from 19 independent universities throughout Ohio are more than halfway to their $5,000 goal in an ongoing fundraiser to help their fellow students in Texas. Otterbein University and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) are leading the effort to rally students at Ohio’s 52 independent colleges to raise funds.

Otterbein President Kathy Krendl reached out to her peer institution presidents on Friday, Sept. 1, asking them to join her in support of students in Texas. “We are seeking your partnership with a united effort to offer assistance and kindness — student-to-student — from Ohio private and independent schools to Texas universities,” she said.

So far, the participating colleges include:

  • Otterbein University (organizer)
  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Defiance College
  • Franklin University
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lourdes University
  • Malone University
  • Marietta College
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • University of Rio Grande
  • Tiffin University
  • Ursuline College
  • Wilmington College
  • Xavier University

Students are asked to determine the value of something that is important in their day-to-day living and then consider making an online cash donation via a Go Fund Me account in that amount to help a Texas student replace something they’ve lost in their residence halls, off-campus apartments or homes. They can donate at

AICUO President Todd Jones said, “This is a great way for our Ohio independent college students to reach out with the most urgent need of funding to the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), a peer organization to AICUO.”

Krendl said genuine regard, the care and the conviction to ease someone’s burden, to advance knowledge, to nurture civility, to build community and certainly to advance the common good flourish on independent college campuses.

“Otterbein recently joined a larger effort to inspire and cultivate infectious kindness in our region,” she said. “Please join us in championing a lesson that challenges and inspires our students to experience for themselves that their kindness matters.”

Krendl said she hopes this effort will offer students across Ohio an “actionable moment that translates to the kind of help that will be necessary after emergent needs are met.” Noting that some “painful realities” may be ahead for Texas campus communities and their students, Krendl said, “we can’t imagine a more important time to model the power of shared purpose and the value of advancing a greater good.”

For more information, contact Stacey Dorr of AICUO at (614) 228-2196 or, or Jennifer Pearce of Otterbein University at (614) 823-1285 or

Otterbein University is a private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein recently launched Kindness Matters, an initiative in partnership with Kind Columbus at The Columbus Foundation, in its effort to cultivate and inspire kindness throughout the greater Columbus region. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 14th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

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