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A Kind Beginning: Otterbein Faculty and Staff Give Kindness Away

Is it easy to share kindness?

Otterbein faculty and staff started the new academic year with an invitation to do just that — to share something small but symbolic as an intentional act of kindness.

Every colleague left the President’s annual welcome convocation with a small red flowering plant. The caveat? They were asked to turn around and give it away.

“It can be a co-worker or a colleague across campus; or, it can given to someone in your own community — a neighbor, a friend from church, even a familiar face that somehow makes life better,” explained Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “We just ask that you share this token of kindness — to let someone know you appreciate them and why you feel that way.”

More than 300 plants, all made possible by the generosity of Otterbein alumnus and former trustee Paul Reiner ’68, featured a message of kindness. Otterbein kindness flowers quickly started blooming across campus and throughout the Westerville and Columbus communities.

Kindness flowers were spotted at the Smart Business Awards Breakfast, the Ross Leadership Hour with U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi and the first meeting of Otterbein’s Lifelong Learning Community. Westerville police officers and fire fighters also shared flowers with some of the Westerville citizens they serve and protect.

A Kindness Matters Tip: Whether you give someone flowers, write a note, send an email or tell them face to face — take a moment to tell someone their kindness matters to you.

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A Kind Beginning: Otterbein Faculty and Staff Give Kindness Away

Every colleague left the President’s annual welcome convocation with a small red flowering plant.


Kindness Matters is made possible with the generous support of the Kind Columbus initiative at The Columbus Foundation.

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