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Nikola Otovic


Major: Biology

Hometown: Kraljevo, Serbia

What makes Caldwell University unique or special?

Caldwell has amazing people. The faculty and staff have helped me a lot. That’s what makes Caldwell Caldwell, the people who work here. I have had an amazing relationship with Sister Patrice Werner, Dr. Nancy Blattner and Sister Michel Rodgers (my “grandma,” I call her). They come to the basketball games. Also Colleen Detroia in admissions, Coach Corino and the coaching staff – they are all part of my family. Whenever I needed something, they were there.

What lessons have you learned at Caldwell University?

The biggest lesson that I have learned at Caldwell University is that it is not hard to be nice to someone. If you are nice, it is always going to come back to you. It is never hard to say hello. I tutor in the academic support center, and I have found it is not hard to be helpful.

 What are your career goals?

I plan to play professional basketball in Europe and then down the road study physical therapy.

 What was your biggest achievement at Caldwell University?

Excelling in both athletics and academics.

 What activities were you involved in at Caldwell University?

I played on the Caldwell University men’s basketball team as a guard. I also tutored in the academic support center in science and math, was involved in the St. Jude’s fundraiser and took part in volunteer activities including the 5K Run-Walk for Autism and Caldwell Day, the campus annual day of service.


All-CACC third team and All-Met second team as a senior, Capital One Academic All-District first team as a senior, All-CACC honorable mention as a junior, CACC Student-Athlete of the Month for January 2012.