Civic Engagement Day

  • Civic Engagement Day 2017
  • Civic Engagement Day 2017
  • Civic Engagement Day 2016
  • Civic Engagement Day 2016
  • Civic Engagement Day 2017

 

Civic Engagement Day is the culmination of year-long exploration of the civic engagement theme, an opportunity for members of the campus community to share and experience the broad learning that is taking place at the university. The entire campus community is encouraged to participate in events throughout the day. 

The Civic Engagement theme for 2017-18 year was "Integrity, Truth, Virtue: Bluffton's honor code in the world"

Got a presentation idea? 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to present! Details and applications for the 2018-19 Civic Engagement Day will be posted in spring 2019. 


2018-19 Lecturer

Marathana ProthroMarathana Prothro will be the 2018-19 civic engagement lecturer. She will present "Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman’s Horsemen.

“My lecture would center on the Four Agreements as described by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., and correlate them with what researcher John Gottman describes as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Gottman is a researcher whose emphasis is on the kinds of communication that bring destruction to relationships—criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Each of the Four Agreements directly correlates with a seemingly simple (yet beautifully rich) ‘antidote’ to each of Gottman’s ‘Horsemen.’ Though the Agreements — let your word be impeccable, don’t make assumptions, don’t take anything personally, always do your best — draw from ancient wisdom in an oral culture, they are particularly relevant in a post-modern secondary orality and will give students tangible options for moving away from division and toward understanding, without necessarily compromising.”


2017-18 Schedule

APRIL 11, 2018

8 A.M.

GOOD CAUSES, BAD STATISTICS, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Darryl K. Nester
How can we be critical and responsible consumers and conduits of information? The proliferation of questionable data leads many to the dismissive attitude of Homer Simpson: "People can come up with statistics to prove anything. 40% of all people know that." What can we do about it?

9 A.M.

STORY TELLING WITH INTEGRITY, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Tricia Bell & Alison King
Bluffton University's public relations office tells stories in many ways-from articles and pictures in the Bluffton alumni magazine to posts on social media. We will share examples of our office's work and explain how the stories were developed and how to use editing software in ethical ways.

HOW THE POLARIZATION AND PREJUDICES OF SOCIETY HAS CORRUPTED THE INTEGRITY Of bluffton AND HOW TO GAIN IT BACK, Centennial Hall 211
Heather McConnaughey & Kimmie Hetrick
We will be looking at the polarization that is happening on Bluffton campus and the nation. We will open it up for discussion. Through counteracting the polarization and prejudice, we can gain back the integrity that Bluffton wants to instill in their students.

THE ART OF ACCEPTANCE, Kreider Room 
Theatre for Social Change LGBTQ 
Leaders: Tim Bender, Kylie Brock, Benjamin Ditto, Nathan Heinze, Bethany Montgomery, Advisor Melissa Friesen

Welcome to a workshop about the complexity of equality. Here, love is love. This interactive, theatrical workshop led by students from the Theatre for Social Change class consists of games, fun, and a chance to build your drama skills. 

THE COLOR OF INTEGRITY, Sauder Visual Arts Center
Jim Fultz & Phil Sugden
Can a work of art be trusted? And what does honesty look like in art? This will be an interactive exploration of some of our assumptions and questions around how we might locate integrity in the visual arts.

10 A.M.

INTEGRITY IN SPORTS: A COACHES PANEL, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Kevin White
With a panel of Bluffton's athletic coaches, we will discuss what good examples and bad examples of integrity look like among the sports that Bluffton offers.

LEARNING TO DO WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO: COMMUNITY LIFE AS VIRTUE ETHICS, Cent. 211
Gerald & Carrie Mast
Drawing on stories from our personal experiences and family life, we will illustrate how choosing specific friendship circles, communities of engagement, employment settings, and romantic entanglements shapes our capacities for goodness.

BLUFFTON SOCIAL NORMS, Cent. 113
Takayla Gadberry & Kiera Suffel 
We would like to talk about how we have social norms here at Bluffton. We will have a discussion about how there are norms in The Commons, how we sit in a specific seat in class, and other things that would be considered a norm.

ETHICS IN ACCOUNTING, Cent. 209
John Burkhart
Ethics in the accounting industry affect all of us not just the accountants. This presentation will demonstrate why everyone cares about the ethical accountant and changes that have taken place within the industry.

INTEGRITY OF THE WORLD, Kreider Room 
Kais Chiles & Austin Siefker 
Our presentation is designed to review exactly what truth, integrity, and virtue is. We also want to do an overview on Bluffton's Honor Code and its history. The last thing we want to do is have a debate on whether the lack of integrity in today's society is a parenting issue or a social issue.


11 A.M.

SEE IT FROM A WOMEN'S VIEW #METOO, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Women's Circle (Allison Hammond) 
Presenters will be discussing what brought up the reports that started the #MeToo Movement. They will also be talking about celebrities who are feminists, and other movements including the Time's Up Movement. There will be a Q & A at the end. 

DOES LEVERAGING VIOLATE THE INTEGRITY OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROCESS? Cent. 211 
Restorative Justice (Mike Barrett) 
In order to get people to participate in the RJ process, systems may leverage traditional sanctions against the "offenders." Does this compromise the integrity of RJ? 

HONOR CODE DISCUSSION, Cent. 113
Mark Bourassa, Paul Neufeld-Weaver & Jonathan Andreas 
The student senate began a discussion with faculty about 7 years ago about how students perceived problems in the implementation of the honor code, which produced a useful discussion and, hopefully, improved how it is done. We'd like to ask students what they think about the honor code again today to see what this generation thinks. 

12 P.M. 

WORDS LIKE FEATHERS, Burky Gym
Education students, Diane Neal & Louise Matthews
Second grade students from Bluffton elementary will learn how words can help others as well as do harm. Through literature, music, movement, readers theater, art projects and a skit with J. Denny and Jenny Beaver, students will gain understanding about why kind words and honesty matter.

1 P.M.

INTEGRITY IN THE WRITING OF HISTORY, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Perry Bush 
In this session, Dr. Perry Bush will sift through some basic issues of integrity that emerge in doing history. He will explore -- ideally in a dialogical approach with the audience -- a variety of related issues he has encountered in thirty years of researching and writing history. 

GOOD AND HAPPY: ARISTOTLE AND GALLUP ON VIRTUE, Cent. 2111
Alex Sider
Dr. Sider will talk about the connections in virtue theory between human excellence and happiness, how those connections appear in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and draw out the parallels with StrenghtFiner 2.0. 

A STAR WITH INTEGRITY: INTEGRATING BLUFFTON'S FOUR CORE VALUES IN RESUMES AND INTERVIEWS, Cent. 113
Center for Career and Vocation 
Exploring Bluffton's four core values and how to integrate them on a resume. 

BULLYING, Kreider Room  
Theatre for Social Change 
Students from the Theatre for Social Change class, taught by Melissa Friesen, will hold an interactive workshop that addresses the issue of bullying. How might people of integrity confront the widespread problem of bullying in school systems?

2 P.M.

HONESTY AND HONOR IN MATH AND SCIENCE, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Steve Harnish
Both math and science can "keep us honest" via rigorous reasoning, testing and feedback from peers. Yet when new mathematical concepts, scientific theories or real-world applications are proposed, vigorous debates often ensue over the most "honorable" response. With time, new notions may be refined, tested and found to serve useful purposes, even if in domains quite different than those initially intended.  This virtue is well portrayed by our Physical World text author, Richard Muller, who also has ties to Bluffton’s early Chemistry professor H.W. Berky—the instrumental force behind Bluffton’s 1918 honor code

FAKE NEWS: KNOW YOUR FACTS, Cent. 211
Marathana Prothro
This presentation will provide a clear definition of fake news, explain motivations for production of fake news, and explore the most recent findings on consumption of this particular form of misinformation. 

INTEGRITY,
 Cent. 113 
Jules Frazier & Lilly Yoder
We will be showing a ted talk discussing integrity and what it means to lie and how it can affect other mentally. 

PUBLISHING WITH INTEGRITY,
Kreider Room 
Bridge Literary Journal (Cara Echols) 
"Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal” will discuss the importance of publishing honorably within the scope of the literary world. A panel session will discuss topics revolving around, but not limited to, choosing work for “Bridge,” selecting work for literary merit, honoring our commitment to representation and diversity, ethical dilemmas in publishing, and anything else the audience wants to ask us. Members of the “Bridge” student editorial staff will host the event; answering questions, talking about personal experiences, and informing others about the magazine as a whole.

3 P.M.

HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT BODY IMAGE, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND NUTRITION, Stutzman Lecture Hall 
BUNA (Laura Galley)
Let's have a down-to- earth conversation about ways social media influences how we view our bodies and what we consider to be "healthy" eating behaviors. The session will start with two TED talks: "Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You" and "Carrots and Cupcakes: Healthy Eating Made Simple." Then nutrition association members will lead small and large group conversations. 

STUDENT CREATED TED TALKS, Cent. 211
Jonathan Andreas
Students will present a series of short video presentations they created about honor, virtue, and social norms with live introductions and a short time for questions and answers.

INTERACTIVE INTEGRITY, Kreider room 
Bethany Montgomery & Kylie Brock 
Do a bridge activity to get the audience engaged, a short play about cheating and then participation from the audience to help rectify the situation.

6:30 P.M.

C. HENRY SMITH PEACE ORATORICAL CONTEST, Yoder Recital Hall 
Bluffton University students speak out on peace and violence 

Katey Ebaugh, “Our Neighbors Have No Home”
Jared Hurst, “Little Boy and Fat Man: Blessing or Plague?”
Joel Jacobson, “Truth, Peace, and Media Literacy”
Floid Krajcovic, “The Peace of Universal Health Care”
Julian LaVallee “Bluffton Values for Real Life Situations”
Irena Xhari, “Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence”

Arts & Lecture credit and refreshments available. 

8 P.M.

LESSONS IN INTEGRITY: A GROUP ACTIVITY, The Commons 
Marbeck Center Board 

We will be doing a trivia activity for the first 30 minutes, followed by a discussion panel led by Marathana Protho.
Arts and Lecture credit available.