Civic Engagement

Integrity, Truth, Virtue: Bluffton's honor code in the world

Bluffton's honor code is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. For 100 years, Bluffton students have been taught to uphold the community of respect throughout their campus interactions.

For the 2017-18 anniversary, we will explore Bluffton's legacy of honor on campus and among graduates in the context of larger conversations about integrity and truth. What habits are formed in the community of Bluffton University that may not be present in other, competing narratives of honor? How do ideas of honor, truth and integrity vary in different contexts and cultures? Can upholding a firm sense of honor ever lead to less than honorable actions? How might integrity and respect be embodied in various disciplines or work contexts? What habits supporting honor and integrity are embedded in our athletic teams and might be applied in other areas? In our careers and professions, how might we treat clients, patients, competitors, suppliers or audiences for "internal" reasons of character and not just compliance to "external" standards?

Mark BourassaHonor Code Forum 
Dr. Mark Bourassa, assistant dean of students, examined the historical context of honor codes in the United States as well as at Bluffton during the Nov. 14 Forum, “Bluffton’s Honor Code in the World.” 
>>> Forum recap


Civic Engagement Day 2017-18 

Civic Engagement Day for the 2017-18 year is Wed., April 11, 2018. Consider sharing your experience and expertise. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take an active part. Complete an application for opportunity to present! The deadline for applications is Monday, March 26, 2018.

We look forward to many enriching conversations as we explore together these significant questions throughout the year.

2017-18 Lecturer
Bluffton University is pleased to announce that Jonathan Andreas will be our 2017-18 civic engagement lecturer. He will present his lecture "Worthy of Honor" at 11 a.m., April 10 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Opening Convocation 

Summer reading text

Our summer reading text was "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life," co-written by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. The book is a memoir of Tony Dungy's life as he explains the values that have directed his actions and helped him live with integrity through difficult times. Nathan Whitaker was the opening convocation speaker Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
>>> Opening convocation 2017