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Faculty & Staff Service Awards

Faculty and staff service awards

Retirement reception for mike edmiston
Please join with faculty and staff colleagues in celebrating and honoring Mike Edmiston’s many achievements during 37 years of service to Bluffton University as he prepares to retire as Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the conclusion of this academic year. A retirement reception for Mike will be held in Shoker Science Center on Monday, April 27 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Please plan to attend.

Ice Cream on the lawn
Tuesday, May 5 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Once again this year, I invite all faculty and staff to the President’s Post-Commencement Celebration on Tuesday afternoon (May 5) on the lawn in front of College Hall. Please come at your convenience, between 1:30 and 3 p.m., and enjoy a time of reflection, celebration and conversation with your colleagues. I will join members of the President’s Cabinet in serving ice cream and toppings for creative variations of your choice. We hope to see you there! (In the event of rain, the ice cream will be served inside College Hall.) - Jim Harder

BEAVERS ALL: LOOKING AT HISTORY THROUGH FOOD
A new course this semester has had students spending part of their time learning about various cultures, and the other part cooking their cuisines. The course has explored both ancient and modern civilizations to learn why humans eat what they do, concluding that what’s on our plates really tells us who we are. >>>full story

Stress? What Stress?
And more  in the April Everence Live Well e-newsletter.

Civic Engagement Theme, Convocation, and Lecture, 2015-16
The Civic Engagement Committee is pleased to announce our theme for next year:
Gender Roles, Relationships, Realities
Few elements of our identity may seem more basic than the “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” announcement at a birth. Yet we all recognize that gender roles are not fixed across time or consistent across cultures. How do — and should — we determine the roles that women and men play? In our conversations, classes and presentations, we anticipate exploring a wide range of gender questions throughout the year.

Apply to serve as the 2015-16 Civic Engagement Theme Lecturer--Award: $500
Responsibilities: Prepare a lecture related to the civic engagement theme to be presented at the Presidential Scholarship Competition and at Forum on April 5, the Tuesday before Civic Engagement Day.

Application deadline: April 30, 2015
Submit applications to: Nancy Neff

Procedure: Submit a brief proposal including the topic of your presentation, your plans for preparing for the presentation, and a statement describing how your theme relates to the Civic Engagement theme. Applications should be about one page in length. The lecturer will be selected by the academic dean in consultation with the civic engagement committee. If you have questions, contact Lamar Nisly.

Insanity is coming!!
Tuesdays in May at 4 p.m. in the Reichenbach Room, DeeDee Hoffman will lead faculty/staff in HIIT sessions, with low intensity options. Please contact Audra Oglesbee, oglesbeea@bluffton.edu, if you are interested or have questions. Space will be limited and the Wellness Committee will subsidize cost for the first 10 people to sign up.

BE A BEAVER TRIATHLON
The Be A Beaver Triathlon, beginning at 9 a.m. May 30, 2015, at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve. Don't feel up to completing the full triathlon? Options include completing one leg of the event or forming a team with each member completing one discipline. Volunteers are also needed to work the event; contact Coach Karen Brandt if you are interested. Participants who register by May 22, 2015, will receive an event shirt. Registration is available online or on-site.

Education Expo THANKS!
Last week, Bluffton hosted Education Expo – a teacher recruitment and interview event sponsored by seven area colleges and universities. This was the largest event coordinated by the Center for Career & Vocation this year and was made possible only by the availability of a space as large and as flexible as the Sommer Center. 88 schools and other organizations, represented by 188 recruiters, were on campus to interview more than 130 teacher candidates. The success of Education Expo was due to the hard work of so many on Bluffton’s campus. Thank you all!

CHANGES IN OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY
TIM PANNABECKER
development officer, has shared his plans to leave Bluffton in November of 2015. Tim joined the development office in 2006 after working with MCC Akron in Human Resources, Hanover College and later Presbyterian College in student life and counseling. Tim served one year abroad in the Netherlands via the InterMenno Program after graduating from Bluffton in ‘87. Tim has been an integral part of the development team and the successful Extending Our Reach Campaign. We have appreciated Tim’s talents and many contributions to Bluffton University! Please wish Tim and his family the best in their transition as they prepare to move to a new home and community near Jo’s parents in New Zealand.

I am pleased to announce that DR. LUKE MYERS has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of physics to begin next fall.  Luke is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia.  Previous to this appointment he was postdoctoral associate at Duke University and Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory.  Luke earned his B.S. degree with majors in mathematics and physics from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in photonuclear physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He will be moving from Virginia to Bluffton this summer with his wife Ruth and their one-year-old daughter.  We look forward to Luke’s joining the Bluffton faculty this fall.

CHURCH SEMINAR
Generous Living: Tools for Giving is a free seminar being offered on Tuesday, May 5 at the Bluffton Town Hall, Third Floor, from 7-8 p.m. Information will include ways to support one’s church or other non-profit organization through various “planned giving” tools. Vyron Schmidt, Charitable Services Advisor with Everence Financial of Goshen, IN and Scott Basinger, Attorney from Bluffton and Pandora will discuss opportunities that maximize a donor’s gift. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is requested by Friday, May 1 by calling Mennonite Memorial Home at 419-358-1015.