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Longtime faculty and staff

Faculty and staff members reaching 5-year employment milestones were honored at the annual Employee Recognition Banquet.

Campus announcements 


Departmental Honors Projects
Four students have completed departmental honors projects this year. We will be voting on the granting of departmental honors during our next faculty meeting on April 14. Please look over these exciting projects when you have a chance in the next week.

  • Tamara Ali Ahmed Al-Sammarraie
    "Teaching Methods and Principles of Early Childhood Education in Iraqi Classrooms in Baghdad and a Comparison to the American Classrooms in Ohio"
    Dr. Paul Neufeld Weaver, faculty sponsor
  • Kara Marang
    "The Testing Effect in a Classroom Setting"
    Amanda Sensenig, faculty sponsor
  • Megan Moreo
    "The How To: Restructuring an Art Department"
    Gregg Luginbuhl, faculty sponsor
  • Holly Walter
    "Sleight of House"
    Susan Carpenter, faculty sponsor

Pi Delta Honor Society Banquet
Friday May, 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Marbeck Commons

You may find these projects on Moodle:
> My Courses > Miscellaneous > Departmental Honors > Dept Honors 2013-14

Or log on and cut/past the following link -- https://learn.bluffton.edu/course/view.php?id=2695

May Day Box is Open
Week days from 2-4 p.m. in the Sommer Center lobby for May Day picnic or indoor luncheon buffet, and tickets to the May Day Musical: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Also available at the box office are tickets for the April 24 Artist Series performance by ventriloquist/comedienne, Lynn Trefzger.

Books Available in the Bookstore
Did you have a favorite forum speaker this year? The bookstore still has copies of books from this year's forum speakers

We will be having a second Red Cross Blood Drive in the Reichenbach Room of the Sommer Center on April 23. Donation times are available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and donors may reserve a donation time at www.redcrossblood.org.

Be A Beaver Triathlon!
Register now for the Be A Beaver Triathlon – a fundraiser for the cross country and track and field teams – on May 31. Starting at the Bluffton Community pool with a 400m swim, then transition to a 20k bike and finish up with a 5k run, you can compete as an individual or with friends as a team. Register by May 5 at http://www.3disciplines.com/Events/Be-A-Beaver-Triathlon/

Parking request
ILR classes will be held through May 10. For those who park in the Riley Court lot, please consider parking in the Sauder lot on Mon., Wed. and Thur through May 10. – JP Schumacher, ILR Director

Outstanding Young Alumni or Professional Achievement Nominations
The Alumni Association Board is seeking nominations of alumni who you feel fit the criteria for the Outstanding Young Alumni or Professional Achievement awards. Read about last year's recipients and follow the links to past recipients in each category, as well as an online nomination form >>>

Speakers Bureau
We are in the process of updating the speakers bureau list for 2014-15. If you are currently listed, please review your information and let me know if changes are needed. If you would like to be added to the list, send the title of your presentation, a brief description and your name to Sara Kisseberth.

PLus Committee
Please send referrals to Lamar Nisly or Jacqui Slinger by phone or email if you are concerned about a student.

Dr. Adam Schattschneider, professor of music and woodwind instrumentalist, spent part of his 2012-13 sabbatical not only playing music, but also building a website from scratch to help out his fellow "doublers.". Full story >>>

In Memory of Cecilia Rittenhouse
On March 24, 2014, Cecilia Rittenhouse of Bryan, Ohio, passed away from an apparent heart attack prior to class. Cecilia was seven weeks away from completing her BA degree in Organizational Management at our Northwest State Community College location. Cecilia was a unique student as she returned to college at the age of 70 after being laid off as a result of the plant closing. After working for 48 years in various administrative/office capacities Cecilia was not ready to retire and chose to return to college to earn a bachelor's degree to better prepare her for finding her next job. She demonstrated great determination and grit and she was an inspiration to her classmates and all that knew her. She would have been 72 years old three days after graduation and had learned the day before her passing that she was going to be offered a job.
On Sunday, May 4 a memorial tree planting ceremony will be held and her diploma will be given to her son during graduation.

Faculty/Staff Summer Yoga
Yoga will be offered in the Kreider Room from 4:10pm-5:10pm on the following Tuesday dates:

May 6, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12

See Sue Schutz in the business office to sign up and pay the one-time fee of $10. Mats and blocks are available.

Changes In Our Campus Community
We have hired Russ Korte as our database and portal administrator. He will be instrumental in the areas of support, maintaining EX, and our internet campus portal. Please welcome him as you see him around campus.

I am pleased to announce that Matt Friesen has accepted a position as assistant professor of sociology beginning fall 2014. Matt plans to complete his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon this summer. The title of his dissertation is: "Resetting the Table: A Mixed Methods Analysis of the U.S. Food Advocacy Network."