Bluffton University news

Bluffton's MBA classes 'meet' via Zoom technology for convenience and to eliminate travel time.

Accelerated MBA

To prepare professionals to excel in today's high-demand workforce, Bluffton is now offering an accelerated 12-month Leadership Master of Business Administration, in addition to its 24-month program.


Cuba - Cuban, Caribbean or Latin?

Emily Buckell, assistant professor of Spanish at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "Cuba - Cuban, Caribbean or Latin?"


52nd Juried Student Exhibition

The Bluffton University art department will present the 52nd Juried Student Exhibition. It will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.


Hanif Abdurraqib

Author Hanif Abdurraqib spent the day inspiring students at Bluffton University.


Future educators tried out some of the lessons following Project Wild training

Project Wild

Sixteen future teachers recently took part in a unique training for hands-on science education, including a hands-on field investigation of plants and wildlife outside the new Moyer Nature Center.


Dora Maendel of Fairholme Hutterite Colony and Dr. Duane Stolzfus of Goshen College

Hutterites in Alcatraz

The story of four young men from a Hutterite colony in South Dakota, conscientious objectors during World War I who were imprisoned at Alcatraz, will be shared on March 31.


C. Andrew Nowlin '91

Alumni Forum

On March 26, Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame member C. Andrew Nowlin '91 will share how he continues to utilize the leadership skills developed through participation in team sports.


6:1 Six Artists, One Show

Senior art exhibit

Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton will showcase their most prominent work in their combined exhibit titled "6:1 Six Artists, One Show."


John E. Sharp

Keeney Peace Lecture

John E. Sharp will present "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story" on March 26. Sharp will reflect on the life of his son who died as a peacebuilder.


Images and stories of peace

Images and stories of peace

John Paul Klassen '71, grandson of John Peter Klassen, will explore the commitment to peace reflected in his grandfather's life and art on Sunday, March 24.


Archivist Carrie Phillips curated the

Of Bronze and Bravery

Through artwork, letters and scrapbooks, Archivist Carrie Phillips is sharing Bluffton's unique history during and after World War I. The exhibit "Of Bronze and Bravery" is on display in Musselman Library.


Marie Osborne, WJR radio anchor and reporter

Telling difficult stories

Marie Osborne, anchor and reporter for WJR Radio in Detroit, will share "Telling Difficult Stories: Reporting on Sexual Violence," on March 19, during the annual Women's Studies Forum.


Melissa Friesen led a discussion of race and education issues using community-based theatre techniques.

Theatre for social justice

Melissa Friesen presented a piece of theatre during Friday Colloquium, inviting attendees to participate as actors and provide feedback. The intent of community-based theatre is to engage and spark change.


Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music, will present the Forum

Songs for Resistance

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music at Bluffton University, will present the Forum "Songs for Resistance and Revolution" March 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, will give a public reading on Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Ohio poet/critic to read

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, will give a public reading at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Musical presentation

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music, and Wendy Chappel-Dick MBA '08 of Bluffton, Ohio, will present "Songs of Conscience and Peace: Music of the Great War Era."


World War I

World War I

Carrie Philips '99, archives and special collections librarian at Bluffton University, will present "'We Are Still Compelled...': Artifacts of Bluffton's World War I Experience."


Christian ethics

Christian ethics

Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium "Nothing About Us Without Us: Some Biopsychology Implications of Intellectual Disability for Christian Ethics."


Alternative Pathway to Licensure

Bluffton is one of five universities in Ohio to provide coursework for an alternative pathway to teaching for professionals who later felt the call to the classroom.


Bluffton University Trustees met on campus for the regularly scheduled winter meeting.

Trustees meeting

At their winter meeting, the Board of Trustees welcomed a new member; approved new housing options, scholarships and sabbaticals; and granted emeritus status to two retiring faculty members.


Alumni Nicole Fairburn '15, Dan Metzger '05 and Lawrence Milan '73 answered student questions about how to have productive, hard conversations.

We Need to Talk

Communication is fundamental to relationships, but having hard conversations can be hard. Three alumni returned to campus for the panel "We Need to Talk: How to Have Tough Conversations."


Award nominations

Award nominations

The Bluffton University Alumni Association is seeking Alumni Award nominations for 2019-20. The awards to be given out are the Professional Achievement Award and the Faculty/Staff Service Award.


“‘We’re all a little crazy’ means that five of five of us deal with challenges. Mental health is about the spectrum that we all live across.

We're All A Little Crazy

"We approach mental health in a way that's like, 'What are the challenges that we all face that ultimately affect our mental health?' which makes it a topic for everyone.'"


War and nonviolence within the Brethren Church

War and nonviolence within the Brethren Church

Dr. William Kostlevy, Brethren Historical Library and Archives, will present "'Conscience, Scripture and Patriotism: The Church of the Brethren and the Crisis of the Great War"


Alumni Forum

Lawrence Milan '73, Daniel Metzger '05, and Nicole Fairburn '15, will share "What to Say: How to Say It." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Walt Paquin.


Interactive theatre workshop

Dr. Melissa Friesen will present the Colloquium "When Talking is Tough: Image Theatre as a Catalyst for Engagement."


War and violence presentation

Dr. Scott Holland, professor of Bethany Theological Seminary, will present "'Remember What Happened to Uncle Daniel at Leavenworth?' A Case Study of Mennonite Conscience, Quiet Conviction and Silent Death."


Faith communities forum

Faith communities forum

C. Christopher Smith, editor at Englewood Review of Books, will speak during a Bluffton University Forum. The title of his presentation is "The Witness of Conversational Bodies."


Lunch and learn

Bluffton University's junior nutrition students will host the 2019 Lunch and Learn series. The focus this year is to share the health benefits of food pigments


Winter instrumental concert

Bluffton University will host an instrumental concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Mental health

Mental health

Bluffton will host the #SameHere Sit-Down, an interactive event produced by the Global Mental Health Alliance: "We're All A Little Crazy" from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.


Employee milestones

Employee milestones

Bluffton University employees who reached five-year milestones were celebrated during the annual faculty and staff recognition dinner.


Voices of Conscience

Voices of Conscience

Dr. Perry Bush will provide general background on historic peace churches on the eve of World War One, as an introduction to the Voices of Conscience exhibit.


Bowling Green High School Drama Club

Evening Forum

The Bowling Green High School Drama Club will perform "Lily's Wings" at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.


C. Henry Smith peace lecture

C. Henry Smith peace lecture

Merrill Krabill will explore the experience of fear as expressed in his ceramic artwork in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture on Feb. 12.


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