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2018-19 University news

Soloist Announcement

Soloist Announcement

Soloists for Bluffton's 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” will be Crystal Sellers Battle, soprano; Katherine Rohrer, mezzo-soprano; Tyler Nelson, tenor; and Jonathan Beyer, baritone.


Faculty, staff, students and community members gathered at Bluffton’s Campus Welcome Center for “Christmas at the Houshower House.”

Christmas

Faculty, staff, students and community members gathered at Bluffton’s Campus Welcome Center for “Christmas at the Houshower House.”


Author, CEO and former practicing psychologist, Dr. Nate Regier brought a message of compassionate accountability during the Nov. 27 Forum “Conflict Without Casualties.”

"Conflict Without Casualties"

Author, CEO and former practicing psychologist, Dr. Nate Regier brought a message of compassionate accountability during the Nov. 27 Forum “Conflict Without Casualties.”


Yuletide Greetings

Yuletide Greetings

Bluffton University will host the Holiday Collage Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, followed by a new Christmas tradition at the Houshower House.


"Christmas Festival" Forum

The music department will present “Christmas Festival” during Forum on Dec. 4.


Reaching Out

Reaching Out

The family of Alex McClelland will share “Reaching Out: A Young Man’s Story of Faith, Courage and Commitment” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 .


"Messiah"

Bluffton University will present its 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 9. While tickets are free, they must be reserved online or at Marbeck Center.


Alumna Kerry Pinion, a manager for recruiting services for Automatic Data Processing, returned to Bluffton to share some advice to students for their next step in life— joining the full-time workforce.

Kerry Pinion Forum

Alumna Kerry Pinion, a manager for recruiting services for Automatic Data Processing, returned to Bluffton to share some advice to students for their next step in life— joining the full-time workforce.


Arizona cross cultural experience

Cross Cultural Forum

Community building and appreciation for cultural beauty were a few of the recurring themes Bluffton University students shared about their May-term cross cultural experiences during the annual cross-cultural Forum.


What started as a spaghetti dinner fundraiser organized by Bluffton University nutrition and dietetics students 16 years ago has evolved into a farm-to-table feast featuring local produce and homemade fare.

Harvest Dinner

What started out as a spaghetti dinner fundraiser organized by Bluffton University nutrition and dietetics students 16 years ago has this year evolved into a farm-to-table feast featuring local produce and homemade fare.


Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Come together on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, for Bluffton Day of Giving and empower Bluffton University students to make a difference in the world.


Exploring capitalism

Exploring capitalism

Dr. Jonathan Andreas, Howard Raid professor of business, will present “The Just Deserts of Capitalism and the Giant Turnip."


Conflict Forum

Conflict Forum

Dr. Nate Regier will present “Conflict Without Casualties: Compassionate Accountability and the Art of Struggling With” for Forum on Nov. 27.


Alumni Forum

Kerry Pinion will speak during a Bluffton University Alumni Forum. The title of her presentation is “Beginning with the End in Mind: Preparing to Join the Workforce.”


Dr. Jane Wood announces lead corporate gift for Nutrition and Dietetics Lab

Knowlton Science Center

Sodexo has made a lead corporate contribution to sponsor the state-of-the-art Nutrition and Dietetics Lab in the new Austin E. Knowlton Science Center.


Beyond the game

Beyond the game

Brandon Simmons was scheduled to speak during a Bluffton University Forum. This Forum was cancelled.


Harvest Dinner

Harvest Dinner

The Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will hold its annual Harvest Dinner.


Science Building Development

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees approved the next step in project development for a new science building.


Musical Performance

Musical Performance

Using the theme “Reimagining the Church: Looking Back to Move Forward” as inspiration, Bluffton University students explored the relevance of the Church in the modern era during Spiritual Life Week.


English Festival

English Festival

Nick White, assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University, will present a reading of “Sweet and Low."


Spiritual Life Week

Using the theme “Reimagining the Church: Looking Back to Move Forward” as inspiration, Bluffton University students explored the relevance of the Church in the modern era during Spiritual Life Week.


Nonviolence forum

Nonviolence forum

Dr. Eric Seibert will speak during a Bluffton University Forum. The title of his presentation is “Following the Nonviolent Way of Jesus: Why Christianity and Violence Don’t Mix.”


Helen

Helen

This modern adaptation of the Greek myth about Helen of Troy tackles issues that are as common today as they were in the Iron Age.


Colloquium

Colloquium

Dr. Perry Bush, professor of history, will present the Colloquium, “Christian Nonviolence and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee."


Becca Starn Forum

Becca Starn Forum

Becca Starn ’18 will present “From Kitchen to Corporate: My Internship at One of the Country’s Favorite Restaurants.”


"Cotton Road"

Laura Kissel will speak during Bluffton University’s Forum on Nov. 6 about “Making the Film ‘Cotton Road.’”


Reading Endorsement

Reading Endorsement

Teachers seeking to advance their careers can fast-track their plans by enrolling in Bluffton University's summer reading endorsement program.


Crowned

Seniors Jeffrey Arnett and Jena O'Brien were crowned Bluffton University's Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game on Oct. 13.


"Phantoms of Film"

Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery will host “Phantoms of Film” by Whitney Goller.


Bluffton University is an early adopter of Guardian Caps for practice among Division III schools

Safety first

Bluffton football has added a new piece of equipment to its practice lineup--Guardian Caps. The soft-shell helmet covers better absorbs the impact of collisions than a helmet alone.


BlufftonTradition

BlufftonTradition

Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4 in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.


Youth nutrition

Who knew fresh fruits and vegetables could be so exciting? Joshua Becasen, a dietetic intern at Bluffton University, did. After teaching a short lesson on the differences between fruits and vegetables, Becasen started a chant at Freedom Elementary.


Book Signing

Book Signing

Bluffton will host a book signing event for Dr. Samuel H. Hancock from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in Musselman Library's Reading Room.


Concert

Concert

Bluffton will host a concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.


Inauguration

Inauguration

Jane Wood Ph.D., will be inaugurated as Bluffton University’s 10th president at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in Yoder Recital Hall.


We Are Beavers All

We Are Beavers All

The Bluffton football team will collect new Legos during their Sept. 29 home game. The collection will honor the legacy of the 7-year-old son of Pat '05 and Gina (Berelsman '06) Craun.


Forum presentation

Forum presentation

Shé Langley, owner and chief creative technologist for Sushe Design, will present “Using Social Media to Tear Down Barriers and Build Up Relationships."


Forum presentation

Forum presentation

Shé Langley, owner and chief creative technologist for Sushe Design, will present "Using Social Media to Tear Down Barriers and Build Up Relationships" during Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 2.


Community building and appreciation for cultural beauty were recurring themes as students shared about their 2018 May-term experience. Nearly 90 Bluffton students participated in a cross-cultural experience last spring.

Cross-cultural forum

Bluffton University students who participated in short-term cross-cultural experiences last spring will speak during campus Forums on Tuesday, Sept. 25.


First Tuesday Forum

First Tuesday Forum

Senior Becky Boban will report on her summer Discovery Grant experiences during an 11 a.m. Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 2.


Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

Exceptional Bluffton University alumni will be honored this year during two events on Homecoming, Oct. 13.


Becky Boban '19, an art and writing major, was the recipient of a Summer Discovery Grant, which allowed her to attend a writing workshop and devote her summer break to the written word.

Summer Discovery Grant

Becky Boban '19, an art and writing major, was the recipient of a Summer Discovery Grant, which allowed her to attend a writing workshop and devote her summer break to the written word.


Bluffton University will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Oct. 13 and 14. A full slate of activities are planned on campus surrounding the big game against Manchester University.

Homecoming 2018

Bluffton University will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Oct. 13 and 14. A full slate of activities are planned on campus surrounding the big game against Manchester University.


Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest

National recognition

Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges" by the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings released today.


14th amendment debate

14th amendment debate

Dr. Jonathan Andreas and Dr. Perry Bush will debate for and against the repeal of the 14th amendment during Bluffton's annual Constitution Day Forum. The forum is on Tuesday, Sept. 18.


Religious literature discussion

Religious literature discussion

Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes will present the Colloquium, "Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery," at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


New faculty/staff

New faculty/staff

A new president, two faculty members and 26 staff members or graduate assistants joined the Bluffton community this academic year.


Economics Colloquium

Economics Colloquium

Dr. Cynthia Bandish, English and language department chair, will present the Colloquium, "Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman's Novels."


Bluffton University is one of 147 educator preparation programs approved under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

CAEP accreditation

Bluffton University is one of 147 educator preparation programs approved under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.


Bluffton is moving its Welcome Center. The Houshower House, a beautiful cottage with a rich campus history, now serves as the first point of contact for campus visitors.

Welcome Center

Bluffton is moving its Welcome Center. The Houshower House, a beautiful cottage with a rich campus history, now serves as the first point of contact for campus visitors.


In an era when people with opposing viewpoints often retreat when conflicts arise, author Jonas Beiler urged first-year students to instead talk, listen to others and share a meal.

Tough conversations

Author and counselor Jonas Beiler urged first-year students at Bluffton University to talk, listen to others, and share a meal.


Grace Albrecht Gallery will host

John Sousa exhibit

Grace Albrecht Gallery will host "Reconstruction" by John Sousa. The series features computer-compiled photographic images printed with UV-cured inks over a textured surface of paint and collage fragments.


Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation

Jonas Beiler will be the featured speaker as Bluffton University welcomes the class of 2022 during its annual Opening Convocation.


Easier to apply

Students applying to Bluffton University now have the ability to do so through The Common Application, an online college application platform that makes it easier for students in the United States and around the world to apply.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees recently recognized three outgoing board members while welcoming three new members.


Changes on the Board

Changes on the Board

The Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing board members, welcomed two new members and approved a newly endowed scholarship during the trustees' spring meeting in June.


Grant funds new course

Grant funds new course

A $25,000 grant will help Bluffton University implement a new, high-impact learning experience for sophomore students.


Seeking public comment

Bluffton University is seeking comments from the public about Bluffton in preparation for an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


Life-Changing Experience

Life-Changing Experience

Joel Wildermuth, a community and family outreach services associate at the Delaware County Library, will speak during a Bluffton University Alumni Forum.


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