Special interest organizations

2018 football cheerleaders

Cheerleading 

THE BEAVER DAM, WHITE-OUTS, BLACK-OUTS, PURPLE PALOOZA.
Advisor: Morgann Rode 
Captain:    Autumn Critchfield 

The Bluffton student body supports friends, classmates and floormates on the field, court and diamond. Cheerleaders get the crowd involved and entertain during halftime of football and men's basketball games.  
cheerleading@bluffton.edu

CHEER and stunt

Advisor: Morgann Rode 

Bluffton University’s Cheer and Stunt program will focus on advanced tumbling and stunting skills, and compete at regional competitions.  

 College Republicans

Advisor: Jason Swartzlander, 419-358-3406

The purpose of this organization is to make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party, to aid in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government and to develop political skills and leadership abilities among Republican students as preparation for future service to the party and the community.

 

Brave Spaces

Brave Space

Advisor: Heidi Mercer, 419-358-3209

President Alexis Link
Vice President Alicia Loch 
Secretary Kori Frey
Treasurer Allyson Fuqua

Brave Space is a student led organization that seeks to promote a positive and inclusive atmosphere by working to raise awareness of and support to students that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, on a continuum of sexual orientation and gender identity, and their allies (LGBT+). >>> Facebook 

GAMING CLUB

Advisor: Zachary Walton, 419-358-3082

Guildmaster             Nick Rohr

The purpose of The Gaming Club is for Bluffton students to get together with each other and learn new games (both video and board games). The events that we would hold would be wind-down events for students to come and have fun playing games with others through a combination of board, video, card and trading card games. 

  

Women's circle

Gender Perspective 

Advisor: Julie DeGraw,   419-358-3248

President Liandrin Thomas
Vice President             Lucas Keller


Bluffton University Gender Perspective serves both women and men by creating community and by bringing about awareness of topics of interest to women through activism and advocacy both on and off campus. Gender Perspective will be involved in outreach  and consciousness-raising efforts and advocating for change where it may be needed to better the quality of all women's lives. At the heart of Gender Perspective's constitution is the belief that no one member is more liable or responsible for the organization's maintenance or activities.  All members are equal in importance. In keeping with Bluffton's policies of respect and non-exclusion, all Bluffton students, whether female or male, are welcome to participate.

 

Bluffton ICon

International Connection - Bluffton ICon

Advisor: Louise Matthews, 419-358-3207

Leadership Team:     Blake Hershberger
Leaderhsip Team:     RaeLee Hightower
Leadership Team:     Irena Xhari


International Connection [ICon] provides an opportunity for students to build relationships and cultural understanding through interaction with friends from around the world. All Bluffton students are invited to participate in weekly gatherings at The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center as well as other ICon-sponsored activities, both on and off campus. A weekly email keeps interested students informed of upcoming multicultural opportunities. Consider not only how you can benefit but recognize that your experiences and perspectives can also benefit others. Your involvement in ICon is welcome at any point during your Bluffton campus experience. Bring a friend and show up! Contact Louise Matthews to be added to the email list.  

 

Anime Club

JAPANESE ANIME CLUB

Advisor: Zachary Walton, 419-358-3082

President Miriam Fike
Vice-President Jenna Paul

 
The purpose of this organization is to enrich the campus community by offering students the opportunity to learn about Eastern culture through films and DVDs which portray the unique religion, myths, art and history of Japanese culture.

 

MCB

Marbeck Center Board (MCB)

Advisor: Kevin White, 419-358-3218

Chairperson Tyler Ackerman


Marbeck Center Board (MCB) serves as the main student programming group responsible for planning and executing events. The events are designed to cultivate community on campus through shared experiences.

While it operates out of Marbeck Center, MCB programs many activities including variety shows, game nights and traditional campus favorites like Dam Jam and Finals Breakfast. Marbeck After Dark (MAD) events occur every Friday night at 9 p.m. Build Your Own Aquarium, Chipotle Night, Tie-Dye, Harry Potter Night and The Roommate Challenge are just a few of the offerings during the school year. In addition, MCB hosts bingo with prizes of a different theme every Monday.

MCB membership is open to students from all majors and class standings. At least two seats on the board are reserved for incoming first-year students starting in the fall semester. Serving on MCB is just one more way students can answer the question, “How are you involved on campus?”

Check out the MCB Facebook page for event information!

 J Denny and Jenny Beaver

Mascots: J Denny and Jenny Beaver

Advisor: Sara Kisseberth, 419-358-3484 

J Denny and Jenny are ambassadors for athletics, admissions, advancement and student life. Do you want to get in the suit? Auditions are held annually following the "reveal" for the current year's mascots, typically in January or February. Performers must be full-time Bluffton students, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing. Secrecy is a major part of performing as J Denny or Jenny Beaver. Tell no one that you are applying! The selection process includes a written application, in-person interviews with the selection committee and a final in-suit audition.
>>> more about Bluffton's mascots
>>> application process


Multicultural Student Organization (MSO)

Advisor: Tyson Goings, 419-358-3306 

President Quincy Salcido
Vice President Isaac Zickafoose


Multicultural Student Organization is the sum of organizations formerly known as African American Student Organization (AASO) and The Bluffton Latina Society (BLS). The vision of Multicultural Student Organization is to shift from its exclusiveness and to bring together students of ALL cultures for the purpose of building awareness and promoting diversity in the Bluffton community. We hope to encourage better race relations and contribute to Bluffton University's anti-racism work on campus.

 

Peace Club

P.E.A.C.E. Club

Advisor: Paul Neufeld Weaver, 419-358-3327

President Rowena Zuercher


P.E.A.C.E. stands for Peace Education and Action Community Endeavor. The organization's purposes are to educate students about current peace-related issues and to encourage and organize appropriate action in response to these issues through consciousness-raising endeavors. 

 

PALs

Peer Awareness Leaders (PALs)

Advisor: Rae Staton, 419-358-3449

Peer Awareness Leaders (PALs) is a student-led organization that coordinates programming relevant to today’s college students. Issues such as healthy relationships, substance use and abuse, mental health, suicide awareness and prevention, stress relief and domestic violence have all been the subject of events in recent years. 

PALs members strive to be influential educators who bring a diverse awareness to the campus community so students may make responsible decisions. The organization is an extension of the Bluffton student life office and consists of student volunteers.

 

SAA

The Student Alumni Association

Advisor: Claire Clay

President                   Taylor Aurand

 

The Student Alumni Association at Bluffton University, in accordance with the mission and goals of this institution, is committed to strengthening relationships between current students, alumni and the university, and developing an awareness of the importance of supporting Bluffton University and preserving its traditions. Its members will support events created for students and alumni and encourage participation in and interaction at such activities helping to cultivate relationships and to communicate the importance of stewardship to the university.

 

saac

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Advisor: Amanda DeMoine

President:              Tami Groff
Vice president:      Colton Shrader

 

Sustainability Club

Sustainability Club

Advisor: Jonathan Andreas, 419-358-3290

President             Emily Rush
Vice President  Courtney Perry
Secretary Jenny Dorsey
Treasurer Cassie Reinhart


The Sustainability Club is a group of students that meets to coordinate efforts on projects to improve the environmental sustainability of Bluffton University. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, majors and interests, and one does not have to know anything about sustainability before joining. The club focuses on collaborating on student-led projects that can change Bluffton and on educating the student body on conscious living in regards to creation. The type of projects undertaken by the club will vary depending on the various interests of members, but can include projects such as an annual Sustainability Report, energy saving challenges and an educational week.

>>> Sustainability Club website

 

ultimate frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee

Advisor: Darryl Nester, 419-358-3483

President Ben Black
Vice President Micah Hunsberger


The purpose of this club team is to have fun and fellowship while playing Ultimate Frisbee competitively with peers at Bluffton as well as at other schools. >>> Facebook


Young Americans for Liberty

Advisor: Jason Swartzlander, 419-358-3406

This organization seeks to train, educate and mobilize youth activists committed to "winning on principle" and to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates and direction of our government. 

 

Young DemocratsYoung Democrats

Advisor: Perry Bush, 419-358-3278

The purpose of the Bluffton University Young Democrats is to pursue the ideals of liberty, justice and freedom for all.  The pursuit of these ideas is through support of the Democratic Party and its ideas, ideals and candidates.

 

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