2018-19 University news

Baseball Skills Camps

Baseball Skills Camps

The Bluffton University baseball team will host camps for young players wanting to improve their skills this summer.


2018 Golf Scramble

Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble

Bluffton University's 22nd annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Bluffton Golf Club


2018 Summer volleyball camp

Summer camps

The Bluffton University volleyball team will host several skills camps this summer.


Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee

The 2019 Bluffton University Ultimate Frisbee reunion will be held from 3-6 p.m. June 29 on the Mussleman Library green.



Nearly 3,000 faculty, family members and friends filled Sommer Center to witness the conferring of diplomas by President Jane M. Wood.

Commencement 2019

Faculty, family members and friends filled Sommer Center to witness Bluffton's 119th commencement ceremony. State Representative Riordan McClain '06 returned to campus to present the commencement address.


Faculty research

Faculty research

Bluffton University faculty members who have been awarded grants, sabbaticals and other scholarly endeavors were recognized at the 2019 Dean's Reception.


Five seniors received departmental honors for independent study projects.

Academic awards

Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum.


May Day royalty and dancers

Bluffton University's annual May Day ceremony will include the traditions of the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.


May Day Musical performed May 3 and 4.

May Day Musical

"This is an opportunity to come see one of the best musicals ever written. It's just so iconic; you're going to go away singing, dancing and humming the songs."


Concert

Concert

Bluffton University's music department will perform a selection of lighter tunes during the Spring Fling concert on Sunday, April 28.


Chamber ensembles

Chamber ensembles

The Low Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble will perform a combined recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25.


May Day and Commencement

Bluffton University will celebrate its annual May Day weekend of festivities May 3-5.


Prothro forum

In an era when divisiveness and negative rhetoric seems to be admired, Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, is instead encouraging understanding.


Outstanding senior male and female athlete of 2019

Outstanding athletes

Isaac Zickafoose, football, and Erin Weisgarber, volleyball, were named Bluffton's outstanding senior male and female athlete of 2019.


Academic awards

Academic awards

Bluffton University will host its annual Academic Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


May Day musical

May Day musical

Bluffton University will present "Guys and Dolls," for the May Day musical from May 3-4.


Knief senior recital

Knief senior recital

Kasandera Knief, a music education major with a concentration in performance studies, will present her Bluffton University senior recital at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Oratorical contest winner

Oratorical contest winner

Hannah Conklin '19, a convergent media major and journalism minor from Westerville, Ohio, was named the winner of Bluffton University's annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest held April 3.


Athletic awards forum

Athletic awards forum

Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Yoder Recital Hall.


State Representative Riordan McClain '06

Commencement speaker

State Representative Riordan McClain, a 2006 Bluffton University graduate, will address the 2019 graduating class during the May 5 Commencement ceremony.


Senior recital

Senior recital

Meghan Gibson, a music major with a concentration in performance studies, will present her Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Martin senior recital

Martin senior recital

Eddie Martin, a music education major with a concentration in performance studies, will present his Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Alumni forum

Nowlin, a 1991 graduate, presented the Alumni Forum "The Light Still Shines Bright Off the Field: Success in Leadership and Life" to a packed Stuzman Lecture Hall.


Keeney Peace Lecture

During Bluffton University's annual Keeney Peace Lecture, John Sharp shared "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story."


Riley Creek Festival

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Sommer Center.


Performances at Bluffton

Prepare to dance along in your seat during Bluffton University's Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir concert.


Civic Engagement Day Forum

Marathana Prothro will present Bluffton's annual Civic Engagement Day Forum titled, "Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman's Horsemen."


Colloquium on drones

Andreas Baumgartner, associate professor of art at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "'FPV Drones - Thrills of building, racing and mountain surfing."


Jena O'Brien Colloquium

Bluffton University senior Jena O'Brien will present "Crisis Communication in Higher Education: A Rhetorical Analysis of Larry Nassar and Michigan State."


Piano recital

Bluffton University will host pianist Sun Min Kim during the Pearl Bogart Mann Memorial Piano Recital on April 11.


SLW feature

Bluffton University's upcoming Spiritual Life Week will feature Matthew Vohwinkel, director of student ministries at Harbour Shores Church.


Peace oratorical contest

Peace oratorical contest

Bluffton University will hold its annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Women's conference

"Mentorship: A Relationship for Life," is the theme of this year's "Women Enriching Women" conference organized by the Bluffton University Women's Council.


Concert

A concert featuring Bluffton University's Camerata Singers and a Masterworks performance by University Chorale and the Bluffton Choral Society will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 31.


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.


The Voices of Consience exhibit was developed and produced at the Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kan., and will be displayed in Bluffton's Musselman Library.

Voices of Conscience

Bluffton will host the traveling exhibit "Voices of Conscience," Feb. 17 through March 31. This dramatic exhibit remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War.


Nate Fields '71 came to Bluffton the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his

Servant leadership

Nate Fields '71 came to Bluffton the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "Blueprint" speech. Originally having "no other purpose than to play football," he graduated with a mission to serve.


Spend an elegant evening in the Yoder Recital Hall lobby.

Love is in the Air

Spend an elegant evening during "Love is in the Air" Feb. 14 in the beautiful lobby of Yoder Recital Hall. The event will feature live music and food celebrating our global culture.


Bluffton's seventh recipient of the Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship

Beaver-Falcon scholarship

Jordan Stutzman, a senior from Millersburg, Ohio, is Bluffton University's seventh recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.


HLC Reaccreditation

"Bluffton's successful HLC reaccreditation visit confirms not only the stable and secure foundation of the university, but strongly positions us to partner with businesses and the nonprofit community."


Explore education

Explore education

High school students are invited to learn more about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Program, the demands and rewards of teaching, and career routes for education majors during an event hosted by BEO.


Cheerleading coach Morgann Rode grew up in the cheer/STUNT community.

Cheer coach

Starting in the 2019-20 season, Bluffton University will offer a competitive cheer/STUNT program led by cheerleading coach Morgann Rode. Rode is excited to expand the opportunities available on campus.


Tryouts for the 2019-20 cheer/STUNT team will be April 6.

Competitive cheer/STUNT

During its inaugural year, Bluffton’s new cheer/STUNT team will compete as a club sport against other NCAA DII and DIII schools from the Midwest and in NCAA STUNT competitions.


Musselman Library

Celebrating student research

The annual Celebrate the Library Week, a time to "Celebrating Student Research and Creativity," is set for Feb. 5-7. Activities include First Tuesday Forum, a health and wellness expo and research fair.


Dr. Martina Cucchiara

Catholic Girls in Nazi Germany

Dr. Martina Cucchiara, associate professor of history, will present the Colloquium, "We Want to Become Saviors and Helpers of our Fatherland: Catholic Girls in Nazi Germany," on Feb. 8.


Sana Musasama, an award-winning ceramics artist, will describe the relationship between her sculptures and the challenging human stories encountered in her global travels during Forum.

Time the Unspeakable

Sana Musasama, an award-winning ceramics artist, will describe the relationship between her sculptures and the challenging human stories encountered in her global travels during Forum on Feb. 5.


Jarod Siekman

Student research

Jarod Siekman '20 will present the Forum, "Mayan Mathematics and Different Numeration Systems," Feb. 5 in Musselman Library.


Dr. Lamar Nisly, vice president and dean of academic affairs

VP named

Dr. Lamar Nisly has been appointed as vice president and dean of academic affairs. Nisly has served as the interim vice president and dean of academic affairs since June 2017.


WCSC Forum

WCSC Forum

Three Bluffton University students, who spent the fall semester in Washington, D.C., will report on their experiences during Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29.


MLK Forum

MLK Forum

Nate Fields '71, senior organizational development consultant at Development Source International in Alexandria, Va., will present, "Reflections on Community Service and Servant Leadership: Then and Now," on Jan. 22.


J. Denny and Jenny with Dr. Jane Wood

Mascot reveal

On Jan. 19, between the women's and men's games against Transylvania University, Bluffton University will reveal which students are in the J. Denny and Jenny Beaver suits.


Unspeakable, by Sana Musasama

Art and Activism

Ceramic mixed-media pieces created by Sana Musasama, that pose an inquiry into the nature of violence and healing, will be displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center through Feb. 22.


Spiritual writer Christiana Peterson

Student Life Forum

Blogger and author Christiana Peterson will present "Searching for Koinonia: In Community with Mystics and Misfits," on Jan. 15.


Jim Fultz, Assistant professor of art

Jim Fultz Colloquium

Jim Fultz, assistant professor of art, will share the story behind a public sculpture developed with funding from a BURC summer grant at 4 p.m. Jan. 11.


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.’”


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

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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