Bluffton University news

Under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, the gospel choir is now in its 10th year at Bluffton.

Virtual concert

The fall gospel choir and jazz concert will be streamed for viewing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Conductors will give a pre-concert talk via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.


Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon bread features applesauce produced in-house from apples picked at Sugar Creek Orchard, Lima.

Bluffton Bread sales

The Bluffton Bread Company will sell a limited quantity of freshly-baked bread from Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 28, at Root's by Strattons, on Main Street in Bluffton.


RN to BSN

Online RN to BSN

Bluffton's RN to BSN program will go 100 percent online in January. Updated courses are designed to provide a better pathway for working RNs to complete their BSN.


Virtual pedagogy

Virtual pedagogy

Bluffton University is offering a graduate-level course on creating quality learning experiences for K-12 remote classrooms, Jan.11-Feb. 26, 2021.


Even most of the rehearsals have taken place on Zoom.

Virtual fall play

"All of the plays are written for Zoom and they've been written since March. They capture the little dramas that are being communicated through these boxes on our screens."


New Trustees Annette (Althaus '89) Heslep and Lynn (Woeste '94) Carpenter

Fall board meeting

The Board of Trustees discussed the Bluffton's strategic plan and welcomed new members Lynn (Woeste '94) Carpenter and Annette (Althaus '89) Heslep at its fall meeting.


Socially distanced Camerata Singers

Fall Choral Concert

The fall choral concert featuring Camerata Singers and University Chorale will be streamed for viewing starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.


Cast Lists for Virtual Fall Plays

Cast Lists for Virtual Fall Plays

Bluffton University theatre will present five short plays for their fall performance collectively titled "Alone, Together," during three virtual viewing opportunities, Oct. 29-Nov. 1.


Virtual Instrumental Concert

Virtual Instrumental Concert

Bluffton University’s fall instrumental concert featuring concert band ensembles will be streamed for viewing at www.bluffton.edu/mus starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.


Farm to Table Harvest Dinner

2020 Harvest Dinner

Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will host its annual Harvest Dinner on Friday, Nov. 6. The event will be held in a drive-thru format this year.


Virtual Family Nights

Virtual Family Nights

Bluffton University admissions invites high school aged students and their families to participate in a Virtual Family Night in the Fall of 2020.


Kai Smith represented Bluffton in a state-wide roundtable discussion.

ODHE Roundtable

Kai Smith '22 represented Bluffton in a roundtable discussion with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. College students from across the state shared how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives and education.


Best Graduate School

Bluffton University was recognized by "Ohio Business" magazine's 2020 Best in Ohio Business Awards for Best Graduate School Program.


Bluffton’s first-year class includes 195 students. Thirty-one percent are considered American minority.

Enrollment grows

Bluffton's undergraduate enrollment numbers are on the rise for the 2020-21 academic year. A solid incoming class combined with successful retention efforts account for a 21-student increase over 2019-20 enrollment.


U.S. News & World Report

The "U.S. News & World Report" has again named Bluffton to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges," and as a Best Value School and Top Performer in Social Mobility.


Dr. Jonathan Andreas

Economics of COVID

Using unemployment data, polls from economists and graphs charting changes in GDP, Dr. Jonathan Andreas described a recession that evolved more quickly than one ever experienced in the U.S.


As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr, Jackie Wyse Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament in her Forum presentation, “Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation.”

Civic Engagement Forum

As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament - Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes - in the Civic Engagement Forum "Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation."


Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes, presented the 2020 Opening Convocation address.

Opening convocation

"With all of the issues of our day... it is painfully clear that individual actions are not enough. We will only get through this by working together," challenged Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes.


Musselman Library

Safe return to campus

Bluffton students begin fall classes on Aug. 17. While some campus events will continue for students, events and facilities will be closed to off-campus guests for at least fall semester.


Corporate and Education Partnerships provide tuition discounts to local business employees.

Enhancing the region

Corporate Partner and Education Partner programs provide benefit-eligible employees and their families a 20 percent tuition discount on undergraduate, degree-completion and master's degree programs.


2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

DEI Committee

A newly-formed committee will work to support all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. Its initial focus will be to increase support for Black students, faculty and staff.


Seasons for Bluffton University golf, cross country and track and field will resume on schedule this fall.

Beaver athletics return

The safer return to athletics plan includes competition opportunities for all teams. For some teams this means a spring conference game schedule. For other teams, there will be no changes to the schedule.


The achievements of Bluffton University’s class of 2020 were celebrated Saturday, July 18, 2020, during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.

2020 Commencement

Dr. David Yost '83, CDC consultant, addressed the 2020 Bluffton University graduating class during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

During the spring 2020 meeting, Trustees discussed the implementation of the university's newly developed strategic plan, taking action on return to campus plans and reviewing increased diversity and inclusion efforts.


Abigail Newkirk works with a student.

First class of SLPA graduates

Bluffton is celebrating its first class of speech-language pathology and audiology program graduates. The SLPA program was added in 2016 to meet the growing need for professionals in this area.


Gerald Mast and J. Denny Weaver

Scholarly Research

For a quarter century, Bluffton professors J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Mast have been writing, researching and collaborating on projects exploring the Anabaptist peace church tradition.


golfers from 2017

Golf outing

Bluffton University's 23rd annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 25, at Bluffton Golf Club.


Classes to resume in fall 2020

Classes to resume in fall 2020

Fall semester will begin Aug. 17, 2020. Students will finish fall semester classes by Thanksgiving break and not return to campus until January to minimize the risk of virus spread.


Study Buddies continue

Study Buddies continue

The education department will continue offering free online educational enrichment, Bluffton Study Buddies, in response to K-12 school closures each Tuesday and Thursday through the month of May.


Chapel continued during its weekly Thursday morning time through Zoom videoconferencing instead of in-person at Yoder Recital Hall.

Virtual campus ministries

Chapel continued during its weekly Thursday morning time through Zoom videoconferencing instead of in-person at Yoder Recital Hall.


Gabe Denecker, winner of Bluffton's 2020 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

Peace Oratorical Contest

Gabriel Denecker '21 won first place in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Denecker's speech sought to demonstrate how Catholic social teaching shares much in common with Mennonite peace church theology.


Academic awards

Academic awards

Bluffton University is recognizing many of its top students for their academic achievements. Thirty-three seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.


Alumni Master's Degree Grant

Alumni Master's Degree Grant

All alumni who earned their undergraduate degree at Bluffton are eligible for a 20 percent tuition discount on Bluffton master's degree programs.


Bluffton is adopting a test-flexible policy for students seeking admission in traditional undergraduate degree programs. Students who are consistently on their high school honor roll can be admitted based on GPA.

ACT not required

Bluffton is adopting a test-flexible policy for students seeking admission to traditional undergraduate programs.


Alumni Field, home of the Bluffton Beavers

Athletics respond

Today's Bluffton Beavers continue to be resourceful and accomplish more with less despite their seasons ending early, classes moving online and being separated from friends and teammates due to the coronavirus.


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