Bluffton University news

New Experiences

New Experiences

Bluffton University and partners across the city are connecting in new and meaningful ways. Students will explore direct connections between their academic studies and community engagement.

“Messiah” rehearsals begin at Bluffton University

"Messiah" rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 124th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be held 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays each week from Sept. 24-Dec. 3 in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University

President to share

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University, will present the Forum "President's Reflections and Bluffton University Initiatives in 2019-20."

Beaver Tail-Gate


Beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, the Bluffton fans can enjoy Beaver Tail-Gating before all home football games. Tailgating starts at 10 a.m., with the game following at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Beth Taylor Mack, director of health behavior and wellness for YMCA of the USA


During a time when, as a whole, our nation's perceived well-being is declining, the importance of relationships was emphasized as a key to happiness during Opening Convocation.

Welcome new faculty and staff

Welcome new faculty and staff

Five faculty members and 20 staff members or graduate assistants are joining the Bluffton University community this academic year.

Dr. Angela Montel will discuss her research focused on the health benefits of plant pigments.

The power of plant pigments

Dr. Angela Montel, professor of biology, will present "The Power of Purple (and Red and Blue and Green and Yellow and Orange) Plant Pigments to Promote Human Health," on Sept. 6.

Summer Discovery Grant lead to social work internship for Bluffton senior.

Summer Discovery Program

Rowena Zuercher created her own social work internship through the Summer Discovery Program which provides a $1,500 grant for Bluffton students to explore their vocation.

Ball in the House, a high energy a cappella group performs R&B, soul and pop hits.

Ball in the House

Ball in the House will perform Sept. 19 in Yoder Recital Hall. The high energy a cappella group performs R&B, soul and pop hits that have audiences singing, dancing and beatboxing along.

Kathy Dickson '03

Vocational discernment

Kathy Dickson '03, director of vocational discernment and community engagement at Methodist Theological School of Ohio, will speak Sept. 3 on "Discernment on Purpose--Checking in on Your Best Life."

Dr. Beth Taylor Mack, director for health behavior and wellness

Opening convocation

"The Power of Relationships: How Connectivity Impacts Well-Being" will be the Opening Convocation address by Dr. Beth Taylor Mack of the YMCA of the USA.

Works by Merrill Krabill displayed Aug. 26-Oct. 18, 2019.

Krabill art exhibit

"A Visual Reflection on Fear and Connection" by Merrill Krabill of Goshen College, will be displayed Aug. 26 - Oct. 18 in Grace Albrecht Gallery.

Community sing

Community sing

Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will lead an informal singing event on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Mosiman Hall.

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."



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.