Bluffton University news

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.

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.


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.