Alumni Awards

Exceptional Bluffton University alumni, those who have reached milestones of achievement, service and giving, are honored each year during Homecoming weekend at the President’s Banquet.

The 2016 President's Banquet is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, with a reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Burcky Gym, followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. Tickets for the banquet are $25 and may be reserved by contacting Amy Byers at or 419-358-3456 before Sept. 30.

2016 Alumni Award Recipients:

Judy (Mull '63) Pierman

Lifetime Service Award
Judy (Mull '63) Pierman

Judy (Mull ’63 ) Pierman is the deputy director and education director of the Hispanic Human Resources Council in West Palm Beach, Fla. She has been with the agency for the last 22 years.

A native of West Leipsic, Ohio, Pierman has lived the last 40 years in North Palm Beach, Fla. She graduated from Bluffton in 1963 with a degree in education. 

In her current role, Pierman oversees more than 65 employees and 19 preschool classes, which are filled by about 300 infants and toddlers from mostly Spanish-speaking families. The mission is to prepare children to go to school speaking English while maintaining their home language.



Diego Rodriguez '04

Outstanding Young Alumni
Diego Rodriguez '04

Rodriguez is the education manager of the communication and public outreach division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C. In this role, Rodriguez communicates NASA’s mission to Mars primarily to members of the federal government.

Rodriguez started working for NASA in 2011 at the Johnson Space Center’s Office of Education in Houston where he introduced college and high school students to NASA’s programs.

Rodriguez graduated from Bluffton in 2004. He studied business administration and was a star on the soccer field. He was named first team all-conference at Bluffton for all four years. He is the only soccer player at Bluffton to have achieved this accomplishment.