Alumni Awards

Exceptional Bluffton University alumni and former faculty/staff are honored each year during Homecoming weekend. 

This year one banquet, the President's Banquet, will honor both donors and alumni. Members of giving societies will receive banquet information via US mail. All other alumni may purchase tickets through the online box office.

2014 Alumni Award Recipients:


Bill Herr '61
  Lifetime Service Award
William Herr  '61

Bill Herr began his second career at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) in 1996. He retired from teaching three years earlier and had just completed his second master’s degree in religious communication from United Theological Seminary. We were looking for a chaplain with a love for the older adult. In Bill’s vitae, he described his volunteer work at a neighboring nursing home. “I hear their stories, teach them new things, pray with them, give them problems to stimulate their minds, and play music that they enjoy. I have found that there is a great need for them to have someone to listen to their stories.” He went on to share, “My vision is to communicate to people of the church the joy I feel and the things I receive from visiting residents in a nursing home, and to develop a model for churches to follow in starting a nursing home ‘listening ministry.’ ”  Needless to say, we quickly invited Bill to join the MHCO family.

  Bethny Ricks Brown
Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Bethny (Ricks '06) Brown

Bethny entered the profession of human resources following her graduation from Bluffton, where she studied sociology and criminal justice. Working first for DTR, she moved to be a senior HR generalist for Express, overseeing HR for the eastern region of the United States. Recently she took a position as an executive human resource lead with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company at the age of 28 where she will be leading several projects, including some working toward global expansion.