May Day details

May 3, 2014

Highlights of May Day 2014 will include:

May Day musical
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying  
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead 

In this 1962 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy, ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch makes his way from lowly window washer to corporate executive by consulting the handbook How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Through infectious music and clever dialogue, the musical satirizes nepotism, yes-men, gender stereotypes in the workplace, and power-hungry corporate climbers. But never fear – love will win the day!

Founders Hall
May  1, 2  and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets required

May Day Run/Walk
A four-mile race/College Cabin walk sponsored by the Bluffton University Alumni Association with support from Bluffton Hospital. Register early to reserve your tech-fabric shirt. Medals awarded to top three finishers in each age/gender bracket. Trophies awarded to fastest male and fastest female. Every participant eligible for a door prize. Walk-up registration for the half-mile Family Fun Run and Toddler Trot.

Sommer Center
7:45 a.m. check in and  walk-up registration begins;
8:30 a.m. START four-mile race and College Cabin walk
9:15 a.m. START 1/2-mile Family Fun Run
9:25 a.m. START Toddler Trot around Copeland Court with J. Denny
9:30 a.m. Door prizes, medals and trophies awarded

Register here

Alumni choir sing
Revive your musical energies, share your talents with current students and take time to reflect on your experiences as a student. The alumni choir will gather again to sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to close the May Day ceremony.

Yoder Recital Hall
9:15 a.m.

Ministry team reunion
Reminisce about your experiences as a member of one of the Bluffton University ministry teams (Shining Through, Kingdom Seekers or Little Ones to Him Belong); remember your travels, the people you met, the friendships you made and the good times you had sharing your faith with the campus community and beyond.

Marbeck Center, Bob's Place
9:15 a.m. - Gathering time
9:30 a.m. - Worship lead by the 2013-2014 Shining Through ministry team
10 a.m. - Refreshments

May Day ceremony
This event celebrates the end of an academic year, the beginning of a new chapter for graduates and the remembrance of times past for alumni. It includes the colorful Maypole dance performed by first-year students, crowning of the queen and king and recognition of graduating seniors.

Centennial Hall lawn
11 a.m.

Class reunions and lunch
Come and reminisce. Reconnect with your classmates, renew friendships and celebrate Bluffton! Because of growing crowds, two venues have been established. A buffet luncheon will be available in Marbeck Center for all alumni, family and friends through 1989. A picnic lunch will be available in the tent on Centennial Hall lawn for all alumni, family and friends for classes 1990-2013; and for 2014 graduates and their families, and for current students .

Marbeck Center Commons and Centennial Hall lawn
Tickets required

Academic receptions
After lunch, enjoy cake and coffee with faculty and staff. Parents of graduating students are especially encouraged to attend.

Burcky Gym and Shoker Science Center
1 p.m.

Celebrate traditions and discover what's new at Musselman Library! Special features for the day include displays celebrating library traditions: recognition for departmental honors students, baby honor books celebrating the birth of faculty/staff children, and recognition for graduating library student assistants. Try our new FitDesks and new ways to connect with campus history through digitized historic images.

Musselman Library
1 - 5 p.m.

Honors recital
Students who have achieved outstanding work in performance are selected by the music faculty to appear in the honors recital.

Yoder Recital Hall
1:30 p.m.

faculty showcase

Martina Cucchiara, assistant professor of history, shares excerpts from a German Jewish woman's diary in post-WWII. Paul Neufeld Weaver, associate professor of education, shows what students will experience in Guatemala this fall. George Lehman, Howard Raid Chair of business studies and director of graduate programs in business, takes us on a collaborative journey of three Mennonite universities.

Musselman Library
2:30 p.m.