May Day details

May 2, 2015

Highlights of May Day 2015 will include:

May Day musical
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!
Written in 2005 by Eric Rockwell (music) and Joanne Bogart (lyrics), this show takes the same plot and presents it five times in the style of a different musical theatre legend. Styles include Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb.

Founders Hall
April 30, May  1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale now

Young alumni who participated in Bluffton May Day musicals are invited to join current students for an informal sing-along and celebration of 100 years of May Day productions. Bring sheet music. Former Broadway musical director and Bluffton alumnus Chad Stearns `00 will be at the keyboard to play your favorite Broadway show tunes.

Founders Hall
May 1 at 9:30 p.m.

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 a.m. check in and  walk-up registration begins;
8 a.m. START four-mile race and College Cabin walk
9 a.m. START 1/2-mile Family Fun Run
9:15 a.m. START Toddler Trot around Copeland Court with J. Denny
9:20 a.m. Door prizes, medals and trophies awarded

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

Yoder Recital Hall
9:30 a.m.

Dr. Walter Paquin, assistant professor of social work, has studied the economic and social outcomes in  black suburban neighborhoods, including Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions erupted in the summer of 2014. Learn how the city of Ferguson reached a boiling point and what steps we need to take to avoid a "Ferguson" in Ohio.

Stutzman Lecture Hall/Centennial
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 alumni, family and friends through 1999. A picnic lunch will be available inside Burcky gym for alumni, family and friends of classes 2000-14; and for 2015 graduates, their families and current students .

Marbeck Center Commons and Burcky Gym
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tickets available online and at the door

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
1:30 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM: 100 years of MAY DAY THEATRICALS at Bluffton
Current directors Melissa Friesen (staging) and Crystal Sellers Battle (music) join past directors, including Gene Caskey, Stephen Jacoby and Jane Kaufman, in leading us down memory lane as we explore a unique Bluffton tradition that started in 1915 and evolved into presenting three performances of a full blown Broadway musical during graduation weekend.

Musselman Library Reading Room
3-4 p.m.

Bluffton music alumnae Kathryn (Lehman `95) Harsha and Kirsten Halker-Kratz `96 will present a program that includes repertoire for two pianos/four hands, one piano/four hands, organ duet, and piano/organ duet. We will hear inventive hymn settings to PDQ Bach's hilarious arrangements and a newly composed piece for piano duet and baritone written especially for this recital by Girard Kratz.

Yoder Recital Hall
4:30 - 5:20 p.m.