Current students

  • Posing with Miss America
  • Happy Video
  • Special Olympics merchandise table
  • Social Work class adopts family for Christmas
  • Ecology class hiking trip
  • MEDA Convention
  • BUNA spaghetti dinner

 What's happening on campus

Do you know someobe who needs a ride home for Easter break? Maybe a friend needs a ride to church? Or maybe you know people who could drive other people? Please direct them to our new "ride board" which is on a bulletin board across from the Marbeck Information desk. You can leave a card stating where they need to go as well as if you are willing to drive students. Help us spread the word!

Monday, April 14, 5 p.m. - Kreider Room
Wednesday, April 16, 12 p.m. - A&B Room

Block Party!
A block party will be sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs student organization on April 16 from 9-12 p.m., located in Ropp Hall. Snacks and music will be provided.

Blood Drive April 23
We will be having a second Red Cross Blood Drive in the Reichenbach Room of the Sommer Center on April 23. Donation times are available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and donors may reserve a donation time at

May Day Box Office is Open
Week days from 2-4 p.m. in the Sommer Center lobby for May Day picnic or indoor luncheon buffet, and tickets to the May Day Musical: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Also available at the box office are tickets for the April 24 Artist Series performance by ventriloquist/comedienne, Lynn Trefzger.

Kit Guides 2014
We are seeking fun, friendly, caring and knowledgeable students to assist with the many aspects of our summer orientation and registration program. Applications are available at the Marbeck Center information desk.

Deb Schroeder processes queries in the admissions office, and outside the office, she has enriched the lives of young people for 30 years as a 4-H volunteer. Full story >>>

In Memory of Cecilia Rittenhouse
On March 24, 2014, Cecilia Rittenhouse of Bryan, Ohio, passed away from an apparent heart attack prior to class. Cecilia was seven weeks away from completing her BA degree in Organizational Management at our Northwest State Community College location. Cecilia was a unique student as she returned to college at the age of 70 after being laid off as a result of the plant closing. After working for 48 years in various administrative/office capacities Cecilia was not ready to retire and chose to return to college to earn a bachelor's degree to better prepare her for finding her next job. She demonstrated great determination and grit and she was an inspiration to her classmates and all that knew her. She would have been 72 years old three days after graduation and had learned the day before her passing that she was going to be offered a job.
On Sunday, May 4 a memorial tree planting ceremony will be held and her diploma will be given to her son during graduation.

From the Center for Career and Vocation
Are you looking for a way to do some vocational exploration this summer? Still wrestling with how your gifts and interests might intersect with the world in an amazing, life-giving way? Consider taking a 4 - 6 week break from wage-work this summer to create an experience that allows you to test out some of your post-graduate work possibilities. Discovery Grants are in the amount of $1,500. Former Discovery Grant recipients have used the funds to shadow leaders in their field, to sample areas of research, to serve in unfamiliar contexts, or to volunteer with organizations that would allow them to test out emerging skills and interests.

Changes In Our Campus Community
We have hired Russ Korte as our database and portal administrator. He will be instrumental in the areas of support, maintaining EX, and our internet campus portal. Please welcome him as you see him around campus.

I am pleased to announce that Matt Friesen has accepted a position as assistant professor of sociology beginning fall 2014. Matt plans to complete his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon this summer. The title of his dissertation is: "Resetting the Table: A Mixed Methods Analysis of the U.S. Food Advocacy Network."

Film Festival

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Bluffton University
Film Festival!
Friday, April 11, 2014
ENTRIES due April 4.

Civic Engagement Day


  >>>Civic Engagement theme


Katie Wineland, 2013 Winner

Any Bluffton student is eligible to enter the C. Henry Smith oratorical contest. Participants will prepare an oration that applies the Christian peace position to an issue of contemporary concern.
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