Faculty Staff

Faculty/staff training, 2014

Faculty and staff chat before a beginning-of-the-academic-year training session.

Campus announcements 

Thursday Nov. 6, 11 a.m.
"Jesus Calls You Blessed"  Matthew 5:10
Teddy Ceasar, Recruiter for Vocation, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
4th in series, “The Kingdom of God and the Hunger Games”

Celebrate the Library Week
Musselman Library will host its second annual Celebrate the Library Week, Feb. 9-13, 2015, with an opportunity to showcase student research, creative work and other projects. To help us move forward in planning for the student research fair, we would ask that faculty be thinking about students who they could recommend to us as presenters, from work that would be finished this semester or enough underway in February to be part of the event. Because of the research fair approach, the presentations would need to be visual in some way to help engage attendees.

SERVE IN DETROIT over fall break
Seven students worked in Detroit over fall break, gutting and sanitizing basements of homes that were flooded during the rain/flood of August 2014. See images here >>>

Dietetic Interns serve otherS
Bluffton dietetic interns have been working with the patient meal service and cafeteria at Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay and have been key in implementing several quality improvement projects that promote wellness among staff and cafeteria patrons, including initiating Fry-less Fridays, a stoplight program urging patrons to consider the sugar and calorie content of their beverages, and adding a nutritious muffin to the menu. They also created a power point presentation educating staff members regarding use of a new fluid thickener product.

Musicians are sought to perform in a large brass choir to open the Christmas Concert. Students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are all welcome. Please contact Mark Suderman for more information.

Tickets are available for Bluffton University’s fall production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Skin of Our Teeth,” by Thornton Wilder. Reserved tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for faculty/staff, senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students are available online here or at the box office located at the Marbeck Center information desk.  For assistance with tickets, contact the box office at 419-358-3239.

Janeth Magiri’s devotion to service led her far from her hometown of Musoma, Tanzania. She expects her devotion to education to prove beneficial when she returns. >>>full story

November is National Career Development Month.  The Center for Career & Vocation has partnered with many different groups on campus to plan a rich schedule of events throughout the month.  You can find the full calendar (which will be updated regularly) at the CDC webpage.

Lawrence Matthews has accepted a significant volunteer position with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), and has requested that his responsibilities in financial aid be adjusted to accommodate his passion for MDS project work. Effective Nov. 3, 2014 Lawrence will go to half time as director of financial aid, and effective Feb. 1, 2015 he will officially resign as director.  However, he will continue in the half-time role until a new hire is madeand an efficient transition to a new director is complete. 

“Motivating Students to Read: Innovations from a Retooling Year,” co-written by Lamar Nisly, Jeanna Haggard, Ross Kauffman, Jason Swartzlander, and Zachary Walton, was published in the Journal for Academic Excellence (3.2, October 2014), pp. 10-19.  It is available on-line here.

Phill Talavinia has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.  His term of service on the committee will begin at the close of the January 2015 NCAA Convention, and continue through the close of the January 2018 Convention.

Invitation to Shop at Sam’s Club
We have received One-Day Passes for Sam’s Club valid through Dec. 31, 2014. Some restrictions apply. If interested, contact Peggy Reichenbach in the business office.


live well enewsletter
In October issue:

  • Make your appointment count
  • Brussel sprouts recipe