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Serving the Finals Breakfast 2014

Finals breakfast 2014

Campus announcements 

Library Video Update
Until now, videos at Musselman Library have been for local circulation only, not OhioLINK users.  Starting next week, to better share our resources, we’ll be circulating our DVDs and VHS tapes to OhioLINK.  Faculty who are planning to use any of our films with a class would be advised to check these out well in advance or request for course reserve. Questions? Please contact the Research & Information Desk.

Prepare for the coming Wellness tests and/or help with those new year resolutions
Come April we'll be asked to come in for our annual wellness tests. The wellness committee have several initiatives - including personal trainers, exercise classes, challenges and more - beginning in January to either help us prepare for the testing or to help with keeping that annual New Year Resolution.
>>> wellness initiatives

BEAVERS ALL: AD NAMED TO NATIONAL D-III COMMITTEE 
Phill Talavinia, Bluffton's athletics director, has reached a goal with his recent appointment to the five-member NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.
>>>Beavers All

2015-16 C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship
Will you be the 2015-16 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecturship speaker? The C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship is interpreted broadly to include related media through which the peace witness can be communicated, such as drama, story and visual art as well as a more formal lecture. The lectureship should highlight a distinctive Anabaptist peace perspective. The deadline for completed application submission is Friday, Feb. 6.  The announcement, application and proposal guidelines are available on-line

Want to be healthier, have lower medical expenses and live longer?
There is strong empirical research from peer reviewed scholarly journals that learning and practicing mindfulness helps people experience these very benefits and others as well. Interested? Come to one of the free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) pre-program orientation sessions to learn more and to experience what mindfulness is all about. The final orientation session will be held Jan. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Krieder Room.  The class begins Feb. 4. Tuition for the 8 week class is $450. A 50 percent tuition reduction is available to Bluffton University students, faculty, staff and their families. If you have questions please email Will Slater at slaterw@bluffton.edu. Learn more about the empirical research regarding MBSR at www.umassmed.edu/cfm and click on “Research”.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT DAY PROPOSALS
Civic Engagement Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25. The committee is currently accepting proposals for educational programming related to this year’s theme of Education Matters! Learning for Life, Vocation and Responsible CitizenshipPlease consider sharing your experience and expertise with us at this annual event. We also invite you to encourage your students to become an active part of the day’s events by presenting their knowledge and experience along with their attendance at sessions. Submit your proposals here. The submission deadline is Feb. 27. For more information, please contact a member of this year's Civic Engagement Committee:  Bob Antibus, Lamar Nisly, Brent Schroeder, Walt Paquin, Shari Ayers, Diane Neal and Charles Miller. 

Update on Creating Together

Tuition/Financial Aid Implementation Team – After extensive work with our financial aid consultants (Noel-Levitz), we are finalizing a proposal for a new Tuition Equalization Program (TEP) that will offer many prospective students a chance to attend Bluffton at a net price less than or equal to tuition at the top state schools.  This proposal will be modeled with Noel-Levitz to evaluate viability, net revenue impact and marketing potential.
 
The Career Experience Project continues to put the final touches on its team charter. The initial work of the group will be focused on a career-readiness project to be tested in interested departments this spring.  We will also be researching more expansive and creative possibilities for the future.  Team members include: Shari Ayers, Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Tami Forbes, Karen Klassen Harder, Stephen Harnish, Kate Spike and Julia Szabo.