Traditions & special events

Colors
The university's official colors are royal purple and white.

Mascot
The athletic emblem or mascot of the athletic teams is the beaver.

Motto
The conviction of the truth makes free is at the center of the Christian faith and at the center of Bluffton University. This is central to the liberal arts tradition of Christian higher education.

Alumni
There are approximately 12,000 Bluffton University living alumni. This number includes those who have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at Bluffton.

Homecoming
This traditional activity is held annually in the fall. Bluffton University. Election of a Homecoming queen, king and court is coordinated by Student Senate.

May Day
The day before commencement is called May Day. Highlights of the day's activities include the Maypole dance and alumni reunions. The first May Day celebration was held in 1914.

Art exhibits
Art exhibits are displayed regularly in Marbeck Center and Sauder Visual Arts Center Albrecht Gallery and represent various media and artists students, faculty, community artists, national organizations and professionals. Students wishing to exhibit in Marbeck should consult the director. Most exhibits are organized and provided by the art department.

Forum
Meeting each Tuesday throughout the academic year, Forum is a weekly event in which the entire university community-students, faculty and staff-comes together to hear presentations and programs that deal with important themes and issues of the day. The majority of the speakers are from outside of Bluffton. They range across the academic disciplines and are chosen because of their expertise in an area of significance for the university curriculum. Special Forums, such as the C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture and the Keeney Peace Lecture, enable the articulation of heritage values central to the Bluffton. Programming is determined by the Forum director, in consultation with a committee of faculty and students. Forum events are among those in the list of events that qualify for arts and lecture academic credit.

Nature preserve
The nature preserve is located at the northwest edge of campus off of Augsburger Road. A major attraction at the preserve is the swinging bridge, completed in 1969. The preserve is open during daylight hours only. People using the preserve must stay on mowed trails and no fishing is allowed at the preserve pond. Maps and guidelines for the preserve may be obtained at Marbeck Center desk.

College cabin
The college cabin is located at the north end of the nature preserve and can be reserved by campus organizations at the main desk of Marbeck Center. (See nature preserve)

History of the university
See historical sketch, University Catalog.

Board of trustees
The ownership, control and full legal responsibility of Bluffton University is vested in the Board of Trustees. Morris Stutzman serves as chair of the board. Members are listed in the university Catalog.

President
The university has had nine presidents since 1900: Dr. N.C. Hirschy, 1900-08; Dr. S.K. Mosiman, 1910-35; Rev. A.S. Rosenberger, 1935-38; Dr. L.L. Ramseyer, 1938-65; Dr. Robert S. Kreider, 1965-72; Dr. Benjamin Sprunger, 1972-77; Dr. Elmer Neufeld, 1978-96; Dr. Lee Snyder, 1996-2006, Dr. James M. Harder, 2006-.