Speaker biographies

Jonathan Andreas joined the faculty in 2007 and is a professor of economics. He was previously employed by the University of Illinois as a professor and by the University of Chicago as webmaster. Andreas graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and spent several years traveling and working in Asia and Latin America before getting his doctorate in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Contact him at AndreasJ@bluffton.edu 

Daniel Berger has been a professor of chemistry since 2001. He has his Ph. D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and has published various scholarly articles. Contact him at bergerd@bluffton.edu

Perry Bush has served as a professor of history at Bluffton since 1994. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph. D from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He previously taught at Phillips University in Enid, Okla. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the International Exchange of Scholars, and taught at Zaporozhye National University, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, in spring of 2012. Contact him at bushp@bluffton.edu

Gerald J. Mast is professor of communication and author of numerous books and articles including “Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community as Calling.” He is vice-president of the Mennonite Historical Society and serves as editor of Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. He graduated from Malone College and received master and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the Bluffton faculty in 1996. Contact him at mastg@bluffton.edu

Louise Matthews is the director of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University. A graduate of Hesston College and Bluffton University, with a degree in elementary education, Matthews also serves as advisor to Bluffton University's International Connection student organization. Contact her at matthewsa@bluffton.edu

The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University is a place where both students and teachers are challenged with various aspects of peacemaking and justice through fine art and literature. An understanding and appreciation for other cultures, global awareness and non-violent lifestyles are emphasized. Visitors are encouraged to browse though the shelves of more than 3,000 volumes of children's literature on peace and peace-related topics, enjoy the art and sculptures inside and out and discover for themselves how choosing peace is a daily choice.  Programs and presentations at the center provide opportunities for both children and adults to consider various peace issues. For more information, email lionlamb@bluffton.edu

Darryl Nester has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer science from Bluffton, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Purdue University. He has been teaching at Bluffton since 1992. He enjoys exploring offbeat applications of mathematics, and especially looking for intersections between mathematics and his other interests, which include word puzzles, soccer and other sports, and home improvement. Contact him at nesterd@bluffton.edu

Carrie Phillips, serves as interim director for Musselman Library. She is responsible for preservation efforts for all library collections, including the university archives, Mennonite Historical Collections and other special collections. She is a member of the Ohio Preservation Council and several other library professional organizations. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Bluffton University and a master of library and information science from the University of Washington. Contact her at phillipsc@bluffton.edu

Marathana Prothro is a communication professor and Life Design coach at Bluffton University where she draws from her background as a professional working in branding, public relations and organizational leadership to help others improve their communication. Prothro earned her master’s degree at the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She joined the Bluffton faculty in 2015.

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