2023-24: Exploring the continuum of emotional wellness

first-year student Summer reading 

"The Other Wes Moore"

“The Other Wes Moore" chronicles the lives of two men with the same name. Both Wes Moores are black men who grew up in the inner-city communities. Both were raised by single mothers within the same era. So how did one end up a decorated military veteran and academic scholar, and the other a convicted murder with a life sentence?”
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Forum events

Thomas E. “Tucker” Lott

Make wise choices

A businessman and storyteller, Thomas E. “Tucker” Lott encouraged students to make positive choices, and reminded them they can always get back up if they fall “because falling happens.” 

Michael Bailey, Heather Koontz, and Laurel Neufeld Weaver

Emotional health

During Bluffton University’s Forum, Panel questions ranged from the reasons why mental health issues are on the rise to the obstacles people face in managing their emotional wellness. 

Charlene Coughlin

Marketing and mental health

Charlene Coughlin, who's worked with companies ranging from Sherwin-Williams to the Cleveland Natural History Museum, shared several examples of positive marketing.

David Glick

It's okay to fail

While working with the students, David Glick, 2007 alumn and pastor of student ministries at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, was open about his time on campus, including his struggles and successes.

Andrea Flack Wetherald

Brave Conversations

Social worker, author, comedian and 2010 graduate, Andrea Flack-Wetherald discussed the truths about starting "brave conversations", as well as how they build trust and maintain strong relationships.