Party on the Lawn

Fall Welcome - Sunday

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

11 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
Yoder Recital Hall
New students are extended a special invitation to the first on campus Sunday worship service. Come worship with us! Our service will be conducted with appropriate safe social distancing protocols. Seating will be limited.

Noon-1 p.m.

The Commons, Marbeck Center

Noon - 6 p.m.
Bookstore open
Campus bookstore, Marbeck Center
The bookstore will be open to purchase books, supplies and other school gear.

1:30 p.m.
Learn & Earn: Orientation to campus work
The Commons, Marbeck Center
If you are planning on working on campus, you will want to attend this session. All new students will meet our dedicated supervisors, learn about Bluffton's dynamic work program and discover their potential in our campus work community.

2 p.m.
Learn & Earn: Position training

Some employment positions will hold introductory training during this time. Check with your employment supervisor to confirm any scheduled training and location.

4-7 p.m.
Community Building Activities in a Socially Distanced Way

Various Locations
Developing relationships is an important component of your Bluffton experience! While we are unable to host activities that involve the entire campus being together this year, here are a few opportunities for you to grab a new friend or two or three and start building those relationships (while maintaining the appropriate distance!).

  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Nature Preserve as we start the new academic year. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding. Or try your hand at fishing. All equipment is free and available for student use. The shed will be open. At other times, pick up the key at the information desk in Marbeck Center.
  • Hike any of the trails at the Nature Preserve and visit the “Swinging Bridge”; a cable suspension bridge across the Riley Creek.
  • Try your hand at Axe Throwing! Yes. With real axes. In the Marbeck Center parking area by Burcky Gym.
  • Small group volleyball on the sand courts by Sommer Center.
  • Walk to the Bluffton Dari Freeze (“The Whippy Dip” to Bluffton students) for ice cream. Get $1off your order with your Bluffton ID.
  • Tennis Ball Golf – Play the course. Check it out at: (You don’t need to register to play!)
  • Corn hole. Boards will be set up on the lawn on top of Shoker Hall.
  • Play giant games. Games you know, just super-sized! – Jenga, Connect 4, Yahtzee and more! Bassett Plaza, outside lower level of Marbeck Center.
  • Did you bring a bike? Check out the multiple designated bike paths and quiet streets in the village of Bluffton.
  • More activities may be added! Check at the information desk in Marbeck Center.

5-7 p.m. 
The Commons, Marbeck Center

7:30 p.m.
Welcome Group Session #5
Welcome group meeting locations
This is the last of the formal welcome group sessions. It’s a chance to process your first few days and ensure your readiness for classes on Monday!