Fall Welcome - First week
Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
12:30 and 9 p.m.
Bob's Place, Marbeck Center
Did you get up this morning and realize you forgot to pack your toothbrush? Or maybe you didn't bring a shower caddy? Never fear - we've got you covered. Come to Bob's Place and play Bingo to win some things you may have forgotten. – Sponsored by MCB
Purple & White Volleyball Scrimmage
Come meet the 2019 Bluffton Beaver volleyball team and cheer them on by sitting the stage in this “throwback” location!
Residence hall floor meetings
Check posted signs for location
Resident advisors welcome all residential students.
Residence hall lobbies
Hall directors will introduce residence life staff, hall custodians and ministry assistants, and share expectations for the year.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
Copeland Court, Sommer Center
This formal assembly marks the official opening of the academic year. New students are welcomed into the university community by faculty, staff and returning students.
New students are expected to be present for this important speech and returning students
are encouraged to attend. Arts & Lecture credit will be offered for this event.
– Note: 9:30 a.m. classes will end at 10:20 a.m.
A Conversation with the Convocation speaker
Yoder Recital Hall
First-year students will have the exclusive opportunity to hear from this year's convocation speaker, Dr. Beth Taylor Mack.
Hypnotist Daniel James
The Commons, Marbeck Center
Get ready for a night of laughs and magic. Award-winning comedic magician Daniel James will perform. You do NOT want to miss this great show!
– Sponsored by MCB
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
American Red Cross blood drive
Blood supplies are low and all blood types are need. Consider donating during this American Red Cross blood drive.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Involvement Fair
Learn more about Bluffton's student involvement program. Various campus organizations will have displays highlighting their groups and activities. Check out a complete list of opportunities for student involvement. – Sponsored by the office of student involvement
Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this traditional campus event! Come to play or come to watch one of the unofficial official sports of Bluffton. – Sponsored by the Ultimate Frisbee Club
Trip to Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company
Meet in the Kiva, Marbeck Center
What's better than Shirley's Popcorn? It's FREE Shirley's Popcorn! Take a mid-week break and meet in the Marbeck Kiva to take a walk to Shirley's and get a free small bag of any flavor popcorn. – Sponsored by MCB
Fire Circle (near Adams Bridge)
Come out for an informal evening of singing and sharing. – Sponsored by the ministry assistants
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019
Yoder Recital Hall
Join the campus community in worship at the first chapel of the school year. Planned by students and the campus pastor, this weekly event will encourage you in your faith.
Donuts. Coffee. TV.
Bob’s Place, Marbeck Center
What’s not to love? Enjoy a relaxing night of donuts, coffee and TV in Bob’s Place! – Sponsored by MCB
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
Women’s soccer vs. St. Mary’s College
Soccer Field, Sears Athletic Complex
Come cheer on the Beavers as they take on the Belles in their opening season match. GO BEAVERS!
Marbeck After Dark: Giant Game Night
Sponsored by MCB
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
Cross Country – Beaver Dam Invitational
Bluffton University Nature Preserve
MCB Presents: Bubble Soccer
There’s no better way to end the week than by playing or watching Bubble Soccer with your new (and old) friends. Cap off the first week of college the right way – playing soccer wrapped inside a plastic bubble of air! – Sponsored by MCB.
But wait, there’s more
The fun continues with 60 in 6, 60 events planned over the first six weeks of the new school year.