Living History

A history degree is among those whose value has been increasingly questioned by voices calling for higher education to shift its emphasis from the liberal arts to job preparation. Bluffton continues to be committed to the enduring value of the liberal arts in preparing graduates for life as well as vocation,and in providing a foundation for success in a variety of professions. 


Jacob KovachJacob Kovach knew in sixth grade that he wanted to go to law school someday. However, no one in his family had gone to college. And as the oldest of three children of a single mother, he realized he would need good grades to earn scholarship money to help pay for it.  More>>> 

Norma Flores There are people who decide on a career at a young age—and then there's Dr. Norma Flores."When I was 6 years old, I told my parents I wanted to teach history," says the 2003 alumna, who did it while earning her doctoral degree and continues to do so as a first-year visiting instructor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. More>>>

Matt FrancisDespite his interest in the subject, Matt Francis didn't really know what he could do with a history degree when he started college at Bluffton in 1998. He had visited museums as a boy and liked history classes in school. When he decided to attend Bluffton—a result of its size, "community feel" and financial aid, Francis says—and was considering a history major, he sat in on a class, which he enjoyed, too. More>>>

Erin Miller MilaneseA love of history has led Erin Miller Milanese to two others she didn't know she had. She grew up with "a passion" for history and a father, Marcus Miller, who still teaches it at Iowa Mennonite School, outside
Kalona. At Bluffton, she declared her major in the subject after taking an introductory course during fall semester of her sophomore year. More>>>

Bill FreilBill Freil is a farmer. Or, depending on the day, a schoolmaster. And sometimes, the owner of a dry goods store. His occupations vary, but the setting is the same—1836 Indiana, as portrayed by Freil and fellow costumed interpreters at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Ind. More>>>

amanda bartelAmanda Bartel was glad that a phone message she received on April Fool's Day last spring was no joke. A first-year student at Bluffton in 2012-13, Bartel says she "didn't think anything would happen" when she applied for the first Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission archival internship. More>>>

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