Building Connections

Centennial Sculpture

Just like the connection between the figures in Paul Granlund’s Constellation Earth, this issue of “Bluffton” magazine explores our shared connections as members of the Bluffton University community.


To celebrate Bluffton’s 125th anniversary in 2024, the university is producing an enduring collection of oral histories and interview transcriptions. 

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View of Strasbourg from the top of the Cathedral

From May 12-23, 2022, a group of Bluffton University alumni and friends took part in a tour of the Rhine River with a focus on Mennonite migrations in Europe. 

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Hall of Fame

On Oct. 15, 2022 Ed Smoker ’63, Denny Phillips ’79 and Allison (Lange ’05) Bentley were inducted into the Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Read more about Athletics Hall of Fame > Inductees

M'Della Moon

President Wood announced the establishment of the M’Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science thanks to generous funding from anonymous donors. 

Read more about $1.5 Million Endowed Chair >

Melissa Friesen

 Dr. Melissa Friesen is the Mary Nord and Joseph Ignat endowed chair in theatre.

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Kathy Carr

Over the course of her 40-plus-year career in education, Kathy (Gaines ’78) Carr estimates she touched the lives of roughly 6,000 children.

Read more about Kathy (Gaines '78) Carr >

Brandon Freytag

The founder and chief of creative monetization at Loaded, a gaming management and advisory firm, found his passion early in life.

Read more about Brandon Freytag ’08