The people of Bluffton

Esther and Wendell's guest book with all their past dinner guests

This issue of “Bluffton” magazine highlights stories of members of the Bluffton family who are people of character and contributing members and leaders of their communities at work, in church and at the places they volunteer.


Esther and Wendell with Bluffton students  For more than a quarter century, a Bluffton alumnus and his wife have invited students into their home to share in a  meal and a conversation. For the first two years Wendell Badertscher ’71 attended Bluffton, meals were served family  style in the basement of Ropp Hall.  Years later, Wendell and his wife, Esther Nafziger, have brought family-style dining back to Bluffton as the couple hosts undergraduates for formal meals at their Bluffton home.  
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Nthati Phelthu teaching Bluffton students Setswana Long-time translator for the Botswana cross-cultural experience has become a Bluffton student. Nthati Phetlhu came to Bluffton and to America seeking a change. A few years ago, her husband passed away. The resulting devastation completely changed her outlook on life.  >>> more



Jonathan Andreas teaching Bluffton MBA students Bluffton professor develops a better measure of well-being than Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Despite its flaws, GDP  has been the standard measurement of well-being, but Dr. Jonathan Andreas, professor of economics recently  presented his original research in an effort to sway world leaders and fellow economists toward another standard—  MELI.  >>> more

Claire DeOrio working at JDCBREAKING BARRIERS

Bluffton University student volunteers are connecting with incarcerated youth at the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center through a recently developed partnership. The innovative program is transforming lives and changing perspectives.   >>> more

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