Lunch with the Trustees
The Bluffton University Board of Trustees is continuing its fall meeting tradition of inviting all Bluffton faculty and staff members to join them for lunch and informal conversation in the Commons (Friday, Oct. 12). Please arrive at Marbeck Center at noon and go through the regular serving area to pick up your lunch before sitting at one of the reserved tables. Trustees will also arrive at that time. Guest passes will be available for faculty and staff at the door.
October Author Events – at the Library
As part of homecoming weekend, the library is hosting a book signing and reception for Dr. Samuel Hancock at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Reading Room. Dr. Hancock, class of 1974, will introduce his new book Lord, Help Me... I Have a Date!
At 4 p.m. Oct. 18, there will be a program and reception in the Reading Room for Dr. Hamid Rafizadeh, professor of business. This arts and lecture credit event celebrates the recent release of five books: The Choice Maker, The Sucker Punch of Sharing, The First Rung, The Unexpected Unseen, and Here Comes the Watchman. Information about the books can be found at the Saving Humankind website.
Colloquium, Oct. 19
For the colloquium on Oct. 19, I encourage faculty/staff to bring their cell phones to the talk. I’m going to ask the audience to participate in a few anonymous survey questions in real time and they will need their cell phones to do so. Thanks!
-Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Faculty/Staff Book Discussion
All faculty and staff are invited to discuss Breakpoint noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the 1899 Room. Please send Gayle Trollinger an email and you will be added to the list for discussion starters and announcements.
Alyssa Eby, a Bluffton alumna from the class of 2018, will join the admissions family
as a counselor for the southern territory on Monday, Oct. 29. Alyssa is from Virginia
and attended a Mennonite high school before coming to Bluffton where she was a communication
major. After graduation she returned home and worked in the Alumni office at Eastern
Mennonite University. We are excited to welcome Alyssa back home!
– Robin Bowlus, Interim VP of Enrollment Management
Civic Engagement Lecturer
Marathana Prothro will be the 2018-19 Civic Engagement lecturer. She will present "Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman’s Horsemen."
Education, Peace and the universe
During the spring 2018 semester, more than 20 Bluffton University faculty and staff members gathered weekly to discuss the importance of a peaceable vision of education in and beyond Mennonite schools, colleges and universities.