2018-19 University news

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Dr. Jane Wood presents her inauguration address.

Inauguration

"What does it mean to obtain a university degree in the world today?" In answering this question, Dr. Jane Wood, examined the past, present and future of Christian higher education at Bluffton.


Bluffton University officials, trustees and alumna Harriet (Burkhart x52) Moyer recently celebrated the construction of the Moyer Nature Center.

Moyer Nature Center

Bluffton University officials, trustees and alumna Harriet (Burkhart x52) Moyer recently celebrated the construction of the Moyer Nature Center, an 1,800-square-foot building at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.


Young alumni give

Even though they have three young children and Chelsea is still paying off a few student loans, young alumni Jeremy Bud '07 and Chelsea (Moorhead '08) Haselman give to Bluffton University because of one key word--momentum.


Bluffton University Commencement

2018 Commencement

More than 200 diplomas were awarded during Bluffton University's 118th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2017, including an honorary degree to President James Harder, who also served as Commencement speaker.


Irena Xhari

Peace Oratorical Contest

Irena Xhari '18, a business administration major from Lezha, Albania, was named the winner of Bluffton University's annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest held April 11. Xhari's speech, Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence, explored the prevalence of sexual violence in educational and church settings.


Academic Awards Follow-up

Academic Awards Follow-up

Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 24.


Commencement speaker

Dr. James M. Harder, president of Bluffton University, will serve many roles during the 2018 graduation ceremony, including Commencement speaker. During the Sunday, May 6 event, Dr. Harder will address the graduates on the theme of An Ever-Widening Circle.


May Day Musical

May Day Musical

Bluffton University will present [title of show] as the May Day musical on May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Yoder Recital Hall.


Athletic Awards Follow-Up

Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 17 to standout athletes in baseball and softball and a special award given to President James Harder and Karen Klassen Harder.


May Day Weekend events

May Day Weekend events

Bluffton University will celebrate its annual May Day weekend of festivities May 4-6. The traditional end-of-the-academic-year celebration intertwines the past by hosting alumni reunions, the present by honoring this year's graduates and the future with first-year students performing the traditional Maypole dance. Classes ending in an 8 or 3 and the class of 2017 will celebrate reunions.


May Day dancers

May Day dancers

Bluffton University's annual May Day ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and will include the traditions of the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.


Jonathan Andreas

Civic Engagement lecture recap

Dr. Jonathan Andreas, associate professor of economics, opened the Civic Engagement lecture at Bluffton University with a simple question: What makes the world go round?


Jake Short

Conscientious objection

Standing alone on the stage of Yoder Recital Hall, actor Michael Mears, shaking with fear, began to scribble a letter on an imaginary piece of paper. Reciting the words of James Brightmore, a British World War I conscientious objector, Mears revealed the horrors Brightmore was subjected to for refusing military duty. Punishments included solitary confinement in a muddy pit that echoed the horrors of a foxhole.


Students joining Julie DeGraw at her house to partake in Lent small group discussion

Lent small groups

Lessons on faith and personal growth merged this Lent season with students and faculty members taking part in small discussion groups at Bluffton University. The purpose of the Lent small groups is to provide an opportunity to examine our walk with God while sharing about our journey of faith with others, said Stephen Tig Intagliata, campus pastor.


Academic awards

Academic awards

Bluffton University will host its annual Academic Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


Peace Oratorical Contest

Peace Oratorical Contest

Bluffton University will hold its annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. on April 11 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Musical cast list

Musical cast list

Bluffton University will present the musical comedy [title of show] for the May Day musical on May 4 and 5.


Cabaret for a Cause

Cabaret for a Cause

Bluffton University held its ninth annual Cabaret for a Cause in April 2018. The semi-formal event features student performances with the proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization.


Senior recital

Senior recital

Music major Brianna Keith, of Grafton, Ohio, will present her Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Yoder Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public; a reception will follow in the lobby.


Jerry Snodgrass

Athletic Awards Forum

Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


Alumni Forum Recap

During a Forum presentation on campus, successful entrepreneur and 2005 Bluffton graduate Aaron Williams chose not spread the clich


Women's Conference

Women's Conference

Women will find fellowship and sources of inspiration Saturday, April 14, at the Bluffton University Women's Council Women Enriching Women conference.


Alumni Forum Recap

As chair of the Madison Collaborative at James Madison University, Dr. William Hawk, a 1972 Bluffton graduate and native of Lima, Ohio, is heading up a major effort to revive democracy on the Harrisonburg, Va., campus and beyond.


Riley Creek Festival's Duck Race

Riley Creek Festival

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Sommer Center. Free and open to the public, the festival will feature block-party-style events including: family-friendly inflatables, games and other activities. The event will conclude with the traditional rubber duck race on Riley Creek starting at 4 p.m.


Marathana Prothro

Colloquium

Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium titled, From 'Meh' to 'Must Read': An Insider's Look at the Rebirth of the 'The Witmarsum' at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in Stutzman Lecture Hall.


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