2018-19 University news
Bluffton University will celebrate its annual May Day weekend of festivities May 3-5.
In an era when divisiveness and negative rhetoric seems to be admired, Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, is instead encouraging understanding.
Isaac Zickafoose, football, and Erin Weisgarber, volleyball, were named Bluffton's outstanding senior male and female athlete of 2019.
Bluffton University will host its annual Academic Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Bluffton University will present "Guys and Dolls," for the May Day musical from May 3-4.
Kasandera Knief, a music education major with a concentration in performance studies, will present her Bluffton University senior recital at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.
Hannah Conklin '19, a convergent media major and journalism minor from Westerville, Ohio, was named the winner of Bluffton University's annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest held April 3.
Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Yoder Recital Hall.
State Representative Riordan McClain, a 2006 Bluffton University graduate, will address the 2019 graduating class during the May 5 Commencement ceremony.
Meghan Gibson, a music major with a concentration in performance studies, will present her Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Yoder Recital Hall.
Eddie Martin, a music education major with a concentration in performance studies, will present his Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.
Nowlin, a 1991 graduate, presented the Alumni Forum "The Light Still Shines Bright Off the Field: Success in Leadership and Life" to a packed Stuzman Lecture Hall.
During Bluffton University's annual Keeney Peace Lecture, John Sharp shared "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story."
Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Sommer Center.
Prepare to dance along in your seat during Bluffton University's Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir concert.
Marathana Prothro will present Bluffton's annual Civic Engagement Day Forum titled, "Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman's Horsemen."
Andreas Baumgartner, associate professor of art at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "'FPV Drones - Thrills of building, racing and mountain surfing."
Bluffton University senior Jena O'Brien will present "Crisis Communication in Higher Education: A Rhetorical Analysis of Larry Nassar and Michigan State."
Bluffton University will host pianist Sun Min Kim during the Pearl Bogart Mann Memorial Piano Recital on April 11.
Bluffton University's upcoming Spiritual Life Week will feature Matthew Vohwinkel, director of student ministries at Harbour Shores Church.
Bluffton University will hold its annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 in Yoder Recital Hall.
"Mentorship: A Relationship for Life," is the theme of this year's "Women Enriching Women" conference organized by the Bluffton University Women's Council.
A concert featuring Bluffton University's Camerata Singers and a Masterworks performance by University Chorale and the Bluffton Choral Society will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 31.
To prepare professionals to excel in today's high-demand workforce, Bluffton is now offering an accelerated 12-month Leadership Master of Business Administration, in addition to its 24-month program.
Emily Buckell, assistant professor of Spanish at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "Cuba - Cuban, Caribbean or Latin?"
The Bluffton University art department will present the 52nd Juried Student Exhibition. It will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.
Author Hanif Abdurraqib spent the day inspiring students at Bluffton University.
Sixteen future teachers recently took part in a unique training for hands-on science education, including a hands-on field investigation of plants and wildlife outside the new Moyer Nature Center.
The story of four young men from a Hutterite colony in South Dakota, conscientious objectors during World War I who were imprisoned at Alcatraz, will be shared on March 31.
On March 26, Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame member C. Andrew Nowlin '91 will share how he continues to utilize the leadership skills developed through participation in team sports.
Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton will showcase their most prominent work in their combined exhibit titled "6:1 Six Artists, One Show."
John E. Sharp will present "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story" on March 26. Sharp will reflect on the life of his son who died as a peacebuilder.
John Paul Klassen '71, grandson of John Peter Klassen, will explore the commitment to peace reflected in his grandfather's life and art on Sunday, March 24.
Through artwork, letters and scrapbooks, Archivist Carrie Phillips is sharing Bluffton's unique history during and after World War I. The exhibit "Of Bronze and Bravery" is on display in Musselman Library.
Marie Osborne, anchor and reporter for WJR Radio in Detroit, will share "Telling Difficult Stories: Reporting on Sexual Violence," on March 19, during the annual Women's Studies Forum.
Melissa Friesen presented a piece of theatre during Friday Colloquium, inviting attendees to participate as actors and provide feedback. The intent of community-based theatre is to engage and spark change.
Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music at Bluffton University, will present the Forum "Songs for Resistance and Revolution" March 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.
Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, will give a public reading at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.
Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music, and Wendy Chappel-Dick MBA '08 of Bluffton, Ohio, will present "Songs of Conscience and Peace: Music of the Great War Era."
Carrie Philips '99, archives and special collections librarian at Bluffton University, will present "'We Are Still Compelled...': Artifacts of Bluffton's World War I Experience."
Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium "Nothing About Us Without Us: Some Biopsychology Implications of Intellectual Disability for Christian Ethics."
Bluffton is one of five universities in Ohio to provide coursework for an alternative pathway to teaching for professionals who later felt the call to the classroom.
At their winter meeting, the Board of Trustees welcomed a new member; approved new housing options, scholarships and sabbaticals; and granted emeritus status to two retiring faculty members.
Communication is fundamental to relationships, but having hard conversations can be hard. Three alumni returned to campus for the panel "We Need to Talk: How to Have Tough Conversations."
The Bluffton University Alumni Association is seeking Alumni Award nominations for 2019-20. The awards to be given out are the Professional Achievement Award and the Faculty/Staff Service Award.
"We approach mental health in a way that's like, 'What are the challenges that we all face that ultimately affect our mental health?' which makes it a topic for everyone.'"
Dr. William Kostlevy, Brethren Historical Library and Archives, will present "'Conscience, Scripture and Patriotism: The Church of the Brethren and the Crisis of the Great War"
Lawrence Milan '73, Daniel Metzger '05, and Nicole Fairburn '15, will share "What to Say: How to Say It." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Walt Paquin.
Dr. Melissa Friesen will present the Colloquium "When Talking is Tough: Image Theatre as a Catalyst for Engagement."
Dr. Scott Holland, professor of Bethany Theological Seminary, will present "'Remember What Happened to Uncle Daniel at Leavenworth?' A Case Study of Mennonite Conscience, Quiet Conviction and Silent Death."
C. Christopher Smith, editor at Englewood Review of Books, will speak during a Bluffton University Forum. The title of his presentation is "The Witness of Conversational Bodies."
Bluffton University's junior nutrition students will host the 2019 Lunch and Learn series. The focus this year is to share the health benefits of food pigments
Bluffton University will host an instrumental concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall.
Bluffton will host the #SameHere Sit-Down, an interactive event produced by the Global Mental Health Alliance: "We're All A Little Crazy" from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Bluffton University employees who reached five-year milestones were celebrated during the annual faculty and staff recognition dinner.
Dr. Perry Bush will provide general background on historic peace churches on the eve of World War One, as an introduction to the Voices of Conscience exhibit.
The Bowling Green High School Drama Club will perform "Lily's Wings" at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.
Merrill Krabill will explore the experience of fear as expressed in his ceramic artwork in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture on Feb. 12.
Bluffton will host the traveling exhibit "Voices of Conscience," Feb. 17 through March 31. This dramatic exhibit remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War.
Nate Fields '71 came to Bluffton the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "Blueprint" speech. Originally having "no other purpose than to play football," he graduated with a mission to serve.
Spend an elegant evening during "Love is in the Air" Feb. 14 in the beautiful lobby of Yoder Recital Hall. The event will feature live music and food celebrating our global culture.
Jordan Stutzman, a senior from Millersburg, Ohio, is Bluffton University's seventh recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.
"Bluffton's successful HLC reaccreditation visit confirms not only the stable and secure foundation of the university, but strongly positions us to partner with businesses and the nonprofit community."
High school students are invited to learn more about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Program, the demands and rewards of teaching, and career routes for education majors during an event hosted by BEO.
Starting in the 2019-20 season, Bluffton University will offer a competitive cheer/STUNT program led by cheerleading coach Morgann Rode. Rode is excited to expand the opportunities available on campus.
During its inaugural year, Bluffton’s new cheer/STUNT team will compete as a club sport against other NCAA DII and DIII schools from the Midwest and in NCAA STUNT competitions.
The annual Celebrate the Library Week, a time to "Celebrating Student Research and Creativity," is set for Feb. 5-7. Activities include First Tuesday Forum, a health and wellness expo and research fair.
Dr. Martina Cucchiara, associate professor of history, will present the Colloquium, "We Want to Become Saviors and Helpers of our Fatherland: Catholic Girls in Nazi Germany," on Feb. 8.
Sana Musasama, an award-winning ceramics artist, will describe the relationship between her sculptures and the challenging human stories encountered in her global travels during Forum on Feb. 5.
Jarod Siekman '20 will present the Forum, "Mayan Mathematics and Different Numeration Systems," Feb. 5 in Musselman Library.
Dr. Lamar Nisly has been appointed as vice president and dean of academic affairs. Nisly has served as the interim vice president and dean of academic affairs since June 2017.
Three Bluffton University students, who spent the fall semester in Washington, D.C., will report on their experiences during Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Nate Fields '71, senior organizational development consultant at Development Source International in Alexandria, Va., will present, "Reflections on Community Service and Servant Leadership: Then and Now," on Jan. 22.
On Jan. 19, between the women's and men's games against Transylvania University, Bluffton University will reveal which students are in the J. Denny and Jenny Beaver suits.
Ceramic mixed-media pieces created by Sana Musasama, that pose an inquiry into the nature of violence and healing, will be displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center through Feb. 22.
Blogger and author Christiana Peterson will present "Searching for Koinonia: In Community with Mystics and Misfits," on Jan. 15.
Jim Fultz, assistant professor of art, will share the story behind a public sculpture developed with funding from a BURC summer grant at 4 p.m. Jan. 11.
Soloists for Bluffton's 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” will be Crystal Sellers Battle, soprano; Katherine Rohrer, mezzo-soprano; Tyler Nelson, tenor; and Jonathan Beyer, baritone.
Faculty, staff, students and community members gathered at Bluffton’s Campus Welcome Center for “Christmas at the Houshower House.”
Author, CEO and former practicing psychologist, Dr. Nate Regier brought a message of compassionate accountability during the Nov. 27 Forum “Conflict Without Casualties.”
Bluffton University will host the Holiday Collage Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, followed by a new Christmas tradition at the Houshower House.
The music department will present “Christmas Festival” during Forum on Dec. 4.
The family of Alex McClelland will share “Reaching Out: A Young Man’s Story of Faith, Courage and Commitment” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 .
Bluffton University will present its 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 9. While tickets are free, they must be reserved online or at Marbeck Center.
Alumna Kerry Pinion, a manager for recruiting services for Automatic Data Processing, returned to Bluffton to share some advice to students for their next step in life— joining the full-time workforce.
Community building and appreciation for cultural beauty were a few of the recurring themes Bluffton University students shared about their May-term cross cultural experiences during the annual cross-cultural Forum.
What started out as a spaghetti dinner fundraiser organized by Bluffton University nutrition and dietetics students 16 years ago has this year evolved into a farm-to-table feast featuring local produce and homemade fare.
Come together on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, for Bluffton Day of Giving and empower Bluffton University students to make a difference in the world.
Dr. Jonathan Andreas, Howard Raid professor of business, will present “The Just Deserts of Capitalism and the Giant Turnip."
Dr. Nate Regier will present “Conflict Without Casualties: Compassionate Accountability and the Art of Struggling With” for Forum on Nov. 27.
Kerry Pinion will speak during a Bluffton University Alumni Forum. The title of her presentation is “Beginning with the End in Mind: Preparing to Join the Workforce.”
Sodexo has made a lead corporate contribution to sponsor the state-of-the-art Nutrition and Dietetics Lab in the new Austin E. Knowlton Science Center.
Brandon Simmons was scheduled to speak during a Bluffton University Forum. This Forum was cancelled.
The Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will hold its annual Harvest Dinner.
The Bluffton University Board of Trustees approved the next step in project development for a new science building.
Using the theme “Reimagining the Church: Looking Back to Move Forward” as inspiration, Bluffton University students explored the relevance of the Church in the modern era during Spiritual Life Week.
Nick White, assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University, will present a reading of “Sweet and Low."
Using the theme “Reimagining the Church: Looking Back to Move Forward” as inspiration, Bluffton University students explored the relevance of the Church in the modern era during Spiritual Life Week.
Dr. Eric Seibert will speak during a Bluffton University Forum. The title of his presentation is “Following the Nonviolent Way of Jesus: Why Christianity and Violence Don’t Mix.”
This modern adaptation of the Greek myth about Helen of Troy tackles issues that are as common today as they were in the Iron Age.
Dr. Perry Bush, professor of history, will present the Colloquium, “Christian Nonviolence and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee."
Becca Starn ’18 will present “From Kitchen to Corporate: My Internship at One of the Country’s Favorite Restaurants.”
Laura Kissel will speak during Bluffton University’s Forum on Nov. 6 about “Making the Film ‘Cotton Road.’”
Teachers seeking to advance their careers can fast-track their plans by enrolling in Bluffton University's summer reading endorsement program.
Seniors Jeffrey Arnett and Jena O'Brien were crowned Bluffton University's Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game on Oct. 13.
Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery will host “Phantoms of Film” by Whitney Goller.
Bluffton football has added a new piece of equipment to its practice lineup--Guardian Caps. The soft-shell helmet covers better absorbs the impact of collisions than a helmet alone.
Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 123rd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4 in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.
Who knew fresh fruits and vegetables could be so exciting? Joshua Becasen, a dietetic intern at Bluffton University, did. After teaching a short lesson on the differences between fruits and vegetables, Becasen started a chant at Freedom Elementary.
Bluffton will host a book signing event for Dr. Samuel H. Hancock from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in Musselman Library's Reading Room.
Bluffton will host a concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.
Jane Wood Ph.D., will be inaugurated as Bluffton University’s 10th president at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in Yoder Recital Hall.
The Bluffton football team will collect new Legos during their Sept. 29 home game. The collection will honor the legacy of the 7-year-old son of Pat '05 and Gina (Berelsman '06) Craun.
Shé Langley, owner and chief creative technologist for Sushe Design, will present “Using Social Media to Tear Down Barriers and Build Up Relationships."
Shé Langley, owner and chief creative technologist for Sushe Design, will present "Using Social Media to Tear Down Barriers and Build Up Relationships" during Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Bluffton University students who participated in short-term cross-cultural experiences last spring will speak during campus Forums on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Senior Becky Boban will report on her summer Discovery Grant experiences during an 11 a.m. Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Exceptional Bluffton University alumni will be honored this year during two events on Homecoming, Oct. 13.
Becky Boban '19, an art and writing major, was the recipient of a Summer Discovery Grant, which allowed her to attend a writing workshop and devote her summer break to the written word.
Bluffton University will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Oct. 13 and 14. A full slate of activities are planned on campus surrounding the big game against Manchester University.
Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges" by the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings released today.
Dr. Jonathan Andreas and Dr. Perry Bush will debate for and against the repeal of the 14th amendment during Bluffton's annual Constitution Day Forum. The forum is on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes will present the Colloquium, "Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery," at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.
A new president, two faculty members and 26 staff members or graduate assistants joined the Bluffton community this academic year.
Dr. Cynthia Bandish, English and language department chair, will present the Colloquium, "Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman's Novels."
Bluffton University is one of 147 educator preparation programs approved under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.
Bluffton is moving its Welcome Center. The Houshower House, a beautiful cottage with a rich campus history, now serves as the first point of contact for campus visitors.
Author and counselor Jonas Beiler urged first-year students at Bluffton University to talk, listen to others, and share a meal.
Grace Albrecht Gallery will host "Reconstruction" by John Sousa. The series features computer-compiled photographic images printed with UV-cured inks over a textured surface of paint and collage fragments.
Jonas Beiler will be the featured speaker as Bluffton University welcomes the class of 2022 during its annual Opening Convocation.
Students applying to Bluffton University now have the ability to do so through The Common Application, an online college application platform that makes it easier for students in the United States and around the world to apply.
The Bluffton University Board of Trustees recently recognized three outgoing board members while welcoming three new members.
The Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing board members, welcomed two new members and approved a newly endowed scholarship during the trustees' spring meeting in June.
A $25,000 grant will help Bluffton University implement a new, high-impact learning experience for sophomore students.
Bluffton University is seeking comments from the public about Bluffton in preparation for an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Joel Wildermuth, a community and family outreach services associate at the Delaware County Library, will speak during a Bluffton University Alumni Forum.