2019-20 University news

Keep in the know with news and feature stories from academic year 2019-20.

Callings, vision, future

Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, spoke to students about finding their calling and shared his vision for the future of Mennonite Church USA.


Benjamin Bunsold, Hanna Lee, Robert Kerr and Ryu-Kyung Kim (L to R)

"Messiah" soloists

Bluffton University's music department has announced the soloists for its 124th performance of Handel's "Messiah," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Yoder Recital Hall.


James Grandey, head baseball coach at Bluffton University

Vs. Cancer Ambassador

Baseball Coach James Grandey is a member of the inaugural class of Vs. Cancer Ambassadors. His teams have raised more than $50,000 to support childhood brain tumor research.


Melissa Florer-Bixler

Colossians explored

Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler served as a guide for the Bluffton University community as they explored the theme "Jesus: More than a Feeling" during Bluffton University's semiannual Spiritual Life Week.


Jenna Liechty Martin '07

Joy of 'entanglement'

For 2007 graduate Jenna Liechty Martin, living a life of wholeness and joy is only possible in community, a community not just comprised of people.


Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion

Friday Colloquium

Dr. Alex Sider will present "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" during Colloquium, Friday, Dec. 6, in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Christmas Festival

Christmas Festival

The Bluffton University music department will present the annual Christmas Festival Forum on Dec. 3 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Pumpkin Bread

Shop Small Saturday

The Bluffton Bread Company will sell a limited quantity of freshly-baked loaves Saturday, Nov. 30, at Roots by Strattons, 111 S. Main Street, Bluffton.


124th performance

124th performance

Bluffton University will present its 124th performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Yoder Recital Hall. While tickets are free, seats must be reserved at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or at Marbeck Center.


Bluffton University is hosting a pottery competition on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Competing with pottery

The Bluffton University ceramics class is hosting a pottery competition for interested high school students on Saturday, Nov. 23. The event is for students both advanced and novice.


Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA

Navigating today's culture

Glen Guyton, executive director, Mennonite Church USA, will provide the Forum presentation, "Living Well. Living My IDEAL Life," on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Bluffton University’s Campus Welcome Center

Houshower Christmas

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to gather at Bluffton University's Campus Welcome Center for the second annual "Christmas at the Houshower House."


Join us on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

#GivingTuesday

Join us on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, and take a journey of discovery alongside our students by supporting the Bluffton Blueprint. Help us meet our goal to support the education of Bluffton's students.


Bluffton University holiday concert

Collage Concert

Bluffton University will host the Holiday Collage Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in Yoder Recital Hall including a Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and University Chorale and Camerata Singers.


Dr. Cynthia Bandish, professor of English

Finding the Empire

Dr. Cynthia Bandish will present the Colloquium "Finding the Empire at Yale" at 4 p.m., Nov. 22 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Alaina Shearer, digital strategist and entrepreneur

Entrepreneur to speak

Alaina Shearer, a seasoned speaker and professional change maker, will share her personal and professional journey toward positive social change at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Athletes host Youth Night

Athletes host Youth Night

Bluffton University's Student Athletic Advisory Committee is hosting Youth Night from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. Elementary-aged children and their families are invited to Sommer Center to interact with Bluffton University athletes.


BUNA to host dinner

BUNA to host dinner

The Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will host its annual Harvest Dinner on Friday, Nov. 15. It will also be the initial sale location for the Bluffton Bread Company.


Jenna Liechty Martin '07

Camp Friedenswald

2007 Bluffton graduate Jenna Liechty Martin will share "Why Living My Best Life Depends on You: Camp as a Place of Interconnection and Joy."


Panel celebrates

Panel celebrates

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the major on campus, Bluffton University faculty, students and alumni are coming together for a series of events to highlight the career field


Mac mini computers, keyboards and various programs will be used to create anything from written scores to electronic dance music.

Digital Music Lab

Students had the opportunity to learn from Grammy nominated musician Kendall Nesbitt in the new Digital Music Lab. "They're introducing students to skills they absolutely can use professionally."


Gospel Choir

Toe-tapping concert

Bluffton University will host a concert featuring its Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 9.


Keith Faber, Ohio's Auditor of State

The importance of transparency

Keith Faber, Ohio's Auditor of State, spoke on the importance of transparency, both in business and in government, during his Forum presentation, "Business is Better in the Sunlight."


Poet Eloisa Amezcua

English Festival Forum

Eloisa Amezcua, poet, will be speaking at Forum on Nov. 12. Her presentation will examine the ways a poem can be a container for the truths it aims to convey.


Chamber ensemble concert

Chamber ensemble concert

The Low Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Chamber Ensemble will perform a fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 14.


Trick-or-treat will be held at to Mosiman Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treat

Bluffton University is inviting community members and trick-or-treaters to Mosiman Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.


Journalism competition

Bluffton University's student-driven media organization "The Witmarsum" is hosting a journalism competition for high school students. To compete, submissions must be uploaded at www.bluffton.edu/journalism-competition by Dec. 11.


Food drive for Bluffton

Food drive for Bluffton

The Bluffton University Social Work Club is sponsoring a canned food drive during the village of Bluffton's trick-or-treat time on Thursday, Oct. 31.


Ted & Company

Ted & Company

Bluffton University's upcoming Spiritual Life Week will feature a Ted & Company performance of "We Own This Now" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Jeanna Haggard, assistant professor of food and nutrition

Apprentice at Chef

Jeanna Haggard, assistant professor of food and nutrition, will present the Colloquium, "Apprentice at Chef and the Farmer," at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.


Pastor to share

Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church, will share "Becoming Atheists: Worship Among the Gods," during Bluffton University's Spiritual Life Week Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


April Horton ’20, a physics major from Findlay, Ohio

Research in Hawaii

April Horton '20, a physics major from Findlay, Ohio, will share about her summer research experience in in Honolulu on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Musselman Library's Reading Room.


Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Performances of Bluffton University's fall play, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Bluffton University's Ramseyer Auditorium.


Poet and professor Jeff Gundy

Without a Plea: Poems

An author program and reception will be held for Jeff Gundy, poet and Bluffton University professor of English, on Oct. 24.


Digital music lab

Music lab unveiling

Bluffton University's music department will host a reception for the opening of its Digital Music Lab at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.


2019 Bluffton University homecoming court

Crowned king and queen

Seniors Tim Bender of Wellman, Iowa, and Leslie Beasley of Columbus, Ohio, were crowned Bluffton University's Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game on Oct. 12.


Math competition host

Math competition host

Bluffton University's mathematics department will host its annual math competition for high school students on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Fall choral concert at Bluffton University

Chorale and camerata

Bluffton University will host a fall choral concert featuring University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Yoder Recital Hall.


Dr. Amy Mullins, associate professor and director of graduate programs in education

Phonics education

Dr. Amy Mullins, associate professor and director of graduate programs in education, will present the Colloquium "Crack the Code: Phonics Resources for Mature Students," at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Cast list announced for fall play

Cast list announced

Bluffton University will present "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring for the fall play from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in College Hall's Ramseyer Auditorium.


“Anthrotopographies” by John Sabraw

Anthrotopographies

Bluffton University's Grace Albrecht Gallery will host the art exhibit "Anthrotopographies" by John Sabraw. Opening Oct. 28, the exhibit is free and open to the public through Dec. 12.


Social work alumni forum

Social work alumni forum

A panel of Bluffton University social work alumni will share "In the Field: Helping Others Live Their Best Lives Through Social Work" during Forum at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29.


This documentary focuses on the largest case of municipal fraud in American history.

Film and discussion

"How could one woman steal $53 million without anyone noticing?" This question will be addressed by the documentary film "All The Queen's Horses," shown Oct. 22.


State Auditor Keith Faber will present

Avoiding fraud

Keith Faber, Ohio Auditor of State, will discuss the importance of checks and balances to avoid fraud, during Forum on Oct. 22.


Instrumental concert at Bluffton University

Songs of the season

Bluffton University will host an instrumental concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.


Forum presentation with Obi Martin

Forum with Obi

Bluffton senior Obi Martin, an English major from Gordonville, Pa., will present, "When Spells Weren't Cast But Written", on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. in Musselman Library's Reading Room.


Nature preserve

Monarch event

Naturalist Amy Norris will update the community about the Moyer Nature Center's new designation as a monarch waystation at 1 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.


Merrill Krabill, chair of the art department at Goshen College

Art from Goshen

Bluffton University will host an artist reception for Merrill Krabill, chair of the art department at Goshen College, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery.


Future teachers invited to explore education as a major

Exploring education

High school students are invited to learn more about Bluffton University's Educator Preparation Program, the demands and rewards of teaching, and career routes for education majors during a special event for high school juniors and seniors hosted by the Bluffton Education Organization (BEO).


Carrie (Ream) Woodruff and Jean Szabo

Alumni Awards

Jean Szabo and Carrie (Ream '85) Woodruff will be honored by the Alumni Association at Homecoming during the President's Banquet.


Business competition

Business competition

High school students are invited to compete for $6,000 in scholarships and prizes during the Bluffton University Business Competition on Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Matt Hart

Cincinnati poet

Poet Matt Hart will give a public reading at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Marbeck Center's Kreider Room at Bluffton University.


Conrad Weaver

The opioid crisis

Award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver will share about his experiences documenting the opioid crisis during two Oct. 1 presentations on the campus of Bluffton University.


Class of 2023

Bluffton's largest class

Bluffton University has enrolled its highest number of first-year students since 2013-14. The first-year class of 250 also has an average GPA of 3.26 and the average ACT score of 21.


President Jane Wood

Accomplishments and initiatives

President Jane Wood is looking to the future, both in the academic development of the student body at Bluffton University and in the overall health of the Northwest Ohio region.


Dr. Jonathan Andreas

Morality and money

Dr. Jonathan Andreas will present the Colloquium, "Morals Are a Must for Making Money and Why You Worry I'm Wrong," at 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.


Nature Event

Nature Event

Bluffton is hosting a fall nature walk for children at the Moyer Nature Center and Bluffton University Nature Preserve. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.- noon.


Homecoming Oct. 12

The Beavers take the field at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Salzman Stadium. Individual tickets to the Homecoming football game are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens over 60 and $3 for children aged 5-13. Tickets for children under 5 are free.


Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest

Bluffton moves up

Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges" in the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings released today.


Botswana cross-cultural

Cross-Cultural

Students who participated in short-term cross-cultural experiences last spring will speak during Forum at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Kathy Dickson '03

Alumna encourages students

Kathy Dickson '03, director of vocational discernment and community engagement at Methodist Theological School of Ohio, provided Bluffton University students with tangible tips and practices for vocational discernment.


New Experiences

New Experiences

Bluffton University and partners across the city are connecting in new and meaningful ways. Students will explore direct connections between their academic studies and community engagement.


“Messiah” rehearsals begin at Bluffton University

"Messiah" rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 124th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be held 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays each week from Sept. 24-Dec. 3 in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.


Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University

President to share

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University, will present the Forum "President's Reflections and Bluffton University Initiatives in 2019-20."


Beaver Tail-Gate

Tailgating

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, the Bluffton fans can enjoy Beaver Tail-Gating before all home football games. Tailgating starts at 10 a.m., with the game following at 1:30 p.m.


Dr. Beth Taylor Mack, director of health behavior and wellness for YMCA of the USA

Convocation

During a time when, as a whole, our nation's perceived well-being is declining, the importance of relationships was emphasized as a key to happiness during Opening Convocation.


Welcome new faculty and staff

Welcome new faculty and staff

Five faculty members and 20 staff members or graduate assistants are joining the Bluffton University community this academic year.


Dr. Angela Montel will discuss her research focused on the health benefits of plant pigments.

The power of plant pigments

Dr. Angela Montel, professor of biology, will present "The Power of Purple (and Red and Blue and Green and Yellow and Orange) Plant Pigments to Promote Human Health," on Sept. 6.


Summer Discovery Grant lead to social work internship for Bluffton senior.

Summer Discovery Program

Rowena Zuercher created her own social work internship through the Summer Discovery Program which provides a $1,500 grant for Bluffton students to explore their vocation.


Ball in the House, a high energy a cappella group performs R&B, soul and pop hits.

Ball in the House

Ball in the House will perform Sept. 19 in Yoder Recital Hall. The high energy a cappella group performs R&B, soul and pop hits that have audiences singing, dancing and beatboxing along.


Kathy Dickson '03

Vocational discernment

Kathy Dickson '03, director of vocational discernment and community engagement at Methodist Theological School of Ohio, will speak Sept. 3 on "Discernment on Purpose--Checking in on Your Best Life."


Dr. Beth Taylor Mack, director for health behavior and wellness

Opening convocation

"The Power of Relationships: How Connectivity Impacts Well-Being" will be the Opening Convocation address by Dr. Beth Taylor Mack of the YMCA of the USA.


Works by Merrill Krabill displayed Aug. 26-Oct. 18, 2019.

Krabill art exhibit

"A Visual Reflection on Fear and Connection" by Merrill Krabill of Goshen College, will be displayed Aug. 26 - Oct. 18 in Grace Albrecht Gallery.


Community sing

Community sing

Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will lead an informal singing event on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Mosiman Hall.


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