2020-21 University news

New Trustees Annette (Althaus '89) Heslep and Lynn (Woeste '94) Carpenter

Fall board meeting

The Board of Trustees discussed the Bluffton's strategic plan and welcomed new members Lynn (Woeste '94) Carpenter and Annette (Althaus '89) Heslep at its fall meeting.


Socially distanced Camerata Singers

Fall Choral Concert

The fall choral concert featuring Camerata Singers and University Chorale will be streamed for viewing starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.


Cast Lists for Virtual Fall Plays

Cast Lists for Virtual Fall Plays

Bluffton University theatre will present five short plays for their fall performance collectively titled "Alone, Together," during three virtual viewing opportunities, Oct. 29-Nov. 1.


Virtual Instrumental Concert

Virtual Instrumental Concert

Bluffton University’s fall instrumental concert featuring concert band ensembles will be streamed for viewing at www.bluffton.edu/mus starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.


Farm to Table Harvest Dinner

2020 Harvest Dinner

Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will host its annual Harvest Dinner on Friday, Nov. 6. The event will be held in a drive-thru format this year.


Virtual Family Nights

Virtual Family Nights

Bluffton University admissions invites high school aged students and their families to participate in a Virtual Family Night in the Fall of 2020.


Kai Smith represented Bluffton in a state-wide roundtable discussion.

ODHE Roundtable

Kai Smith '22 represented Bluffton in a roundtable discussion with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. College students from across the state shared how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives and education.


Best Graduate School

Bluffton University was recognized by "Ohio Business" magazine's 2020 Best in Ohio Business Awards for Best Graduate School Program.


Bluffton’s first-year class includes 195 students. Thirty-one percent are considered American minority.

Enrollment grows

Bluffton's undergraduate enrollment numbers are on the rise for the 2020-21 academic year. A solid incoming class combined with successful retention efforts account for a 21-student increase over 2019-20 enrollment.


U.S. News & World Report

The "U.S. News & World Report" has again named Bluffton to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges," and as a Best Value School and Top Performer in Social Mobility.


Dr. Jonathan Andreas

Economics of COVID

Using unemployment data, polls from economists and graphs charting changes in GDP, Dr. Jonathan Andreas described a recession that evolved more quickly than one ever experienced in the U.S.


As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr, Jackie Wyse Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament in her Forum presentation, “Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation.”

Civic Engagement Forum

As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament - Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes - in the Civic Engagement Forum "Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation."


Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes, presented the 2020 Opening Convocation address.

Opening convocation

"With all of the issues of our day... it is painfully clear that individual actions are not enough. We will only get through this by working together," challenged Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes.


Musselman Library

Safe return to campus

Bluffton students begin fall classes on Aug. 17. While some campus events will continue for students, events and facilities will be closed to off-campus guests for at least fall semester.


Corporate and Education Partnerships provide tuition discounts to local business employees.

Enhancing the region

Corporate Partner and Education Partner programs provide benefit-eligible employees and their families a 20 percent tuition discount on undergraduate, degree-completion and master's degree programs.


2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

DEI Committee

A newly-formed committee will work to support all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. Its initial focus will be to increase support for Black students, faculty and staff.


Seasons for Bluffton University golf, cross country and track and field will resume on schedule this fall.

Beaver athletics return

The safer return to athletics plan includes competition opportunities for all teams. For some teams this means a spring conference game schedule. For other teams, there will be no changes to the schedule.


The achievements of Bluffton University’s class of 2020 were celebrated Saturday, July 18, 2020, during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.

2020 Commencement

Dr. David Yost '83, CDC consultant, addressed the 2020 Bluffton University graduating class during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

During the spring 2020 meeting, Trustees discussed the implementation of the university's newly developed strategic plan, taking action on return to campus plans and reviewing increased diversity and inclusion efforts.


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