2020-21 University news

Reading endorsement

Reading endorsement

Teachers seeking to advance their careers can fast-track their plans by enrolling in Bluffton's summer reading endorsement program.


The 2019 Juried Student Exhibition

Juried student art

The 53rd Juried Student Exhibition, showcasing work created this year by students in Bluffton art classes or independent studies, will be displayed beginning April 20.


New for fall 2021-22

Ambassador program

Bluffton will launch the President's Ambassador Program in the fall. Select students will assist recruit prospective students, welcome campus guests, and engage alumni and donors.


Vaccination clinic

Vaccination clinic

Bluffton University will partner with Bluffton Hospital to offer on-campus vaccination clinics for current students on April 9 and 12.


Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble will present a virtual concert streamed on Saturday, April 10.

Gospel and Jazz

Bluffton University's fall gospel choir and jazz concert will be streamed for viewing starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10.


Degree completion courses offered via Zoom

SHRM aligned

The degree-completion in business program is aligned with Society for Human Resource Management guidelines. Students with relevant experience may test to become a SHRM Certified Professional.


Spring Spiritual Life Week guest speaker, Dr. Drew Hart

"Good Trouble"

Dr. Drew Hart led conversations exploring the need for "Getting Into Good Trouble" during Spring Spiritual Life Week.


Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr.

Keeney Peace Lecture

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. called on individuals to "courageously use their resources, platforms and privilege to disrupt and dismantle policies that discriminate and decimate."


Virtual choral concert

Choral concert

The spring choral concert featuring University Chorale and Camerata Singers will be streamed for viewing on Sunday, March 28.


Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ben Rath

Head coach named

Ben Rath will serve as Bluffton's first head men's and women's swimming and diving coach, an intercollegiate program to start in the 2021-22 academic year.


2021 commencement speaker Lawrence Milan '73

Commencement 2021

Health care executive, Lawrence E. Milan, a 1973 Bluffton graduate, will address the 2021 graduating class during the May 8 Commencement ceremony at Salzman Stadium.


Design Your Life certified coach Dr. LaShonda Gurley

Certified coach

Dr. LaShonda Gurley, Director of the Center for Career and Vocation at Bluffton University, has been named a Design Your Life certified coach.


Dr. George Lehman, emeritus professor of business, will share his expertise in Emotional Intelligence in the workplace with area businesses.

EQ training

Dr. George Lehman, professor emeritus of business, will provide training on emotional intelligence (EQ) in the workplace, beginning with a free virtual session through the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce.


Works by seniors Berlin Fuqua, Autumn Graves and Sarah Heydinger will be displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Senior Art Show

Senior artists and graphic designers will showcase their most prominent work in a combined exhibit called "Uncovered Perspectives." The exhibit opens to the on-campus community on March 15.


Transfer-friendly

Bluffton was named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's 2021 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic ways the university supports transfer students.


New Trustee Bethny Ricks '06

Winter meeting

The Board of Trustees welcomed Bethny Ricks as a new at-large member, discussed current business and granted three sabbaticals for the 2021-22 academic year.


Instrumental concert

Instrumental concert

The winter instrumental concert featuring concert band ensembles will be streamed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.


Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate Bread

Bluffton Bread sales

The Bluffton Bread Company is back for Valentine's Day with a new specialty flavor--Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate.


Athletic announcement

Spectators allowed

Starting Friday, Feb. 12, Bluffton will allow on-campus spectators (students, faculty and staff, who are a part of the daily campus community) for all remaining home games for indoor sports.


New corporate and education partnerships established since fall 2020.

Corporate Partnerships

Bluffton has entered into 3-year Corporate Partner or Education Partner agreements with five companies and four school districts since fall 2020, providing tuition discounts to their employees.


Bluffton University will add swimming and diving as an intercollegiate sport for the 2021-22 academic year. The search for a head coach is underway.

New sport added

Bluffton University will add swimming and diving as an intercollegiate sport for the 2021-22 academic year. The search for a head coach is underway.


Soloists for the 2020 Bluffton University performance of Handel's

Soloists announced

Bluffton's music department has announced the soloists for its 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, via livestream.


The

The "Messiah"

Bluffton University will present its 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, via livestream.


Jessica Lovell has earned the Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship, a Bluffton-Bowling Green partnership that includes a full-tuition award plus a paid graduate assistantship.

MAcc scholarship

Jessica Lovell, a senior from Grove City, Ohio, is Bluffton University's ninth recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.


Holiday Concert

Holiday Concert

Bluffton University's annual Holiday Collage Concert will be streamed for viewing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.


Chad Stearns ’00 and Cody Ridenour ’08, co-owners of Modo Media, video new footage for the

"Messiah" retrospective

Instead of recording a traditional concert to be viewed online for Bluffton's 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah", the music department teamed up alumni music majors to develop a mini-documentary.


Bluffton Bread to give, or keep!

Online bread sales

Bluffton Bread Company online sales will run Dec. 1-17. Traditional breads are $8 and specialty loaves are $12. PayPal or credit card will be accepted.


Under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, the gospel choir is now in its 10th year at Bluffton.

Virtual concert

The fall gospel choir and jazz concert will be streamed for viewing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Conductors will give a pre-concert talk via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.


Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon bread features applesauce produced in-house from apples picked at Sugar Creek Orchard, Lima.

Bluffton Bread sales

The Bluffton Bread Company will sell a limited quantity of freshly-baked bread from Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 28, at Root's by Strattons, on Main Street in Bluffton.


RN to BSN

Online RN to BSN

Bluffton's RN to BSN program will go 100 percent online in January. Updated courses are designed to provide a better pathway for working RNs to complete their BSN.


Virtual pedagogy

Virtual pedagogy

Bluffton University is offering a graduate-level course on creating quality learning experiences for K-12 remote classrooms, Jan.11-Feb. 26, 2021.


Even most of the rehearsals have taken place on Zoom.

Virtual fall play

"All of the plays are written for Zoom and they've been written since March. They capture the little dramas that are being communicated through these boxes on our screens."


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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