2021-22 University News
The board continued its year-long efforts on implementing best practices for engaged boards, met with the university's new co-source fiscal partner, Cliffton, Larson, Allen (CLA) officer and learned about student-retention efforts.
Bluffton University is committed to continuing the important work of the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center and will build on new experiential learning opportunities in fall 2022.
In recognition of the significant contributions Bluffton alumni make to the institution and in their respective communities, Bluffton University is helping graduates continue their education through the Bluffton University Alumni Master's Degree Grant.
Bluffton University has been recognized for excelling in the areas of student engagement, teaching, community and successful outcomes by Colleges of Distinction.
Faculty from eight Mennonite institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada came together for the Marpeck Deans Conference hosted by Bluffton University.
Zael Coblentz and Ella Meyer, incoming students at Bluffton University, have been awarded the university's full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at nearly $140,000 for four years.
Bluffton was recently named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's 2022 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways the university has created to support transfer students.
"We believe that Bluffton graduates are prepared for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and, ultimately, for the purposes of God's universal kingdom."
Faculty members awarded research grants and sabbaticals shared their plans during the annual Dean's Reception.
Outstanding scholars were recognized for their academic achievements at the 2022 Academic Awards and Honors Forum.
Existing inequalities for people with disabilities were deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic according to Dr. J. Alexander Sider. He presented the 2022 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture.
Mother's Day sales are underway at the Bluffton Bread Company. Order by May 4, 2022, to guarantee delivery by Mother's Day.
Student research, pre-professional and creative endeavors, ranging from an exploration of the molecular motion of water droplets to a multimedia presentation about a fictional apocalyptic event, were presented.
Champion WNBA Coach Dan Hughes pointed to his "coaching tree" as his biggest career accomplishment. Hughes spoke at the Athletics Awards Forum. Awards were presented to Jameel Cosby and Brooke Kleman.
Dan Hughes, two-time WNBA coach-of-the-year, will speak at the Athletics Awards Forum on April 19. The top male and female student-athletes will also be named.
Peter Strange, chairman emeritus of Messer, Inc., will address the 2022 graduating class during the May 7 Commencement ceremony at Salzman Stadium.
Madison Baker '22, a marketing and sport management double major, won the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Her speech focused on the stigma of human trafficking.
Bluffton's year-long exploration of "Cultivating Modern Minimalism" culminated with Civic Engagement Day. More than 20 presentations were available, styled like an in-house conference.
Bluffton Bread Company online sales are open for the spring season now through May 8, 2022.
Bluffton has received a five year Choose Ohio First $138,600 grant by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support students in STEM fields.
Eleven full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to current teachers seeking their Ohio Department of Education intervention specialist license.
Bluffton University PEACE Club and Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold a joint prayer vigil Friday evening, April 1, for fallen Village of Bluffton police officer Dominic Francis.
The best works of art will be showcased in the 54th Juried Student Exhibition beginning April 11 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center.
Author Helen Frost provided offered practical advice to aspiring writers during the 37th English Festival. About 50 high school students joined Bluffton students for a day celebrating the written word.
Listening for and following "God's Calling" was explored during spring 2022 Spiritual Life Week. Students delved into discerning their vocations with Kathy Dickson.
A 1531 Froschauer Bible has returned to Musselman Library. The conservation restored the structural integrity of the Bible so it could be examined--with proper handling techniques.
Tickets are now available for the Bluffton production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." In this classic whodunit, a blizzard traps seven strangers together with a murderer on the loose.
New endowed scholarships established in memory of former history faculty member John D. Unruh Jr. and Rose M. White were approved by the Board of Trustees.
Melissa Florer-Bixler addressed what she described as some of the most pressing concerns for society today: third way politics, cancel culture and polarization during the Keeney Peace Lecture.
On the 15th anniversary of the Bluffton University baseball team's bus accident, more than 100 members of the Bluffton University community gathered to remember and reflect on the events of March 2, 2007, and the lives lost in Atlanta, Ga.
Bluffton University has named Zach Hammon as its next head women's soccer coach.
Senior artists and graphic designers Leslie Diaz, Olivia Hattery and Shelby Herrmann are showcasing their most prominent work in their group art exhibit "In Third Person."
Lead roles for the Bluffton Theatre presentation of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie will be performed by Abbigail Bush, Hunter McCafferty and Adam Shanaman. Performances are set for March 24-27.
Stadium lights will be installed at Alumni Field in summer 2022. A 1973 Bluffton alumnus and his wife, Randy and Debbie Gade, made a $300,000 gift to fund this addition.
During the spring Cross-Cultural Forum, students shared about their experiences in Chicago, Nashville, England and Guatemala. The students took part in semester-long opportunities in the summer and fall of 2021.
Melissa Vogley Woods, creator of the "out of the blue" exhibit currently displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center, will be the guest at a closing reception on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Bluffton Bread Company is accepting online orders of winter flavors through March 31. New flavors Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Birthday bread join favorites Asiago Cheddar and Triple Chocolate bread.
A collaboration between Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College is strengthening the three Mennonite institutions' ties and improving their respective IT departments.
"The investments people make in you and the investments you make in other people transcend a lifetime," said Susan Manchester, State Representative for Ohio's 84th House District.
Join the chorus for the Masterworks Concert to be performed April 10. Rehearsals begin Feb. 1 for anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults.
J. Denny and Jenny Beaver took center stage Saturday when the identities of the students portraying Bluffton's mascots were revealed. Thank you Kelly, Adam, Rona and Evan!
Steve Bushre will begin duties as Bluffton's head men's soccer coach on Feb. 1. He most recently as served an assistant coach at Indiana University East.
Nursing students will benefit from a new scholarship funded by an estate gift from the trust of Hazel Robinson.
Madison Brunswick, a senior from St. Henry, Ohio, is Bluffton's 10th recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.
Bluffton University has named Matthew Nardo as its next head football coach.
Bluffton's music department has announced the soloists for its 126th performance of Handel's "Messiah".
Haley Gill '23, a nutrition and dietetics major, knew she needed to make the most of her summer when she received the Bluffton Summer Discovery Grant.
Bluffton's fall theatre production features seven student actors and puppets designed, voiced and manipulated by students. "This play is really giving our theatre assistants the opportunity to shine."
The Board of Trustees welcomed Azra Nakicevic, a 1998 Bluffton business administration graduate, as its newest member during the fall meeting. She is a tax partner at GBQ Partners in Columbus, Ohio.
Prepared and served by the Bluffton University Nutrition Association, the annual Harvest Dinner returns as a drive-thru, prepaid event benefiting local charities.
Students share stories of challenges, beauty and culture following cross cultural experiences to Kentucky/Appalachia, San Antonio/South Texas, the U.S. Southwest/Hopi, Navajo and Zuni people, and Guatemala.
The two-story, nearly 20,000 square foot Austin E. Knowlton Science Center will feature six labs, faculty offices and interactive collaborative space for students.
Teachers seeking new opportunities in the field of education now have an accelerated summer option to complete coursework for an Ohio Department of Education intervention specialist license.
A large first-year class combined with successful retention efforts and growth in adult and graduate studies enrollments account for a 49-student increase.
How do you turn your passion into your profession? Brandon Freytag '08, cofounder and president of talent at Loaded, did just that.
Homecoming and Alumni Weekend events on Oct. 1-2 will include cheering for the football and volleyball teams, alumni and affinity gatherings, campus tours, food trucks, Beaver Tail-Gating and inflatables.
Join us for the groundbreaking of the Austin E. Knowlton Science Center. Located in the heart of campus, the groundbreaking will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.
Micaela C. Deming, of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, presented Bluffton's annual Constitution Day Forum, "The Constitution Versus Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors: The Inherent Conflicts Keeping Women in Danger."
During the annual state of the university address, President Jane Wood shared information including updates on the university's fiscal health, enrollment and graduation outcomes, and strategic planning initiatives.
Bluffton University has again been recognized by the "U.S. News & World Report" as a Top Performer in Social Mobility, Best Value School and in the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges."
As a Designing Your Life certified coach, Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication, can work with individuals and small groups seeking to design joy-filled lives.
Bluffton has joined an initiative to streamline the transfer process for community college students to earn bachelor's degrees in English, psychology or biology.
Scott Black has been named as the next head cross country and track and field coach.
New York Times Bestselling author and World Fantasy Award winner Tobias Buckell is joining the Bluffton University English department this fall. Buckell will serve as an instructor of English.