2021-22 University News

2021 Bluffton University Board of Trustees

Board member welcomed

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.


2019 Concert Band

Familiar music made new

Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Roy Couch, will perform familiar music that has been re-visited during its Fall Instrumental Concert.


President Jane Wood picks up her meal at the 2020 Harvest Dinner.

Homemade meal to go

Prepared and served by the Bluffton University Nutrition Association, the annual Harvest Dinner returns as a drive-thru, prepaid event benefiting local charities.


All cross cultural experiences include a service component. Students in the San Antonio/South Texas experience volunteered with the San Antonio Human Rights Center.

Eyes opened

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.


Construction begins

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.


Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon bread

Bluffton Bread

Bluffton Bread Company fall online sales will run through Nov. 25. Two flavors, Pumpkin and Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon, may be picked up on campus or shipped for an additional fee.


Complete coursework toward an ODE intervention specialist license in just three months.

Intervention specialist pathway

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.


Bluffton’s first-year class includes 242 students which is the largest first-year class since the 2011 class of 250.

Enrollment grows

A large first-year class combined with successful retention efforts and growth in adult and graduate studies enrollments account for a 49-student increase.


Brandon Freytag '08 inspires Bluffton students to turn their passion into a profession.

Passion into Profession

How do you turn your passion into your profession? Brandon Freytag '08, cofounder and president of talent at Loaded, did just that.


Beaver Tail-Gating

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

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.


Knowlton Science Center renderings

Groundbreaking

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

Constitution Day

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."


Alumni Forum

Alumni Forum

Brandon Freytag '08, cofounder and president of talent at Loaded, will present "Gaming: From Passion to Profession" at Forum.


2019 Handel's Messiah

Messiah rehearsals

Rehearsals for Bluffton's 126th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be held on Tuesdays evenings starting Sept. 28, 2021. Anyone interested in singing is invited to join the chorus.


President Jane Wood presents the 2021 State of the University address.

State of the University

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 has ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges for 24 consecutive years.

U.S. News & World Report

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."


Cleveland Brass Works plays an eclectic mixture of jazz, rock, funk, Latin and swing pieces.

Free community concert

A free concert by brass quintet Cleveland Brass Works will serve as a welcome back to the community after campus was closed to the public during the 2020-21 academic year.


Designing Your Life coach Marathana Prothro

Design Your Life coach

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.


Transfer consortium

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.

Black named XC coach

Scott Black has been named as the next head cross country and track and field coach.


Tobias Buckel

Tobias Buckel

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.


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