2022-23 University News

Expecting Emmanuel

Expecting Emmanuel

"Entering Advent with the Women of Jesus' Genealogy" will be the Nov. 29 Forum presentation by Rev. Joanna Harader of Lawrence, Kan.

The concert will include vocal solos and duets with chamber instrumental selections from the Baroque era of classical music.

Chamber Ensembles

Bluffton's Brass Ensemble, coached by Dr. Roy Couch, will also perform a variety of music from the Renaissance, American musical theatre and traditional Irish tunes.

Estée (Arend ’13) Hemphill, assistant director of service for the Cleveland Guardians, shared lessons from her career at Forum.

Those other duties

When Estée (Arend '13) Hemphill reflects on her rise through the Cleveland Guardians's front office, she places importance on words often overlooked in a job description: other duties as assigned.

Order your bread online early in the week for pick up on campus on Friday.

Bread sales open

Bluffton Bread Company fall online sales will run through Nov. 22. Order loaves of Pumpkin, Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon and Asiago Cheddar early in the week for pick up on Fridays.

A 2022 graduate of Miami University (Ohio) in interactive media studies, Brian Williams founded R6 and helped grow the Rainbow Six: Siege Esports community.

19th Varsity sport

Brian Williams will coach, recruit and manage the varsity co-ed Esports program starting in the 2023-24 academic year.

The play also features rich characters, complex family dynamics and range of human emotions.

Anne Frank

The story revolves around the confinement of eight people in a tight living space as Jewish families in Amsterdam are forced into hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

“What we’re doing right now is improv, and we still have the option of engaging the scene differently and building a future we don’t have to be scared of.”

"Let's Talk"

During Spiritual Life Week, Flack-Wetherald shared a message on forgiveness during Chapel which resonated with Deborah Yoder '23, an English major from Listowel, Ontario.

Fall campus

New scholarships

Two new scholarships, including the Dr. Perry Bush Scholarship funded by an anonymous donor, were approved during the Board of Trustees fall meeting.

Donations will be delivered to the Bluffton Community Assistance Corporation’s food pantry.

Trick or can

Students go door to door asking for donations of shelf-stable and nonperishable food items from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. Donations may also be left on doorsteps and porches.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-12, and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall.

Fall play cast

"The Diary of Anne Frank" captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence-- their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.

Bluffton University Fall Choral Concert set

Choral concert

Under the direction of Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, the concert will feature solo and duet performances from the Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Camerata Singers and University Chorale.

This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.

Fall instrumental

Under the direction of Dr. Roy Couch, ensemble selections will include "Bright Shining as the Morning Sun," "Dancing in Air," "A Sacred Suite," "Benediction," and "...and the antelope play."

“This program is designed for working teachers who are ready to transition out of a traditional classroom to working with students who need additional resources,” said Dr. Amy Mullins.

Master's degree

Classes are offered online or through Zoom videoconferencing. Once classes and the practicum are complete, program participants are eligible to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators.

2022 Alumni Award recipients Kathy (Gaines ’78) Carr and Brandon Fretag ’08; and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees  Ed Smoker ’63, Denny Phillips ’79 and Alison (Lange ’05) Bentley

Alumni awards

Kathy (Gaines '78) Carr, Brandon Fretag '08, Ed Smoker '63, Denny Phillips '79 and Alison (Lange '05) Bentley, were recognized at Homecoming for their outstanding achievements.

Sunday, Dec. 11 the artists will share about their works at 1:30 p.m. This show is free and open to the public.

Ceramic works

Gallery hours are 9 a.m-5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for the artists will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Spiritual Life Week

Spiritual Life Week

Students play a major role in planning activities during Spiritual Life Week, a time for focusing on Christian life. The week includes fun activities and times of worship.

Experiences in summer 2023 will allow students to learn more about Civil Rights history or the Holocaust during bus tours to sites and landmarks.


Students traveled to Kentucky/Appalachia, South Texas, the Southwest Native Nations and Washington, D.C. Students on international experiences explored the Czech Republic and Guatemala while one student traveled to South Korea.

Dr. Todd Allen

Civil rights

Dr. Todd Allen, spoke at Forum, pondered the saying “history never repeats itself, but it rhymes.”

Bluffton's total enrollment remained steady for fall 2022, despite a dip in the number of first-year, full-time students.

Steady enrollment

While the number of first-year, full-time students at Bluffton is slightly down for fall 2022, the number of full-time equivalent students - undergraduate and graduate - is steady at 730.

A much respected member of Bluffton's science faculty from 1921-1961 is remembered with the M'Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science.

Endowed chair

An anonymous gift of $1.5 million will fund the M'Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science. This chair will manage the Nature Preserve and teaching university classes.

Homecoming 2022


Along with cheering on the Beavers football, golf and soccer teams, the university will host alumni gatherings, campus tours, food trucks, Beaver Tail-Gating and more.

Rob Alexander, director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at ONU, compared the Electoral College to the weather.

Electoral College

The Electoral College was controversial at the founding of the United States and has continued to be a lightning rod. Insight into this system was provided at the Constitutional Day Forum.

Students may complete a master’s degree in as few as 12 months if they hold a bachelor of social work degree from an accredited college.

MSW program offered

Classes for a Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate degree with a mental health specialization will begin in the 2023-24 academic year.

The Cuts at Bluffton will be open Sunday afternoons during the academic year. Make appointments with Tyson Goings.

The Cuts is open

A new hair salon/barbershop is open in the Multicultural Student Development Center. Stylists from FreshNFaded in Lima will provide hair services by appointment on Sunday afternoons.

The new interim head coach says, “My unique coaching philosophy comes from my academic background as neurological physical therapist.

Swim coach hired

Dr. Luke Kleman has been named interim head swimming and diving coach.

The 2023 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks Bluffton 36 among 76 comparable institutions in 12 Midwest states.

U.S. News ranking

Bluffton University has once again - for the 25th consecutive year - been named to the top tier of Midwest Regional Colleges in the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings.

During the State of the University address President Jane Wood called on the campus community to focus on authentic conversations of

An educated person

During her annual State of the University address President Jane Wood called on the campus community to focus on authentic conversations of "responsible citizenship" and "service to all peoples."

"Messiah" rehearsals

Rehearsals for Bluffton's 128th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will begin Sept. 20. Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is invited to join the chorus.

Bethny Ricks, 2006 Bluffton graduate and a member of the Bluffton Board of Trustees, presented at Opening Convocation and participated in a Q&A session with first year students.

Lessons from failure

A corporate executive for 18 years, 2006 Bluffton graduate Bethny Ricks spoke at Opening Convocation. Instead of sharing about her success, Ricks shared seven lessons "forged out of my tears."

With the addition of stadium lights, Alumni Field can be used for evening and early morning practices, soccer and possibly hosting high school playoff games.

Under the lights

Bluffton University's first football game under newly installed stadium lights is scheduled for the Beavers' home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, against Adrian College.

Stadium lights have been installed at Salzman Stadium. To maintain good relationships with neighbors, new outdoor lighting and noise guidelines are set.

Stadium guidelines

Stadium lights have been installed at Salzman Stadium. The university has set new outdoor lighting and noise guidelines for the facility as its usage increases.

Claire Clay, director of public relations and enrollment operations accepted the Program of Excellence Award from Kyle Vaughn, executive director of institutional advancement at Ashland University & ICAA Summer Conference co-chair.

Award-winning program

The President's Ambassadors Program has been recognized with a 2022 Independent College Advancement Associates (ICAA) Program of Excellence Award.

Bluffton University is partnering with HomeTown Ticketing for all alumni, athletics, music and theatre events where tickets are required.

New ticket process

Bluffton is partnering with HomeTown Ticketing for all university alumni, athletics, music and theatre events where tickets are required.

Cross Country Coach Hired

Bluffton University has named Connor Gulick as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. Gulick returns to Bluffton following two years of collegiate coaching experience.