2023-24 University News

Judge David A. Rodabaugh, Lima Municipal Court, presented the 2023 Constitution Day Forum.

Constitution Day

Judge David A. Rodabaugh, Lima Municipal Court, discussed the recent Supreme Court decision for 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis. The case dealt with matters of free speech, nondiscrimination and LGBTQ-rights.

Dr. Jane Wood, Bluffton University's 10th president

The state of higher ed

President Dr. Jane Wood will present the State of the University Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Yoder Recital Hall.

The university and community join in this traditional town-gown advent performance.

Join the chorus

Perform Handel's "Messiah" with the Bluffton University community on Dec. 10. Vocalists high school age and older are invited to join the chorus. Weekly rehearsals begin Oct. 3.

A tour of Holocaust sites in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic were among the short-term cross-cultural experiences in spring 2023.

Cross cultural Forum

Learn more about short-term cross-cultural opportunities as students who participated last year share their experiences at Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

U.S. News ranking

"U.S. News & World Report" once again named Bluffton University to the top tier of Midwest Regional Colleges. This is Bluffton's 26th consecutive year to be ranked.

Charlene Coughlin, marketing professional and Bluffton University graduate, explored the power of advertising on mental health.

Marketing and mental health

Bluffton graduate Charlene Coughlin, spoke in Forum on the connection between marketing and mental health. If authentic, positive marketing is the right thing to do and good for business.

Works by Kathleen Pahl will be displayed Sept. 25-Oct. 22.

Pahl art exhibit

Using color, organic forms and lines, Kathleen Pahl explores intersections of life and death and our relationship with the unknowable. The exhibit begins Sept. 25.

Dr. Amy Mullins created

Crack the Code app

Collaboration between Dr. Amy Mullins, education faculty, and Katrina Stone '25, computer science major, led to creation of an app effective for literacy development.

Michael Bailey, Heather Koontz, and Laurel Neufeld Weaver answered questions on why mental health issues are on the rise and obstacles people face in managing their emotional wellness.

Emotional health

Instead of looking to social media for a diagnosis, the panelists encouraged audience members to seek help from a licensed mental health provider.

Judge David A. Rodabaugh will examine recent Supreme Court decisions concerning restrictions of citizens' rights.

Constitution Day Forum

Judge David A. Rodabaugh, Lima Municipal Court, will present "Constitutional Limits on State and Federal Governments Regarding the Rights of Private Citizens," on Sept. 19.

Yoder artist reception

Artists Sue Hershberger Yoder and John Yoder will share about their work and answer questions at an artists' reception, Sept. 17, in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Thomas E. “Tucker” Lott, a businessman, storyteller and mentor from Kansas City, Mo., shared stories from his time at Bluffton.

Make wise choices

Make positive choices and always get back up if you fall, "because falling happens." Alumnus Thomas E. "Tucker" Lott gave this advice during the annual Opening Convocation.

2005 Bluffton graduate Charlene Coughlin is the president of TWIST Creative in Cleveland.

Marketing impact

Bluffton alumnae Charlene Coughlin, president of TWIST Creative, will present "Marketing and Mental Health - The Industry's Impact on Individuals and Communities" at the Sept. 12 Forum.

Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D., is the Howard Raid Professor of Business at Bluffton University.

Effective leadership

Mastering the principles of hierarchy can lead to more effective leadership, according to Dr. Jonathan Andreas, professor of economics. He will explain during Friday Colloquium on Sept. 8.

Panelists Michael Bailey, Heather Koontz and Dr. Laurel Neufeld Weaver will introduce the 2023-24 Civic Engagement Theme.

Emotional wellness

Mental health professionals and scholars will present "Emotional Wellness: A Panel Discussion" during Forum on Sept. 5.

An exhibit of projective illuminations and framed prints on silk opens the 2023-24 Grace Albrecht Gallery schedule.

Liquid Illumination 2.0

Projective illuminations and framed prints on silk by Sue Hershberger Yoder and Jon Yoder will be displayed in Grace Albrecht Gallery Aug. 28-Sept. 17.


Opening convocation

Thomas E. "Tucker" Lott, an alumnus, consultant, storyteller, investor and mentor, will be the featured speaker as the class of 2027 is welcomed during Opening Convocation.

The first phase of this project will remove invasive plants near the entrance of the preserve.

Preserve restoration

Invasive shrubs are being removed at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve to support biodiversity and provide resources for birds, small mammals and insects.