I'm a Beaver. You're a Beaver. We’re Beavers All. And when we get together, we do
Call. BEA - VER Beavers. Beavers. Go Beavers!
Bluffton has been known as The Beavers since the late 1920s when long-time coach A.C. Burcky noted that Beavers are “resourceful, indefatigable (don't tire easily), accomplish more with less ("works with twigs, building up large things from small”) and work to leave the world a better place ("never does things any worse than its ancestors did.")
Let us celebrate the many ways that we are Beavers All!
US Marshal intern
We want to see the world as a peaceful place, but some individuals have bad tendencies. It’s good to know there are good people who can handle these situations.”
More than observing
Carson Kindred gained practical knowledge, including therapy and rehabilitation experience, from an internship with the Findlay High School strength and conditioning football coach.
Support for the future
I felt like I was another athletic trainer. Every time we traveled to another school where there was a graduate program, [I was] introduced to their trainers as a prospective student."
Sydney Zinkon gained hands-on experience as an intern in the cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation unit working with patients who had asthma or lasting issues due to COVID 19.
International student Sarah Rivera Rios '23 from Honduras gained academic credit while supporting small businesses and women leadership. She gained social media marketing experience through two remote internships.
Future in coaching
Something unexpected Sammi Urban learned during the internship was the amount of time each college coach invests in their program from scheduling, budgeting, and everything in between.
It can now be told
Perhaps one of the most tightly guarded secrets at Bluffton is the identities of J. Denny and Jenny Beaver. Who were in the mascot suits in 2022-23?
Rolling in the dough
It’s one thing to see it in class, but it’s another thing to actually see it in an actual workplace setting, it all makes sense when put together.”
A foot in the door
Rachel Hellman '23, got her foot in the door at The Met during her Learning in Community class when she met the owner, Robert Nelson.
Reducing the stigma
I have always been interested in the human mind. When I originally came in undecided, I took Introduction to Psychology and became even more interested in it.”
A taste of reality
Internships on and off-campus provide additional understanding for Eli Grieser, a business administration/marketing double major.
Paid internship to job offer
A paid marketing internship with Toledo software company Double A Solutions may lead to a full-time job for Dec. 22 graduate Theri Phetlhu.
Olivia (Lou) Westcott '23, a convergent media major, interned with WLIO-TV in Lima, Ohio to confirm her interests of pursuing a career in broadcast news.
God's hands and feet
A summer internship introduced senior marketing major Ella Zaborowski to opportunities in nonprofit organizations.
Sara Poiry '23, has the end goal of working at Disney and recognizes that the more experience they get, the better chance they have at succeeding.
Runs in the family
Caleb Mikesell's family is full of teachers. Many are also Bluffton graduates. In fact, Caleb will be a fifth-generation teacher and a fourth generation Bluffton graduate.
Kan Du internship
I realized my passion was helping people. I think that art is a medium that is not used enough for helping people be able to express themselves and open up."
Trained for CPR
"I've been certified for the past two years. I just reacted really quickly, without a thought if this was my place or not; I just did it."
"Not everyone understands math. As a future educator, I need to be able to explain things in different ways for different people. Some students need more from you than others."
During summer 2022, Michael Stammen worked 40 hours a week for a paid business internship at SumiRiko Ohio; a position he has continued part-time this fall.
“I hadn’t really thought about working with juveniles when I decided to pursue criminal justice, but the reading and mentoring program broadened my horizons.”
Laura Irwin ’23, a music education major, spent 30 days in the Alaskan wilderness with no technology or electricity. Instead, she relied on skills learned and connections formed.
A $1,500 Summer Discovery Grant allowed biology major Shelby Stammen to shadow dentists in the Lima area. Shadowing experience is a requirement to apply to dental schools.
Maalik Tucker '23, a management major, let his roots run deep when he returned to his hometown for an internship with the Fostoria High School athletic department this summer.
A medical scribe
You get to see a lot of things. You help to organize and create patient charts, so it speeds up the doctors' work. It ends up benefiting both of us."
Drawn to heart care
Lilly Cameron '23, a nursing major, is gaining valuable experience as a clinical technician at Cleveland Clinic's main campus in a cardiovascular intensive care unit.
"I learned [during my internship] that as a dietitian you have to be really involved in the community. There is a lot of outreach and engagement."
PR and marketing skills
“Planning is good, but never plan for it to happen as planned. You have to be on your toes because plans will change.” - Ohio State Fair intern
Nash Morgan '22, a criminal justice and psychology major, spent the summer preparing for a career in law. Morgan completed internships with a common pleas court and a village police department.
Klinger gains experience
This summer, Grant Klinger '25, a medical laboratory science major from Bluffton, Ohio, confirmed his career goals and gained hands-on experience in his field.
Chung Aims to Teach
Alexa Chung '25, a Delphos, Ohio, native, is heading toward her own future in the classroom as a middle childhood education major at Bluffton University.
Genoa Arling '23, a social work and psychology student at Bluffton University, says it's a cliché answer, but she chose her majors because "I just want to help people."
Heiing Finds a Fit
Bluffton University's Noah Heiing '24, a communication and media major from Delphos, Ohio, wants high school students to understand it's okay if they don't have life figured out at 18.
A New, Better Path
Payton Stephens '23, a writing and communication and media double major from Lebanon, Ohio, came to Bluffton with the goal of seeing her name in print.
Foster MSO President
Karl Foster '24, a sport and recreation leadership major from Detroit, Mich., chose Bluffton University because "from my first visit, it felt like home."
Peyton Henry '23, a marketing and business administration double major from Leipsic, Ohio, is learning through experience as a human resources intern at Wannemacher Total Logistics.
Lisan Gains Experience
Californian Joshua Lisan never expected to live in Ohio, but the decision is leading him to the career of his dreams. He spent the 2021-22 academic year completing a dietetic internship with Bluffton University.
Research at Berkeley
Ermias Assefa '22, a mathematics major and computer science minor from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will complete research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory this summer.
Experiences in Archives
Since her first year at Bluffton University, Hannah Stevanus '23 has been working in the library archives as an opportunity to develop experience for her major in history.
Headed to medical school
Ben Heck, a 2022 pre-med, chemistry and physics graduate, is the latest recipient of the Dr. John Kraft Award at Bluffton University
Bluffton University student Hunter McCafferty '23, a primary P-5 education major and coaching minor from Bremen, Ohio, juggled his studies while also being involved on campus.
I feel honored for all of the opportunities Bluffton has given me. I feel if I wouldn't have come here, I wouldn't have experienced all these great things"
Using TESOL skills
Anneliese Horner, TESOL major, will establish an English club and work as an assistant English teacher in Palestine for 11 months following graduation.
It was challenging at times... But I decided the more comfortable I become at being uncomfortable, the more I'll get to experience in life."
Dayton Dragons Intern
Madison Baker '22, a marketing and sport management double major, developed new skills as a paid, sport management summer intern for the semi-professional Dayton Dragons baseball.
Finding untold stories
Even though we weren't as successful as some other colleges in getting [Japanese American] students here [during WWII], I thought it was amazing that the college never stopped trying."
Spring break service
Nine Bluffton students spent mornings during spring break converting an underutilized kitchen in Camden, N.J., into a coffee shop. In the afternoon, they mentored children.
Shares her School Spirit
Kelly Armentrout '24, an exercise science major and double minor in coaching and wellness. She finds herself bringing the school spirit she developed in high school to her university activities.
Plenty of competition
To be honest, Zachariah Boch '24, a business administration and sport management double major from Lancaster, Ohio, wasn't planning to come to Bluffton University.
Multicultural grad assistant
I feel like people are being more vocal about issues on campus, and the university is willing to have those hard conversation with the student body. It's very, very good."
Discovering her passion
A service experience at a Mississippi homeless shelter led former communication major Risa Fukaya ’22, an international student from Zushi, Japan, to a social work major.
New campus pastor
Chalsi (Eastman) Campbell, graduated from Bluffton in 2012 as a religion major with a focus on youth ministry. Now, she's back to support students as the campus pastor.
Voice over artist
After a semester studying at Nashville's Contemporary Music Center, senior music major Alex Rose is recording their first paid voice over role while finishing up classes.
Finding her passion
I have a lot of support here at Bluffton. I am very lucky that I found people who support me, my ideas and what I want for my future."
Passing it on
When senior Austin Hernandez thinks back to a pivotal time in life, he recalls running track in high school. His goal is to become a coach, to encourage his students as he was encouraged.
What recruiters want
The internship was really helpful to learn what coaches look for in a recruit. It's more than just skills, a recruit must show he or she is hardworking and loves the game."
Confidence through internship
Luisa Rivera '22, a business administration and marketing double major from Yoro, Honduras, with a concentration in international business put her extra studies to good use during a fall 2021 internship.
Worth the audition
Music Performing Scholar scholarship helps Kayden Cardell prepare for a career in the classroom
It's really huge to have internship experience on your resume, and the people I worked with [at Marathon] genuinely wanted to help me learn."
The National Association of Social Workers is a membership that when you get involved, it offers resources and helps you stay up to date with social issues around the world,"
Julia Gibson, a double major in accounting and business administration, immersed herself in a learning experience at Speedway Corporate Headquarters.
Bluffton student finds his passion through internship experience with State Auto Insurance.
Grace Branson explores criminal law during summer internship experience.
Hope Nixon '22, a nutrition and dietetics major from Johnstown, Ohio, spent 10 weeks with Purdue University's Department of Nutrition Science this summer.
It was quite fascinating because I come from Africa. Solar power is an efficient way to produce electricity. It would be very good if I was able to bring this research back home."
Meet Caitlyn Renner, a speech-language pathology and audiology major from Cairo, Ohio.
Meet Carina DiMarco, Intervention Specialist and P-5 Education major from Hartville, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Leslie Diaz, graphic design and marketing double major from Chiclayo, Peru, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Jeremy Locklear, food and nutrition major from Lincoln Park, Mich., and President's Ambassador.
Meet Marissa Hall, English major from Avon Lake, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Jordan Jennings, speech-language pathology and audiology major from Portsmouth, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Jenía Freewalt, art education major from Delphos, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Riley Garmatter, Primary P-5 and Intervention Specialist double major from Rawson, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Stacey Chirewa, accounting and business administration double major from Harare, Zimbabwe, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Evan Burden, music education major from Sidney, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet Amy Marshall, social work and psychology double major from Pickerington, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Meet MacKenzie Martin, speech language pathology and audiology major from Hartville, Ohio, and President's Ambassador.
Sarah Rivera Rios
Meet Sarah Rivera Rios, a Business Administration/Marketing major and President's Ambassador from Comayagua, Honduras.
Meet Cassie Mladek, a elementary education major and President's Ambassador from Coshocton, Ohio.
Meet Danielle King, a pre-physical therapy major and President's Ambassador from Tedrow, Ohio.
Meet Noah Heiing , a Primary Education/Intervention Specialist major and President's Ambassador from Delphos, Ohio .
Meet Haley Byrnes, a Exercise Science major and President's Ambassador from Worthington, Ohio.
Meet Avery Carter, a nutrition and dietetics major and President's Ambassador from Bryan, Ohio.
Meet Emily Clawson, a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major and President's Ambassador from Troy, Ohio.
Meet Payton Stephens, a writing major and President's Ambassador from Lebanon, Ohio.
Meet Darius Boeke, a mathematics major with AYA licensure and President's Ambassador from Sidney, Ohio.
Meet Grace Liechty Zickafoose, a mathematics major/education minor and President's Ambassador from Lima, Ohio.
Meet Nathan DeWeese, a mathematics/business administration major and President's Ambassador from Columbus, Ohio.
Meet Alejandra Valenzuela, a psychology/social work major and President's Ambassador from Honduras.
Through the Bluffton Bread Company I am learning different food service skills. This opportunity is unique because it allows students lead the direction and development of the company."
The next step
Jake Latkofsky '21, a pre-physical therapy major and infielder, was recently accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Mount Saint Joseph University.
Passion to learn
At age 18, Ashley Johansen, director of degree-completion programs in business, had no idea what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. So, she took classes at a trade school and worked.
The Big Reveal
After months of secrecy, it can now be shared that Clay Meyer, Cassie Mladek and Olivia "Lou" Westcott served as J. Denny and Jenny Beaver in 2020-21.
The professors here push you to get out there and chase your dreams. I really think I can accomplish my goals if I work hard and stayed focused."
The right fit
Gabe Denecker '21 started at Bluffton undecided about his major. However, after four years and a hands-on internship experience, Denecker found the right fit in communication.
"You're in school for four years, but after that you need to get a job. The professors here really prepare you for that. They are willing to help you find internships."
When Dezman Brown '21, a business administration major, isn't on the court for Beavers basketball, he's often there anyway as a head coordinator for intramurals.
Kayla Ferguson '22 came to Bluffton to study psychology, but as her academic advisor got to know her better, it became clear Ferguson was passionate about advocacy.
Relaxing on stage
"It's a nice escape from the struggles of everyday life because you can pretend to be somebody else for a few hours each night," said Bible and theology major Adam Shanaman.
A second-year communication student, Travon Mason has not yet determined his career ambitions. In the meantime, he's helping first-year students find their footing in college as a Becoming a Scholar mentor.
Prepared to teach
"Teaching English is a big responsibility. I'm not only teaching students proper literacy skills, but at the high-school level, I'm teaching them how to view texts from different perspectives."
Now in his final year at Bluffton, the first baseman, hall director and history/AYA student is completing a departmental honors project on German immigrants in his hometown during WWI.
More than a legacy
With a family legacy like Caitlyn Renner's, of course she would be a Beaver. "Bluffton was like a home away from home, and when I got here, it was even better than I expected."
When I started out in residence life, I thought of it like working at a social work agency, helping people connect to resources. It was a step toward my future career."
Nursing major confirmed
Reid Whitney '23, a nursing major, was initially drawn to Bluffton to continue his athletics career. However, the more he learned about the nursing program, the clearer his choice of major became.
I’m going to keep doing this sport as long as I can. When I’m done, I still want to be around it. Strength and conditioning is the perfect major to help me continue.”
A 'second family'
From the difficulties of everyday college life, to personal tragedy, to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alana Holsapple '21 found a "second family" to help her through it all at Bluffton.
Being a science major and keeping up with labs means I'm busier doing academics, but I love every second of it. I love football. I love school. I love Bluffton."
When Sergio Alvarez first stepped foot on campus he was just dropping his cousin off. Days later he too was enrolled at Bluffton. "I felt like I was in the right place."
Right now, I’m taking Woodwind Methods. Never in my life did I think I would play a woodwind instrument. I’ve also taken String Methods, Voice Methods… It’s a very in-depth experience.”
"Coming to a place where you actually get to know everybody is nice", said Gill. "At Bluffton, I knew I would be able to build relationships with my professors."
“I’m a big believer in giving back to the community. We have goals for MSO to do more community work. We’re a family. I want everybody to see that.”
For Bri Baker '21, a mathematics major from Defiance, Ohio, little nudges from trusted mentors have "really made an impact on my life."
Service to humankind
"Mostly, I would like to have a career that takes me in a direction where I am spreading a reflection of love and empathy to others." - Natilee Grover '21
4 years, 4 internships
An accounting and business administration double major, Abbie Parkins is getting as much hands-on experience as possible before she graduates. Entering her senior year, she is completing her fourth internship.
Criminal Justice and Psychology
Mikey Fimiani '21, a criminal justice and psychology double major from Willoughby, Ohio, was masked up and ready to make a difference. Fimiani spent the summer living and learning at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.
Gospel music has its roots in just about every American musical style, so as I'm thinking about how to prepare gospel singers, this research will also help me better prepare jazz singers and musical theatre singers."
Katie McClure's professional goal is to become a physical therapist. It's a field she has a lot of experience in, not yet as a practitioner but instead as a patient.
Bluffton history professor
Dr. Perry Bush, professor of history, spent the spring semester on sabbatical completing interviews, outlining chapters and preparing to write his next major scholarly work
I was going to go to Cornell this summer. But we figured out how to make the experience virtual. I'm extremely grateful to have this opportunity."
Carter Mumbower is completing a paid junior golf internship with the Northern Ohio PGA this summer.
Stories in the Book of Numbers
Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes is delving into the Old Testament “gem,” to write a book for the Herald Press’ Believers Church Bible Commentary series.
"I've always felt an environment here that Bluffton was like my family," said Diaz. "I've met international students from many countries and I feel very welcome here."
Expect the unexpected
In high school, I kept to myself... I would have never expected that by my senior year, I would be saying 'How's it going?' to almost every person I passed because they were my friends."
The evolution of memes
"I wanted to look at how memes are created, how they change and how they interact. I'm analyzing them through the lens of visual rhetoric, looking for patterns and themes."
Community and service
My main goal is to help a school that is helping me. I see this as an opportunity for me to leave a mark on this campus for others to follow."
From Bluffton to Yale
Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion, encouraged Alexis Cash to reach for the Ivy League. This fall she will enter Yale Divinity School to earn her Master of Divinity.
Internships in D.C.
I didn't get to leave on my own terms... I just have to look at all the valuable knowledge, relationships, adventures and new experiences I did gain while in D.C."
Brothers and teammates
Brantley and Carson Curnutte were both drawn to Bluffton by the relationships they built while visiting. However, it was mainly Bluffton's baseball program that shaped their college experience and their relationship as brothers.
Internship leads to job offer
If I went to school anywhere else, I would not have had the courage to get an internship at a company like Progressive. I had multiple professors encourage me to apply."
Senior shapes future
Senior Aubrey Bartel squeezed every experience possible out of her four years at Bluffton. After graduation she plans to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Kansas.
Filling a need
Seeing a need and responding to a challenge, Amy Mullins developed an online resource teaching basic phonics skills designed specifically for older students.
Enhancing her experience
Getting to spend a semester in a totally different environment while getting school credit and great internship experience was absolutely incredible. It was the best decision I've ever made."
Student teacher thrives
Up until last week, Robert McMullen-Ruppert '20, an intervention specialist major was student teaching in inner-city Chicago through a partnership with the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.
Von Thomas came to Bluffton to play football. While he enjoyed his four seasons on the gridiron, he also values the relationships he formed and the lessons learned along the way.
Growth through relationships
"Bluffton presented me with a whole array of views in the church. That's really challenged me and helped solidify my beliefs, helped me question why I believe what I do."
Relating to others
Leslie Beasley '20 is putting her last three and a half years of Bluffton education into practice through her current student teaching experience.
Now that I’m here, I would much rather be here than anywhere else, any other dietetic program, because at Bluffton you get so much hands-on experience as an undergraduate.”
Senior hits 1,000
My advisor gets involved in making sure you have all of the tools you need for your future and your success in the psychology field.”
Connecting through faith
At Bluffton University, the worship band has allowed two current students to form meaningful relationships with alumni, as well as strengthen their relationship with God.
Encouraged by a high school teacher to pursue higher education in the U.S., Ermias Assefa '23, an international student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is fulfilling his goal at Bluffton.
Focusing on service
Junior Wilmar Caal Botzoc first stepped foot in the United States in 2011. A year later, he returned home to Guatemala only to be called back to the U.S.
Semester in Music City
Julian LaVallee, a junior music major with a concentration in business, spent fall 2019 in Nashville, Tenn., gaining clarity on his future career path and developing his faith.
Unique double major
Emma Cobb, a senior from Archbold, Ohio, is pursuing two very different passions in her pursuit to earn a degree--music and nutrition.
From perfecting recipes with wholesome ingredients to executing professional business and marketing plans, the Bluffton Bread Company is an example of the great things happening at Bluffton University.
Big research opportunity
"It was fun to live in Chicago all summer and it was neat to see concepts from class being applied to actual things." Levi Litwiller researched organic compounds while interning at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals.
World Series experience
Milan Schilling '23 got the experience of a lifetime when the Reds Youth Academy Member of the Year earned two tickets to game four of the World Series in Washington D.C.
Abigail Newkirk '20 is a speech-language pathology and audiology (SLPA) major who starts every day around 5:30 a.m. Newkirk thrives in a "go-go-go" lifestyle, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
Developing career skills
“When I got here, I didn’t even know what convergent media was. I learned so much so fast.” Learning about all approaches to media—from video to social media, is a strength of the program.
Research for Midwestern
Heather McConnaughey '20, a criminal justice and sociology double major from Pioneer, Ohio, recently presented her research at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association's annual meeting in Chicago.
Growing through music
Kenzie Newberry '20, a music education major from Defiance, Ohio, was initially drawn to Bluffton University because of the music program. Newberry is thankful for the growth the program has helped her achieve.
Finding his niche
I feel like there’s a healing property in almost all art. I’d like to be a healer; I think it’s one of my talents.”
Writing for therapy
By combining her passions, Dani Easterday '20, a writing major with minors in English and psychology, has a unique plan for life after college.
For the third year in a row, a Bluffton University student, Levi Elsea ’20 was selected to participate in a two and a half month highly competitive internship with Purdue University’s Department of Nutrition Science.
Experience led growth
I learned a lot about myself which was the best part. In D.C. I had to handle a lot of things on my own. It was good preparation for the future.”
Sienna Sullivan '21, a criminal justice major, spent her summer in the Ohio Public Defender's Office interning with the Criminal Investigation and Mitigation specialist team for death penalty cases.
Sports and business
I definitely feel like I'm pursuing the correct degree for what I want to do. [The internship] solidified that I am on the right track, and I'm thankful for the requirement."
Career path in human resources
For Adam Duncan '20 a business administration and marketing double major the key to succeeding in college is time management.
Junior ready to lead
As the oldest of six children, Amryn Dover '21 knew from an early age she wanted to work with kids. "Being the oldest child, I watched my siblings grow," said Dover. "It really influenced me to pursue this major. I always loved helping them learn new things."
Bluffton women's soccer
At Bluffton, it's all about relationships, and the women's soccer team is no exception. "Team chemistry is probably our strongest asset right now," said Kevin Gregory, head women's soccer coach.
Ministry Inquiry Program
Jenny Dorsey confirmed her call while interning this summer at Sharon Mennonite Church through the Ministry Inquiry Program. "This is definitely the right path for me."
Internship connects Bluffton senior, alumnus
"This is an opportunity to put to use what I'm studying and to determine what I want to do for the rest of my life."
Andrew Sluss, a social work major, is interning at CASA of Allen and Putnam Counties. The agency trains volunteers to intervene on the behalf of abused and neglected children in the court system.
Senior and professor collaborate on research
"I really appreciate that the Mennonite schools have strong communities and deliberate community building on campus, and the small student-to-faculty ratio is really nice."
Learn and Earn
"Working [on campus] has helped me establish accountability, team work and conflict management skills. It's shown me how connecting with people and building relationships can propel you forward."
Enrollment counselor builds relationships
As a volunteer for World Vision, a humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization, Holly Metzger '05 is living out the values instilled during her Bluffton education.
Big Opportunities for Art Major
"I liked the smaller class sizes and both the education department and the art department are great here. It just felt right."
Student of the year
Melanie Moon, a double major in criminal justice and social work, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Criminal Justice Student Award from the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education for 2019.
From internship to career
Thomas Wagler '19, a biology major from Bloomdale, Ohio, is currently finishing an internship with Wannemacher Enterprises. He is also looking toward a bright future with the company.
I realized that you need to surround yourself with people who have the same goals as you and who push you to be better."
Ethan Zaerr '20
Considering that there’s not really a chemistry and physics education licensure here, Bluffton has worked with me to ensure that I am prepared to find a teaching job after graduation.”
Break a leg
"If you're going to do musical theater, and most music in general, you want to go where the business is. So for the business of musical theatre, that's Broadway."
It's all about relationships
I talked to the professors and felt like they were really knowledgeable and cared about their students. As a future educator, that's what I want to do as well, so Bluffton is a good fit."
Set up to succeed
Bluffton's MBA was a fantastic complement to my nursing background.The professors taught me how to be a leader and gave me the educational advantage I didn't have before."
Spring break service
"Many of the close relationships I've made in college have started during volunteer trips through SERVE. Taking part in events like our spring break trip helps you meet many new people."
"I came to Bluffton for the small campus. And of course, because my sister came here." Omar and Keturah Warlick, who both run sprints on the track team, have grown closer while finding their own paths.
Obi Martin '20, an English major from Juniata County, Pa., maintains, with friends, an online poetry journal that offers a voice to conservative Mennonite and Anabaptist writers.
Ready to stand out
Abbi McCormick '19, a psychology and sociology double major, has spent the last four years developing the skills and confidence to pursue a master's in mental health counseling following graduation.
Casey Clark '19
Casey Clark '19, a biology major from Lima, Ohio, will further her interest in orthopedics following graduation. The senior was recently accepted into Marietta College's physician's assistant program.
Building community with esports
My dream is for the organization to be a place where people can get together, compete, play, mingle with each other and bridge every group on campus."
Keyon Camden started as a music major but realized his calling was in helping others in a more direct way. Transitioning to social work, for him, was the best decision he's made in college.
And J Denny is...
Another generation of Beavers have concluded their mascot mission and are preparing to tuck away their tails. Let's learn about the newly-identified Beavers.
Senior public relation major Jena O'Brien came to Bluffton for the academic support. Four years later she says the opportunities provided have equipped her for the job market and for life.
Prepared for the future
"I'm ready to start looking for jobs," said Justis Dowdy, a senior sports management major and member of the men's basketball team. "I feel prepared and I owe a lot of that to Coach Neal."
Paying it forward
Aryn Preston understands the importance of advocacy and mentorship. With the desire to extend support to others, she changed her major to social work half-way through her college career.
While at Bluffton for just two years, Michael is getting the most out of his Bluffton experience. He plans to graduate in May and is applying to graduate schools for physical therapy.
Hannah McBride connects with music during Chapel. “That’s when I feel the closest to God, and I realized I want to do that as a job.”
"I'm looking at the effects of waste--especially paper waste--how it biodegrades, and then I'm researching students' attitudes toward recycling." Alicia Loch's year-long research project combines her majors--biology and sociology.
Making a difference
"I want to make a difference and do something different every single day. With nursing you get that." Sophomore Paige Lawhorn is doing just that as an STNA working at a nursing home near campus.
Ben Black '19
Ben Black transferred to Bluffton as a chemistry major, but soon added physics and mathematics majors. When the pre-engineering major was offered, Black figured why not add one more.
There are so many people on this campus who have helped me. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today or where I’ll be five, ten years from now.”
"I think there's a lot of cool math ideas that you can teach students even if it doesn't really apply to the curriculum." Such as Mayan numerical concepts explored during a cross cultural experience.
The summer between your junior and senior year is a really crucial time to do something to promote yourself and get extra experience someone else might not have.
ALTERNATIVE CROSS CULTURAL
Hannah Brown '19, a nutrition and dietetics senior, stepped out of her comfort zone and her academic discipline to complete a cross-cultural experience through a three-week BCA Study Abroad program.
Jayden Groppi '19
Jayden Groppi '19, spent his summer exploring culture and self, both locally and abroad.
Bluffton PR intern
I got a feel for what doing graphic design full time is like. I learned a lot. It’s a little extra verification that this is what I want to do when I graduate.”
SEMESTER IN D.C.
Joshua Ehlers ’19 spent his summer in the heart of Washington D.C., learning about the economic divide on each half of the Anacostia River.
TIM BENDER '20
Timothy Bender '20 spent the summer discovering what he wants to do with the rest of his life, with help from Bluffton's Summer Discovery Grant.
Sarah Oliver '19
Sarah Oliver '19, a biology major from Lexington, Ohio, came up with the idea for a summer research project from a place where many students come up with ideas--YouTube. She is attempting to hatch ducklings outside of their eggshells.