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Voices Together

Closing reception

The closing reception of the "Voices Together" art exhibit will be Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, with an artist talk by Gwen M. Stamm, whose artwork is featured.

Biblical study notes developed by Dr. Gerald Mast's Religious Communication class will be submitted for publication.

Not just an assignment

Students of Dr. Gerald Mast's Religious Communication class developed study notes to submit for possible inclusion in the Anabaptist Community Bible.

Bluffton Bread Company student advisory board members.

Student-run business

From developing and standardizing recipes to streamlining the online shopping cart, Bluffton University students are gaining hands-on learning experiences through the Bluffton Bread Company.

Students are prepared to successfully enter the workforce or pursue graduate nursing education after completion of their BSN.

Full accreditation

Bluffton's nursing program has been granted the full five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the nation's leading accrediting agency for nursing programs.

Students will share about their semesters in Greece, Guatemala and Washington, D.C.


Immersed in new environments, participants experience diverse lifestyles, make new friendships and learn respect for other heritages all while meeting personal challenges that build character.

Library director Carrie Phillips will share findings from the Musselman Library Special Collections.

Mennonite hymnals

The genealogy of the "Voices Together" Mennonite hymnal, accompanied by an exhibit of Bluffton University's hymnal collection, will be presented Sunday, Feb. 5

Ceramic students built a new wood-fired kiln. The design is similar to a kiln often used in the 19th and early 20th centuries in southern states.

New wood-fired kiln

Behind Sauder Visual Art Center, there is a newly built wood-fired kiln constructed by ceramics students and T.R. Steiner, adjunct professor of art. Bricks used in the kiln were repurposed.

A clinical educator schedules all supervised experiential learning experiences, including at the Blanchard Valley Hospital.

New MND program

Bluffton is now offering a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduate degree for students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Complete requirements for the RDN exam in 12 months.

Dr. Walt Paquin looked for ways to shift from content heavy courses to hands-on learning.

New teaching tools

Enhancing student engagement was the focus of Dr. Walt Paquin's 2021-22 sabbatical. The professor of social work will share his findings during Colloquium on Feb. 3.

Consider this your invitation to The Big Reveal of the 2022-23 J Denny and Jenny performers.

And J Denny Beaver is....

Performers in the J Denny and Jenny Beaver suits will be revealed Jan. 28 following the men's basketball game. Multiple students, chosen by a competitive selection process, portray the couple.

Lima Mayor Sharetta Smith gave three pieces of advice: no one is successful on their own, be a person of character and keep showing up.

Show up every day

Early circumstances did not deter future successes for Sharetta Smith, the mayor of Lima, Ohio. Smith spoke on her "Journey to Leadership" at the Presidential Leadership Forum.

A celebration of Coach Guy Neal's accomplishments will be held following the men's basketball game on Feb. 4.

Legacy coach retires

Men's Basketball Coach Guy Neal will retire at the end of his 34th season. The three-time conference Coach of the Year is the winningest coach in Bluffton men's basketball history.

Robert A. Lerch, Ph.D., will discuss his research as a practice of Christian service.

Vax development

CANCELLED: Robert A. Lerch, Ph.D., a member of the Pfizer team that developed the COVID mRNA vaccine, will speak at Forum.

Clayton Moore described his experiences as the first black police officer in Fostoria, Ohio, and his fight against racial discrimination within the department.

Why me?

During the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Forum, retired police sergeant Clayton Moore addressed a question people often ask themselves in times of trial.

Journey to Leadership

Journey to Leadership

Sharetta Smith, mayor of Lima, Ohio, will present the Bluffton University Presidential Leadership Lecture Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Dr. Melissa Friesen will share her research into contemporary American playwright Tina Howe.

Unproduced plays

Dr. Melissa Friesen will explore unpublished works by American playwright Tina Howe during Friday Colloquium. Evidence from Howe's writings illuminate her understanding of playwrights as "strip-tease artists of the soul."

Clayton Moore will present the MLK Forum.

MLK Forum

Clayton Moore, a retired sergeant with the Fostoria Police Department and author of the memoir "Good Cop, Black Cop: Guilty Until Proven Innocent," will present the MLK Forum.

The “’Voices Together’ Hymn Sing” will be hosted at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

"Voices Together"

Gallery hours are 9 a.m-5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The reception will be at the Grace Albrecht Gallery in the Sauder Visual Art Center.

Pottery sale

Pottery sale

Original pieces of pottery will be sold in Sauder Visual Arts Center Dec. 9-10. Profits from each sale will be given to the artist.

Dr. Martina Cucchiara will discuss the experiences of Jews hiding in Occupied Europe during the Holocaust.

Hiding Jews

Inspired by the student production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," Dr. Martina Cucchiara will discuss "Hiding Jews in Nazi Germany" during a Friday Colloquium on Dec. 2.

Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will conduct the oratorio.


Soloists along with the Bluffton Choral Society including students, faculty, staff and community members will be accompanied by an orchestra.

University Chorale and Concert Band will perform Christmas favorites. Photo from 2021 Holiday Collage Concert.

Sounds of the season

The Holiday Collage Concert will feature singers and instrumentalists from the University Chorale and Concert Band on Dec. 4.

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.