Bluffton University news

PSC Winners

Presidential Scholars

Zael Coblentz and Ella Meyer, incoming students at Bluffton University, have been awarded the university's full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at nearly $140,000 for four years.


Bluffton University has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Transfer Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

Transfer honor roll

Bluffton was recently named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's 2022 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways the university has created to support transfer students.


2022 graduate processional

Ready to build a life

"We believe that Bluffton graduates are prepared for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and, ultimately, for the purposes of God's universal kingdom."


Dr. Charles Daws plans to work with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's crime lab to improve testing techniques during his fall sabbatical.

Faculty research

Faculty members awarded research grants and sabbaticals shared their plans during the annual Dean's Reception.


Perry Bush presented departmental honors to Grace Branson for her independent study history project, “The Impact of Total War on Bluffton College.”

2022 Academic Awards

Outstanding scholars were recognized for their academic achievements at the 2022 Academic Awards and Honors Forum.


During the lecture, Alex Sider noted a line often used in media reports, “the elderly and disabled are the most at-risk for dying of COVID-19,” as a way of othering people.

Peace Lecture

Existing inequalities for people with disabilities were deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic according to Dr. J. Alexander Sider. He presented the 2022 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture.


Flavors currently available include Lemon Blueberry, Asiago Cheddar and Birthday Bread.

A gift for Mom

Mother's Day sales are underway at the Bluffton Bread Company. Order by May 4, 2022, to guarantee delivery by Mother's Day.


Ethan Ly was one of 19 students who shared their research, pre-professional and creative endeavors with classmates, faculty and staff.

Research symposium

Student research, pre-professional and creative endeavors, ranging from an exploration of the molecular motion of water droplets to a multimedia presentation about a fictional apocalyptic event, were presented.


Brooke Kleman, Coach Dan Hughes and Jameel Cosby

Developing leaders

Champion WNBA Coach Dan Hughes pointed to his "coaching tree" as his biggest career accomplishment. Hughes spoke at the Athletics Awards Forum. Awards were presented to Jameel Cosby and Brooke Kleman.


Evan Burden

Senior recital

Evan Burden, a music education major, will present his senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Alex Rose senior recital set.

Rose senior recital

Alex Rose, a music major with a concentration in performance studies, will present their senior recital at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Essays exploring ways to be active in the public sphere without being corrupted by political power were co-edited by J. Denny Weaver, Gerald Mast and Trevor Bechtel.

Anabaptist Political Theology

A book release celebration for "Anabaptist Political Theology After Marpeck" will take place April 27. The book of essays is the latest volume in Bluffton's C. Henry Smith series.


Two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Dan Hughes will speak on “Empowerment” during the Athletics Award Forum.

Athletic awards

Dan Hughes, two-time WNBA coach-of-the-year, will speak at the Athletics Awards Forum on April 19. The top male and female student-athletes will also be named.


Commencement speaker Peter Strange, chairman emeritus of Messer, Inc.

Commencement 2022

Peter Strange, chairman emeritus of Messer, Inc., will address the 2022 graduating class during the May 7 Commencement ceremony at Salzman Stadium.


Dr. J. Alex Sider will present the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture on April 12.

Shalom as Equity

Dr. J. Alexander Sider will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic deepened existing inequalities for people with disabilities on April 12 as the 2022 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture.


Madison Baker will compete against winning students from other North American Mennonite colleges during the bi-national competition.

Oratorical contest

Madison Baker '22, a marketing and sport management double major, won the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Her speech focused on the stigma of human trafficking.


Risa Fukaya ’22, a social work major from Zushi, Japan, talks with students as part of PEACE Club’s presentation during Civic Engagement Day.

Modern Minimalism

Bluffton's year-long exploration of "Cultivating Modern Minimalism" culminated with Civic Engagement Day. More than 20 presentations were available, styled like an in-house conference.


Spring Fling Concert

Spring Fling Concert

Several of Bluffton University's performance groups will perform a selection of lighter tunes during the Spring Fling concert on Sunday, April 24.


Lemon Blueberry Bread

Spring Bread Sales

Bluffton Bread Company online sales are open for the spring season now through May 8, 2022.


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STEM Scholarships

Bluffton has received a five year Choose Ohio First $138,600 grant by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support students in STEM fields.


Full scholarship

Full scholarship

Eleven full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to current teachers seeking their Ohio Department of Education intervention specialist license.


Prayer vigil

Bluffton University PEACE Club and Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold a joint prayer vigil Friday evening, April 1, for fallen Village of Bluffton police officer Dominic Francis.


This exhibit showcases the best art from 2021-22 university art classes or supervised independent studies.

Best of Student Art

The best works of art will be showcased in the 54th Juried Student Exhibition beginning April 11 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center.


37th English Festival

Author Helen Frost provided offered practical advice to aspiring writers during the 37th English Festival. About 50 high school students joined Bluffton students for a day celebrating the written word.


2019 Chorale

Spring concert

Vocal Chamber and Jazz Ensemble concerts will be held Sunday, April 3. Performances are free and open to the public; free-will offerings will be taken for music scholarships.


Kathy Dickson

Students Explored 'God's Calling'

Listening for and following "God's Calling" was explored during spring 2022 Spiritual Life Week. Students delved into discerning their vocations with Kathy Dickson.


An Ohio Library Services and Technology Act Preservation Grant funded the  conservation treatment of Bluffton’s 1531 Froschauer Bible.

Rare Bible conserved

A 1531 Froschauer Bible has returned to Musselman Library. The conservation restored the structural integrity of the Bible so it could be examined--with proper handling techniques.


Tickets are now available for performances March 24-27 in the College Hall Ramseyer Auditorium.

Classic murder mystery

Tickets are now available for the Bluffton production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." In this classic whodunit, a blizzard traps seven strangers together with a murderer on the loose.


Scholarships approved

New endowed scholarships established in memory of former history faculty member John D. Unruh Jr. and Rose M. White were approved by the Board of Trustees.


Pastor and author Melissa Florer-Bixler started a conversation about how current models of conflict are failing.

Cancel Culture failure

Melissa Florer-Bixler addressed what she described as some of the most pressing concerns for society today: third way politics, cancel culture and polarization during the Keeney Peace Lecture.


We Remember

We Remember

On the 15th anniversary of the Bluffton University baseball team's bus accident, more than 100 members of the Bluffton University community gathered to remember and reflect on the events of March 2, 2007, and the lives lost in Atlanta, Ga.


Zach Hammon named Bluffton University's head women's soccer coach

Women's soccer coach hired

Bluffton University has named Zach Hammon as its next head women's soccer coach.


Art by Bluffton seniors will be showcased through March 20.

Senior show

Senior artists and graphic designers Leslie Diaz, Olivia Hattery and Shelby Herrmann are showcasing their most prominent work in their group art exhibit "In Third Person."


Tickets are now available for the Bluffton spring play, Agatha Christie's

Spring play cast

Lead roles for the Bluffton Theatre presentation of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie will be performed by Abbigail Bush, Hunter McCafferty and Adam Shanaman. Performances are set for March 24-27.


Randy '73 and Debbie Gade

Stadium lights

Stadium lights will be installed at Alumni Field in summer 2022. A 1973 Bluffton alumnus and his wife, Randy and Debbie Gade, made a $300,000 gift to fund this addition.


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