Bluffton University news

Bluffton has consistently been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2019-20.

College of Distinction

For the fifth year in a row Bluffton has been recognized for excellence in undergraduate education considering factors such as student engagement, teaching excellence and community involvement.

National recognition

The National Strength & Conditioning Association has again approved Bluffton's strength and conditioning program. Bluffton students are eligible to take the CSCS credentialing exam.

Commencement speaker Glen Guyton encouraged Bluffton’s graduates to celebrate, to acknowledge that growth is success.     photo by Beth Caroline Designs

Celebrate success

Commencement speaker Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA executive director, encouraged 147 Bluffton graduates to celebrate how far they have come before stressing about the future.

Kelly Bilen, MackKenzie Martin, Brooke Barnes and Abby Bush were recognized for completing Departmental Honors projects.

Student scholars

Outstanding students were recognized for academic achievements, including those completing departmental honors projects, at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum.

President’s Ambassadors receive extensive training in networking, professional development, etiquette, conversational skills and interviewing.

President's Ambassadors

President's Ambassadors to serve during the 2024-25 academic year have been selected. These students will assist in recruiting prospective students, greeting campus guests, and engaging alumni and donors.

Faculty research was celebrated at the annual year-end Dean’s Reception, led by Dr. Alex Sider, interim vice president of academic affairs.

Faculty research

Faculty development of computational simulations supporting climate study, literature research and installation of a permaculture garden will be supported by research grants.

Kelly Armentrout, Bill Hanefeld and Cole Kropka received awards as outstanding athletes and contributions to Bluffton athletics.

Celebrating success

"Success is a Choice" was the message given at the 2024 Athletics Award forum. Awards were presented to standout senior student-athletes and a dedicated supporter of Bluffton athletics.

Play in MLB stadium

Bluffton University baseball will travel north, all the way to Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, to take on the Alma College Scots on Wednesday, April 24.

Junior Jenna Juarez earned first place in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest with her speech “Promoting Peace in Skilled Nursing Facilities.”

Speaking peace

Jenna Juarez advocated for including meaningful daily activities for elders in her winning speech during the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

Bluffton University's various music groups will perform amusing and familiar pieces this Spring Fling

Spring Fling Concert

Bluffton University's music groups will come together for a spring concert featuring fun and familiar tunes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Several students will present their speeches for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Contest

Students selected to participate in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest will prepare an oration that applies a peace-church perspective to an issue of contemporary concern.

Women's basketball, volleyball, and softball coach, the late Kim Fischer

Kim Fischer Dedication

The Kim Fischer Press Box at Bluffton University Softball Field, to be dedicated on Saturday, April 6, honors the legacy of Kim Fischer, Bluffton's winningest female coach.

An exceptional performance will be put on by Bluffton University’s Masterworks

French Concert

Dr. Bo Young Kang will be conducting Bluffton University's Masterworks performance of French composer Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem" at 2:30 p.m. on April 14 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Civic Engagement '24

Civic Engagement '24

Dr. J. Walter Paquin, professor of social work, will present the annual Civic Engagement Forum explaining the importance of making choices that enhance emotional well-being.

Jamy Bechler, author, podcaster and former basketball coach.

Athletics Awards

Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum, featuring a presentation by author and former basketball coach Jamy Bechler.

Sarah Augustine invited a consideration of indigenous wisdom as the path toward faithful ecological solutions during the Kenney Peace Lecture.

Nature: the main event

A climate activist and Pueblo descendant, Sarah Augustine, co-founder of the Coalition for Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, presented "So We and Our Children May Live."

Patrick Chester, a program facilitator for Epic Global Solutions

Gambling Addiction

Bluffton University's Virtue-Driven Athletics program invited Patrick Chester to help student-athletes gain awareness of sports betting and pinpoint the signs of gambling addiction.

A marvelous performance will be given by Bluffton University’s Brass Quartet

Brass Quartet Concert

Under the direction of Dr. Roy Couch, the Brass Quartet will perform a variety of pieces including "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Sweet Caroline" on April 7 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Dr. Cherie Hocanson and Jordan Hamilton, assistant professors of education at Bluffton University

BUILD grant

Dr. Cherie Hocanson and Jordan Hamilton will discuss training education prep candidates on the five components of effective reading at the Colloquium on April 5 in Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Exceptional works by Rosanna Barber, Mikayla Bockrath, and Matt DeRitter will be displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Pots and PCs

Rosanna Barber, Mikayla Bockrath, and Matt DeRitter, will showcase their most prominent work in their senior art exhibit "POTS and PCs," April 2 through May 4.

SLW speaker Lindsay Horn '19, a food and nutrition major at Bluffton, now serves as associate director of social mission at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati.

Spiritual wellness

Spiritual Life Week focused on cultivating an awareness of peace. Lindsay Horn '19 was guest speaker for the week.

University of Findlay and Bluffton University will host two Town Hall events about their proposed merger.

Town Hall events

Town Hall events

MOU signed to pursue merger of Bluffton University and the University of Findlay.

Historic partnership

The pursuing of a merger of Bluffton University operations with University of Findlay is announced. Pending all regulatory approvals, the merger is anticipated to be completed by fall 2025.

Bluffton University’s spring play, “Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Audience members will be transported to the Regency era of England during the play and be taken by surprise by this version's comedic twist.

Associate professor of physics Dr. Luke Myers

Exploring the Eclipse

Dr. Luke Myers, associate professor of physics, will discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse with attention to the physical, historical and cultural aspects of the phenomenon.

The Great Minds Fellowship Grant awarded to Bluffton University by the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Great Minds Grant

The Great Minds Fellowship Grant will provide up to $10,000 in financial aid to Master of Social Work students who are pursuing careers in high-need areas.

Professor of chemistry Dr. Charles Daws

Drug Detection

Dr. Charles Daws, professor of chemistry, will discuss projects he worked on to measure the quantity of drugs present instead of just whether they are present.

Reagen O’Brien is active in softball, basketball cheerleading and competition cheerleading. At Bluffton, O’Brien plans to study biology.

Knowlton Scholarship

Reagen O'Brien has been awarded the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship, valued at more than $16,000 over four years.

Sarah Augustine, co-founder and executive director of the Coalition for Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

Harmony in Crisis

Sarah Augustine, climate activist and Pueblo descendant, invites consideration of indigenous wisdom for faithful ecological solutions for the current climate crisis.

Closed for eclipse

Closed for eclipse

For the safety of the research team and our campus community, Bluffton University will be closed to the public on April 8, 2024.

Tickets are available now for the March 21-24 spring theatre production.

Spring play cast list

Tickets are available for "Pride and Prejudice" theater production at Bluffton. Abby Bush and Carter Ritchey play the lead roles in this effervescent adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

Spiritual Life Week speaker, Lindsay Horn, is a 2019 Bluffton graduate and associate director of social mission at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati.

Spiritual wellness

Ancient practices of meditation will be explored during Spiritual Life Week as ways to cultivate spirituality and bring peace. Lindsay Horn, a 2019 Bluffton graduate, will be the guest speaker.

Assistant professor of art Phil Sugden and retired assistant professor of communication Carole Elchert


Phil Sugden, art professor at Bluffton, and Carole Elchert, retired communication professor at Findlay, present a documentary on the political resistance of Cuban artists.

Ways to navigate two hot-button issues in college athletics—name, image, likeness (NIL) deals and social media use—were given to student-athletes.

NIL and social media

Ways to navigate two hot-button issues in college athletics—name, image, likeness (NIL) deals and social media use—were given to student-athletes.

Professor of criminal justice and sociology Dr. Robert Brenneman

Promoting Peace

In honor of the late C. Henry Smith, Dr. Robert Brenneman will discuss what can be learned from the peacebuilding practices of Central American Anabaptist-Mennonite congregations.