Bluffton University news

Dr. Todd Allen

Civil rights

Dr. Todd Allen, spoke at Forum, pondered the saying “history never repeats itself, but it rhymes.”

Czech Republic


We will hear from students who traveled to Czech Republic, Southwest Native Nations, and Washington, D.C., in the morning and Guatemala, Kentucky, Korea and South Texas in the evening.

Dr. Luke Myers

Myers Colloquium

Myers will discuss a new way of analyzing data taken from deuteron Compton scattering. This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty art reception

Art show

This event will be in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center. The artists will share about their work and answer questions at 10:30 a.m.

Bluffton's total enrollment remained steady for fall 2022, despite a dip in the number of first-year, full-time students.

Steady enrollment

While the number of first-year, full-time students at Bluffton is slightly down for fall 2022, the number of full-time equivalent students - undergraduate and graduate - is steady at 730.

A much respected member of Bluffton's science faculty from 1921-1961 is remembered with the M'Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science.

Endowed chair

An anonymous gift of $1.5 million will fund the M'Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science. This chair will manage the Nature Preserve and teaching university classes.

Homecoming 2022


Along with cheering on the Beavers football, golf and soccer teams, the university will host alumni gatherings, campus tours, food trucks, Beaver Tail-Gating and more.

Rob Alexander, director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at ONU, compared the Electoral College to the weather.

Electoral College

The Electoral College was controversial at the founding of the United States and has continued to be a lightning rod. Insight into this system was provided at the Constitutional Day Forum.

Students may complete a master’s degree in as few as 12 months if they hold a bachelor of social work degree from an accredited college.

MSW program offered

Classes for a Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate degree with a mental health specialization will begin in the 2023-24 academic year.

Dr. Todd Allen, leader of new civil rights cross-cultural experience.

Road to Freedom

Dr. Todd Allen, vice-president for diversity affairs at Messiah University, will present the Forum "On the Road to Freedom: Moving the Race Conversation Forward."

The Cuts at Bluffton will be open Sunday afternoons during the academic year. Make appointments with Tyson Goings.

The Cuts is open

A new hair salon/barbershop is open in the Multicultural Student Development Center. Stylists from FreshNFaded in Lima will provide hair services by appointment on Sunday afternoons.

The new interim head coach says, “My unique coaching philosophy comes from my academic background as neurological physical therapist.

Swim coach hired

Dr. Luke Kleman has been named interim head swimming and diving coach.

The 2023 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks Bluffton 36 among 76 comparable institutions in 12 Midwest states.

U.S. News ranking

Bluffton University has once again - for the 25th consecutive year - been named to the top tier of Midwest Regional Colleges in the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings.

During the State of the University address President Jane Wood called on the campus community to focus on authentic conversations of

An educated person

During her annual State of the University address President Jane Wood called on the campus community to focus on authentic conversations of "responsible citizenship" and "service to all peoples."

"Messiah" rehearsals

Rehearsals for Bluffton's 128th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will begin Sept. 20. Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is invited to join the chorus.

Dr. Gerald Mast will tell stories of

Anabaptist vision

Dr. Gerald J. Mast, professor of communication, will present the Friday Colloquium, "Recovering True Evangelical Faith: How Menno Corrects the Anabaptist Vision," on Friday, Sept. 16.

Dr. Rob Alexander of ONU will examine how the Electoral College has changed over the years.

Constitution Day

Dr. Rob Alexander, director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at Ohio Northern University, will present "The Ever-Controversial Electoral College," for Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Bethny Ricks, 2006 Bluffton graduate and a member of the Bluffton Board of Trustees, presented at Opening Convocation and participated in a Q&A session with first year students.

Lessons from failure

A corporate executive for 18 years, 2006 Bluffton graduate Bethny Ricks spoke at Opening Convocation. Instead of sharing about her success, Ricks shared seven lessons "forged out of my tears."

Vanessa Otero will discuss how news consumers can distinguish between reliable and unreliable information sources.

Media bias

Vanessa Otero, founder and CEO of Ad Fontes Media, will present "Navigating the News Media with the Media Bias Chart" during Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

With the addition of stadium lights, Alumni Field can be used for evening and early morning practices, soccer and possibly hosting high school playoff games.

Under the lights

Bluffton University's first football game under newly installed stadium lights is scheduled for the Beavers' home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, against Adrian College.

President Wood will encourage authentic conversations as a way to live out the Bluffton University mission.

Seeking truth

Dr. Jane Wood, president, will present the State of the University Forum "Authentically Calling In: Seeking Truth with the Ear of the Heart," on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Bethny Ricks

Opening convocation

Bethny Ricks, a speaker, author, leadership expert and 2006 Bluffton graduate, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 30 as Bluffton welcomes the class of 2026 during Opening Convocation.

Works by Bluffton University art faculty

The ritual of artmaking

"Polishing the Mirror," a collection of works by faculty-artists Andreas Baumgartner '08, Jim Fultz, T.R. Steiner and Philip Sugden, will be displayed Aug. 29-Oct. 15, in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Stadium lights have been installed at Salzman Stadium. To maintain good relationships with neighbors, new outdoor lighting and noise guidelines are set.

Stadium guidelines

Stadium lights have been installed at Salzman Stadium. The university has set new outdoor lighting and noise guidelines for the facility as its usage increases.

Claire Clay, director of public relations and enrollment operations accepted the Program of Excellence Award from Kyle Vaughn, executive director of institutional advancement at Ashland University & ICAA Summer Conference co-chair.

Award-winning program

The President's Ambassadors Program has been recognized with a 2022 Independent College Advancement Associates (ICAA) Program of Excellence Award.

Bluffton University is partnering with HomeTown Ticketing for all alumni, athletics, music and theatre events where tickets are required.

New ticket process

Bluffton is partnering with HomeTown Ticketing for all university alumni, athletics, music and theatre events where tickets are required.

Cross Country Coach Hired

Bluffton University has named Connor Gulick as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. Gulick returns to Bluffton following two years of collegiate coaching experience.

BoT spring meeting

BoT Spring Meeting

The board continued its year-long efforts on implementing best practices for engaged boards, met with the university's new co-source fiscal partner, Cliffton, Larson, Allen (CLA) officer and learned about student-retention efforts.

Lion and Lamb

Lion and Lamb Plans

Bluffton University is committed to continuing the important work of the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center and will build on new experiential learning opportunities in fall 2022.

Alumni Discount for Master's

Alumni Discount

In recognition of the significant contributions Bluffton alumni make to the institution and in their respective communities, Bluffton University is helping graduates continue their education through the Bluffton University Alumni Master's Degree Grant.

College of Distinction

College of Distinction

Bluffton University has been recognized for excelling in the areas of student engagement, teaching, community and successful outcomes by Colleges of Distinction.

Marpeck Deans Conference

Marpeck Deans Conference

Faculty from eight Mennonite institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada came together for the Marpeck Deans Conference hosted by Bluffton University.

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."