Bluffton University news

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."


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."


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Three Bluffton elementary education majors student taught in Chicago last fall semester.

Cross-Cultural Forum

During the spring Cross-Cultural Forum, students shared about their experiences in Chicago, Nashville, England and Guatemala. The students took part in semester-long opportunities in the summer and fall of 2021.


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