Bluffton University news

Alumni forum

Nowlin, a 1991 graduate, presented the Alumni Forum "The Light Still Shines Bright Off the Field: Success in Leadership and Life" to a packed Stuzman Lecture Hall.

Keeney Peace Lecture

During Bluffton University's annual Keeney Peace Lecture, John Sharp shared "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story."

Riley Creek Festival

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Sommer Center.

Performances at Bluffton

Prepare to dance along in your seat during Bluffton University's Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir concert.

Civic Engagement Day Forum

Marathana Prothro will present Bluffton's annual Civic Engagement Day Forum titled, "Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman's Horsemen."

Colloquium on drones

Andreas Baumgartner, associate professor of art at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "'FPV Drones - Thrills of building, racing and mountain surfing."

Jena O'Brien Colloquium

Bluffton University senior Jena O'Brien will present "Crisis Communication in Higher Education: A Rhetorical Analysis of Larry Nassar and Michigan State."

Piano recital

Bluffton University will host pianist Sun Min Kim during the Pearl Bogart Mann Memorial Piano Recital on April 11.

SLW feature

Bluffton University's upcoming Spiritual Life Week will feature Matthew Vohwinkel, director of student ministries at Harbour Shores Church.

Peace oratorical contest

Peace oratorical contest

Bluffton University will hold its annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Women's conference

"Mentorship: A Relationship for Life," is the theme of this year's "Women Enriching Women" conference organized by the Bluffton University Women's Council.


A concert featuring Bluffton University's Camerata Singers and a Masterworks performance by University Chorale and the Bluffton Choral Society will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 31.

Bluffton's MBA classes 'meet' via Zoom technology for convenience and to eliminate travel time.

Accelerated MBA

To prepare professionals to excel in today's high-demand workforce, Bluffton is now offering an accelerated 12-month Leadership Master of Business Administration, in addition to its 24-month program.

Cuba - Cuban, Caribbean or Latin?

Emily Buckell, assistant professor of Spanish at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, "Cuba - Cuban, Caribbean or Latin?"

52nd Juried Student Exhibition

The Bluffton University art department will present the 52nd Juried Student Exhibition. It will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Author Hanif Abdurraqib spent the day inspiring students at Bluffton University.

Future educators tried out some of the lessons following Project Wild training

Project Wild

Sixteen future teachers recently took part in a unique training for hands-on science education, including a hands-on field investigation of plants and wildlife outside the new Moyer Nature Center.

Dora Maendel of Fairholme Hutterite Colony and Dr. Duane Stolzfus of Goshen College

Hutterites in Alcatraz

The story of four young men from a Hutterite colony in South Dakota, conscientious objectors during World War I who were imprisoned at Alcatraz, will be shared on March 31.

C. Andrew Nowlin '91

Alumni Forum

On March 26, Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame member C. Andrew Nowlin '91 will share how he continues to utilize the leadership skills developed through participation in team sports.

6:1 Six Artists, One Show

Senior art exhibit

Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton will showcase their most prominent work in their combined exhibit titled "6:1 Six Artists, One Show."

John E. Sharp

Keeney Peace Lecture

John E. Sharp will present "Changing the World One Life at a Time: The MJ Sharp Story" on March 26. Sharp will reflect on the life of his son who died as a peacebuilder.

Images and stories of peace

Images and stories of peace

John Paul Klassen '71, grandson of John Peter Klassen, will explore the commitment to peace reflected in his grandfather's life and art on Sunday, March 24.

Archivist Carrie Phillips curated the

Of Bronze and Bravery

Through artwork, letters and scrapbooks, Archivist Carrie Phillips is sharing Bluffton's unique history during and after World War I. The exhibit "Of Bronze and Bravery" is on display in Musselman Library.

Marie Osborne, WJR radio anchor and reporter

Telling difficult stories

Marie Osborne, anchor and reporter for WJR Radio in Detroit, will share "Telling Difficult Stories: Reporting on Sexual Violence," on March 19, during the annual Women's Studies Forum.

Melissa Friesen led a discussion of race and education issues using community-based theatre techniques.

Theatre for social justice

Melissa Friesen presented a piece of theatre during Friday Colloquium, inviting attendees to participate as actors and provide feedback. The intent of community-based theatre is to engage and spark change.

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music, will present the Forum

Songs for Resistance

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music at Bluffton University, will present the Forum "Songs for Resistance and Revolution" March 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, will give a public reading on Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Ohio poet/critic to read

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, will give a public reading at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Musical presentation

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music, and Wendy Chappel-Dick MBA '08 of Bluffton, Ohio, will present "Songs of Conscience and Peace: Music of the Great War Era."

World War I

World War I

Carrie Philips '99, archives and special collections librarian at Bluffton University, will present "'We Are Still Compelled...': Artifacts of Bluffton's World War I Experience."

Christian ethics

Christian ethics

Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium "Nothing About Us Without Us: Some Biopsychology Implications of Intellectual Disability for Christian Ethics."

Alternative Pathway to Licensure

Bluffton is one of five universities in Ohio to provide coursework for an alternative pathway to teaching for professionals who later felt the call to the classroom.

Bluffton University Trustees met on campus for the regularly scheduled winter meeting.

Trustees meeting

At their winter meeting, the Board of Trustees welcomed a new member; approved new housing options, scholarships and sabbaticals; and granted emeritus status to two retiring faculty members.

Alumni Nicole Fairburn '15, Dan Metzger '05 and Lawrence Milan '73 answered student questions about how to have productive, hard conversations.

We Need to Talk

Communication is fundamental to relationships, but having hard conversations can be hard. Three alumni returned to campus for the panel "We Need to Talk: How to Have Tough Conversations."

Award nominations

Award nominations

The Bluffton University Alumni Association is seeking Alumni Award nominations for 2019-20. The awards to be given out are the Professional Achievement Award and the Faculty/Staff Service Award.

“‘We’re all a little crazy’ means that five of five of us deal with challenges. Mental health is about the spectrum that we all live across.

We're All A Little Crazy

"We approach mental health in a way that's like, 'What are the challenges that we all face that ultimately affect our mental health?' which makes it a topic for everyone.'"