Bluffton University news

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.'"


War and nonviolence within the Brethren Church

War and nonviolence within the Brethren Church

Dr. William Kostlevy, Brethren Historical Library and Archives, will present "'Conscience, Scripture and Patriotism: The Church of the Brethren and the Crisis of the Great War"


Alumni Forum

Lawrence Milan '73, Daniel Metzger '05, and Nicole Fairburn '15, will share "What to Say: How to Say It." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Walt Paquin.


Interactive theatre workshop

Dr. Melissa Friesen will present the Colloquium "When Talking is Tough: Image Theatre as a Catalyst for Engagement."


War and violence presentation

Dr. Scott Holland, professor of Bethany Theological Seminary, will present "'Remember What Happened to Uncle Daniel at Leavenworth?' A Case Study of Mennonite Conscience, Quiet Conviction and Silent Death."


Faith communities forum

Faith communities forum

C. Christopher Smith, editor at Englewood Review of Books, will speak during a Bluffton University Forum. The title of his presentation is "The Witness of Conversational Bodies."


Lunch and learn

Bluffton University's junior nutrition students will host the 2019 Lunch and Learn series. The focus this year is to share the health benefits of food pigments


Winter instrumental concert

Bluffton University will host an instrumental concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall.


Mental health

Mental health

Bluffton will host the #SameHere Sit-Down, an interactive event produced by the Global Mental Health Alliance: "We're All A Little Crazy" from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.


Employee milestones

Employee milestones

Bluffton University employees who reached five-year milestones were celebrated during the annual faculty and staff recognition dinner.


Voices of Conscience

Voices of Conscience

Dr. Perry Bush will provide general background on historic peace churches on the eve of World War One, as an introduction to the Voices of Conscience exhibit.


Bowling Green High School Drama Club

Evening Forum

The Bowling Green High School Drama Club will perform "Lily's Wings" at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Yoder Recital Hall.


C. Henry Smith peace lecture

C. Henry Smith peace lecture

Merrill Krabill will explore the experience of fear as expressed in his ceramic artwork in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture on Feb. 12.


The Voices of Consience exhibit was developed and produced at the Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kan., and will be displayed in Bluffton's Musselman Library.

Voices of Conscience

Bluffton will host the traveling exhibit "Voices of Conscience," Feb. 17 through March 31. This dramatic exhibit remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War.


Nate Fields '71 came to Bluffton the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his

Servant leadership

Nate Fields '71 came to Bluffton the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "Blueprint" speech. Originally having "no other purpose than to play football," he graduated with a mission to serve.


Spend an elegant evening in the Yoder Recital Hall lobby.

Love is in the Air

Spend an elegant evening during "Love is in the Air" Feb. 14 in the beautiful lobby of Yoder Recital Hall. The event will feature live music and food celebrating our global culture.


Bluffton's seventh recipient of the Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship

Beaver-Falcon scholarship

Jordan Stutzman, a senior from Millersburg, Ohio, is Bluffton University's seventh recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.


HLC Reaccreditation

"Bluffton's successful HLC reaccreditation visit confirms not only the stable and secure foundation of the university, but strongly positions us to partner with businesses and the nonprofit community."


Explore education

Explore education

High school students are invited to learn more about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Program, the demands and rewards of teaching, and career routes for education majors during an event hosted by BEO.


Cheerleading coach Morgann Rode grew up in the cheer/STUNT community.

Cheer coach

Starting in the 2019-20 season, Bluffton University will offer a competitive cheer/STUNT program led by cheerleading coach Morgann Rode. Rode is excited to expand the opportunities available on campus.


Tryouts for the 2019-20 cheer/STUNT team will be April 6.

Competitive cheer/STUNT

During its inaugural year, Bluffton’s new cheer/STUNT team will compete as a club sport against other NCAA DII and DIII schools from the Midwest and in NCAA STUNT competitions.


Musselman Library

Celebrating student research

The annual Celebrate the Library Week, a time to "Celebrating Student Research and Creativity," is set for Feb. 5-7. Activities include First Tuesday Forum, a health and wellness expo and research fair.


Dr. Martina Cucchiara

Catholic Girls in Nazi Germany

Dr. Martina Cucchiara, associate professor of history, will present the Colloquium, "We Want to Become Saviors and Helpers of our Fatherland: Catholic Girls in Nazi Germany," on Feb. 8.


Sana Musasama, an award-winning ceramics artist, will describe the relationship between her sculptures and the challenging human stories encountered in her global travels during Forum.

Time the Unspeakable

Sana Musasama, an award-winning ceramics artist, will describe the relationship between her sculptures and the challenging human stories encountered in her global travels during Forum on Feb. 5.


Jarod Siekman

Student research

Jarod Siekman '20 will present the Forum, "Mayan Mathematics and Different Numeration Systems," Feb. 5 in Musselman Library.


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