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Alumni Forum

Alumni Forum

Brandon Freytag '08, cofounder and president of talent at Loaded, will present "Gaming: From Passion to Profession" at Forum.

2019 Handel's Messiah

Messiah rehearsals

Rehearsals for Bluffton's 126th performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be held on Tuesdays evenings starting Sept. 28, 2021. Anyone interested in singing is invited to join the chorus.

President Jane Wood presents the 2021 State of the University address.

State of the University

During the annual state of the university address, President Jane Wood shared information including updates on the university's fiscal health, enrollment and graduation outcomes, and strategic planning initiatives.

Bluffton has ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges for 24 consecutive years.

U.S. News & World Report

Bluffton University has again been recognized by the "U.S. News & World Report" as a Top Performer in Social Mobility, Best Value School and in the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges."

Cleveland Brass Works plays an eclectic mixture of jazz, rock, funk, Latin and swing pieces.

Free community concert

A free concert by brass quintet Cleveland Brass Works will serve as a welcome back to the community after campus was closed to the public during the 2020-21 academic year.

Designing Your Life coach Marathana Prothro

Design Your Life coach

As a Designing Your Life certified coach, Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication, can work with individuals and small groups seeking to design joy-filled lives.

Transfer consortium

Bluffton has joined an initiative to streamline the transfer process for community college students to earn bachelor's degrees in English, psychology or biology.

Scott Black has been named as the next head cross country and track and field coach.

Black named XC coach

Scott Black has been named as the next head cross country and track and field coach.

Tobias Buckel

Tobias Buckel

New York Times Bestselling author and World Fantasy Award winner Tobias Buckell is joining the Bluffton University English department this fall. Buckell will serve as an instructor of English.

Retiring trustee Lawrence E. Milan ’73, retiring vice president for advancement Dr. Hans Houshower, President Dr. Jane Woods and retiring trustee James T. Sommer ’68.

Dr. Wood reappointed

The Bluffton Board of Trustees reappointed Dr. Jane Wood as president; reviewed plans for the Knowlton Science Center; and completed diversity, equity and inclusion training.

Strength and conditioning

Strength and conditioning

Bluffton University's strength and conditioning program is now an approved and recognized program through the National Strength & Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Members of Bluffton's first Digital Music class

Digital music album

"B-Verb" features 13 tracks from 13 student composers from Bluffton's first Digital Music class. "We are really excited about this album. There's a song for everybody on it."

Five faculty and staff members completed the Building Cultural Competencies within Organizations certification program

Cultural competency training

Five faculty and staff members completed the Building Cultural Competencies within Organizations certification program. The program is designed to strengthen awareness and understanding about diversity and inclusion.

Five nursing students graduated from Northwest State Community College and are ready to begin BSN courses at Bluffton.

Nursing students

Five Bluffton nursing students graduated from Northwest State Community College with associate degrees. As a dual-degree program, nursing majors must complete foundational nursing classes before completing their BSN at Bluffton.

Faculty Members

Faculty Grants

Faculty members were recognized at an academic year-end event honoring faculty who have been awarded grants, sabbaticals and other scholarly endeavors.

Five corporate and church partnerships have been established since January 2021.

Bluffton develops partnerships

Bluffton continues to grow its network of Corporate Partnerships. The university has entered into 3-year agreements with four new Corporate Partners since January.

Service to students recognized

Service to students recognized

Long-serving employees were recognized for their commitment to students during a faculty and staff recognition luncheon. Employees, reaching five-year to 35-year milestones, were celebrated.

Emily Dienstberger and Meredith Myers


Emily Dienstberger and Meredith Myers have been awarded the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at nearly $140,000 for four years.

New business administration concentrations are available in two growing and in-demand fields; project management and supply chain management.

New concentrations

New business administration concentrations are available in two growing and in-demand fields; project management and supply chain management.

Profit into peace

Profit into peace

Olivia Tennefoss '21 won the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest with a speech celebrating the way small-town entrepreneurship builds peace and well-being.

2021 graduates process into Salzman Stadium

2021 Commencement

"It's not your responsibility to solve all of the world's problems, but neither can you ignore them," challenged 2021 Commencement speaker Lawrence E. Milan '73.

Lemon Blueberry bread

Bluffton Bread sales

Bluffton Bread Company cash and carry sales return for Mother's Day. A limited amount of two flavors will be available Saturday, May 8, outside of Roots by Strattons.

Bluffton's new degree-completion program for its nationally accredited social work major is designed for working adults.

Degree completion

Bluffton's nationally accredited social work major is now available through a degree-completion program designed for working adults. Classes will begin Aug. 4, 2021.

Academic excellence

Academic excellence

Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the 2021 Academic Awards and Honors Forum.

May Day Gala concert

May Day Gala concert

The May Day Gala Concert will be streamed for viewing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.

Camerata Singers will perform in the 2021 Virtual Spring Fling concert.

Spring concert

The spring fling choral concert, featuring University Chorale, Camerata Singers, Concert Band and several ensembles, will be streamed on Sunday, April 25.

Patrick Spillman and Abigail Newkirk were named the 2021 athletes of the year

Athletic awards

Bluffton recognized Patrick Spillman and Abigail Newkirk, standout senior athletes in men's and women's soccer, as the 2021 athletes of the year.

Special for spring 2021, Lemon Blueberry bread

Mother's Day Sales

Bluffton Bread Company is back for Mother's Day. Online orders for Mother's Day will open on April 25. Cash and Carry will be available May 8.

Reading endorsement

Reading endorsement

Teachers seeking to advance their careers can fast-track their plans by enrolling in Bluffton's summer reading endorsement program.

The 2019 Juried Student Exhibition

Juried student art

The 53rd Juried Student Exhibition, showcasing work created this year by students in Bluffton art classes or independent studies, will be displayed beginning April 20.

New for fall 2021-22

Ambassador program

Bluffton will launch the President's Ambassador Program in the fall. Select students will assist recruit prospective students, welcome campus guests, and engage alumni and donors.

Vaccination clinic

Vaccination clinic

Bluffton University will partner with Bluffton Hospital to offer on-campus vaccination clinics for current students on April 9 and 12.

Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble will present a virtual concert streamed on Saturday, April 10.

Gospel and Jazz

Bluffton University's fall gospel choir and jazz concert will be streamed for viewing starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

Degree completion courses offered via Zoom

SHRM aligned

The degree-completion in business program is aligned with Society for Human Resource Management guidelines. Students with relevant experience may test to become a SHRM Certified Professional.

Spring Spiritual Life Week guest speaker, Dr. Drew Hart

"Good Trouble"

Dr. Drew Hart led conversations exploring the need for "Getting Into Good Trouble" during Spring Spiritual Life Week.