Bluffton University news

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.

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr.

Keeney Peace Lecture

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. called on individuals to "courageously use their resources, platforms and privilege to disrupt and dismantle policies that discriminate and decimate."

Virtual choral concert

Choral concert

The spring choral concert featuring University Chorale and Camerata Singers will be streamed for viewing on Sunday, March 28.

Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ben Rath

Head coach named

Ben Rath will serve as Bluffton's first head men's and women's swimming and diving coach, an intercollegiate program to start in the 2021-22 academic year.

2021 commencement speaker Lawrence Milan '73

Commencement 2021

Health care executive, Lawrence E. Milan, a 1973 Bluffton graduate, will address the 2021 graduating class during the May 8 Commencement ceremony at Salzman Stadium.

Design Your Life certified coach Dr. LaShonda Gurley

Certified coach

Dr. LaShonda Gurley, Director of the Center for Career and Vocation at Bluffton University, has been named a Design Your Life certified coach.

Dr. George Lehman, emeritus professor of business, will share his expertise in Emotional Intelligence in the workplace with area businesses.

EQ training

Dr. George Lehman, professor emeritus of business, will provide training on emotional intelligence (EQ) in the workplace, beginning with a free virtual session through the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

Works by seniors Berlin Fuqua, Autumn Graves and Sarah Heydinger will be displayed in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Senior Art Show

Senior artists and graphic designers will showcase their most prominent work in a combined exhibit called "Uncovered Perspectives." The exhibit opens to the on-campus community on March 15.


Bluffton was named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's 2021 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic ways the university supports transfer students.

New Trustee Bethny Ricks '06

Winter meeting

The Board of Trustees welcomed Bethny Ricks as a new at-large member, discussed current business and granted three sabbaticals for the 2021-22 academic year.

Instrumental concert

Instrumental concert

The winter instrumental concert featuring concert band ensembles will be streamed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate Bread

Bluffton Bread sales

The Bluffton Bread Company is back for Valentine's Day with a new specialty flavor--Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate.

Athletic announcement

Spectators allowed

Starting Friday, Feb. 12, Bluffton will allow on-campus spectators (students, faculty and staff, who are a part of the daily campus community) for all remaining home games for indoor sports.

New corporate and education partnerships established since fall 2020.

Corporate Partnerships

Bluffton has entered into 3-year Corporate Partner or Education Partner agreements with five companies and four school districts since fall 2020, providing tuition discounts to their employees.

Bluffton University will add swimming and diving as an intercollegiate sport for the 2021-22 academic year. The search for a head coach is underway.

New sport added

Bluffton University will add swimming and diving as an intercollegiate sport for the 2021-22 academic year. The search for a head coach is underway.

Soloists for the 2020 Bluffton University performance of Handel's

Soloists announced

Bluffton's music department has announced the soloists for its 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, via livestream.


The "Messiah"

Bluffton University will present its 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, via livestream.

Jessica Lovell has earned the Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship, a Bluffton-Bowling Green partnership that includes a full-tuition award plus a paid graduate assistantship.

MAcc scholarship

Jessica Lovell, a senior from Grove City, Ohio, is Bluffton University's ninth recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.

Holiday Concert

Holiday Concert

Bluffton University's annual Holiday Collage Concert will be streamed for viewing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.

Chad Stearns ’00 and Cody Ridenour ’08, co-owners of Modo Media, video new footage for the

"Messiah" retrospective

Instead of recording a traditional concert to be viewed online for Bluffton's 125th performance of Handel's "Messiah", the music department teamed up alumni music majors to develop a mini-documentary.

Bluffton Bread to give, or keep!

Online bread sales

Bluffton Bread Company online sales will run Dec. 1-17. Traditional breads are $8 and specialty loaves are $12. PayPal or credit card will be accepted.

Under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, the gospel choir is now in its 10th year at Bluffton.

Virtual concert

The fall gospel choir and jazz concert will be streamed for viewing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Conductors will give a pre-concert talk via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.

Applesauce Oatmeal Cinnamon bread features applesauce produced in-house from apples picked at Sugar Creek Orchard, Lima.

Bluffton Bread sales

The Bluffton Bread Company will sell a limited quantity of freshly-baked bread from Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 28, at Root's by Strattons, on Main Street in Bluffton.


Online RN to BSN

Bluffton's RN to BSN program will go 100 percent online in January. Updated courses are designed to provide a better pathway for working RNs to complete their BSN.