Bluffton University news

School children connect with Bluffton education majors

Bluffton Study Buddies

Bluffton education majors and student teachers will provide free online academic help and educational games/activities for K-12 students during school closures in Ohio.

Chorale and camerata

Chorale and camerata

Bluffton University will host a spring choral concert featuring the University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March. 22, 2020.

Deserving happiness

Deserving happiness

Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present Bluffton's annual Civic Engagement Day Forum titled, "Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation."

Heidi Mercer, assistant professor of social work

Preventative Self-Care

Heidi Mercer, assistant professor of social work, will present "Preventive Self-Care: How to live your best life in the field of social work" on March 20.

Social Work faculty in 1994

Social work program celebrated

Alumni and faculty will share stories during the Forum presentation on March 17 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Bluffton social work program.

pictured L to R: Olivia Tennefoss, Marathana Prothro, Kai Smith, Nicole Centofanti, Dave Woodward and

The Witmarsum wins

"The Witmarsum," Bluffton University's student-driven media organization, earned three awards during the 2020 Ohio Collegiate Newspaper and Website Competition.

David Stamile, spiritual care coordinator

A selfie world

David Stamile will speak during Bluffton University's Spiritual Life Week Forum at 11 a.m. on March 10 in Yoder Recital Hall

pictured L to R: Brandi (Dominique ’14) Clark, Sarah Dhondt ’16, and Jeremy Amstutz ’15

Tips shared

Three young Bluffton alumni in corporate positions returned to campus with guidance for current students.

Internship experience

Rowena Zuercher '20, a social work and Spanish double major, will share about her Summer Discovery Grant internship experience at Lighthouse Ministries.

Seeking nominations

Seeking nominations

The Bluffton University Alumni Association is seeking Alumni Award nominations for the Lifetime Service Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Jarod Siekman, Takayla Gaberry, Robert Ruppert, Cara Hamilton, Sara Kisseberth and Grace Zachrich (L to R)

Beaver reveal 2020

Perhaps one of the most tightly guarded secrets at Bluffton University is the identities of J. Denny and Jenny Beaver.

Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center

Senior Showcase

Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton University will showcase their most prominent work in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University

Personal branding

Marathana Prothro will present the Colloquium, "Inside Job: An Integrated Approach to Personal Branding," at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Tour of Europe Sept. 26-Oct. 7, 2020

2020 tour of Europe

Bluffton University President Jane Wood and Dr. Gerald Mast, professor of communication, will host a tour of Europe Sept. 26-Oct. 7, 2020.

Cleveland Brassworks coming to Bluffton University

Brass quintet

Tickets are available for the March 12 performance by professional brass quintet at 7 p.m. in Bluffton University's Yoder Recital Hall.

Dr. Da Eun Choi, staff accompanist and piano instructor

Faculty pianist

Bluffton University's newest music department member will perform a recital at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Bluffton University's concert band

Diversity and peace

Bluffton University will host an instrumental concert featuring its Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University

A Life in Story

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University shared "A Life in Story: The Construction of Personal Narrative" during her Jan. 31 Colloquium presentation.

Bluffton Bread Company Triple Chocolate Bread

Valentine's Bread

The Bluffton Bread Company is back for Valentine's Day with Triple Chocolate Bread--perfect for the chocolate lover in your life, even if that's you.

David King, director of athletics, Eastern Mennonite University

Values-based athletics

David King will present the Forum, "Values-based Athletics in a Social Media World," at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Business Alumni Forum

Business Alumni Forum

A panel of Bluffton University alumni currently working in corporate roles will share about life after graduation during Forum at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18.

George Kalamaras

That Moment of Wept

Poet George Kalamaras will give a public reading at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Reading Room of Bluffton University's Musselman Library.

Dr. LaShonda Gurley speaks

Seeds of change

During Bluffton University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Forum, Dr. LaShonda Gurley issued a challenge: "Be the seeds, shift the culture, walk the talk."

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn

Bluffton University's junior nutrition students will host the 2020 Lunch and Learn series from Feb. 12 to April 15 on the first floor of Berky Hall.

Future teachers invited

Future teachers invited

High school students are invited to learn more about Bluffton University's Educator Preparation Program, the demands and rewards of teaching, and more.

Cyneatha Millsaps, executive director, Mennonite Women USA

Activist and advocate

Cyneatha Millsaps will present the Forum, "Gun Violence: Its Effects on Family and Community," at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Timothy Bender '20

Power and Polity

Tim Bender '20 will share his departmental honors project about LGBTQ inclusion in the Mennonite church on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Musselman Library's Reading Room.

Alaina Shearer smiles.

Positive social change

Alaina Shearer will share her personal and professional journey toward positive social change at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Dr. Melissa Friesen, art, communication and theatre department chair, and Dr. Walt Paquin, director of social work program

Learning in Community

Dr. Melissa Friesen and Dr. Walt Paquin will share during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Ronda Lehman, president of Mercy Health

Relationships are key

Relationships, mentorship, education and focus are keys to leadership and professional development says Ronda Lehman, president of Mercy Health.

Bluffton University’s Musselman Library will host its seventh annual Celebrate the Library Week, Feb. 4-6.

Celebrate the Library

Bluffton University's Musselman Library will host its seventh annual Celebrate the Library Week, Feb. 4-6 with the tag line: "Celebrating Student Research and Creativity."

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University

Constructing your story

Dr. Jane Wood will share "A Life In Story: The Construction of Personal Narrative," during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Dr. LaShonda Gurley, director of the Center for Career and Vocation at Bluffton University.

Bias and privilege

Dr. LaShonda Gurley will present "Walking the Talk: Transforming the Dream into Reality," at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Students who traveled to Washington, D.C., Nashville, Guatemala and France are planned to recount their experiences.

Recounting their travels

Bluffton University students who participated in long-term cross-cultural experiences in the fall will speak during Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Genocide of the Mind

Genocide of the Mind

Dr. Melissa Michal will share "Genocide of the Mind and Indigenous Resilience," during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Jan. 17.