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University Summer Discovery Grants helping expand student experience

Rebecca Lapp returned to Guatemala to volunteer at the same orphanage she had visited following a semester-abroad program last fall.

Courtney Seffernick, meanwhile, sampled social work-related opportunities at an inpatient hospice center and a nonprofit organization in northwest Ohio.

Near or far, though, both Bluffton University students explored the link between vocation and faith as the 2015 recipients of $1,500 Summer Discovery Grants from the university.  

CASE Fellowship aids University Student Alumni Association

A fellowship newly awarded to Bluffton University through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) will help bolster the university’s Student Alumni Association.

The CASE ASAP (Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) Institutional Fellowship will support efforts to increase both student involvement and programs within the association, said Amy Byers, the group’s adviser and an associate in Bluffton’s alumni engagement office.

Bluffton University part of statewide family visit days July 13 and 14

Bluffton University is joining a collaboration among Ohio’s private colleges and universities, beginning with a summer program designed to allow families to visit up to four private schools over two days, July 13 and 14.

Ohio’s Independent College Visit Days are aimed at helping families understand how affordable a private college education can be. The days also highlight other benefits of attending a private institution, including a higher four-year graduation rate and a lower default rate on student loans.

Local students named to dean's list at Bluffton University

Bluffton University has announced its dean’s list for the spring term. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours received distinction for continued high achievement, indicated by *.

Local undergraduates include:

Devin Hitchcock *

Bluffton University trustees have leadership transition; grant tenure, promotions

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees has a new chairperson for the first time since 2001.

The trustees’ recent spring meeting was the last for Morris Stutzman, who retired from the board after 33 years, including the last 14 as chairperson. Kent Yoder, a trustee and Middlebury, Ind., businessman, assumed the chairperson’s duties from Stutzman, a Wooster, Ohio, attorney.

Single-event tickets for university Artist Series available July 10

Single-event tickets for the 2015-16 Bluffton University Artist Series go on sale Friday, July 10. This year’s series features:

• Apollo’s Fire, a baroque chamber ensemble 
• Heinavanker, an Estonian vocal ensemble 
• pianist Anne-Marie McDermott 
• the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players 
• and the Columbus-based Raise gospel choir

Dalton and Goshen students awarded full-tuitition Presidential Scholarships

Two incoming students at Bluffton University have been awarded the university’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at more than $110,000 for four years.

Katelyn Amstutz of Dalton, Ohio, and Edwin Martin of Goshen, Ind., are the scholarship recipients.

Amstutz, the daughter of Michael and Lisa Amstutz, was homeschooled, graduating this year. She has been active in tennis, the Heartland String Quartet and Science Olympiad. She attends Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, near Dalton.

On becoming a "Bluffton" family - community to classroom learning-living

It’s called the Community-to-Classroom (C2C) Living-Learning Community, but “community” isn’t the only word you might hear more than once in a discussion of the campus program that debuted in 2014-15.

First-year education majors who spent the year together on the fourth floor of Neufeld Hall also talked about “bonds,” “family,” “friends” and “home” when describing their shared experiences this spring.

Bluffton University adds two new majors this fall

Bluffton University will add to its list of more than 85 academic programs this fall semester by offering two new majors: teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and pre-art therapy.

TESOL, which has been available at Bluffton as a minor for roughly two decades, will have an expanded curriculum—including courses in language, education and the social sciences—for students to fulfill the new major.

Close to 100 triathletes drawn to second ‘Be A Beaver’

The second annual running (and swimming and biking) of Bluffton’s Be A Beaver Triathlon brought about 100 competitors to town on Saturday, May 30.

The participants—up in number from 64 for the event’s debut last year—started with a jump into the Bluffton Community Pool for a 400-meter swim. A 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) bike ride and a 5K (3.1-mile) run completed the triathlon, won for the second straight year by Justin Kahle, 21, of Defiance, Ohio, in a time of 58 minutes, 28 seconds.