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Students return to campus Aug. 13-16

The majority of Bluffton University’s residential students will move into residence halls Aug. 13-16 with classes to resume Aug. 17.

Fall semester was moved up two weeks as part of Bluffton’s Protect the Dam plan for returning to campus housing and instruction. The academic calendar change also means in-person classes will end by Thanksgiving break and students will not return to campus until the spring semester begins.

Other health and safety measures outlined in the plan include social distancing, wearing face masks, reducing classroom density and symptom monitoring.

Regional businesses, schools partnership with Bluffton University

Providing corporate and educational discounts, enhance workforce needs

Corporate and Education Partnerships provide
educational discounts; enhance workforce needs

Bluffton University is rapidly growing a network of Corporate and Education Partnerships in northwest Ohio.

The university has entered into 3-year Corporate Partner agreements with six companies and five Education Partner agreements with area school districts since its launch this spring.

“We are excited about the leadership opportunities for our region,” said Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University.

Tyson Goings appointed to new role at university

Director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

As part of the launch of Bluffton University’s strategic plan this fall, President Jane Wood has appointed Tyson Goings to the newly created role of director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). 

Goings, a 2001 Bluffton graduate, returned in 2015 as director of multicultural student development and was promoted to director of residence life in 2019. He will maintain his current role as director of residence life, with some responsibilities transitioning to other employees in Bluffton’s student life office.  

Here's to the university class of 2020

In-person commencement organized following guidelines from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health

The achievements of Bluffton University’s class of 2020 were celebrated Saturday, July 18, during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium. More than 80 percent of the graduating class, and up to two guests each, were in attendance for the delayed event.

In special recognition of this year’s class, each student was given a medallion featuring the Bluffton University presidential seal to wear as they walked the stage.

University trustees focus on strategic plan, act on return-to-campus plans

Four faculty members receive promotions

Bluffton University trustees spent the majority of their June board time on campus discussing the implementation of the university’s newly developed strategic plan, taking action on return to campus plans and reviewing increased diversity and inclusion efforts ahead of the fall 2020 semester.

The board also took several actions including promoting faculty members, approving a newly endowed scholarship and welcoming a new member. 

University alum now project organizer for Gulf Coast Leadership Council

Her current priorities include organizing for the 2020 Census and bringing local faith-based leaders together to work on issues of flooding.

When Sarah Ricks graduated from Bluffton in 2010, her goal was to help people “and utilize my skills and education in a way that would make a contribution to my greater community.”

Today, that is exactly what she is doing, but she never imagined it would be in Southeast, Texas.

The Lima native is a project organizer for Gulf Coast Leadership Council, a non-profit that brings faith communities of all denominations together to provide resources to people in need. Over the past few years, the greatest need has been Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief.