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“Messiah” rehearsals begin at Bluffton University

Tuesday evenings in Gilliom Room

Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 124th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays each week from Sept. 24-Dec. 3 in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.

There are a total of 10 rehearsals, one dress rehearsal and one concert.

Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is invited to join the chorus, which includes Bluffton students, faculty, staff and community members. There is no cost to participate.

The power of plant pigments

Sabbatical research focused on the health benefits of plant pigments

Dr. Angela Montel, professor of biology at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium, “The Power of Purple (and Red and Blue and Green and Yellow and Orange) Plant Pigments to Promote Human Health,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

During her presentation, Montel will discuss her fall 2018 sabbatical research focused on the health benefits of plant pigments such as beta carotene, chlorophyll and members of the flavonoid family. 

Bluffton University sports recap

Men's soccer, women's soccer, men's golf

Here's a recap of Bluffton University sports for the week:

Men's Golf

The Bluffton University men jumped into action feet first with a 36-hole day at the UNOH Invitational at Hidden Creek. Playing on one its home courses, the Beavers lived up to expectations with a flurry of rounds in the 70's and not a score over 89 all day

Freshman Evan Kujawa (Toledo/Whitmer) started fast with a 73 and he followed that up with a slick 78 on the final 18 to top the Beavers with a 151 for the day. 

Constitution Day Forum speakers Sept. 17

Bluffton University alumni judges to speak

Sean E. Leuthold ’88, Common Pleas Court Judge of Crawford County, and Shane M. Leuthold ’92, Municipal Court Judge of Crawford County, will present the Forum “The Policy of Stop-and-Frisk and its Impact on American Civil Liberties and the Right to Privacy.”

The event will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Yoder Recital Hall. Forum is free and open to the public.

The judges will evaluate the background, expansion and future implications of the stop-and-frisk policy, particularly how it can lead to unconstitutional racial and ethnic profiling.

Speaker promotes well-being

Opening convocation at Bluffton University

During a time when, as a whole, our nation’s perceived well-being is declining, Dr. Beth Taylor Mack, director of health behavior and wellness for YMCA of the USA, emphasized the importance of relationships to first-year students during Bluffton University’s Opening Convocation. Her presentation, “The Power of Relationships: How Connectivity Impacts Well-Being,” directly related to this year’s summer reading for first-year students, “The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner.

University’s Summer Discovery Program

Senior designs her own social work internship

Rowena Zuercher ’20 is making the most of her college experience.

The social work and Spanish double major from Apple Creek, Ohio, is a student ambassador, active on campus and spent a semester in Guatemala. This summer, she created her own internship through the Summer Discovery Program which provides a $1,500 grant for Bluffton students to develop an internship experience in order to explore their vocation.