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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.

A quarter century of scholarly research

For Gerald Mast and J. Denny Weaver

Friendship and debate fuel 25 years of scholarly research for Bluffton’s Weaver and Mast

For a quarter century, Bluffton University professors J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Mast have been writing, researching and collaborating on projects exploring the Anabaptist peace church tradition.

As Mast recalls, the partnership was established when he came to campus for the interview process in the spring of 1995. During an informal reception after the interview, Weaver handed him an essay and requested feedback.

Local students named to Bluffton’s undergraduate dean’s list

Bluffton University has announced the dean’s list for undergraduate students for the spring 2020 term. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. Area students follow: 
Devon Bilimek, Bluffton
Gabe Denecker, Bluffton
Brianna Keeler, Bluffton
Therisanyo Phetlhu, Bluffton
Levi Smith, Bluffton
Leah Tabler, Bluffton
Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours received dean’s list with distinction for continued high achievement follow:
Leslie Diaz Valdiviezo, Bluffton

Signing in

Bluffton’s first class of SLPA graduates ready for graduate school

Originally planning to pursue a career as a sign language interpreter, Alexis Montemarano ’20 was intrigued by Bluffton University’s newly developed speech-language pathology and audiology program as a first-year student.

Now, Montemarano is a member of Bluffton’s first class of SLPA graduates.

This fall, she will pursue a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Baldwin Wallace University, serve as a graduate assistant and work on research and funding for special education programs.