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September 17, 2019

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Student and professor collaborate

Involving research through a National Science Foundation grant

Ryan Oostland, a Bluffton University senior mathematics major and computer science minor from Goshen, Ind., is spending the summer collaborating with Dr. Stephen Harnish, professor of mathematics, on a research project through the XSEDE EMPOWER Program.

The program’s acronym stands for Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment and is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Big opportunities

Elizabeth Luersman: "Bluffton is really good at preparing education majors to be in the classroom.”

Elizabeth Luersman, a 2019 Bluffton University graduate, followed her big sister to Bluffton and now she’s following her into the professional world of teaching, but along the way, Luersman forged her own path and took advantage of all the opportunities available at Bluffton.

In the fall, she will start her journey as an art teacher at Lima Central Catholic High School.  

“I feel prepared to be a teacher,” said Luersman, an art education major from Ottoville, Ohio. “Bluffton is really good at preparing education majors to be in the classroom.”

University alumni and friends golf scramble July 27

Bluffton University’s 22nd annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Bluffton Golf Club.

Registration for this event is $90 per golfer or $360 for a complete team of four. This cost includes greens fee, cart and lunch. To attend the lunch only is $10. Register atwww.bluffton.edu/golf by July 20.

Bluffton University to host baseball skills camps

The Bluffton University baseball team will host camps for young players wanting to improve their skills this summer.

A two-day camp takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, for youth ages 9-13. Cost is $60.

Then on Wednesday, July 10, a camp for youth ages 13-15 will be held. This one-day camp costs $30.

To register, visit https://baseball.blufftonusportscamps.com/

12 days in Kenya this spring with World Vision

Her role is to connect vulnerable children from around the world to local sponsors

As a volunteer for World Vision, a humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organization, Holly Metzger, a 2005 Bluffton University graduate, is living out the values instilled during her Bluffton education.

“The discussions we had in classes here, the cross-cultural experience and the whole Bluffton package just really encouraged my passion and drive to be part of something bigger,” said Metzger, now an enrollment counselor at Bluffton University.

Learn and Earn

Position helps Rawson student connect at Bluffton University

Before coming to Bluffton University, Caroline Schutz ’21, a TESOL major from Rawson, had never held a job. Instead she focused on academics and athletics, but when she was offered a Learn and Earn position in the admissions office, she decided to enter the working world as a student employee.

“I definitely think working here has helped me establish accountability, team work and conflict management skills,” said Schutz. It’s given me a peek into the future and has shown me how connecting with people and building relationships can propel you forward.”