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April 21, 2018

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Community partners; Bluffton Hospital to provide health care to Bluffton University students

Bluffton University students' access to health care is expanding thanks to a new partnership between the university and Bluffton Hospital.

"It's going to be a significantly increased level of service for our students," said Dr. Eric Fulcomer, the university's vice president for enrollment management and student life. "I expect a significant increase in Health Center usage."

University honors Willis Sommers upon his retirement

Commitment to academic excellence and facility development, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility, have shaped Willis Sommer's work in 31 years as a business faculty member and, most recently, vice president for fiscal affairs at Bluffton University.

Offering that assessment at a May 8 "Celebration of Service" for the retiring administrator was Dr. Lee Snyder, Bluffton president emeritus.

Bluffton students receive grants for summer exploration of vocation

Bluffton University students Emily Baransy, Maryam Telahun and Marlon Young are exploring connections between vocation and faith this summer thanks to $1,500 Summer Discovery Grants awarded by Bluffton's Pathways to Mission and Vocation project.

In July, Baransy, a junior from Ottawa, will attend a Renovar'e Covenant Retreat in San Diego focusing on spiritual discernment and discovery. After returning to Bluffton, the social work major will work with campus pastor Stephen Intagliata to put her insights into practice as a pastoral assistant.

Math camp for 7th-8th-9th graders in June

Students who have completed grade seven, eight or nine and have had at least an accelerated pre-algebra course may attend the Bluffton University Junior High Mathematics Enrichment Camp June 7-11.

Led by Dr. Donald Hooley, professor of mathematics, participants will explore geometrically themed topics that do not commonly appear in either secondary or college math courses, including graph theory, knot theory, topological surfaces, non-Euclidean geometry and cellular automata.

Remembering Howard Raid's legacy

George Lehman, Elizabeth Raid, Don Pannabecker

Bluffton remembers Raid as educator, innovator, entrepreneur
When Howard Raid came to Bluffton College in 1947 to teach economics and business, he was told to expect a geography class added to his teaching load, based on the low number of students anticipated in business courses.

But 50 students-about one-sixth of Bluffton's total enrollment at the time-signed up for economics courses, and the first business and economics department at a Mennonite college was poised for growth.

Aaron Lutz, Sarah Moser in cross-cultural experiences

Aaron Lutz, son of Scott and Lani Shumaker, Bluffton, is participating in a cross-cultural experience in Guatemala, May 12-June 2.

Bluffton University students will explore the integration of ancient Mayan culture and modern life and learn about the nation~Ac^a'not^a"cs civil war by spending time in its capital, Guatemala City, and rural areas. They will experience bustling markets full of locally-made crafts, visit cooperatives and learn how the crafts are made, travel to ancient Mayan ruins, practice Spanish and learn to appreciate rural life and work during a home-stay.