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June 18, 2019

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Iraqi students reunite in Bluffton

Summer is the season for family reunions and, in early July, a close-knit group whose members didn't know each other two years ago got together for one of their own.

Twelve Iraqi college students, now studying in the United States as part of the Iraqi Student Project (ISP), reunited for several days in Bluffton, Ohio. Housed in Bluffton University's Neufeld Hall, they spent time with families of the support group for one of their own-Shahad Aldoori, an interior design student at Bluffton-and took a trip to Cedar Point.

Alumni golf outing raises $8,000 for university athletics

Bluffton University's 13th annual alumni and friends golf scramble on July 17 raised $8,000 for university athletics through TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Bluffton.

Harrod's Colonial Golfers Club hosted the event, which drew 112 golfers from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado and Florida.

The winners of the scramble received monetary prizes. Tom Holtsberry of Harrod teamed with Bob Marshall, Randy Prince and Brad Selover, all from Elida, to take home first-place honors.

Two math workshops aimed at middle, high school teachers

Bluffton University will offer two mathematics workshops for middle and high school math teachers and intervention specialists Aug. 10-12.

Marilyn Link of Coldwater, will teach "Become a Master Teacher in Middle School Geometry Topics," while Duane Bollenbacher, an adjunct Bluffton faculty member, will be the instructor for "205 Things that Every High School Mathematics Teacher, Especially Younger Ones, Should Know."

Bluffton MBA group gets look at business in China

Bluffton University delegation on the Great Wall

Chad Kinnear is a sales engineer for Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc., covering much of northwest and west central Ohio from his home in Lima. For two weeks in June, though, he had a rare opportunity to see how his company, a supplier of metal-cutting tools, does business on the other side of the world.

Kinnear, who is pursuing a master of business administration degree at Bluffton University, was among the eight members of a delegation that represented the university on a study tour of China.

Bluffton students getting firsthand look at ministry

Four Bluffton University students are serving as pastoral interns this summer in churches from Florida to Idaho as part of Mennonite Church USA's Ministry Inquiry Program.

Participating from Bluffton are juniors Chalsi Eastman from Norwalk, at Bay Shore Mennonite Church in Sarasota, Fla.; Ethan Hershberger from Upper Sandusky, at Upper Milford Mennonite Church in Zionsville, Pa.; and Megan Neal from Arlington, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville, along with senior Matt Weaver from Millersburg, Ohio, at First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, Idaho.

University Research Center grants funding faculty summer work

Four Bluffton University faculty members are pursuing scholarly and creative projects in their respective fields this summer with the aid of Bluffton University Research Center grants.Recipients of $3,000 stipends and up to $600 for research expenses are Dr. Perry Bush, professor of history; Gregg Luginbuhl, professor of art; Darryl Moody, assistant professor of art; and Dr. Crystal Sellers, assistant professor of music.

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