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Tickets on sale April 1 for 'Little Women'

Tickets go on sale April 1 for Bluffton University's May Day weekend production of "Little Women," a musical adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel.

Dr. Melissa Friesen, associate professor and chair of theatre and communication at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged May 6-8 as part of the university's annual May Day celebration. Curtain time is 8 p.m. in Founders Hall. Tickets, $12 for reserved seats and $5 for bleacher seats, are available by contacting the box office at 419-358-3239 or boxoffice@bluffton.edu.

University forum addresses Christian-Muslim peace

"Building Peace Relations between Muslims and Christians: Lessons from Ethiopia and the Meserete Kristos Church" is the topic of Bluffton University's C. Henry Smith Forum, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Bluffton scholar urges transformed immigration debate

People and their lives should become the focus of the ongoing debate about immigration, Bluffton University's 2009-10 Civic Engagement Scholar argued in a March 16 presentation to a campus audience.

Dr. Paul Neufeld Weaver, assistant professor of education, cited the case of Ad'an, a friend who applied for political asylum in the United States after fleeing Guatemala in 1985.

Twenty-five years later, the case is still unresolved, Weaver said, noting the need to find a compromise to fix "a system that's completely broken" and get people like Ad'an out of limbo.

University "Shining Through" tours east coast during spring break

Bluffton music ministry comes 'Shining Through' on spring-break tour
The 20 Bluffton University undergraduates who comprise Shining Through, a music ministry team, contributed to the Haiti earthquake relief effort during their spring break.

Among the stops on the team's 10-day tour through North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania was the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Center, an Akron, Pa., site where items are collected to send to people in need overseas.

University forum to focus on sexual ethics

Sheri Hostetler, pastor of First Mennonite Church in San Francisco, Calif., and a Bluffton University graduate, will discuss "Sexual Ethics Beyond the Rules" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Bluffton's Founders Hall. The Women's Studies Forum is free and open to the public.

Hostetler will explore a sexual ethic that goes beyond dos and don'ts, addressing such questions as values and principles that should guide sexual relating and how individuals can become more faithful and discerning moral agents when it comes to sexual expression.

Mosiman Young Artist Competition added to Bach Festival

A new competition will highlight the annual Bach Festival at Bluffton University.

The university's music department will host Bach Festival 2010 on Friday and Sunday, March 26 and 28. The weekend includes the traditional Bach's Lunch on Friday and Sunday's Bach Festival Concert, which will open at 2:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall with the Mosiman Young Artist Competition. The events are free and open to the public.