October 30, 2014



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Bluffton student getting closer look at ministry

A Bluffton University senior from Troy, is serving this summer in a Kokomo, Ind., church as part of Mennonite Church USA's Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP).

Participating in the program at Howard-Miami Mennonite Church is Jessica Deeter, a youth ministry major at Bluffton and the daughter of Roger and Stephany Deeter of Troy. Her home church is First United Church of Christ in Troy.

University adding majors in several areas

Bluffton University is offering new majors beginning this fall for students interested in graphic design, public relations, strength and conditioning and sport and recreation leadership.

Graphic design

For the graphic design major, new courses are being added to revamped courses in an existing minor in graphic design.

Three new university football coaches attend football camp

Three newly-minted Bluffton University football coaches wasted no time getting involved with Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp.

Assistant coaches Richard Ciccone, Jonathan Cooley and Jon Wheat recently joined more than 110 other college coaches for the third-annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 17, at Otterbein University. Ciccone takes over as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, while graduate assistants Cooley and Wheat will direct the safeties and defensive line, respectively.

Research grants funding Bluffton faculty summer work

Bluffton University Research Center grants are helping three Bluffton faculty members pursue scholarly and creative projects in their respective fields this summer.

Recipients of $3,000 stipends and up to $600 for research expenses are Tami Forbes, associate professor of recreation and chair of the health, fitness and sport science department; Dr. Ross Kauffman, assistant professor of public health; and Kate Spike, assistant professor of English.

Season tickets for Bluffton University 2012-13 Artist Series on sale

Season tickets are available for the 2012-13 Bluffton University Artist Series, featuring The Alley Cats, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, pianist Alexander Schimpf, the Petar Jankovic Ensemble and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets can be purchased on the Web, at http://tickets.bluffton.edu. Prices are $80 for adults, $70 for senior citizens and non-Bluffton students, and $65 for university faculty and staff. A family pass is $55 with the purchase of any season ticket.

University students awarded Summer Discovery Grants

Two Bluffton University students are exploring possible future careers this summer with the help of $1,500 Discovery Grants awarded through the university.

Nnenna Onwukeme, a Bluffton junior majoring in business, is volunteering as a business and teacher's assistant at the new De Padua Learning Center in her home city of Jos, Nigeria. She is looking to learn the ins and outs of running a business, including start-up and daily management.

Bluffton University announces personnel reductions

Bluffton University has announced reductions in employment levels effective July 1.

"These reductions are in response to Bluffton's need to operate on a somewhat smaller scale which is in better alignment with current enrollment," President James M. Harder said. "These are difficult decisions because they affect members of this community whose work has been important to the university and who are our colleagues and friends."

Wapak grad Kaleb Vondenheuvel will play at Bluffton

Wapakoneta High School grad to play basketball at Bluffton University

Bluffton University head men's basketball coach Guy Neal has announced that Wapakoneta native Kaleb Vondenheuvel will continue his education while playing basketball for the Beavers.

Vondenheuvel was a post player for the Wapakoneta High School Redskins under the direction of head coach Matthew Bradley.

Kyle Niermann and Tyler Stephenson named All-Mideast Region by ABCA


Bluffton University junior Kyle Niermann (Napoleon) and senior Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northwestern) were recently named All-Mideast Region by the ABCA for their outstanding work on the diamond this season.

Workshop to strengthen Excel, accounting skills

Bluffton University will offer a three-week workshop on campus and in Piqua and Archbold during July to help participants strengthen their Excel skills and develop understanding of core financial statements.