• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

February 1, 2015

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Forgiveness: Former Findlay pastor, wife to discuss their journey


In July 2009, Dr. Chuck Sandstrom was the victim of a random, violent assault that left the former Findlay, Ohio, pastor with a severe, traumatic brain injury. But he and his wife, Auburn, chose to deal with their pain by reaching out to the attacker and his young family.

Now traveling to speak about their experience, the Akron couple will be at Bluffton University on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to discuss “Forgiveness as a Way of Life” at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bluffton dinner to benefit CUP

The Bluffton University Nutrition Association’s annual spaghetti dinner to benefit the Lima-based Churches United Food Pantry (C.U.P.) will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

Nonperishable food items will be accepted, as will cash and checks made payable to C.U.P. In addition to spaghetti, the menu for the dinner includes bread, salad, dessert and refreshments.

Andrews and Johnson-Evers named Second Team All-HCAC


A pair of Bluffton University men's soccer players were honored for their work on the pitch in 2012. Sophomore Jordan Andrews (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) and freshman Ryan Johnson-Evers (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) both earned Second Team All-Heartland Conference acclaim.

Jordan Andrews moved up to the midfield after playing primarily as a defender during his freshman campaign. He was one of just four Beavers to start all 16 matches in 2012. Andrews fired 13 shots, placing three on frame. He has started all 34 contests in his two years at Bluffton.

Thomas Gingrich earns CoSida All-Academic honor

Bluffton's Thomas Gingrich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) was recently named Academic All-District by CoSida. Gingrich, a senior offensive lineman, was named first team All-District. He was one of just five Heartland Conference football players to be honored in District 7.


Arts share Yoder Recital Hall stage during arts forum

Bluffton University’s creative arts programs converged on Yoder Recital Hall on Nov. 6 for “The Arts at Bluffton,” a forum featuring art, music, creative writing and theatre on campus.

Gregg Luginbuhl (background), a professor and chair of the art department, created ceramic pots throughout the program, while Philip Sugden (foreground), an assistant professor, worked on a charcoal drawing.

Joining them on stage here for a piano solo is Dr. Lucia Unrau, a professor and chair of music.

Beavers push Franklin in 23-9 loss to #21 Grizzlies


By Evan Skilliter, sports information assistant

Stats http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/football/2012/11-03-12.htm

The Beavers held their own with #21 ranked Franklin College on Saturday, Nov. 3, but the Grizzlies overcame two late turnovers deep in their own territory en route to a 23-9 victory. Bluffton moved to 5-4 on the season with a 4-3 mark in the Heartland Conference, while Franklin improved to 7-2 overall and 7-0 in the HCAC with its 25th straight conference victory.

The Real Inspector Hound on university stage next week

Bluffton University’s production of “The Real Inspector Hound” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall.

Here, Inspector Hound (Spencer Genson, pointing finger) warns the residents of Muldoon Manor that a murderer is in their midst. Listening are (background from left) Jill Bornhorst, as Felicity; Shannon Thiebeau (Mrs. Drudge); Tanner Kurilec (Simon); Amanda Bartel (Cynthia); and Jared Hudson (Magnus).

Immigrant rights activist to speak at Bluffton University Nov. 13

Isabel Castillo, co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and founder of DREAM Activist Virginia, will be at Bluffton University Tuesday, Nov. 13, to share her experiences as an undocumented youth and community activist.
Free and open to the public, Castillo’s presentation, “Undocumented and Unafraid: Personal Lessons from Community Organizing,” will begin at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall.

Castillo, who has lived in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for 21 years, advocates for immigrant rights and young students across Virginia and the nation.