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September 5, 2015


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24 Chinese teens, ages 14-16, will study here this summer

Bluffton University, which sends students worldwide for cross-cultural experiences each year, is in the unusual position of being a cross-cultural destination this summer.

From July 23-Aug. 6, the university will welcome 24 Chinese students ages 14-16 as they experience the United States through a Summer English Program sponsored by Mennonite Partners in China (MPC).

Research grants funding Bluffton University faculty summer work

Bluffton University Research Center grants are helping four 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 Dr. Rudi Kauffman, an assistant professor of restorative justice; Dr. Jonathan Andreas, an assistant professor of economics; Dr. Martina Cucchiara, an assistant professor of history; and Dr. Stephen Harnish, a professor of mathematics.

Students present jazz camp concert in Yoder July 25

A two-day jazz camp at Bluffton University will conclude with a concert by participating sixth through eighth graders at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Yoder Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Directing the camp and the concert are Paul Baransy, an adjunct music instructor at Bluffton, and Charles Doepker. The Ottawa residents have extensive experience as jazz performers and teachers, including, most recently, as directors of the Ohio Music Education Association District 3 Junior High Honors Jazz Ensemble.

2013-14 Bluffton University Artist Series announced

Single-event tickets for Artist Series available July 20

Single-event tickets go on sale Saturday, July 20, for the 2013-14 Bluffton University Artist Series, featuring the Golden Dragon Acrobats, pianist Hyperion Knight, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the band Lone Raven and ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger.

Bluffton students go above and beyond in Botswana

A group of Bluffton University students found out last month that they’re about as good at fixing old computers as they are at raising money for new ones.

The eight students left May 7 for a three-week cross-cultural experience in Botswana, where they were delivering three new laptop computers and related equipment to provide Internet access to Pitseng, their host village.

Bluffton University students using Summer Discovery grants

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

Kayla Craig, a sophomore from Tallmadge, Ohio, majoring in psychology and social work, is spending four weeks gathering experiences in those fields at mental health agencies and other sites, primarily in the Akron area.

Bluffton junior from Illinois getting closer look at ministry

A Bluffton University junior from Hopedale, Ill., is serving this summer in an Orrville, Ohio, church as part of Mennonite Church USA’s Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP).

Participating in the program at Orrville Mennonite Church is Ashley Litwiller, a youth ministries and recreation major at Bluffton. Her home church is Hopedale Mennonite.

Top scholarships awarded at Bluffton University

Two incoming students at Bluffton University have been awarded the university’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at more than $105,000 for four years, while two others have received a Dean’s Scholarship, worth more than $80,000 over the same period.

Daniel Piero of Medina, Ohio, and Aaron Johnson of Goshen, Ind., are the Presidential Scholarship recipients.

Junior high students can get math enrichment


Students who have completed grade seven or eight and an accelerated pre-algebra course may attend the fifth annual Bluffton University Junior High Mathematics Enrichment Camp Monday-Thursday, June 10-13.

Led by Dr. Donald Hooley, a professor of mathematics, participants will explore topics such as number theory and introductory cryptology using pencil and paper, calculators and computer software in group settings.

Kyle Niermann named All-Mideast Region by D3Baseball.com

Bluffton senior Kyle Niermann (Napoloeon) was one of eight Heartland Conference baseball players to be recognized by D3Baseball.com following the 2013 season.

Niermann became Bluffton's first baseball player to earn D3Baseball.com All-Mideast Region honors. A First Team Heartland Conference selection for the past three seasons, Niermann was named Second Team All-Mideast Region by the ABCA as a junior.