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Abuhalima teaches peace through Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center

Tareq Abuhalima, a graduate assistant at Bluffton University’s The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, is excited about the new peace programming the center is offering for children. During the spring 2023 semester, Abuhalima along with 10 Bluffton University students developed “Teaching Peace to Children.” The sessions focus on issues such as conflict resolution and cultural understanding. 

“It’s been a successful start to the program, and we are planning to duplicate it in the fall,” said Abuhalima, who is earning his Master of Arts in Organizational Management at Bluffton. “It’s important to familiarize children with these topics. It’s a critical period of time on which they will build the rest of their lives.”

Taught mainly by education majors, the programs also provide undergraduate students additional experience in lesson planning and classroom management. 

Growing up in the Gaza City, Abuhalima is achieving a dream to continue his studies in the United States.

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26th annual Bluffton University golf scramble

Bluffton University’s 26th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 22, at Bluffton Golf Club

Registration for this event is $100 per golfer or $400 for a complete team of four. The cost includes greens fee, cart and lunch. Add-ons such as mulligans and a “gimme stick” also available.

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Bluffton University hosted NetVUE gathering on vocation and collaboration

University faculty and staff from as far away as Rhode Island, South Carolina and Winnipeg, Canada, came together at Bluffton University May 31-June 2 for the NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) regional gathering, “Finding Ourselves at the Center: Collaborative Spaces for Purpose, Work, Learning and Engagement.”

“We’re all trying to help students find their way,” said Dr. Lamar Nisly, vice president and dean of academic affairs at Bluffton. “At this gathering, we’re looking at how we make sure we’re having a shared conversation on campuses around the topic of vocation. It’s been really interesting to hear the different structures people have at their institutions.”

A program of The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), NetVUE is a is a network of nearly 300 colleges and universities, including Bluffton, formed to support and enrich vocational exploration and development. NetVUE funding previously supported the development of Learning in Community, the second-year course of the Bluffton Blueprint.


Bluffton University youth sports camps

The Bluffton University Athletics Department has issued a reminder that registration for summer camps is underway.

"Our women's basketball, volleyball, baseball, football teams are excited to have your young athletes on campus to develop their skills! Camps are available starting in June and going until July. Register today!"

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    Student cross-cultural experience in Ecuador

    Grant W. Klinger, of Bluffton, Ohio, is participating in a Bluffton University cross-cultural experience in Ecuador during the month of May.

    Klinger, along with other Bluffton students, will spend time in Quito and Cuenca. They’ll explore historical, cultural and geological areas including the Equator Museum, city markets and an active volcano.

    In Cuenca, students will stay with host families and volunteer at the Centro Medico clinic during the weekdays. In the evenings and on the weekends, students will travel to various cultural and historical sites including Ingapirca (Incan ruins), Gualaceo (artisan weavers), Chordeleg (artisan jewelry) and Cajas National Park.

    Klinger is a sophomore majoring in Medical Laboratory Science.

    This experience will fulfill Bluffton’s undergraduate cross-cultural requirement that must be completed before graduation. Students can either complete a cross-cultural experience or take six credit hours in one foreign language.

    Kingsley recognized for 12 years of service as Bluffton University trustee

    The Bluffton University Board of Trustees met in May for their annual spring meeting. The board completed normal board business such as budget approvals, setting tuition and approving restricted donations. Trustees also took several actions including changing the board bylaws, promoting faculty and recognizing returning and retiring board members.

    Mitch Kingsley, who is retiring from his role on the board, was recognized for 12 years of service as a trustee. Kingsley served on the Enrollment Management/Student Life Committee for two years, the Fiscal Affairs Committee for five years and the Board Development Committee for four years. Most recently, he served on the Resource Strategy Committee. A 1971 Bluffton graduate, Kingsley has practiced law in Bluffton since 1993 and is a past and current member of Bluffton Village Council. Kingsley and his wife, Ann, have three adult children.

    “As a local trustee, Mitch has enriched discussion with his knowledge of history and context. He has also asked deep and thoughtful questions,” said President Jane Wood. “In his various roles, Mitch has provided sound counsel to the university’s decision making.”