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University students share their study notes for Anabaptist Community Bible

During the fall 2022 semester, Dr. Gerald Mast’s Religious Communication class at Bluffton University developed study notes based on class discussions of three texts from the Bible including one each from the Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms.

Bluffton University nursing program granted five-year CCNE accreditation

Bluffton University’s nursing program has been granted the full five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the nation’s leading accrediting agency for nursing programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and residency levels.

The accreditation status follows a successful virtual site accreditation visit with an evaluation team composed of three CCNE-appointed nursing education leaders.

Mennonite hymnals to be discussed at Bluffton University

Bluffton University’s library director, Carrie Phillips, will speak about “Mennonite Hymnals in the Special Collections of Musselman Library” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Reading Room of Musselman Library.

Phillips will share about the genealogy of the “Voices Together” hymnal accompanied by an exhibit of Bluffton University’s hymnal collection.

Bluffton’s Beaver mascots revealed

J. Denny and Jenny Beaver renamed: Boeke, Irwin, Eachus, Miller, Staton

Perhaps one of the most tightly guarded secrets at Bluffton University is the identities of J. Denny and Jenny Beaver. Even the closest of friends, roommates and family members of the students who portray Bluffton’s mascots may have no idea who is actually in the suit. However, another generation of Beavers concluded their mascot mission. The identities of the Beavers were revealed between the Jan. 28, 2023, men’s and women’s home basketball games against Transylvania in Sommer Center.

Laura Irwin ’23

Wanting to try something new and adventurous, Laura Irwin ’23, a music education major from Glenmont, Ohio, found herself suiting up as the Jenny Beaver mascot for more than the typical one year! She has kept her identity a secret for the past three years.

“It was an experience that spurred personal growth,” said Irwin. “This experience took me out of my comfort zone by interacting with people I normally would not interact with, but I loved every minute of it.”


CANCELED Vaccine development forum

UPDATE This January 31 event has been cancelled.

Bluffton University professor to discuss ‘new’ tools for student learning

Dr. Walt Paquin, professor of social work at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium, “Developing 'New' Tools for Student Learning,” at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. 

This presentation focuses on the projects that Paquin has explored over his 2021-22 sabbatical. Paquin has significantly revised the ‘Learning in Community’ course to increase student engagement in the Lima community. He also discovered ways to enhance student engagement and “learning activities” throughout the Social Work curriculum at Bluffton University.