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Bluffton alumna encourages students to have brave conversations

2010 graduate Andrea Flack-Wetherald brought her combined skills in social work and improvisation to Bluffton University’s weekly Forum on Nov. 28. The social worker, author and comedian shared tips for holding brave conversations and explained how those difficult conversations can ultimately lead to wellness.

“We’re hardwired for human connection and the only way we’re actually going to feel that connection is by having brave conversations with the people we care about,” said Flack-Wetherald. “If we ultimately want to make a difference while we’re on this space rock, which I think most of us do, then we will only create real impact by collaborating well with the people around us.”

In essence, having brave conversations leads to building trust and maintaining stronger relationships. Examples of brave conversations Flack-Wetherald shared include giving and receiving difficult feedback, setting boundaries, advocating for yourself and collaborating in a creative environment.

Messiah soloists announced for Dec. 10 performance

Bluffton University’s music department has announced the soloists for its 129th performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, in Yoder Recital Hall. Soloists are Val Sibila, soprano; Kira McGirr, mezzo-soprano; Frederick A. Peterbark, tenor; and Max Pivik, bass.

Gundy presents "Phantom Power" at Colloquium

Jeff Gundy, professor emeritus of English and writer in (non)residence, will present “Phantom Power: Words and Notes” as part of the Bluffton University Colloquium series. 

EVENT 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1
Centennial Hall - Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University

Social worker, comedian, author and alumna to speak on "Brave Conversations"

Andrea Flack-Wetherald ’10, social worker, comedian and author, will speak during a Bluffton University Forum program. The title of her presentation is “Brave Conversations as Tool for Wellness.” 

EVENT 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28
Yoder Recital Hall - Bluffton University Campus

Author event showcases Buckell’s A Stranger in the Citadel

An author event celebrating the release of Tobias S. Buckell’s novel, “A Stranger in the Citadel,” will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 in the reading room of Bluffton University’s Musselman Library.

Buckell’s thirteen novels and numerous short stories have been translated into 20 different languages. He is a New York Times bestselling writer and World Fantasy Award winner who has also been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. During the event, Buckell will read from, “A Stranger in the Citadel.”

In addition to teaching, Buckell serves as the faculty advisor for “Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal.” He is a 2000 Bluffton graduate.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday concert to feature Brass Quartet

Bluffton University’s Fall Chamber Ensemble Concert will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Dr. Roy Couch, the Bluffton University Brass Quartet will perform a varied program including music by Gustav Holst, George M. Cohan, J.S. Bach and Zequinha Abreu as well as traditional folk songs.