Bluffton University

Bluffton University Homecoming King, Queen Crowned

   Seniors Michael Liska of Bluffton and Meg Short of Archbold, Ohio, were crowned Bluffton University’s Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game on Oct. 10.
   Other seniors in the Homecoming court were Donny Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Jacey Dehogues of Kalona, Iowa. Junior attendants were Chad Gundy of Flanagan, Ill., and Mackenzie Butler of Norwich, Ohio, while sophomore attendants were Wyatt Jarrell of Racine, Ohio, and Lauren Dickerson of Goshen, Ind.

Bluffton’s Annual Fall Play “Smash” to Stage a British Comedy Concerning Manners

   Tickets are available for Bluffton University’s production of “Smash,” a British comedy of manners by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. Reserved tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students, are available online at or at the Marbeck Center information desk between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

Smith Remains a Model for Mennonites, Biographer States

   In the first half of the 20th century, Dr. C. Henry Smith wrote three books that were “the vehicles by which generations of Mennonites learned their history,” says Dr. Perry Bush, a Bluffton University professor of history.
   Now, nearly 75 years after the last of Smith’s histories of the Mennonites was published, Bush has written a biography subtitled “The Mennonite History of C. Henry Smith” – a man who spoke to his, and our, times, Bush notes, while modeling the emerging role of Mennonite public intellectual.
   “Peace, Progress and the Professor,” published recently by Herald Press, tells the story of a self-described “all-around Mennonite” who was raised Amish before becoming one of the first Mennonites to earn a doctorate, early in his 50-year teaching tenure in higher education.

Fall Classes Available to Retirees

   Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering eight courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 21-Nov. 12.
   Each course costs $50; the cost to take two or more courses is $100. Registration and, if applicable, course fees are due at the time of registration. Sept. 18 is the deadline to register. Unless otherwise noted, classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Shultz Hall of Riley Court on campus.
   To register or for more information, contact Janet “JP” Schumacher, ILR director, at 419-358-3346 or

   Fall courses are:

Making Melody in Your Hearts: The Place and Role of Music in Christian Spirituality and in the Life of the Church
Mondays beginning Sept. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

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