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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.

President's Forum Set for Tuesday

   Dr. James M. Harder, president of Bluffton University, will present the annual President’s Forum at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
   Harder will offer perspectives on the start of a new academic year – Bluffton’s 116th – and describe several institutional initiatives for the coming year. The special theme of this year’s address will be the unique qualities that define the Bluffton educational experience.


Bluffton Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members

   Six faculty members are joining the Bluffton University community this academic year along with more than 20 new staff members and graduate assistants.
   New assistant professors for 2015-16 are John Burkhart, in accounting; Rhonda Gottschalk, health, fitness and sport science; Dr. Luke Myers, physics; Marathana Prothro, communication; and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, religion. Dr. Nancy Banman starts her first full year at Bluffton, meanwhile, after coming to campus last January as an associate professor and chair of social work.

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