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.
The advice that college freshmen receive is always obvious or bogus, and given by people relating what they should have done when they were 18 or 19. That’s what first-year Bluffton University students heard Sept. 1 from poet and novelist Marge Piercy – who went on to offer a few suggestions anyway at the university’s annual opening convocation.
First-year Bluffton University students — members of the class of 2019 — sign a banner on their first day on campus that symbolizes their commitment to support each other and to learn together. The banner will be displayed in Bluffton’s Marbeck Center until their graduation day in four years. The traditional banner signing followed a welcome from university President Dr. James Harder, who discussed his hopes for the incoming class. The president said he hopes each member of the class will give “your full heart” to all of Bluffton’s four enduring values — discovery, community, respect and service.
Bluffton University’s 18th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble raised roughly $5,000 for university athletics through TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Bluffton. The July 18 event drew 84 golfers to Harrod’s Colonial Golfers Club. The winners of the scramble received monetary prizes. The team of Bill Boroff, Bryan Lawson and Tara Liebert took first place. Second place went to the foursome of Mike Richards, John Brown, Clair Recker and Mike McClure. Comprising the third-place team were Jim Knox, Denny Thompson, Jim Frisk and Jeff Deyling.