Bluffton University

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.

Pay Attention to What’s Important, BU Students Told

   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 Students Sign Banner

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.

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