Bluffton University

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.

Golf Scramble Raises Nearly $5,000 for Bluffton Athletics

   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.

Grants Help Students Explore Vocation, Faith Links

   Rebecca Lapp returned to Guatemala to volunteer at the same orphanage she had visited following a semester-abroad program last fall.
Courtney Seffernick, meanwhile, sampled social work-related opportunities at an inpatient hospice center and a nonprofit organization in northwest Ohio.
   Near or far, though, both Bluffton University students explored the link between vocation and faith as the 2015 recipients of $1,500 Summer Discovery Grants from the university.   
   Lapp, a junior majoring in Spanish, was among seven Bluffton students who spent last fall semester in Guatemala, combining academic classes at SEMILLA (the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary) with field placements for service.

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