Bluffton University

Bluffton University Trustees Have Leadership Transition; Grant Tenure, Promotions

   The Bluffton University Board of Trustees has a new chairperson for the first time since 2001.
   The trustees’ recent spring meeting was the last for Morris Stutzman, who retired from the board after 33 years, including the last 14 as chairperson. Kent Yoder, a trustee and Middlebury, Ind., businessman, assumed the chairperson’s duties from Stutzman, a Wooster, Ohio, attorney.

Presidential Scholarships Awarded at BU

   Two incoming students at Bluffton University have been awarded the university’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at more than $110,000 for four years.
   Katelyn Amstutz of Dalton, Ohio, and Edwin Martin of Goshen, Ind., are the scholarship recipients.
   Amstutz, the daughter of Michael and Lisa Amstutz, was homeschooled, graduating this year. She has been active in tennis, the Heartland String Quartet and Science Olympiad. She attends Sonnenberg Mennonite Church near Dalton.
   Martin is a 2015 graduate of Fairfield High School. His activities included marching band, for five years; jazz band, for four years; and state solo and ensemble contest, for three years. The son of Grant and Janelle Martin, he attends Benton Mennonite Church near Goshen.

BU’s C2C Program Creates Community

   It’s called the Community-to-Classroom (C2C) Living-Learning Community, but “community” isn’t the only word you might hear more than once in a discussion of the campus program that debuted in 2014-15.
   First-year education majors who spent the year together on the fourth floor of Neufeld Hall also talked about “bonds,” “family,” “friends” and “home” when describing their shared experiences this spring.
   C2C was designed to be a community that blurs lines between classroom and residential environments -- “a classroom without walls” where students taking introductory education classes together could continue academic conversations, said Caleb Farmer, director of residence life.

BU to Add Two Majors, Concentrations Added

    Bluffton University will add to its list of more than 85 academic programs this fall semester by offering two new majors: teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and pre-art therapy.
   TESOL, which has been available at Bluffton as a minor for roughly two decades, will have an expanded curriculum – including courses in language, education and the social sciences – for students to fulfill the new major.
   “There are students who come to us whose central interest is TESOL,” and they want to make it their main focus of study, says Dr. Lamar Nisly, associate dean of academic affairs. “This is an important step in moving in that direction,” he says, noting that the university will also explore state licensure in TESOL. The minor in the program will continue to be offered as well.

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