Bluffton University

May Day Royalty, Dancers Named

   Bluffton University’s annual May Day ceremony is moving to a new time this year – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 – but its traditional elements remain the same, including the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.
   Filling those roles this year are seniors Jeremy Amstutz of Cassopolis, Mich., and Julia Thomas of Springfield, Ohio – the May Day king and queen – and 16 first-year students who will perform the Maypole dance.

Bluffton University’s Alumni FieldTurf, Track Upgrades to be Ready for Fall 2015

    Bluffton University’s Alumni Field project, to install artificial turf and resurface and upgrade the running track and field event areas at Salzman Stadium, is now scheduled for completion in time for the fall 2015 sports seasons.
   Bluffton alumni and friends have contributed more than $750,000 for the improvements, whose expected completion date is Aug. 1, also in time for fall preseason practice. A leadership team of 13 alumni athletes, friends and university trustees contributed gifts of $10,000 or greater, totaling $410,000.

May Day Musical to Offer Magical Mashup

  You may have seen some of the musicals referenced in this year’s May Day musical at Bluffton University, whether on stage, film or both.
   You may have even seen some of them produced at Bluffton in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, during what is now a century-old tradition of May Day theatricals on campus.
   But you’ve probably never seen any of them quite like they’re found in “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” A celebratory parody of musical theatre greats by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, the show will be staged at 7:30 p.m., April 30-May 2, in Bluffton’s Founders Hall. 
   Tickets, $15 for reserved seats and $5 for general-admission bleacher seats, are available online at; for help with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

Iraqi, Syria Refugee Artists’ Work Now on Display at BU

by Ivy Keller   For just over two weeks, Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Art Center will be hosting an exhibit of several dozen paintings done by refugees from Iraq and Syria. The exhibit was made possible by Common Humanity, an organization which, according to their website, “seeks to build understanding, respect and friendship with the Arab and Muslim world.”

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