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The project began June 2, 2014 and consisted of seven phases. It was a unique challenge as construction occurred while school was in session.

Community Invited September 29, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m.

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A two-year, $53 million renovation and expansion project will become reality when Apollo Career Center holds its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration on September 29, 2016. The community is invited to attend the much anticipated event from 4 – 7 p.m. at 3325 Shawnee Road in Lima, Ohio.

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 11.00.38 AMThe celebration marks another significant milestone for Apollo as the Career Center is also celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. “Our mission is the same today as it was the day we opened our doors 40 years ago,” says Judy Wells, Apollo Superintendent. “The first Superintendent F.D. Goare and his Board said it best: This project belongs to the community and these buildings will serve the educational needs of the citizens as they reach for new occupational goals.”

Superintendent Wells invites the public to come and explore September 29th. “We will be dedicating the new state-of-the-art facility and celebrating our long-standing and vital business and industry partners who continue to support our workforce development training programs.”

Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Apollo’s Memorial Garden which is located in front of the main building. Superintendent Wells will kick off the event with opening remarks followed by a flag raising. Representatives from each of Apollo’s 11 associate school bands will then play The Star Spangled Banner. After the ribbon cutting, participants will move indoors to see the unveiling of the Partner Wall. Dr. Jon Rockhold, retired Apollo Superintendent and current Apollo Educational Foundation President will introduce our corporate sponsors. Their generous donations to the Foundation will fund post-secondary scholarships for our high school and adult learners for many years to come.

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 11.00.47 AMApollo graduate Paul Crow, President/CEO of Tuttle Services, Inc., and a corporate sponsor for scholarships, will add his remarks and introduce the sub-contractors who will be participating in the individual lab ribbon cuttings immediately following the program. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility and view a multitude of hands-on activities showcasing the new technologies within career fields and STEM courses.

The project began June 2, 2014 and consisted of seven phases. It was a unique challenge as construction occurred while school was in session. “Our communities are going to succeed by preparing our youth and adults with the workforce skills needed by our local employers,” says Jeff Sprague, President, Allen Economic Development Group. “The partnerships Apollo has built over the past 40 years and this new facility positions our community for extraordinary opportunities…we are excited about the community-wide investment in Apollo and the future for all of us.”

 

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Founded in 1920, the University of Northwestern Ohio is a private, not-for-profit institution. The University of Northwestern Ohio is a co-educational institution authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant master’s degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and associate degrees. Photo: UNOH website

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The University of Northwestern Ohio semi-annual Career Fair will be host to 60 local, regional, and national companies looking to meet more than 4,500 potential employees!

The Career Fair, open to all UNOH students and alumni, will be held October 12th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and October 13th, from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Event Center on UNOH’s campus. There will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on October 13th. More than 60 well-known companies are expected to attend the career fair and are looking to hire students within UNOH’s College of Applied Technologies. These students have been studying in one of more than 60 degree programs including Automotive Technology, High Performance Technology, Diesel Technology, HVAC/R Technology, Agricultural Technology, Robotics & Automation Technology, Alternate Fuels, and more.

Throughout the Career Fair, UNOH students will have the opportunity to meet prospective employers, talk to them one on one, and hand out resumes. Some students will be able to set up appointments to be formally interviewed by the attending companies.

The University of Northwestern Ohio offers lifetime job assistance to all graduates and the Career Fair is part of that lifetime assistance.

Companies attending the career fair include: Acro Service Corporation, Aerotek Automotive, Amerit Fleet Solutions, AMG Peterbilt LLC, Bane-Welker Equipment, C&S Motors, Inc./Tri-County International Trucks, Inc. , Clarke Power Services, Columbus Equipment, Continental Express, Crete Carrier Corporation, Crown Equipment, Crum Trucking, CSM Companies, Inc./Michigan Kenworth, Cummins Bridgeway, Dayton Freight Lines, Dennis Automotive, Emerson Climate Technologies, Findlay Implement, Firestone, Fitzgerald Auto Group, Frito-Lay/ PepsiCo, Fyda Freightliner, GATR Truck Center, General Truck Sales, Germain Motor Company, Germain of Columbus, John’s Welding & Towing, Jurgensen Companies, Kenn-Feld Group, Kirk NationaLease, Koops Inc., Laudick Trucking, LME Resources, MacAllister Machinery Co, Milton CAT, Morrison Industrial Equipment Company, Nidec Minster Corporation, NTB Transportation, Ohio CAT, Penske Truck Leasing, Plevna Implement Company, Plumbers, Pipefitters, Service Technicians Local 776, Rauhorn Electric, Reliance One, Roush Industries, Rush Enterprises, S&S Volvo, Smith Implements, Speedway, Star Truck Rentals, Stoops Freightliner, Summit Racing Equipment, TCi Tire Centers, Towlift, Toyota Material Handling Ohio, Inc., Transportation, Research Center, Travelcenters of America, US Army and Army Reserve, United States Marine Corps, and Wooster Motor Ways

Box Puzzle

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On your hearts. Get set. Go!

Downtown Lima was pumping with activity during the fourth annual HeartChase! The event is sponsored by St. Rita’s in support of the American Heart Association’s goal to improve cardiovascular health and to reduce death from heart disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020. While the event raises awareness of the serious issues with cardiovascular health in the United States, it does so in fun and creative ways that keep participants engaged in their own heart health.

Heart Chase creatively keeps its participants on the move. After the starting countdown, teams beat feet to various stations where they took part in physically challenging tasks, such as running laps while carrying a sack of potatoes, weaving giant tires between cones, and performing practice CPR. “It’s fun, challenging, and educational!” said a representative of the office of Dr. Martz and Eric Amstutz, Nurse Practitioner, while waiting in line for a giant box puzzle challenge.

Team Lab Rats

Team Lab Rats

Team Dream Chasers

Team Dream Chasers

While the activities keep Heart Chasers moving, it also gets them thinking. Stations had unique ways to educate players about healthy habits. A corn hole activity, which had bean bags marked with food items, determined what ingredients participants would have to put on a sandwich. “It’s supposed to show us that we need to watch what we eat,” explained Wendy Rayl of the “Food for Thought” sponsor booth. There was even a Pictionary station where individuals attempted to draw examples of healthy habits.

However, it’s the chasers themselves who are the heart of Heart Chase. Participants dressed in creative uniforms to represent their teams from a variety of local businesses and medical offices. The “Dream Chasers” of the Lima Sleep Center donned sleep study gear in support of the many heart patients who suffer from sleep disorders, while Tom Geis and his “Lab Rats” team were suited in white coats with rubber rats perched on their shoulders for St. Rita’s New Vision Medical Labs. “It’s a time for everyone to get out of their comfort zone and have fun!” said Tom, and it is certainly an event that will continue to inspire citizens of Lima to improve cardiovascular health for years to come.

More than 700 friends of the Lima Memorial Foundation gathered at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to Journey to the Moon and raised a record-breaking $550K in support of bringing innovative lung cancer diagnostic equipment to the region. Photos courtesy Lima Memorial Foundation, Photos courtesy Carla Oberly and Brittany Hunnaman.

Lima Memorial’s annual event raises record-breaking $550K

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WAPAKONETA – More than 700 friends of the Lima Memorial Foundation gathered at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to Journey to the Moon.

lima memorial foundationGuests toured the museum to explore the defining moments in history when America put the first man on the moon. Guests actively participated in silent & live auctions and raised their paddles in support of bringing innovative lung cancer diagnostic equipment to the region. With a record-setting profit of $550,000, history was once again made in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

As a regional health care system, Wapakoneta is a very important part of Lima Memorial’s community of care. As locations for the 2016 Journey were evaluated, Wapakoneta and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum stood out as a natural fit for the annual event. Lincoln Family Practice and Lima Memorial Physicians continue to be a healthcare landmark in the community and is known for its patient-centered care. The hospital responded to the community’s expressed need for increased access to care by opening the Walk-In Care Center at Lincoln Family Practice seven days a week.

Explore more event highlights by visiting journeytothemoon.org.

Photos courtesy Carla Oberly and Brittany Hunnaman.


2016 Journey to Remember at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum:

Galvin Hall remains the center of campus activity. As the main classroom building for Ohio State Lima students, Galvin Hall houses faculty offices and classrooms for education, the humanities and social sciences, and serves as a landing space for students to congregate, study and access the many student services available.

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LIMA – After a community drive to bring an Ohio State campus to Lima, the first building on the Ohio State campus opened 50 years ago this week, complete with classrooms, labs, gathering areas, library, bookstore and everything else students needed to succeed in their educational journeys.

Today, John E. Galvin Hall remains the heart of the campus.

A ceremony marking Galvin Hall’s birthday is set for 2-4 p.m., Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, in the Galvin Courtyard. Speakers will include current OSU President Michael V. Drake, student representative Tierra Oliver, current Dean and Director Charlene D. Gilbert and the grandchildren of the building’s namesake. Tour guides will be on hand to show of the current uses and memorabilia will be on display.

Lasting legacy

On a crisp fall day in 1966, community members, legislators, students and educators gathered on the west side of a brand new, five-story building rising out of the woods in Bath Township to officially open the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima.

In the fall of 2016, a similar group will gather to celebrate a sustaining and continued commitment to convenient and affordable access to the education and resources of the state’s flagship university to the people of west central Ohio. Fifty years after Galvin Hall opened for its first classes, Ohio State Lima is still fulfilling the original vision community members had for the campus they fought to bring to the area.

“As we accumulated information on colleges, it quickly became evident that the only way for many young people to acquire the education which they should have would be to bring it to them where they live,” said Robert F. Galvin, president of the Galvin Foundation, in news reports of Oct. 31, 1963, on the announcement of the final installment of a pledge from the Galvin Foundation to purchase the land for a permanent site for an Ohio State campus in Lima. “This kind of education today isn’t a luxury; it’s an outright necessity.”

Construction began on the 82,500 square foot classroom structure in July 1965. The $2 million building was built on a “heavily forested” portion of the 565-acre campus. Galvin Hall was dedicated Sept. 18, 1966, and opened for classes Oct. 3, marking the end of the six-year era when OSU students took evening classes in Lima Senior High School. The student body of 469 in 1966 has grown to 1,039 in Autumn 2016.

The man who co-founded the Ohio Steel Foundry in 1907, John E. Galvin, contributed money, land and opportunities, all of which developed into gifts of lasting value that the Lima community continues to use and enjoy today.

The man who co-founded the Ohio Steel Foundry in 1907, John E. Galvin, contributed money, land and opportunities, all of which developed into gifts of lasting value that the Lima community continues to use and enjoy today.

“The new Lima branch will bring the vast resources of this university to thousands of students in an atmosphere where learning can flourish,” wrote Campus Director J. McLean Reed in a Lima News op-ed article, Sept. 16, 1966. ”A whole new vista of educational and cultural opportunities opens to all our citizens regardless of age, with the opening of this campus.”

In 1966, the majority of students were preparing for careers in agriculture, education, engineering, commerce and the arts and sciences, said published reports. Most would start in Lima and finish at the Ohio State campus in Columbus. Students today still have that option of beginning any of Ohio State’s more than 200 majors in Lima and finishing in Columbus. They can also start and complete 10 majors without ever leaving the area: biology, business, early and middle childhood education, English, health science, history, psychology, social work and theatre. Future engineers have also found a place to put down roots with a full roster of first-year courses and many of the second year.

In the six years of operation prior to the opening of Galvin Hall, Ohio State courses were taught in the evenings at the former site of Lima Senior High School. When the doors to Galvin Hall opened for autumn quarter 1966, students had access to classrooms, learning laboratories, student activities space and recreation, a campus bookstore, a 15,000 volume library, and food service. The black granite stone, soft red brick and concrete façade of Galvin Hall has remained largely unchanged as the Ohio State Lima campus has grown up around it. Today, the campus has spread out to include nine buildings, an observatory, various athletic playing fields, two entrances and a co-located technical college.

Galvin Hall remains the center of campus activity. As the main classroom building for Ohio State Lima students, Galvin Hall houses faculty offices and classrooms for education, the humanities and social sciences, and serves as a landing space for students to congregate, study and access the many student services available. Many spaces are still used in the same manner as their original purposes, while others have been updated to meet the needs of a 21st century college student.

Galvin Hall was named for John E. Galvin, businessman, political activist and philanthropist. The OSU Board of Trustees made a special exception to its rule of not naming buildings after living persons to honor the leadership and financial support John E. Galvin provided to bring an Ohio State campus to Lima. The $250,000 gift from the Galvin Foundation is credited with jump-starting the campaign to find and procure the land necessary for a stand-alone university campus.

Contributions to Lima

John E. Galvin was born on January 9, 1878, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He went to Wittenberg College and then began his long career in the steel industry. In 1907, Galvin co-founded The Ohio Steel Foundry in Lima. He was president from 1918 until 1951. Active in politics and charities, Galvin was a well-known figure locally and statewide.

In 1963, The Ohio State University at Lima announced that it had received a $250,000 gift from a donor who wished to remain unnamed. It soon was revealed that these funds came from Galvin, and they were used to jump-start the process of buying land for an Ohio State campus in Lima. When the “Phase I” building was completed in 1966, it was named after Galvin. Special permission had to be gained to name a building after someone who was still living.

Galvin died in 1974 at the age of 96.


Read the419’s archived story on John E. Galvin: Lima’s own Man of Steel »


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LIMA – Vino Bellissimo is ready to satisfy your food and drink cravings with its juicy bratwurst, craft brews and all-day entertainment at its 4th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This years event features the Cincy Brass, a show stopping 9 piece brass band from Cincinnati that plays everything from New Orleans Jazz to Dr. Dre.

While the focus of the event is to provide top-notch entertainment, food and beverages, the real goal is to raise funds for the Blues Committee of Lima and the Blues in School Artist in Residency program, a non-profit arts program that brings artists to Lima schools for one week to teach young people about the Blues.

Jerry “Pickle” Felter of the Lima’s Blues Committee says when they started the Blues in School program more than 20 years ago, it about bringing big acts to Lima so residents wouldn’t have to travel out of town to see their favorite bands.

“But after a few years, it turned completely around and now it’s all about doing something for the kids,” said Felter.

The Blues Committee mission is to preserve Blues history, support Blues education in the schools, and celebrate Blues excellence through performances. The group has brought more than 75 Blues acts to Lima for the enjoyment of the music and to educate our children in our community since 1992.

For year’s, the organizations top fundraising event, Pickle’s Blues Extravaganza, was held at Memorial Hall, but since the building was mothballed, the fundraiser was left without a home.

That’s when Marc Reinicke, co-owner of Vino Bellissimo, reached out to Pickle and asked about incorporating the program into their annual Oktoberfest.

“Once Memorial Hall was shut down and the festival was displaced, we started looking at ways to pick up some fundraising opportunities to help this program continue. We didn’t want it to go away,” said Reinicke.

He and his wife Carissa had been attending the festival for years and recognized the importance of the program.

To help with fundraising efforts, all the proceeds from table sales at Vino Bellissimo’s Oktoberfest go directly to the Blues Committee of Lima. A table of eight is $250 and must be reserved by Wednesday. reserve table now »

“It’s not as much as they used to make at the festival, but it’s something that can keep it going until they find a new home,” he said.

It’s the second year Vino Bellissimo has donated its proceeds to the Blues Committee of Lima.

Last year, Reinicke had the opportunity to witness first hand what the program means to the kids. Blues musician Geneva Red spent a week at Liberty Arts Magnet School and Lima Senior High School, working with Liberty eighth graders and Lima Senior Jazz Band members.

“I really got a neat experience when I went to give Pickle the check last year. I was with some other community members that helped, including John Heaphy who is a big supporter, and we all sat there and watched these kids perform. They were so proud of what they learned – they were really jamming up there! As soon as I saw that, I asked if we could do it again next year,” he said.

“If we can help this program and have fun doing it, why wouldn’t we? That’s kind of our philosophy here anyways.”

Pickle says the artists get just as emotionally involved as the kids.

“There’s been so many times, when it’s the last day, that the kids are crying, the artists are crying, they are all so sad it’s over,” he said. “But man, what a cool experience they all got. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why we are doing everything we can to keep this program going.”

This year’s event also includes food from local vendors, games, prizes, wine, and more than 40 beers on tap.

Heidelberg & Sam Adams will also host a Stein Hoisting Competition. Competitors are required to hoist a one-liter glass stein filled with Samuel Adams OctoberFest, with a straight arm, for as long as possible. If you sip, spill, or bend your arm, you’re out! Winner gets tickets to the Bengals vs. Browns. game.

Parking is available thanks to Chief’s, with shuttle service to Vino Bellissimo provided by RTA.

Reserve table now or visit vinobmo.com for more information.

Tickets are available now for "Shadows of Poe," an original adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and "Tell Tale Heart" by Octopus Productions.

Second production set from group behind Cabaret in Lima

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Shadows of Poe in LimaLIMA – Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to witness two Edgar Allen Poe classics come to life next month thanks to Octopus Productions, a local, non-profit organization committed to producing high quality, thought-provoking theater.

From a poem and a short story to live theatrical productions, Shadows of Poe narrators will guide you, and actors immerse you, in the dreams, despair and diabolical plans of our heartbroken, shattered soul in “The Raven,” and the charmingly cold killer in “The Tell Tale Heart.”

Join us, wont you, on a deliciously eerie October evening, as we take a moonlit stroll through the Shadows of Poe?

Tickets are $45 and include the performance of Shadows of Poe and a dinner buffet – tax and gratuity included. Buy tickets now at poeinlima.com/tickets.

Proceeds will benefit Octopus Productions. The production group recently donated $14K to the Lima Symphony Orchestra as part of their mission to support the arts in the community.

Performances will be held in the intimate settings of Jameson Manor and The Inn at Ohio Northern University on the following dates:

Photo courtesy Octopus Productions.

Courtesy Octopus Productions.

Jameson Manor:

  • Wednesday, October 12
  • Thursday, October 13
  • Wednesday, October 19
  • Thursday, October 20
  • Friday, October 21
  • Saturday, October 22

Inn at ONU:

  • Thursday, October 27
  • Friday, October 28
  • Saturday, October 29

Additional details:

  • 5:30 p.m. doors open. Start your evening with a drink or two from our cash bar, relax by the warmth and light of the firepit in the garden, or simply explore the property.
  • 7 p.m. Buffet opens
  • 8 p.m. Performance begins. Desserts will be available at intermission.

Reserve seats by calling Co-Producer Christine O’Neill at 419-236-1389 (if you reach voicemail, leave information including date and number of tickets), or by visiting poeinlima.com/tickets. Pay in advance by mailing a check made out to Octopus Productions to 1454 West Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45805.

Please note that payment must be made in advance to secure your reservation. You will receive confirmation by phone or email once payment has been received.

For more information, visit poeinlima.com.


Creative team for Shadows of Poe:

  • Director: Jon Hodges, Lima
  • Writer, Assistant Director: Deb Duncan Faul, Lima
  • Lighting Designer: John Garner, Findlay
  • Co-Producers: Christine O’Neill and Shannon Wannemacher, Lima

Cast list for Shadows of Poe:

  • ​Narrator (The Raven): Jan Miller, Delphos
  • Edgar: Nick Hyber, Lima
  • The Raven: Kedryn Roether, Findlay
  • Lenore: Victoria Recker, Delphos
  • Narrator (Tell Tale Heart): Amber Evans, Van Wert
  • Mad Man: Alan McClintock, Lima
  • Police Inspector: P.S. Luhn, Lima
  • Police Officer: Drew Kantonen, Lima
  • Heart: Erin Orr, Lima​

Guest Narrators:

  • Ariel Diamond, Lima
  • Abbigayle Gillen, Lima
  • Carol Gramm, Lima
  • Abigail Stallkamp, Lima

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Rhodes state job fair

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LIMA – The Offices of Career Services at Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College will host the annual Lima Campus Fall Job and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thur., Sept. 22, 2016, in the Cook Hall Gym.

More than 100 local and regional employers are registered to attend, including representatives from manufacturing, banking, health care, non-profits, social services and research facilities. Organizers have managed to add more tables to the fair to accommodate all the employers who will be exhibiting, making the Fall 2016 fair the largest job fair in the campus’ history.

View the complete list of employers now.

Participants will have the opportunity to view a 15-minute “How to Navigate a Job Fair” presentation at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Cook Hall Library. In addition, job seekers can get a free professional headshot to upgrade their social media profiles and create a stronger personal brand and professional online presence.

The companies will offer a wide variety of employment options for students such as internships, part-time, co-op and full-time career positions. This event is specifically designed to allow students the opportunity to network with professionals, discover career possibilities, establish contacts related to their major and land a job or internship.

This job fair is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit Lima.OSU.edu/careerservices or rhodesstate.edu

Watch this 3 minute Buckeye OnPACE video to learn more about how to navigate a job fair:

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President James Harder announces a $1 million gift from Greg and Donna Wannemacher during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University.

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BLUFFTON— Bluffton University announced a $1 million dollar gift from Greg and Donna Wannemacher during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. Greg Wannemacher is a university trustee and the co-chair of the Simply Innovate campaign. He graduated from Bluffton in 1977 with a degree in business and played football during his years on campus; Donna graduated from Bluffton in 1978 with an art degree. Greg Wannemacher is chairman of Wannemacher Total Logistics in Lima.

President James Harder stands with Greg and Donna Wannemacher and Dave Baumgartner during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. The Wannemachers made a $1 million gift commitment during the event. Greg Wannemacher, a 1977 graduate, and Dave Baumgartner, a 1982 graduate, are campaign co-chairs and Bluffton trustees.

President James Harder stands with Greg and Donna Wannemacher and Dave Baumgartner during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. The Wannemachers made a $1 million gift commitment during the event. Greg Wannemacher, a 1977 graduate, and Dave Baumgartner, a 1982 graduate, are campaign co-chairs and Bluffton trustees.

“While many of you are familiar with my passion for Bluffton athletics, at the end of the day, Bluffton’s academic programs and faculty were crucial for achieving success in life and career,” said Wannemacher. “Bluffton’s faculty and my academic coursework, in business and the liberal arts, instilled in me the ideals and values that helped me build my business to what it has become today. I am honored to be part of a campaign that will provide Bluffton students and faculty with state-of-the-art science facilities and move Bluffton forward.”

The announcement came at the end of a Sept. 14 lunch for Bluffton University faculty and staff where President James Harder announced the campaign goals and leadership.

“I believe this campaign will provide our students and teaching faculty with a much needed, new science building and also provide resources to sharpen our program delivery, grow Bluffton’s enrollment and move Bluffton confidently into the future,” said President James Harder.

The campaign has a comprehensive goal of $26 million with a high priority on opening a new science building in 2019.

Campaign goals include:

  • $14.5 million for the Austin E. Knowlton science building
  • $5.5 million in annual support for the next five years
  • $5 million dollars to strengthen Bluffton’s endowment with long-term support for student scholarships, faculty research and student discovery
  • $1 million dollar innovation goal to support new academic program development, faculty-student research and interdisciplinary initiatives that enrich learning for students in the natural and applied sciences and for all students

Bluffton University’s 2014 facilities master plan process identified a new science center as the top priority for new academic facilities. In February, the university announced the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation of Cincinnati, Ohio, committed a $4 million gift toward construction of a new science building on Bluffton’s campus. This naming gift was the largest gift in Bluffton’s history and positioned the university to move forward with the Simply Innovate campaign.

President Harder explained the Simply Innovate tagline describes Bluffton University’s faculty, staff and campus community.

“Every day, across this campus, employees simply get things done, in an unquestioned hardworking manner and, as our history tells us, innovation doesn’t have to be a complex operation, and can instead come from simple steps and creative decisions done every day,” said President Harder.

During the event, Dr. Hans Houshower, vice president of advancement, announced $9 million in gifts and commitments have been confirmed. With this project, Houshower is continuing the legacy of his grandfather who established Bluffton’s chemistry program in 1913.

“More than a century later, I am very pleased to play a part in extending my grandfather’s vision for outstanding and state-of-the-art science facilities with a new building,” said Houshower. “Bluffton faculty and students are already carrying out research and securing national internships with modest facilities and equipment – imagine what they will achieve with new facilities and increased financial support for program innovation!”

The campaign will be led by volunteer campaign co-chairs Wannemacher and Dave Baumgartner, class of 1982 from Berne, Ind.

Baumgartner is an attorney and serves as chair of the advancement committee of the board of trustees. Four generations of his family are Bluffton alumni and he is the third member of his family to serve on the board of trustees.

“Bluffton provided transformative educational experiences for my grandfather, my parents, for me and Tanya and our sons and their wives and other extended members of our family,” said Baumgartner. “We are very pleased that one of our sons is a member of Bluffton’s faculty, and we are committed to helping ensure that Bluffton is just as inspiring for our grandchildren and their children in the future.”