Civic Engagement

Integrity, Truth, Virtue: Bluffton's honor code in the world

Bluffton's honor code is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. For 100 years, Bluffton students have been taught to uphold the community of respect throughout their campus interactions.

For the 2017-18 anniversary, we will explore Bluffton's legacy of honor on campus and among graduates in the context of larger conversations about integrity and truth. What habits are formed in the community of Bluffton University that may not be present in other, competing narratives of honor? How do ideas of honor, truth and integrity vary in different contexts and cultures? Can upholding a firm sense of honor ever lead to less than honorable actions? How might integrity and respect be embodied in various disciplines or work contexts? What habits supporting honor and integrity are embedded in our athletic teams and might be applied in other areas? In our careers and professions, how might we treat clients, patients, competitors, suppliers or audiences for "internal" reasons of character and not just compliance to "external" standards?

We look forward to many enriching conversations as we explore together these significant questions throughout the year.

Bluffton University is pleased to announce that Jonathan Andreas will be our 2017-18 civic engagement lecturer. He will present his lecture on this theme during the Presidential Scholarship Competition and at our civic engagement Forum.

Summer reading text

Our summer reading text is "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life," co-written by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. The book is a memoir of Tony Dungy life as he explains the values that have directed his actions and helped him live with integrity through difficult times. Nathan Whitaker will be the opening convocation speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.