The Bluffton University Women's Council began in 1941. The purpose of the council was to stimulate interest in the Bluffton College program and to provide funds for purchasing needed equipment for the college. Today, the council has a special interest in supporting female students in learning about their chosen vocation. Each year the Bluffton University Women's Council awards grants to female students who wish to attend a national conference of professionals in their chosen career. In the past eight years, the Women's Council has helped 77 female students enrich their undergraduate experience with opportunities for professional growth.
After returning from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, one grant recipient (Aimee Lugibihl `15) told us, "I was excited about connecting with members of two dietetic practice groups and one member interest group of which I am a student member."
Writing major, Alyssa Eby `18, was very moved when she attended the 2016 MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) conference in San Antonio, TX. Hearing well-known journalist, Sally Armstrong, speak has given Alyssa insight into the power of journalism as a career. "Learning more about the struggles of professional women and young girls in other countries made me realize how fortunate I am as a young woman in America...Thank you so much for your grant, as this experience was invaluable to me!"
Members of the council are alumnae of the university. 2018 members pictured above from left to right are: Marlena Ballinger `16, Beth Suter Raeburn `91, Denise Coates McDaniel `86, Jane Kingsley Steinmetz `73, Jean Boen Roberts `07 and Kayla Geiger Welch `13.
If you are interested in serving the university by being a member of Women s Council or involved in a project, please contact Julia Szabo, director of alumni engagement, at 419-358-3245 or firstname.lastname@example.org