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BLUFFTON, Ohio—Spenser Whisler, son of Jeff and Dianne Whisler of Mount Gilead, is participating in a cross-cultural experience in Kentucky, May 10-26.


He and other Bluffton students will spend their time in Appalachia coordinating with SWAP, a Mennonite Central Committee program that serves low-income families. They will work with and for local homeowners, volunteer at a Mennonite church camp and assist with reforestation and trail work. These experiences will familiarize participants with the social and environmental effects of the coal mining industry.


Whisler is a junior at Bluffton, where he is studying to become an intervention specialist. He is a 2011 graduate of Northmor High School.


This experience will fulfill Bluffton’s undergraduate cross-cultural requirement that must be completed before graduation. Students can either complete a cross-cultural experience or take six credit hours in one foreign language.


Bluffton University is a liberal arts, residential campus with more than 80 undergraduate majors, minors and programs; a bachelor’s degree evening program in social work for working adults; and an adult degree-completion program in organizational management. Bluffton also offers master’s degree programs in organizational management and business administration, as well as MBA programs with concentrations in leadership, health care management, accounting and financial management, leading nonprofits, conflict transformation, sustainability, productions and operations management, sport management and intercultural leadership, plus a self-designed concentration.


Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, the university is located in northwest Ohio. It has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students and 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Bluffton’s 100-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service that are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocations.

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