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Bluffton University commencement 2 p.m. in Sommer Center

Dr. Karen A. Longman, program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University, will be Bluffton University’s commencement speaker on Sunday, May 3. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

At Azusa Pacific, Longman directs a program that serves just over 100 doctoral students from around the world. She teaches courses including Higher Education Administration, Introduction to U.S. Higher Education, Policy and Politics, and Higher Education Ethics.

71st annual Sportsmen's Club trout derby Sunday

Anglers at the 71st annual Bluffton trout derby will be aiming for “Big Andy,” the number one trout named so in honor of Andy Herrmann, longtime Bluffton Sportsmen’s Club director.

The trout derby will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Buckeye Quarry, Main St., Bluffton. The derby includes more than 200 tagged trout with prizes to be awarded. Additional prizes will be awarded to the person who catches the longest trout and the person catching the first trout limit of four.

Beavers take two on final day at Transylvania

May 2, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University baseball team wrapped up their 2015 campaign with a doubleheader sweep of Transylvania, winning 6-5 and 10-9 in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, May 2. The Beavers finished the season with a school record for total wins (22-18), as well as for HCAC victories (15-12) on the season!

Hanover ends Bluffton's softball season 7-6 in nine innings

May 2, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


Beavers down Manchester in HCAC tourney opener

May 1, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Manchester Stats

ANDERSON, Ind. - A big six-run second inning sparked the Bluffton University softball team to a 6-1 opening round victory over Manchester University at the HCAC Tournament in Anderson, Ind. Bluffton senior hurler Chloe Shell (Covington) threw six shutout innings in the victory. The Beavers improved to 26-14, while the Spartans dropped to 16-16.

Transy baseball takes series opener in extra innings

May 1, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


54 volunteers donate 9,285 hours to Bluffton Hospital in 2014

The Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary held their annual volunteer recognition banquet May 1 at The Centre of Bluffton. More than 50 volunteers were recognized for their hours of service to the hospital.

The following volunteers received recognition for giving more than 1,000 hours:

1,000 Hours
Barb McClurg

1,100 Hours
Anne Marie Duval
Nancy Thornton

1,200 Hours
Ernie Porzelius


Reita Foulkes was a 1950 graduate of Beaverdam High School

Reita M. (Beemer) Foulkes, 82, of Columbus Grove, died at 2:30 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Oct. 11, 1932 in Columbus Grove to the late Charles and Gladys (Moyer) Beemer. On April 19, 1953, she married Elvet W. Foulkes, who survives.


Nelsy Jane Herbert 1926-2015

Nelsy Herbert died April 29, 2015. She was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Clarksburg, W.V. She was the only child of Delbert and Virginia Hovey, both deceased. She graduated from Clarksburg High School and attended Moore University of Art in Philadelphia,  until she met and married Vernon D. Herbert, Jr.

They married on May 25, 1946, after Vernon completed a tour with the Army. Nelsy was a homemaker and mother.


BHS students named NWC scholar-athletes

These Bluffton High School students have been named Northwest Conference scholar-athletes for the winter sports season. Scholar athletes are letter winners in a sport who have earned the following GPA during the season of their sport:

Gold level -- GPA of 3.50 to 4.00
Silver level -- GPA of 3.00 to 3/49