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Bluffton University

Golf scramble raises nearly $10,000 for Beaver athletics

Bluffton University’s 17th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble raised roughly $9,400 for university athletics through TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Bluffton.

Harrod’s Colonial Golfers Club hosted the July 19 event, which drew 108 golfers from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Florida and South Carolina.

The winners of the scramble received monetary prizes. The three-man team of alumni Gary Jones ’72 of Columbus Grove, Tom Baratko ’72 of Springboro and Denny Lane ’70 of Bellefontaine took first place.

University offers five online graduate-level courses leading to Ohio reading endorsement

Teachers can now take Bluffton University’s five online graduate-level courses that lead to an Ohio reading endorsement, offered for the price of four.

Over the next three years, Bluffton is offering the final three-credit-hour course for free to 30 teachers—10 per year—of kindergarten through 12th grade. Funding will be from an Ohio Educator Preparation Program Performance Grant awarded to the university this spring.

Reading endorsement program includes free course for teachers

Teachers can now take Bluffton University’s five online graduate-level courses that lead to an Ohio reading endorsement, offered for the price of four.

Over the next three years, Bluffton is offering the final three-credit-hour course for free to 30 teachers—10 per year—of kindergarten through 12th grade. Funding will be from an Ohio Educator Preparation Program Performance Grant awarded to the university this spring.

University Dean of students wins national award

Dr. Julie DeGraw, vice president for student life and dean of students at Bluffton University, has been honored by the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) for her promotion of diversity.

DeGraw, who has been at Bluffton since 2012, received the Jane Hideko Higa Multicultural Competency and Advancement Award from ACSD at its recent conference at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

Single-event tickets for Artist Series available July 11

Single-event tickets for the 2014-15 Bluffton University Artist Series go on sale Friday, July 11. This year’s series features sand artist Joe Castillo; the Palace Theatre Big Band; harpist and Findlay, Ohio, native Bridget Kibbey; Cantus, a men’s vocal ensemble; and the Spencers, husband-and-wife illusionists.

Free football clinic at university on July 24

Bluffton University Head Coach Denny Dorrel and his staff announce that Bluffton  University football will host a free one-day youth clinic on Thursday, July 24.

Coach Dorrel is anticipating his first season at the helm of Bluffton's football team. Dorrel, along with his newly-constructed staff and team, will direct  the clinic on campus of Bluffton University on Thursday, July 24, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Bluffton students named to university dean's list

Bluffton University has announced its dean’s list for the spring term. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours received distinction for continued high achievement, indicated by *.

Undergraduates from this area are:

Bluffton University students earn two of 20 supercomputing internships

Two Bluffton University students are among 20 nationwide selected for an internship with one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Matthew McCoy and Daniel Piero will spend the next year working on-site and remotely with Blue Waters, which is housed in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The internship includes a full-time commitment this summer.

University awards performing scholarships

Students from Wisconsin and Minnesota will study music at Bluffton University with the help of scholarships they earned as winners of Bluffton’s 2014 Performing Scholar Competition.

Kyle Johnson-Evers of Muskego, Wis., and Anna Cammarn of Albertville, Minn., have been awarded renewable scholarships valued at $80,000 and $72,000, respectively, over four years.

Bluffton University senior getting closer look at ministry

A Bluffton University senior from St. Marys, Ohio, is serving this summer in a Goshen, Ind., church as part of Mennonite Church USA’s Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP).

Participating in the program at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church is Shannon Thiebeau, a youth ministry major at Bluffton. Her home church is Zion Lutheran in St. Marys. 

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