August 23, 2014


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Bluffton excited to open 2014 at Beaver Invite

The Bluffton University Men's and Women's Cross Country teams are excited to start the 2014 campaign. The men return a pair of strong runners in sophomore Jack Fisher (Norwalk/St. Paul) and junior Zach Bradley (Sheffield/Brookside). This duo should provide a strong front running combination that will be very effective in the Heartland Conference.

Author, educator to help welcome Bluffton University class of 2018

Dr. Ken Bain, whose book, “What the Best College Students Do,” was this year’s summer reading for first-year Bluffton University students, will be the featured speaker Thursday, Aug. 28, as Bluffton welcomes the class of 2018 at its annual opening convocation.

With faculty in regalia looking on, about 245 new first-year and transfer students will be introduced during the ceremony, which begins at 10:45 a.m. in Founders Hall.

Bluffton men sport improved depth on pitch

With the 2014 season rapidly approaching, the Bluffton men’s soccer team will rely on its experience and depth as it prepares for another exciting campaign on the pitch. A squad that includes 13 juniors and seniors, the Beavers are primed to leave it all on the field after battling through a 2013 season in which victories struggled to maintain pace with the effort.

Beavers named pre-season All-Ohio

BLUFFTON, Ohio - A trio of Bluffton University football players were recently named pre-season All-Ohio by OhioCollegeFootball.com. Senior Donovan Brown (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) and juniors Ryan Aelker (Holgate/New Bavaria) and Austin Speice (Paulding/Wayne Trace) all garnered Second Team All-Ohio honors when the pre-season selections were announced. All three were Second Team All-HCAC honorees following the 2013 campaign.

University art gallery season opens with conceptual art show

“Evidence,” an installation of conceptual art by William Bass, will kick off the 2014-15 schedule in Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery, located in the Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Opening August 25, the exhibit is free and open to the public through September 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for Bass will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 7.

Beaver volleyball ready to build on 2013 tourney run

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant

Bluffton excited to start Coach Dorrel era

Three straight wins to end the year and a new leader, Head Coach Denny Dorrel, have the Bluffton University football team excited to hit the gridiron in a few short weeks. A stunning 24-17 victory over a Franklin team that went 31-1 in the Heartland Conference the past four years followed by a fourth consecutive win over rival Defiance College capped off a 15-day stretch that saw the Beavers go from 1-6 to 4-6.

New collaborative MBA program opens at Bluffton University

A one-week residency featuring author Bill Grace will kick off the new Collaborative Master of Business Administration program started by Bluffton and Eastern Mennonite universities along with Goshen (Ind.) College.

Exchange program brings 23 Chinese faculty, administrators, government liaisons to Bluffton

A 23-member delegation from China West Normal University is learning about American higher education at Bluffton University as part of an ongoing exchange program between the two institutions.

The China West Normal faculty, administrators and government liaisons—including 16 men and seven women—arrived in Bluffton July 27. During a nearly two-week stay, they are also scheduled to spend time at Bowling Green State University and in Lima, Toledo and Dearborn, Mich.