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June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Like daughter - like mother

Mother of Bluffton University graduate becomes a Bluffton grad

Two years after her oldest daughter, Zoey Miller ’14, walked across the stage of Bluffton University’s Sommer Center to receive her bachelor’s degree, Robin Pohl followed in her daughter’s footsteps.

Pohl, a 2016 degree-completion graduate, came to Bluffton to earn her bachelor’s in organizational management as a working adult. 

“I promised myself once Zoey and her sister, Quincy, were established and were certain to be college graduates, then it could be my turn,” said Pohl, an executive assistant at The Ohio State University Lima.

"Hey, we can cook at home!"

Bluffton food and nutrition major proves it to her four brothers

Morgan Campbell, a Bluffton University senior and food and nutrition major from Hillsboro, has four brothers.

She knows first-hand just how much they eat and just how picky they can be about what they eat.

So when choosing a semester-long topic to develop for the class Nutrition Education and Communication, the choice was simple. Campbell answered the question “Can family meals provide the best of both worlds: low cost and healthy?” The answer she discovered - yes!

Dr. Harder announces retirement from Bluffton University in 2018

His is a 17-year affiliation with Bluffton

At the June meeting of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, board chair Kent Yoder announced that Dr. James M. Harder, Bluffton’s ninth president, has shared his plans to retire on June 30, 2018, after serving in that role for 12 years.

“President Harder is a servant leader who faithfully continues to carry Bluffton University into the 21st century during a time of significant change in higher education,” said Yoder.

Youth volleyball, softball and baseball camps at university

Several options for various skill levels

Summer camps in three sports for youth are planned at Bluffton University. Camps are in volleyball, softball and baseball

The Bluffton University volleyball team will host several skills camps in June.

A kindergarten through fifth grade camp from 10 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, June 21. This camp will introduce basic volleyball skills while incorporating fund volleyball activities. The registration fee is $26.50.

Bluffton University to host basketball skills camp

The Bluffton University women’s basketball team will host a Skills Camp Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29. The camp is open to girls entering grades 2-8. The first session will be for participants entering grades 2-4 and will take place from 9 a.m.-noon all four days. The second session will be for participants entering grades 5-8 and will take place from 1-4 p.m. each day.

The cost for session 1 is $55 per camper while session 2 costs $65 per camper and payment must be received by June 15. Registration forms can be found at bluffton.edu/athletics/camps.html

Bluffton University to host women’s soccer ID Camp

The women’s soccer team at Bluffton University will host an ID Camp from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 17. The camp is open to players aged 15 and up who aspire to compete at the collegiate level. The camp will be an opportunity for high school athletes to improve their skill level through coaching sessions, to understand the training regimen at the collegiate level and to learn about the unique opportunities Bluffton offers student-athletes. The registration fee is $50 and includes lunch and t-shirt.

Daunting task of conducting a 500-voice high school choir

Dr. Crystal Battle Sellers says: Just Dzüge It”

Dr. Crystal Battle Sellers shares
her musical influence with
hundreds of students in Eastern Ohio

When faced with the daunting task of conducting a 500-voice high school choir earlier this year, Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, department chair and associate professor of music at Bluffton University, had one phrase to keep her in charge of what could have been an overwhelming situation--“Just Dzüge It.”

Bluffton University to host men’s soccer ID Camp

The men’s soccer team at Bluffton University will host an ID Camp from 2 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. The camp is open to players in high school graduation classes from 2018-2021. The camp will be constructed around the technical, tactical and functional aspects of the college game. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a college training environment while given the chance to be evaluated by the Bluffton University men’s soccer staff. Camp staff is comprised of Bluffton University men’s soccer coaches as well as current players. The cost is $40.

Bluffton University to host Soccer Day Camp

The men’s and women’s soccer teams at Bluffton University will host a Soccer Day Camp Monday, June 12-Thursday, June 15. The camp is open to girls and boys ages 5-13, with sessions taking place from 6-8 p.m. each evening.

Registration fee is $80. Registration forms can be found at blufftonusportscamps.com For more information, contact Rhonda (Gottschalk) Smith, women’s head coach, at gottschalkr@bluffton.edu

Are you game?

University ultimate Frisbee reunion June 24

The 2017 Bluffton University Ultimate Frisbee reunion will be held 3-6 p.m., Saturday, June 24, on the Mussleman Library green.

This free event is a chance for alumni, current students and faculty members to participate in a family-friendly Ultimate Frisbee tournament either as a player or a spectator.