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University volleyball team earns team academic award

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced recently that 762 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 757 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

University football coaches host K-8 football clinic July 19

Denny Dorrel, Bluffton University football coach, and his staff are hosting a fred football clinic on Friday, July 29, for students entering grades K-8 in the fall.

Coach Dorrel is eagerly anticipating his third season at the helm of Bluffton's football team. In an effort to bring his love of football to the area's youth, Coach Dorrel, along with his staff and team, will be directing the clinic, 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 29, on the campus of Bluffton University.

University artist series tickets now available; season offers five performances

Tickets are available for the 2016-17 Artist Series at Bluffton University. The season features five performances including a reed quintet, an international piano trio, a jazz composer, a Celtic duo and a one-act play. The Thursday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bluffton University’s Yoder Recital Hall.

Akropolis, a reed quintet that incorporates adventure and innovation into each performance, will start the season on Sept. 22. Founded in 2009, the group has earned various musical and educational awards while creating a style of their own.

Darryl Nester named NCAA Division III Far Fellow

Bluffton University Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Darryl Nester has been selected as a 2016 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow and will attend the FAR Fellows Institute.

Nester has been a mathematics professor at Bluffton for the past 24 years and the school’s Faculty Athletic Representative for the past four years.

The FAR Fellows Institute was launched in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III FARs at campus, conference and national levels.

The "ultimate" in Bluffton summer sports - it's the Ultimate Frisbee reunion

Bluffton University's 2016 Ultimate Frisbee reunion offers a chance for university alumni to show off their skills of the game.

This year's reunion contest is from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9, in the Musselman Library green, also known as the Ultimate Field.

There is not charge of the family-friendly tournament for alumni and current students. Bystanders are invited to bring friends, family and lawn chairs to watch the games.

Alumni interested in playing click here to register.

University board recognizes trustees, appoints new member, approves new scholarships

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees appointed one new board member and thanked two outgoing board members for their years of dedicated service during the trustees’ spring meeting.

Tom Reichenbach ’58 was thanked for 11 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Advancement Committee, Martha Augsburger Showalter ’72 was recognized for 12 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and Charles Stapleton ’78 was appointed to the board beginning in July.

Bluffton to add men's and women's golf for 2017-18

Bluffton University is bringing back golf as an intercollegiate sport during the 2017-18 academic year. The Bluffton Golf Club will serve as the men's and women's home course. Bluffton previously had a golf program until the end of the 2003-04 academic year.

Terrill Webb named HCAC Female Athlete of Year

June 6, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Two-time All-American Terrill Webb (Kenton, Ohio) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Year following her performances in indoor track and field and outdoor track and field during the 2015-16 school year.

The junior earned NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor track and field All-American accolades in the pole vault during her junior campaign. 

Ryan Aelker named HCAC Male Athlete of the Year

June 6, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - All-American Ryan Aelker (New Bavaria, Ohio/Holgate) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year following a senior season in which the senior defensive end was named the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Bluffton University athlete takes third in pole vault at DIII nationals

In January of 2016, Bluffton University's Terrill Webb (Kenton) had yet to clear 12' in the pole vault. Qualifying for the NCAA national championship was just a dream.

In the space of the past 5 and a half months, she has become a two-time All-American, risen to a tie for 3rd at the outdoor national championship and is scaring 13 feet as a PR. Thursday's Division 3 NCAA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship was the culmination of that meteoric rise.