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Festival of Lessons and Carols Dec. 13 at Yoder Recital Hall

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens. They are available online, at http://tickets.bluffton.edu, or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.

University presents Messiah Dec. 6

Bluffton University will present its 120th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university, will conduct the oratorio for the 14th time at Bluffton, where he has taught since 2000. The 20-member orchestra includes professional players from the area and some Bluffton faculty and staff. Students join faculty, staff and community members in the 65-voice Bluffton Choral Society.

Christmas Festival Dec. 8 at university

Soloists and ensembles from the Bluffton University Music Department will present a “Christmas Festival” in a Dec. 8 campus forum, free and open to the public at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

Sheerer powers Bluffton to 85-79 win over Heidelberg

November 24, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team continued its winning ways as the Beavers knocked off the Heidelberg Student Princes, 85-79, in front of a raucous pre-Thanksgiving crowd in the Sommer Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Bluffton improved to 3-0 on the young season, while the Student Princes dropped to 2-2.

Ohio Mennonite youth ministry is topic of talk

Dr. Randy Keeler, an associate professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present “The State of Youth Ministry in the Ohio Mennonite Conference” during a campus colloquium on Friday, Dec. 4.

Free and open to the public, his talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall.

English professor to discuss newest book

Jeff Gundy, a professor of English at Bluffton University, will present a program Thursday, Dec. 3, on his newly published book of poems, “Abandoned Homeland.”

Beginning with refreshments at 3:45 p.m., the event is free and open to the public in Bluffton’s Musselman Library Reading Room. Afterward, Gundy will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

Two exhibits set for early December

Two art exhibitions will open Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Bluffton University. Both are free and open to the pubic.

Hannah Barber, a Bluffton senior from Bowling Green, Ohio, will present her senior show, “Aimless Wandering,” through Dec. 14 in the Marbeck Center Gallery. Her art is a mix of digital, drawing, painting, photography and 3-D work. The exhibit may be seen during building hours, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; a reception will be held in the gallery from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Educator to address boys’ achievement gap

Dr. Doug Siemens, from Bethel College in Kansas, will explore how to reverse the recent decline in educational achievement by boys compared with girls Dec. 1 in a Bluffton University Forum.

Siemens, an associate professor and director of elementary teacher education at Bethel, will present “Boys’ Achievement Gap and the Ethic of Care: Framing a New Discussion about Education and Gender” at 11 a.m. that Tuesday in Bluffton’s Founders Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

Recker named Heartland Player of the Week

November 23, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton senior Thayne Recker (Arlington) helped the Beavers go 2-1 to open the season and he has been named the Heartland Conference Player of the Week. He picked up where he left off last season when Recker was a three-time HCAC Player of the Week en route to being named First Team All-Heartland Conference. 

Women down Buffalo State for Abgott Invite title

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Buffalo, NY - The Bluffton University women outscored host Buffalo State 24-11 in the third quarter en route to a 68-53 victory over the Bengals in Abgott Invitational championship game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The Beavers improved to 2-0 with their second victory in as many days thanks to 18 points and 13 rebounds by Tournament MVP Macey Sheerer (Bucyrus).