September 2, 2014


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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. 

University awards scholarships

Two incoming students at Bluffton University have been awarded the university’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at more than $110,000 for four years.

Micah Hunsberger of Shipshewana, Ind., and Brianna Keith of Grafton, Ohio, are the scholarship recipients.

Hunsberger, the son of Benjamin and Beth Hunsberger, is a 2014 Westview High School graduate. He was a member of the school’s soccer, track and field and Academic Super Bowl teams. He attends Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka, Ind.

First ‘Be A Beaver’ Triathlon gets good reviews

Abbie Meyers hopes the Be A Beaver Triathlon—held for the first time May 31 in Bluffton—becomes an annual event.

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Triathletes taking to the streets (and pool) in Bluffton

The first Be A Beaver Triathlon is set for Saturday (May 31) in Bluffton.

Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, the event will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Sponsoring the triathlon are CenturyLink, a Fortune 500 telecommunications firm; Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. of Bluffton; and Muddy River Bicycle Co. of Findlay. Community partners are the village of Bluffton and the community pool.