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Bailie Barrington breaks school record in the 1000-meter run

The Bluffton Track and Field team made the short trip to Ada for the Larry Cole Invite at Ohio Northern University on Friday, Jan. 25.

There were some stellar performances on the women's side. Senior Bailie Barrington (Waynesfield/Waynesfield-Goshen) broke the school record in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:16. She ended up 8th in the field. Another record was broken by freshman Caitlyn Renner (Cairo/Bath) in the long jump. Renner jumped 5.07 meters which put her 3rd in the competition. This distance has her 1st amongst HCAC long-jump competitors.

Both Beaver squads lose to Earlham

The Bluffton University women's basketball team traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a matchup against the Rose-Hulman Engineers. The Beavers fought until the last seconds but dropped a 43-40 decision to the Engineers. The loss dropped Bluffton to 9-8 (3-7 HCAC), while Rose-Hulman improved to 3-14 (2-8 HCAC).

Digital strategist and entrepreneur to speak at Bluffton University

Alaina Shearer, a seasoned speaker and professional change maker, will share her personal and professional journey toward positive social change at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Yoder Recital Hall. 

In Shearer’s professional journey, she quickly realized after graduation that extreme sexism and gender discrimination were rampant in her chosen industry - broadcast journalism and then, again, in her second career path: advertising. In 2016, Shearer realized this wasn’t sustainable for her future and founded her own company – Women in Digital (now Together Digital).

University president Colloquium speaker Jan. 31

Dr. Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University, will share “A Life In Story: The Construction of Personal Narrative,” during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. 

During the presentation, President Wood will share how individuals construct the “story” of their lives and how they choose to share it in community.

Here’s the February university arts and events calendar

Bluffton University released its February arts and event calendar. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 4, Forum: "Eyes Wide Open: Reality Bites and How to Deal," Forum presentation by Alaina Shearer, 11 a.m., Yoder Recital Hall

Feb. 4, Forum: "Power and Polity: LGBTQ Inclusion and the Concept of Variance in Mennonite Church USA," Forum presentation by Timothy Bender, 11 a.m., Musselman Library Reading Room

Bluffton professors to share Feb. 4 Colloquium

Dr. Melissa Friesen, art, communication and theatre department chair, and Dr. Walt Paquin, director of social work program, will share “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community,” during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.