August 30, 2014


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Ventriloquist is final Artist Series performer

Bluffton University’s 2013-14 Artist Series will conclude Thursday, April 24, with a performance by ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger at 7:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

For more than 30 years, Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. Audiences are treated to her vocal illusion talents when they meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man or a feisty little girl. She has received many awards during her career, including The American Comedy Awards and Variety Entertainer of the Year.

Wymer to address athletics awards forum

Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker will be Terry Wymer, an NCAA Division I basketball official in the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast and Mid-American conferences, among others. The North Baltimore, Ohio, resident has officiated numerous conference tournament championship games and NCAA tournament games.

Student art showcased at 47th annual show

The Bluffton University art department will present its 47th annual Juried Student Exhibition from April 14-May 3 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays except Saturday, May 3, when the gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Battle to perform ‘Songs of Black America’

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an assistant professor of music at Bluffton University, will present a vocal recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Bluffton’s Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Pianist Michael Lester will assist Battle, a soprano, during the recital, which is titled “Songs of Black America: Music Composed for or by African-Americans.”

Pops Concert on tap


Four Bluffton University musical ensembles will come together Friday, April 11, to present the annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted for program costs, with any excess funds going toward music scholarships.

Beavers new football coach has lots of Heartland Athletic Collegiate Conference experience

Bluffton University has named Denny Dorrel as its new head football coach.


Dorrel (rhymes with “coral”), the 13th head coach in Bluffton football history, replaces Tyson Veidt, who resigned after six seasons to become the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Toledo.

Race: it’s not easy to just ‘get over it’

After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman last July of the murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin, “I heard many people say that people of color should just get over issues of race and move on,” Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle recalls.

But the sentiment had the opposite effect on Battle, a Bluffton University music faculty member who subsequently committed to being Bluffton’s 2013-14 civic engagement scholar, leading a yearlong, campuswide conversation about the theme of “Race and Ethnicity in America.”

Baseball: Beavers come from behind to beat Earlham

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The Bluffton University baseball team saw its 4-1 lead slip away in the top of the eighth, but a pair of tallies in the home half sent the Beavers to a 6-4 victory over Earlham College on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Bluffton improved to 11-12 overall and 4-7 in the Heartland Conference, while the Quakers fell to 11-12 and 3-8 in the HCAC.

Five new band pieces composed by Terry

Dr. Peter Terry, an associate professor of information technology and music at Bluffton University, addresses an April 3 gathering in Bluffton’s Musselman Library to celebrate the publication of five new band pieces he has composed. The pieces—“Grove of Titans,” “Windborn,” “Unleashed,” “Winter’s Knight” and “The Emissary”—will be available on the website of publisher Carl Fischer Music in May.

Former university president shares practices for spiritual well-being

Dr. Lee Snyder, president emeritus of Bluffton University, returned to campus April 5 to share her strategy for maintaining wholeness in an age of high stress and low downtime.

Her lecture concluded the annual women’s conference hosted by the Bluffton University Women’s Council. This year’s theme was “Women Enriching Women: Celebrating the Seasons of Life.”

For Snyder, Bluffton’s president from 1996-2006, living a fulfilling life—particularly as a Christian—requires that individuals set aside time to cultivate virtues such as mindfulness and spiritual well-being.