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August 2, 2014

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Bluffton University

Neal to discuss review of campus roles

Guy Neal will discuss his 2012-13 review of his roles as a Bluffton University faculty member and coach during an April 11 campus colloquium. Free and open to the public, his presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

"Ducks of the Round Table" theme of April 12 Riley Creek Festival

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

“Ducks of the Round Table” is the theme of this year’s festival, which includes games, inflatables, live music and other entertainment. The event is free—except for lunch—and open to the public. Lunch, to be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is $8.25 for adults and $4.50 for children.

David Berger, Lima mayor, to speak at Bluffton University graduation

David J. Berger, the mayor of Lima, will discuss “Valuing Education” in his commencement address at Bluffton University on Sunday, May 4. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Salzman Stadium or, in the event of inclement weather, in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

Author embraces Appalachian roots

Speaking to a Bluffton University audience on April 1, self-described “Affrilachian” writer Crystal Wilkinson shared her experiences of growing up black in rural Kentucky and learning to embrace her heritage.

Wilkinson came to Bluffton as guest author for the university’s 30th annual English Festival, an event that gives high school students the opportunity to read and write with working authors. Among Wilkinson’s work is “Blackberries, Blackberries,” which won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature.

Last chance to watch some great one-act plays April 2

There's still a chance to catch some great one-act plays.

Nearly 20 Bluffton University students will either direct or perform in seven one-act plays during a One-Act Festival on campus. The final evening for the festival is Wednesday, April 2.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in College Hall’s Ramseyer Auditorium. General-admission tickets will be $3 at the door.

"Be A Beaver" triathlon - swim, bike, run - here May 31

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.

Jeff Gundy program at Musselman Library

Jeff Gundy (right), a professor of English at Bluffton University, listens as Kayla Nelson, a Bluffton sophomore from Copley, Ohio, reads from her poetry on March 27 in the university’s Musselman Library. The reading was part of a campus event marking the publication of Gundy’s most recent book, “Somewhere Near Defiance.”

Art exhibit looks at racism, tolerance

Bluffton University will display the art exhibit “Racism Prejudice Tolerance Acceptance” from April 7-13 in the Marbeck Center Kiva. Free public viewing will be available during Marbeck Center hours, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center at Bluffton and the university’s art department are sponsoring the exhibit, a variation of a multimedia installation at ArtSpace/Lima last November and December.

Gospel choir to perform April 5

The Bluffton University Gospel Choir will present an April 5 concert with music incorporating themes of Easter and the university’s 2013-14 civic engagement theme of “Race and Ethnicity in America.”

Beginning at 6 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall, the Saturday evening concert is free and open to the public.

Forum to explore race, ethnicity

“Race and Ethnicity in America: Get over it?!” will be Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle’s topic for Bluffton University’s Civic Engagement Day Forum on Tuesday, April 8, in Yoder Recital Hall. Her 11 a.m. presentation is free and open to the public.

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