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February 27, 2015


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Forum to address ‘Teaching Our Machines’

Nathan Sommer, a Bluffton native and Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati, will explore the evolution of the human-computer relationship in a Bluffton University Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Founders Hall. The presentation, titled “Teaching Our Machines,” is free and open to the public.

Sommer, whose research currently focuses on musical applications of machine learning, will discuss how machine learning is entering our lives and what we are teaching—and attempting to teach—our computers.

Choral rehearsals for spring concert to begin

The chorus for Bluffton University’s spring-semester Masterworks Concert—the former Bach Festival Concert—will rehearse at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 8, in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall.

Rehearsals will culminate with the Bluffton Choral Society’s concert performance of “Requiem,” by Florian Leopold Gassmann, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Singers from high school through adults are encouraged to join the choral society, which will be conducted by Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music at Bluffton.

Painting exhibit to open Jan. 7

Portraits by painter Amanda Joseph will be on exhibit beginning Monday, Jan. 7, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center.

The exhibit is free and open to the public through Jan. 27. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery will also host a reception with the artist from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Bluffton to host Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship conference

“Spirituality & Shalom: Living at the Intersection of Faith & Justice,” the 2013 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship conference, will be held Feb. 8-10 at Bluffton University.

Spirituality’s role in peacebuilding—and peacebuilding’s role in individuals’ spiritual lives—is the focus of the conference, an annual gathering of representatives of Mennonite colleges and universities but open to the public as well.

Transylvania scores final 11 points for 63-52 win over Beavers

The Bluffton University women’s basketball team was defeated by Transylvania University, 63-52, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

The Beavers slipped to 5-3 overall and 1-3 in the HCAC, while Transylvania moved to 6-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the HCAC.

The Pioneers came out ready to play and were up 5-0 less than three minutes into the game.

The Beavers fought back as a three-pointer from freshman Kaitlyn Pennekamp (Hamilton/Ross) at the 12:38 mark cut Transy’s lead to just two.

Transylvania second half shooting key in 72-61 win at Bluffton

The Beavers fell 72-61 to the Transylvania University Pioneers on Saturday, Dec. 15, after a 79 percent second half field goal percentage propelled the visitors to a 72-61 victory.

The Beavers, attempting to repeat last year’s home victory over the Pioneers, stormed out to a 13-point lead after Dustin Kinn (New Reigal) netted eight points in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame adds two individuals, teams

Two alumni and one team from the 1990s, along with the 1972 football team, comprise the Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2012-13.

David Sheldon

David Sheldon, a 1998 graduate, and Jennifer (Warren ’97) Quirk are being honored for their achievements on the basketball and tennis court, respectively. They will be inducted alongside the 1995-96 women’s basketball team and the 1972 football team—each a conference champion—during a Jan. 26 dinner and ceremony in Founders Hall.

Bluffton’s Cooley invited to Future Coaches Academy

Jonathan Cooley, a graduate-assistant football coach at Bluffton University, is among 30 invitees to the NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy Jan. 6-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

The academy is for individuals who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility and want to coach college football.

Cooley was a four-year letterman at John Carroll University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2011.

Rose-Hulman moves to 3-0 in HCAC with 63-43 win at Bluffton

The Bluffton University men’s basketball team lost to Rose Hulman 63-43 Saturday November 8. The Beavers fell to 2-5 (0-3 HCAC) while Rose Hulman improved to 7-1 (3-0 HCAC) on the year.

The Beavers took an early 5-0 lead on a Josh Johnson (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) three followed by a steal and layup from Tyler Neal (Bluffton).

Rose stormed back and took a 13-11 lead with 7:41 left in the first half and never looked back. At halftime Rose held a 29-16 advantage.