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February 12, 2016

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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

Stats http://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/baseball/2014/04-08-bb.htm

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.

Miss America university Civic Engagement Day keynote speaker April 9

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, will be the keynote speaker for Bluffton University’s annual Civic Engagement Day, on Wednesday, April 9.

Her address, “#CirclesOfUnity: The Celebration of Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” is free and open to the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Sommer Center on campus.

Baseball: Beaver earn pair of wins over Hanover

Game 1 stats http://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/baseball/2014/04-05-b1.htm  
Game 2 stats http://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/baseball/2014/04-05-b2.htm

The Bluffton University baseball team took advantage of its extra day of preparation, limiting Hanover College to just two runs in 18 innings as the Beavers opened the series with a pair of victories over the visiting Panthers.