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Riley Creek festival underway at Bluffton University

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the Neufeld Hall lawn.

“Out of This World” is the theme of this year’s festival, a day of games, prizes, 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 $7 for adults and $5 for children.
The traditional rubber duck race down Riley Creek will wrap up the festival at 4 p.m.

Academic all-american, two-sport standout honored

Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 16 to an Academic All-American in football and a standout in women’s soccer and track and field.

Thomas Gingrich of Goshen, Ind., received the A.C. Burcky Award as senior male athlete of the year, while Maddie Moore of Linn Grove, Ind., won the Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete. Both student-athletes are majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Bluffton University May Day musical: Many stories told in ‘Songs’

 

It might seem that the songs in “Songs for a New World” have nothing in common. For starters, the singers range from a Spanish sailor in 1492 to a jailed civil rights leader—and a fed-up Mrs. Claus with a German accent.

But while it’s true that Bluffton University’s 2013 May Day musical has no continuous plot line—or spoken dialogue—and each song has its own context and characters, there is a common thread, says Dr. Melissa Friesen.

Riley Creek Festival set for Saturday

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the Neufeld Hall lawn.

“Out of This World” is the theme of this year’s festival, a day of games, prizes, 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 $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Gospel Choir performs April 20 in Yoder

 

The Bluffton University Gospel Choir will present “Messages of God’s Enduring Grace, Mercy and Provision” in its spring concert, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Yoder Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Songs on the program were chosen because of their meaning to Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, the choir director and an assistant professor of music at Bluffton, as she has dealt with health challenges in her family.

Swartzlander's talk to address temp labor, financial performance

 

Dr. Jason Swartzlander, an assistant professor of accounting at Bluffton University, will discuss “Temporary Labor and Financial Performance: Parallels between Manufacturing and Higher Education” in an April 19 campus colloquium.

Free and open to the public, his presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall.

University civic engagement day: Use of media urged to fight violence against women

When she opened her Twitter account recently, the first photo Katelyn Brewer saw was of a woman in her underwear, accompanied by the message, “Doesn’t my girlfriend look sexy?”

Speaking on Civic Engagement Day at Bluffton University April 10, the Bluffton senior cited her experience as an example of how technology and media can promote violence toward women.

Continental student wins peace oratorical contest at Bluffton University

 

Bluffton University senior Brent Schroeder, from Continental, Ohio, won the university’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on April 10.

In addition to earning a $175 cash prize, Schroeder qualified for a binational contest with top finishers from other North American Mennonite colleges.

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