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Bluffton University math workshops marking 25th year

Bluffton University will offer six summer mathematics workshops—five of them new this year—for teachers of elementary through high school students.

The 25th annual workshops, hosted by adjunct faculty member Duane Bollenbacher, are all three-day sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Each workshop may be taken for 22.5 contact hours of Local Professional Development Committee credit, at a cost of $125, or, on a pass/fail basis, for one semester hour of graduate workshop credit, for $275. Lunches are included; other meals and housing are available.

University students honored for academic excellence


Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 23.

Introduced as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas were 31 seniors. In addition, Thomas Gingrich, a football player from Goshen, Ind., and Maryam Teka of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were honored for having the highest scholastic records among senior athletes and international students, respectively.

Syndicated radio program host and university student wins scholarship

Donald Isaac Jr. has a radio show syndicated on 17 stations and affiliated websites worldwide — and he’s still in college.

The Bluffton University junior’s work on his show, “The Chillout Sessions,” and as program director at campus radio station WBWH, helped earn him the Antelle Haithcock Humanitarian Scholarship at the recent Community Enrichment Dinner in Lima.

The Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center awards the $500 scholarship, which goes to a local student pursuing a career in broadcasting, journalism or music.

Kerry Bush participates in cross-cultural learning experience


Kerry Bush, daughter of Perry and Elysia Bush of Bluffton, is participating in a cross-cultural experience in Bolivia, May 7-25. She and other Bluffton University students will be visiting development projects of Mennonite Central Committee and interacting with schools, an orphanage and a day care center. Students will spend several days in the Andes Mountains in La Paz, the capital city.

Bush is a senior at Bluffton, where she is majoring in graphic design.  She is a graduate of Bluffton High School.

Here's the May Day weekend calendar

Here's tthe Bluffton University arts and events calendar for May. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

May 2     May Day Musical: “Songs for a New World,” 7:30 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall. Tickets, $13 for adults and $5 for all students, are available online at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or from 4-7 p.m. weekdays at the box office in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

First-year university student named archival intern


Amanda Bartel, a first-year Bluffton University student from Iowa City, Iowa, is this year's recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission archival internship.

"We are very pleased to award Amanda the archival internship," said commission chair Don Isaac. "We hope this will be a rich experience for her, and provide insights for the commission as we document and communicate the story of God's work in our lives."

They'll perform the May Pole dance for the 100th time; here's the complete May Day schedule

Bluffton University will mark its annual May Day weekend May 2-5 with traditional alumni reunions, student activities and graduation events, including the 100th edition of the Maypole dance with which alumni are familiar.

The dance features 16 first-year students who wear colorful costumes and dance in pairs around the Maypole, weaving streamers together. This year’s performance, part of the 11 a.m. May Day ceremony Saturday, May 4, on the Centennial Hall lawn, adds a ninth couple of “legacy” students, who have longstanding family ties to Bluffton.

Kyle Niermann scorches Pioneers with 6-of-7 day at the plate

By Kyle Stover

The Bluffton University baseball team split a crucial conference doubleheader with Transylvania on Saturday, April 20. Errors were the story in game one when the Beavers fell 5-1, but they rebounded with some clutch hitting in game two to win 6-4 while staying in the race for the HCAC tournament.

Bluffton offense recovers for 10-2 mercy-rule win in game two


The Bluffton University softball team discovered that it had in fact packed bats for the trip to Hanover when the Beavers came out and scored eight times during the first two innings of game two on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

After an 8-0 six-inning shellacking at the hands of the Panthers in game one, Bluffton recovered from its two-hit, five-error performance with a 10-2 victory for a crucial series split. Bluffton's win assured the Beavers of their seventh straight Heartland Conference tournament appearance under Coach Bruder.