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Bluffton's Isaac Zickafoose HCAC defensive player of the year

One of 9 Beavers recognized in post-season

Senior Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) headlined the 2018 All-Heartland Conference football team that was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The HCAC Defensive Player of the Year was one of nine Beavers to be recognized when the post-season hardware was handed out. Bluffton had five players land on the Second Team and three more earned Honorable Mention recognition.

The Second HCAC Defensive Player of the Year award for Zickafoose also marked the fourth time in five years that a Beaver has taken home the top HCAC honor on the defensive side of the ball.

Beavers conclude CC season at Great Lakes Regional

The Bluffton University cross country teams rounded out the 2018 season on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Blue River Cross Country Course for the NCAA Div. III Great Lakes Regional Championship meet, tackling the course for the third time this year.

The women's team began the day with an 18th place finish in the 33-team field for their six-kilometer trek.

Friday Harvest Dinner benefits food pantries

Many ingredients from local farms and businesses

What started out as a spaghetti dinner fundraiser organized by Bluffton University nutrition and dietetics students 16 years ago has this year evolved into a farm-to-table feast featuring local produce and homemade fare. The  Friday, Nov. 16, Harvest Dinner includes menu items such as tomato sauce and watermelon jelly featuring garden-fresh ingredients.

Bluffton math major explore Mayan numerical concepts

Interest developed after studying in Guatemala for a semester

After studying abroad in Guatemala for a semester, Jarod Siekman returned to Bluffton University with a new understanding of numbers that crossed cultures and opened up ideas about mathematical concepts.

A math education major, Siekman completed an extensive research project on Mayan mathematics and, at the urging of Dr. Steve Harnish, professor of mathematics, recently presented his research at the 46th Annual Mathematics Conference at Miami University.

Women's basketball: Alma stops Beavers

The Bluffton University women's basketball team dropped a 67-61 decision at Alma College on Monday, Nov. 12, in the 2018-19 season opener. Alma evened its season mark at 1-1 following a 59-45 loss at Oberlin on Saturday.

A fourth-quarter flurry by freshman Brianna Gillig (New Riegel) pulled the Beavers within a point at 60-59 with three minutes to play but Alma outscored the Beavers 7-2 down the stretch to cap off its 67-61 victory. Gillig converted four deuces in just over two minutes, however, an eight-point third quarter proved too much to overcome.

University’s Harvest Dinner benefits food pantries

Nov. 15 in Bluffton Middle School

The Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA) will hold its annual Harvest Dinner, benefiting the Bluffton Community Assistance Corporation and the Churches United Pantry in Lima, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Bluffton Middle School cafeteria, 102 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.