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Author Rebecca McClanahan leads English Festival at Bluffton University

Author to lead English Festival forum

Rebecca McClanahan, guest author for Bluffton University’s annual English Festival, will offer “Some Thoughts on the Writing and Reading Life” in a campus forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Founders Hall. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

McClanahan has written 10 books of poetry, essays and nonfiction, including “The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change,” published this month by the Indiana University Press.

Vocalist to present senior recital March 24


Vocalist Kim (Rupert) Cornelius will perform her Bluffton University senior recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Yoder Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public; a reception will follow in the lobby.

The Ottawa native, a soprano, will sing numbers by Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns and Joseph Marx, plus “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl,” “Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from the opera “Susannah” and Moses Hogan’s “Give Me Jesus.”

Bluffton University Senior art show set


Bluffton University will host an exhibit of art by seniors Rebekah Lutz of Lima, and Ezekiel Tracy of Continental, from March 26-April 7 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

The graduating art majors will display work they have created at Bluffton in their senior show, which is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends. A reception will be held for the artists from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Bluffton University to offer program for ‘teacher leaders’

Experienced teachers with master’s degrees and interest in being instructional leaders in their schools may pursue the new state-level Teacher Leader Endorsement through Bluffton University.

Bluffton’s program of study leading to the endorsement has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The program comprises three courses, including two—in instructional leadership and evidence-based instructional practices—that the university hopes to begin offering this summer, depending upon enrollment.

“Staying Strong: What’s in your toolbox?” women's conference at Bluffton University

Women can learn about tools for better living on Saturday, April 6, when Bluffton University’s Women’s Council hosts the fourth annual R&R for Women conference.

Bluffton alumnae and a current student will be among the presenters during the conference, titled “Staying Strong: What’s in your toolbox?” Hours are 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Hall—site of the morning sessions—and the new Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education, where the afternoon session will be held. Lunch will be in Marbeck Center.

Heidelberg rallies in ninth for 7-2 win over Beavers

By Kyle Stover

The Bluffton University Beavers faced off with perennial powerhouse Heidelberg University in the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Saturday, March 9, taking a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning before eventually falling 7-2 to the Student Princes.

A two-run eighth and four-run ninth inning handed Bluffton just its third loss of the young season, giving the Beavers a tough end to what was a successful Florida trip.

Katie Clark and Kayla Owens named HCAC players of the week

For the second consecutive week, the Bluffton University softball team swept the Player of the Week awards in the Heartland Conference.

Sophomore Katie Clark (New Palestine, Ind.) and junior Kayla Owens (Cincinnati/McAuley) helped Bluffton to an outstanding 7-3 start in Florida, including a 5-3 mark last week. Sophomores Ariana Muffo (New Athens, Ill.) and Chloe Shell (Covington) collected the same honors a week ago.

Camerata Singers to present ‘Home’ concert

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers, who just returned from a spring-break tour of six states, will reprise the tour program, “Promises of God’s Reign,” in the annual Camerata Home Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.

Luginbuhl to share ‘Sips of Art and Life’

For his spring-semester 2012 sabbatical from Bluffton University, Gregg Luginbuhl, a professor and chair of art, committed to creating one new ceramic cup design each day for 100 days.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, he finished the process on April 12, inscribing the bottom of each cup with the day it was made. His creations will be on hand not only for viewing, but also for use, on Friday, March 15, when Luginbuhl discusses his sabbatical in “One Hundred Cups: Sips of Art and Life.”

Institute for Learning in Retirement offers nine courses this spring

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering nine courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this spring, beginning March 25.