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Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame adds two individuals, teams

Two alumni and one team from the 1990s, along with the 1972 football team, comprise the Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2012-13.

David Sheldon

David Sheldon, a 1998 graduate, and Jennifer (Warren ’97) Quirk are being honored for their achievements on the basketball and tennis court, respectively. They will be inducted alongside the 1995-96 women’s basketball team and the 1972 football team—each a conference champion—during a Jan. 26 dinner and ceremony in Founders Hall.

Bluffton’s Cooley invited to Future Coaches Academy

Jonathan Cooley, a graduate-assistant football coach at Bluffton University, is among 30 invitees to the NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy Jan. 6-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

The academy is for individuals who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility and want to coach college football.

Cooley was a four-year letterman at John Carroll University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2011.

Rose-Hulman moves to 3-0 in HCAC with 63-43 win at Bluffton

The Bluffton University men’s basketball team lost to Rose Hulman 63-43 Saturday November 8. The Beavers fell to 2-5 (0-3 HCAC) while Rose Hulman improved to 7-1 (3-0 HCAC) on the year.

The Beavers took an early 5-0 lead on a Josh Johnson (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) three followed by a steal and layup from Tyler Neal (Bluffton).

Rose stormed back and took a 13-11 lead with 7:41 left in the first half and never looked back. At halftime Rose held a 29-16 advantage.

Handel's "Messiah" - 117th rendition Sunday in Founders Hall

Bluffton University will present its 117th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.


University students hear strategy for helping in developing nations


To fight hunger in Africa, a Penn State University program has helped design more affordable greenhouses and solar food dryers.

A conventional greenhouse costs about $2,500 in Kenya, Khanjan Mehta noted Dec. 4 at Bluffton University. But an alternative, expandable model—designed by a new Kenyan company and Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program—is $550, said Mehta, the program’s director.

And solar dryers used for food preservation, which have cost as much as $5,000, can now be built by two people in two days for $200, he said.

Bluffton gets back in win column with 73-65 victory over Kalamazoo


The Bluffton University men’s basketball team used a strong run late in the first half en route to a 73-65 victory over the Kalamazoo College Hornets on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. It snapped a two-game losing streak as Bluffton improved to 2-4.

The Beavers were led by Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) who scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds. Freshman phenom Thayne Recker (Arlington) also chipped in with his first career double-double performance of 15 points and 13 rebounds.

MSJ holds on for 48-47 victory over Beavers

The Beavers (4-2, 0-2 HCAC) traveled to Cincinnati to face HCAC rival Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and fell just shy of their fifth win of the season as the Lions edged the visitors, 48-47, in a close game that featured 12 lead changes.

Ten of those 12 lead changes came in a wild first half. Mount took the first lead in the game, but freshman Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) turned the tables with two successful free throw attempts and a layup.

Thomas Gingrich selected Second Team Academic All-America

Bluffton University senior Thomas Gingrich (Goshen, Ind/Goshen) has been named Second Team Academic All-America by CoSida.

Gingrich, a biology and pre-medicine major with a 3.89 GPA, was named First Team Academic All-District honoree as a junior. A four-year starter at right tackle for the Beavers, Gingrich was also a three-time Academic All-HCAC performer.

Saturday is Bluffton basketball Community Day


Bluffton University will host Community Day at a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader versus Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the new Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.