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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 24.

Introduced as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas were 34 seniors. In addition, Jenna Eshleman, a volleyball player from Landisville, Pa., and Meron Dibia of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were honored for having the highest scholastic records among senior athletes and international students, respectively.

Bluffton junior receives theological fellowship

Katie Wineland

Katie Wineland, a Bluffton University junior from Gibsonburg has been named as one of the Fund for Theological Education's (FTE) roughly 40 Undergraduate Fellows for 2012-13.

Wineland, an Elmwood High School graduate who is majoring in biblical studies at Bluffton, will receive a $2,000 stipend that can be applied to educational expenses and/or an experience of exploring ministry.

FTE, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, also covers the costs for the Undergraduate Fellows to attend its annual conference, this year in Nashville from June 19-23.

Here's the 2012 university May Day court

Bluffton University^aEURTMs May Day court are (from left) junior chairpersons Laurie Nofziger of Lyons, and Jonathan Luginbill of Bluffton; Queen Chalsi Eastman of Norwalk; King Alexander Woodring of Sherwood; senior attendant Bethany Bowman of Piqua; and senior escort Nathaniel Stroud of Troy.

Bluffton University has announced its 2012 May Day court, which was elected by the student body and will be honored during the annual May Day celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, on the Centennial Hall lawn. The rain location is Founders Hall.

May Day is one of the oldest traditions at Bluffton. In addition to the crowning of the king and queen, the day's events include the Maypole dance by first-year students and recognition of graduating seniors.

Bluffton names VP for student life, dean of students

Julie DeGraw

Dr. Julie DeGraw, a dean at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., has been named vice president for student life and dean of students at Bluffton University. She will assume her new duties in mid-July.

Father, son among veteran 'Music Man' performers

Jonathan Luginbill and his father, Doug, are experiencing a role reversal. Their switch didn't happen instantly or overnight, courtesy of some supernatural, made-for-the-movies phenomenon. This one was 32 years in the making.

Lima school chief is Bluffton University graduation speaker

Karel Oxley Bluffton commencement speaker

Karel Oxley, superintendent of Lima City Schools, will be the Bluffton University commencement speaker on Sunday, May 6. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Salzman Stadium.

In her speech, titled "The Greatest Gift ...," Oxley is scheduled to discuss giving one's self to the community.

Track and field: Bluffton fine tunes for HCAC Championships at Baldwin-Wallace

By Jordan Hill, sports information assistant

Results: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/trackandfield/2012/0421.htm

Personal records highlighted the day as the Bluffton men's and women's track and field team competed at the Sparky Adams Invite hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The meet served as a final tune-up as the team prepares for the HCAC Championships next week.

Baseball: Bluffton leaves 15 on base in 6-3 loss to Mount St. Joseph

By Martin Kluk, sports information intern

Stats: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/baseball/2012/04-22-bb.htm

On a cold and blustery day, the Bluffton baseball team came up short, 6-3, against Mount St. Joseph on Sunday, April 22. With the defeat, the Beavers dipped to 15-18 overall (8-10 HCAC) after taking only one in the three-game series. MSJ improved to 11-20 (4-14 HCAC).