October 30, 2014



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Math workshops aimed at middle, high school teachers

Bluffton University will offer six summer mathematics workshops for middle and high school teachers beginning June 12.

The 24th 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.

Junior high students math enrichment offered at Bluffton University

Students who have completed grade seven or eight and an accelerated pre-algebra course are invited to attend the fourth annual Bluffton University Junior High Mathematics Enrichment Camp Monday-Friday, June 11-15.

Led by Dr. Donald Hooley, professor of mathematics, participants will explore topics such as graph theory, knot theory, topological surfaces and non-Euclidean geometry using pencil and paper, pebbles, string and rope, paper strips and computer software in group settings.

Lion and Lamb celebration caps 25th year

Members of Jubilate, a children^aEURTMs choir at Bluffton^aEURTMs First Mennonite Church, perform the song ^aEURoeMay All Children^aEUR

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Elizabeth "Libby" Hostetler had a dream but no money to make it a reality.

A Bluffton faculty member in education, she wanted to create a resource for children to gain necessary skills for developing a vision of peace. While supportive of the idea, the then-college was unable to commit funding, leading Hostetler to the only other possible source she could think of, Lima businessman and Bluffton alumnus Herman Parent.

"Herman was the person I knew who was so generous with his time and service to others," she explained.

Matt Weisenborn named honorable mention All-HCAC

Bluffton University sophomore Matt Weisenborn (Otsego) capped his first season of collegiate tennis by being named honorable mention All-Heartland Conference. The Beavers returned to the hard courts following a two-year hiatus for both the men and women.

Weisenborn opened the season at #3 singles and moved up to #2 before assuming the #1 slot when an injury to A.J. Haley (Wilmington) slowed Bluffton's top singles player.

Gift of self is the greatest gift, Bluffton University graduates told

Bluffton University President James M. Harder presents Karel Oxley, superintendent of Lima City Schools, with an honorary doctorate of humane letters prior to her commencement address at Bluffton on May 6. Looking on is Dr. Sally Weaver Sommer, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Bluffton University graduates were urged at their May 6 commencement to give of themselves as others-from family to Bluffton faculty-have given to them.

The gift of self is the greatest gift, said Karel Oxley, superintendent of Lima City Schools, in her commencement address. The 310 graduates were the second most among the 112 graduating classes in Bluffton history. The 209 undergraduate students who received diplomas represented the largest such number ever at Bluffton.

Softball: Bluffton season comes to an end in HCAC Tournament

By Evan Skilliter, sports information assistant

Stats: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/softball/2012/hcac-5.htm

The Bluffton University softball season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, May 5, at Anderson University after the Beavers dropped an elimination game of the HCAC Tournament to Manchester, 6-2. The Beavers ended the season with a 26-17 overall record.