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Baseball: Four-run second all Franklin needs in shutout of Beavers

Stats: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/baseball/2012/04-28-bb.htm

The Bluffton University baseball team dropped the series opener at Franklin 4-0 on a rainy Saturday, April 28, 2012. Bluffton saw its hopes for a berth in the Heartland Conference tournament take a huge hit as the Beavers fell to 16-19 overall and 9-11 in the HCAC. Franklin upped its season mark to 26-8 and 14-6 in the conference.

Katie Clark named HCAC Hitter of the Week

Bluffton University freshman Katie Clark (New Palestine, Ind.) is the second Beaver in as many weeks to be named the Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week. Junior Shelby Wade was recognized a week ago after going 6-of-8 at rival Defiance College.

Katie Clark led the Beavers to a 4-2 mark in HCAC play and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Hitter of the Week. The freshman slugger went 11-for-19 (.579) at the plate with eight runs scored, seven RBI, three home runs, two doubles, and a triple.

Taking on cancer

Taylor Haggy (left), a first-year Bluffton University student and softball pitcher from South Charleston, accompanies her mother, Kellee, to the pitcher's circle on the Bluffton softball field April 17.

Kellee Haggy, who has been battling cancer for several years, threw out the ceremonial first pitch of her daughter's team's game against Anderson College, part of a Bluffton softball/baseball doubleheader to "Strike Out Cancer."

Bluffton University campus full of activities during May Day weekend - here's the schedule

Lion and Lamb celebration part of May Day at Bluffton

Bluffton University will mark its annual May Day weekend May 3-6 with traditional alumni reunions, student activities and graduation events, as well as a celebration of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center's 25th year.

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.