April 23, 2014

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Schrag wins peace oratory contest

Bluffton University junior Mary Schrag, from Moundridge, Kan., won the university’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on April 9.

In addition to earning a $175 cash prize, Schrag qualified for a binational contest with top finishers from other North American Mennonite colleges.

Miss America draws "circles of unity" in Bluffton speech

Nina Davuluri, the reigning Miss America and the first of Indian-American descent, brought her message of multiculturalism to Bluffton University April 9 as keynote speaker for the university’s annual civic engagement day.

After being crowned Miss America 2014 last September, Davuluri launched “#Circles of Unity,” a social media campaign that seeks to spread multiculturalism and promote diversity. She particularly hopes to become a role model for children and to encourage them to embrace diversity.

Tyler Domer senior recital April 13 at First United Methodist

Tyler Domer will present his senior recital on piano and organ at Bluffton First United Methodist Church, 116 Church Street, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13.

Domor will graduate from Capital University this spring with a degree in Keyboard Pedagogy. He will travel to Ireland in May with the Capital University Chapel Choir. 

Admission to the recital is free. Donations to help cover Domer's costs associated with the Ireland trip would be appreciated; baskets will be available at the recital for those wishing to donate.


Second Big Mac, Quarter Pounder 15 cents on April 15

Bluffton's McDonald's Restaurant will offer a special promotion on Tuesday, April 15.

Customers who buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese can get the second for just 15 cents.

“Tax Relief Day has become a promotion that our guests look forward to every year,” said Jerry Lewis, McDonald’s owner. “Our tax day event is one more way we are bringing our guests great value.”

The promotion runs the entire day and is available at McDonald’s in Bluffton, Beaverdam, Ada, Lima, Delphos and Van Wert.


Ventriloquist is final Artist Series performer

Bluffton University’s 2013-14 Artist Series will conclude Thursday, April 24, with a performance by ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger at 7:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

For more than 30 years, Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. Audiences are treated to her vocal illusion talents when they meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man or a feisty little girl. She has received many awards during her career, including The American Comedy Awards and Variety Entertainer of the Year.

Wymer to address athletics awards forum

Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker will be Terry Wymer, an NCAA Division I basketball official in the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast and Mid-American conferences, among others. The North Baltimore, Ohio, resident has officiated numerous conference tournament championship games and NCAA tournament games.

Student art showcased at 47th annual show

The Bluffton University art department will present its 47th annual Juried Student Exhibition from April 14-May 3 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays except Saturday, May 3, when the gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Battle to perform ‘Songs of Black America’

Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an assistant professor of music at Bluffton University, will present a vocal recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Bluffton’s Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Pianist Michael Lester will assist Battle, a soprano, during the recital, which is titled “Songs of Black America: Music Composed for or by African-Americans.”

Pops Concert on tap


Four Bluffton University musical ensembles will come together Friday, April 11, to present the annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted for program costs, with any excess funds going toward music scholarships.

Beavers new football coach has lots of Heartland Athletic Collegiate Conference experience

Bluffton University has named Denny Dorrel as its new head football coach.


Dorrel (rhymes with “coral”), the 13th head coach in Bluffton football history, replaces Tyson Veidt, who resigned after six seasons to become the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Toledo.