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Top Beaver athletes

Isaac Zickafoose and Erin Weisgarber

Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 16 to standout athletes in football and volleyball.

Isaac Zickafoose
Isaac Zickafoose of Middlebury, Ind., received the 2019 A.C. Burcky Award as outstanding senior male athlete of the year.

• Click here for the all-time list of A.C. Burcky winners
• Click here for the all0time list of Kathryn E. Little winners


Students from the Theatre for Social Change class at Bluffton University lead a workshop during Civic Engagement Day.

The workshop focused on having respectful conversations even when participants come from different perspectives, experiences and belief systems.

Interactive games and activities helped the students engage in new ways and led to a reflection on the topic.

(Both photos by Emily Griffioen)

Baseball: Beavers stop Mt. St. Joseph in two-game sweep

The Bluffton University baseball team handed conference foe Mount St. Joseph a two-game sweep in a conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Beavers improved to 15-13 overall and 5-3 in the Heartland Conference, while MSJ fell to 9-14 overall and 2-4 in the HCAC.

Bluffton Arbor Day celebration April 27

Bluffton will celebrate Arbor Day at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Bluffton Arboretum on Lake Street.

The local Girl Scouts Troop will be performing an interactive drama, based on Dr. Suess's "The Lorax."  Participants will also be able to take part in a short meditation session on nature.

Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.


First quarter 2019 building permits below 2018

Jan-Feb-March total reached $531,200

First quarter 2019 building permits are attached below this story.

First quarter 2019 Bluffton building permits show construction projects in the village reached one-half million dollars. The exact amount is $531,200.

Seven permits were issued from Jan. 2, to March 31, according to Bryan Lloyd, assistant village administrator.

These range from one new home construction, one pool installation to driveways, a building demolition, signs, a fence and a handicap ramp.

Strategies for stopping destructive communication

University Civic Engagement Day Forum theme

In an era when divisiveness and negative rhetoric seems to not only be encouraged but even admired, Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, is instead encouraging understanding.

As Bluffton University’s annual Civic Engagement Day speaker, Prothro shared “Using Ancient Wisdom to Stop Destructive Communication in its Tracks: Reining in Gottman’s Horsemen” as a practice of communication that transcends division.