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Beavers' Archer 2020-21 HCAC male athlete of the year

Second male from Bluffton to receive this recognition

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) recognized Montez Archer Jr. (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) as the 2020-21 Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, following a vote of league officials.

Archer Jr. joins All-American Ryan Aelker (2016) as the second Bluffton male to be named the Heartland Conference Athlete of the Year. 

Terrill Webb was the top HCAC female athlete in 2016.

The newcomer from Bluffton University had an outstanding first year campaign on the gridiron for the Beavers.

Beaver freshman puts exclamation point on his first season

Desmond Gist establishs a new lifetime best at North Central College event

 Freshman Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich./Trenton) put an exclamation point on his first season at Bluffton University when he established a new lifetime best at the North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier on May 20.

He went 14.88 in the 110 meter hurdles which ranks 2nd all-time at Bluffton University.

The 14.88 places Gist 38th in the nation for all of Division III with the 10th best time for a freshman. He took .07 off his previous best of 14.95 a week earlier at Hillsdale College.

Complete cultural competencies training certification

Five university faculty and staff members

Five Bluffton University faculty and staff members recently completed the Building Cultural Competencies within Organizations certification program through Tiffin University.

The program is designed to help individuals work more effectively with people who are different from themselves and strengthen their awareness and understanding about diversity and inclusion through the lens of cultural intelligence.

University's nursing program moving forward

Northwest State Community College graduates will continue their BSN studies in the fall with classes at Bluffton

Five Bluffton University nursing majors recently graduated from Northwest State Community College with their associate degrees.

Four of the students were also inducted into Alpha Delta Nu, the nursing honor society at NSCC.

As a dual-degree program, Bluffton University nursing majors must first complete their foundational nursing classes and earn their associate degrees before completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Bluffton. 

University faculty research grants, sabbaticals

Announced at annual dean's reception

Bluffton University faculty awarded research grants, sabbaticals

Bluffton University faculty members were recently recognized at the annual Dean’s Reception, an academic year-end event honoring faculty who have been awarded grants, sabbaticals and other scholarly endeavors.

The following faculty received summer 2021 Bluffton University Research Center grants, which provide $2,000 and up to $300 for research-related expenses:

University partnerships expanding

Corporate, Education and Church Partnerships provide educational discounts; enhance workforce/community needs

Bluffton University continues to grow its network of Corporate Partnerships in northwest Ohio. The university has entered into three-year Corporate Partner agreements with four new Corporate Partners since January. 

New Corporate Partners include:
• Mennonite Memorial Home
• Mercy Health
• SumiRiko
• Superior Credit Union

In total, 15 Corporate Partners and nine Education Partners have signed on since the spring 2020 launch.

Bluffton recently expanded its partnership program to include churches in northwest Ohio.

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