Two-time All-American Terrill Webb (Kenton, Ohio) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Athlete of the Year following her performances in indoor track and field and outdoor track and field during the 2015-16 school year. The junior earned NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor track and field All-American accolades in the pole vault during her junior campaign. Webb finished sixth at the NCAA Division III indoor championships with a school and personal record of 12’ 5.5” and earned a third place finish at the NCAA Division III outdoor championships with a mark of 12’ 9.5”.
All-American Ryan Aelker (New Bavaria, Ohio/Holgate) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year following a senior season in which the senior defensive end was named the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player. Aelker led the nation in sacks for the second-straight season, while adding the most tackles-for-loss in NCAA Division III to his resume. He racked up a school-record and NCAA-best 15.5 sacks as a senior and broke his own school record with 24 tackles for loss. The senior also led the conference with three forced fumbles this fall.
President Dr. James M. Harder announced today that The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation of Cincinnati, Ohio, has made the largest single gift in Bluffton University's history. The $4 million gift spearheads the development of a transformational new science building located at the heart of campus. The university's goal is to open the building by fall 2019.
Seniors Michael Liska of Bluffton and Meg Short of Archbold, Ohio, were crowned Bluffton University’s Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game on Oct. 10. Other seniors in the Homecoming court were Donny Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Jacey Dehogues of Kalona, Iowa. Junior attendants were Chad Gundy of Flanagan, Ill., and Mackenzie Butler of Norwich, Ohio, while sophomore attendants were Wyatt Jarrell of Racine, Ohio, and Lauren Dickerson of Goshen, Ind.