Bluffton University

Ryan Aelker Named HCAC Male Athlete of the Year 2016

   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.

BU Receives Largest Single Gift Ever

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.

Bluffton University Homecoming King, Queen Crowned

   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.

Bluffton’s Annual Fall Play “Smash” to Stage a British Comedy Concerning Manners

   Tickets are available for Bluffton University’s production of “Smash,” a British comedy of manners by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. Reserved tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students, are available online at or at the Marbeck Center information desk between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

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