Bluffton University announced a $1 million dollar gift from Greg and Donna Wannemacher during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. Greg Wannemacher is a university trustee and the co-chair of the Simply Innovate campaign. He graduated from Bluffton in 1977 with a degree in business and played football during his years on campus; Donna graduated from Bluffton in 1978 with an art degree. Greg Wannemacher is chairman of Wannemacher Total Logistics in Lima.
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.