College briefs

Bluffton holds commencement

BLUFFTON — The achievements of more than 230 undergraduate and graduate students were celebrated on Sunday, May 7, during the 117th Commencement ceremony at Bluffton University.

Undergraduate students from Piqua include:

• Edward Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. Martin was also a member of the 2016-17 Pi Delta Honor Society.

Graduate students from Piqua include:

• Melanie Helman earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

• Melissa Turner earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Area students honored at Ohio State ATI

WOOSTER — Grant Hodge of Tipp City and Shelby Roach of Casstown were recognized as outstanding students at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute’s 28th annual student recognition banquet on April 12.

Hodge graduated May 6 with an Associate of Science degree in agronomy. Hodge earned Director’s List honors during three semesters at Ohio State ATI and was the recipient of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Scholarship. He has worked with Dr. Ryan Haden as a student research assistant, helping modify and calibrate a broadcast seeder, set up a GPS guidance system on a utility vehicle and assisted in writing an OSU Extension Fact Sheet on forage and cover crop seeding technologies.

Following graduation, Hodge intends to continue his education and complete a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy on OSU’s Columbus campus. His goal is to become a Certified Crop Advisor and agronomy consultant.

Roach graduated May 6 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in livestock production and management. She completed an internship at Oink Moo Cluck LLC in Sunbury, where she managed market lambs, cows, and inventory for farmers markets.

Following graduation, Roach plans to pursue full-time employment with an agricultural business.

Butler receives writing award

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Evansville student Sarah Butler of Troy has received a Department of Creative Writing 2017 Virginia Lowell Grabill Award for excellence in undergraduate creative writing. Butler, a writing major, won first place in nonfiction and second and third in poetry.

Miami students study abroad

OXFORD — The following local Miami University students were part of a study abroad group during Winter 2017 semester:

• Zvirimumwoyo Chinoda of Piqua studied in Mexico.

• Collin Moeller of Troy studied in China.

• Allison Brown of Tipp City studied in Australia.

• Rachael Lewis of New Carlisle studied in France.