J. Denny Beaver
Team: Bluffton University
More than a year of planning culminated with the introduction of J. Denny Beaver, as Bluffton University’s mascot in September 2010. Naming the mascot in honor of Dr. J. Denny Weaver, professor emeritus of religion, captures a historical connection and tells a story.
Weaver was a faculty member from 1975-2006 and served as Bluffton’s faculty athletics representative for 22 of those years. “Denny Weaver is a leading theologian and was at every sporting event,” Robin Bowlus noted, adding that “his passion for academics and sports” made him a natural choice to be so honored.