The 2010-2011 school year began with a welcome for Butler University’s largest freshman class ever, 1,049 students, and ended with a welcome for President-elect James Danko.
In between was another trip to the NCAA men’s basketball championship game for the Bulldogs, groundbreaking for the 450-seat Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Fulbright awards for two professors and two students, and much, much more.
Here is a rundown of some of the major accomplishments from each college and across the campus.
Students: Greeted the largest freshman class ever, 1,049.
National rankings: U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges ranked Butler as No. 2 in the Regional Universities Midwest category, No. 8 among the region’s “Great Schools at Great Prices,” and 1 of 33 “A+ Schools for B Students.” Peer institutions selected Butler as the No. 1 “Up-and-Coming” institution among Regional Universities Midwest.
New tradition: Held the first-ever winter commencement ceremonies.
Successful graduates: Saw five students receive Orr Fellowships, which guarantee them two-year jobs with growing Indianapolis companies.
Gift: Received a $6.5 million gift from Howard Schrott ’76 to build the Schrott Center next to Clowes Memorial Hall.
Leadership change: Said goodbye to President Bobby Fong after 10 successful years at Butler. James Danko, dean at Villanova School of Business, was named to be the 21st president of Butler.
-Unveiled $2.65 million in renovations to the Butler Bowl, including new seating and a press box.
-The men’s soccer team captured the Horizon League title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
-The men’s basketball team returned to the NCAA championship game for the second straight year.
-The Butler women’s volleyball team won the Horizon League title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
-Started the leadership phase of a campaign to renovate and preserve Hinkle Fieldhouse.
College of Business
-Makes, for the first time ever, the U.S. News list of Best Business Schools. COB debuted at 135 out of 386. U.S. News ranked COB No. 2 in its Regional Universities Midwest category and named the MBA program one of the best part-time programs.
-The MBA program is ranked 36th in the nation by BusinessWeek; the undergraduate business program is ranked 58th in the nation.
-The Butler Business Accelerator partners with Mosser’s Shoes to help its stores improve business.
-The Butler MBA is named a Best Business School by Princeton Review.
-Eugene Ratliff Endowed Chair of Finance Roberto Curci is awarded a Fulbright Scholar Program scholarship that will enable him to spend the fall semester teaching and doing research in Hong Kong.
College of Communication
-Opens its doors in August, becoming Butler’s sixth college.
-Butler’s student newspaper, The Collegian, is honored as one of country’s Top 50 Student Publications by eCollegeFinder.
-ADrenaline, the university’s advertising club, goes to its second consecutive national competition.
-Creates a new major: Media, Rhetoric and Culture.
College of Education
-Butler and the Indianapolis Public Schools announce plans to launch a new K-5 Lab School; in spring, PNC Foundation presents a $100,000 grant to COE to fund preschool classes at the Lab School.
-Catherine Pangan is named Guyer Chair in Education.
-The College receives a $15,000 grant for The Indiana Principal Leadership Academy Alumni Association to fund a professional development seminar for educators.
-Dean Ena Shelley is named the 2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
-Nine COE faculty members makes presentations at The Association for Teacher Educators’ annual meeting in Florida; three COE faculty presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education conference in New Orleans.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
-Welcomes new Dean Jay Howard and its first Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence, Michael Dahlie, author of A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living.
-The Friesner Herbarium receives a grant to digitize its collection. Results of a herbarium study find that for the past 70 years, Indianapolis has been losing 2.4 plant species each year while gaining 1.4 non-native species. Those findings are published in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Ecology.
-English Professor Susan Nevillle publishes Butler’s Big Dance, about Butler’s reaction to the men’s basketball team’s 2010 tournament run.
-The Efroymson Family Fund and Jeremy Efroymson donate $1 million to create the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing.
-The French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi installs a Butler chapter.
-Seniors Caleb Hamman and Adam T. Weaver win Fulbright fellowships for postgraduate studies abroad.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
-The Pharmacy Program is ranked in the Top 10 for NAPLEX – North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam – Pass Rate. Butler is the only private school ranked in the top 10, as well as the only private school among the six schools that achieved a 100 percent pass rate in 2010.
-Graduate students Neelima Mantha and Yatri Patel are recognized for their national level research achievements. Both win the Amgen award for their research presentations at the National Biotechnology Conference in San Francisco in May 2011.
-Dean Mary Andritz is asked to serve as a charter member of the advisory board for the newly created Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program, a program of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She will work with health profession educators and others in Indiana to establish and operate the chapter.
-The 40,000-square-foot addition to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences building earns Achievement honors in both the Construction and (re) thINK sustainability categories in the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Monumental Awards program.
-Jennifer Snyder, associate professor in the physician assistant program, is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants for her outstanding dedication to the PA profession.
Jordan College of Fine Arts
-Welcomes new Theatre Chair William Fisher.
-Dance students create a flash mob on Indianapolis’ Monument Circle in September to promote the TV show Glee. Their routine aired on local Fox station WXIN (Channel 59).
-Receives a $140,000, four-year grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation to create the Visiting International Theater Artist program.
-Celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Rejoice! holiday concerts.
-Names Ronald Caltabiano of San Francisco State University as the new dean.
-Music Professor Doug Spaniol receives Fulbright Scholar Award to the United Kingdom.