Mark MinnerHometown: Barrington, Ill.

Class year and major: 2012, Marketing and Electronic Media

Why did you choose Butler: I got connected with Butler Trustee and WFLD-TV (Chicago) News Anchor Corey McPherrin through my high school television station. Due to my interest in broadcasting, he suggested I look at Butler. I fell in love with the campus and the environment on my first visit. It had the feel of a close-knit community and was surrounded by one of the largest cities in the Midwest. It met everything I was looking for in a college.

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: Within the College of Business it would be the Real Business Experience course. It was the first real business class I took, and it was a great way for me to immerse myself in the business world. Through the class I was able to learn about my strengths, and more importantly, what areas I needed to develop further.

Activities you’re involved with outside of the classroom: My freshman year I started a weekly sports show – Bulldog Blitz – with some senior students. When they graduated halfway through the year, I took it over. I am now the writer, producer and host of the show. I’m also the play-by-play announcer for video feeds of Butler’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and select soccer games, shown on HorizonLeague.com. Through my experience in the media arts department, I also work on-air for the ESPN Radio 1070 Butler Men’s Basketball broadcasts, and have done play-by-play work for the NCAA and Turner Sports.

I’m also one of the re-founding fathers of Phi Delta Theta fraternity (the chapter was brought back to campus in 2008, after a 6-year hiatus). Since my freshman year I’ve been public relations chair, new member educator, president (my sophomore year), recruitment captain, and most recently, fundraising chair.

The most important thing you’ve learned at Butler: Get involved. My involvement in various organizations and projects has afforded me the opportunity to develop not only great skills, but also great life skills, that will prepare me for my years after college.

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