Butler Newsroom » Campus News http://news.butler.edu Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:16:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Bulldogs Break Out of the Bubble and Into Indianapolis http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/bits-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/bits-2/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:27:41 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20708 By Sarvary Koller

The temperature hovered around 90 degrees as freshmen Sidney Parrish and Julia Thomas pruned trees at Indianapolis’ Holliday Park. Parrish and Thomas volunteered at the park as a part of Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS), an annual freshman orientation public-service program organized by Butler University’s Volunteer Center.

Sara Patel, left, an accounting major from Western Springs, Illinois, and Sidney Parrish, a pre-pharmacy major from Indianapolis, help prune trees at Holliday Park as part of BITS.

Sara Patel, left, an accounting major from Western Springs, Illinois, and Sidney Parrish, a pre-pharmacy major from Indianapolis, help prune trees at Holliday Park as part of BITS.

Gardening and cleaning up Holliday Park on a humid, summer day made for exhausting work, but the two said they loved the opportunity to venture out of the Butler bubble and make a difference in the surrounding Indianapolis community.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Thomas, a business major from Bay Village, Ohio, said. “I’ve gotten to meet a lot of new people, and it helps involve us in Indianapolis. A lot of us aren’t from the area, so it’s helped to transition us to living here.”

“We’ve connected more as a group,” added Parrish, a pre-pharmacy major from Indianapolis, Indiana. “I came in today not knowing anybody, and now I’ve already made friends with new people in my class.”

Holliday Park Volunteer Coordinator Katie Neill said the 15 Butler volunteers transformed the park’s playground area by pulling weeds, raking mulch, trimming trees, and sweeping sidewalks. With a full-time park staff of four, Neill said she is grateful for the students’ hard work.

“Our playground does need help,” Neill said. “Every year, we try to have a project that shows the students that they’ve made a difference. We depend on volunteers for everything, and we love when the students come out and help keep the park looking nice for the community.”

Sam Thomas, Volunteer Center Events Coordinator and sophomore Political Science and Economics major, spent most of last semester and this summer being called “the BITS guy” as he worked with places like Holliday Park to coordinate volunteer projects for BITS participants.

About 545 volunteers donated their time to 19 agencies across the greater Indianapolis area this year, but Thomas said BITS is about more than just service work.

“The 1,500 hours of community service is awesome,” Thomas said, “but what BITS does is show freshmen that they can make a difference in their new home and community right off the bat during their first week on campus.”

Freshmen Moriah Riggs and Nicolina Cecere said they, too, appreciated their BITS experience at Joy’s House Adult Day Service in Broad Ripple as new Butler Bulldogs looking to get acclimated in Indianapolis.  

Riggs and Cecere spent time playing bingo and conversing with visitors to Joy’s House, an adult day service for community adults with physical and mental disabilities who are no longer able to stay at home safely.

Butler volunteers visiting 19 agencies on Tuesday, including

Butler volunteers visiting 19 agencies on Tuesday, including Chapel Glen Elementary School.

“It’s nice to just talk to the people here,” Cecere, a sociology major from Minneapolis, Minnesota, said. “It’s cool because not only do we get to go out in Indianapolis, but we get to meet other people from our class and the community. I didn’t know any of these people before today.”

Candace Preston, Joy’s House caregiver and Program Manager, said the house guests love the opportunity to meet and interact with the Butler students.

“They love seeing a set of different faces,” Preston said. “They see us Monday through Friday all day, and now they get to spend time with new people. Plus, it benefits the Butler students by showing them that old people aren’t scary or boring. We have some volunteers who come for a couple hours and then decide to come back.”

Thomas said the goal of BITS is to recruit freshman volunteers and encourage them to take advantage of future service opportunities in Indianapolis.

According to Thomas, the Volunteer Center will host a Volunteer Opportunities Fair on September 5 to provide an experience where students can discover new community volunteer options. The fair will include many of the agencies that hosted students during BITS this year.

“Hopefully we’ll get some BITS volunteers signed up for more service activities at the fair,” Thomas said. “This program is mutually beneficial for both students and service agencies in our community.”





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StoryCorps Editor Tells Freshmen: Learn From Those Around You http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/storycorps/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/storycorps/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:06:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20693 Lizzie Jacobs remembers the story of that day in 1997 when she left her suburban Chicago home for Williams College in Massachusetts.

Lizzie Jacobs, outside Clowes Hall

Lizzie Jacobs, outside Clowes Hall

“Arthur, my teddy bear, had fallen out of the minivan—or possibly been pushed,” she said. “It was like a cord cutting. I think I was nervous, but I also was excited because I felt like everything was ahead of me and I was on my own. I actually wasn’t on my own—my sister went there—but I felt like I was on my own in all the good ways.”

So when Jacobs, the Co-Executive Producer, Animation and Senior Editor for Print at StoryCorps, got in front of Butler University’s Class of 2018 on Monday at Clowes Memorial Hall, she understood how they might be feeling.

Jacobs was at Butler to talk about Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, this year’s common reading for the incoming class. Jennifer Griggs, Director of Butler’s Learning Resource Center, said the University chose Ties That Bind as the common read because “it really had an angle on diversity that matched our common values.”

“I believe this book is a perfect book for this time in your lives,” Jacobs told the 974 first-year students. “It’s a book about relationships—the surprising ways they begin and the myriad ways they change our lives for the better. And, yes, you’re all here to learn. You come here to learn and to prepare for the working world, and you’ll be in labs and music rooms and classrooms and library carrels.

“But all that time, if you’re smart, you’ll be focusing just as much on the people around you—your professors, of course, but also the staff in the dining hall and the dean’s office, the people maybe at the pizza joint, and, most of all, each other. The people sitting to the left and the right of you and that you’ll be surrounded by every day of your time here. Your freshman roommate, your lab mate, classmate, teammate. And years from now, you’ll remember and lean on the things you learned from each other as much as what you learned in class. And if you’re lucky, there’ll be two or three whose friendship will change your life forever.”

Jacobs said being part of StoryCorps, the national project to inspire people to record each other’s stories, has taught her to ask questions that get meaningful answers and encourage loved ones to be open and honest.

Too often, she said, we smooth things over and keep the conversation light. But StoryCorps, which over the past 10 years has recorded the stories of more than 50,000 people, shows that asking the right questions and encouraging others to talk helps us understand each other.

“People actually want to be asked about their lives,” Jacobs said. “When you ask them to share something about themselves, it tells them they’re important to you. So in these coming months and years, as you spend time together … try asking them about their grandparents. Or what their dreams are. Why did they come here? What are they proudest of? These are the big questions we encourage you to ask. And you might get some surprising answers. You might actually get to know one another.”


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President Danko Delivers the State of the University http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/state-of-the-university-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/state-of-the-university-2/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:07:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20660 Butler President James M. Danko on Friday outlined a vision of the University that includes new academic, housing, and parking facilities; development of strong leadership and engaged employees; and a safe and secure campus environment.

_BS25858-1In his fourth State of the University speech, Danko gave faculty and staff a view of 49th Street and Sunset Avenue that by 2016 will include:

-A 1,038-space parking facility with first-floor retail space, located behind Clowes Memorial Hall.

-A state-of-the-art, 640-bed housing facility located in the Irwin Library parking lot.

-A newly configured, beautified streetscape along Sunset Avenue.

In addition, Danko offered a first look at a new science building that is still in the planning stages.

“When we talk about Butler 2020, that’s the vision,” Danko said to an overflow crowd at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. “We are moving ahead with this. It’s challenging work and challenging times, but we’re really confident, given the greatness of this University, that we’re going to succeed.”

Danko said that, in addition to investing in its facilities, Butler needs to invest in its leaders, faculty, and staff so they can help the University navigate the complexities of the current world of higher education.

“In order for us to do that, we must have people in place that are able to get us there,” he said, adding, “We’re the stewards of this University. We need to leave this a better place.”

Danko cited a long list of Butler’s achievements during the past year, including the growth of online classes (now nearing 50, up from zero two years ago), the renovations of Hinkle Fieldhouse and Clowes Hall, and the move to the BIG EAST conference. He said the University had a strong financial year in 2013–2014, with tuition, summer revenues, athletic revenues and the endowment up, and the discount rate down slightly.

He also talked about the need to prevent sexual violence on campus. Danko said Butler is part of a coalition with Indiana, Purdue, Ball State, and Notre Dame in the area of federal regulations pertaining to campus sexual assaults.

“We have to do everything we can to ensure that we’re providing the environment, that we’re providing the culture, that we’re providing everything needed to ensure students are being taken care of,” he said.

A Butler Presidential Commission on sexual assaults is focusing on assessment, education, and prevention.

Danko, who will address first-year students and their parents on Sunday, said part of his message will be: “We are going to do everything we can, but, the one thing we can’t do is—we can’t be in every building or every student housing unit where something might happen. [Students] have a responsibility, too. They need to help us by protecting each other.”


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Butler Welcomes the Class of 2018 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/class-of-2018/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/class-of-2018/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:25:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20641 Butler University will welcome 974 first-year students on move-in day Saturday, August 23. Classes begin Wednesday, August 27.

Butler University's move in day August 24, 2013Butler’s class of 2018 continues the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. Here’s a look at some numbers.

- Average GPA, 3.52.

- Average ACT, 27.

- Average SAT, 1190 (without writing), 1750 (with writing).

- 11 Lilly Scholars.

- 3 National Merit Semifinalists.

- 1 National Achievement Semifinalist.

The Class of 2018 comes from 37 states and six countries. Forty-six percent are from Indiana, and 54 percent are from out of state. Approximately 22 percent of the class comes from nearby Illinois.

In addition to being the most geographically diverse, this year’s incoming class is also the most ethnically diverse, with minority students representing 14.7 percent of the class.

Butler’s largest area of study for new students is pre-pharmacy (123), followed by exploratory business (121), exploratory studies (or undecided, 78), and biology.


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The Illustrated History of Butler University http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/history/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/history/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:17:09 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20635 Picture this: the illustrated history of Butler University. The campuses, the buildings, the people who made the history. The clothes, the activities, the classes, the games.

Artist Jon Edwards, and his drawing of Tony Hinkle.

Artist Jon Edwards, and his drawing of Tony Hinkle.

That’s what Indianapolis artist Jon Edwards has been drawing for the better part of a year. And when the Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations are complete in October, his work—which he’s drawn across 10 canvases that are 28 inches high and a total of 120 feet in length—will cover the walls of the newly remodeled Wildman Room.

“I went through the Drift one by one by one and looked at page after page and picked out what I thought would be interesting to look at,” Edwards said, standing a couple of miles east of campus at Blice Edwards studio, the business he and partner Chris Blice founded in 1993. “They didn’t want to just focus on sports. They wanted to focus on campus life. So I wanted to pull all kinds of material.”

He did. Starting with a picture of the proposed home of North Western Christian University (only a portion of which was built), Edwards’s illustrations capture the eras and the major moments. Everything is labeled, so that everyone looking at the murals will know what they’re looking at, even if they don’t know Ovid Butler from Tony Hinkle.

Butler and Hinkle are both represented, of course, as are boldfaced Butler names like Catherine Merrill and Arthur Jordan. The University’s moves to Irvington in 1875 and Fairview in 1928 are illustrated. There’s a cartoon from 1923 showing the University as a young man leaving home with a young woman labeled “Fairview.” His mom—representing the Irvington campus—says, “Well my boy, if you’re determined to leave the old home, I’m glad you picked such a nice girl.” (All the original artists will be credited by name, “because I hope somebody does that for me someday,” Edwards said.)NWCU

The construction of Jordan Hall and Hinkle Fieldhouse are depicted. So is Butler’s awareness of the rights of women and minorities, which is shown in a picture from 1913 featuring a black graduate. And of course basketball and football get plenty of attention.

When Blice Edwards did the mural in the Johnson Boardroom in Robertson Hall, they painted directly on the walls. For the Wildman Room, the technique Edwards is using is called marouflage, which means painted on canvas and hung on the wall. When the murals are done, he and others will coat the walls in the room with wallpaper glue and unroll the canvases.

Edwards said he hopes people who see his work “will be enlightened in Butler history and learn a little bit about the lives and the stories of those people who made Butler University what it is today.”

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Irwin Library Introduces Several Changes This Fall http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/library/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/library/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:16:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20630 The Irwin Library faculty and staff will hold an open house on Tuesday, August 26, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. to show off several changes in the facility this fall, including added study space, collaborative workstations, and a new catalog that allows a worldwide search for materials.

Associate Dean of the Libraries Sally Neal shows Butler student Michael Boyd the new Information Commons desk.

Associate Dean of the Libraries Sally Neal shows Butler sophomore Michael Boyd the new Information Commons desk.

Dean of the Libraries Julie Miller said the updates are part of the changing role of the academic library. Where libraries used to be largely about the circulation of books and periodicals, they are increasingly becoming a place for collaboration. 

“A big part of what librarians are doing now is helping faculty and students to navigate the changing information landscape,” she said. “Especially in the area of how to evaluate the information that’s out there to see whether it’s the information you need. Does it meet the criteria for being useful information? And, if you’re not finding the useful information, how to be better at searching for it. And also how to contribute to the information landscape in an ethical way.”

Among the changes in Irwin Library:

-The former circulation desk area is being turned into study space. The circulation desk will be merged with the information commons desk, where students can get research assistance. The desk has moved to the northeast side of the first floor.

-Several additions will be made to the computer area on the first floor, including two media workstations that have video and audio editing capability and two collaborative workstations. The latter have large, flat-panel monitors that let users attach different devices and work together on files projected on the monitor. “It’s wonderful for people who like to co-author because it gives you a nice way to look at what you’re working on together,” Miller said.

-The library has switched to a new management system called WorldCat Discovery that gives anyone searching the Butler catalog access to WorldCat’s worldwide library holdings. (For additional information, consult the WorldCat Discovery LibGuide.)

-The music reference collection, previously on the first floor, has moved to the second floor, and Music Librarian Sheri Stormes has moved to Irwin Library, room 130, in the southeast quadrant of the first floor.

-Laura Menard has joined the library faculty as Health Sciences Librarian serving the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She will provide health sciences information literacy instruction and deliver health sciences information through the latest technologies. She will also work with the Science, Technology, and Society program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Communication Sciences and Disorders majors in the College of Communication.


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Clowes Hall Receives National Honor from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/clowes-scholastic/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/clowes-scholastic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:39:49 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20524 Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University received the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key for Excellence in the Field on Friday, June 6, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic Awards, which are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, selected Clowes Memorial Hall for this honor for its dedication to young people, perseverance through challenges, and expansion of the program to reach 1,000 more participants than previously reached. Clowes Memorial Hall was also celebrated for going above and beyond the basic program requirements to provide additional opportunities for creative teenagers in the Central and Southern Indiana Art & Writing Region.

Clowes Memorial Hall serves as the Scholastic Awards Regional Affiliate presenting the Central and Southern Indiana Region of The Awards and is one of 115 affiliates across the nation. The 56 counties in this region have increased submissions since Clowes began the partnership with the Alliance five years ago. In 2014, Clowes boasted an impressive 2,337 submissions in art and writing, thanks largely to the development and implementation of innovative outreach efforts such as publishing a 400-page anthology available on Amazon.com that features regional award-winning writing. Additionally, Clowes developed the ART.WRITE.NOW Regional Exhibition, an art and writing exhibition of selected 2013 regional award winning works.

In a letter informing Clowes of its selection for the award, Alliance for Young Artist & Writers Executive Director Virginia McEnerney thanked Clowes Memorial Hall for its support of Clowes Education Manager Cassandra Pixey in her role as Affiliate Advisory Council Chair and as an Alliance board member. “The creativity and intelligence she brought to the Council and the board cannot be overstated.”

McEnerney continued, “It is clear that Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University values deeply the students and educators it serves. Congratulations…for your continued commitment to recognizing the originality and voice of Indiana’s creative teens.”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards was founded in 1923. Since that time, the awards have grown to become the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States while maintaining the nation’s largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Past winners include such noteworthy artists as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and John Updike.

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187 Butler Student-Athletes Named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/all-academic/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/all-academic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:46:41 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20522 One hundred eighty-seven Butler student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team, which was announced Thursday. The list of the athletes can be found here.

The breakdown by sport is:
Women’s Soccer – 25
Women’s Cross Country – 21
Women’s Swimming – 20
Baseball – 17
Softball – 17
Men’s Soccer – 13
Volleyball – 11
Women’s Golf – 10
Women’s Track – 10
Men’s Tennis – 8
Men’s Cross Country – 7
Men’s Track – 7
Women’s Tennis – 7
Men’s Basketball – 5
Men’s Golf – 5
Women’s Basketball – 4

Nominations for the All-Academic Team are submitted by each of the BIG EAST’s 10 member and five affiliate institutions. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.

The nominations are reviewed and approved by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee. There are 2,091 honorees for the 2013-14 academic year, with Georgetown leading all schools with 285 student-athletes recognized.

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New Sax Instructor Joins School of Music Faculty http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/siberz/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/siberz/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:17:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20518 Heidi Radtke Siberz, an Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music from 2010–2013, will join the Butler University School of Music faculty this fall.

SiberzSiberz will take over for Nick Brightman, who will retire at the end of the 2014–2015 school year. She is currently a saxophone instructor with Franklin Community Schools and Stafford Music Academy in Bloomington, Indiana.

A frequent performer of new works, Siberz has been featured at the Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival and the Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University. As a chamber artist, she is the alto saxophonist with the Obsidian Saxophone Quartet and also performs regularly with the Holographic New Music Ensemble. Her recent awards include the 2012 Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance, which is given annually by the composition faculty at Indiana University.

Siberz is a candidate for a doctor of music in saxophone performance and literature from the Jacobs School. She earned her high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, and a bachelor of music in saxophone performance, a bachelor of arts in political science, a master of science in library and information science, and a master of music in saxophone performance and literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 On January 31, 2015, Siberz and Director of Jazz Studies Matt Pivec will lead the first Butler Saxophone Day.


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School of Music Introduces Jazz Studies Major http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/jazz-studies/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/jazz-studies/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:12:54 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20514 Butler University’s School of Music will introduce a Jazz Studies major in the fall designed to help students become well-rounded musicians who can earn a living in music.

The program will include a number of new courses, such as “Career Development in Entrepreneurship for Musicians” and “Jazz Pedagogy Practicum.” Sandy Williams (guitar) and Jesse Wittman (bass) will join the program faculty, and new guest artists will include Indianapolis jazz stalwarts Kenny Phelps and Steve Allee.

Matt Pivec

Matt Pivec

“The program will make Butler a viable option for students who want to pursue jazz studies,” said Matthew Pivec, Butler’s Director of Jazz Studies. “If a student knows that they want jazz and commercial music to be their focus, now we can say we have this really strong curricular program.”

Butler had previously offered a jazz minor and concentration. Pivec said he had two major goals in creating the major:

-Offer the most relevant and useful information to help students develop the skills to become successful freelance musicians. “Because that’s what we’re training them to do with this particular degree,” he said. “It’s always going to be about crafting a life and livelihood in music with different possibilities.”

-Create courses that will differentiate Butler’s program from other schools’ offerings. “Career Development in Entrepreneurship for Musicians” is not specifically a jazz course, but it’s important for all musicians, Pivec said. “The students in this degree will be required to take it, and quite honestly, they should want to take it because it’s their livelihood.”

In addition, Butler jazz students now teach in the Butler Community Arts School, which provides music lessons to Indianapolis-area children. That work will become “Jazz Pedagogy Practicum.” “The idea is that getting into the classroom and working with students is probably more important than simply studying pedagogy theories in a classroom,” Pivec said. “It will combine the actual experience of teaching with learning about different techniques and repertoire, so it creates a much more realistic situation for our students.”

The new major will continue to include courses such as Jazz Improvisation, Private Jazz Lessons, Jazz Arranging, and Jazz History. And, like all music students, Jazz Studies majors will take Music Theory, certain components of music history courses, and Keyboard Studies.

Pivec said the new professors will be role models for the students. Williams is a freelance musician who teaches, plays recording sessions, and performs multiple styles of music, as does Wittman.

Allee is a pianist, composer, and arranger who has written and performed for syndicated radio programs (“The Bob and Tom Show”), network television, and movies. He started his career with the Buddy Rich Orchestra at 19, and has released six CDs. Phelps is a virtuoso drummer who leads his own jazz-fusion group and has toured with numerous artists, including Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Even among the most successful jazz stars, everyone does more than just play, Pivec said.

“Our students have to be able to read music well, they have to be able to sight-read, they have to be able to play well in ensembles,” he said. “They have to be able to wear a number of different hats if this is what they want to go into. And they have to understand the business and be willing to be entrepreneurial. I believe this new program will help them accomplish these things and more.”


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For Elizabeth Davis ’15, St. Jude Internship Proves Rewarding, Heartbreaking http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/davis/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/davis/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:21:49 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20498 Elizabeth Davis ’15 describes herself as “an avid Googler.” So one day last winter, when she was thinking about summer opportunities, she searched for “St. Jude internship.”

Elizabeth Davis picThe first thing that popped up was an opportunity in the Pediatric Oncology Education program at the Memphis, Tennessee, children’s hospital.

And that’s where Davis has spent her summer: the Psychology Department of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she conducted research on children with a kind of brain tumor called craniopharyngioma. The tumors can cause vision changes, obesity, sleep dysfunction, and more.

“Psychology fits in because cancer is a hard thing to go through for both the patient and the family,” she said. “So psychology provides counseling, therapy, testing, and other psychological services to make sure the patient and the family are functioning where they should be and are also receiving medication, care, therapy—anything they would need.”

Davis, a psychology major who plans to go into medicine, has worked with 56 patients to see what kinds of cognitive impairment the tumor has caused. She tracked them as individuals—to help meet their needs—and collectively, to determine patterns in their symptoms. She’s also been able to shadow a physician three days a week.

The experience has been phenomenally rewarding, she said.

But there are days when it breaks her heart.

“I met a family whose child was diagnosed with a brain tumor in utero about halfway through the pregnancy,” Davis said. “I met them when the patient was 4 weeks old. They had to decide whether to treat it or give up. That was the day I went home and just cried. Nothing in your life really compares to what they’re going through.” (The couple decided to continue treatment.)

Ultimately, though, work at St. Jude “gets easier because the kids are so cute,” she said. “They will hug you and squeeze you and make you laugh. That makes it a lot easier.”

Davis is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and St. Jude is the beneficiary of their national fundraising. So working at St. Jude has given her the opportunity to see where the money goes and strengthened her belief in the sorority’s philanthropic efforts.

She said that has been “an unparalleled experience,” one for which her Butler education has prepared her well.

“The Psychology Department at Butler is really big on research, and I came in with a lot of practical skills—like knowing how to handle large volumes of data, knowing how to write a paper about your findings, knowing how to present,” she said. “The Undergraduate Research Conference really strengthened me in that area. So having those basic skills when you come into a research setting, everyone is like, ‘Of course you know how to do a statistical analysis.’ Butler really prepared me because I did know how to do that.”


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Butler Introduces Michael Colburn as New Director of Bands http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/colburn/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/colburn/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:39:32 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20476 Col. Michael J. Colburn, a 27-year veteran of the United States Marine Band and for the past decade Director of the military band known as “the President’s Own,” has joined the Butler University faculty as Director of Bands.

In that capacity, he will oversee the Butler Wind Ensemble and the Butler Symphonic Band. He also will teach a section of basic conducting this fall, as well as a euphonium student and several master’s conducting students.

Colburn 32 Colburn will make his Butler conducting debut Sunday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. during a School of Music showcase concert at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Call 317-940-2787 for ticket information.

Colburn’s time with the Marine Band included nine years as a euphonium player, eight as an Assistant Director, and 10 as the Director. The band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States as well as the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The 49-year-old Vermont native attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York’s Potsdam campus for two years, then changed majors from music education to music performance and transferred to Arizona State University.

Colburn auditioned for the Marine Band in December 1986 and was hired while working on his master’s in bass trombone and euphonium performance at Arizona State University. During his years with the band, he also finished a master’s in conducting at George Mason University.

Colburn said Butler music students will be able to learn from his experiences, including starting at a small school, changing majors, and diversifying his career options.

“Achieving a life and career in music is getting to be more and more challenging,” he said. “That doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities, but young people will have to be more creative and entrepreneurial than they’ve had to be in the last couple of decades. The idea of stitching together a career from a couple of different jobs and opportunities is something they may be required to do. But if you have that burning desire to make music, I’m convinced that you will still find a way to make it work.”

The deal to bring Colburn to Butler began to take shape about three years ago when Dan Bolin, his longtime friend and at the time the Butler University School of Music Chair, mentioned that Robert Grechesky, Butler’s longtime Director of Bands, would be retiring in 2014.

Colburn called Bolin a few months later and asked about replacing Grechesky.

“This is a great opportunity for Butler,” Bolin said. “There’s never been a former director of the Marine Band who’s become a college professor. There have been former directors who’ve taught in an adjunct capacity, but to be a full-time professor is great for Butler and our students—and for Mike to have a second career with some new challenges in a new community.”

In December, Colburn will receive The Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor for 2014 in recognition of achieving highest artistic standards on the world stage and his successes in bringing music to wide segments of society. The Medal of Honor, given by the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference, recognizes conductors, educators, performers, composers, and others who have provided unique, distinguished service to music education and have had distinct influence on orchestras, bands, and related performance media.


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Trustees Approve New Housing Facility and Parking Garage http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/trustees/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/trustees/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:35:15 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20380 The Butler University Board of Trustees has approved the development of two new facilities—a state-of-the-art student-housing facility with approximately 600 modern, suite-style beds and a 1,038-space multi-use parking facility.

Overall RenderConstruction of the five-story parking structure, which is anticipated to open in August 2015, will begin this fall. Construction of the student-housing facility is expected to begin in spring 2015 with completion in fall 2016.

The University has selected the existing Irwin Library parking lot along Sunset Avenue as the optimal site for the new student-housing facility, following detailed planning efforts in partnership with American Campus Communities (ACC) and input from a broad set of stakeholders.

“Advancing our educational mission through the development of superior campus amenities is a key component of Butler’s 2020 Vision to be an innovative leader in transformative student-centered learning,” Butler President James M. Danko said.

The new student-housing facility is just one component of a comprehensive effort to modernize and expand Butler’s campus housing facilities. The University and ACC will also be assessing existing residence facilities, including Schwitzer Hall, Ross Hall, and Residential College (ResCo). Completion of these audits will yield recommendations for future renovation or replacement of those facilities.

“Our partnership with ACC will allow us to address our entire campus housing infrastructure, providing an ideal residential experience for the next generation of Butler students,” said Benjamin Hunter, Chief of Staff to President Danko.

The parking facility will be built on an existing parking lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road. The multi-use facility will include approximately 15,000-square-feet of commercial and office space on the ground level.

The parking facility will serve the needs of faculty, staff, and commuter students, as well as event parking demand for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Clowes Memorial Hall, and the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. The retail space is likely to house restaurants and businesses catering to both the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.

“This new facility will be a great asset for Butler and its neighbors,” Hunter said. “There have been concerns about the availability of parking at Butler, especially during major events. This will go a long way toward mitigating those concerns and will enable future growth.”

The new multi-use parking facility has been in the planning phase for approximately 18 months. In addition to conducting a thorough parking analysis and gaining extensive input from campus stakeholders, the University consulted with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., and the City of Indianapolis.

These exciting initiatives join ongoing efforts to develop and enhance the eastern border of Butler’s campus. The University and City of Indianapolis began work in April on the Sunset Avenue Streetscape initiative, which will improve community safety and way-finding, while beautifying the public gateways to campus. The initial phase of the Streetscape project will primarily involve Sunset Avenue north of Hampton Drive, including a major reconfiguration of the 49th Street curve.

“With the Sunset Avenue Streetscape improvements in full swing, a multi-use parking facility scheduled to open next year, and planning for new student housing underway, we are certainly beginning to see our exciting vision for Butler’s future come to life,” Danko said.


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CUE’s ‘Make Change’ Project Expands to Midtown http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/change/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/change/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:00:41 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20301 Doing something good for the environment in Indianapolis can now earn you currency that can be exchanged for goods at local businesses.

The program—called Make Change—allows people to do something as simple as riding their bicycle or as involved as participating in a neighborhood cleanup program in exchange for redeemable coins.

changeEach hour of activity is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for this program. A list of activities is below.

Coins can be redeemed at locations including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Good Earth, and Broad Ripple Brew Pub. A complete list is below.

For more information about the program, visit makechangeindy.com.

Tim Carter, director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology, which oversees the program, said the message of Make Change is simple: “Do something to help the environment, document that, receive your currency, exchange the currency.”

Make Change was originally funded through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Urban Waters program and launched in January 2013 in the neighborhoods between Fall Creek and 38th Street. 

As of Friday, June 20, the program is being expanded to the entire Midtown area, thanks to a $1,000 Nice Grant from SmallBox, an Indianapolis-based web design and marketing company. Residents of Midtown or those who perform their activities in Midtown are eligible to participate.

Participants can earn as much Make Change currency as they want. With some activities—like, say adding a rain barrel to a home—all the participant needs to do is document his/her activity through social media with the hashtag #MakeChangeIndy. In the case of community projects, organizers will be given coins to distribute to participants.

The program will continue at least through the end of 2014, Carter said.

Activities that are eligible for currency are:

Worth 15 minutes ($2.50 credit):
-Take a clean water pledge at http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org
-Replace an incandescent light bulb in your home.
-Document your trip on one of the bike trails in Indianapolis.
-Donate to Indy Upcycle, 6358 North Guilford Avenue, which sells art and craft materials at pay-as-you-wish pricing.

Worth one hour ($10 credit):
-Participate in the bike share.
-Have an energy audit done on your home.
-Plant a garden/native plants (one hour for every 10 square feet).

Worth two hours ($20 credit):
-Plant a tree.
-Start a chicken coop.
-Create a composting system.
-Install a rain barrel.
-Bike to work.

Businesses accepting the currency are:
Unleavened Bread Café
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Freewheelin’ Community Bikes
Fall Creek Gardens
Duos Kitchen
KI Ecocenter
Indy Upcycle
Good Earth Natural Foods
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
CUE Farm


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Butler Promotes Cancer Screenings through the Workplace http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/butler-cancer-screenings/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/butler-cancer-screenings/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:13:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20276 Butler University’s Employee Health and Wellness Program, Healthy Horizons, is employing a “happy, healthy birthday” wish to encourage co-workers to learn about and get screened for colorectal cancer while on campus.

Working as partners in the Indiana State Department of Health for the Workplace Cancer Screening Initiative, Healthy Horizons has taken new steps to promote screening and early detection of colorectal cancer through its annual wellness consultation appointments. The office has also developed patient education programming on colorectal cancer risk and basic lifestyle and dietary recommendations for prevention.

Director Carrie Maffeo said Healthy Horizons is focusing on colorectal cancer because:

  • It affects both men and women.
  • The screening rate for colon cancer is only 24 percent among eligible participants at Butler University.
  • Patients have expressed general concerns of the safety of a colonoscopy.

In the last academic year, Healthy Horizons began sending birthday cards to employees. The cards feature a chart of basic age-based screening recommendations for men and women, and invites employees to make an appointment with Healthy Horizons for their annual wellness consultation. 

“We especially wanted to invite employees who may have had no previous exposure to the services provided by Healthy Horizons to make an appointment,”  Maffeo said. The birthday cards also provide screening recommendations that employees can share with family members.”

Since the implementation of the birthday card reminders, Healthy Horizons has provided basic screening and lifestyle recommendations to 143 patients and provided additional counseling and colorectal screening education to 45 patients who met the age requirements, she said.  At least 20 employees become new patients with Healthy Horizons after receiving their birthday card.

The office provides patients 49 years of age and older additional counseling and education regarding colorectal risk factors, signs and symptoms, and recommended screening options.

Healthy Horizons has received several employee comments on the programming. One participant stated:

“As a colon cancer survivor (at the age of 45), and after losing several family members to this horrible disease, I am glad to see this program being offered.  This is not an easy subject to get people excited about, but it literally can save a life.  Thanks for doing this.”

The activities have been supported by a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Cancer Control Section, in partnership with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Butler was one of only three Indiana institutions chosen in spring 2013 to participate in the pilot.

It kicked off with a confidential online survey regarding screenings for various types of cancer, aimed at helping Healthy Horizons develop a best practice workplace cancer screening intervention. Three hundred and seventy-four Butler staff and faculty members responded.

A second survey conducted in May 2014 measured employees’ attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors as they relate to colorectal cancer screening, and to Healthy Horizons efforts to increase screening participation and awareness. Two hundred and forty Butler employees responded to that survey.

Maffeo said Healthy Horizon plans to create a cost comparison tool for employees to use when it is time to complete a colorectal cancer screening.  The tool will include basic cost information for available colorectal cancer screenings, as well as costs for local facilities based on Butler’s Anthem insurance and United Healthcare. 

“This tool will continue to break down the barriers patients face when deciding to get screened for colorectal cancer,” she said. “By providing patients with education, screening options, and pricing information, we hope to not only empower patients to follow through with the decision to get screened for colorectal cancer and encourage their family members to do the same, but ultimately, to help the Indiana Cancer Consortium reduce the burden of cancer in Indiana.”


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Ed Carpenter ’03 Wins Firestone 600K http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/carpenter-wins/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/carpenter-wins/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:50:53 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20230 [From EdCarpenterRacing.com]

By Tom Blattler

FORT WORTH, Texas  – We saw the emotion from Ed Carpenter ’03 two weeks ago at this year’s Indianapolis 500, but we saw Carpenter’s impressive driving skill Saturday night at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Carpenter, team owner/driver of the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing/Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet, started fifth and led 90 laps to win the Firestone 600K under the lights in a superb performance. It was Carpenter’s third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory (Kentucky, Fontana and Texas) and the third win for Ed Carpenter Racing (Ed at Fontana 2012 and Texas 2014 and Mike Conway at Long Beach 2014). ECR was started in 2012.

Carpenter, the Indy 500 pole winner, suffered a tough late race result at the 500 when he was knocked out the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on lap 175 while running in the second place. But the popular Butler University marketing grad left little doubt of his speed Saturday night at the high-banked 1.45-mile oval north of Ft. Worth. It was Carpenter’s 14th Texas start.

Carpenter, whose best Texas finish was fourth last year entering Saturday’s race, led the 248-lap event three times including 66 of the last 67 circuits to defeat pole sitter Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya in an all-Chevy podium finish.

Carpenter made a spectacular pass on Power for the lead on lap 182 and widened his margin to 14 seconds before a late race caution flag on lap 241 closed up the field. On the lap 246 restart, Carpenter took the advantage again and won at the checkered flag by .524 seconds with an average speed of 178.301 miles per hour.

The win for Ed Carpenter Racing gives the single-car team two wins in 2014 with its two drivers, Carpenter and Conway, in a unique team setup. Carpenter drives the six oval races and Conway the 12 road races. 

Carpenter has been delighted with the performance of his young single-car operation this year and Saturday night’s performance gave the entire Verizon IndyCar Series notice that the Fuzzy’s Vodka-packed squad will be tough to deal with the remainder of the 2014 season.

“I knew we had a good car,” said Carpenter. “We had a good test here back a couple of months ago. I just felt like we left some on the table in qualifying, but it made me extra motivated for tonight. The first two stints weren’t great. Had one bad stint, but the guys just made great adjustments all night. The Fuzzy’s car was hooked up by the end. I think we were the car to beat at the end. I was a little worried about that last yellow. I knew guys were going to come in and pit. We talked about what we would do in that situation and we were kind of undecided. But Tim (Broyles, team strategist) and the boys made the right call. It’s an awesome night. I have loved this race track for a long time and had a lot of bad luck here. I have really always wanted to win here, so I’m super excited.”

While the disappointment of the Indy 500 still lingers with Carpenter, the win on Saturday night helps repair the sting from the race two weeks ago.

“Yeah, we had the car to win Indy,” said Carpenter. “I’m not saying we would have beat Ryan (Hunter-Reay) but I think we were the best chance to have a shot at Ryan. It’s nice to come back here and get a win. I’m really proud of the team’s two wins already this year. It’s a good year. All the credit goes to the team guys. The awesome pit stops they give Mike Conway and I and the great cars too. And obviously I want to thank Fuzzy’s Vodka for making this all happen.”

There is no rest of the weary at Ed Carpenter Racing as the team begins testing at Iowa this Tuesday and Milwaukee Thursday and the following week at Pocono before the next Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Houston doubleheader on June 28-29 at Reliant Stadium. Conway will drive the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy at Houston.

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Senior Josh Turner Performs on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/turner/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/turner/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:34:02 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20207 Butler senior guitar major Josh Turner was home Monday, doing the dishes, when he received a call from a New York area code. The caller left a message: Would you be interested in being on Good Morning America?

He was.

BpXUEZtIYAAwoMaTurner appeared on national TV live from New York at 7:48 a.m. Thursday, part of a segment called “Open Mike” that devotes airtime to talent found online. The show labeled him an “online sensation,” thanks to his version of Paul Simon’s song “Graceland” on YouTube. Co-host Michael Strahan said Turner’s version “sounds just like the original” and challenged Turner by playing parts of the original, stopping it, and having him pick up where Simon left off.

He handled the assignment with ease, as you can see here.

“I was incredibly stunned when they called,” Turner, whose video had come to the show’s attention through a post on the website Reddit, said Wednesday. “I never really interact with Reddit directly, but sometimes people who watch my videos post them to Reddit, where they’re seen by a lot more people. Somebody from the show must have seen it there.”

For a low-key performer who hopes one day to be a session musician—or maybe a sideman for a singer-songwriter—it was an extraordinary opportunity to be the front man for a day.

Turner, who was born in Indianapolis and lived in Cincinnati and North Carolina before coming to Butler, said music’s been part of his life since age 7 or 8 when he started playing piano. He’s been in choirs since age 9 (at Butler, he’s in the Butler Chorale and is musical director of the a cappella group Out of the Dawg House) and started playing guitar at 13.

In high school, he played guitar and some banjo in a three-piece bluegrass outfit called The Other Favorites, and he’s in a folk group now called Coyote Armada that’s made up mostly of recent Butler graduates.

Turner’s parents had lived in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood and when he was looking at colleges, they knew he was looking for a mid-sized liberal arts school.

“I wound up looking at Butler and really liking it,” he said.

Turner said he had “no idea” what he hopes will come from Thursday’s appearance on national TV.

“I don’t know that I’ve fully addressed it mentally,” he said. “I’m sure it will lead to a bump in views and hopefully more opportunities down the road, but I’m not hoping this is going to launch my career. But it’ll be great to have more people aware of my music and seeing what I’m up to on YouTube.”

Incredibly, GMA was not his only offer. A few days before, he’d gotten a call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They’d also seen the “Graceland” video and were interested in having him on. But they couldn’t give a firm date, so they suggested he take the Good Morning America offer.

“I would have been stunned for one offer alone,” he said. “To get the two in the space of about four days is completely unprecedented.”


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Luke Bunting ’14 Earns Fulbright Teaching Assistantship http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/bunting/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/bunting/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:48:26 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20202 Luke Bunting ’14 didn’t have enough time to study abroad during his years at Butler, but he’s making up for that in a big way: Beginning in July, he’ll spend 12½ months in South Korea as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.

LukeBunting was notified in late May that he received the award, which will place him in either a suburban or rural setting. He’s Butler’s third Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award winner this year, which is a record number of winners for the University.

“I’m hoping to learn a lot about East Asian and Pacific relations, especially with North Korea, China, Japan, and South Korea continuing to play a larger and larger role on the world stage,” the Carmel, Indiana, native said. “Then, at the same time, the whole point of the Fulbright program is to help spread American culture and awareness of American culture, so I’m hoping to be a good ambassador for our country and expand the understanding of our culture.”

Bunting said he applied for the assistantship earlier this year after seeing a brochure for the program in Butler’s Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement. He credits Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships Rusty Jones and Assistant Professor of History Zachary Scarlett with guiding him through the process to apply for the prestigious award.

Bunting doesn’t speak Korean, “but that’s one of the advantages of this program—the South Korea program did not demand that its applicants already know the language,” he said. “When I get over there for the orientation, they’re putting me through a rigorous language course, along with all the others who were selected, and they’re giving us training on how to properly teach English to our students.”

At Butler, Bunting majored in political science, with a minor in history. He wants to go into government work when he finishes the Fulbright program, and he thinks a year in Korea will help his prospects.

“I think having more world knowledge and knowledge of another culture will be helpful,” he said. “I’d really like to get inside the culture to see a lot of different points I feel Americans in general don’t understand and take that knowledge with me to be able to work in policy in Washington, DC.”


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Why Is It Funny? Professor Bungard Will Tell You http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/bungard/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/bungard/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:14:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20188 The writer E.B. White famously said that explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog.

“You understand it better,” he said, “but the frog dies in the process.”

chrisbButler University Associate Professor of Classical Studies Chris Bungard thinks analysis of humor doesn’t have to be that way. He’s received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop a course called “Why Is It Funny” that will help students think about the role that comedy has played in the human experience from antiquity to the present day.

Bungard said the class will examine issues such as how laughter plays with our perceptions, the appeal of subversive humor, whether comedy is “a guy thing,” the role of laughter in civic discourse, and whether we can laugh at war.

The class will be more than laughter, of course. The goal of first-year seminar classes is to help students build foundations in critical reading, writing, and speaking. There’ll be papers to write, lots of readings, and a final project that will ask students to develop either a five-to-seven-minute stand-up routine in the style of a non-American comic tradition or to create a five-to-seven-minute period comedy piece using the tools of digital storytelling.

“As students delve deeply into these diverse materials, they will formulate for themselves theories of what underlies the attraction of comedy,” Bungard wrote in the proposal for creating the course. “We will ask ourselves: Is there such a thing as universal comedy? To what extent is comedy bound up in cultural norms? Is comedy inherently antagonistic? Or does the humor of comedy promote inclusive communities?”

The NEH gives grants to develop courses that promote the value of the humanities. The classes have to address an enduring question, such as: What’s the good life? What is justice? And the subject matter should look across the globe or across time—ideally, both. Bungard’s yearlong first-year seminar course, scheduled to debut in fall 2015, will take a wide view of comedy from ancient Athens and Rome, Renaissance Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, and modern America. It will intentionally make use of comedy from different genres, including plays, films, traditional fables, and comic strips.

In creating the class—and process that is still ongoing—Bungard said he has found himself asking questions like:

-Are comedy, humor, and “funny” the same thing?

-When we say something is funny, do we mean the same thing every time?

-Can we use humor to turn something terrible into something laughable and create a kind of power over the evil?

Even the question of whether dissecting a joke kills the humor led to other questions, such as: If that is the result, then why? What happened?

For the answers to those questions and others, you’ll have to take the class.


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Butler University’s First Live Bulldog Mascot, Blue I, Has Died http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-first-live-bulldog-mascot/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-first-live-bulldog-mascot/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:11:16 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20176 Butler Blue I, the white English bulldog who served as Butler University’s first official live mascot, died this morning, Friday, May 30, 2014. She was 13 years old.

Blue I was born September 23, 2000, at Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Indiana. She served as Butler University’s official mascot from 2000–2004, and then accompanied her human companion, Kelli Walker ’91, to Bellingham, Washington; Morris, Illinois; and Chicago.

“For over 13 years Blue lived an extraordinary life. Her noble heart stopped today; instead of feeling empty, my heart is twice as full for loving her,” said Walker.

The concept of “Butler Blue” existed for about a year before Blue I, as she was known, became an integral part of life at Butler University and beyond. Walker worked in Butler’s Office of Alumni and Parent Programs from 1998–2004; in 1999, Walker began exploring what a live mascot program would encompass.

Under the initially skeptical—and ultimately, supportive—leadership of William T. Farkas ’88, then Executive Director of Alumni and Development Programs, Walker gathered information from peer institutions (including Drake University, University of Georgia, and Yale University). Then-Butler President Gwen Fountain supported the initiative, and in fact insisted on including Blue I in her presidential portrait, which currently hangs in Robertson Hall.

Carving out a place in an academic institution for a live mascot program was a multi-faceted effort, including securing financial support from an anonymous alumni donor (to purchase the original dog; subsequent mascots have been donated generously by Kong King Kennel, which quickly became beloved members of the Butler family), food, and veterinary care (Dr. Kurt Phillips ‘92), as well as managing the complex logistics of the day-to-day life of a mascot.

 In fall 2000, Butler held a community-wide naming contest for the new mascot. While “Hinkle,” “Hampton,” and even “Buttercup” were popular vote-getters, “Butler Blue” was the top choice.

Butler Blue I made her inaugural appearance on the court of Hinkle Fieldhouse, carried in the arms of the costumed bulldog mascot (now known as “Hink”). In addition to attending men’s and women’s basketball games—where she rallied with the cheerleaders and the Dawg Pound before retiring to the bleachers to sleep—Blue I attended other collegiate sporting events and made regular visits to classrooms, residence halls, campus events, staff and faculty events, commencement, and even the annual Rejoice holiday concert, where she rode a sleigh across stage to the tune of “Blue Christmas.”

“Bulldog Fridays” drew great numbers of visitors to the Alumni Office in Robertson Hall.

Blue I traveled to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, where she famously was “sneaked into” a hotel under the cover of a Butler hooded sweatshirt and the Butler University Pep Band.

Blue I was almost all white with brown spotted ears. She maintained an ideal conformation her entire life and was not plagued by health problems typical of many bulldogs.

Blue I loved playing tug with her rope toy, lying in the grass at her grandparents’ home, eating carrots and apples, and sleeping under a blanket. In her later years she became close buddies with her two feline brothers. She appeared on stage in Chicago as “Rufus” in “Legally Blonde,” proving that, even at age 12, she still could take the stage and capture the hearts of an audience.

As the matriarch of a Butler Bulldog legacy, Blue I will rest in peace along side her successor, Butler Blue II (March 24, 2004–August 31, 2013), in a new Bulldog Memorial currently being erected on campus. The memorial—a gift of the Class of 2013 along with support from generous donors to the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and live mascot program­—will be dedicated at Butler’s Homecoming festivities in September of this year.

Current mascot duties are being assumed by Butler Blue III (December 23, 2011)—a red brindle English bulldog, also from Kong King Kennel—who took over for Blue II in spring 2013. For more information on Butler University’s live mascot program, visit ButlerBlue.com.

Those wishing to honor the life and service of Blue I may make a gift in her memory to the Bulldog Memorial. To do so, visit Butler’s online giving site, select “Other” from the gift designation drop-down menu and enter “Bulldog Memorial” in the space provided. Additional information about the Bulldog Memorial is available at ButlerBlue.com. 

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Getting Into the Swing With Orangutans, COE Style http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/zoo/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/zoo/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 04:00:53 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20154 In the coming years, elementary-school classes from all over Indiana will take field trips to the Indianapolis Zoo to see the orangutans in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, which opened May 24.

IMG_1063And when they head home, they’ll leave with lesson plans and activities created by Butler University College of Education students to further their knowledge and enjoyment of the experience.

They might study about deforestation and how it affects the apes. Or simulate living like an orangutan. Or play a game of Orangutan Twister.

“The lesson plans cover math, language arts, science, social studies, art, and lots of kinesthetic movement,” said Associate Professor Catherine Pangan, whose class of junior-year elementary education majors devised the activities. “This is all about students at the center of the learning and hands-on experiences, and that mirrors the philosophy in the College of Education—to get kids excited and curious and doing things that have a real-life impact. Their knowledge goes so much deeper, and they’ll want to know more later. It really promotes lifelong learning.”

Butler began to get involved with the orangutan exhibit in late 2013, when Michele Schilten, the Director of Education at Indianapolis Zoological Society, talked to Pangan about a potential collaboration. In April, Pangan’s students went to the zoo for an information session about orangutans. They researched background information about the apes and went through training with one of the zoo’s experts.

“They told us what they were thinking about and looking for,” Pangan said, “and our students designed lesson plans that are hands-on activities for the classroom that teachers can take back to the classroom either before or after they visit the exhibit.”

The Butler students broke into groups of two or three, and designed a dozen lessons suitable for elementary school students. A typical plan includes a week’s worth of activities, as well as spelling out learning objectives and explaining how the activities fit into Indiana’s academic standards. Students will be taught related vocabulary and do readings and assignments.

The zoo describes the new permanent exhibit, which is home to eight orangutans, as a place that serves as a vital education, research, and conservation center where dedicated staff and community members can work together to create a positive future for critically endangered orangutans in the wild.

For Butler’s elementary education students, it’s been a chance to show their creativity in making a visit to the zoo not only fun but educational.

“We are modeling ways that museums and schools can work together to debunk the concept of a one-shot experience field trip and instead do something with greater purpose and intention over time,” Pangan said. “It is a win-win for both the school community and community resource.”


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Lisa Brooks Named New Chair of the School of Music http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/brooks/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/brooks/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20146 Professor of Violin Lisa Brooks, a Butler University faculty member since 1994, has been appointed Chair of the Butler University School of Music.

lisabrooks13In addition to Brooks’s work teaching violin at Butler, she is the principal second violinist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She is a regular substitute violinist and violist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Prior to coming to Butler, she taught at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College.

Brooks received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance in four years from West Virginia University, where she was a student of Donald Portnoy. While completing her doctorate in violin performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she studied with Joyce Robbins, and as a member of the Stony Brook graduate piano trio, coached extensively with Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish.

As an orchestral musician, she was associate concertmaster of the Waco Symphony and performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Harrisburg and Reading Symphony Orchestras. She also has toured nationally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She was an artist-fellow at the 1984 and 1985 Bach Aria festivals, and was a finalist in the 1981 A.S.T.A. National Solo Competition.

Dr. Brooks presents the pre-concert lectures for the Ensemble Music Society and is a member of the steering committee for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2001, she was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and in May 2013, she received the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Award for Service and Leadership from Butler.

She takes over for Dan Bolin, who had served as School of Music Chair since 2009.


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Butler News Briefs http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/briefs/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/briefs/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 13:45:54 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20139 College of Education Dean Shelley to Appear on ‘Inside Indiana Business’

(August 15) - College of Education Dean Ena Shelley is a guest on ‘Inside Indiana Business’ with Gerry Dick on Sunday (August 17). The show airs at 11 a.m. on WTHR (Channel 13).

Jerry Carlson Receives APPA Pacesetter Award

(July 28) - Jerry Carlson, Butler’s Director of Maintenance Services, has received a 2014 Pacesetter Award from APPA, an international association of educational facilities professionals. 

“The Pacesetter Award recognizes the contributions of the upcoming generation of education facilities professionals,” said David Cain, APPA’s Immediate Past Vice President, Professional Affairs, and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.  “Recipients have already demonstrated leadership capability at the local and regional chapter level and are poised to make major contributions to the profession of education facilities management in the coming years.” 

Butler Builds a Culture of Research

(July 23) - The Association for Psychological Science recognizes the great work Butler’s Psychology Department does in student research.

Read more here.

Butler Recognized for Cancer Screenings in the Workplace

(July 16) - Butler University has qualified as a Platinum Standard candidate as part of the ICC Employer Gold Standard program, which recognizes Indiana employers who are dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer by implementing best-practice cancer screening interventions in the workplace, the Indiana Cancer Consortium announced. 

“We are excited to be among the first three Indiana employers to receive this designation,” said Dr. Carrie Maffeo, program director for Butler’s employee wellness program. “Butler has long been a leader in worksite wellness, adding a cancer screening component felt like a natural extension of the services we already provide to our employees.”

Bastille Day, Explained

(July 14) - In a USA Today article, Professor of History Paul Hanson says that in France, July 14 remains a symbol of people overcoming “monarchical despotism, censorship, oppression of people who spoke up.”

Read the full story here.

Do We Really Need More STEM Workers?

(July 8) - In a piece for Inside Indiana Business, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Erin Albert writes that art, entrepreneurship, and design are critical for the future worker on top of STEM education.

Read it here.

College of Communication’s Record Label Featured in Nuvo Story

(June 19) - IndyBlue, the record label started by the College of Communication to teach students the ins and outs of the music business, was featured in the June 18 issue of Nuvo, Indianapolis’s alternative paper. The label’s new release is by Indianapolis singer-songwriter Jenna Epkey.

Read the story here.

Butler’s Campus Farm Featured in Farm Indiana Magazine

(June 12) - In the June 2014 edition of Farm Indiana, the CUE Farm at Butler University gets recognized for its educational components and its crop yield.

Read all about it here.

Shortridge’s Tina Ahlgren Named IPS Teacher of the Year

(June 6) – Tina Ahlgren, a teacher at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy, today was named the Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Shortridge is run as a partnership between Butler and the Indianapolis Public Schools.

Nicole Cegielski ’10, a teacher at William A. Bell/Butler Lab School 60, was one of 10 finalists for the honor.

Butler Students Ace the National Certified Counselor Exam

(June 2) – All nine Butler students taking the National Certified Counselor Exam (NCE) in April passed the voluntary test, which allows students to become nationally certified counselors through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), in addition to their master’s degree.

There are currently more than 80,000 NCCs, which include school counselors, mental health counselors, addictions counselors, and rehabilitation counselors.

Butler surpassed the national mean score in all eight core areas of the test, including the total score of 114 compared with the national mean of 95.70.

Grechesky Named Sagamore of the Wabash

(June 2) – Professor of Music Robert Grechesky has been awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Mike Pence, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard proclaimed June 1 “Dr. Robert Grechesky Day.” Grechesky retired from Butler this spring after 41 years as a professor.

Read more about him here.

Alum Nicole Cegielski a Finalist for IPS Teacher of the Year

(May 23) – Nicole Cegielski ’10, a teacher at William A. Bell/Butler Lab School 60, is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

The winner will be announced June 6.

Tina Ahlgren, a teacher at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy, also is among the Top 10 finalists. Shortridge is run as a partnership between Butler and the Indianapolis Public Schools.

In addition, DesNeiges Buchanna ’97, a teacher at Eleanor Skillen School 34, was named Teacher of the Year at her school.


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COE Professor Suneeta Kercood Selected for Fulbright Award http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/kercood/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/kercood/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 18:01:23 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20135 Professor of Special Education Suneeta Kercood has been selected for the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award. She will conduct research in India this summer and next under the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Kercood, a Butler faculty member since 2001, said her research topic is “A Study of the Health Behaviors of Children and Adults with Disabilities, and the Sociocultural Factors That Influence Their Healthy Lifestyles.”

The purpose of her visit to India as a Fulbright scholar will be:

-To utilize surveys and interviews with parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities and identify health behaviors, health challenges, and areas of health promotion interest. 

-To identify and analyze case studies of individuals with disabilities who consistently practice healthy behaviors, in spite of having disabilities, socio-economic, or environmental challenges. Healthy behaviors Kercood will study include practicing a nutritional diet, regular exercise, and routine health care evaluations.

-To develop components of a plan for creating ecologically based intervention programs for individuals with disabilities in consultation with stakeholders such as parents, caregivers, educators, and health professionals who work directly with individuals with disabilities.

India is the site of the largest Fulbright U.S. Scholar program worldwide, with more than 70 grants available each year.

In recommending Kercood for the Fulbright, Ena Shelley, Dean of the College of Education, wrote:

“Dr. Kercood’s proposal  … merges her research efforts of special education and public health. She has proposed to do her work in her homeland of India, which certainly aligns with the Butler University goal of being positive global citizens. I believe her research will have significance in both fields and will spur further research in the United States as well as abroad. As we see an increase in the population of developmental disabilities, we must further understand the relationship to nutrition and health behaviors.  Her research should be fertile ground for publications and presentations that bridge special education and health education.”

Kercood is the second College of Education Fulbright recipient for the 2013-2014 school year. Earlier this year, Emily Seibert ’14 received a Fulbright to teach English and American culture in Greece.


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Butler Student Researchers Headed to San Francisco http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/psychology-student-research/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/psychology-student-research/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 17:00:58 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20119 Forty Butler students are taking their psychology research on the road to the Association for Psychological Science (APS) national convention May 22–25 in in San Francisco.

From left, Beth McGlone, Karina Hamamouche, and Emily Lauth with their poster for the Association for Psychological Science convention.

From left, Beth McGlone, Karina Hamamouche, and Emily Lauth with their poster for the Association for Psychological Science convention.

Accompanied by seven faculty members, the students will present posters at the conference, describing research they’ve conducted at Butler. They will also hear about cutting-edge science and rub elbows with leading psychology authors and scholars.

For the third consecutive year, Butler is among the top five schools in the number of students presenting posters during the conference, and the only private school in the 2014 top five. University faculty and students make up about 87 percent of the 4,500 expected attendees; representatives of government agencies, non-profits, and research institutes and businesses will also be on hand.

“Our students are special,” said Psychology Department Chair Robert Dale, “not only because they’re attending conferences, but they’re also presenting research they proposed and carried out with a faculty mentor. Most other APS presenters are graduate students or university faculty, so our undergraduates are getting experiences and attention they normally would only get as graduate students.”

Many of the Psychology faculty take students to national and regional conferences annually, and often use some of their research grant funds to help defer student expenses to attend conferences, Dale said. Butler’s Office of the Provost has paid some of the students’ travel costs for the APS conference.

APS will host 17 poster sessions in San Francisco, featuring an average of 130 posters each.

Faculty coach their students on their presentations, and guide them in creating the 4-foot-by-8-foot posters that detail their research methodology and findings.  But the mentors will let the students do the talking during the 90-minute poster sessions, when other conference goers look over the work and ask questions.

“The people who view your posters ask, ‘Did you test this? Did you think of that?’ ” said recent graduate Karina Hamamouche ’14 of Westfield, Indiana. “Their feedback helps enhance your studies.”

“The students come back from conferences with more confidence,” Dale said. “People have taken their research work seriously.”

Throughout her undergraduate years, Hamamouche researched memory with Professor Neil Bohannon. In San Francisco, she and sophomores Beth McGlone and Emily Lauth will present a poster on their study of cognitive psychology, memory, and social rejections.

At his first APS conference, senior Ian Katz of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, will present a poster on “The Ebb and Flow of Performance Feedback,” He and classmate Chris Thompson worked on the research with Assistant Professor Alison O’Malley ’04.

“A lot of people we read about will be there,” Katz said. “It’s a unique opportunity that will help my plans to go to graduate school.” As practice, Katz presented at the annual Butler Undergraduate Research conference in April. He was chosen to participate in more research during Butler Summer Institute 2014.

“Ian made some important suggestions and tweaks on the research, so we thought it would be appropriate for him to be second presenter with Chris,” said O’Malley.  Being encouraged to attend conferences is a way Butler recognizes students “who make the greatest effort,” she added.

At major conferences, Butler people get to hear presentations by experts who’ve written textbooks and other class sources, she said. “You get a bit of a leg up on the state of the science at conferences. I’ve had students bring me conference programs, so we could talk about issues presented in class.”

Hamamouche speaks with awe in her voice when she recalls a previous APS conference where she met Beth Loftus, a noted expert in human memory. O’Malley was a Butler senior when she attended the 2004 APS conference, and presented a poster on research she conducted with Professor, now Provost, Kate Morris. But, O’Malley’s conference highlight was an elevator ride she shared with Albert Bandura, a leading scholar on social learning and aggression.

“He was such a giant in my textbooks,” O’Malley said. “But he was actually small in physical stature, like I am. I said, ‘Hello, Dr. Bandura,’ and he was very kind.”

Since joining the psychology faculty, O’Malley said, she has noticed a shift in departmental thinking from her own student days. “We get more students involved in research earlier,” she said.

In recent years, close to two-thirds of all Butler psychology graduates have gone on to graduate or medical school. Presenting at major conferences as students offers them an advantage in applying to those programs, Dale said.

Hamamouche, who begins graduate studies in developmental psychology at Boston College this fall, said her research and conference experiences definitely impressed those reviewing her application to the graduate program. They also came in handy during an internship she completed last summer at Johns Hopkins, during which she and other undergraduate interns were required to develop and present posters.

“I had made posters a bunch of times,” Hamamouche said. “The other interns hadn’t.”

“Butler faculty are very involved with their students,” Hamamouche said. Their efforts to get students to conferences, she added, show “how much our faculty care about us, how much they want us to learn.”

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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Ed Carpenter ’03 Wins Indy 500 Pole for 2nd Straight Year http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/carpenter/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/carpenter/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 12:56:42 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20090 By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Local driver Ed Carpenter has made himself at home on the Indianapolis 500 pole.

Ed Carpenter and Trip.

Ed Carpenter and Trip.

The last of nine qualifiers to take the track, Carpenter bumped James Hinchcliffe from the top spot, posting a four-lap average of 231.067 mph to win the 500 pole for the second straight year.

“I felt that it was harder,” Carpenter said. “It was just a different position because when I made my run last year, we didn’t really have anything to lose. This year, being the last guy to go out, I think there was a little bit of pressure to not mess it up.”

He didn’t mess it up, not at all.

Carpenter’s No. 20 Chevrolet was the car to beat all weekend, and the hometown favorite showed no signs of rust in his first IndyCar Series race of the season. He owns Ed Carpenter Racing and decided in November to run only on ovals, where he excels. He turned his car over to Mike Conway on road and street courses, and skipped the first four races of the season.

He knew he had the pole secured when he nailed the final two corners on the last lap.

“I could really just kind of enjoy it knowing that we were going to be on the pole for the second year,” he said.

Hinchcliffe will start second after sustaining a concussion last weekend in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Will Power will join them on the front row.

Carpenter, the stepson of former speedway executive Tony George, was 10th in last year’s Indy 500. He is 11th driver to earn consecutive 500 poles and the first since Castroneves in 2009-10.

“It’s all about the race,” the 33-year-old Carpenter said. “Hopefully, we can close the deal this year.”

As a single-car team last year, Carpenter was unable to get help on data and much-needed setup information. He didn’t want a repeat this May, so he hired Hildebrand to drive a second car at Indy for Ed Carpenter Racing. Hildebrand nearly won the Indy 500 as a rookie in 2011, but he crashed exiting the final turn and was passed for the win by the late Dan Wheldon.

“I wish we could have got him up on the front row with us, but the shootout’s tough,” Carpenter said. “The conditions were hard today, but having him go first today also helped me because we were able to make an adjustment.”

Carpenter thrived in the first year of a new Indy 500 qualifying format. He posted the top qualifying speed Saturday when the fastest nine drivers advanced to Sunday’s shootout for the pole.

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Butler’s Liz Niemiec Grants ‘Little Wishes’ for Kids with Cancer http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/wishes-kids-with-cancer/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/wishes-kids-with-cancer/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 18:47:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20072 Vote to Earn Her Foundation a National Jefferson Award 

After her young friend Max died of cancer, Butler junior Liz Niemiec created a foundation to grant “little wishes” to children hospitalized with cancer across Indiana.  Since 2010, her Little Wish Foundation has raised more than a quarter-million dollars and fulfilled more than 240 wishes for young patients.

Butler junior Liz Niemiec, 20, was the youngest 2014 Indiana Jefferson Award recipient. The oldest recipient, Ruth Rusie, 95, joins Niemiec at the April award ceremony, which recognized outstanding public service.

Butler junior Liz Niemiec, 20, was the youngest 2014 Indiana Jefferson Award recipient. The oldest recipient, Ruth Rusie, 95, joins Niemiec at the April award ceremony, which recognized outstanding public service.

The foundation is now seeking social media votes to become a national finalist in the Jefferson Awards Lead 360 Challenge. The contest offers cash awards to outstanding service projects developed by individuals under age 25 to benefit children.

See a video of Niemiec and vote for her at https://lead360.jeffersonawards.org/challenge/. Visitors can vote once every 24 hours through midnight on Wednesday, May 21.

Niemiec was 17 and living in Michigan City, Indiana, when she met 4-year-old Max.He had a rare kidney cancer called Wilm’s Tumor. She organized a bake sale to raise money for his treatments, and was impressed that, up through his death two years later, Max never seemed to complain.

“Before he passed away, his little wish was to get a dog, and I saw what a huge impact that small thing made in his life,” she said. “So, I wanted to do the same for other kids fighting cancer.”

Under the motto “Live Life to the Max!” the Little Wish Foundation provides toys, computers, games, or other items requested by children being treated for cancer at hospitals in Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana, as well as Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The gifts raise the spirits of patients’ entire families, whose energy and finances are often stretched thin from caring for their children.

“Even if your donation is small, even if you’re helping in a small way, it makes all the difference,” Niemiec said. “It’s the little things in life that we should care about and focus on.”

While studying for her Arts Administration degree at Butler, she still has found time to organize several fundraising events a year in northwestern and Central Indiana.

She’s also rallied Bulldogs to support Little Wish. Her sisters in Delta Gamma sorority held a mini-fundraiser last year, and an April launch party for the College of Communication’s IndyBlue recording label benefited the foundation.

The top-5 finalists for the Jefferson Awards Lead 360 Challenge will be announced on May 22, and will be brought to Washington, D.C., in June for the national award ceremony. More than 5,000 projects were nominated for this year’s challenge.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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Butler University Elects New Members to Board of Trustees; Appoints New Alumni Board of Directors’ Representative http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-trustees/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-trustees/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 20:42:18 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20059 The Butler University Board of Trustees has welcomed four new members:

  • Jim Dickson ’95, Managing Director and Market Executive of the Midwest Market for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
  • Kevin Morris ’95 MBA ’96, corporate partner with the Chicago office of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Tracy Stevens, an attorney and agent for her husband, Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens.
  • Kyle Delaney ’03, Director of Marketing and Communications at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dickson, Morris, and Stevens were each elected to serve a three-year, renewable term. As President of the Butler Alumni Association, Delaney will serve a two-year term as that group’s representative. The board now has 28 active members.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have these distinguished individuals join our Board of Trustees,” said Butler President James M. Danko. “Their vast business experience, coupled with their deep interest in Butler University, will be incredibly valuable as we work to advance our Butler 2020 Vision.”

Jim Dickson is responsible for overseeing Merrill Lynch wealth-management operations in seven states in the central United States, as well as over 1,035 financial advisors with $950 million in revenue.

Prior to his current position, he was Regional Managing Director of the former Illinois Wisconsin Region, based in Chicago, and the former Midwest Region, based in Indianapolis. He also has served as Managing Director of the Indiana Complex.

Dickson joined Merrill Lynch in 1997 as a Financial Advisor. In 2001, he was appointed to Resident Director and has continued to excel in his many leadership roles. In 2005, he was promoted to Indiana Complex Director, with responsibility for all Indiana Wealth Management operations.

At Butler, he received a bachelor of arts in accounting, minored in speech communications, and played baseball. He worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young upon graduation. 

Dickson is actively involved with Butler University, the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and serves on the board of directors for several youth sports organizations throughout the United States. He and his wife, Allison, reside with their four children, Madison (13), David (11), Andrew (10), and Stella (2), in Zionsville, Indiana.  

Kevin Morris concentrates his law practice principally in complex business transactions, including private equity transactions, leveraged and strategic acquisitions and divestitures, in-court and out-of-court restructurings, recapitalizations, and joint ventures. He represents a variety of private equity investors and private and public corporations in connection with, among other things, distressed business situations, the structuring and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, significant commercial agreements, and investment and joint venture agreements.

Morris serves on Kirkland’s Diversity Committee, the Chicago Secretarial Review Committee, the Chicago Legal Assistant Review Committee, and the Chicago Recruiting Committee. He also is active with the Board of Directors of the Chicago Committee—an organization focused on advancing minority attorneys—and was a member of the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs. 

He is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Butler Business Consulting Group (Investment Committee) and is a past member of the Black Alumni Association. In 2007, Morris received the Hilton U. Brown Alumni Achievement Award.

Morris earned his bachelor of science and MBA from Butler’s College of Business. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002. 

He and his wife, Tonya, have one son, Christian.

Tracy Stevens is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Rocky River High School. She attended DePauw University, where she received her bachelor of arts with a double major in conflict studies and political science. She played soccer for four years, serving as a captain her senior year, and played on the first DePauw University women’s soccer team to make the Division III NCAA tournament.

She met and began dating Brad Stevens while at DePauw.

In 2001, Stevens returned to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She finished her last year of law school as a visiting student at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She received her juris doctorate cum laude from Case Western in May 2004.

Stevens worked for Bingham McHale LLP as an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice group for five years. During that time, Brad was named the men’s head basketball coach at Butler University. Following the birth of their second child, she left Bingham McHale in October 2009 to focus on their family and increasing obligations associated with Brad’s career. During this same time period, she became actively involved with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program, chairing six events for the benefit of the American Cancer Society of Central Indiana.

She also enjoyed managing the financial and legal components of Brad’s summer basketball camp, held on Butler’s campus for four weeks in June.

Today, she stays busy raising their two children, Brady (8) and Kinsley (4), and managing all family affairs. She recently joined the Board of Advisors of the Greater Boston Food Bank.  

Kyle Delaney is Director of Marketing and Communications at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He joined Northwestern in 2005 and was named Director of Marketing in 2011. 

He has been an active volunteer for Butler University, serving on the Young Alumni Board and as Co-President of the Chicago Chapter of the Butler Alumni Association from 2007–2013. He joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2011 and became President in 2014.

He holds a bachelor’s in integrated communications from Butler University. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Allowance for Good, a Chicago-area nonprofit that develops the rising generation of philanthropic leaders.

Media contact: Marc Allan




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Stevens and Wagner Advise Grads: Follow Strong Values, Mentors’ Examples http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/stevens-wagner-advise-grads/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/stevens-wagner-advise-grads/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 06:00:13 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20038 Butler University Commencement speakers Brad Stevens and Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner ’76 advised the 903 members of the Class of 2014 to find solid values to live by and to share their success with others, respectively. Videos of both speakers and other Commencement highlights can be viewed here.

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner '76

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner ’76

“This is your day. Enjoy it,” Wagner said at the May 10 ceremonies in the Butler Bowl. “But, it’s not just your day. It also belongs to the people who helped you get here … parents, sibling, coaches, teachers,” she added. “We all stand on the shoulders of the people who helped us.”

“At one point in the future, you need to be one of those people. You need to reach down or behind you, and pull someone up, “ she said. “The sweetest part of my success is being able to share it with others.”

A decorated U.S. Navy officer, Wagner has served in medical and dentistry commands around the world. She is currently Deputy Chief of Wounded, Ill, and Injured for the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Virginia.

Stevens, who served as head coach of Butler men’s basketball from 2007–2013, said he was “intrinsically motivated to check boxes, get results” before he came to Butler.

Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens

“I would study enough to pass a test, get the grade or the job, then move on,” he said. “At Butler, I learned the value of learning, growing. I became a learner, instead of a box checker.”

Stevens recalled Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier’s focus on core values and standards, prominently displayed on campus signs. He suggested that graduates “learn how powerful standards can be to making decisions, and making your organization the best it can be.”

He told the graduates to be “energy givers, not energy takers,” to not let circumstances control their attitudes, and to figure out what’s important to getting a task accomplished, then practice it daily.

“The magic is in the work,” he said.

Now head coach of the Boston Celtics, Stevens led the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA Final Four® games in 2010 and 2011. Many of Saturday’s graduates were first-year students during the second championship runs.

University President James M. Danko congratulated members of the Class of 2014 on their achievements in academics, campus leadership, experiential learning, and service.

“You’ve applied your knowledge, your time, and your talent for the benefit of others,” Danko said. “I know that you’ll make a meaningful impact in the world.”

Faculty speaker Deborah Skinner, Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business, told graduates to “look in the mirror” and believe in themselves, no matter the tests thrown at them by life.

“You’ve worked hard to complete your degree. You have what it takes to succeed at anything, anywhere at any time,” she said. “I encourage you to take a selfie today. That can be your mirror for those times of self-doubt, a handy tool to help you believe.”

Michael Keller ’14, President of the Senior Class, asked his fellow graduates to “be hopeful for the future,” despite the world’s problems, and to dedicate themselves to “making it a better place.” 

Courtney Foye ’14, Vice President of the Senior Class, encouraged her classmates to “Go travel the world. Go without forgetting your roots.”

“You are officially Butler-branded,” she said.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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2013-2014: The School Year in Review http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/year-in-review/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/year-in-review/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 20:09:19 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20026

During the 2013-2014 school year, Butler celebrated the creation of the Desmond Tutu Center, the 50th anniversaries of Clowes Hall and the Irwin Library, and more than $17 million in gifts to refurbish Hinkle Fieldhouse. Three students and one faculty member received prestigious Fulbright awards to study overseas. We said goodbye to two distinguished professors, George Geib and Robert Grechesky, who taught at Butler for 49 and 41 years, respectively. And we mourned longtime loyal mascot Blue II.

Here’s a look back.


Image 5-Butler welcomed 1,025 freshmen on move-in day Saturday, August 24. Butler’s class of 2017 continued the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. The class included 16 Lilly Scholars and five National Merit/National Achievement Scholars. Students came from 32 states and 22 countries. Forty-three percent were from Indiana, and 57 percent were from out of state, the highest percentage of out-of-state students in Butler history.

-President James M. Danko introduced the Butler 2020 Vision, a bold and strategic course for the future of Butler designed to distinguish Butler as a school of choice for exceptional students and guide the institution to increased national prominence by the year 2020. The Vision document states:  Butler University will be an innovative leader in the creation and delivery of transformative student-centered learning experiences that prepare graduates to make a meaningful impact in the world.


-Mark Minner ’12 was selected as the radio play-by-play announcer for Butler men’s basketball.

-Butler University awarded $100,000 in Innovation Fund grants to faculty members and a student to support their ideas for creative, collaborative academic programs. A student-produced jazz CD, a video series on making financial decisions, and new Butler curricula focused on professional writing and critical listening were some of the projects to receive grants that ranged from $6,000 to $25,000.

-Some 557 students fanned out across Indianapolis to do volunteer work as part of Bulldogs Into the Streets. It was the biggest turnout in the program’s 19-year history.

Blue-II-Butler Blue II, the male English bulldog who served as Butler University’s live mascot from 2004–2013, died on August 31, due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 9 years old.





Archbishop Desmond Tutu event at Clowes Memorial Hall September 12, 2013-Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary announced that they joined together to create The Desmond Tutu Center. The Center will focus on leadership development in social justice and reconciliation, international relationships, and interreligious and community bridge-building. The news was announced just prior to Archbishop Emeritus Tutu taking the stage at Clowes Memorial Hall to a full house of more than 2,100. South African cleric and anti-apartheid activist Allan Aubrey Boesak, a longtime friend of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu’s, was appointed as the Center’s first director. Boesak serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair for Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Butler and CTS.

-Butler was granted reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Commission reviewers affirmed that Butler provides a high-quality education through faculty who are committed teachers focused on student-centered learning and through staff who provide support services that enable students to succeed.


-Butler astronomy faculty and students, who already have remote access to telescopes in Chile and Arizona, found out they would be able to view the stars from a telescope off the Canary Islands beginning in 2015. The Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, of which Butler is a member, will add the telescope located near the coast of Morocco once it is fitted for remote access.

-The Irwin Library celebrated its 50th birthday with cake, a 1963 fashion show, and a photo exhibit.

-For the fourth consecutive year, Butler University was ranked the No. 1 “Up and Coming” school in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. This ranking recognizes Butler’s efforts to make “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Butler also ranked No. 2 overall among Midwest Regional Universities, marking its fifth year in this position and 25th year in the top 10 for this category.

-Professor Emeritus Jackson Wiley, the beloved longtime conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, died September 3. He was 92. Wiley, who taught at Butler and conducted the Butler Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, had an enormous impact on music both at Butler and in Indianapolis. He founded and directed the Greater Indianapolis Youth Symphony, was Conductor and Music Director of the Indiana Opera Theater and Indianapolis Opera Company, was Music Director for Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, served as Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis and the Athenaeum Orchestra, and was Guest Conductor for the Symphonic Praise Choir.

-The Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University was awarded a four-year, $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant to create sites along six Indianapolis waterways where arts and science will be used to educate the public about Indianapolis’s water system.

023-The University unveiled a Peace Pole—a 7-foot, octagonal, red cedar pole containing the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 16 languages—in the grassy plaza between Starbucks and Jordan Hall.

-The College of Business (COB) secured the 47th position in the 2013 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of 124 U.S. undergraduate business programs. Since its debut on the list three years ago, the College has climbed 16 spots (63rd in 2010, 58th in 2011, and 48th in 2012). The COB remains the only Indianapolis business school on the list.

-Butler University’s part-time MBA program ranked 69th in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, 2013 Edition. This is the second consecutive year Butler has been on the list. Last year the school placed 105th.

-Butler University received two grants from the Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate—$100,000 to support The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and $20,000 for the Butler Community Arts School. The money for the fieldhouse will be used to preserve and maintain the building’s historic structure inside and out, and make improvements that will benefit Butler student-athletes and spectators. The Butler Community Arts Schools provides free and low-cost music lessons and arts instruction to hundreds of Indianapolis schoolchildren each year. The majority of its grant funds will go to need-based scholarships for underserved youths.

-Poet and actress Maya Angelou returned to campus to speak as part of the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series. She was the series’ inaugural speaker in 1988.


clowesfullhouse0113 001-Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University celebrated its 50th birthday with a week of special programming that included the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra returning to Clowes, its longtime home, for a concert.

-For the third consecutive year, the College of Business was included in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Business Schools. The College placed 141 out of 342 schools. The U.S. News Best Business Schools list is significant because rankings are based solely on peer assessments.

-Butler’s MBA program was one of 295 programs featured in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools” guidebook. This was the ninth year the program has been included in the book. This annual guide of top graduate business programs is based on data provided by the school and surveys of 20,300 business school students from the best AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the world.


-Bestselling author John Green headlined Butler University’s first Writers’ Harvest, a benefit for Second Helpings, in Clowes Memorial Hall.

-Butler University made Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of the Best Values in Private Colleges for 2014. The list included 100 private universities from across the country. Butler ranked 61st overall—second in Indiana behind the University of Notre Dame.

-Butler University’s new 450-seat performance hall, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility uses 55 percent less water and 22 percent less energy than a typical building its size because of construction measures.

-Butler University was named one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges in the nation, according to the website StudentAdvisor.com. In ranking Butler 35th overall, the website wrote: “Butler’s English bulldog mascots Butler Blue II and III rose to celebrity status through a social media campaign that gathered 13,000 followers! The cute, wrinkly faces of Bulldog nation toured the country along with the Final Four basketball team.”

-The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc. awarded $600,000 to Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University for electrical infrastructure upgrades. The grant came on the heels of a $2 million gift from the Foundation that was used in summer 2013 to restore the inside of the hall. That work included adding all new seats and carpeting in the auditorium, acoustical enhancements, paint, and a new roof for the 2,200-seat hall.


Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology, the Indy Hunger Network, and the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative received a $50,000 Indiana State Department of Agriculture grant that will double the buying power of food-stamp recipients who shop at farmers markets and simultaneously help small farmers. The program enabled anyone who receives food stamps to use “Fresh Bucks” to purchase items such as broccoli, sweet corn, green beans—most anything you’d find at a farmers market.

-A $120,000 grant received by The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers will help Butler’s College of Education create teacher training for early childhood education programs and develop additional programs that could benefit up to 1,500 local preschool and elementary students. The grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will also support new initiatives to mentor entry-level minority teachers, develop online literacy curricula, and showcase student writing, including work by IPS/Butler Laboratory School students.


0-Butler University conferred an honorary degree on Nadja Halilbegovich ’02 during the December 22 winter 2013 Commencement ceremony, recognizing her activism on behalf of children caught in the violence of war. About 150 students received their degrees.

-Butler University announced that it was joining fellow universities and leading Hoosier businesses in opposition to House Joint Resolution 6 and a proposed amendment to the Indiana State Constitution strictly defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

-The College of Education became the first college of education  in Indiana—and only the 22nd in the world—authorized to offer teacher certification courses in International Baccalaureate education for Primary Years (ages 3-12) and Middle Years (ages 11-16). COE will begin offering a sequence of four IB certificate courses in summer 2014, as an option for practicing teachers interested in IB-focused professional development.

-Butler University received a $999,952 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to create Butler Advance, a program focused on helping students—especially those in the liberal arts—further cultivate key attributes needed for professional success and the transition to careers in Indiana. The program will include collaborations with the Central Indiana business, non-profit, and higher education communities. It will involve summer and academic year components promoting integrated academic and career advising, exploration, experiential learning, and career preparation by emphasizing the applicability of liberal arts skills to employment in business, non-profit, and government environments.

-Butler junior Eshan Pua earned a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study Chinese for eight months in China beginning in January.

-The Jordan College of the Arts named Professor of Music Eric Stark to the position of Director of Choral Activities. He officially took on the role in January, overseeing administration, planning, and strategy for the four choral groups that are faculty-led: the Butler Chorale; University Choir; Chamber Choir; and Jordan Jazz.

-The Center for Urban Ecology Farm at Butler University unveiled a new addition—a mobile classroom where visiting students can learn about the growing operations and participate in farm activities. The classroom is a former shipping container that was repurposed by Ball State University Professor of Architecture Tim Gray and his third-year students. They equipped the space, which is about the size of a large truck trailer, with movable tables and chairs made from recycled wood, an acrylic canopy for shade, and a rainwater-collection system.


-Donors from across the country honored Bobby Plump, the hero of the 1954 “Milan Miracle,” by announcing a joint $50,000 gift in his name to Butler’s Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler President James M. Danko and Hoosiers screenwriter and producer Angelo Pizzo were on hand for the gift presentation in Hinkle, along with Plump’s family, former Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, and Maris Valainis, the actor who played Jimmy Chitwood, the character in Hoosiers inspired by Plump.

Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse in winter January 3, 2014.-Butler University announced that it had raised more than $17.156 million to preserve and update its landmark arena, Hinkle Fieldhouse. Total gifts and pledges to The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse surpassed the $16 million public fundraising goal announced at the campaign’s launch in November 2012.

-The College of Business announced that it would offer two new online certificate programs, one for professionals who want to make an immediate impact on their career and the second for experienced and emerging leaders who want to coach their employees to higher performance and engagement.

-Filmmaker Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious, Monster’s Ball) spoke at Clowes Memorial Hall as part of the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.



LauraBushspeech0214 034-Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke at Clowes Memorial Hall as part of the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

-The Martha Graham Dance Company did a residency at Clowes Memorial Hall, performing many educational events for both students and the general public in advance of its performance there.

-The College of Communication announced that it would offer new majors in Sports Media and Interactive Media beginning in the fall. The Sports Media major is designed for students interested in careers in sports information, production, or journalism/media. The Interactive Media program within CCOM’s Creative Media and Entertainment program will offer students an opportunity to learn about interactive media and to create and distribute content using multimedia tools.

-The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and Butler University formalized a partnership designating the ICO as the professional Orchestra-in-Residence at Butler’s new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. For Butler students, faculty, and staff, the arrangement will bring a regular association with a professional orchestra. For the ICO, it will provide a performance venue that is suitable in size, acoustics, and location for the 34-member orchestra.


 Steve Standifird-Stephen Standifird, Dean of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, was announced as the new Dean of the College of Business, beginning June 1.

-Butler University’s part-time MBA program ranked 72nd in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, 2015 Edition. This was the third consecutive year Butler has been on the list of the nation’s top 125 part-time MBA programs.

-Emily Seibert ’14 was chosen for a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to live and work in Athens, Greece, for 10 months.


-College of Education Associate Dean Debra Lecklider, Clowes Memorial Hall Executive Director Elise Kushigian, and senior chemistry/Pre-Medicine student Brittany Moore were named Butler University’s 2014 Women of Distinction.

-The College of Business earned reaccreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.

-The College of Education announced a new minor in Recreation and Sports Studies that’s designed to prepare Butler students interested in health, physical activity, recreation, and sports to lead programs in and outside of school settings. The minor will be offered beginning in fall semester 2014.

-Butler University’s 26th annual Undergraduate Research Conference was its biggest ever, with nearly 1,000 students and their mentoring faculty from 20 states coming to campus for a daylong event showcasing oral and poster presentations on topics as diverse as molecular biology and 17th-century opera.

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Alex Still

-Alex Still ’14 will head to France this fall as recipient of the Fulbright French Government Teaching Award, sponsored by the French ministry of education.

-The Butler Collegian won 11 awards at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s annual conference Saturday at IUPUI, celebrating the best of Indiana’s collegiate newspapers, news magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks, online publications, and advertising.

-Butler University partnered with Austin, Texas-based American Campus Communities (ACC) to build a 500-bed dormitory tentatively scheduled to open in 2016. By agreeing to a long-term partnership with ACC, Butler will be able to maintain the financial flexibility needed to invest in new academic buildings.

-Butler announced plans to work with the city of Indianapolis to upgrade the Sunset Avenue streetscape, improving safety and sustainability, and transforming the entrance to the University. The project will include landscaped medians, bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, new street lighting, and signage. The city is funding half of $3 million project.



-Professor of History George Geib retired after 49 years at Butler.

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-The Butler University Wind Ensemble paid tribute to retiring Director of Bands Robert Grechesky with a concert at Clowes Memorial Hall. Grechesky spent 41 years teaching music at Butler.

-Suneeta Kercood, Professor of Special Education, received a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to study in India. Her work will revolve around “A Study of the Health Behaviors of Children and Adults with Disabilities, and the Sociocultural Factors that Influence their Healthy Lifestyles.”

-Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner ’76 and former Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens received honorary doctorates at Butler University’s spring commencement ceremony. More than 900 students received their diplomas.



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Ryan Lovelace ’14 Earns Buckley Fellowship in Political Journalism http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/lovelace/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/lovelace/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 20:22:24 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20019 Graduating journalism major Ryan Lovelace ’14 has been awarded a William F. Buckley Fellowship in Political Journalism. As part of the fellowship, Lovelace will work in the editorial department of National Review magazine in New York for a year.

Headshot-2“I’m honored to become a William F. Buckley Jr. fellow, and intend to do my best to live up to the high standards associated with any position bearing his name,” Lovelace said. “I’m excited to continue learning about journalism at National Review and hope to contribute in any way that I can.”

Lovelace and Ian Tuttle from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, were chosen because of their passion for journalism and a steadfast commitment to conservative principles, the National Review Institute said in a news release.

Lovelace, a senior from North Aurora, Illinois, has served as managing editor of The Butler Collegian in 2013-2014. In early April, he won a national award from the organization Investigative Reporters & Editors for the story “A Center and Its Director,” about the University’s creation of the Desmond Tutu Center and its hiring of Allan Boesak to be the first director.

In a three-month investigation, Lovelace used South African court records, documents from Wikileaks, and interviews with sources in South Africa to document Boesak’s history. The former freedom fighter had been convicted of misusing donations made to his foundation.

“Ryan has a journalist’s gut and curiosity that drive him to pursue stories few other reporters are telling,” said Loni McKown, faculty adviser to the Collegian and professional practice faculty member in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism in the College of Communication. “He has a bright future as a national political reporter.”

National Review roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson will serve as onsite mentor for the fellows, offering editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews and hosting them in monthly lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists.

The Buckley Fellowship is named for William F. Buckley Jr., who nurtured two generations of conservative journalists. His legacy includes scores of conservative editors and writers. The first Buckley Fellow, Robert Costa, is currently a national political reporter for The Washington Post.


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Butler Honors Six Alumni at Recognition Dinner http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/alumni/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/alumni/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:39:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19984 Six Butler University alumni, including a professor emeritus, were honored May 3 at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner for extraordinary professional achievement and service to the University and their communities.

Ed Carpenter ’03, Christina Fugate ’04, Chris Miskel ’96, Nicole Miskel ’98, Jay Love ’76, Eldon Palmer ’50, Winstan “Bud” Sellick ’44, Fabiola Crain, Clarence Crain ’73, Roger Boop ’62 MS ’65, President James M. Danko

Ed Carpenter ’03, Christina Fugate ’04, Chris Miskel ’96, Nicole Miskel ’98, Jay Love ’76, Eldon Palmer ’50, Winstan “Bud” Sellick ’44, Fabiola Crain, Clarence Crain ’73, Roger Boop ’62 MS ’65, President James M. Danko

Awards and honorees were:

-The Butler Medal: Winstan “Bud” Sellick ’44

-The Butler Service Medal: Dr. Roger W. Boop ’62 MS ’65

-The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award: Jay Love ’76

-The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award: Eldon Palmer ’50

-The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award: Ed Carpenter ’03

-The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award: Christina Fugate ’04

The evening also included two awards presented by the Ovid Butler Society. Clarence ’73 and Fabiola Crain received the Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award. The recipients of the Ovid Butler Society Foundation Award were Chris ’96 and Nicole ’98 Miskel.

This year’s awards ceremony was held in Clowes Memorial Hall. More about the recipients and the awards follows:

The Butler Medal
Winstan “Bud” Sellick ’44

The Butler Medal is the highest honor conferred by the Butler University Alumni Association. It recognizes individuals for a lifetime of distinguished service to either Butler University or their local community while at the same time achieving a distinguished career in their chosen profession and attaining a regional or preferably a national reputation.

This year’s recipient, Bud Sellick of Indianapolis, began a successful career as an insurance agent in 1947, and continued in that profession for several decades until his retirement. He served as President and Owner of Bud Sellick Insurance agency and the Blessing-Sellick Insurance agency.

As a student, Sellick was involved with the band, Kappa Kappa Psi band honorary, and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He earned a degree in economics.

He was married to Butler graduate Jacqueline Blomberg Sellick’44 until her death in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega.

Consistent donors to Butler since 1979, the Sellicks endowed three scholarships: the Winstan R. Sellick, Jacqueline Sellick, and Herman W. Blomberg Scholarship; the Sellick, Deming, and Schular Business Scholarship; and the Winstan R. Sellick and Jacqueline B. Sellick Business Scholarship. They also made gifts to the Butler Fund and several athletic funds.

Sellick served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan during World War II and as a major in the Marine Forces Reserve during the Korean War. He was a charter member of Woodland Country Club and active in Kiwanis and the American Legion.

The Butler Service Medal
Dr. Roger W. Boop ’62 MS ’65

The Butler Service Medal recognizes emeriti faculty or retired faculty or staff for a lifetime of distinguished service to either Butler University or their local community while at the same time achieving a distinguished career in their chosen profession and attaining a regional or preferably a national reputation. It is further understood that all recipients will have had in the course of their lifetime a profound influence on the future course of Butler University.           

Roger Boop was a Butler University College of Education (COE) faculty member from 1968–2012, specializing in educational foundations and middle school teacher education. He served for several years as Associate Dean of the College and two terms as Interim Dean. He was an effective, respected teacher and supervisor for a multitude of students in COE’s Middle/Secondary program.

Roger received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Butler. He also holds a doctorate in educational administration and foundations of education from Ball State University.

He is the author of Fulfilling the Charter: The Story of Education at Butler University and More… written to mark the College of Education’s 75th anniversary.

A driving force in the early years of the Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA), he was the association’s Executive Secretary for more than a decade. He also served for over a decade as treasurer of Phi Delta Kappa, international education society as well as many years of involvement in Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honorary. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Education and has continued to serve (since 1980) as platform marshal for University commencements and other ceremonious events.

Roger worked on several University-wide initiatives which included assisting Butler secure grants totaling nearly $1 million in funding that focused upon middle-level education in Indiana and faculty development.

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award
Jay Love ’76

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated at least 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes personal and/or professional achievement which brings honor and distinction to the University and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of society.

Jay Love is CEO and Co-founder of Bloomerang, an Indianapolis-based software firm specializing in technology tools for fundraising and communication. Bloomerang is the fourth technology business he has helped found and lead over the past three decades, serving thousands of clients in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors.

Previously, Jay was Co-founder and CEO (for 10 years) of eTapestry, and President and CEO (for 14 years) of Master Software Corporation.

He was a founding member of TechPoint Foundation, NPower Indiana, and the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) Business Member Council. He chairs the AFP Ethics Committee, and is an active volunteer/leader with the AFP National Board, the School of Philanthropy at IU, Gleaners Food Bank, United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, TechPoint Foundation for Youth, and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project.

Jay and his wife, Christie, co-chaired the Indianapolis YMCA 2011 capital campaign. They have three children and three granddaughters. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Butler.

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award
Eldon Palmer ’50

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated at least 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University.

After working many different jobs to pay for his education, Eldon Palmer earned an education degree from Butler. Palmer taught school in Jamestown, Indiana, and then started selling used cars. He opened a Dodge dealership in 1956, and branched into the sales and service of Dodge and Kenworth trucks in 1965. His Kenworth dealership now encompasses sales, service, and leasing operations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Although retired, Palmer still has an active interest in the businesses he developed which include Pebblebrook Golf Course in Noblesville, Indiana¬––the site of an annual golf outing for Butler athletics.

He is a Trustee Emeritus of Butler University and an Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash. He and his wife, Elaine, were the recipients of the 2008 Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award. The first President of Crime Stoppers of Indiana, he provided important leadership and backing to the Marion County Motorcycle Drill team, Wheeler Boys and Girls Club, and the 100 Club, which helps families of fallen Indianapolis Police Department officers. He has been a member of the Optimist and Exchange clubs of Indianapolis, Millersville Masonic Lodge, and Murat Shrine Club, attaining the Scottish Rite 33rd degree. 

Eldon and Elaine Palmer have been married 63 years. They have four children, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award
Ed Carpenter ’03

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated less than 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes personal and/or professional accomplishment which brings honor and distinction to the University and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of society.

Ed Carpenter is the 2013 Indianapolis 500 pole winner. He owns and drives for Ed Carpenter Racing, which he started in 2012. He will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for six IndyCar Series oval-track events this year, and he will direct driver Mike Conway in 12 road and street races. Conway recently won the Long Beach Grand Prix.

A two-time IndyCar Series winner and the series’ current only driver/owner, Carpenter began competing and winning national quarter-midget races at age eight. He moved on to the USAC National Midget Car, Silver Crown, and Sprint Car series, and Indy Lights Series.

Carpenter received a marketing degree from Butler in 2003, the same year he earned his first IndyCar race start. Since then, he has earned two series wins, two poles, and several top-10 and top five finishes. Last year, he placed fifth in final IndyCar oval points standings.

Ed and his wife, Heather, have three children: Makenna (age 6), Ryder (age 4), and Cruz (age 1).

The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award
Christina Laun Fugate ’04

The Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose class graduated less than 15 years prior to the presentation of the award. It recognizes a significant commitment of outstanding service to the University. The recipient must have provided affirmative service to the University to assist in perpetuating the University as a great educational and cultural institution.

Christina Fugate is an Attorney at Ice Miller LLP in the firm’s Litigation Group, where she concentrates her practice on real estate, securities, product liability, franchise, and competitive business litigation. Fugate has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the past three consecutive years.

She is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and IndyCREW, an affiliate of the national CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network.

In 2004, Fugate graduated magna cum laude from Butler with a bachelor’s degree in finance. While at Butler, Christina was a three-time first-team “All-Horizon League” tennis player and former number one singles player for the Bulldogs. In 2007, she earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, where she was an editor for the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review.

The current Vice President and incoming President of the Butler Central Indiana Alumni Chapter, Christina served on the University’s Young Alumni Board of Directors (2009–2012), including terms as President and Vice President. Christina is also President of the Hamilton County Community Tennis Association.

Christina is married to Craig Fugate and they have a two-year old son, Dylan.

Ovid Butler Society Foundation Award
Chris Miskel ’96 and Nicole Miskel ’98

Chris is Vice President of Plasma Strategy for Global BioTherapeutics, Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois. Baxter’s BioScience business unit provides life-saving and life-sustaining specialty therapies for patients with rare, chronic conditions.

While earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Butler, Chris played basketball and earned the Horizon League Coleman Medal of Honor for 1996. He completed an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000.

He is a current member of the College of Business Board of Visitors and past member of the Butler Alumni Association Board (2003–2007).

Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Butler, and is a member of the American Pharmacists Association. She is employed as an Advisor in Clinical Development Innovation for Eli Lilly and Company. She is also a past member of the Alumni Association board (2009–2010).

The Miskels have supported Butler with gifts to the Butler Fund, Blue Team, Alumni Scholarship, the College of Business, and the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse. Chris and Nicole are also supporters of United Way and the Baxter Political Action Committee.

The Miskels enjoy family time with their children Sage (age 6) and Mace (age 4), and are expecting a baby boy this summer. They love to travel and closely follow Butler basketball. Chris also is a fan of The Ohio State University football and basketball teams.

Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award
Clarence Crain ’73 and Fabiola V. Crain

Butler Trustee Emeritus and civic leader Clarence Crain has been a Program Director in the Education Division of Lilly Endowment Inc. since 2006. His previous career with General Motors Corp spanned 30 years, including two five-year stints as Area Manager in the Indianapolis and Marion pressrooms, helping direct plant operations of 2,500 and 1,700 employees, respectively. 

Clarence graduated from Shortridge High School, where he was a member of the All-Star Indiana High School basketball team. He played basketball at Butler, earning Most Valuable Player recognition and initiation to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. A Butler Trustee from 2000 to 2006, he was a charter member of the Minority Alumni Council and served on the Alumni Association board and College of Business Board of Visitors.

He has held several offices with 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and continues as a team mentor; the group named him their 1999 “Man of the Year.” He received honors from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Center for Leadership Development for Business Achievement (General Motors), and the Butler Medal (Butler University).  He has served on boards for Maple Crest Civic Association (President); Public Works, Indianapolis City-County Council; and United Way Community Service Council. Clarence was a high school basketball official for 19 years and officiated in the 1993 state finals.

Fabiola Crain is a retired speech and language pathologist with over 35 years of experience in education, most of it with the Wayne Township School Corporation. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Tennessee State University in 1976 and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Clarence introduced Fabiola to the “Butler Way” in 1999. She shares his passion for Butler, through philanthropy and sitting behind the bench at Butler Bulldog basketball games. She enjoys traveling, horticulture, and collecting Christmas decorations.

The Crains have three children and one grandchild. They are active members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.


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Collegian, IndianapolisNewsBeat.com Win Four SPJ Awards http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/spj/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/spj/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:28:11 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19980 Colin Likas and Jojo Gentry

Colin Likas and Joellen Gentry

The Butler Collegian and Butler’s IndianapolisNewsBeat.com picked up four awards at the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Best of Indiana” awards, presented by SPJ’s Indiana Pro chapter.

The Collegian won two first places: Sports writing (Colin Likas ’14, Jill McCarter ’13 and  Marissa Johnson ’13 for “Packing Up and Moving On?”) and editorial writing (staff editorial by Kevin Vogel ’14, for “The Ins and Outs of the Indiana Lifeline Law).

IndianapolisNewsBeat.com, a news website of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism that features stories by students in JR212, JR312 and JR412, won second- and third-place awards for non-deadline news reporting (Whitney Simmons, second place, for “What the Death Penalty Means in Indiana,” and Joellen Gentry, third place, for “Recent Job Cuts and Hospital Expansions over Past Decade Generate Quality Care Concerns”).

The awards banquet, which honored journalists at newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations across the state, was held Friday night at the Marriott North.


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Timmerman, Grossman, and Brabant to Receive Distinguished Faculty Awards http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/faculty-awards/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/faculty-awards/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:39:11 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19949 Professor of Theatre Diane Timmerman, Clarence Efroymson Chair/Professor of Economics Peter Grossman, and Professor of Political Science Margaret Brabant will receive the 2014 Butler University Distinguished Faculty Awards during Spring Commencement on May 10.

 “Any time a faculty member is recognized for an award, it is special,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Morris. “What makes this honor even more special is the fact that candidates are nominated by their faculty peers, and a committee of faculty peers selected the award winners from a strong pool of nominees.”

 The three faculty members will each receive a recognition plaque and a professional development stipend.

DianeHeadshot1Diane Timmerman, MFA
Timmerman will be honored with the University Award for Distinguished Teaching, which celebrates faculty who have demonstrated outstanding effort, accomplishment, and dedicated service to Butler students’ best educational interests.

For the past 20 years, Timmerman has taught a wide range of courses in acting and voice for the actor for Butler theatre majors and in the Core Curriculum. She is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, one of about 150 certified teachers in the world.

She administers the Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist program at Butler, complementing her love of learning and teaching about international theatre practices. She taught on the spring 2010 voyage for the Semester at Sea program.

The Producing Artistic Director of the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (HART), Timmerman produces the popular free Shakespeare program in Indianapolis’s White River State Park. Nine Butler students will intern for HART this summer.

She is also an active professional actress. Her HART credits include Emilia (Othello), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), and Nerissa (Merchant of Venice). She has acted in many Phoenix Theatre productions, including Rancho Mirage, August: Osage County, Next Fall, November, Bug, and Beautiful Thing.

Timmerman appeared with the Human Race Theatre Company in Ohio in Spinning Into Butter and Beautiful Thing; at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Angel Street; and on numerous Chicago stages. Her commercial and film roles include Amanda for Adrenaline Motion Pictures and The Package with Gene Hackman.

petergrossman09 copy(1)Peter Z. Grossman, PhD
Grossman will receive the University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship, or Creative Work. This is the highest accolade a faculty member can receive that honors her or his body of substantial scholarly achievement accomplished as a faculty member of Butler University.

Grossman has held the Clarence Efromyson Chair since joining the COB faculty in 1994. He has taught 13 different Butler courses, of which he created five and revived several others that had not been offered for years.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston (UH) in 2012 and is currently a Research Associate of the Hobby Center for Public Policy at UH.

Grossman has published more than 200 works, including articles for both scholarly and general publications, and numerous commentaries published in, among many others, the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor.

He is the author or editor of seven books, covering a range of topics from U.S. business history to the intersection of law and economics, and, most especially, the history and economics of energy and public policy. His latest book, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is an analytic history of American energy policy.

In the early 1990s, he was a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of American Business directed by the late Murray Weidenbaum, who had been Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

margaretbrabant14(2)Margaret Brabant, PhD
Brabant will receive the University Award for Distinguished Faculty Service and Leadership, which honors a faculty member whose service has improved the University or the wider community through professional service.

In 1996, Brabant founded Butler University’s Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC) and served as its director for a decade. She developed and coordinated service-learning opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and community members and oversaw the development of dozens of interdisciplinary and inter-college service-learning courses.

She has published works on the service-learning pedagogy, medieval political philosophy, and feminist thought. Her scholarly and teaching interests converge in her concern to help develop a more informed and involved citizenry

Brabant joined the Butler faculty in 1991 and continues to serve the University and support civic engagement efforts through her roles as an Indianapolis Community Requirement Fellow, her work on the Faculty Development Committee, and her tenure as chair of Butler’s Faculty Senate (2010-2014). She has been an Indiana Campus Compact Senior Fellow and is a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

In 2013, Butler awarded Brabant a Global Initiatives Foreign Language Enhancement Grant to study at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her other awards include, in 2014, the Mortar Board LAS Professor of the Year and selection to deliver “The Last Lecture,” and in 2013, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Annual Award

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College of Education Students Facilitate a Loooooong Distance Call http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/long-distance/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/long-distance/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:58:05 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19931 Butler junior Rachel Chambers made the long-distance call of a lifetime Tuesday, April 29—a video conference with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Rachel Chambers with astronaut David Wolf, who moderated the question-and-answer session.

Rachel Chambers with astronaut David Wolf, who moderated the question-and-answer session. (Photos by Jennifer Messmer)

The call took place at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where Chambers and 19 students from Indianapolis middle and elementary schools spoke with Expedition 39 flight engineers Rick Mastracchio, Steve Swanson, and Koichi Wakata as they orbited the Earth at 5 miles per second.

While the students interviewed the astronauts, they and about 500 of their classmates watched the large video screen on which the astronauts—dressed in green polo shirts and khaki pants rather than spacesuits and letting a microphone float from man to man—could be seen answering the questions.

“It was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve had in my life so far, especially educationally,” said Chambers, a Toledo, Ohio, native who plans to teach elementary school after graduation. “It was so cool to be up there, especially with the kids, and see their excitement, their enthusiasm, and have that chance to actually talk with astronauts live in space.”

Chambers and 27 classmates in Education Professor Catherine Pangan’s “Integrated Science and Social Students Methods for Elementary Students” class helped prepare second- and third-graders from the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler Lab School to ask questions.

Most of the kids’ questions had to do with things like how the men became astronauts, what kind of foods the astronauts eat in space (pretty much what we eat on Earth, though Wakata said he wished sushi were an option), and how they go to the bathroom in space (fun fact: The oxygen in urine gets reused.)

Chambers asked the astronauts about their greatest experience in space. Mastracchio said his was taking a walk in space and seeing a panoramic view of the Earth.

“It’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” he said.IMG_9911

The event was part of Destination Station, NASA’s national awareness campaign to educate the public about space station activities.

Pangan said Butler got involved at the request of The Children’s Museum. Her class does work at the museum throughout the semester, in addition to working with students in the Lab School. To prepare the Lab School students, Pangan’s class spent a class period teaching them about who the astronauts are, what the International Space Station is, and the background of the space program.

The project so excited the Butler students that the mother of one, Mallory Russikoff, made T-shirts with Butler and NASA logos for the class to wear. Pangan was ecstatic, too.

“I had goose bumps almost the whole time,” Pangan said. “Every week our class has done something incredible. This was just icing on the cake.”


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Musicologist Nicholas Johnson Joins School of Music Faculty http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/johnson/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/johnson/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:38:10 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19918 Musicologist Nicholas Johnson, a specialist in the music history of the early-modern period and American popular music, will join the Butler University School of Music faculty.

Johnson headshot 2As an Assistant Professor, he will instruct courses on music ranging from the Medieval through the Classical periods, as well as seminars on a wide range of musical and societal issues.

“Nicholas Johnson just fits Butler’s needs as a fine teacher, accessible and yet properly demanding of his students,” said James Briscoe, Butler Professor of Historical Musicology. “He comes to us with excellent experience in teaching and promises much that will engage the full imagination of those in his classes.  It is wonderful to have such a fine cross-over colleague, one who empathizes fully with the need for highest scholarship—liberal and broad learning—and the need to merge that with performance expectations.”

Johnson has taught as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University and Wittenberg University, and full time at Butler during the 2013-2014 school year. He has received prestigious research grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Mellon Foundation, and has presented at several national and international conferences, including Princeton University, Oxford University, and the University of Vienna.

He earned his doctorate in musicology at The Ohio State University in 2012 with a dissertation on magic, music, and astronomy at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, He also holds a master’s degree in music history from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Truman State University.

Johnson has performed extensive archival research at the Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Austria, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and the Biblioteka Uniwersytecka we Wrocławiu in Wrocław, Poland. His primary research area is the interaction between music and philosophy in the period surrounding the Scientific Revolution.


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Butler Students Show the Professional Investors How It’s Done http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/investors/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/investors/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:34:06 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19914 Seven years ago, students in Professor of Finance Steve Dolvin’s Applied Portfolio Management classes began investing $1 million from the Butler University endowment.

That million is now $1.4 million.

Butler College of Business Administration professor Steve Dolvin's class in Holcomb 122 September 25, 2007.So the Butler University Board of Trustees has decided that, this fall, Dolvin and his students are getting a second million.

“The College of Business is growing substantially,” Dolvin said. “Enrollments are up, and the finance major is more popular. We want to make sure the class is available to more students, and we also want to offer it to the MBA students as well. Since we’ve done well, we felt that it would be feasible to start a second fund.”

MBA students will get a chance to invest the money in the fall, and undergraduates will have the opportunity in the spring, Dolvin said.

All students who invest the money take a prerequisite investments class that Dolvin teaches in which they learn how to evaluate stocks and build portfolios.

Applied Portfolio Management “is their chance to take that and put it into practice,” he said.

Typically, 12-16 students take the class each semester. They split into four teams, and each is responsible for two segments of the S&P 500. So one group may have consumer staples and industrials; another might have financials and healthcare.

The students provide their classmates with written information about each company, and they’re required to present formal metrics and analysis in the class. Approval by a two-thirds majority of the class is required to place an order to buy.

Students also get the benefit of an eight-person advisory board made up of local investment professionals, many of whom are Butler alumni. Each group gets two advisers for the semester.

Among the students’ best picks has been Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits manager, which has doubled in value, split, and gone up more, Dolvin said. Home Depot also has doubled since they bought the stock.

About 20 fund managers oversee a portion of Butler’s endowment, which is currently valued at around $200 million. Over the past seven years, students in Dolvin’s classes have done about as well as any other manager. One quarter, they were the top performers.

And what have Dolvin and the students learned from that?

“We pay way too much money for people to pick stocks for us,” Dolvin said, “and not enough money for people to help us build portfolios.”


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School of Music Names New Associate Director of Choral Activities http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/perkins/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/perkins/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:00:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19899 John Perkins, who has taught music at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates since 2008, will join Butler University as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music.

photoHis assignment at Butler will include conducting the Butler University Choir (which now moves to an evening rehearsal time to accommodate more non-music majors) and the newly created Butler Women’s Choir.

Perkins’s wide-ranging experience includes founding and serving as artistic director of the Nassim Al Saba Choir, the first Arabic, four-part choir in the Arabian Gulf devoted to Arabic choral music. He has conducted the choir in places as diverse as Carnegie Hall and Indonesia.

In an article on academia.edu, called “Engaging with Arab Choral Music,” Perkins wrote: “I believe in the power of Arabic choral music as a vehicle for a community-building dialogue between Arabs and non-Arabs, especially in the West. This dialogue exists on a daily basis in my interaction with both students and faculty, and has precedence in other realms of life.”

Perkins earned his Doctor of Music Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Temple University, and Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. As part of a 10-month commission at Princeton University in 2000–2001, Perkins orchestrated and arranged a score for the musical “Beowulf,” by Joshua Salzman.

Butler’s Director of Choral Activities Eric Stark said Perkins brings “an incredible array of talent, experience, and recruiting expertise to his appointment as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at Butler.”

“Having established and strengthened choral programs in the United States and abroad, John possesses that rare combination of consummate musicianship, infectious energy, and dynamic leadership that will help propel Butler’s choral program for years to come,” Stark said. “I look forward to welcoming John and his family to Indianapolis, and working together with our fellow members of the Butler community.”

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Now You Can Have a Seat from Hinkle Fieldhouse http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/seat/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/seat/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:59:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19872

Want a piece of Hinkle Fieldhouse history? On June 7, Butler University and People for Urban Progress (PUP) will be selling several hundred seats that were removed from the fieldhouse as part of the ongoing renovation. An exclusive pre-sale will be held the day before for Butler men’s basketball season-ticket holders.

Jonathan Allinson from People for Urban Progress and McKenzie Beverage, Butler's Sustainability Coordinator

Jonathan Allinson from People for Urban Progress and McKenzie Beverage, Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator

The seats—$100 each—will be for sale from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CUE Farm at Butler, located next to the intramural fields west of 52nd Street and Boulevard Place. Buyers should be prepared to carry away their seats after completing the purchase.

Proceeds will raise money for PUP to do public installations of seats around Indianapolis, and for Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations.

PUP, an Indianapolis non-profit that advances connectivity, environmental responsibility, and good design, repurposes discarded materials for public benefit. The organization turned seats from the old Bush Stadium into bus stop benches. The first of these “PUPstops” was installed in December 2011 near the Cultural Trail and Massachusetts Avenue.

The fieldhouse is currently undergoing a $34 million renovation, which is scheduled for completion in October. As with all major renovations, LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and major renovations, but Gold or higher is strived for whenever possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the LEED sustainability concepts. A portion of this renovation is registered as a LEED project.


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COE Efforts Earn National and Local Attention http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/coe-efforts/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/coe-efforts/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:31:53 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19869 The good work being done by the Butler University College of Education (COE) has earned national and local attention.

Author Marla Olthof, who spent time at IPS/Butler Laboratory School in 2012 to learn about its outdoor education efforts, has featured the school in her new book, Gardening with Young Children: Second Edition of Hollyhocks and Honeybees.

The Lab School is featured in a two-page spread on pages 106-107, and numerous photographs of Lab School students are displayed throughout the book. The Lab School’s “edible schoolyard” project was funded in part through a $12,000 Dow Promise Grant to Butler. COE students developed the grant proposal and the initial Lab School gardens last spring as part of a “Leadership in Education” course.

The COE collaborates with Indianapolis Public Schools in the Lab School’s curriculum development and operations. All faculty hold Butler education degrees.

Also, an early childhood documentary called Little Children, Big Returns, featuring interviews with Dean Ena Shelley and Ted Maple ’01, will air May 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WFYI-1 (Channel 20). Maple is president and CEO of Day Nursery, which operates seven Indianapolis-area child care centers that provide care daily to more than 750 children ages infant to 6 years old.

The documentary delves into the positive business and financial impact properly funded pre-kindergarten programs have on the state. Preview it here: http://youtu.be/sh5SzlOxRm0.


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After 49 Years at Butler, Dr. Geib to Retire http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/geib/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/geib/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:08:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19864 Inside Professor George Geib’s third-floor office in Jordan Hall are 42 shelves of books he’s donating to the Indianapolis Public Library book sale—and a few boxes he’s keeping for himself.

P1000424“I’m holding on to mostly 19th century Indiana history and a few books connected to things I’ve done on campus,” he said. “Nice memories of good classes and good times.”

The books are remnants of an astonishing 49-year career at Butler that began when the 25-year-old Geib was hired as an instructor of history and ends this spring with his retirement.

In the years between, he served as Director of the American Studies Program; Chairman of the Butler Faculty Assembly; head of the Department of History, Political Science, and Geography; and acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

And he contributed mightily to the campus culture. History Professor Paul Hanson recalls flying to Indianapolis for his job interview in 1984, and having Geib pick him up at the airport. It was a Sunday night, and Indianapolis then didn’t have many restaurants open during those hours, so Geib took Hanson back to his house. Geib’s wife, Miriam, fixed Hanson an omelet, and Hanson met the whole Geib family.

“That was just a wonderful indication of the way George has treated new faculty here through the 30 years that I’ve been here,” Hanson said. “He’s very welcoming and does everything he can to introduce people to his version of the Butler Way and make this the kind of community that it’s been.”

Geib earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1961, and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963 and 1969, respectively. He wrote his dissertation on the history of Philadelphia, 1774-1789. His mentor at Wisconsin, Professor Merrill Jensen, suggested that Geib market himself as an urban historian.

That turned out to be great advice.

During his years at Butler, Geib published four Indianapolis history books: Indianapolis: Hoosiers’ Circle City; Lives Touched By Faith: Second Presbyterian Church, 150 Years; Indianapolis First: The Centennial History of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; and Federal Justice in Indiana: The History of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

“I always see myself as a public historian,” he said, “and I think the things I’ve most enjoyed have been things where I was able to take history and apply it in a public setting, or take public affairs and find ways to employ them in the academic setting.”

Geib said Jensen also trained him in how to write. He credits his parents with teaching him how to speak in perfectly constructed sentences.

When Geib speaks, you can practically hear every comma, period, and dash.

“My father was a teacher of high school math and physics before he earned his doctorate, and then a very fine professor at Purdue,” he said. “My mom was a college graduate back in the ’20s, when very few women went to college. She majored in the classics, and was always interested in the life of the mind and the world that was out there. It’s easy to say, but you sit around a table where two highly educated people are carrying on a conversation with you, and I don’t think it takes too long before you start to pick up on this.”

Geib said he took the job at Butler with two specifics goals in mind. One was to teach freshmen. And, even in his final semesters, he enjoyed leading a first-year seminar on the Battle of Gettysburg.

He also wanted to get involved in partisan politics—and he did, in the local Republican Party.

“I knew from Day One that, if I wanted to do that, I had to come from a community where careers open to talent could be pursued,” he said. “If you accept a position in a small town, the auto dealers, the American Legion, the other people who’ve been there for five generations are going to run the town, and you’re not going to be able to do anything. But you come to a city as big as Indianapolis, careers open to talent are possible. And because I was able to build a parallel career in politics, I think that over the years it became more and more attractive to me to stay around.”

In retirement, Geib plans to travel with Miriam, do some writing, and indulge his hobbies—one of which is collecting Austrian postage stamps. Geib is a member of the Austrian Philatelic Society of the United States, and he’s agreed to do some work for the organization, translating important works of Austrian stamp collecting. (The executive director of the society is Ralph Schneider, MBA ’74.)

Geib also will continue to run the small Internet book sale business he set up about seven years ago called The Doctor at Arms. He said it gives him the opportunity to haunt book sales, visit antique stores, and put together a salable collection.

The business usually generates about $2,000 a year in income.

“But,” he said, “it takes up lots of time, and it gives me an excuse for focused shopping.”

He and Miriam will continue to live just a few blocks from the University. So he won’t miss Butler, exactly. What he will miss, he said, is “the opportunity to work with good students. Butler is a nice private institution that attracts good students.”

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Student-Led Initiative Converts Waste Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel Fuel http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/biodiesel/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/biodiesel/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:24:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19846 Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Butler Innovation Fund, students in the Chemistry Department have partnered with the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.

Biodiesel interns Tyler Schenck and Kyle Graden

Biodiesel interns Tyler Schenck and Kyle Graden

This student-led initiative seeks to recycle vegetable oil waste from the Marketplace at Atherton Union and convert the oil to biodiesel fuel that can be burned by various vehicles and equipment currently utilized by the Facilities Department.

At the Butler conversion facility, approximately 50 gallons of vegetable oil will yield a range of 40-45 gallons of biodiesel.

“First and foremost, the initiative aids the University’s mission to reduce its carbon footprint because the fuel will be implemented into the campus fleet,” said Kyle Graden, biodiesel intern at the Center for Urban Ecology and one of eight student leaders involved in this project.

Other than the obvious sustainability component, according to Graden, the biodiesel initiative benefits the Butler community in areas such as knowledge sharing and cross-campus collaboration. It also saves the campus money on diesel fuel purchases and helps the community to “think locally.”

The initiative’s initial stages began last November, as students involved in this project made it their goal to reduce Butler’s contribution to air pollution.

Many of the preliminary efforts made by the group were spent determining the proper way to work the machinery. Students also wrote safety protocol documents, an instruction manual, and contacted the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to become certified to produce the fuel.

After producing an initial 50-gallon test batch in December, the students have created one additional batch of biodiesel thus far. The resulting biodiesel is then blended with actual diesel fuel for use in the campus vehicles.

In the short term, the biodiesel team hopes to establish a regular schedule for fuel production. The majority of its efforts will be focused on using the processing equipment to manufacture the fuel for the Facilities Department.

A long-term goal for the initiative, pending legal approval, is to sell excess supply of the biodiesel to local businesses and the Indianapolis community at a competitive price.

According to McKenzie Beverage, Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator, the University is a national leader among universities in terms of biodiesel production. Butler is the first higher education institution in Indiana—and one of only a handful in the United States—to take on a student-driven alternative fuel initiative.

“Projects like this are very beneficial for college campuses to partake in for a number of reasons,” said Graden. “The project is student run, which allows participants to combine concern for the environment with an economically efficient model.

“Initiatives similar to this bring together different areas of a university to promote sustainability and provide an excellent learning opportunity, allowing students to become leaders.”

The biodiesel interns will be offering tours of their production facility on Earth Day, April 22. Those interested can sign up via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SXgJakv8o1f5-A0nFhrsViRAwcmLNhibegjCvk9WyAM/viewform.

For more information about the initiative, the students involved in the project run a blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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What’s in Our Garbage? A Lot of Waste http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/waste/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/waste/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:13:00 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19837 Digging through trash is McKenzie Beverage’s idea of fun, and on Thursday she couldn’t have been happier.

_BS15151For two hours on April 17, Beverage and her students in the Butler Sustainability Practicum class sifted through nearly a ton of trash – 660 pounds from Ross Hall and another 1,140 pounds from Atherton Union – poured from Dumpsters onto the west mall between Jordan Hall and the Pharmacy Building.

Their goal: to see how many pounds of recyclables and food waste are thrown in the garbage on an average day.

Of that 1,800 pounds, 600 was recyclable—plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and Starbucks cups—and 600 was food waste.

“I totally expected it,” said Beverage, Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator. “National recycling rates and the percentage of food waste is typical with what we found. But we need to understand where we are to determine where we want to be.”

Her goal now is to change where we are. Using the results, she and the campus sustainability council will create educational materials about proper waste disposal and work to make recycling on campus even easier.

Tiera Patterson, a senior from Chicago, figured the exercise would be disgusting – and, she said, it was. “But if we can get the data we need to show to the campus, then it’s worth it.”

As for the waste they looked through, the actual garbage was sent to the southside Indianapolis incinerator where it would normally go. So did the food waste, because Butler doesn’t compost discarded food. Yet.

The recyclable material was recycled.

Beverage said the experience was great.

“It was 100 percent more than worthwhile,” she said, “and we will be doing it again.”

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Butler Announces Student-Housing Partnership with American Campus Communities http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/housing/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/housing/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:06:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19833 Butler University has partnered with Austin, Texas-based American Campus Communities to develop new student housing facilities on Butler’s campus. The initial phase of development will include a state-of-the-art facility with approximately 500 beds, and is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Under the initial agreement, American Campus will build and maintain the facility, while Butler and American Campus will share in the revenue. The appropriate partnership model is currently being negotiated and site studies are underway to determine the facility’s optimal location on campus.

Butler and American Campus have also selected Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) as lead architect, and Indianapolis-based Shiel Sexton as lead contractor, and Cripe Architects Engineers for site design.

This effort represents the first phase of a comprehensive student housing master plan that will address the University’s overall housing inventory. The scope of the master planning process encompasses the renovation or redevelopment of approximately 1,200-1,500 student beds and related student amenity space.   

“Developing superior campus amenities is crucial to our educational mission and to Butler’s 2020 Vision,” Butler President James M. Danko said. “American Campus Communities brings an enormous amount of experience and vision to our partnership, and we are excited to work with them to bring world-class housing options to Butler.”

By establishing a long-term partnership with American Campus, Butler will be able to dramatically upgrade its housing options, while maintaining the financial flexibility needed to invest in future academic facilities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Butler University,” said Jamie Wilhelm, Executive Vice President of public private partnerships at American Campus. “We look forward to a collaborative process and to providing a modern living-learning community to the next generation of Butler students.”

American Campus Communities––the nation’s largest developer, owner, and manager of high-quality student housing communities­­­––has completed similar projects at more than 40 universities, including Princeton, the University of Southern California, Texas A&M, and Arizona State.

Examples of their work can be seen at http://www.americancampus.com.

Since 1996, American Campus has developed more than $4.3 billion in properties and acquired more than $4.8 billion in student housing assets. The company has been awarded the development of more than 70 on-campus projects, in addition to 26 projects developed off campus.


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Collegian Has 3 Winners, 3 Finalists at SPJ Awards http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/collegian-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/collegian-2/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19827 The Butler Collegian had three winners and three finalists in the small newspapers category at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 awards banquet April 12 in Chicago. 

From left: Maggie Monson, copy desk chief and opinion columnist; Mallory Duncan, Arts, Etc. assistant editor; Marais Jacon-Duffy, news editor; Katie Goodrich and Natalie Smith, assistant news editors; Matthew VanTryon, assistant sports editor; Colin Likas, editor in chief.

From left: Maggie Monson, copy desk chief and opinion columnist; Mallory Duncan, Arts, Etc. assistant editor; Marais Jacon-Duffy, news editor; Katie Goodrich and Natalie Smith, assistant news editors; Matthew VanTryon, assistant sports editor; Colin Likas, editor in chief.

The three winners go on to compete in the national competition against 11 other SPJ region winners. 

Winners were:

Colin Likas, general news reporting, for “Red Ink,” which ran in the Oct. 16, 2013, Collegian.

Maggie Monson, opinion column, for “You don’t have to look sick to be sick,” Nov. 6, 2013. 

Audrey Meyer, editorial cartooning, for “Parking Ticket.”

Finalists were:

Marais Jacon-Duffy and Taylor Meador, breaking news, for “Butler mourns America’s dog,” Sept. 24, 2013.

Adam Winay, general news reporting, for “$14,738,745 and no one’s talking about where it’s going,” April 24, 2013.

Kyle Beery, sports reporting, for “Barlow desires to coach after playing days,” March 6, 2013.

The region includes collegiate newspapers from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.


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Dr. Stark Honored With Sagamore of the Wabash http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sagamore/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sagamore/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:22:25 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19821 Eric Stark was in the middle of conducting the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir in a rendition of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” Tuesday evening when State Rep. Dan Forestal and about 25 guests stepped onstage to deliver a surprise: Stark had been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the State of Indiana’s highest individual awards.

“I almost always have something to say,” Stark, Butler’s Director of Choral Activities and the Symphonic Choir’s Artistic Director, said after receiving a standing ovation from the 200-member choir and guests. “But tonight I’m absolutely speechless. This will take a while to sink in. But I’m touched, and honored, and incredibly humbled.”

Eric Stark receives the Sagamore of the Wabash from State Rep. Dan Forestal.

Eric Stark receives the Sagamore of the Wabash from State Rep. Dan Forestal.

See a video of the surprise here.

Forestal (D-Indianapolis) delivered the award at Butler’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, flanked by a contingent that included Stark’s mother, Sherry Stark, and stepfather, David Tiede; Stark’s brother Chris and sister-in-law Ann; and cousin Julie Moll and her husband, Tom.

“To say Dr. Eric Stark is deserving of this recognition is an understatement,” Forestal said. “The role he has played in enriching our community can be seen in many ways, but mostly in the lives of the people he has guided through the years. Through his great service, untold numbers have gained a greater appreciation of the power of music and have used that knowledge to entertain and enrich the lives of others.”

Stark, a Columbus, Indiana, native, began teaching at Butler in 1996 and is in his 12th season as Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The Wabash College alumnus received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Stark also has four CD recordings to his name and multiple new music commissions. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Strathmore Music Center, as well as in Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Michael Pettry MM ’06, executive director of the Symphonic Choir, took a conducting class from Stark while in graduate school.

“Eric is an incredible leader, and I’ll tell you why,” Pettry said. “You wouldn’t know that he’s leading. Anybody who’s been in his choir, or who’s been in a committee meeting—as exciting as those are—with Eric sees the quiet, hands-off sort of leadership that Eric exudes. He’s a true educator through and through.”

The Sagamore, bestowed by Gov. Mike Pence, is considered among the greatest honors to come from our state’s chief executive. It is a tribute given to those who have provided a valued service to Indiana and its people. Sagamore recipients include astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to the Hoosier heritage—including Stark’s maternal grandfather, businessman J. Kirby Risk, who received a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1969.


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Butler Names Three ‘Women of Distinction’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/women/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/women/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:45:40 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19777 College of Education Associate Dean Debra Lecklider, Clowes Memorial Hall Executive Director Elise Kushigian, and senior Chemistry/Pre-Medicine student Brittany Moore have been named Butler University’s 2014 Women of Distinction.

The awards will be presented at the Women of Distinction reception on April 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union Room 004. The University community is invited to attend and congratulate the 2014 recipients.

Faculty, staff, and students nominate potential honorees. The person who nominated Lecklider described her as “energetic, intuitive, and a great communicator.”

deblecklider13“Deb Lecklider is a woman of great integrity,” the nomination said. “She should be recognized as a Woman of Distinction because she has demonstrated her passion for assisting all University students, faculty, and staff. …. She is an inspiration to her students and colleagues. Deb constantly challenges her students and colleagues to think outside the box. She regards failures as teachable moments.”



 elise backstage-letterKushigian “has been a positive role model to her staff and the women of Butler University for 19 years, leading confidently at all times in a business that often requires long hours, quick decisions, and sometimes tough negotiations,” her nominator said, adding that she “is an eager mentor to the Clowes staff, soliciting ideas and offering opportunities while remaining hands-on in all areas of the venue operations. … Ms. Kushigian demands high standards, won’t take no for an answer, and hides behind her tough façade a heart of gold.”



B. Moore photo (2)Moore’s credits include serving as President of the Black Student Union, Vice President of the International Club, and a Diversity Ambassador for the Efroymson Diversity Center. She has volunteered at Riley Hospital for Children, serves as a Butler Early College Program mentor, and was a freshman mentor for three years. Her goal is medical school.

“Brittany Moore is a Woman of Distinction,” the person nominating her said. “Throughout her years at Butler, she has always placed the needs of others before herself. Brittany truly exemplifies the role of the servant-leader and scholar.”


The Butler University Woman of Distinction Award is presented annually. Each recipient is an outstanding leader who has shown commitment and dedication to improving the Butler community; reaches out to others while valuing herself; has created a vision and moves others toward that vision; has defined a clear role for herself in today’s changing environment; faces challenges head on and is decisive and persistent; carries herself with dignity and pride, but never with vanity; values the strides achieved by women and has worked to improve the environment for women; and is a serious woman who rules her life with energy, integrity, and love.


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Clowes Hall Introduces Sensory-Enhanced Seating for the Hearing Impaired http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sensory/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sensory/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:40:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19764 Beginning Friday, April 11, Clowes Memorial Hall will launch a first-of-its-kind project that enhances the concert performance experience through a system it has dubbed “audio sensory enhanced seating.” These seats are equipped with technology designed to convert audio into vibration to create physical sensation from sound.

clowesfullhouse0113 001The project started through an idea by Joshua Lingenfelter, Clowes Memorial Hall Director of Marketing, after an experience he had at the Clowes Box Office.

“We had a concert one evening, and the performer was also on a popular TV show at the time,” Lingenfelter said. “A man came to the window and wrote down on a piece of paper that he would like a refund. His wife stood behind him as they both communicated via sign language and written notes. Essentially, they were both fans of the performer being on TV, but even though the husband had great intentions, the wife couldn’t fathom attending a concert when they can’t hear.”

“That sparked an idea for me: What if we changed the way we perceived music by not only hearing it, but also feeling it. Would that have changed their minds about attending the concert? This wasn’t an entirely new concept. Think back to the stories of Beethoven chopping off the legs of his piano after losing his hearing in order to feel the vibrations and you can see where the idea comes from. If we aren’t able to hear it, can we feel it instead?”

Lingenfelter, who is also a percussionist, was familiar with a technology called the Buttkicker® sound enhancement system. The ButtKicker® brand low-frequency audio transducers were developed to solve a problem between a bass player and his drummer. They wanted to be able to feel the low end of the music without turning the stage monitors up so loud that it disturbed the rest of the band. A low-frequency audio transducer allows the user to feel powerful bass without excessive volume.

This week, Clowes will install eight systems into seats, which will be reviewed by members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community during the weekend performance of Blue Man Group at no cost through a generous grant from The Broadway League.

In recent years, the ButtKicker® technology has been installed with commercial applications, bringing excitement and depth to theatres for hearing audiences. Current customers include Disney: Mission Space, Center of Science and Industry – Columbus, Ohio, and Kennedy Space Center. Lingenfelter imagined that if he could use that same technology in the seats of Clowes Memorial Hall, then this could create an option to have music be a valid evening of entertainment for those who had no ability to hear.

Before proceeding with program development for this project, each department at Clowes worked together to develop a test of the ButtKicker® system with a performance of West Side Story at Clowes Hall on June 9, 2013. Clowes invited audience members from the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to attend an ASL-interpreted performance and sit in a seat with the ButtKicker® unit. Invitations were extended to a member of the deaf community and his hearing family, teachers and students from the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) and ASL interpreters. This test allowed the patrons to feel the vibrations of the music in the show, enhancing their Broadway performance experience. Patron feedback was positive.

Clowes made initial calls to The Guitammer Company (owners of the Buttkicker technology) in May 2013 to investigate options to use the ButtKicker® at Clowes Hall with a specific focus on music productions. Ernie Yezzi, Clowes sound stagehand, spoke with Mark Luden, CEO and President of The Guitammer Company, to explore new potential uses for the equipment.

To date, the ButtKicker® has never been used in live musical theatre performances or to enhance the performance experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. This presents a unique opportunity for Clowes to pilot a program with potential national replication.

The education and marketing departments at Clowes plan to follow up with extensive research following the weekend to further develop the technology.

“Those of us who can hear don’t think twice about going to a concert for an evening of entertainment,” Lingenfelter said. “For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, a concert may be of little to no interest. However, if we can convert the way our senses perceive music then we can serve all populations in our community.”


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Alex Still ’14 Receives Fulbright French Government Teaching Award http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/still/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/still/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:49:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19760 Alex Still graduates in May with a bachelor’s in dance pedagogy and French, along with a history minor. And she’ll be using all she learned when she heads to France this fall as recipient of the Fulbright French Government Teaching Award, sponsored by the French ministry of education.

142Still, who came to Butler from Williamsburg, Virginia, will leave for France in mid-September and spend the school year teaching English to French middle and high school students in the northern France city of Lille.

“It’s been awesome to be in the dance program,” said Still, Butler’s seventh Fulbright recipient in the last four years and the second this year, “but also to be able to have other interests and not be restricted to one major.  Because I got to do all of this, I feel like that’s why I get to go to the next level. Following the Butler Way has truly gotten me where I am today.”

As a dance pedagogy major, Still took dance classes and participated in Butler Ballet performances. But she also took classes in anatomy, education, psychology, and teaching analysis of dance technique. “Diverse coursework,” she said.

In October 2013, Still began the process of applying for the Fulbright, working with Rusty Jones of the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement. She received the good news on April 1. She is the third winner of this award in Butler’s history, following Courtney Campbell (now Rousseau) in 2003 and Adam Weaver in 2011.

Fulbright applicants for France are considered for both the Fulbright award and a separate, equally prestigious, award (the French Government Teaching Award) from the French Ministry of Education. It’s customary for undergraduate students to be given more consideration for the French Government Teaching Award, whereas graduate students tend to receive the Fulbright.

For Still, the French Government Teaching Award means a return to France. She studied in Dijon the summer after her sophomore year and also has visited Paris on a vacation.

“I hope to stay over there for a few years at least,” she said.

All applicants for the Fulbright are required to propose a side project that they will do in addition to teaching English. Still proposed bringing the concept of the Butler Community Arts School to France by volunteering in a school that needs arts instruction. So as part of her time in Lille, she will not only teach English but dance as well.

“I want to share what I’ve learned through my dance education,” she said.


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Dr. Grechesky Goes Out on a High Note http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/grechesky-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/grechesky-2/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:24:55 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19746 Forty-one years, seven presidents, six deans, countless performances. That’s the line on Bob Grechesky’s career at Butler, which ends this spring when he retires as director of bands.

bobgrechesky11Grechesky joined the faculty in 1973, when Lilly Hall was barely a decade old, and Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Building had yet to be built. One of his professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, former Butler Marching Band Director Michael Leckrone, had taught at Butler and told him about the job, which consisted of conducting the marching band and jazz band.

“I didn’t think I’d stay longer than a few years,” said Grechesky, sitting in a Lilly Hall office filled with memories and mementos of his decades at Butler, including probably 100 bobbleheads. “But it’s been a very good place to be.”

Growing up in Salem, New Jersey, near the Delaware border, Grechesky planned to become a lawyer or a psychologist. In high school in the early 1960s, he was a “crappy” trombone player. One summer he went to a summer music camp at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and found himself relegated to the last chair. “It was embarrassing,” he said.

The next year, the Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and suddenly everyone wanted to be in a rock band—including a friend down the street who played euphonium. Grechesky asked to borrow the horn, which he describes as “a tuba with a thyroid condition.” That next summer, he earned euphonium first chair at the summer camp.

“I wasn’t ready to play that stuff, but there I was,” he said. “So I practiced eight hours a day. The camp was a three-week camp, and, by the time I got done, I was pretty good. I stuck with it. There’s a lot to be said for perseverance. Showing up is the majority of it. Show up, do the work, work hard at it.”

He went on to study at Rutgers University as an undergraduate and earn his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught in New Jersey and Wisconsin high schools, and at Madison Area Technical College while in grad school. But Butler was his first—and, it turns out, last—full-time university teaching job.

“I got to a place in my career where this [Butler] was very satisfying,” he said. “And Indianapolis is a great town. We sort of grew up with the town. And this is a great place to raise a family. This is a good school with great students and faculty, and I’ve always been able to fulfill my professional artistic needs here as far as making music and doing music.”

Butler Composer-in-Residence Michael Schelle said Grechesky has been a phenomenal asset for Butler as a professor, performer, and colleague.

“For 40 years, he has been ‘Radio Free Butler’—by far, the most flag-waving chamber of commerce representative for the University I have ever known here, or anywhere else,” Schelle said. “He put his heart and soul into the school and the young musicians, 24/7.”

But now Grechesky and his wife, Adrienne, a music teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools for the past 41 years, will be moving to Marietta, Georgia, to be near their daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Grechesky expects to do a lot of chauffeuring. He also plans to play in the Cobb County Wind Ensemble and work on a critical addition to a composition called “A Chant from the Great Plains,” which won the first National Band Association composition contest in the 1920s but has since been lost through time.

What he’ll miss most about Butler, he said, are the students. He’s proud of the number of students who’ve gone on to successful careers in music, including Bob Wood ’74 (trumpet in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), Steve Eggleston ’74 (professor of music at Illinois Wesleyan University), and Matt Henry ’96 (colonel and conductor in U.S. Air Force band).

“Some of my best friends are former students,” he said. “Over the years, you establish those relationships. That’s the thing. That’s the bond.”


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Businessweek Ranks Butler COB A+ in Undergrad Teaching, Placement http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/businessweek-cob-undergrad/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/businessweek-cob-undergrad/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:54:47 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19703 Butler University’s College of Business (COB) received grades of A+ in Teaching and A+ in Placement in the Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Schools.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.Butler was ranked No. 51 overall of the 145 U.S. programs surveyed for the listing announced on April 4. The COB also earned a No. 24 ranking nationally in academic quality and No. 30 as an MBA-feeder school rank.

COB’s 98 percent placement rate for 2013 graduates—and five-year average placement rate of 97 percent—support the survey results, said COB Dean Chuck Williams.

“Butler College of Business is committed to giving undergraduates a real life, real business experience, through our four-year, structured career development program and other hands-on experiential learning,’ Williams said. “Those experiences lead to career success.”

Highlights of COB’s real life, real business programming include:

  • An extensive four-year career development program where students are guided by their own career mentors. These former executives worked for companies such as Cummins, IBM, Smith Barney, and Eli Lilly and Company.
  • The Freshman Business Experience course, in which first semester students develop a business plan and present it to executives, who select a few for possible start-up funding.
  • The Real Business Experience course in which sophomores develop a business plan, present the plan to a board of local bankers and entrepreneurs to apply for up to $5,000 of start-up capital, and then, if desired, start and run the business.
  • The Student-Managed Investment Fund, in which students invest $1 million in real money from Butler’s endowment.

Since its debut on the Best Undergraduate list in 2010, Butler COB has been the only Indianapolis business school on the list.

In November, Businessweek ranked Butler’s part-time MBA program as No. 57 in the nation in terms of overall quality, No. 19 in academic quality, and No. 11 among Midwestern programs.

The College of Business’ undergraduate program was also ranked a “best” program in the latest U.S. News and World Report list.

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Collegian Writer Wins National Investigative Reporting Award http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/reporting-award/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/reporting-award/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:45:31 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19690 Butler Collegian reporter Ryan Lovelace has won a national award from the organization Investigative Reporters & Editors for the story “A Center and Its Director,” about the University’s creation of the Desmond Tutu Center and its hiring of Allan Boesak to be the first director.

Headshot-2The story ran in the November 20, 2013, edition of the paper. The story is here, and a related timeline here.

The IRE judges said: “When Butler University named South African icon Allan Boesak as the executive director for its new Desmond Tutu Center, the announcement received widespread praise. Boesak’s role in working with Archbishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela and others to bring down the apartheid regime was highlighted. Butler Collegian Managing Editor Ryan Lovelace wanted to know more about the man being entrusted with university funds to run the center.

“In a three-month investigation, Lovelace used South African court records, documents from Wikileaks and interviews with sources in South Africa to document Boesak’s history. The former freedom fighter had been convicted of misusing donations made to his foundation.

“Although Boesak was still appointed to the Butler position, the article raised questions about his appointment and ability to manage a nonprofit center that has received millions in contributions. This was a powerful investigation done by a lone student at a small college newspaper with few resources. It should inspire other students to do similar work.”

The awards, given by Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. since 1979, recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year. The contest covers 16 categories across media platforms and a range of market sizes. The awards also help identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story.

Entries are placed in the IRE Resource Center, allowing members to learn from each other. The IRE Awards were established in 1979. Winners from other years can be found on the winners page.

Lovelace, a senior from North Aurora, Illinois, will receive his award at the 2014 IRE Conference in San Francisco, California on Saturday, June 28.

“I’m excited to win this prestigious award and look forward to a professional career in journalism,” Lovelace said. “I am thankful for the excellent guidance I have received from the Butler Collegian staff and the School of Journalism faculty during my time at Butler.”

Loni McKown, faculty adviser to the Collegian and professional practice faculty member in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism in the College of Communication, said the idea to look into Boesak’s background was Lovelace’s.

“And the scope of his reporting—the incredible amount of research and depth of sourcing—is unlike anything a Butler Collegian student has dared to attempt, let alone publish,” she said. “While the three-month process was laborious, and often frustrating, the resulting finished product was professional quality. To have his work recognized by such a prestigious organization as Investigative Reporters & Editors bodes well for Ryan’s bright future as a professional journalist.”


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Butler Earns Prestigious Business Accreditation http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/accreditation/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/accreditation/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:14:06 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19665 Butler University’s College of Business has earned reaccreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

The College of Business is Butler’s third-largest college, with approximately 900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Butler’s College of Business was ranked 47th in the 2013 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of 124 U.S. undergraduate business programs, and U.S. News and World Report ranked the College 141 out of 342 schools in 2013. Butler University’s part-time MBA program is currently ranked 57th by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and 72nd by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

“The College of Business maintains its distinguished accreditation through a research-active faculty that is dedicated to our experiential mission of real life, real business,” College of Business Dean Chuck Williams said.

To learn more about Butler’s College of Business, visit www.butler.edu/cob. More about AACSB International accreditation is available at www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.


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Sigma Nu Fraternity Receives Award of Distinction http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sigma-nu/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/sigma-nu/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:12:06 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19683 The Epsilon Mu chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity at Butler University has received a Chapter Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

Each year, through the Awards of Distinction, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) works to identify fraternity men, organizations, and campuses that are advancing the fraternal movement through creative initiatives, strong academics, educational programming, philanthropy, and leadership engagement.

“This year, we are proud to honor these individuals and chapters for their accomplishments, said Pete Smithhisler, NIC president and CEO. “These awards allow the NIC to recognize outstanding achievement, and this year we were fortunate to have so many nominations of students, alumni, and chapters exemplifying the true purpose of fraternity.”

Specifically, the Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes undergraduate chapters across the country that are highly functioning, in compliance with NIC standards, seeking to educate others about the benefits of a values-based fraternity experience, and working to maintain a healthy relationship with both their interfraternity and national organizations.

The Awards of Distinction selection process starts with a nomination, typically from either a Greek Advisor or organization professional recognizing a standout chapter. In the case of Sigma Nu, a nomination was submitted on behalf of the chapter by a staff member at Sigma Nu’s national headquarters.

“For Sigma Nu at Butler, the committee was impressed by the fact that 100 percent of the men in the fraternity are involved in an organization outside the fraternity,” said Jason Hinson-Nolen, director of campus initiatives at the NIC. “Additionally, 42 percent of the men in Sigma Nu hold a leadership position within an organization.

“These two statistics, combined with the strong academic performance of the chapter, paint a picture of a group of men that are dedicated to success as undergraduates while living the values of their organization.”

Hinson-Nolen also noted ideal Award of Distinction winners would be chapters that are making a difference in their communities through service and philanthropy.

Sigma Nu members hold an annual Day of Service, during which brothers volunteer with a variety of local organizations. In 2013, members served at the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, and the Todd Academy college preparatory program. Additionally, during its weeklong event, Snuperbowl, the chapter raises funds for the youth program U.S. Dream Academy, an organization that seeks to empower at- risk children with academic, social, and values enrichment.

Sigma Nu chapter members expressed excitement about the award.

“We are honored both by the nomination from Sigma Nu Headquarters and the privilege to be recognized by the NIC for our chapter’s success with improving the Greek experience and seeking to educate others about our values-based fraternity,” said Dylan Menefee `16, Sigma Nu public relations chairman.

“Awards like this make us extremely excited to take on more opportunities to continue excellence in and outside of the classroom at Butler.”


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Emily Seibert ’14 Earns Fulbright Teaching Assistantship http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/seibert/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/seibert/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:26:14 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19657 Emily Seibert ’14 received her best 22nd birthday present the day before her actual March 27 birthday: She was chosen for a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to live and work in Athens, Greece, for 10 months.

DSC_0372She’ll leave in September and be one of a dozen Americans in the Fulbright program who will teach English and American culture to students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

“I was very surprised and very honored,” said Seibert, the sixth Fulbright recipient from Butler in the past four years. “I didn’t fully know how to react because I never expected it to become a reality.”

Seibert, an elementary education major from Valparaiso, Indiana, said she had planned to start the job-search process in Indianapolis for a teaching position at the elementary-school level. Then she saw a notice in the Butler Connection—the daily email that goes to students, faculty, and staff—about applying for a Fulbright.

“It put together three of the passions I’ve enhanced at Butler; my love for teaching and my love for kids, my passion for serving others and my new-found love of experiencing different cultures found through my study abroad experience,” she said.

She talked to Rusty Jones, Interim Associate Director of Butler’s Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement, and he helped her start the application process and edit her essays. Jones also organized a Fulbright campus committee interview and wrote her institutional endorsement.

The opportunity to participate in the program in Greece thrilled her because it has no requirement that participants speak a foreign language fluently (Seibert doesn’t) and because she’ll be there with other Fulbright recipients, working collaboratively.

Seibert said she still plans to teach—most likely in Indianapolis—when her Fulbright ends in July 2015. But for now, she’s looking forward to “experiencing education in the world, seeing all the different aspects of what education looks like across the globe. This is a great opportunity to see a different side of education and to bring what I’ve learned at Butler to another part of the world.”

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New COE Minor Focuses on Lifelong Activity, Health http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/lifelong-activity-health/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/lifelong-activity-health/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:25:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19646 The College of Education will introduce a new minor in Recreation and Sports Studies that’s designed to prepare Butler students interested in health, physical activity, recreation, and sports to lead programs in and outside of school settings.

Butler University College of Education Recreation and Sports Studies students March 27, 2014.

A student in the Ultimate Frisbee/Team Handball course, part of new Recreation and Sports minor.

The minor will be offered beginning in fall semester 2014.

The Recreation and Sports Studies (RSS) curriculum, which is designed to meet the growing national interest in healthy, active lifestyles, covers skillsets and coaching in up to 14 different sports. It also covers dance and games, fitness and health, and the design, marketing, and management of recreation and fitness programs.

Butler’s Health and Recreation Complex, the Sports Medicine division of the Department of Athletics, and three other colleges—Jordan College of the Arts, the College of Business and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences—will collaborate with COE on the interdisciplinary curriculum.

Americans are increasingly interested in pursuing a health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle for a lifespan, said Associate Professor Mindy Welch, Coordinator of COE’s Human Movement and Health Science Education (HMHSE) degree program.

“Quality physical and health education academic programs in schools are essential but no longer sufficient to achieve this aim,” she said. “Because of this interest, our graduates have opportunities to enter careers and graduate studies in fitness training, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and health promotion, and to work with diverse populations outside the school setting.”

Students majoring in Human Movement and Health Science Education, along with students from other colleges and majors, have already expressed interest in the minor, Welch said.

The more than 200 students employed by Butler’s Health and Recreation Complex, as well as its previous student workers, have  been “begging for more opportunities to develop their interests, knowledge, and professional skills in the fields of physical activity, physical fitness, recreation, sports, and wellness,” she said.

Another indicator of student interests is the number of non-HMHSE majors enrolled in PE 261, Theory of Practice and Coaching, a required course for the Recreation and Sports Studies minor.

Butler University College of Education Recreation and Sports Studies students March 27, 2014.In the five spring semesters since 2009, 37 out of 118 students (31 percent) have been non-majors, Welch said.

The RSS minor can expand the professional toolkit for all COE graduates, according to Welch. She said Butler graduates who become elementary and secondary teachers “often take on professional responsibilities related to recreation and sport. They might have responsibility for integrating physical activity or physical education into a curriculum, creating before- and after-school or recess co-curricular learning experiences, or even coaching a school team.”

While HMHSE continues to prepare teacher candidates for P-12 licensure in physical and health education in schools, COE changed the program name from Physical and Health Education to Human Movement and Health Science Education in April 2013 to reflect its broader mission and areas of expertise.

“The name signals our vital tenets,” Welch said. “ ‘Human’ indicates our mission to serve people of all ages and abilities. ‘Movement’ stands for physical activity in a variety of forms and context. We want that movement to promote ‘Health,’ and the absence of disease. ‘Science’ stands for the scientific foundation of what we teach about movement and health. And ‘Education’ stands for COE’s mission to be leaders in lifelong learning.”

Contact Mindy Welch at mwelch@butler.edu to learn more about the Recreation and Sports Studies minor.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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COPHS Students Kraska, Tomich Lobby Congress http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/cophs-students-congress/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/cophs-students-congress/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:20:17 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19604 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students Kim Kraska and Stevan Tomich were the only pharmacy students from Indiana who met with federal lawmakers during National Association of Chain Drug Stores Day March 13 on Capitol Hill. 

Tomich1Fifth-year student Tomich accompanied Mike Penn COPHS ’98 from Marsh Drugs.

Third-year students Kraska works in the Jewel Osco Division of Albertson’s Pharmacies. She joined that company’s Capitol Hill visiting team, which included the President of Albertson’s Pharmacy Division Dan Salemi (pictured with Kraska).

More than 400 community pharmacists, pharmacy executives, and pharmacy students—mostly from the east coast—participated in meetings with more than 80 percent of the entire U.S. Congress, helping them to better understand the value of pharmacy and how the profession is evolving. They connected with 136 of the 139 Members of Congress who serve on Congressional committees with jurisdiction on healthcare issues.

The event coincided with the introduction of H.R. 4190, which would amend the Social Security Act to designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under the Medicare program.  Under the bill, pharmacists would work to their full capability by providing underserved patients in the Medicare program with services not currently available to them, including immunizations, diabetes screenings and self-management education, cardiovascular screenings, and behavioral therapy, within the scope of state laws.

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Pharmacy Students Educate About Prescription Drug Abuse http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/prescription-drug-abuse/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/prescription-drug-abuse/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:34:55 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19600 The Generation Rx initiative, powered jointly by College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students and the Butler Student Association of Pharmacy, seeks to educate and raise awareness about prescription drug misuse both at Butler University and in the greater Indianapolis community.

General Pharmacy ExteriorThanks to a $6,000 grant from the Butler University Innovation Fund, Generation Rx students have been able to promote the cause through a variety of educational programs and awareness campaigns.

Adderall, xanax, and hydrocodone are the most commonly misused prescription medications among Indiana college students, according to the 2012 Indiana College Substance Use Survey.

Generation Rx coordinator Samantha Christie `15 said that, although some students are prescribed these medications for legitimate medical reasons, problems happen when they do not take the drugs as prescribed or the drugs are taken by people for whom they have not been prescribed.

A poster campaign was one of the largest of Generation Rx’s attempts to raise awareness; members of the organization hung fliers and posters with prescription drug facts around the Butler campus.

They hoped to address the lack of accurate information regarding the use of prescription drugs.

“People should be given the facts about misusing prescription drugs before being placed in a situation to misuse the drugs, in order for them to make their own decisions,” said Christie

Students also produced a video entitled “The Rx Trap” and had the opportunity to present this video at a national conference on the topic of prescription drug abuse at Ohio State University.

“In terms of promotions, our organization strives to create multimedia that uses original photography, video, and music to make our peers ask themselves what they truly know about prescription drug abuse,” said Stephen Small ’15, the visual arts specialist for this project.

Generation Rx invited Steve Moore to speak in the Reilly Room on how an addict’s brain works and the cycle of addiction. Moore is the founder of The Moore Institute in Birmingham, a facility that offers addiction recovery resources.

January 27-31 was “Butler University Drug Facts Week.”  Students held a drawing, in which 155 participating Butler students tried to win gift cards to the Butler Bookstore. To enter the drawing, students had to spin the wheel and correctly answer a drug facts question and/or play the street name-prescription name matching game in Starbucks.

“Out of Reach,” a documentary film that captures prescription drug abuse through the eyes of teenage users, was also shown. The film addresses a personal connection to medicine abuse and puts a face on this important issue, said Christie.

Throughout Drug Facts Week, Generation Rx members encouraged student interaction via social media accounts. Facebook and Twitter pages featured daily drug facts, hashtags for students to get more involved and follow the progress of the campaign, and links for more resources regarding prescription drug abuse.  

The reach of this initiative has not been limited to Butler’s campus. Generation Rx members have given presentations to local high school students, participated in a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored drug take-back day, and attended local health and wellness fairs.

Any Butler student with a prescription drug abuse problem is encouraged to seek help from Counseling and Consultation Services, located within the Health Center at the HRC. The service provides confidential counseling and resources to students for various struggles, including addiction.

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Stephen Standifird Named New College of Business Dean http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/standifird/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/standifird/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:01:01 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19546 Stephen Standifird, Dean of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will become the Dean of Butler University’s College of Business beginning June 1.

Standifird_PhotoAt Butler, he will take over the University’s third-largest college, with approximately 900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Butler’s College of Business was ranked 47th in the 2013 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of 124 U.S. undergraduate business programs, and U.S. News and World Report ranked the College 141 out of 342 schools in 2013. Butler University’s part-time MBA program is currently ranked 57th by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and 72nd by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

“I am impressed by what the Butler College of Business has been able to accomplish in recent years,” said Standifird. “Butler University and the College of Business specifically are leaders in higher education innovation. I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead the ongoing advancements of the College.”

At Evansville, Standifird was responsible for all aspects of the Schroeder School of Business, including leading the school’s faculty, assuring continued accreditation, and providing oversight of the school’s Institute for Global Enterprise and Institute for Banking and Finance. Standifird also led the revamping of the school’s assurance of learning program and the introduction of a variety of new international offerings including the “Global Virtual Classroom.”

He created a $1.2 million endowment for career services, with commitments to bring the endowment to $2 million. Under his watch, student placement and their starting salaries increased by 24 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Standifird also led the creation of a $100,000 microfinance fund for minority- and women-owned businesses, which is operated by students and in partnership with Old National Bank.

Prior to his time at the University of Evansville, Standifird held positions at the University of San Diego’s School of Business. As Associate Dean from 2009–2011, he helped increase enrollment of the school’s six master of science programs by roughly 34 percent over a two-year period. During his time as Director of Undergraduate Programs from 2006–2009, he created a comprehensive assurance of learning program and positioned the program for its first-ever ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2009.

Standifird earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, his MBA from Northwestern University, and his doctorate in organizational studies from the University of Oregon.

“Steve has the precise combination of experience and expertise to become the next leader of the Butler College of Business,” Provost Kathryn Morris said. “I am very pleased that he will be joining the leadership team at Butler.”


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CCOM Conference Looks at Ethics in Public Dialogue, Activism http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/ethics-in-public-dialogue/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/ethics-in-public-dialogue/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:06:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19518 Visiting journalists, social activists, and filmmakers, along with Central Indiana community leaders, will address ethical communication during the inaugural Conference on Ethics & Public Argumentation (CEPA) April 1-4 at Butler University. Admission to all sessions is free and open to the public; seating availability is limited.

Elizabeth Bernstein Sean-Jacobs Elaine-HallGuest speakers include (pictured from left) Elizabeth Bernstein, whose Wall Street Journal column focuses on personal relationships; South African journalist turned scholar Sean Jacobs; and Elaine Hall, founder of the Miracle Project, a theatre and film program for children of all abilities. Three documentary films will be shown on the conference’s second day—“Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story,” “AUTISM: The Musical,” and “Medora”—followed by discussions with the films’ directors and featured subjects.

Local participants include the Rev. Charles Harrison of the Indianapolis Ten-Point Coalition; Jim Brainard ’76, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana; filmmaker Ted Green; WFYI President Lloyd Wright; district director Megan Sims Wilmes of Congressman André Carson’s office, and program director Danicia Malone of Colour Blind, Inc. at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center.

In the conference’s keynote address, the Rev. Allan Boesak will reflect on his mentor and anti-apartheid colleague Nelson Mandela. Boesak directs the Desmond Tutu Center, a joint initiative of Butler and Christian Theological Seminary.

The full conference schedule is at http://blue.butler.edu/cepa

Sponsored by Butler’s College of Communication, CEPA was largely inspired by Butler alumni and friends, Craig Pinkus ’65, J.D.,  attorney and partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP of Indianapolis, and William Neher ’66, PhD, former interim dean of the College of Communication (CCOM) and professor emeritus of communication studies.

“CEPA is intended to promote dialogue between scholars of argumentation and significant thought-leaders in public and professional contexts where it is imperative to resolve major conflicts and challenges,” Neher said. “The invited participants are chosen because, by their words and deeds, they demonstrate a clear standard of ethical communication on the conference subjects.”

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson


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Butler Part-time MBA Ranked Among Nation’s Best for Third Year http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/part-time-mba/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/part-time-mba/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:02:11 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19466 Butler University’s part-time MBA program ranks 72nd in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, 2015 Edition. This is the third consecutive year Butler has been on the list of the nation’s top 125 part-time MBA programs.

BusinessRankings are based on five factors: average peer assessment score; average GMAT score of student’s entering in fall 2013; average undergraduate GPA; work experience; and the percentage of the school’s fall 2013 part-time enrollment.

The average peer assessment score—which accounts for 50 percent of a school’s overall score—is calculated from a fall 2011 survey that asks business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 310 part-time MBA programs to rate the programs on a 5-point scale.

College of Business Dean Chuck Williams said the ongoing national recognition can be credited to graduate faculty’s efforts to connect theory with actual business practice. “Working with area executives, our MBA faculty incorporate relevant, real business experiences into courses—activities such as our one-day immersion Gateway Experience and our FirstPerson Board Fellows program, which places our graduate students on the boards of local non-profit organizations.”

Butler’s part-time MBA program combines evening classes with accelerated and weekend sessions; it offers concentrations in finance, international business, leadership, and marketing.

Contact: Courtney Tuell
(317) 940-9807

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Grant to Support Early Childhood Teacher Training for Urban Schools http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/early-childhood-teachers/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/03/early-childhood-teachers/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:16:03 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19447 A $120,000 grant to The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers (IPYW) will help Butler’s College of Education (COE) create teacher training for early childhood education programs and develop additional programs “that could benefit up to 1,500 local preschool and elementary students,” according to IPYW Director Susan Adamson, a COE faculty member.

Students at IPS/Butler Lab School

Students at IPS/Butler Lab School

The grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will also support new initiatives to mentor entry-level minority teachers, develop online literacy curricula, and showcase student writing, including work by IPS/Butler Laboratory School students. All programs will be targeted at teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools, the metropolitan school districts of Wayne and Warren townships, and the St. Mary Child Care centers. 

The Partnership, which became an affiliated program of Butler COE this fall, offers professional development for reading, writing and recently math to teachers in grades K-8.

IPYW hopes to address problems in urban Indianapolis schools, noted in a 2008 survey by the United Way of Central Indiana. The survey found a student achievement gap between suburban and urban schools, and a serious need for early childhood education to get children ready to learn in kindergarten.

“Supporting teachers in our underserved city schools will make a difference for generations. The relationship between student and teacher is often the critical difference in a successful life,” said Gene D’Adamo, President and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

A portion of the grant will allow the Partnership and COE to develop and pilot teacher training for 60 early childhood educators in urban Indianapolis.

Adamson said the training will include workshops led by Matt Glover, a nationally recognized early literacy scholar. Staff from all three St. Mary’s Child Center locations—including its program at the IPS/Butler Lab School—will participate in the early childhood pilot at no cost.

Grant funds will be used to recruit six entry-level minority teachers as new members of IPYW’s Young Leaders in Urban Education (YLUE) study group. Aimed at retaining highly qualified minority teachers in the profession, YLUE provides peer mentoring and professional leadership development opportunities. 

“This is vital especially in Indianapolis where the minority student population is 77 percent but only 19 percent of its certified employees are teachers of color,” Adamson said. “Children need to see people like themselves in these crucial instructional roles.

“Further, these teachers become some of the finest teachers of reading and writing entering the profession. They are able to deliver high-quality literacy curriculum earlier in their teaching careers, and they make professional development in the teaching of reading and writing part of their professional lives.”

“Grant funds will allow us to provide a Butler education faculty to facilitate monthly meetings for YLUE cohort members, as well as professional texts and stipends for participating teachers, and travel expenses and registration fees, so they can attend national professional conferences,” she said. “Six experienced YLUE members will be asked to mentor these new entry-level minority teachers.”

Three online K-8 curriculum modules in reading and writing will be developed with grant funding. The modules will feature the leadership-level work of IPYW trained teachers and provide supplementary support for an estimated 90 educators participating in IPYW programs in urban Indianapolis schools.

IPYW will also showcase student achievement in two projects supported by the grant. It will print an anthology of writing by 175 students in grades K-8 from throughout Indiana.  It will also host a “Family Literacies Night,” involving families of Lab School and St. Mary’s Child Center students.

IPYW was one of 23 Indiana non-profit organizations to receive Pulliam Trust grants in late November. The grants, totaling $1,993,460, will support work in the Trust’s priority areas of helping people in need, protecting animals and nature, and enriching community life.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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CCOM Introduces Majors in Sports Media, Interactive Media http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/02/majors/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/02/majors/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:53:19 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18759

New majors in Sports Media and Interactive Media will be offered by Butler University’s College of Communication beginning in the fall.Butler Logo.BLUE.VECTOR

The Sports Media major is designed for students interested in careers in sports information, production, or journalism/media.

“We have several faculty members with expertise in this area, no shortage of high-quality internships available in Indianapolis and on campus with Butler Athletics, and many alumni who  are associated with sports who can help guide our students after they graduate,” said Nancy Whitmore, director of Butler’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism.

Whitmore said that although undergraduate degrees in journalism and digital media are common, ones that focus specifically on sports media are relatively rare. For more information on the Sports Media program, contact Eric Esterline at eesterli@butler.edu.

The Interactive Media program within the Creative Media and Entertainment Department will offer students an opportunity to learn about interactive media and to create and distribute content using multimedia tools. The new program is designed for students who want to facilitate communication using interactive media. Students will learn web development languages and obtain and in-depth knowledge of web development, mobile applications, and how to best design them.

Associate Professor Christine Taylor said there will be a design and content element to every course, but the major is primarily focused on how you take each element and make it look good and user-friendly.

“This major will teach students how to create interactive websites and mobile apps that will be responsive to various media devices while being mindful of their usability issues,” said Professional Practice Faculty member Carrie Rector.

Students in this major will likely go into fields such as web and user interface development and design as well as corporate jobs in website production and communication.

For more information on the Interactive Media program, contact Rector at crector@butler.edu.


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Professor Rao’s ‘Color Sentences’ is Now High Art. Literally. http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/rao-3/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/rao-3/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:26:41 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18578 Associate Professor of Art Gautam Rao’s Color Sentences, which was selected for a citywide public project called High Art! that displays works by 10 Indiana artists on billboards throughout central Indiana, can now be seen at I-465 west between 38th and 56th streets.

The list of artists selected for High Art!, their works and locations can be found here.

IMG_2412Rao created Color Sentences for his wedding in March 2012.

“It’s such a joy to share this work created for a special moment with the whole city,” he said. “It’s really neat to hear from friends that they saw the billboard on their way to work or to the airport. I’m excited to see all the other nine billboards around the city.”

The High Art! project is a creation of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor. In January 2014, each piece was installed for four weeks. After the initial period, the images will be rotated in and out of various locations as sites open up in the regular rotation of billboard advertisements. The works will rotate for one year on various billboards throughout Marion and the seven surrounding counties.


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BUCOP Service Earns National Award for Andrew Gonzales http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/service-award-gonzales/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/service-award-gonzales/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:10:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18571 Butler PharmD candidate Andrew Gonzales ’14 is one of only eight pharmacy students from across the nation to receive the 2013 RESPy (Respect, Excellence, and Service in Pharmacy) Award.

Andrew Gonzales, center, receives his RESPy Award from Wal-Mart representative Wayne Mitchell. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean Mary Graham is at left.

Andrew Gonzales, center, receives his RESPy Award from Wal-Mart representative Wayne Mitchell. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean Mary Graham is at left.

Sponsored by Pharmacy Times and Wal-Mart, the award recognizes pharmacy students who have made a difference in their communities by demonstrating excellence in pharmaceutical care and advancing the profession of pharmacy.

Gonzales was selected on the merits of his significant volunteer service to the Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy (BUCOP), a multidisciplinary, student-run free clinic serving patients on the east side of Indianapolis.

He told the magazine that he first became involved with BUCOP to fill his required volunteer hours, but, after his day volunteering at the clinic, he knew he wanted to dedicate more time to the organization.

“It was a place where I could really establish my counseling skills and therapeutic knowledge, help improve the lives of others, and eventually develop leadership skills,” he said.

After spending more time in the clinic than any other previous student during the summer before his P2 year, Gonzales became clinic chair. In this role, he helped to facilitate the opening of a second student-led clinic, located on the west side of Indianapolis.

Gonzales has also served as a student liaison for the Indiana Academy of Community Pharmacists. He is also actively involved with the pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi, helping to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and to organize social events to bring students closer together.

Read Gonzales’ full interview at  http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2013/October2013/Seizing-Opportunities-to-Become-a-Better-Pharmacist#sthash.pkM0qro0.dpuf.

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Butler Hosts Indy Premiere of Film on Public Education Challenges http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/film-public-education/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/film-public-education/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:15:24 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18539 Rise Above the Mark, a documentary film that takes a critical look at Indiana’s use of charter schools, vouchers, and high stakes testing, will have its Indianapolis premiere on Friday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

RATM logoA panel discussion on the future of public education will follow the film at 7:30 p.m., also in Clowes Hall. Panelists representing a spectrum of views will include:

  • Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush
  • David Harris, Founder & CEO of The Mind Trust educational foundation
  • Dr. Wendy Robinson, Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Robert Enlow, President & CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
  • Greg Lineweaver, Chair of the English Department at North Central High School

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available to the Butler community beginning at 10:00 a.m. on January 30 and to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. February 4 at the Clowes Hall Box Office or through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com; fees apply). Tickets are limited to two per person.

“Stakeholders in the future of education—from parents to politicians, teachers to businesspeople, and students of all ages—are invited to attend the event to participate in an informed and wide-ranging dialogue,” said Ena Shelley, Butler Dean of Education.

Audience members have the opportunity to submit questions in advance for a Q&A session that will follow the Rise Above panel discussion. To submit a question, visit http://www.formstack.com/forms/butler-rise. Only one submission is allowed per person; questions must be received by Monday, February 24.

Developed by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation, Rise Above the Mark documents the effects of “corporate reforms” on public education in Indiana and across the nation. The 65-minute film features international and national experts in education and economic research—including Ravitch; Marc Tucker, CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy; and Linda Darling-Hammond, Co-Director of the School Redesign Network. Larry DeBoer and David Hummels, both at Purdue University, helped with the financial study presented in the film. Jack Klink of JackKlink Productions directed the documentary. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Xo3bjEMm8 to watch the film trailer

“The Rise Above the Mark viewing gives our community an opportunity to learn more about, and openly discuss, the challenges facing public school teachers and administrators and reforms that work,” said Faye Snodgrass, Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Snodgrass, who serves on the COE Board of Visitors, brought the film to the College’s attention after it debuted last December.

“Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy. Everyone needs to be invested in the success of Indiana schools and to understand the practices and mandates that are causing many committed educators to leave the profession,” she said.

Additional support for the evening is provided by Kappa Delta Pi and COE’s Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals.

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Basketball Icon Bobby Plump Honored with Hinkle Campaign Gift http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/basketball-icon-bobby-plump-honored-with-hinkle-campaign-gift/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/basketball-icon-bobby-plump-honored-with-hinkle-campaign-gift/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:45:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18409 Donors from across the country honored Bobby Plump, the hero of the 1954 “Milan Miracle,” on January 26 by announcing a joint $50,000 gift in his name to Butler’s Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Bobby Plump, left, and Coach Tony Hinkle in 1958.

Bobby Plump, left, and Coach Tony Hinkle in 1958.

 Butler President James M. Danko and Hoosiers screenwriter and producer Angelo Pizzo were on hand for the gift presentation in Hinkle, along with Plump’s family, former Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, and Maris Valainis, the actor who played Jimmy Chitwood, the character in Hoosiers inspired by Plump.

In recognition of the gift, the southwest concourse ramp of the fieldhouse will be named for Plump, who played for the Bulldogs and Coach Tony Hinkle from 1954–1958.

Last Saturday, January 18, the University announced that The Hinkle Campaign raised $17.1 million to fund preservation of the 86-year-old national landmark and improvements to its facilities for student athletes and fans. Contributions to the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse can still be made at www.hinklecampaign.com.

Work on the Plump gift was initiated by Tom Kohlmeier, who grew up in Milan hearing how Plump sank the final shot that turned tiny Milan High School—with just 161 students— into the Indiana state high school basketball champions and the legend that inspired “Hoosiers.”  

Kohlmeier was only 3 years old when the “Milan Miracle” happened, but he became a fan of the championship team members, especially Plump, whom Kohlmeier’s father drove to radio and TV interviews following the championship.

Plump went on to set more longstanding basketball records at Butler; the University inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball and baseball in 1994. Sports Illustrated named Plump among the 50 greatest sports figures from Indiana in the 20th century.

Rendering of Hinkle Fieldhouse ramp to be named in Plump's honor.

Rendering of Hinkle Fieldhouse ramp to be named in Plump’s honor.

Kohlmeier said he and the dozen other donors liked the idea of placing Plump’s name “in the public eye,” on the concourse ramp used by so many spectators. The variety of donors who gave to Butler to honor Plump testifies to his sports icon status. Gifts came from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and 12 individuals, living in Indiana, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, and Maine. The donors represent a wide age range—from 34 to 84.

“Several donors do not know Mr. Plump; they only know of him and the Milan story,” Butler Advancement officer Graham Honaker said. “Three-quarters of the funding came from first-time donors to Butler.”

All the donors are impressed by what Bobby Plump represents, Kohlmeier said. “They wanted to be a part of it.”

Sixty years after his famous last shot, Plump still gets requests for autographs and photos when in public, and graciously complies. But his friend for more than four decades remains “a very humble man,” Kohlmeier said.

“Bobby’s never taken his fame or celebrity role very seriously,” he said. “He understands that people yearn to be able to reach out and touch someone who’s famous. His self-deprecating humor keeps people at ease.”

Plump has used his fame to promote causes for Butler and the town of Milan, including a new museum in Milan, which commemorates the 1954 championship team.

Plump also likes sharing his belief “in the good of sports” for young people, Kohlmeier said, a lesson learned from Milan Coach Marvin Wood and from Tony Hinkle, two of his mentors.

Hinkle recruited Plump—along with his Milan teammates Ray Craft and Rollin Cutter—to play basketball at Butler. “Mr. Hinkle taught Bobby about life; he gave Bobby the opportunity to expand his skills at Butler,” Kohlmeier said.

“I’ve had a love of Hinkle Fieldhouse all my life, going back to when Indiana had single class basketball, and high schools in the state had the opportunity to come to Hinkle to watch the semi-state and final four games,” he said. “This gift is something to honor Bobby, Butler, and the town of Milan.”

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Salmon (But Didn’t Know Whom to Ask) http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/salmon/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/salmon/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:26:26 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18439 Salmon: You know its names—king, keta, pink, coho, sockeye, masu and Atlantic—and probably not much more.

Nic Mink wants to change that.

9781780231839_p0_v1_s260x420In his new book, Salmon: A Global History (Reaktion Books), Butler University’s Urban Sustainable Food Fellow traces the fish as it evolved from a relative culinary rarity into a phenomenon of mass production, marketing, and processing. (More information is available here.)

“The book tries to look at and link salmon production and consumption through the mediating experience of technology and preservation,” Mink said.

Mink’s interest in salmon—and the research for his book—began about five years ago, when he moved to Alaska. He did community advocacy and outreach for small boat fishermen there and also started a community-supported fishery called Sitka Salmon Shares that ships Alaska-caught salmon to consumers while paying the fishermen a fair wage. (He still operates the business at sitkasalmonshares.com.)

In Mink’s book, Sitka serves as the epicenter of global salmon history. He traces salmon fishing there back 3,000 years and also details the community’s recent history. The fresh market in Alaskan salmon began there in the 1980s, he said. Sitka was home to one of the first commercial fisheries on the Pacific Coast and the second cannery.

Mink said the biggest change in the salmon world occurred from 1981-1985 when salmon farming began in earnest in open water net pens in the north Atlantic Ocean. In that environment, fish bred and grew faster while requiring less feed. With more salmon available, consumption went from a few dozen metric tons to millions, and fresh fish markets began springing up everywhere. The Pacific Ocean became the domain of wild salmon; the Atlantic home for farmed salmon.

Along with tracing the lineage of salmon, Mink also gets into how the history and biology of the fish affects its taste. He even provides recipes.

Mink said his approach to the book was influenced by Butler alumnus Mark Kurlansky ’70, who wrote the bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.

“His book helped me develop my thinking,” Mink said. “It’s one of those benchmark pieces of food history in the modern era. He did such a remarkable job linking geopolitical change, culinary change, and conservation, and he raised a bunch of issues about food that I don’t think people had thought about.”


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Butler Tops Hinkle Fieldhouse Campaign Goal with $17.1 Million http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/hinkle-17-million/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/hinkle-17-million/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:15:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18331 Butler University has raised more than $17.156 million to preserve and update its landmark arena, Hinkle Fieldhouse.

General Hinkle InteriorTotal gifts and pledges to The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse surpassed the $16 million public fundraising goal announced at the campaign’s launch in November 2012. Butler celebrated the final tally today during its men’s home basketball game against Marquette.

The campaign has funded needed exterior maintenance on the 86-year-old fieldhouse, and ongoing interior renovations. New training and sports medicine facilities, locker rooms, and an academic center for student-athletes are under construction. Next summer, a new scoreboard and seating will be installed in Hinkle’s arena, along with other upgrades to enhance the spectator experience.

“We are extremely grateful to the generous donors who have supported The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse,” said Butler President James M. Danko. “Contributors told us they wanted to honor Hinkle’s historic place in our community, as well as Butler University’s continuing ascent as a nationally recognized leader in collegiate athletics and academics.”

Athletic Director and Vice President Barry Collier said renovations completed and in the works at Hinkle are already improving Butler’s athletic recruiting efforts.  “Prospective student-athletes see that Butler will provide them the outstanding facilities, physical training, and academic support they need to succeed, as well as an enthusiastic fan base,” he said.

“When BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman visited Butler last fall, she was very pleased with the improvements we are making to benefit student-athletes,” Collier said. “She said the Hinkle renovations supported the BIG EAST conference’s dual focus on exceptional competition and education.”

Butler demolished Hinkle’s long unused swimming pool last summer to make room for three levels of new classrooms, training facilities, locker rooms, and offices.

The first two floors will contain a student-athlete center that will feature a strength-and-conditioning room, a comprehensive sports medicine facility, and the University’s first dedicated space for academic mentoring of student-athletes. Some athletic offices will move to the new third-floor level, with all pool area construction to be completed this April.

Also in April 2014, work begins to expand Hinkle’s men’s and women’s basketball suites. A video room in the men’s suite has been named for former Bulldog Gordon Hayward, honoring the Utah Jazz shooting guard’s major campaign gift.

Simultaneously, Hinkle’s main gym and surrounding concourses will undergo several fan-friendly updates. Approximately 5,000 new chairback spectator seats will be installed from the arena floor level up to the walking track, providing more leg room and better accessibility to aisles. A new scoreboard will have video capability.

Additional concession stands will be built on both main floor and upper levels, and all visitor restrooms will be upgraded and expanded. The Wildman Room, the fieldhouse’s hospitality suite, will be tripled in size.

To allow for the final phase of construction, public access to most of the fieldhouse will be closed from April through the start of the Butler 2014-2015 basketball season in October.

Additional upgrades to Hinkle funded by the campaign include:

  • Brick exterior tuck-pointed, and 9,734 window panes replaced. Completed fall 2012 with a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Saving America’s Treasures program, and $300,000 from the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation.
  • Offices and concessions removed to widen the South Concourse in May 2013.
  • Athletic Annex, 555 W. 52nd Street, remodeled to house the baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and track/cross country programs, completed December 2013.
  • Current weight room remodeled as football facilities; scheduled completion by August 2014.

Hinkle campaign gifts are still being accepted at www.hinklecampaign.com.

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Anne Flaherty Named New Dean of Student Life http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/flaherty/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/flaherty/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:49:05 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18340

Anne G. Flaherty has been appointed as Butler University’s new Dean of Student Life.

_BS_7725Flaherty most recently served as Assistant Dean for Medical Student Affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine. In this role, she managed the department of Medical Student Affairs, which included the Office of Student Financial Services, Student Records, Medical Service Learning, Student Development and Mentoring, Student Technology, Building Services/Microscopes, and Educational Support, Counseling, and Wellness.

She also assisted students with personal and academic difficulties, managed student-related crises, and oversaw initiatives to measure the effectiveness of various programs and services offered by Medical Student Affairs.

Flaherty has more than 18 years of student affairs experience in higher education. She served in various roles at the University of Kansas Medical Center, including Assistant Dean of Students and Registrar. She also served at Park University as the Director of Residence Life.

In addition to her work in student affairs, Flaherty served on 12 university committees during her tenure at the University of Kansas Medical Center and at Park University. She has presented on more than 22 occasions and won three Region IV-West awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).

Flaherty earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa, a master’s in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs administration from the University of Kansas, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration, with a minor in health policy and management, also from the University of Kansas.

She is a current member of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Flaherty replaces Dean Irene Stevens, who retired in the spring after 15 years at Butler.


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Artists Chosen for First ‘Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts’ Seminar http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/artists/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/artists/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:38:56 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18308

Twelve outstanding artists will be part for the first seminar of the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts initiative, a six-week symposium at Butler University designed to bring people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a biblical text. This is a project of the Butler Center for Faith and Vocation.

bluehouse0813 001Dawn Batson, Jean Benabou, Dan Cooper, John Domont, Casey Eskridge, Jason Griffith, Pam Blevins Hinkle, David Landis, Ray Marquette, Callie Smith, Julie Stewart and Denise Williams were selected from a large competitive group of interested applicants. Artistic disciplines include music composition, painting, photography, poetry, fiction, and sculpture.

“We are very excited by the caliber of the selected participants,” said Rabbi Sandy Sasso,  director of the seminar. “They represent talent across the artistic disciplines, and I am looking forward to working with such a dynamic group of artists alongside an outstanding faculty. 

Michael Sells, Dean and Professor of Music Emeritus at Butler, Dr. Elizabeth Mix, Associate Professor Art History and Director of the Art Program at Butler, Hilene Flanzbaum, Professor of Modern Literature and Director of the MFA program at Butler, Dr. Frank Burch Brown, Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary, and Sasso will serve as the faculty. 

“Through the seminar we are working to re-open the ancient dialogue between artistic expression and religious tradition,” Sasso said. “Just as sacred stories have inspired artistic expression, the artistic creation has helped to illuminate religious tradition, to expand and deepen its reach.”

The author of numerous books rooted in the Bible, including several book for children, Sasso has explored the rich landscape of the intersection of sacred text and creativity.  In addition she has collaborated closely with visual artists and musicians in exploring  Scripture and the arts.

Through the explorations of these artists and a culminating event at Christian Theological Seminary, the program will also allow clergy, pastor, theologians and other religious leaders to learn about new ways of understanding and sharing sacred text, according to Judith Cebula, who directs the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University.

There are two events that will be open to the public:

-April 5, 3 p.m. – As part of the Butler Arts Festival, a panel discussion entitled, ‘Bound by Story’ will feature the seminar faculty. 

-April 30th,  5-7 p.m. – A culminating event at Christian Theological Seminary will include an exhibition and performance of the seminar artists’ resulting work as well as a discussion of their journey in exploring and wrestling with the biblical text. 

Butler University gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc., which is funding the initiative.

Applications for the fall seminar will be accepted between April 1 and May 15. For more information, contact Sandy Sasso at rsa@butler.edu.


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Professor Bauman, Meet Pope Francis http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/pope/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/pope/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:20:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18229

Associate Professor of Religion Chad Bauman’s attendance at a routine academic conference in Rome in December turned into the experience of a lifetime when the attendees were unexpectedly granted a private audience with Pope Francis.

pope croppedBauman was at the Christianity and Freedom Conference to present his research on Hindu-Christian conflict in India. Midway through the first day of the two-day conference, conference organizers announced that participants had been granted a private audience with Pope Francis.

Bauman, who wrote about the experience in a blog posted here, said the Pope was smiling and joking almost the entire time. He posed for some photographs, interacted with the group a bit more, and then left the room. The Pope is most comfortable speaking in Spanish and Italian, Bauman writes, and the only thing he said in English the entire time was “Pray for me,” the phrase he most regularly uses in greeting.

“The entire audience lasted only a few minutes,” Bauman writes, “but even in that short encounter, many of the reasons why he has generated so much enthusiasm and hope, among both Catholics and non-Catholic observers, were readily apparent, and I am sincerely grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him.”     

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College of Education Presents Film on Student Isolation and Bullying http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/film-bullying/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/01/film-bullying/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:30:56 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18213 REJECT, a 2013 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, will return to Indianapolis at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, for a free screening in Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.

REJECT-Ticket1Butler’s College of Education and Indianapolis-based company Performance Services will co-sponsor the special showing and discussion of the movie, which deals with student isolation and bullying.

The event is open to the public, especially members of the educator community.

Admission is free, but tickets should be reserved at http://bit.ly/1hYZsoE

REJECT exposes the correlation between social rejection, subsequent physical pain, and acts of violence by combining cutting-edge science with deeply intimate personal stories. It also highlights strategies for teaching school children how to prevent the rejection that leads to isolation and even bullying.

“The film does an excellent job communicating the detrimental effects of bullying on today’s youth, and I hope it will be used as a tool in our statewide anti-bullying efforts,” said Brandie Oliver, Assistant Professor of School Counseling.

This year, Oliver assisted the state of Indiana in creating anti-bullying legislation and preparing resources that Hoosier schools could use to meet the law’s requirements.

“After viewing the film at the Heartland Film Festival, I knew I wanted to get involved and find ways to share this film with other educators,” she said.

Following the 90-minute film, Oliver will help lead a discussion, along with the film’s director, Ruth Thomas-Suh, Purdue University ostracism expert Kip Williams, and Scott Zigmond of Performance Services Inc. (PSI).

“The ideas in the film have received incredible support in Indiana,” Thomas-Suh said in a PSI release. “This seems like the next step forward for communities already engaged in thoughtful conversations around critical issues such as bullying and youth violence. Particularly exciting to us is the idea of the business community connecting with school leaders to look at these problems at the root-level and creating solutions together.”

REJECT will tour throughout the U.S. in 2014. The film is currently featured in a community-based outreach program with Purdue University Extension called “All In, Building Positive Communities.”

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Two Sociology Professors Publish New Books http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/sociology/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/sociology/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:34:55 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18115 Department of Sociology and Criminology Professors Antonio Menendez Alarcón and Katherine Novak have published new books.

antoniomenendez11Menendez’s French and U.S. Approaches to Foreign Policy (published by Palgrave Pivot) presents the differing worldviews and concepts for establishing an international order. It argues that the differences between U.S. and French approaches to foreign policies and international affairs are historically entrenched in political cultures, and could transcend other elements such as economic interests, or the political inclinations of the individuals or parties who control their governments.

His findings are based on document analysis, and on the evaluations, perceptions and judgments of people involved in framing, making, and applying foreign policy in both countries as foreign affairs officials, lawmakers, or think tanks’ associates. The book has been endorsed by worldwide renowned scholars such as Godfrey Hodgson from Oxford University, Edward Tyriakian from Duke University, and Bertrand Badie from the Insttute des Sciences Politiques.

katherinenovak101Novak’s book, Individual and Society: Sociological Social Psychology (published by Routledge), written with Bradley University Professor Lizabeth Crawford, is a text for undergraduate sociological social psychology courses. The book is designed to give students an appreciably better understanding of the field of sociological social psychology; how and why social psychologists trained in sociology ask particular kinds of questions; the types of research they are involved in; and how their findings have been, or can be, applied to contemporary societal patterns and problems.

University of Alabama Professor Tiffiny Guidry said the Novak-Crawford text “easily surpasses any others I have used for undergraduate Social Psychology classes.”

Jay Howard, dean of Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said that faculty help us understand the world in which we live and enable us to make the world a better place.

“Antonio’s book is a great example of how LAS faculty help push the boundaries of what we know in their respective fields,” he said. “Kate’s book illustrates the commitment of LAS faculty to not only do a tremendous job of teaching our own students, but also by sharing our expertise through resources such as textbooks that enable faculty at other institutions around the world do a more effective job of promoting students’ learning.

“At Butler our commitment to both types of faculty scholarly engagement is a reflection of the value we place on learning and on scholarship.”


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Campus Farm Adds a Mobile Classroom http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/classroom/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/classroom/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:54:02 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=18031 The Center for Urban Ecology Farm at Butler University has a new addition—a mobile classroom where visiting students can learn about the growing operations and participate in farm activities.

T018he classroom, which was completed at Butler on December 8, is a former shipping container that was repurposed by Ball State University Professor of Architecture Tim Gray and his third-year students. They equipped the space, which is about the size of a large truck trailer, with movable tables and chairs made from recycled wood, an acrylic canopy for shade, and a rainwater-collection system.

The classroom also has a deck and planters made from recycled, heat-treated lumber.

“We’re grateful to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, which gave us a grant to expand the farm and allow for the farm to function not only as a production facility for veggies but as an educational hub,” said Tim Carter, director of Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE), which oversees the CUE Farm. “This classroom is an extension of the educational programming activity at the farm. This second sustainable design project at the site—along with the dome—was the next logical step for us.”

In July, the CUE built a covered pavilion using fabric from the RCA Dome roof and recycled/re-purposed materials from other sources.

Gray said the project started with students creating two mobile classrooms for an Indianapolis charter school that was starting a farm. When that school was shut down, he began looking for alternative sites. One classroom wound up at Butler and the other went to Big City Farms, which farms on vacant land adjacent to the Midland Arts and Antiques Market.

Ball State students Caroline Lawson and Kelsi Stephens helped design the mobile classroom at the CUE Farm.

Ball State students Caroline Lawson and Kelsi Stephens helped design the mobile classroom at the CUE Farm.

The classrooms are the result of two semesters’ work by 29 students who had a budget of $7,500 provided by Ball State’s provost to complete the project. Gray’s students met with Carter to figure out what the Butler farm needed.

Carter said the partnership with Ball State is exciting, and he hopes to work with Gray and his students again on physical installations associated with MUSE—the Museum of Urban Science and Ecology. The MUSE will be officially launched in 2015 with its first exhibit “Indianapolis/City as Living Laboratory” (I/CaLL), for which the Center for Urban Ecology received a $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant this fall.

I/CaLL will result in the creation of six outdoor spaces for science and art programming in Indianapolis neighborhoods.

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Butler Receives Lilly Endowment Grant to Help Graduates Transition to Careers http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/advance/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/advance/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:23:21 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17971 Butler University has received a $999,952 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to create Butler Advance, a program focused on helping students—especially those in the liberal arts—further cultivate key attributes needed for professional success and the transition to careers in Indiana.

_D7W1078The program will include collaborations with the Central Indiana business, non-profit, and higher education communities. It will involve summer and academic year components promoting integrated academic and career advising, exploration, experiential learning, and career preparation by emphasizing the applicability of liberal arts skills to employment in business, non-profit, and government environments.

A central element of Butler Advance will be a four-week intensive summer program, beginning in 2015, open to interested students from all Indiana colleges and universities, as well as Indiana residents who go to school out of state. The summer program will allow students to apply the liberal arts skills they are learning in their degree programs to case studies and interactive exercises. The students will also be provided with hands-on practice in communication, teamwork, and creative problem solving.

In addition to the opportunity to hone students’ liberal-arts-based skills that employers desire, participants will be introduced to business fundamentals in marketing, finance, accounting, and economics. Through interactions with executive leaders and innovators from across Indiana, students will be able to develop critical career management and leadership skills. And, they will participate in project-based learning at Indianapolis area business, non-profit, and government organizations that are partners with the program.

Butler students who complete the Butler Advance program will have the continuing support of University internship and career services advising and networking.

“Butler University is pleased that Lilly Endowment saw the benefits Butler Advance will provide to Indiana college graduates,” President James M. Danko said. “Students who participate in the program will be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ as flexible, innovative, teamwork-oriented employees.”

Butler College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Jay Howard added, “Butler Advance will help students recognize the skills they develop in a liberal arts curriculum and articulate how beneficial they are to Indiana employers.”

Funding for Butler Advance comes from the Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, which funds activities that improve the job prospects of college graduates in Indiana.


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Collegian Staffers Win Four Hoosier State Press Awards http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/hspa/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/hspa/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:21:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17913

Butler Collegian staff members received four awards in the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation 2013 Better Newspaper Contest.

Fairbanksexterior10 001Colin Likas, the Collegian’s Editor in Chief, won first place in the news category for “Red Ink” (October 16, 2013) about The Butler Collegian’s financial struggles. The judge’s comments: “This entry was written in a concise and careful manner … Pertinent figures were given in an easy to understand way.” Second and third place in the news category went to students from Taylor University and Indiana University, respectively.

Mallory Duncan, Assistant Arts, Etc. Editor, won second place in the feature category for “A Glorious Adventure Awaits” (October 8, 2013) about Butler senior Stefan LeBlanc, a published science fiction/fantasy author. The judge’s comments: “This was a fun read about a very interesting student … Overall, nicely done.” First and third place in the feature category went to students from Indiana University and University of Southern Indiana, respectively.

Kyle Beery, Assistant Sports Editor, won second place in the sports category for “Barlow Desires to Coach After Playing Days” (March 6, 2013) about Alex Barlow, a walk-on member of the Butler men’s basketball team. The judge’s comments: “This was a great story with a nice lead. You did a good job of including quotes from a variety of sources that rounded the story out.” First and third place in the sports category went to students from IU and Ball State University, respectively.

The Collegian staff won third place in the editorial/opinion category for “The ins and outs of the Indiana Lifeline Law” (Sept. 4, 2013). In place of that week’s staff editorial, Collegian members decided it would be beneficial to give Butler students an in-depth look at the Indiana Lifeline Law, how it works and what it means for students.

“I am so pleased and proud to see how well the Butler Collegian’s student journalists compete against those at much larger student newspapers, such as the Indiana Daily Student and the Ball State Daily News,” said Loni McKown, the Collegian’s faculty adviser. “Winning awards such as these helps validate that the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism is offering a strong education to Butler students, and that the Collegian is a great way to further hone skills learned in the classroom.”

The awards were presented to Indiana Collegian Press Association college division winners on Saturday, December 7, in conjunction with the HSPA Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest and Newsroom Seminar. McKown is a member of the ICPA board of directors.

Hayleigh Colombo ’12 also received an award at the HSPA 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. She won first place for best business/economic news coverage for her story “What’s Next for Biotown USA?” in the Journal & Courier (Lafayette). A former business reporter, she now covers higher education for the paper.


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Eshan Pua ’15 Earns Fulbright-Hays Scholarship http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/pau/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/pau/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:17:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17863

Butler junior Eshan Pua has earned a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study Chinese for eight months in China beginning in January. She thinks this opportunity was a miracle and, after hearing the details, it’s hard to disagree.

Article PhotoPua, the daughter of Chinese parents, was born in the Philippines and grew up in Malaysia; Libertyville, Illinois, and Naperville, Illinois. She came to Butler to become a physician’s assistant (P.A.). But last summer, while studying in China for a month through the Confucius Institute at IUPUI, she found out that she did not meet all the prerequisites to continue in the P.A. program.

This news hit her hard, and she returned home to Butler trying to figure out what to study next.

During her China trip, she had visited an orphanage and found the experience both energizing and heartbreaking because the children she met had not received the love and care that she believed every children needs. In addition, most of the orphans had disabilities and medical needs that were not met. She realized she could study Communication Science and Disorders—combining her interest in health and working with children—and ultimately help the kids she met in the orphanage.

Then, in late October, her Chinese professor at Butler, Xiaoqing Liu, emailed her with some news: the University of Massachusetts-Boston was seeking applicants for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to study in China.

“Every single criteria they had fit me perfectly,” Pua said. “I thought this was a program designed for me and could not be more excited.”

The catch was that she only had 10 days to apply. But everything came together. Pua worked on the application with help from her Butler friends Marianne Richardson and Kendra Lucas, as well as a friend from home. Liu wrote a recommendation. Hope England, the Residence Life Coordinator of Schwitzer Hall, where Pua is a resident assistant, did too.

On Wednesday, November 13, Pua received an email saying she’d been selected as a finalist for the program. She could either come to Boston for a face-to-face interview or talk to the selection committee via Skype.

While Skype seemed like the more practical option, Richardson encouraged Pua to find a way to Boston. However, with no car and not much time or money, Pua had no idea how she could possibly make it to the interview within two days.

Pua contacted a friend from her church, Redeemer Presbyterian, who runs a used-car business. She asked if he happened to have a car that needed to go to Boston that day. Instead of providing a car, he did her one better—he bought her a plane ticket.

Within three hours, Pua was on a plane to Boston. Sitting next to her was the CEO of a software company. They struck up conversation, and he ended up giving her resume tips and helping her sharpen her interview skills.

“I had been so worried about getting to the interview that I had completely forgotten about preparing for it,” Pau said. “But God had it all laid out for me. Without him, I would not have had such a great interview.”

Some friends in Boston picked her up at the airport and offered her a place to stay for the rest of the trip.

On Thursday, November 21, Pua got the word: She was one of 16 recipients nationwide of the Fulbright-Hays scholarship. She leaves for China January 5. She’ll study Chinese language and culture at Shaanxi Normal University, which is located in the same city as an orphanage with which she has connections.

She’s hoping to improve her Chinese reading and writing skills—she’s a third-year Chinese student at Butler—and perhaps eventually become a speech-language pathologist in China, caring for the orphans in need. 

“So many people helped me,” she said. “Every single one of them has played into this, and I think it’s as much an accomplishment for them as it is for me. And I’m so glad to be representing Butler University.”

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Education Students Work to ‘Take Charge of Change’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/education-change/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/education-change/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:35:56 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17852 Butler University’s College of Education (COE) is embarking on a student-driven initiative to inform policymakers about the importance of high quality teacher education programs.


Preservice education students speak to policy makers at Lab School in November.

Butler members of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international education honor society, are inviting key state leaders to observe education students gaining field experience in the classroom. They want policy makers to have firsthand knowledge of what teacher preparation involves, and the service education students contribute to local schools in their practicum programs.

State representative Ed Delaney and Kathy Souchet-Moura, a representative from Congressman André Carson’s office, were the first to accept the invitation. They visited the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler University Laboratory School on November 6 to observe preservice students working in classrooms.

Delaney and Souchet-Moura saw Butler practicum students engaging second graders in reading workshops. The Lab School students sat in pairs while reading various books. This setup allows for independent learning but also puts the Lab School students in an ideal situation to solve problems in teams, said Cathy Hargrove, COE’s master practitioner in education, who oversees Butler students at the Lab School.

“We teach our students to build curriculum to accommodate all learning styles that might be present in a particular classroom setting,” said Hargrove. “There is a large focus on collaboration, but there is also a focus on the fact that all students learn differently.”

After observing in various classrooms, the representatives talked with the Butler students about their learning experiences and their continued development as future teachers.

 “It is not difficult to connect what is learned in the classroom to actually being in a classroom,” said Katy English, a junior elementary education student. “The hands-on classroom experiences we have are relevant to what is taught by our professors, and I feel prepared for the various challenges I am faced with on any teaching day.”

Kathy Souchet-Moura and Ed Delaney

Kathy Souchet-Moura and Ed Delaney

Mallory Rusikoff, also a junior elementary education student, stressed the importance of seeing Lab School and other veteran teachers model adapting to changes in the classroom situations.

“I feel so much more confident about being flexible and changing lesson plans, thanks to my classroom experiences,” she said.

Delaney and Souchet-Moura commended the students for the hard work they put into their education.

Delaney said he was very intrigued by the Reggio Emilia principles put into use at the Lab School, and acknowledged the value of Butler College of Education classes and training.

KDP’s initiative is being taken in advance of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) conference to be held in Indianapolis in March. The theme of the conference is “TEACH: Take Charge of Change.” 

“Our KDP chapter is thrilled to be a part of the AACTE Take Charge of Change initiative because it allows our members to be advocates for education by sharing their stories and having their voices heard by powerful policy makers and leaders in education,” said Courtney Foye, KDP president.

Additionally, Butler’s KDP chapter has received a grant from the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, which the chapter will use to buy books for a lending library in support of its philanthropy, Literacy Alive!

This lending library will benefit Lab School faculty, staff, students, and students’ families. 

Written by Clare Lintzenich, Butler public relations intern

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Swenson Publishes First Book on Ads for ‘Lifestyle Drugs’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/swenson-lifestyle-drugs/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/swenson-lifestyle-drugs/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:06:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17834 Edgerton Work on Film Exhibition Reissued

KristinSwensonBookEditedAssociate Professor of Communication Kristin Swenson has published her first book, Lifestyle Drugs and the Neoliberal Family, and College of Communication Dean Gary Edgerton has had two books published in 2013. His latest is a reissue of his American Film Exhibition and Analysis of the Motion Picture Industry’s Market Structure 1963-1980.

Swenson’s book looks at the commercial promotion of “pharmaceutical solutions” for common rough patches in life.

“Advertisements for lifestyle drugs promise to make us sexier, happier, and better liked; not to cure us of a disorder, but, ultimately, to make us better workers, suggesting that drugs do indeed work to keep us working,” said Swenson, who teaches in CCOM’s Media, Rhetoric, and Culture degree program.

“Since 1997, advertisements for lifestyle drugs have saturated the U.S. airwaves, print media, and the Internet. Viewers are asked to see their children’s difficulty in school as attention deficit disorder, their worry as anxiety, and their flagging sex life as dysfunction. Through the lens of these advertisements, Lifestyle Drugs and the Neoliberal Family unpacks our contemporary obsession with obtaining easy solutions for difficult problems.”

Peter Lang USA, a subsidiary of an international academic publishing company, published Swenson’s book as part of its “Popular Culture and Everyday Life” series, and featured Swenson in a book signing during the recent National Communication Association conference in Washington, D.C.

AmericanFilmExhibitionRoutledgeBookCoverAmerican Film Exhibition was Edgerton’s first published book when it was initially released in 1983. The book analyzes the film industry exhibition structure in relation to production, distribution, and outside factors.

Routledge Publishing reissued the volume this month, as part of its “Major Works in Media and Film Studies” series.

“I was pleasantly surprised that Routledge considered my work still relevant 30 years after I wrote it,” Edgerton said.

In March, Wayne State University Press published Edgerton’s book The Sopranos as part of its “TV Milestones” series. The work provides a one-stop introduction to multiple dimensions of HBO’s innovative breakout series, including analyses of the cable channel and the people who contributed to the show.TheSopranosCover

Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, praised Edgerton’s “ingenious and creative readings of individual scenes and episodes” in the book.

“As soon as I finished the book, I went back and watched the entire series again with new insight and appreciation,” Thompson said.

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Chemistry Department Working On a Cure for ‘Smalt Sickness’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/smalt/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/smalt/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:32:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17821 In his 1621 painting “Four Evangelists,” artist Hendrick ter Brugghen depicted St. Luke wearing a vivid blue coat.

But over the centuries, that blue—painted using a pigment called smalt—has faded to a dull gray.

Hendrick_Terbrugghen_-_Saint_Luke_(1622)The Conservation Science Laboratory at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) wanted to know why. So it turned to Butler’s Chemistry Department. In a month or so, the department hopes to have discovered the reason for what’s known as “smalt sickness.”

“It’s not going to help in preservation, in that we’re not going to go in and try to fix anything,” Chemistry Department Chair Stacy O’Reilly said. “But it will give us a lot better understanding about what’s going on in these paintings.”

To try to determine why smalt degrades from a vibrant blue—“Think of the top of a margarita glass,” O’Reilly said—to gray, senior chemistry major Stephen Roberts re-created the process used to make the pigment centuries ago. He ground up glass, added cobalt, and heated the mixture in a furnace.

Then he started painting.

The IMA has what’s called a controlled degradation chamber that can produce a specific temperature and humidity. The pigment Roberts made and painted with is now in that chamber, undergoing degradation.

Using techniques that measure the amount of magnetism in the sample, Roberts and O’Reilly are going to examine how the smalt changed and what can be learned about the degradation process.

“You can’t take a painting and make it go back to the color that it was,” O’Reilly said. “But with computer graphics, you can take a painting and change the colors and at least give a computer rendition of what it might have looked like.”

Stacy O'Reilly

Stacy O’Reilly

This relationship between Butler and the art museum goes back to 2008, when the IMA hired Gregory Dale Smith as its senior conservation scientist. Part of Smith’s mandate was community outreach, so he gave presentations to the local chemistry community, including one at Butler.

Afterward, Smith and Professor of Chemistry Michael Samide talked about possible joint projects. One result from their discussions was the creation of an advanced-level analytical chemistry course, which Samide taught. The other was the look into smalt sickness, the research for which began with O’Reilly and Roberts working together in the Butler Summer Institute program.

“I have never done anything with art before, so this has been absolutely fascinating,” O’Reilly said. “Greg Smith said to have fun with it. And we have been. We hope to continue these interactions moving forward. It’s just a very different side of chemistry.”

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Patrick Wright ’15 Wins Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Award http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/patrick-wright/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/patrick-wright/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:42:52 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17813 Patrick Wright, a junior guitarist from Carmel, Indiana, is one of four recipients of this year’s Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Fellowship Award. He’s the fifth Butler recipient of the award in the last six years.

Patrick WrightWright will pick up the $1,000 prize at a December 11 ceremony at the Jazz Kitchen, where he and other honorees will perform with local professional musicians.  

The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation seeks nominations every year for the fellowship award. University Jazz directors from throughout the state are invited to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of one of their top students.  

“I chose Patrick for a few reasons,” said Matthew Pivec, Butler’s Director of Jazz Studies. “He might have the best ‘set of ears’ of any musician I have taught. He has become increasingly dedicated to his craft, learning the jazz language from recordings of Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, and Jim Hall, among others. And Patrick has already shown an interest in, and aptitude for, jazz education. He has been a valuable teaching assistant in both the Butler Youth Jazz Program and the Butler Summer Jazz Camp.”

The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is dedicated to assuring the continued growth and development of jazz and jazz education in Indianapolis and its surrounding communities. 

Wright, who’s working toward a bachelor of arts in music degree with a concentration in jazz studies, has been playing guitar for 12 years. He started with blues and rock, eventually getting into jazz in high school.

“Jazz appeals to me for a lot of reasons,” he said. “One is the virtuosity that surrounds many of its great musicians. Jazz players are students who constantly work to improve their craft. For me, jazz is something I can always progress in. I also feel like I can express a lot more musically through my instrument when I play jazz.”

Wright said he may use the prize money for lessons or perhaps a new amplifier.


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Johanna Marvin ’08 Named Outstanding Middle School Music Educator http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/johanna-marvin/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/12/johanna-marvin/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:39:18 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17808 Johanna Marvin ’08 received some unexpected but wonderful news on November 20: She was selected as the recipient of the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA)’s Outstanding Middle School Music Educator Award.

marvinThe award typically goes to teachers with 10 or more years of experience. Marvin is about halfway through her sixth year as Director of Orchestras for Riverside Junior High and Riverside Intermediate School in the Hamilton Southeastern School District based in Fishers, Ind.

“I never, ever expected anything like this this soon, if ever,” she said. “I think I have the best job in the world, so being recognized for that feels almost silly. But it’s an honor to be recognized among so many amazing music teachers.”

Marvin will be recognized at the IMEA’s convention in January in Fort Wayne.

“Johanna was a terrific student—she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in music, which is pretty amazing for a music education major given the demands of the program,” Professor of Music Penny Dimmick said. “There was never any doubt in my mind that she would be a great teacher. She has taken all that drive and energy she had as an undergraduate and funneled that into her students at Riverside. They are fortunate to have her.”

While not quite a “born teacher,” Marvin has wanted to teach since age 14, inspired by the teachers and coaches she had growing up in Bethlehem, N.Y. She credits her high school orchestra director, piano and cello teachers, choir teacher, and track coach in particular.

Marvin chose Butler because it had everything she wanted – the right size, the campus, the opportunities, the cello professor (William Grubb). Perhaps most importantly, it accommodated her desire to be able to study music education and run track.

Every other university I spoke to said, ‘There’s no way you can do music education,’” she said. “‘We don’t have musicians who are athletes. It just doesn’t work. The schedule doesn’t work.’”

Butler made it work.

“I feel I was very well prepared at Butler,” she said. “But also, I have a bit of a natural calling to be a teacher. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, so I come across it easier. I do well with junior high. I think I have a good personality and attitude to teach that age level, and I think that resonates with students and apparently it shows to parents, other teachers, and members of the community.”

Ben Yoder, an orchestra and music teacher at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School, nominated Marvin for the award. He said that from reading letters of support from Marvin’s principal, parents of students, Indianapolis Symphony members, and her students themselves, it’s clear “that she is truly making a difference in the lives of kids.”

“She is a music teacher who truly works to inspire her students to be great musicians,” he said. “As one of her teaching colleagues, she inspires me every time I get to watch her teach.”

In her job, Marvin is responsible for sixth- through eighth-grade orchestras—more than 200 students, which is more than double the number she started with six years ago. In an average day, she works with 115 students in four junior high orchestras (her seventh- and eighth-graders), teaches a music-appreciation class, and ends the afternoon with her beginning string players.

This year, she has 96 beginners.

The week before Thanksgiving, she brought together the beginning violins, violas, cellos, and basses for the first time this year.

“I was standing on a table and probably shouting at the top of my lungs, but when they start playing, it’s the coolest, most rewarding feeling to watch these 90-some-odd children,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

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Son’s Peanut Allergy Inspires Pangan to Write Children’s Book http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/peanut-allergy-book/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/peanut-allergy-book/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:26:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17783 Catherine Pangan’s mind reeled when she learned that her 3-year-old son Hudson had a life-threatening peanut allergy. How could she keep her little boy safe without making all foods seem scary?

Hudson Pang with the book he inspired, NO Peanuts for ME!

Hudson Pang with the book he inspired, NO Peanuts for ME!

The College of Education professor sat down at a computer with Hudson in her lap, and together they wrote a short story celebrating the many good foods and good times Hudson could still enjoy.

The story’s refrain “… but NO Peanuts for ME!” became a book title, when Mascot Books published Pangan’s work this fall.

She and Hudson, now 8, will sign copies of NO Peanuts for ME! in the Butler bookstore on Thursday, December 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The bookstore will offer a coupon that day, for a 20 percent discount on the book’s $14.95 price. NO Peanuts can also be ordered through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

Indianapolis artist Gracie Warf illustrated the book, with input from Hudson. Warf’s drawings show a dark-haired Hudson on adventures with a tiny mouse companion, representing his real-life little sister Violet, and other special people in his life. He has watermelon at the beach with his grandma and sardines with his grandfather, but leaves the peanuts for elephants and monkeys in the zoo.

When Hudson showed the published story to his third grade classmates, they loved the fact that Hudson was the main character.

“His friends thought it was cool that he had his own story,” Pangan said. “It’s neat for young kids to see other kids taking charge of their own situations like this. It’s different from an adult telling them about something.”

At a very young age, Hudson has had the confidence to advocate for himself and explain his allergy to others, just as the book’s main character does, she said. “From the age of 3, he knew about allergies and antibodies.”

In the book’s foreword, Pangan suggests that young readers share NO Peanuts for ME! as a way to start conversations about their food allergies. The book is geared toward readers ages 2-6, but older siblings and parents can also read and pass on its lessons, she said.

An assistant professor in the College of Education’s Middle and Secondary program, Pangan held the College’s Richard Guyer Professor in Education endowed chair from 2010-2013. She received a creative activity stipend as Guyer Chair and used part of those funds to publish NO Peanuts for ME!

She is an author of a quarterly column in The New Teacher Advocate and has written curriculum for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Mascot Books also published He Huffed and He Puffed But … A Tale of a Wolf with Asthma (2013) and Pharmacy and Me (2012). Teams of Butler students representing education, pharmacy, and other majors wrote and illustrated those books as capstone projects.

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Butler Announces Opposition to HJR-6 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/hjr-6/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/hjr-6/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:54:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17736 Butler University announced today that it is joining fellow universities and leading Hoosier businesses in opposition of House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR-6) and a proposed amendment to the Indiana State Constitution strictly defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

butlerlogoblue“Butler University is an institution where all people are welcome and valued, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity; a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that is as old as the University itself,” said Butler President James M. Danko.

Butler was the first school in Indiana and third in the United States to enroll women as students on an equal basis with men, was among the first colleges in the nation to enroll African Americans, and was the second U.S. school to name a female professor to its faculty.

Danko said that HJR-6 would make it more difficult for Butler—and all Indiana employers—to compete for diverse and talented faculty, staff, and students. The proposed amendment would threaten to reverse many of the recent gains made by Indianapolis and the state, and would place Indiana’s economic future at risk.

“Continuing to attract diverse and talented students, faculty, and staff to Butler is of the utmost importance as we seek to provide an education that prepares our students to succeed in a multicultural workforce and global society,” Danko said.

Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan organization formed to oppose HJR-6, welcomed Butler’s support.

“We are grateful to Butler for standing with Freedom Indiana and our efforts to protect all Hoosiers,” said Megan Robertson, Freedom Indiana’s campaign manager. “Our Constitution is not the place to have this conversation, and we simply cannot afford to send the message that our state is not a welcoming place.”

Butler’s statement came with strong support from the University’s Board of Trustees and the Faculty Senate, which unanimously approved a resolution opposing HJR-6. Many other stakeholders, including students, staff, and alumni, have also voiced their opposition to the measure. A formal resolution opposing the measure has been proposed to the Student Government Association and will be considered at their next assembly meeting on December 4.

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Fourth-Graders Get a Taste of Butler http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/fourth-graders/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/fourth-graders/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:03:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17728 Indianapolis Public Schools teacher Mindy Smock wanted her fourth-graders to get a taste of what it’s like to go to college. So she and several colleagues from School 39 brought 70 of the students to Butler on Thursday to meet music students, have lunch, and tour the campus.

Butler student Paul Belleville lets some Indianapolis Public Schools students hold his trumpet.

Butler student Paul Belleville helps some Indianapolis Public Schools students try out a trumpet.

“Our interest is college readiness,” said Smock, whose school is located in Indianapolis’s Fountain Square neighborhood. “It’s a great way to expose them to college life.”

The students spent 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus. They started their day with folk dancing and singing, then heard from Butler University School of Music about the instruments they play. About a half-dozen Butler music students showed off their musical skills, including Julian Orem (who answered their questions about the alto saxophone, an instrument one fourth-grader recognized from the opening credits of “The Simpsons”) and Alex Liddell, who plays tuba and violin.

Then the School 39 students got a chance to try out various brass, percussion, woodwind, and string instruments.

Music Professor Penny Dimmick, who arranged for the students to visit her Foundations of Music Education and Elementary General Music Methods classes, said the experience was great fun for her students, as well as for the fourth-graders.

“The impetus is to get these kids on a college campus and show them what’s possible,” she said.

 Butler student Alex Liddell shows

Butler student Alex Liddell shows a student from IPS School 39 how to play the violin.




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Professor McGrath Offers a Scholarly Take On ‘Religion and Doctor Who’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/who/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/who/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:49:10 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17654

Take TV viewers on trips through time and space for 50 years and you’re going to pick up some admirers—including some scholarly ones. That’s what’s happened with Doctor Who, the British series that is celebrating 50 years this month.

BTwo of the show’s fans—Butler University Professor of Religion James McGrath and Andrew Crome, a lecturer in the history of modern Christianity at the University of Manchester (England)—have compiled a new book, Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, in which 19 scholars who also are Doctor Who fans weigh in on how the longest-running science fiction series in television history deals with religious topics.

“The very fact that something could be going this long makes it worth studying,” McGrath said. “The 50th anniversary seemed to be as good a time as any to put together a book like this.”

Chapters in the book include “There Never Was a Golden Age: Doctor Who and the Apocalypse,” “The Monstrous and the Divine in Doctor Who: The Role of Christian Imagery in Russell T. Davies’s Doctor Who Revival,” and “The Church Militant? The Church of England, Humanity and the Future in Doctor Who.”

“Basically, all the different ways science fiction could do something with religion, Doctor Who has,” McGrath said—including traveling back to the Crusades and France in the late 16th century during unrest between Catholics and Protestants. “The show visits various time periods in human history—and religion is a facet of human history, so it gets explored in interesting ways and gives us a chance to reflect on things like what history looks like to us now.”

The Doctor Who story, according to the show’s Facebook page, is this: The Doctor is an alien, the last of the powerful Time Lords. He travels through time and space, armed with incredible intelligence and his fix-anything sonic screwdriver. He travels alone except for the human companions he befriends, briefly sharing his life with them and showing them the astonishing wonders of the universe. He is a protector of mankind, and his mission is to save the planet from frequent and varied alien attacks.

“The Doctor’s eloquent words about the beauty and extent of the cosmos, about the value of human life, about the need to be true to our chosen identity, illustrate the reason the show is important to so many fans, and of natural interest for those who study religion,” McGrath wrote in the book’s epilogue.

The idea for the book came at an American Academy of Religion Conference, shortly after McGrath presented a paper on how religious themes are presented on the show. After his presentation, Crome suggested they work together on a book.

They put out a call for submissions and got more than double the number of proposals they needed.

“It meant we could say, ‘OK, we’re going to take them not just on the strength of the proposal alone, but also make sure that we cover various angles,’” McGrath said. “A lot of themes and approaches were used.”

McGrath remembers first seeing Doctor Who as a child during a family vacation. He was more transfixed by the aliens and space travel than religion back then, but the show hooked him. In the years since, he’s done his best to see as many episodes as possible.

These are five favorites that deal with overtly religious themes:

-“Four to Doomsday” (1982), the first episode he ever saw—The Doctor meets Monarch, ruler of Urbanka, who believes that if he can move his ship faster than the speed of light, he can pilot it back to the beginning of time and discover himself as God.

-“The Daemons” (1971)—As archaeologists excavate a Bronze Age burial mound, a local white witch arrives to protest, warning of great evil and the coming of the horned beast, but she is dismissed as a crank. The Doctor decides she is right—the dig must be stopped, so he travels there.

-“The God Complex” (2011)—The Doctor has to undermine one of his traveling companion’s faith in him to save her from a creature that feeds off the faith of people.

-“The Improbable Planet/The Satan Pit” (2006)—A double episode in which the Doctor’s ship lands on a planet with an ancient beast that has begun to awaken. The Doctor must save the universe.

-“The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve” (1966)—The Doctor travels to 1572 Paris, France, where tensions between Protestants and Catholics are boiling over.

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More Millennials Will Be Shopping By Phone, Professor King Says http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/more-millennials-will-be-shopping-by-phone-professor-king-says/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/more-millennials-will-be-shopping-by-phone-professor-king-says/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:00:36 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17630

This holiday season, expect to see more and more young shoppers making purchases from their smartphones—even when they’re in the stores, said Kate King, an instructor in marketing and management in Butler University’s College of Business.

katekingKing said a couple of statistics stood out in a new Google study. One is that 88 percent of Millennials—those in the 18- to 34-year-old demographic—will use their phones for holiday shopping, compared with 67 percent of those 35 and older. Also, some 31 percent of Millennials said they plan to make purchases on their phone (up 28 percent from last year), while only 17 percent of adults 35 and older expect to do the same.

“It’s not surprising,” King said. “This generation has never been without their technology. It’s integrated in their lifestyle. Their mobile device is an essential tool for them to live out every aspect of their lives. It’s intuitive to them.”

And they’re not just comparison shopping. They’re using the smartphone to integrate what King calls “the social component of shopping” by taking picture before they buy and uploading them to social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest to get their friends’ reactions.

Is this good? Absolutely, King said, but it behooves retailers to:

-Create smartphone apps that make it easy for consumers to see their merchandise on a small screen. Since you can’t see items on a smartphone the way you can on a large screen, “the navigation has to be simple and intuitive.”

-Provide a seamless shopping experience that aligns the store and e-commerce site. For Millennials, it doesn’t matter where they get the item they want, as long as it’s convenient and quick. “They don’t care what channel it is,” King said. “They just want to get what they want.”

-Add value to the shopping experience. They’ll use their phones to comparison shop, but retailers “need to make it worthwhile to pay a few dollars more.” That means making the bricks-and-mortar environment more engaging and having sales associates who know the merchandise and aren’t there just to ring up sales.

“Access to information is priceless from the consumer perspective, and it keeps retailers on their toes,” King said. “This has the potential to make everybody better.”


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Indiana Schools Doing Well Implementing Anti-Bullying Law http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/bullying-law/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/bullying-law/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:51:58 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17607

Indiana schools are doing a good job implementing the state’s new anti-bullying education law, says Brandie Oliver, a professor in Butler University’s school counseling graduate program.

brandioliver12“From what I’ve seen, schools have done a really nice job interpreting the law, making sense of it, and putting policies and curriculum in place,” said Oliver, who has helped the Indiana Department of Education develop training and compliance resources for educators. “They’re not just doing a one-time touch. They’re figuring ways to infuse this into their curriculum.”

Under the law that passed last spring, the state’s public schools were required to provide anti-bullying training and institute school policies for grades 1-12, effective in mid-October. While many states encourage school anti-bullying programs, Indiana is one of only a handful of states to require them.

Oliver said schools now have a clear definition of bullying: an imbalance of power; a pattern, or repeated acts over time; acts done with intent to cause harm. She said the top five things schools should be—and are—doing to combat bullying are:

1. Training/reporting. Ensuring that training about appropriate responses has taken place and reporting procedures for all school staff, parents, and anyone who has ongoing and direct contact with students. “Everyone needs to know the school’s policy, because even though there are specific guidelines the policy must include, Indiana believes in local control,” she said. “So every school is going to interpret the policy differently. Everyone needs to know how to report bullying, whom to report to, what the process is like, and how adults intervene.”

2. Student involvement. Making sure there is more than one-time training for students. “Bullying-prevention education needs to be infused in the culture of the school,” she said.

3. Support to change behaviors. Implementing structured intervention and support for both targets of bullying as well as non-punitive approaches for students who have been identified as bullies. That means students who are identified as bullies should have the opportunity to have support and learn about their behavior and find alternative ways to respond and behave. “Oftentimes,” Oliver said, “these students don’t have the social skills or the tools to behave appropriately. They need the opportunity to learn empathy and appropriate behaviors rather than just removing them from the school.

4. Parental involvement. Requiring parents of both parties in any bullying complaint to be an integral part of the school’s plan.

5. Timeframes/procedures. Specifying a clear timeline for bullying cases that includes when a report is made, how long the investigation is, and how the outcome will be determined. Also delineate who takes the report, who processes it, and who investigates.

“I’ve been really impressed with the level of commitment that schools are taking with this initiative,” Oliver said.

Butler’s College of Education will hold a Nov. 18 workshop called “Bullying Basics and Beyond: Tools to Respond to the Antibullying Legalization (HEA 1423).” More information is available at http://www.butler.edu/coe/teach-butler/teach-butler-conference-workshops/teach-butler-workshop-descriptions/


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Grant to CUE Will Help Food-Stamp Recipients, Farmers http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/fresh-bucks/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/11/fresh-bucks/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:10:26 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17528

Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology, the Indy Hunger Network, and the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative have received a $50,000 Indiana State Department of Agriculture grant that will double the buying power of food-stamp recipients who shop at farmers markets and simultaneously help small farmers.

CUE-blue-web-03The program, which begins Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Indy Winter Farmers in downtown Indianapolis, will enable anyone who receives food stamps to use “Fresh Bucks” to purchase items such as broccoli, sweet corn, green beans—most anything you’d find at a farmers market.

Fresh Bucks will provide a dollar for dollar match, up to $20, for every Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollar spent on Indiana-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets.

“Cost represents one of the biggest challenges for healthy food consumption for people in poverty,” said Nic Mink, the urban sustainable foods fellow in Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology. “This is going to go a long way toward removing the barrier of cost. We’re setting up a significant program to help provide access for people who oftentimes don’t have the economic means to access healthy food. At the same time, we’re supporting Indiana small farmers.”

Funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, with additional funding provided by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the program is modeled after initiatives in other states that have resulted in increased consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as business growth for small farmers and farmers markets.

After its launch at the Indy Winter Farmers’ Market, Fresh Bucks will expand to Binford Farmers’ Market, Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market, Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market, Growing Places Indy Summer Farm Stand at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, and the Original Farmers Market at City Market in the spring of 2014, with hopes of expanding to farmers’ markets beyond Marion County in the future. 

In addition to using some of the grant money to provide Fresh Bucks, Money from the grants will be used to hire a coordinator to market the program and provide outreach to SNAP recipients.

“Indiana has a poor track record of using food stamps at farmers markets,” Mink said. “In Indianapolis last year, only about $3,000 in food stamps was used in all farmers markets. In Detroit, it was $1 million. We’re substantially behind the rest of the Midwest.”

Mink said the organizations working on Fresh Bucks plan to do fundraising to sustain the program.

“There’s little doubt in our mind that the seed funding we have now for the actual doubling should be able to make it for two years, if not three years,” he said.

Led by the Indy Hunger Network, Fresh Bucks is a coalition of the participating farmers’ markets, the Organizing Committee of the Indy Food Council, Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana Cooperative Development Center, and Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology.


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Schrott Center Receives LEED Gold Certification http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/leed/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/leed/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:45:57 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17470 Butler University’s new 450-seat performance hall, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The facility uses 55 percent less water and 22 percent less energy than a typical building its size because of construction measures that include:B

  • A white roof that reflects heat rather than absorbs it.
  • Dual-pane insulated window assemblies featuring a thermal break.
  • Energy-efficient light fixtures.
  • Motion and occupancy sensors.
  • Low-flow restroom fixtures.

The reduction in energy use will save the University an estimated $19,000 every year based on current energy prices.

“Achieving LEED Gold was a total team effort—the design team, University administration, and all Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) departments participated in this achievement,” said Craig Hardee, Butler’s director of planning, design, and construction. “While we are excited for this certification, we are more excited that the building will enable JCA to achieve their educational and performance goals.”

The Schrott Center’s other sustainable features include:

  • A rain garden that captures and filters storm water runoff.
  • Pervious asphalt that further reduces storm water runoff.
  • Green power credits were purchased for 100 percent of the projected electricity consumption for two years.
  • 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled and thus diverted from landfills.
  • 75 percent of the materials used for construction were extracted and manufactured from within 500 miles of the project site including limestone on the building exterior.
  • This facility will be cleaned using green cleaning products.

The Schrott Center is Butler’s second LEED gold-certified structure on campus, coming after the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition in 2009. The Schrott Center officially opened in April 2013 hosting the inaugural Butler ArtsFest.

The Schrott Center continues Butler’s commitment to reduce the campus’ net emissions of greenhouse gases. In April 2012, Butler President James Danko kicked off Earth Week by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which expresses concern about “the unprecedented scale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic and ecological effects.”

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf designed the Schrott Center and led the LEED certification effort. Other team members included: Shiel Sexton (construction management), Durkin Villalta Partners (engineering), Heapy Engineering (commissioning), Jones & Phillips Associates (theatrical consultant), BAI (acoustical consultant), David Wright (AV consultant), and the end users of JCA.

LEED is a system by which building projects earn points for meeting specific green-building criteria. Within each of the six LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. The six categories are sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.


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Butler Named a Top Social Media School http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/social/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/social/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:00:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17452

Butler University is among the Top 100 Social Media Colleges in the nation, according to the website StudentAdvisor.com.

socialIn ranking Butler 35th overall, the website wrote: “Butler’s English bulldog mascots Butler Blue II and III rose to celebrity status through a social media campaign that gathered 13,000 followers! The cute, wrinkly faces of Bulldog nation toured the country along with the Final Four basketball team.”

The list is based on a mathematical algorithm that quantifies the social media footprint of each college and university in the United States. Butler is one of the 3 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities that are leading the way in social media best practices in higher education, the website said.

The list of the Top 100 schools is here.

“Social media provides us with another opportunity to distinguish Butler amongst its peers in higher education, so in the past several years we have taken an intentional approach toward our efforts,” said Michael Kaltenmark, the director of web marketing and the social media “voice” of the live mascots. “Obviously, it’s nice to be recognized and as a result, such recognition associates Butler with some elite company.

“As an institution, we are committed to social media and are continually seeking ways to implement the best strategies to make Butler University socially engaging for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans. And as the StudentAdvisor.com ranking suggests, we are proud to have our live mascots lead Butler with regard to the University’s social media presence.” 


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Clowes Hall Receives $600,000 Award http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/clowes-3/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/clowes-3/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00:08 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17437

The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc. has awarded $600,000 to Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University for electrical infrastructure upgrades.

Clowes exterior frontThe grant comes on the heels of a $2 million gift from the foundation, which was used this summer to restore the inside of the hall. That work included adding all new seats and carpeting in the auditorium, acoustical enhancements, paint, and a new roof for the 2,200-seat hall, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 18.

“We are grateful to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation’s continued commitment to keeping Clowes Hall an exceptional venue for our entire community to enjoy,” Butler President James M. Danko said.

Clowes Hall, which opened on Oct. 18, 1963, was built in memory of the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, former research director for Eli Lilly and Company, and was the initial home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The idea of a multi-purpose hall to serve Indianapolis and the community as a center for all the entertaining arts was conceived by George Henry Alexander Clowes, who devoted his life to science and the arts. Funds to erect and complete the hall were subscribed by his family, with his wife, Edith Whitehill Clowes as the principal donor, Butler University, and a small circle of friends. Allen Whitehill Clowes was George and Edith’s son as well as a Butler trustee.

In 2009, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation granted the hall $500,000 to complete a mechanical engineering infrastructure study that became part of a 10-year plan for the continued restoration and renovation needs of the building.


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Jill McCarter ’13 Wins National Award for Collegian Ad Campaign http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/mccarter/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/mccarter/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:10:24 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17429

School of Journalism alumna Jill McCarter ’13, the editor of the Butler Collegian during the 2012-2013 school year, has won a first-place Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) national award for an advertising campaign that introduces Collegian readers to the newspaper’s staff members and attempts to recruit new staffers.

JillThe “I Am on the Collegian Team” ads give student journalists an opportunity to share unusual facts about themselves—“I put the milk in the bowl before the cereal,” for example—and conclude with a message that any student can join the paper.

“Jill conceived the ad campaign to remind Butler administrators and the BU community that the staff of the Collegian is comprised of a team of students from across the university in terms of major, age, and class year,” Collegian faculty adviser Loni McKown said.

“Students learn many lifelong skills working on the Collegian — from key teamwork skills such as collaboration, cooperation and communication — to critical thinking and problem-solving, used and honed under deadline. They also learn a variety of skills that can be transferred to any number of careers or professions.”

McCarter, who now works as a graphic designer at The Northwest Times of Indiana, won national journalism awards for her reporting and writing as a Collegian member. Her Feb. 22, 2012, story “Being Black at Butler” earned ACP honorable mention for diversity story of the year. She also won an ACP fourth-place award for design work for her front page featuring the story “Butler University Inaugurated 21st President Jim Danko,” Nov. 9, 2011. She shared that award with Hayleigh Colombo ’12.

ACP is the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists. More than 20,000 students are staffers at ACP member publications.

McCarter also won numerous regional and state awards during her tenure at The Collegian.

As a junior, McCarter was one of 75 students from around the country selected to participate in the January 2012 Campus Coverage Project, a program that teaches investigative reporting skills to college reporters who can then apply them to covering campus issues. She received a full scholarship to attend a three-day Campus Investigative Reporting Workshop in January 2012 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

“I made the campaign in order to tell our readers that there is a dynamic group of students behind The Collegian,” McCarter said. “Being on staff was such a rewarding experience for me for seven semesters because I was exposed to students with different backgrounds and beliefs and understandings because they came from all across the university. I guess I just wanted to introduce the Butler community to the Collegian family–a family that made my Butler experience so great.”

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Early Suffrage Leader May Wright Sewall Comes to Classroom http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/suffrage-leader/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/10/suffrage-leader/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:04:13 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17356 U.S. women’s suffrage leader May Wright Sewall—as portrayed by Jan Conner Wahls—visited two Global and Historical Studies core classes at Butler on Oct. 16.

Jan Conner Wahls, in pink hat, portrayed women’s rights crusader May Wright Sewall in two Butler classes Oct. 16. With her, from left, are students Bethany Feitshans and Carly Allen, and instructor Ann O’Connor-Ledbetter.

Jan Conner Wahls, in pink hat, portrayed women’s rights crusader May Wright Sewall in two Butler classes Oct. 16. With her, from left, are students Bethany Feitshans and Carly Allen, and instructor Ann O’Connor-Ledbetter.

The classes have been studying contemporary issues of gender oppression around the world. Course instructor Ann O’Connor-Ledbetter invited Wahls to talk as a way to highlight similarities between today’s situations and the 19th and early 20th century struggles for women’s rights in the United States.

Wright Sewall, who lived in Indianapolis from 1874-1907, created and led countless local and national organizations aimed at “broadening the lives of women through education and cultural opportunities,” as well as political rights, Wahls said.

Wahls and O’Connor-Ledbetter wore Victorian and Edwardian costumes for the presentation; Wahls’ elaborate pink net Victorian hat replicated one shown in a photograph of Wright Sewall.

That hat covered a tenacious steel trap of a mind, according to Wahls. Wright Sewall was a visionary “organizer of human machinery,” she said, who would “come up with ideas for what needed to be done” and encourage people to form clubs to achieve their ends.

Wright Sewall founded the city’s first college preparatory school teaching the classics to girls; an art association that was the forerunner of both the John Herron School of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art; and The Propylaeum, a social and cultural center still active in women’s enrichment programming. (Wahls is a former Propylaeum president and portrays historic characters for various club activities.) Wright Sewall also hosted weekly salons in her home, featuring talks by well-known educators, politicians, and authors such as Booth Tarkington.

In the 1880s, Wright Sewall chaired the National Women’s Suffrage Association and in the 1890s she was president of the National Council of Women of the United States. Later, she and Henry Ford collaborated in an attempt to halt World War I.

Students asked Wahls about other women’s responses to Wright Sewall’s outspoken views. Many women knew they couldn’t speak up, Wahls said—that their husbands disapproved of women voting and might squelch their wives’ activism with physical abuse. Suffragists were often ostracized by family and friends, O’Connor-Ledbetter added.

After all her efforts to earn the right to vote for American women, Wright Sewall never cast a ballot. Wahls said that the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which granted that right, was ratified 38 days after the suffragist’s death in 1920.

O’Connor-Ledbetter is an adjunct instructor in the Colleges of Communication and Global and Historical Studies.

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Applicants Sought for ‘Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/religion/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/religion/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:11:55 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17045

Applications are now being taken for Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts, a six-week symposium (6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 28-March 18) at Butler University designed to bring people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a biblical text. This is a project of the Butler Center for Faith and Vocation.

bluehouse0813 004Twelve selected participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition at the end of April 2014.  

Applicant may be anyone in the community who is active (as a professional or amateur) in one of the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue. There will be a matriculation fee of $100.

To be considered, artists must submit:

-A statement of their philosophy.

-A bibliography (publications) and/or examples of their work.

-A list of academic degrees.

-A 500-word statement on what draws you to a program on religion, spirituality, and the arts. (Share an experience; discuss what questions you wrestle with in the intersection of religion and the arts.)

Send the completed applications to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at RSA@butler.edu. All applications must be received by November 11, 2013.  For more information, call (317) 789-8853.

Rabbi Sasso, a religious leader and author who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, will direct the seminar. The faculty will be professors of religion, creative writing, art, music, dance and theater from Butler University and theologians on the faculty of Christian Theological Seminary.

The selected text for the spring is “The Binding of Isaac,” Genesis 22. The narrative raises many theological and human questions and has been the inspiration for musical compositions, paintings, sculptures and poetry.

The Center for Faith and Vocation is pleased to include this project as part of its ongoing work to encourage exploration of religion and calling in the lives of students, faculty, staff and members of the larger Indianapolis community. The progam is being made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.


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Craig Hardee Promoted to Director of Planning, Design, and Construction http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/craig-hardee/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/craig-hardee/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:14:15 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17023  Craig Hardee ’89 has been promoted to the director of planning, design, and construction for Butler University Facilities.

An interior design and architecture program graduate, Hardee began interning in the facilities department during his junior year at Butler—and never left.

Hardee was hired as a full-time staff member after graduation as a space planner and designer. His first projects were the remodeling of the Campus Club food court and adding lounges in the Schwitzer and Ross residence halls.

“As I look at the campus map, I’m fortunate to say that I’ve had a major hand in executing project designs and construction in nearly every building on campus,” Hardee said.

Among the new construction projects Hardee has been involved with are the Reilly Room and Starbucks additions to Atherton Union, the College of Communication’s Fairbanks Building, the Apartment Village, the Health and Recreation Complex, the Butler Bowl Press Box, and the Schrott Center for the Arts.

In his new position, Hardee anticipates the execution of an aggressive master plan.

His responsibilities will include managing and coordinating a large volume of capital projects including the remodeling of Ross, Schwitzer, and ResCo and building a new residence hall, as well as a science building addition and a potential new College of Business facility.

Having the opportunity to work at Butler is not just a job, Hardee explained. “Being a graduate, Butler’s success is personal to me and I want to see it prosper. I am honored to be able to be part of its future in such a significant way.”

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Butler Receives Two Indianapolis Foundation Grants http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/grants/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/grants/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:35:57 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=17010

Butler University has received two grants from the Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate—$100,000 to support The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and $20,000 for the Butler Community Arts School.

Hinkle Fieldhouse.The money for the fieldhouse will be used to preserve and maintain the building’s historic structure inside and out, and make improvements that will benefit Butler student-athletes and spectators

Through The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler will maintain the classic architecture of the fieldhouse, while constructing new locker rooms, training facilities, and academic space for student-athletes. More comfortable seating, new restrooms, and a video scoreboard will be part of providing a better-than-ever Hinkle experience for fans.

“The Indianapolis Foundation is a proud supporter of Butler University and its invaluable role in our community,” said Brian Payne, president and CEO of Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation. “Few buildings in Indianapolis are as iconic or provide such an immediate sense of place as Hinkle Fieldhouse, and we’re excited to be a part of its future.”

Athletic Director Barry Collier thanked CICF for the gift, saying, “Hinkle Fieldhouse was originally funded by members of the Indianapolis community in 1928, and the CICF’s support of the current campaign to preserve Hinkle will help to sustain the building for generations to come. We are most grateful.”

The majority of the grant for the Butler Community Arts Schools (BCAS), which provides free and low-cost music lessons and arts instruction to hundreds of Indianapolis schoolchildren each year, will go to need-based scholarships for underserved youths. BCAS has outreach programs through community partners such as Indianapolis Public Schools, Martin Luther King Center, Auntie Mame Child Development Center, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

This year’s CICF grant for the community arts school is $5,000 more than last year’s.

“I think the increase recognizes an ongoing need for arts education programs that can reach children who don’t have access to music instruction or other arts programs,” BCAS Director Karen Thickstun said. “This grant is essential for BCAS’s ongoing efforts to maintain high-quality programs in the community and to expand programs as appropriate.”


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Butler Unveils Peace Pole http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/peace-pole-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/peace-pole-2/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:44:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=16811

After a week filled with madness—including 12 killed at the Washington Navy Yard, 13 shot in a Chicago park, and an Indianapolis police officer gunned down—Butler University took some time on Friday, Sept. 20, to emphasize peace.

Craig Auchter at the Peace Pole

Craig Auchter at the Peace Pole

The University unveiled a Peace Pole—a 7-foot, octagonal, red cedar pole containing the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 16 languages—in the grassy plaza between Starbucks and Jordan Hall.

“The Butler Peace Pole will serve as a silent symbol of the University’s commitment to peace and a reminder of the importance of peace in our daily lives,” Professor Craig Auchter, director of the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program, told about 100 people assembled for the unveiling.

Auchter said that last year, PACS students Kelly Hamman and Emily VanTyle and some of the PACS faculty explored the possibility of bringing the Peace Pole to Butler. The idea gained support within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University, and President Jim Danko approved the site. The student diversity organization R.E.A.C.H. provided the funding for the pole.

Friday’s Peace Pole planting ceremony began and ended with students Katie Burns (from La Grange, Ill.) and Aliah Ajamoughli (from Alabama; her family is from Syria) performing two traditional Syrian songs. Representatives of three student faith organizations—Julia Levine (Hillel), Alaina Bartkowiak (Butler Catholic Community), and Maya Alshawa (Muslim Student Alliance)—offered interfaith prayers for peace. Students, faculty, and other members of the Butler community recited the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages, and several people offered brief reflections on peace.

Hamman ’13, who helped bring the Peace Pole to Butler, told the crowd that peace “can be as simple as opening a door for someone who looks like they’re a little bit troubled.” And she reminded them that there are people all over the world working toward peace in all its forms.

The Peace Pole is one of 200,000 planted around the globe since 1955. The idea was originated by a philosopher-teacher in post-World War II Japan. By planting a Peace Pole, organizations link with other groups all over the world who have planted theirs in the same spirit of peace.

Butler’s pole says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in Arabic, Chinese, Creole, English, Gaelic, Hebrew, Hindi, Ibo, Leaf Prints, Maori, Lakota Sioux, Russian, Spanish, Sign Language, Shuar, and Vietnamese.

“As we prepare to leave this place,” Auchter said at the end of the ceremony, “let us remember the wise counsel of Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, ‘It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. One must work for it.’”


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Undergraduate Business Program Goes Up in BusinessWeek Ranking http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/undergraduate-businessweek/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/undergraduate-businessweek/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:25:20 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=16904 Butler University’s College of Business (COB) has secured the 47th position in the 2013 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of 124 U.S. undergraduate business programs. Since its debut on the list three years ago, the college has climbed 16 spots (63rd in 2010, 58th in 2011, and 48th in 2012). The COB remains the only Indianapolis business school on the list.

The BusinessWeek rankings are based on student and recruiter surveys, placement rates and salaries, and class size, tenured faculty, and completion rates.

“The recognition from BusinessWeek underscores the exceptional quality of a Butler College of Business education,” Dean Chuck Williams said.

That quality includes a 98 percent placement rate for 2012 graduates, new innovative majors—Risk Management & Insurance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation—as well as an experiential learning model called real life, real business.

Some highlights of real life, real business include:

  • An extensive four-year career development program where students are guided by their own career mentors. These former executives worked for companies such as Cummins, IBM, Smith Barney, and Eli Lilly and Company.
  • The Freshman Business Experience course, in which students are not only introduced to business concepts; they see those concepts played out in real companies.
  • The Real Business Experience course in which sophomores develop a business plan, present the plan to a board of local bankers and entrepreneurs to apply for up to $5,000 of start-up capital, and then, if desired, start and run the business.
  • The Student-Managed Investment Fund, in which students invest real money from Butler’s endowment.

The College of Business’ undergraduate program is also ranked a “best” program by U.S. News and World Report. Its part-time MBA program ranked 67th in that publication’s most recent best graduate schools listing.



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