Butler Newsroom http://news.butler.edu Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:44:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Daily Crime Logs- September 2, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/09-01-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/09-01-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:44:59 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20740 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/09-01-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-29-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-29-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:54:37 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20732 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-29-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-28-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-28-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:20:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20729 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-28-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 My.Butler Intermittently Unavailable Wednesday (9/3) Evening http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/my-butler-intermittently-unavailable-wednesday-93-evening/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/my-butler-intermittently-unavailable-wednesday-93-evening/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:51:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20681 On Wednesday, September 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the My.Butler portal will be intermittently unavailable due to fall semester financial aid census processing. Students should plan to complete their online class adds before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. Employees working during this window may need to contact their supervisors in order to submit their time. Please plan accordingly.

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-27-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-27-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:17:53 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20726 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-27-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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There’s A Lot Going On http://news.butler.edu/events/ http://news.butler.edu/events/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:18:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20703 http://news.butler.edu/events/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-26-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-26-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:58:03 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20699 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-26-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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_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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Daily Crime Logs-August 22, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-22-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-22-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:42:49 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20657 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-22-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Awards Day Ceremony 2014 http://youtu.be/0QZ1j-iwCKc http://youtu.be/0QZ1j-iwCKc#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:33:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20647 Video of Modern Language, Literatures & Cultures Awards Day Ceremony, Spring 2014.

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-21-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-21-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:20:41 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20678 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-21-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-20-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-20-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:19:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20675 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-20-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs-Updated August 18, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00411update.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00411update.pdf#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:35:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20618 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00411update.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-Updated August 18, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00407-Update.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00407-Update.pdf#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:34:53 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20615 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00407-Update.pdf/feed/ 0 Angela Brown to Be A School of Music Visiting Artist in 2014-2015 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/brown-2/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/brown-2/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:30:19 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20612 Renowned opera singer Angela Brown will be a visiting artist in Butler University’s School of Music during the 2014-2015 school year, presenting master classes, lectures, and—if her schedule allows—performances.

angela brownThe Indianapolis native will be at Butler twice each semester to talk with students individually and collectively about performing and lessons she’s learned in the entertainment business.

“I am thrilled that Angela has agreed to bring her expertise to Butler’s School of Music,” said Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts. “From the quality of her voice and her stage presence to her work ethic and experience singing in great opera houses, she will be a great asset to our voice students and our entire program.”

Brown agreed to regular visits to Butler after performing in April at the second annual Butler ArtsFest, where she sang selections from Porgy and Bess. Caltabiano asked whether she’d be interested in being a visiting artist.

Brown has presented master classes at universities across the country, but this is the first time she’s been hired as a visiting artist.

“I’m going to offer good, sage advice and encouragement” that will help students prepare for their future, she said.

Such as:

-Performing is a job, and the competition is intense. “You need to be prepared. Just because you’re the cat’s meow in school and you get every part, out in the world you have a whole lot more people you’re going to come up against.”

-Don’t be jealous of others’ success. “Success is going to look different for everyone.”

-Shut up and do your job. “I learned early on that your opinion doesn’t count. Just do your job. Nobody’s asking you anything. Just do your job and prove yourself. Later on, you can have an opinion. I’ve had some of those situations where I might have been right about expressing myself, but it didn’t necessarily turn out the way I wanted it to be.”

-It’s better to be prepared and have no opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. “There were times early on in my career—I didn’t even call it a career; I was still in school—where I had so many things going on like classes and working and all of that. When I had professional opportunities to perform, I wasn’t always as perfect as I could be. But you have to know the music. You have to be ready. You have to be on time.”

Brown, who still lives in Indianapolis, grew up with dreams of singing, but she didn’t know what genre. As a student at Oakwood College (now University) in Huntsville, Alabama, “I had the opportunity to find out what my true voice was,” she said. “Or one of my voices. I have many voices.”

She tried out musical theater, gospel, R&B, and jazz, and, ultimately, chose opera. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida led a New York Times reviewer to write:  “At last an Aida.” She’s been featured in publications as diverse as Ebony and Psychology Today, and performed all over the world.

She has collaborated with celebrated American composer Richard Danielpour—in his opera Margaret Garner and his work A Woman’s Life, which set the poetry of Maya Angelou for Brown’s voice in an orchestral song cycle. In 2015, she is slated to portray Addie in Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a chamber opera about the great jazz saxophonist.

In addition to appearing in operas, Brown also presents a solo show called Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View, which is part of her mission to bring opera to everyone. It also plays into another piece of advice she will share with Butler students this year: “You can’t wait to be hired.”

“You have to make your own opportunities,” she said. “That’s why I do Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View. It became a vehicle for me to express myself in ways other than a staged opera. I was still able to get the best of me onstage, but not necessarily hired by an opera company. And it keeps you employed.”

 

 

 

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-14-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-14-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:50:34 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20605 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-14-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Butler Theatre Season Begins Sept. 11 with ‘The Blizzard’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/theatre-fall-14/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/theatre-fall-14/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:21:07 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20598 Butler Theatre’s 2014-2015, entitled “Seasons of our Lives,” begins September 11-13 with the Alexander Pushkin play The Blizzard in Lilly Hall 328.

Tickets prices and on-sale dates are listed below. For more information, call 317-940-9247.

Jacob Landwerlen, left, and Logan Moore star in "The Blizzard."

Jacob Landwerlen, left, and Logan Moore star in “The Blizzard.”

The Blizzard will be followed by The Water Carriers (November 12-16), Mad Forest (February 18-March 1), and Crime & Punishment (April 8-19).

“Our lives at Butler University revolve around the seasons,” Theatre Department Chair Diane Timmerman said. “Fall brings the students back to campus. Winter envelopes us in a cold that focuses our studies. Spring gives us new hope for the future. And summer lends rejuvenation time and a chance for new beginnings.

“This year, we’re taking a closer look at the Seasons of our lives with our mainstage and student-produced work. What are the seasons we pass through as human beings? Which seasons of our own lives are meaningful? And which would we prefer to forget? In each of our productions, we’ll meet fascinating characters who are transitioning from one season of life to another. We’ll encounter lovers in 19th Century Russia and refugees in modern day Africa. We’ll visit with families in 1980s Romania and connect with children right here in Indianapolis.

“We hope you’ll find these characters and the seasons of their lives as compelling as we do.”

More about each show follows.

The Blizzard
By Alexander Pushkin
Adapted & Directed by Elaina Artemiev
September 11-13, 7:00 p.m.
September 13, 2:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall 328
Tickets: $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale September 1

From youthful desire to tragic heartbreak, this romantic tale with a twist is performed by Butler Theatre alumni and current students in a production that celebrates the art of acting, Russian-style. Join our actors up close and personal in our small upstairs black box theatre in Lilly Hall.

The Water Carriers
Written and directed by Visiting International Theatre Artist Michael Williams
Howard L. Schrott Center
November 12 , 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
November 13, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
November 14, 7:00 p.m.
November 15, 7:30 p.m.
November 16, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 students, $13 seniors, $19 adults
On sale October 1

Ancient and contemporary tales of Africa are woven together with song and dance in this lively and entertaining brand new work direct from South Africa.

Mad Forest
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by William Fisher
Lilly Hall 168
February 18-21, 7:00 p.m.
February 22, 2:00 p.m.
February 26-27, 7:00 p.m.
February 28, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
March 1, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale January 26

A dynamic and daring play, set in 1980s Romania. Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill developed this dark comedy with students, making it a perfect fit for our Butler Theatre actors.

Crime & Punishment
By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Adapted and Directed by Elaina Artemiev
Lilly Hall 168
April 8, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
April 9-11, 7:00 p.m.
April 12, 2:00 p.m.
April 16, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
April 17 and 18, 7:00 p.m
April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale March 16

Dostoyevsky’s classic novel, presented in an exciting adaptation that underscores the passion, guilt and consequences that haunt a young man after crucial mistake.

 

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Drummer Kenny Aronoff to Perform, Speak at Butler http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/aronoff/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/aronoff/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20595 Famed rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has played with John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more, will present a performance and discussion called “An Evening With Kenny Aronoff” September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.

kennyaAdmission is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-2787 or visit schrottcenter.org.

In “An Evening With Kenny Aronoff,” presented by the Butler University School of Music, Aronoff will perform on his drum set with music he has either recorded in studios or performed live. He will share stories from his 40-plus years in the music business and discuss topics such as:

-How did he get to where he is today?

-How did he rise to the top of his profession?

-How can others learn from his experiences?

He will talk about staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit, living life at the highest possible level, finding and reaching your goals, and communication skills.

Aronoff is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of performers he’s played with includes Elton John, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Pharell Williams, B.B. King, Brian Wilson, and Melissa Etheridge. He’s played on more than 30 Grammy-nominated recordings and 10 number one singles.

The Massachusetts native joined his first band at age 10. At 16, he decided to focus on classical music and began to study with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He studied classical music at the University of Massachusetts School of Music, Indiana University School of Music, Aspen School of Music, and Tanglewood (the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home).

In 1980, he joined Mellencamp’s band, recording 10 albums and touring with Mellencamp for 17 years. He has since toured with Bob Seger, Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Etheridge, Joe Cocker, the Jefferson Airplane, Michelle Branch, Styx, Chickenfoot, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

 

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School of Music Announces Fall Schedule http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/music-fall-14/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/music-fall-14/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:57:59 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20589 Butler University’s School of Music will present more than two dozen performances during the fall 2014 semester. Most of the performances are free and open to the public without tickets, except where otherwise noted.

The Percussion Ensemble will be part of the School of Music Showcase on September 21

The Percussion Ensemble will be part of the School of Music Showcase on September 21

The fall program begins September 18 with a recital by the Jazz Faculty as part of Indy Jazz Fest. Other highlights of the fall include the conducting debut of Butler’s new Director of Bands, Michael Colburn (September 21), two Butler Symphony Orchestra concerts (September 28 and October 26), and Rejoice! (December 12 and 13).

For shows requiring tickets, contact the Clowes Memorial Hall box office at 317-940-6444, or visit ticketmaster.com for more information.

The fall lineup is below.

Jazz Faculty Recital (Indy Jazz Fest)
September 18, 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: free

School of Music Showcase Concert (Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Percussion Ensemble)
September 21, 3:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Ticket required; 317-940-6444

Duckwall Artist Series presents: Butler Woodwind Faculty
September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Piano at Butler presents: Sean Chen Masterclass
September 25, 2:00 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Symphony Orchestra
September 28, 3:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: free (Homecoming event)

Duckwall Artist Series presents: Butler Faculty String Quartet
September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Duckwall Artist Series presents: David Murray, Double Bass
October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

JCA Composers’ Orchestra
October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall, Room 112
Admission: free

Duckwall Artist Series presents: Western Michigan Faculty Jazz Quartet
October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

musicstudentsconducting0314 017Duckwall Artist Series presents: Thomas Wood, Violin
October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Symphonic Band/Indianapolis Municipal Band
October 23, 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: free

Butler Symphony Orchestra
October 26, 3:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Ticket required; 317-940-6444

Duckwall Artist Series presents: Mei Zhong, Soprano
October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Percussion Ensemble
October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: free

Butler Wind Ensemble
October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: free (Family Weekend event)

Choral Concert (with Chorale, Women’s Chorus, Choir)
November 2, 3:00 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Admission: free (Family Weekend event)

Duckwall Artist Series presents: Gary Walters, Jazz Piano
November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Jazz Combos
November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Duckwall Artist Series presents: JCA Faculty Composers
November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

JCA Composers’ Orchestra
November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Opera Theatre and Butler Jazz Ensembles Present “Music of the Greatest Generation”
November 19 and 20, 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Ticket required; 317-940-6444

Piano at Butler presents: Kate Boyd, Piano
December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Chamber Choir
December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: free

Butler Wind Ensemble
December 7, 3:00 p.m.
John Wesley Free Methodist Church, 5900 West 46th Street
Admission: free

Rejoice!
December 12 and 13, 8:00 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Admission: free (ticket required; 317-940-6444)

 

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Daily Crime Logs- August 12, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:00:02 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20586 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Visiting Writers Series Announces Fall Speakers http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/hemmings/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/hemmings/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:55:30 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20583 Author Kaui Hart Hemmings will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Atherton Union, Reilly Room, as part of Butler University’s fall 2014 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

Admission to all events in the series is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.

Kaui Hart Hemmings at podium

Hemmings is the Author of The Descendants, which was made into a movie starring George Clooney, and The Possibilities, which is currently being adapted for film by Ivan Reitman. She also wrote the collection of stories House of Thieves. She has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence College. A former Wallace Stegner fellow, she now lives in Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Writers Series Presents Tracy K. Smith http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/smith/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/smith/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:32:22 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20580 Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Tracy K. Smith will open the fall 2014 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series on September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Atherton Union Reilly Room.

Admission to all events in the series is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.

Tracy K Smith photo at speaker's podiumSmith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body’s Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; and Life on Mars (2011), which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She earned her BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999, she held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Smith teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

 

 

 

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime1.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime1.pdf#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:49:15 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20600 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-12-2014-Crime1.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-11-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-11-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:37:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20577 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-11-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-August 8, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-08-14crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-08-14crime.pdf#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:03:03 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20569 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-08-14crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-August 7, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-07-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-07-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:01:57 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20566 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-07-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-August 5, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-05-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-05-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:10:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20553 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-05-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Butler Ballet to Hold Children’s Auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/nutcracker-auditions/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/nutcracker-auditions/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:34:31 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20532 Butler Ballet will hold children’s auditions for the 2014 production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, September 6, at 2:00 p.m. in Lilly Hall, studio 310. Lilly Hall is located just west of Clowes Memorial Hall.

nutcracker1213 021Boy and girl auditioners, ages 6–14, must have ballet training and be no taller than 5 feet. Major roles in the Act I Party Scene and in Act II (Polichinelles) are available. Also needed is one young performer, no taller than 4 feet, with advanced tumbling skills (an aerial or back handspring minimum) to tumble on a hard floor. Ladies with advanced ballet training should be prepared to dance on pointe for part of the audition.

Dancers are selected by size, age, and technical ability. No preparation of audition material is necessary and no registration is required.

This year’s performances of The Nutcracker will be held December 4–8 at Clowes Hall.

For more information, call the Butler Ballet Info Line at 317-940-6465. __________________________________________________________________________________

Show times for The Nutcracker are December 4 at 7:30 p.m.; December 5 at 8:00 p.m.; December 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and December 7 at 2:00.

Tickets go on sale September 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clowes Hall Box Office and through Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787. Tickets are $21.50–$28.50 for adults; $17–$23 for children, students and seniors; $14–$20 for groups of 15 or more.

 

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Daily Crime Logs-August 4, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-04-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-04-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:46:17 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20540 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-04-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 U.S. Marine Band to Perform Free Concert at Clowes Hall http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/marine-band/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/08/marine-band/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:50:47 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20536 “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform on Sunday, September 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

president's ownThe concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They will be available beginning August 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clowes Hall Box Office. For more information, call 317-940-6444.

In the style of the band’s 17th director, John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse program of traditional band repertoire, marches, and instrumental solos. Selections will include:

-“Jubilee,” an Edwin Franko Goldman march.

-“Oodles of Noodles” by Jimmy Dorsey, transcribed by Thomas Knox and featuring alto saxophone soloist Master Sgt. Steve Longoria.

-Stephen Bulla’s arrangement of the Harold Arlen songbook, including “Get Happy,” “Blues in the Night,” and “Lose That Long Face,” featuring mezzo-soprano soloist Gunnery Sgt. Sara Dell’Omo.

Col. Michael Colburn, recently retired Director of “The President’s Own” and new Director of Bands at Butler University, will guest conduct Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” (transcribed by John Paynter) and the John Philip Sousa march “Semper Fidelis.”

The first half of the concert will be conducted by Fettig. The second half will feature Assistant Director First Lt. Ryan J. Nowlin.

The U.S. Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Its mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

 

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-01-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-01-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:38:51 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20528 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/08-01-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-30-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-30-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:23:21 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20511 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-30-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-29-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-29-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:17:10 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20508 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-29-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-28-2014-Crime1.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-28-2014-Crime1.pdf#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:35:14 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20495 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-28-2014-Crime1.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs-July 25, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-24-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-24-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:01:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20468 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-24-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-July 24, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-23-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-23-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:57 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20461 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-23-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Log- July 21, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-21-2014.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-21-2014.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:21:42 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20456 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-21-2014.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Log- July 18, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-18-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-18-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:20:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20453 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-18-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Log- July 16, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-16-2014.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-16-2014.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:19:16 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20450 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-16-2014.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Log-July 15, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-15-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-15-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:12 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20447 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-15-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Log-July 14, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-14-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-14-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:17:07 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20444 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-14-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Center for Faith and Vocation, Tutu Center Present ‘Religion and Reconciliation in Global Perspective’ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/cfv-seminar/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/cfv-seminar/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:53:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20410 The Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization, in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Center, will present its 20th lecture series, “Religion and Reconciliation in Global Perspective,” beginning with “The Risks of Reconciliation” September 23 in Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.

The seminars will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-8253.

The topics for the seminars will be: “The Risks of Reconciliation” (September 23);  “Does Reconciliation Actually Happen?” (October 28); “Reconciliation in Islamic Thought and Practice” (January 27, 2015); “Truth and Reconciliation with Native America” (February 24); and “Russia and Ukraine: Is Reconciliation Possible?” (March 17).

More about each event follows.

THE RISKS OF RECONCILIATION
September 23
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Boesak

Boesak

Keynote speaker: Allan Aubrey Boesak, the Desmond Tutu Chair of  Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University. He also directs the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation, a joint program of Butler and Christian Theological Seminary.

Respondent: Robin Turner, assistant professor of political science at Butler University, where her work includes Southern African studies.

In pious portrayals of the subject, the risks and challenges of reconciliation are often left out of the picture, as is the question: is it worth it? Boesak will inaugurate the series with a frank discussion of the hazards of pursuing the politics of reconciliation in our time.   

 

DOES RECONCILIATION ACTUALLY HAPPEN?
October 28
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Villa-Vicencio

Villa-Vicencio

Keynote speaker: Charles Villa-Vicencio, Georgetown University

Respondent: Allan Aubrey Boesak, Christian Theological Seminary

Villa-Vicencio will assess the prospects of reconciliation with attention to ethnic and religious conflicts which are impeding the development of civil society in South Africa and other parts of Africa today. 

 

 

RECONCILIATION IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT AND PRACTICE
January 27, 2015
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary

Moosa

Moosa

Speakers: Ebrahim Moosa, University of Notre Dame, and Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University, Chicago

Moosa and Hermansen will assess the concept of reconciliation from an Islamic perspective. Does the concept have the weight in Islam that it has in Christian theology? What can Muslim leaders and activists contribute to the politics of reconciliation in 21st-century conflicts?   

 

 

 

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WITH NATIVE AMERICA
February 24
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary

Attean

Attean

Speakers: Esther Attean, University of Southern Maine; Denise Altvater, Perry, Maine

Respondent: Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, professor of political science at Butler University whose teaching and research focus on reconciliation efforts worldwide.

Esther Attean and Denise Altvater, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe, are founders of the Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation program, a project involving the State of Maine and five Native American tribes. Initiated by the American Friends Service Committee, the Wabanaki program applies the truth and reconciliation concept to the injustices that have characterized relations between Native Americans and the majority population in the United States.

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE: IS RECONCILIATION POSSIBLE?
March 17
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

Sigov

Sigov

Keynote speaker: Konstantin Sigov, professor of philosophy and religious studies at the National University of  Kyiv-Mohyla,  Kiev, Ukraine

Respondent:  Elena Glazov-Corrigan is associate professor of Russian literature at Emory University in Atlanta

The Ukrainian revolution of 2014 and Russia’s response to it have disrupted the longstanding ties of religion and culture connecting the two nations. What, if anything, can the truth and reconciliation concept offer Russians and Ukrainians who seek to repair their relationship?

 

 

The Seminar on Religion and World Civilization is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspectives.

The Demond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice, a joint project of Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, promotes the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his holistic understanding of reconciliation grounded in justice, human dignity, and social transformation. 

 

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Campaign Adds a Champion Donor http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/popovich/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/popovich/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:17:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20402 Among the donors to the multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign that will renovate Butler’s 86-year-old Hinkle Fieldhouse is a five-time NBA championship coach with no discernible ties to the university.

San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Maribeth Fischer ‘74

San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Maribeth Fischer ‘74

But as the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer reports, San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s 2014 Coach of the Year, remains a Hoosier at heart.

Read the story of Popovich’s donation to the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse here.

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Parking Facility http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/trustees/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/trustees/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:55:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20395 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/trustees/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-10-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-10-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:21:09 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20386 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-10-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Woods Lecture Series Begins With Indianapolis Prize Winner http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/woods14/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/woods14/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:21:26 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20368 Butler University’s fall 2014 J. James Woods Lectures in the Sciences and Mathematics will present 2014 Indianapolis Prize winner Patricia C. Wright, genome authority John Dupré, and a discussion of Isaac Newton’s writings by Math Historian William Dunham.

The series begins with Wright on September 29, followed by Dupré on November 10, and Dunham on December 2. The lectures are free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9657.

More about each event follows.

hapalemur-aureus-rano-unk1Patricia C. Wright, Indianapolis Prize Winner
September 29, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union Reilly Room
Title of talk: Saving Lemurs from Extinction: The Challenges

Stony Brook University distinguished professor and primate expert Patricia C. Wright won the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, which is given every two years to recognize global leaders in animal conservation. She won the $250,000 cash award for her work in protecting the endangered lemurs of Madagascar.

In 1991, her advocacy led to the creation of Ranomafana National Park, which covers about 160 square miles in southeastern Madagascar.

Wright founded the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments and Centre ValBio, a rain forest research station with a 15,000-square-foot “green” building that can house 52 scientists and boasts three laboratories, a conference room and a veranda for lectures and symposiums.

Wright and the lemurs were featured in a 3-D IMAX documentary released nationwide in April titled “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” The film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, aimed to inspire a mainstream audience to advance the conservation efforts for lemurs, primates that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. In the same month, Stony Brook University honored her at its annual gala.

The Indianapolis Prize is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species. ​The prize was first awarded in 2006 to George Archibald, the co-founder of the Internatio​nal Crane Foundation and one of the world’s great field biologists. In 2008, the Indianapolis Prize went to Ge​orge Schaller​, the world’s pre-eminent field biologist and vice president of science and exploration for the Wildlife Conservation Society. 

The 2010 winner was Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder and president of Save the Elephants and the world’s pre-eminent elephant researcher. In 2012, Steven Amstrup, of Polar Bears International, received the Indianapolis Prize for his field work and research that led the U.S. to declare polar bears as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.​​

John duprŽJohn Dupré
November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union Reilly Room
Title of talk: From the Mendelian Gene to the Dynamic Genome

Dupré will briefly sketch the history of the gene concept from the heyday of Mendelian genetics in the early 20th century through the landmark discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953 through the Human Genome Project to the contemporary concept of the genome. He will explain how current understanding of genomes has displaced or marginalized traditional and still widely held interpretations of genes as the causes of particular features of organisms, and he will show how increasingly dynamic understandings of the genome are undermining and supplanting still popular ideas of the genome as a blueprint or a program.

Dupré has held posts at Oxford, Stanford, and Birkbeck College, London. His publications include The Disorder of Things (Harvard 1993), Human Nature and the Limits of Science (Oxford 2001), Humans and Other Animals (Oxford 2002), and Processes of Life (Oxford 2012). He is a former President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWilliam Dunham
December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union Reilly Room
Title of talk: Your humble Servant, Is. Newton

Almost 50 years ago, Cambridge University Press published the correspondence of Isaac Newton, a seven-volume, 3000-page collection of letters that provide insight into this great, if difficult, genius.  In this talk, Dunham shares his favorite examples of Newton as correspondent.  From his earliest known letter in 1661 (where he scolded a friend for being drunk), through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others, to documents from his days at the Mint in London, these writings give glimpses of Newton at his best … and his worst. 

Dunham has written four books:  Journey Through Genius; The Mathematical Universe; Euler: The Master of Us All; and The Calculus Gallery.  He is also featured in the Teaching Company’s DVD course “Great Thinkers, Great Theorems.”

Last year, Dunham retired after 22 years as the Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College. In fall 2008 and again in spring 2013, Dunham was a visiting professor at Harvard University, where he taught a course on the mathematics of Leonhard Euler, and he held a visiting appointment at Princeton University in spring 2014. Currently he is a visitor at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the Mathematical Association of America’s George Pólya Lecturer.

 

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Visiting Writers Series Announces Fall Speakers http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/vws14/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/vws14/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:26:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20357 Novelists Jonathan Franzen, Kaui Hart Hemmings and Zadie Smith, and Screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman, are among the headliners for Butler University’s fall 2014 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Tracy K. Smith opens the series on September 17. She will be followed by Hemmings (September 30), Poet Carl Phillips (October 7), Levien and Koppelman (October 21), Franzen (October 28), Poet Mary Szybist (November 5), and Smith (November 11).

Admission to all events in the series is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.

More information about each speaker follows.

Tracy K Smith photo at speaker's podiumTracy K. Smith
September 17, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body’s Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; and Life on Mars (2011), which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She earned her BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999, she held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Smith teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Kaui Hart Hemmings at podiumKaui Hart Hemmings
September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Hemmings is the Author of The Descendants, which was made into a movie starring George Clooney, and The Possibilities, which is currently being adapted for film by Ivan Reitman. She also wrote the collection of stories House of Thieves. She has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence College. A former Wallace Stegner fellow, she now lives in Hawaii.

Carl Phillips at mikeCarl Phillips
October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room

Carl Phillips’s books of poetry include Silverchest (2013), Double Shadow (2012), Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (2007), and Riding Westward (2006). His 2004 collection, The Rest of Love, won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

His work has been anthologized in The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (2003), Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (2002), Contemporary American Poetry (2001), The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000), and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (1988).

Phillips is Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

Levien and Koppelman head shots with backgroundDavid Levien and Brian Koppelman
October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman wrote the screenplays for Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Runaway Jury (2003), and Rounders (1998). As a novelist, Levien has published the Frank Behr novels City of the Sun, Where the Dead Lay, and 13 Million Dollar Pop. He studied at the University of Michigan. Koppelman, son of producer and media executive Charles Koppelman, was an artist and repertoire representative from 1988-1997 for such companies as Elektra Records, Giant Records, SBK Records and EMI Records, during which time he discovered singer songwriter Tracy Chapman and executive-produced her first album.

Jonathan-Franzen-head shotJonathan Franzen
October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University

In 2010, Jonathan Franzen was the first author since Stephen King to appear on the cover of Time magazine, where he was called the “Great American Novelist.”  He is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and a translation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening.  He has won the National Book Award for Fiction, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  His essays on literature have appeared in Harper’s and the New Yorker.

Mary Szybist podiumMary Szybist
November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Robertson Hall, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Mary Szybist’s first collection of poetry, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Associations New Writers Award.  Her second book, Incarnadine (2013), won the National Book Award for Poetry. She is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize in 2012. She is an Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Zadie-Smith at microphoneZadie Smith
November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

British writer Zadie Smith has published four critically acclaimed novels, NW (2012), On Beauty (2005), The Autograph Man (2002), and White Teeth (2000), as well as the 2013 novella The Embassy of Cambodia. In 2003 and again in 2013, she was included on Granta’s list of 20 best young authors. Smith won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006, and White Teeth was on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. She teaches in New York University’s Creative Writing Program.

 

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-07-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-07-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:20:00 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20383 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-07-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-02-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-02-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:07:06 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20346 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-02-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Timley Warning-July 2, 2014 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/Reported-Armed-Robbery-7-2-14.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/Reported-Armed-Robbery-7-2-14.pdf#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:16:13 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20343 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/Reported-Armed-Robbery-7-2-14.pdf/feed/ 0 Welcome Week http://blogs.butler.edu/welcomeweek/ http://blogs.butler.edu/welcomeweek/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:44:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20328 http://blogs.butler.edu/welcomeweek/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-01-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-01-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:47:37 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20323 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/07-01-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-25-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-25-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:33:51 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20317 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-25-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-22-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-22-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:33:00 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20298 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-22-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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
Agrarian
Indy Upcycle
Good Earth Natural Foods
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
CUE Farm

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-17-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-17-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:36:59 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20297 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-17-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-16-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-16-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:16:23 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20287 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-16-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-13-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-13-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:08:50 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20272 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-13-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-12-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-12-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:28:27 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20266 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-12-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 There’s A Lot Going On http://www.butler.edu/events http://www.butler.edu/events#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:18:43 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20259 http://www.butler.edu/events/feed/ 0 Single Seats for Clowes Presents Series Go On Sale Friday http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/clowes14-15/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/clowes14-15/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:03:08 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20250 Single tickets for all 2014-2015 Clowes Presents performances—a lineup that includes Rosanne Cash, Jay Leno, and Air Supply—go on sale Friday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and Ticketmaster.com.

The full lineup includes: Rosanne Cash (September 26), Jay Leno with special musical guest Kevin Eubanks (October 18), Air Supply (November 1), For the Record: Tarantino in Concert (November 7), Ragamala Dance (January 31, 2015), The Marcus Roberts Trio (February 13), Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey (February 27), Lightwire … The Show (March 21), and Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker: Off the Score (March 27).

Ticket prices are below.

Patrons purchasing more five or more shows are encouraged to inquire about flex packs and subscriptions, which offer substantial discounts and benefits. More information can be found online at cloweshall.org/clowespresents.

Clowes Memorial Hall is located at 4602 Sunset Avenue in Indianapolis on the campus of Butler University.

Clowes Memorial Hall gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency), the New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

More about each show follows.

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash

 

ROSANNE CASH in Concert
Friday, September 26 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35–$45
One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots, and pop influences, Rosanne Cash inherited a reverence for song and profound artistry—and an equal duty to find insights of her own. She holds a lineage rooted in the beginning of American country music, with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South.

 

 

 

 

 JAY LENO
With special musical guest KEVIN EUBANKS
Saturday, October 18 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65–$75

For more than two decades, Jay Leno’s performances have never failed to amuse his audiences, regardless of their age or station. Because of that, he has become one of the most loved stand-up comedians. His tongue-in-cheek humor is warm and relatable; he playfully pokes fun at pop culture and current events. This one-night-only performance features special guest Kevin Eubanks, former “Tonight Show” bandleader, who continues to explore his own musical vision.

Air Supply

Air Supply

AIR SUPPLY
Saturday, November 1 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45–$55

Air Supply’s 1980 single “Lost in Love” became the fastest-selling single in the world. Their second single, “All Out of Love,” went up the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply equaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top-five singles. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a sound that will forever be known as Air Supply.

 

 

 

 

FOR THE RECORD: TARANTINO IN CONCERT
Friday, November 7 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30–$40

Unquestionably a master of modern American cinema, Quentin Tarantino has also mastered the art of the modern movie soundtrack. In this immersive concert experience, his song choices take audiences on a roller coaster ride with highlights from film scripts infused with the songs. This 25th anniversary retrospective features all the iconic musical moments and scenes from Tarantino’s repertoire, including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill,” and many more.

RAGAMALA DANCE
Ranee Ramashwamy and Aparna Ramashwamy, Artistic Co-Directors
Saturday, January 31, 2015 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30–$40

Ragamala Dance’s directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa on “Song of the Jasmine,” an exploration that conjures the past to experience the power of the present. Ragamala Dance freely moves between composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal, and total surrender.

The Marcus Roberts Trio

The Marcus Roberts Trio

THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO
Featuring Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan
Friday, February 13 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25–$35

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style—a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic, and filled with dynamic contrast. Although the piano is typically the focus of most jazz trios, in The Marcus Roberts Trio, all musicians share equally in shaping the direction of the music. Each trio member’s enormous individual talent is showcased along with the powerfully rhythmic group sound.

 

 

 

 

RAISIN’ CANE: A HARLEM RENAISSANCE ODYSSEY
Starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio
Friday, February 27 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25–$35

Starring the award-winning actress, singer, dancer and modern day griot Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois, through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.

LIGHTWIRE … THE SHOW
Saturday, March 21 • 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25–$35

Welcome to a world of endless possibility, where birds grow 16 feet tall, aliens extract the life force from other beings, and cats fight with light sabers. Join Lightwire Theater (as seen on “America’s Got Talent) as they take you on an epic adventure.

STEWART COPELAND and JON KIMURA PARKER: OFF THE SCORE
Friday, March 27 • 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30–$40

Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland joins forces with pianist Jon Kimura Parker to address the intersection of the notes on the page that are “the bible” in the classical world, with the improvisational instincts of the rock and jazz musician. It’s an evening of cutting-edge chamber music that is propulsive, engaging, interesting, and fun.

 

 
Media contact:
Joshua Lingenfelter
jlingenf@butler.edu
317-940-6411

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-10-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-10-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:03:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20269 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-10-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-09-2014-Crime1.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-09-2014-Crime1.pdf#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:05:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20233 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/06-09-2014-Crime1.pdf/feed/ 0 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.”

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

 

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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.”

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

 

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‘Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour’ Visits Clowes Hall http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/brown/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/06/brown/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:08:26 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20199 Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown will bring Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour to Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on Sunday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m.Alton_Brown_Tour_Photo_2-132

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Clowes Hall Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. More information can be found at cloweshall.org.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV into a two-hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” Brown said. He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers, which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard Award-winning I’m Just Here for the Food and New York Times bestselling sequence Good Eats, has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.” He currently serves as host on the game show Cutthroat Kitchen and as a mentor/judge on Food Network Star, which premieres its 10th season on June 1. Brown created, produced, and hosted the Peabody-winning series Good Eats for 13 years on Food Network. The show can still be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrowntour.com.

 

Media contact:
Joshua Lingenfelter
jlingenf@butler.edu
317-940-6411

 

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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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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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Undergraduate Program No. 51 in the Nation http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/businessweek-cob-undergrad/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/businessweek-cob-undergrad/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:50:34 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20171 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/businessweek-cob-undergrad/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-28-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-28-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 14:55:56 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20168 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-28-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-26-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-26-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 12:52:02 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20161 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-26-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-23-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-23-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 12:53:40 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20164 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-23-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 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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Faculty Awards and Honors http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=d01d0ca7-02e2-4909-974a-0a5af11d7be7&m=262274e5-f495-46e9-b078-236e04f8ba49&MailID=28435314&listid=49165 http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=d01d0ca7-02e2-4909-974a-0a5af11d7be7&m=262274e5-f495-46e9-b078-236e04f8ba49&MailID=28435314&listid=49165#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 14:20:40 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20128 http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=d01d0ca7-02e2-4909-974a-0a5af11d7be7&m=262274e5-f495-46e9-b078-236e04f8ba49&MailID=28435314&listid=49165/feed/ 0 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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Campus Construction http://www.butler.edu/parking/streetscape/ http://www.butler.edu/parking/streetscape/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 21:04:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20109 http://www.butler.edu/parking/streetscape/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs – Updated http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00221.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00221.pdf#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 13:46:37 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20104 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00221.pdf/feed/ 0