Butler Newsroom http://news.butler.edu Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:47:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 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 Turnitin Unavailable This Saturday http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/turnitin-unavailable-this-saturday/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/turnitin-unavailable-this-saturday/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:48 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20331 Due to maintenance, the Turnitin service within Moodle will be unavailable on Saturday, July 26th, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. This maintenance will include significant upgrades to improve capacity and scalability as service utilization grows. Faculty members that use Turnitin are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 940-HELP (4357) or itrequest.butler.edu.

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Coming Soon – FREE Microsoft Office http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/coming-soon-free-microsoft-office/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/coming-soon-free-microsoft-office/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:00:49 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20422 FREE access to Microsoft Office for all current Butler students is coming soon as part of our renegotiated Microsoft licensing agreement. We will have more information on this exciting offering by the start of the fall semester.

We look forward to sharing more information soon and welcoming you back to campus for the coming academic year!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Help Desk at 940-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@butler.edu.

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Request/Confirm Fall Classroom Software By July 25 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/requestconfirm-summer-classroom-software-by-july-25/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/requestconfirm-summer-classroom-software-by-july-25/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:17:08 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20427 To ensure software availability for the first week of fall courses, all faculty members who use software/technology in the classroom must complete a classroom software/technology request form no later than July 25. Requests received after this date may not be fulfilled by the first week of classes.

Please provide complete information for each course you will be teaching. Once you enter your needs for a course, that information is retained by the form for subsequent semesters, and you will only have to review and approve your submissions for those courses each semester thereafter.

  1. Visit the Classroom Software/Technology Requests form
  2. Log in with your Butler username and password
  3. Follow the instructions that appear after logging in

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Help Desk at 940-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@butler.edu.

Note: There may be additional charges to your department to purchase and/or maintain non-standard software and hardware. 

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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.

September 23
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts



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.   


October 28
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts



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. 



January 27, 2015
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary



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?   




February 24
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary



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.

March 17
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University



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 Demond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice, a join partnership 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.

Media contact:
Marc Allan


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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.


Media contact:
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Housing Cable TV Update http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/housing-cable-tv-update/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/housing-cable-tv-update/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:37:20 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20375 Butler University, in partnership with Bright House Networks, is upgrading our University housing cable TV from analog to digital service before the start of the Fall Semester.

The updated cable TV lineup will total approximately 70 digital channels, almost all of which will be in High Definition. Due to this change, your television must have a QAM digital tuner in order to receive service and properly display these channels (most TVs since 2006 have a QAM tuner built in). A select number of channels (Spike TV, CMT, Food Network, Science) will no longer be available, however, over 20 new HD channels will be added to our service, including Fox Sports 1 & 2, the NFL Network, OWN, Oxygen, E!, and BBC America. Classrooms and meeting rooms previously equipped with cable TV service will also receive this upgraded digital channel lineup.

While cable TV service itself is changing, you should bring the same equipment you normally would (a television and a coaxial cable) as long as your television meets the operating requirement of including a QAM tuner. Refer to your owner’s manual or manufacturer website to check your model if you aren’t sure.

When you arrive on campus, you will need to simply connect your TV to the coaxial outlet and then run a full channel scan on your television to find all of the channels available to you. After August 1, you can refer to www.butler.edu/it/cable-tv for an up-to-date full channel guide.

With this upgrade to digital service, premium channels and packages (CBS Sports, HBO, Showtime, Pay-Per-View) will no longer be available to supplement the channel lineup. Any set-top boxes used in the past for these packages will no longer function on the Butler cable TV network.

We hope you enjoy your upgraded service and channels throughout the coming academic year!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Help Desk at 940-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@butler.edu.

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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 Chapple 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 Chapple 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 Chapple 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.

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.


Media contact:
Marc Allan


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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.


Media contact:
Marc Allan





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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 Butler MBA Program to Hold Information Seminars http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/mba-seminars/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/07/mba-seminars/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:33:28 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20351 Learn about Butler University’s MBA program during summer information sessions July 9, July 29, and August 18 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on campus and July 23 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via a webinar.

All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, contact mba@butler.edu.

Locations of campus sessions and login information about the webinar will be sent following registration.

During the sessions, participants will:

-Learn more about Butler’s experiential curriculum.

-Find out how to apply (and get admitted).

-Hear from faculty and the program director.

-Have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to evaluate MBA programs.

More information about the Butler MBA can be found here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Activities that are eligible for currency are:

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

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

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

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


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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 Jay Leno, Rosanne Cash, Stewart Copeland to Headline Clowes in 2014-2015 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 Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University will follow its successful 50th anniversary celebration with its 51st season of events, featuring performances by Rosanne Cash, Jay Leno with special musical guest Kevin Eubanks, Air Supply and Stewart Copeland from the famed rock band The Police.

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash

The full lineup for the Clowes Presents series includes:  Rosanne Cash, The River and The Thread In Concert (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 & Jon Kimura Parker: Off The Score (March 27).

Clowes Presents season tickets go on sale June 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clowes Hall Box Office or online at www.cloweshall.org/clowespresents. Season subscribers save up to 30 percent off the regular price, get priority access to seats, ticket exchanges, and a VIP reception before each performance.  Clowes is also introducing a Flex Pack, allowing you to choose five or more performances at a discount of up 20 percent.

Clowes 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, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Here is the complete schedule:

Friday, September 26 • 8:00 p.m.

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 very 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.

For more than two decades, Jay Leno’s performances have never failed to amuse his audiences, regardless of their age or station, and because of which, he has become one of the most loved stand-up comedians—with a tongue-in-cheek humor that is warm, relatable, and 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

Saturday, November 1 • 8:00 p.m.

Air Supply’s 1980 single “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world. Their second single was “All Out of Love,” and that went up the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had 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 would forever be known as Air Supply.

Friday, November 7 • 8:00 p.m.

Unquestionably a master of the 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 the script 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.

Ranee Ramashwamy and Aparna Ramashwamy, Artistic Co-Directors
Saturday, January 31, 2015 • 8:00 p.m.

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 in order 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

featuring Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis and Rodney Jordan
Friday, February 13 • 8:00 p.m.

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.

starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio
Friday, February 27 • 8:00 p.m.

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.

Saturday, March 21 • 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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. Using their signature brand of dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling, and creative use of music ranging from classical to pop to film scores designed to evoke imagery. LIGHTWIRE…THE SHOW creates a must-see theatrical experience for the whole family.

Off The Score
Friday, March 27 • 8:00 p.m.

Stewart Copeland, the innovative drummer from The Police, 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.


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By Tom Blattler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Marc Allan


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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.


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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 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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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.”

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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 Daily Crime Logs – Updated http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00181.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00181.pdf#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 13:45:37 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20101 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00181.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-19-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-19-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 15:51:40 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20093 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-19-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Ed Carpenter ’03 Wins Indy 500 Pole for 2nd Straight Year http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/carpenter/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/carpenter/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 12:56:42 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20090 By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

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

Ed Carpenter and Trip.

Ed Carpenter and Trip.

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

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

He didn’t mess it up, not at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-16-14-DCL.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-16-14-DCL.pdf#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 16:37:47 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20079 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-16-14-DCL.pdf/feed/ 0 COPHS Offers Continuing Education for Pharmacists June 5 and 6 http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/pharmacy-continuing-ed/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/pharmacy-continuing-ed/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 21:02:55 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20076 The Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) will host its 11th annual Continuing Education (CE) Program for Pharmacists Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6, on campus in the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building. 

Faculty, alumni, and preceptors will cover hot topics in healthcare, including new drugs and recent technology that can improve patient care and outcomes, said Associate Professor Erin Albert, COPHS Director of Continuing Education and Preceptor Development. “We’re also offering the option of multiple round table discussions each day.”

Registration and the full-day, two-day agenda are online at https://apps.butler.edu/CESymposium. The official hashtag of the event online across platforms is #BUCOPHSCE14. 

Pharmacists can earn up to 15.25 hours of continuing education with several topics in two tracks—institutional and community practice pharmacy­:

  • Guideline updates on hypertension and lipids.
  • Telemedicine.
  • Smartphone applications.
  • Wearable technology used in healthcare. 
  • Therapeutic discussions including diabetes, COPD, C. Difficile, drugs in pregnancy and lactation, pain management, and geriatric patients.
  • New drugs.
  • Newly enacted pharmacy law.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch for attendees; materials will be shared with the audience digitally.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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Congratulations to Dr. George Geib http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=328fe302-e987-49ba-b578-a21dfc3d7041&m=d94ac983-944c-41eb-ba17-fca1dbdf1b3b&MailID=28402359&listid=36794 http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=328fe302-e987-49ba-b578-a21dfc3d7041&m=d94ac983-944c-41eb-ba17-fca1dbdf1b3b&MailID=28402359&listid=36794#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 16:46:33 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20064 http://editor.ne16.com/vo/?FileID=328fe302-e987-49ba-b578-a21dfc3d7041&m=d94ac983-944c-41eb-ba17-fca1dbdf1b3b&MailID=28402359&listid=36794/feed/ 0 Butler University Elects New Members to Board of Trustees; Appoints New Alumni Board of Directors’ Representative http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-trustees/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/butler-trustees/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 20:42:18 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20059 The Butler University Board of Trustees has welcomed four new members:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She met and began dating Brad Stevens while at DePauw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Marc Allan




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Daily Crime Log http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-12-14-Crime-Log1.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-12-14-Crime-Log1.pdf#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 14:28:52 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20056 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/5-12-14-Crime-Log1.pdf/feed/ 0 Stevens and Wagner Advise Grads: Follow Strong Values, Mentors’ Examples http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/stevens-wagner-advise-grads/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/stevens-wagner-advise-grads/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 06:00:13 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20038 Butler University Commencement speakers Brad Stevens and Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner ’76 advised the 903 members of the Class of 2014 to find solid values to live by and to share their success with others, respectively. Videos of both speakers and other Commencement highlights can be viewed here.

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner '76

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner ’76

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

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

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

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

Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens

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

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

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

“The magic is in the work,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson

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

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

Here’s a look back.


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

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


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

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

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

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





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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Alex Still

Alex Still

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

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

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

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



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

Bob Grechesky





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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-07-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-07-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 15:29:04 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20007 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-07-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-06-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-06-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:26:19 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=20001 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/05-06-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Butler Honors Six Alumni at Recognition Dinner http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/alumni/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/05/alumni/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:39:44 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19984 Six Butler University alumni, including a professor emeritus, were honored May 3 at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner for extraordinary professional achievement and service to the University and their communities.

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

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

Awards and honorees were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Butler Medal
Winstan “Bud” Sellick ’44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award
Jay Love ’76

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

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

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

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

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

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award
Eldon Palmer ’50

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

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

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

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

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

The Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award
Ed Carpenter ’03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Colin Likas and Joellen Gentry

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Juniors Win Weidner Awards for Altruism http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/weidner/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/weidner/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:49:08 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19941 Taylor Clark, a junior from Bowling Green, Ohio, and Alex Petersen, a junior from Woodstock, Illinois, are the winners of the 2014 Weidner awards for altruism.

Clark received the $1,500 Rotary Weidner Award for Altruism at the Rotary Club of Indianapolis on April 15.

Petersen was awarded the $1,200 Butler John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism during the Alpha Kappa Banquet on April 16.

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

The awards are given to Butler students involved in altruistic activities. Clark has volunteered with the Butler University Volunteer Center and Ambassadors of Change, participated in a Help Heal Haiti spring break mission trip, and, as president of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, led Trike 2013, a fundraiser that brought in more than $21,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital.

“I am often asked what series of events or what particular event was the most influential part of my development as a young adult,” Clark wrote. “For me, it has been my time in Boy Scouts, where I learned important life lessons in respecting others, caring for your peers and everyone in your community, and truly understanding how rewarding living a life with an orientation towards service can be. I have applied each of these values to my time here at Butler, working to be service minded in my daily actions and applying the concepts of servant leadership in each and every opportunity that I have had in my leadership positions.”

Petersen was honored for activities including working with the orientation group Ambassadors of Change and as a three-year participant building and refurbishing homes on Fall Alternative Break trips to Appalachia.

Alex Petersen

Alex Petersen

“These service opportunities have taught and given me much more than I can ever repay,” Petersen wrote on his application for the scholarship. “I have learned that service is 100 percent a two-way, or symbiotic relationship. I believe that we give of our time, talents, and treasure to discover who we really are as individuals and servant leaders.”

The awards are named for John Weidner, a Dutch citizen and Seventh Day Adventist who, during World War II, saved the lives of about 1,000 British and American downed airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians and French fleeing Nazi persecution. Weidner was honored by five governments after the war and by the Holocaust Museum at its opening in 1993. After he died in Los Angeles in 1994, his widow, Naomi, started a foundation for honoring the altruistic spirit.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-29-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-29-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:53:08 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19923 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-29-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Musicologist Nicholas Johnson Joins School of Music Faculty http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/johnson/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/johnson/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:38:10 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19918 Musicologist Nicholas Johnson, a specialist in the music history of the early-modern period and American popular music, will join the Butler University School of Music faculty.

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

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

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

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

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


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

That million is now $1.4 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what have Dolvin and the students learned from that?

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


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Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-28-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-28-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:55:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19911 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-28-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 School of Music Names New Associate Director of Choral Activities http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/perkins/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/perkins/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:00:29 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19899 John Perkins, who has taught music at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates since 2008, will join Butler University as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That turned out to be great advice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Crime Logs-Updated http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00233.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00233.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:16:11 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19860 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00233.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs-Updated http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00117.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00117.pdf#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:14:54 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19857 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/14-00117.pdf/feed/ 0 Daily Crime Logs http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-21-2014-Crime.pdf http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-21-2014-Crime.pdf#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:26:27 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19852 http://news.butler.edu/wp-content/uploads/04-21-2014-Crime.pdf/feed/ 0 Student-Led Initiative Converts Waste Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel Fuel http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/biodiesel/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/biodiesel/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:24:35 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19846 Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Butler Innovation Fund, students in the Chemistry Department have partnered with the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.

Biodiesel interns Tyler Schenck and Kyle Graden

Biodiesel interns Tyler Schenck and Kyle Graden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Awards and Ceremonies https://www.formstack.com/admin/submission/report/1750257?share=zi2QP5MMNt https://www.formstack.com/admin/submission/report/1750257?share=zi2QP5MMNt#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:06:46 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19844 https://www.formstack.com/admin/submission/report/1750257?share=zi2QP5MMNt/feed/ 0 What’s in Our Garbage? A Lot of Waste http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/waste/ http://news.butler.edu/blog/2014/04/waste/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:13:00 +0000 http://news.butler.edu/?p=19837 Digging through trash is McKenzie Beverage’s idea of fun, and on Thursday she couldn’t have been happier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The recyclable material was recycled.

Beverage said the experience was great.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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