Goad Talks About Best, Worst Cities to Start a Career

(May 14) – Kim Goad, Director of Professional & Career Development in the College of Business, was featured in WalletHub’s recent study examining 2015’s best and worst cities to start a career. You can find the piece here.

Professor Caldwell Discusses Best, Worst States for Working Moms

(May 4) – College of Business Professor Craig Caldwell was featured in WalletHub’s recent study about 2015’s best and worst states for working moms. You can find the piece here.

Six from Butler Receive Creative Renewal Fellowships

(April 27) – Six people with Butler ties have won $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Council.

Professor of Music Doug Spaniol, adjunct professors of music Ju-Fang Liu and Steven L. Rickards, poetry instructor Alessandra Lynch, adjunct professor of English Allison Lynn, and Michael Pettry MM ’06, the executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, received the grants.

Launched in 1999 by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program allows artists and arts administrators the opportunity to reinvigorate their work by renewing and refreshing their creativity. Fellows may use their grant toward activities they believe will refresh their creativity and recharge their work.

The Arts Council convenes a national panel of arts professionals to adjudicate the applications and select the fellowship recipients. Since its inception, the Arts Council has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 370 fellows. Grants are awarded on a biennial basis and funded through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Provost Morris Selected a 2015 Gettysburg College Distinguished Alumna

(April 13) – The Gettysburg College Alumni Association’s Board of Directors has selected Butler Provost Kate Morris to receive a 2015 Gettysburg College Distinguished Alumni Award.

“We consider this to be the most prestigious of all our awards for professional and civic achievement, and it is the highest award given by the Alumni Association,” the Alumni Association said.

The award will be presented on Saturday, May 16, during Gettysburg’s Commencement Weekend. Morris earned her bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg.

Professor Stark Named Entrepreneur of the Month

(March 30) – Professor Eric Stark, Director of Choral Activities at Butler and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir,  was named Entrepreneur of the Month by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

“By developing a professional life that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, Jacobs School alumnus and conductor Dr. Eric Stark has established himself as a leading choral-orchestral specialist,” the school said.

Read an interview with Stark here.

Dean Edgerton Speaks About Television

(March 30) – College of Communication Dean Gary Edgerton is featured in two publications, sharing his expertise on the subject of television.

On vox.com, he talks about the invention of the mechanical television. The story is here.

Edgerton also spoke to PROFIL, a central European newsweekly published in Vienna. See the interview here.

Professor Grossman Has Op-Ed Published

(February 9) – College of Business Professor Peter Z. Grossman has had his latest column, “Energy: Limits of Bipartisanship,” published in the Waterbury, Connecticut, Republican-American newspaper. Read it here.

Grossman is the author of “U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure” (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and a professor of economics.

Professor Levy’s Book About Mark Twain Receives a Rave Review in The New York Times

(February 5) – Professor of English Andy Levy’s new book, “Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece,” received a stellar review in the February 5 New York Times. Read it here.

More about the book is here.

Lupton Selected for Executive Journey Fellowship Program

(December 19) – Angela Lupton is one of 29 Indiana leaders in the field of youth development who have been nominated and selected for the 13th class of The Executive Journey Fellowship program.

The Executive Journey Fellowship is a year-long program designed to help transform the profession and field of youth work by grounding leaders in who they are, building a professional community, and inspiring the beliefs of those who dream and do on behalf of young people. Fellows attend four in-state retreats to invest in their own personal growth and professional development. More info at http://www.thejourneyonline.org/

Former Center for Faith and Vocation Director Wins Award

(December 18) – Judith Cebula, former Director of the Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation, has been named the third recipient of the Rev. Dr. E. Max Case Memorial Award, recognizing an individual who has shown a passion for and success in engaging higher education students in questions of faith exploration, vocation, purpose, and spirituality.

Cebula, who is now serving as the director of communications for Lilly Endowment Inc., accepted the award at the annual Indiana Network for Higher Education Ministries Connections Conference.

In her director role at Butler, Cebula successfully steered the first 11 years of the center, which helps members of the Butler community (students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni) develop lives of purpose, meaning, and contribution. In addition, she was instrumental in expanding opportunities on campus for exploring and deepening religious and spiritual beliefs.

Her nominator noted, “She always seeks collaboration between all involved knowing that cooperation will produce the best experience for ministry. She is consistently willing to advocate on behalf of others. She is a flexible, honest, intelligent, persistent, faithful example to all who work with her and around her.”

The award included an etched jade glass award and a check for professional development. Cebula presented the check to the Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation to fund the development of student leaders involved with the center.

Pharmacy Professor Wins Award for Article

(November 21) – David Reeves, a faculty member in Pharmacy Practice who is based at St. Vincent Hospital, is the recipient of the 2015 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association’s (HOPA) Basic Science and Clinical Research Literature Award.

The award recognizes a member who has written an important scientific article describing hematology/oncology basic science and/or translational research or clinical trials evaluating drug efficacy and/or safety.

Reeves’ article was titled “Restrospective evaluation of methotrexate elimination when co-administered with proton pump inhibitors.”

His award will be presented at the HOPA annual conference on March 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas.


LAS Dean Jay Howard Appears on Podcast to Discuss His New Book

(November 14) – Jay Howard, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, appears on the latest Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Listen here.

Howard talked about his book Discussion in the College Classroom: Engaging Your Students Face to Face and Online, which comes out in July 2015.


Senior Brandon Douthitt Wins Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Scholarship

(November 14) – Brandon Douthitt, a senior from Indianapolis, has won a $1,000 Indianapolis Jazz Foundation scholarship.

Photo by Robert Zyromski

Photo by Robert Zyromski

Douthitt, a saxophonist, was nominated by Butler Director of Jazz Studies Matthew Pivec based on his grade-point average, experience related to jazz studies, musical goals, and service within the university jazz program.

“Throughout the past four years at Butler, Brandon has put in a lot of hard work developing his craft as a saxophonist and is well deserving of this honor,” Pivec said.

Douthitt will receive his award at the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Legacy Showcase on November 20 and has been invited to sit in for a couple of songs with the house band. The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary that night at The Jewel Event Center, 3333 North Illinois Street, and induct four people into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame: pianist Steve Corn; jazz supporter Edythe Fitzhugh; the late Ron Brinson (drummer); and the late Larry Wiseman (trumpet).

The mission of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance.


Digital Commons @ Butler University Logs Major Milestone

(November 5) – Digital Commons @ Butler University, the institutional repository for Butler University, reached a major milestone during its celebration of Open Access Week 2014, logging its 1 millionth download.

Launched in 2009 and sponsored by Butler University Libraries, Digital Commons was created to preserve and make freely available the creative and intellectual output of the University. Over 7,000 articles, book chapters, poems, podcasts, conference proceedings, theses, and herbarium specimen have been made globally accessible.

To date, Digital Commons has received visits from 185 different countries.

A number of Butler-related journals are hosted in Digital Commons, including the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Word Ways, the Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research, and the forthcoming BU Well. The literary journal Booth and undergraduate literary magazine Manuscripts are digitally archived on the site.

Student, staff, and faculty works are highlighted in Digital Commons, dramatically increasing the reach of their scholarship and giving back to the global community.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Scholarly Communication Librarian Franny Gaede at 317-940-9549 or fgaede@butler.edu.


Butler’s M.S. in School Counseling Ranked As Most Affordable in Indiana

(October 31) – Butler University’s Master of Science in School Counseling program has been ranked No. 8—and tops in Indiana—among the Top 25 most affordable, accredited graduate degree programs in counseling and psychology in the Midwest for 2014 by the website bestcounselingdegrees.net.

The full results are here.

The list of the most affordable graduate programs in the Midwest that offer a master’s and/or a doctorate degree in psychology and/or counseling took into account more than 100 programs in 12 Midwestern states.

The website noted that the Butler College of Education’s 48-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in three years, but there is a fast-track option to reduce the length of the program by one or two semesters.


Pharm.D. Candidate Wins Outstanding Student of the Year Award

(October 6) – The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance awarded Kevin Bozymski, Pharm.D. candidate, with the Outstanding Student of the Year Award. The award recognizes students who have been actively involved in association activities and have helped to promote the advancement of pharmacy. Kevin will be graduating from Butler University in May 2015 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a minor in English Literature, and he will have completed the university’s honors program. He has worked as a pharmacy intern at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis since 2011.

Kevin BozymskiKevin has served Phi Delta Chi’s organization as publication committee head, correspondent, president and alumni liaison. In his P3 year, he served as the President of Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, and he is also a member of Rho Chi, the Pharmacy academic honor society.

Kevin was recently honored with Butler University’s College of Health Sciences Student Assembly Award for his dedication and work for the college. Furthermore, he was given the Phi Lambda Sigma student leadership award, and was named as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Men on Butler’s campus.

Kevin has participated in multiple volunteer activities including volunteering at the college’s health screening events, the student-run community outreach pharmacy, and has participated in activities to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Outstanding Student of the Year award was presented to Kevin during the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance’s Annual Convention at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel on September 18.


Pharmacy Professor Erin Albert Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Create Book Series

(September 25) – Associate Professor of Pharmacy Erin Albert has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a series of books focused on girls and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.

“I wrote the first children’s book on STEM for girls, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, to introduce girls to different STEM professions, early in 2014,” Albert said. “Now, I keep getting asked when I’m going to create a book series for girls on STEM education and provide more insight to specific careers. So I’m running a new Kickstarter campaign to make this happen, and have each princess’s story told in more detail after introducing each of them in the first book.”

The Kickstarter campaign runs through October 24, and the funding is “all or none,” meaning that Albert must raise a minimum of $7,000 or the project will not be funded at all.

Funders have the option to include their name in the final book. To back this Kickstarter campaign, logon here. The first book is available at the publisher, Mascot Books: http://tinyurl.com/STEMPrincessTheBook. The book series also has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/STEMprincess. Across social media platforms, the official hashtag for the project is: #STEMPrincess2.


Dean Edgerton to Lecture at International Conference About Television

(September 25) – Gary Edgerton, Dean of the College of Communication and a television scholar, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Role of ‘The Sopranos’ in the Rise of Cinematic Television during the 21st Century” at an international conference about television in Vienna on October 1.

The conference, called “Transgressive TV: Politics, Crime, and Citizenship in 21st-century American Television Series,” will issues related to broadcast and digital television in the U.S. and Europe today.


Butler Student Wins Excellence in Summer Service Award

(September 1) – Butler senior Anne Gouty was chosen one of the 20 recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award, which is given by the funding partners of the Summer Youth Program Fund to recognize exemplary youth work and community service by young people who are employed in summer programs supported by the fund.

IMGP0076The award includes a certificate of recognition, a portfolio and $1,000 check to be used for educational purposes.

In 2013, the Butler Community Arts School, a University program that provides high-quality, affordable instruction in music, theatre, and dance to Indianapolis and the surrounding area, started an Arts Camp as a pilot project. Gouty used the evaluations from the pilot project to develop the camp as a full-fledged, ongoing enterprise this summer.

Gouty, who came to Butler from Bluffton, Indiana, developed and implemented three different sessions—one designed for only children at Christel House Academy, and two sessions open to all. The two sessions in July doubled the enrollment from last year’s pilot.


College of Education Dean Shelley to Appear on ‘Inside Indiana Business’

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


Jerry Carlson Receives APPA Pacesetter Award

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

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


Butler Builds a Culture of Research

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

Read more here.


Butler Recognized for Cancer Screenings in the Workplace

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

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


Bastille Day, Explained

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

Read the full story here.


Do We Really Need More STEM Workers?

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

Read it here.


College of Communication’s Record Label Featured in Nuvo Story

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

Read the story here.


Butler’s Campus Farm Featured in Farm Indiana Magazine

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

Read all about it here.


Shortridge’s Tina Ahlgren Named IPS Teacher of the Year

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

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

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


Butler Students Ace the National Certified Counselor Exam

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

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

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


Grechesky Named Sagamore of the Wabash

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

Read more about him here.


Alum Nicole Cegielski a Finalist for IPS Teacher of the Year

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

The winner will be announced June 6.

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

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


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