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Why Is It Funny? Professor Bungard Will Tell You

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.” Butler 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…

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Butler University’s First Live Bulldog Mascot, Blue I, Has Died

Butler Blue I, the white English bulldog who served as Butler University’s first official live mascot, died this morning, Friday, May 30, 2014. She was 13 years old. Blue I was born September 23, 2000, at Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Indiana. She served as Butler University’s official mascot from 2000–2004,…

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Getting Into the Swing With Orangutans, COE Style

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. And when they head home, they’ll leave with lesson plans and activities created by Butler University College of Education students to further…

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Lisa Brooks Named New Chair of the School of Music

Professor of Violin Lisa Brooks, a Butler University faculty member since 1994, has been appointed Chair of the Butler University School of Music. In 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…

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COE Professor Suneeta Kercood Selected for Fulbright Award

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…

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Butler Student Researchers Headed to San Francisco

Forty Butler students are taking their psychology research on the road to the Association for Psychological Science (APS) national convention May 22–25 in in San Francisco. From left, Beth McGlone, Karina Hamamouche, and Emily Lauth with their poster for the Association for Psychological Science convention.   Accompanied by seven faculty members, the students will present…

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Ed Carpenter ’03 Wins Indy 500 Pole for 2nd Straight Year

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   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…

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2013-2014: The School Year in Review

    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…

Ryan Lovelace ’14 Earns Buckley Fellowship in Political Journalism

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. “I’m honored to become a William F. Buckley Jr. fellow, and intend to do my best…

Butler Honors Six Alumni at Recognition Dinner

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,…

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Collegian, IndianapolisNewsBeat.com Win Four SPJ Awards

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?”)…

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College of Education Students Facilitate a Loooooong Distance Call

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. (Photos by Jennifer Messmer) The call took place at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where Chambers and 19 students from Indianapolis…

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Musicologist Nicholas Johnson Joins School of Music Faculty

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. As 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…

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Butler Students Show the Professional Investors How It’s Done

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. 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…

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School of Music Names New Associate Director of Choral Activities

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. His assignment at Butler will include conducting the Butler University Choir (which now moves to an evening rehearsal time to accommodate…