Butler students find a home in Indianapolis as soon as they arrive on campus. Exploring Indy and all it has to offer helps to shape a student’s experience from weekend adventures to finding their favorite hidden gems in the city. Butler Grad and Trustee Chris Gahl ’00 serves as Senior VP of Marketing and Communications for Visit Indy and shared some of the perks of living and studying in Indianapolis.
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How do you think being located in Indianapolis affects Butler students or shapes their college experience?
The ability to score meaningful internships is one of many ways Indy helps shape—and benefits from—Butler students. This aligns with Butler’s “Indianapolis Community Requirement,” a core-curriculum ensuring students get out of the classroom and into the community to learn. For instance, collegiate sports are governed in Indy at the NCAA, an organization that is constantly looking for talented marketing interns. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly’s international headquarters are here, regularly employing Butler business interns.
What are some highlights that Butler students have access to?
Each year, Indy host more than 1,000 major music concerts, sporting events, festivals, and cultural events, allowing Butler students the ability to soak in the sights and sounds, all within minutes of campus.
What is something (or a few things) you would recommend students do in Indianapolis before they graduate?
You can kayak the White River, a hidden jewel running more than 300 miles, with portions adjacent to Butler’s campus. During the summer, it’s fun to watch a concert at The Lawn, an amphitheater in downtown Indy. I’ve seen The Avett Brothers, Arcade Fire, and The Black Keys.
What attracts students and young professionals to Indy?
Students and young professionals continue to gravitate to Indy’s big city amenities with the affordability of a smaller city. Indy has arrived, much like Butler, onto the national stage as a vibrant world class city. Travel & Leisure named Indy one of only “50 Best Places in the World to Travel” in 2017, right next to Honolulu, Hawaii and Cape Town, South Africa.
What are some ways students can feel at home in or apart of the Indianapolis community?
Part of our DNA in Indy is hosting major sporting events. As part of this, we are in constant need for volunteers to help roll out the red carpet and welcome international visitors to Indy. We are always seeking ambassadors to give city tours, greet professional athletes, and donate time to staff information desks. Volunteering for major sporting events—like an NCAA Men’s Final Four—helps the community all while providing an incredible networking opportunity.
What makes Indy home to you?
Indy’s residents genuinely care about each other. We are quick to smile and eager in our desire to help. Servant leadership can be seen and felt daily, there’s even a name for it, “Hoosier Hospitality.”