Major: Sports Media
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: Westlake High School
“I am most excited about the growing Sports Media program. It offers so many opportunities here and around Indy, and the professors show so much interest in the students already and classes haven’t even started yet. Working with people who are likeminded and driven is going to be just incredible.”
Like many high schoolers, Kate Callihan and her classmates studied the Vietnam war during their junior year.They read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, heard from veterans who visited their class, and, as a final assignment, researched an American soldier who died in, or as a result of, the war.
Unlike many high schoolers, though, Kate took this assignment to the next level–and discovered a passion for storytelling in the process.
The name Kate was assigned was Michael Meyhoff. Rather than do some cursory research, she tracked down his family in North Dakota and made a 20-minute documentary using home movies, photos, and recollections of family and friends.
“I absolutely loved every second of it,” she said.
Kate said she’d always loved writing, but it wasn’t until this project that she realized how much she loved storytelling. She narrated the video, “and at the beginning you can hear how timid I was and by the end of it I really found my voice and confidence.”
“I realized that by telling this story I was not only impacting my grade and my own agenda, but there was a whole community that benefited from it and it was an absolutely incredible experience,” she said.
Kate’s English teacher, Dr. James Moore, wrote this about her effort: “The work you put in with calls, interviews, and emails eclipsed that of your classmates tenfold at least. I can tell that you really delved into the material, too, mining it for any little detail that would help fill out your story. “
Kate will continue honing her storytelling craft as a Sports Media major at Butler this fall. She will be one of 1,357 first-year students in Butler’s Class of 2022, the University’s largest class ever.
Butler’s Sports Media program drew her to Indianapolis–and it’s drawn others, too. Since 2017, the number of first-year students enrolling in Sports Media has more than doubled. The program, an integration of Sports Journalism and Digital Sports Production, is the only degreed program of its kind in Indiana, and one of only a handful of degreed programs in the Midwest.
In addition to studying Sports Media at Butler, Kate plans to double minor in Marketing and Theology, with a focus on Monotheism and Biblical Studies. She hopes one day to combine her interests in sports media and theology to bring teams to third-world countries to teach the children there how to play sports.
But that’s the future. For now, she said, “I feel blessed to be part of the young Sports Media program and blessed to be part of Butler.”