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Butler Graduated 116 Students in December 2015


PUBLISHED ON Feb 11 2016

neuroHere is the official list of December 2015 graduates of Butler University:

Maritza Arredondo Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Gina Barrieau Marketing Mequon WI
Jonathan Benstent Management Information Systems Willow Springs IL
Kelsey Berggren Science, Technology, & Society Chebanse IL
Alexander Berton Middle/Secondary Education Oak Park IL
Jennifer Briggs Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Kiley Broad International Business Columbus IN
Richard Brodbeck Computer Science B.S. Lima OH
Derek Brown Economics North Vernon IN
Jason Bullock Education Administration Cicero IN
Elizabeth Burnell Risk Management and Insurance Valparaiso IN
Tim Chappo Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Pukhrajjeet Chhokar Accounting Dyer IN
Janelle Cosgrove Business Administration Greenfield IN
Janae Curnutt Education Administration Arcadia IN
Thomas Curr English Writing Gloucestershire  
Elizabeth DAmore Elementary Education Kenosha WI
Randi DeLong Biology B.S. Dayton OH
Brian Dean Business Administration Carmel IN
Lori Doran Education Administration Brownsburg IN
Emmalee Doris Arts Administration Bloomfield IN
Krista Douglass Education Administration Fishers IN
Mallory Duncan Journalism Portage MI
Anna Durham Mathematics B.S. Batavia OH
Kaley Eakle Strategic Communication Goshen IN
Michelle Elliott Music Los Angeles CA
Maricha Ellis Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Elizabeth Eveleigh Professional Pharmacy Cincinnati OH
Meghan Farrell Communication Science & Disord Park Ridge IL
Taylor Fengya Arts Administration Indianapolis IN
Michelle Ferro Middle/Secondary Education South Bend IN
Jordan Fuchs Music Frisco TX
Andrew Gelwicks Strategic Communication Cincinnati OH
Christopher Gift Business Administration Fishers IN
Adam Gonzales Business Administration Speedway IN
Kaylen Groves Finance Kempton IN
Allison Hall Marketing Saint Charles IL
Alicia Hammonds Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Thaddeus Harmon Creative Writing Indianapolis IN
Sarah Harnish Business Administration Indianapolis IN
William Heed Art + Design Noblesville IN
Kaitlyn Hewitt Marketing Indianapolis IN
Joe Hoberman General Program Loveland CO
Jacqueline Hoey Strategic Communication AuSable Forks NY
John Homlish Biology B.S.   PA
Andrew Howerton Business Administration Noblesville IN
Ross Hufford Business Administration Wichita KS
Kimberly Hunt Mental Health Counselor Certif Indianapolis IN
Melissa Iannuzzi Strategic Communication Liberty Township OH
Margaret Ioannacci Education Administration Carmel IN
Dustin Jones English Franklin IN
Puja Kanvinde Pharmaceutical Science Austin TX
Megan Kenyon Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Ian Koehler Business Administration Carmel IN
David Leach Finance Highlands Ranch CO
Dustin Lewis Business Administration Brownsburg IN
Dhanuskodi Manikandan Business Administration Carmel IN
Caroline Marandino Education Administration Zionsville IN
Michael Margeson Education Administration Crawfordsvlle IN
Kevin McAteer Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Rebecca Megel Stone Education Administration Greenwood IN
Dustin Mehringer Business Administration Noblesville IN
Kate Mengebier Strategic Communication Ann Arbor MI
Lauren Merrild Political Science Marshall MI
Claire Meyerhoff Marketing Saint Louis MO
Susan Michal Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Haley Miller Elementary Education Carmel IN
Jill Miller Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Joy Miller Communication Science & Disord Carmel IN
John Moore Business Administration Carmel IN
Katherine Morgan Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Megan Nethery Business Administration Carmel IN
Gayle Ocampo Computer Science B.S. Noblesville IN
Michelle Okerstrom Biology B.S. Saint John IN
Briggs Orsbon Business Administration Carmel IN
Philip Osolinski Finance Delaware OH
Ashley Owens Communication Science & Disord Indianapolis IN
Samantha Price Elementary Education Willowbrook IL
Mackenzie Reed Communication Science & Disord Fernandina Beach FL
Allyson Reynolds Communication Science & Disord Indianapolis IN
Jackson Richey Psychology Indianapolis IN
James Rick History and Anthropology Beavercreek OH
William Riggs Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Brianna Rosales Strategic Communication Bedford IN
Ephraim Rudolph Strategic Communication Carmel IN
Adam Sanders Computer Science B.S. Kirkwood MO
Eric Sanders Music Performance Griffith IN
Caleb Schmicker Chemistry B.S. Winamac IN
Joseph Schmidt Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Jamie Schultz Business Administration Mc Cordsville IN
Sherie Scott Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Abigayle Scroggins History Muncie IN
Andrew Selig Business Administration Indianapolis IN
Mariah Sells International Business New Castle IN
Nellie Shuford Music Performance Wilmette IL
Benjamin Sieck Journalism Cumming IA
Emily Slajus International Studies Iron Mountain MI
Paige Sowders Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Everett Sparks Music Performance Pittsboro IN
Matthew Stach Mental Health Counselor Certif Westfield IN
Jeremy Stephens Middle/Secondary Education Indianapolis IN
Clifford Stockton Sociology Indianapolis IN
Alexandra Tanton Electronic Media Zionsville IN
David Tiwari Economics Bloomington IN
Carrie Twyman Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Brandon Upchurch Accounting McCordsville IN
Juli Wakeman Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Robert Warnock Business Administration Noblesville IN
John Westfall Education Administration Avon IN
Alex White Chemistry B.S. Evansville IN
Jennica Wilson Political Science Marion OH
Zachery Wolfe Actuarial Science Crest Hill IL
Brandon Woods Finance Sydney  
Amy Wright Education Administration Indianapolis IN
Jonathan Young Business Administration Whiteland IN
Sarah Zack Education Administration Zionsville IN

Dean Shelley Honored for Contributions to Teacher Education


PUBLISHED ON Feb 01 2016

Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler University’s College of Education (COE) since 2005 and a professor in the College since 1982, has been selected to receive the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

The award will be presented to the Dean on February 23 in Las Vegas.

The Pomeroy Award is given to a person or persons who have made exceptional contributions to AACTE, to a national or state organization involved in teacher education, or to persons responsible for the development of exemplary teacher education initiatives.

Shelley provided the leadership to create the first Butler University memo of understanding between the University and the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to establish Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy (now Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School). In addition, she led creation of the IPS/Butler University Laboratory School, focused on early childhood and elementary education.

She also was instrumental in bringing Reggio-inspired educational practices to Indiana through the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative. She was able to bring an international exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, to the Indiana Statehouse for a six-month stay that provided many professional development experiences for hundreds of educators from around and beyond the state.

“Each success in the College of Education is not from a solo experience in my role as a Dean, but rather it is a beautiful symphony created by colleagues in the College and in the schools,” Shelley said. “There is a saying that ‘a leader is only as good as the team that surrounds them,’ and I have found that to be very true. I truly have the dream team in my College.”

Shelley’s approach to education is well known around the COE and Butler: “The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools as they should be, not simply perpetuating schools as they currently exist. We must be willing to explore with our students the difficult issues of inequities that exist in our schools and society and to help them to become agents of change.”

Shelley’s COE colleagues said her efforts on behalf of the College, its faculty, staff, and students have been outstanding.

“She has always been charismatic, clear in her vision and integrity, but at her core profoundly decent and kind,” said Professor of Education Arthur Hochman. “This is the reason that she makes so many connections, achieves what might appear impossible, and the reason that so many want to walk in her wake.”

“If you are looking for a positive educator and advocate who challenges the status quo and works tirelessly at lifting up the greatest profession in the world, then look no further,” Associate Dean Debra Lecklider wrote on Shelley’s behalf.

Shelley earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana State University.

“Each day I see the future of education in the talented young people who have chosen it as their vocation,” she said. “These young people could do anything, and they want to teach. I see great teachers doing extremely difficult work as I spend time in the schools. It will be up to our society to invest in educators by valuing the teaching profession and remembering that our democracy was founded on providing a free public education to all citizens.”


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Dean Shelley Honored for Contributions to Teacher Education

Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler University’s College of Education (COE) since 2005 and a professor in the College since 1982, has been selected to receive the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

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Butler, IU Law School Create 'Butler Law Scholar'


PUBLISHED ON Jan 05 2016

Butler University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will create the “Butler University Law Scholar,” a partnership that will allow Butler to nominate one student each year to enroll in the law school and receive a minimum half-tuition scholarship.

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Graduating seniors and alumni—who often take a gap year or two before applying to law school—will be eligible for the scholarship. The first scholar will be named in time for the 2016 fall semester.

Applicants will apply to both the McKinney School and the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE) office at Butler. CHASE Director Rusty Jones and pre-Law adviser Jim McKneight will vet the applications and recommend several candidates to be considered by McKinney for the Butler University Law Scholar honor.

The Butler University Law Scholar also will be guaranteed an experiential learning opportunity, either an externship or a paid research assistantship, after he or she completes 31 hours of coursework.

“Our new partnership provides a wonderful opportunity for our students while at the same time raising the profile of the McKinney School of Law among law school-bound students at Butler,” Butler Provost Kate Morris said.

Jones said the McKinney School, which has scholar arrangements with other private universities in Indiana, approached Butler about creating the partnership. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson '79, who earned her law degree from McKinney in 1983 and is a member of the Butler Board of Trustees, encouraged the establishment of the partnership.

“This is a nice opportunity,” Jones said. “Since I took over as CHASE Director this fall, I’ve tried to think of ways to give opportunities to the pre-law students, and this is a really great one.”

Roughly 25-30 Butler graduates go to law school in an average year, Jones said. Last year, six went to McKinney.

"I am delighted by the news of our partnership with Butler University," said Dean Andrew R. Klein of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. "Our alumni from Butler have gone on to do many great things in the legal profession, in business, and in community service. I’m confident the Butler grads who attend IU McKinney through this partnership also will go on to do wonderful things that will make both institutions incredibly proud."


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Embrace Opportunity, Former First Lady Tells Graduates


PUBLISHED ON Dec 19 2015

Former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon Willsey urged the 93 graduates at Butler University’s winter commencement ceremonies to embrace the opportunities ahead of them.

“It’s a temptation to think on a day like today, when the news looks glum, that we are rushing to disaster as never before,” she said on Saturday, December 19, at Clowes Memorial Hall. “We’ve always had hazards, but … we have new, great, never-before-dreamed-of opportunities.”Judy O'Bannon Willsey

O’Bannon, whose husband Frank was governor of Indiana from 1997-2003, said the challenges can seem daunting and the world bleak. But from the cavemen on, human beings have always been able to deal with whatever came along.

“Today, think of what you’ve got, graduates,” she said. “A pretty stable society. You’ve got the rule of law. You’ve got the scientific method. You’ve got a lot of information that people have gathered through research and study and experiences of the past. And you have the microchip. And a Butler University degree. You are better equipped to deal with this changing, complex world than any generation that has ever come along.”

President James M. Danko presented O’Bannon with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters—the same degree her husband received at Butler’s commencement in 1997.

Danko asked the graduates, who are part of a class that contributed more than 100,000 hours of community service, to “continue to allow the Butler Way to inspire you.”

“Continue to serve your families, your friends and your communities as you have done here at Butler University,” he said.


Embrace Opportunity, Former First Lady Tells Graduates

Former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon Willsey urged the 93 graduates at Butler University’s winter commencement ceremonies to embrace the opportunities ahead of them.

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Butler Profs Earn a Starring Role Teaching the Teachers


PUBLISHED ON Dec 16 2015

Six College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professors and their Dean, Jay Howard, are being recognized nationally for their teaching abilities.

They’ve been recorded in their classrooms for the Association of College and University Educators’ (ACUE) online Course in Effective Teaching Practices, demonstrating their skills in areas such as “Motivating Your Students” and “Delivering an Effective Lecture.” ACUE sent a video crew to Butler to videotape the professors during LAS classes this fall.
Professor Ali O'Malley is ready for her closeup. (Photo by Allie Deno) The ACUE course focuses on helping higher education faculty develop techniques, skills, and knowledge that increase student engagement, improve student motivation, and lead to better learning results. ACUE partners with colleges and universities to develop and certify faculty in effective teaching techniques.

“A couple of people associated with ACUE had picked up and read my recent book, Discussion in the College Classroom,” said Howard, who also teaches sociology. “They initially contacted me about serving as an ‘expert’ consultant on teaching practices. When I discovered they were looking for teaching exemplars as well, I offered to recommend some of the outstanding teachers in LAS.”

Assistant Professor of Psychology Alison O’Malley is featured in segments on “Developing Self-Directed Learners” and “Motivating Your Students.” Chris Wilson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences, is shown in “Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills” and “Delivering an Effective Lecture.” Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science, demonstrates “Motivating Your Students” and “Developing Self Directed Learners.”

Also part of the course are Psychology Professor Tara Lineweaver (“Planning Effective Class Discussions” and “Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills”), Associate Professor of Religion Chad Bauman (“Providing Useful Feedback” and “Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes”), and Sociology Instructor Jess Butler (“Leading an Effective Discussion” and “Providing Clear Direction and Explanations”).

Howard introduced the videos for "Planning Effective Class Discussions," "Facilitating Engaging Class Discussions," "Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills," and "Leading the First Day of Class."

In all, ACUE showcased 30 experts from 15 different colleges and universities. Seven were from Butler.

“Butler University’s faculty members have made an invaluable contribution to ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices,” ACUE Chief Academic Officer Penny MacCormack said. “They opened up their classrooms to showcase the exemplary teaching that’s happening across the Butler campus. We are grateful for the partnership and excited to share Butler’s teaching methods with faculty from across the country.”


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Grant Helps Professor Samide Continue Art Preservation


PUBLISHED ON Dec 16 2015

Chemistry Professor Michael Samide and Senior Conservation Scientist Gregory Smith will be the beneficiaries of a three-year, $75,000 grant that the Indianapolis Museum of Art has received to continue their work on preserving works of art.

Michael SamideThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will allow Samide to spend the next two summers at the museum as an NEH faculty fellow. In addition, two Butler undergraduates will have the opportunity to work at the museum during the next two summers.

The work is centered around the development of a new method for rapid analysis of volatile organic compounds released from materials used in museum construction. The hope is to find a better quantitative method for material testing so that museums can safely design and build museum spaces that will not damage the art.

The work began as part of a sabbatical leave in 2014 and continued with Samide serving as a Dreyfus MUSE scholar in the summer of 2015. Preliminary results have been published and the data was recently presented as part of symposium on conservation and exhibition planning at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.


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Collegian Staff Selects Daniel Comiskey As New Adviser


PUBLISHED ON Dec 14 2015

Daniel Comiskey, deputy editor of Indianapolis Monthly magazine, has been selected by The Butler Collegian’s staff to serve as its adviser. He will take on the role at the beginning of the spring semester.

As adviser, Comiskey serves as a consultant to problems, offers advice to the staff when it is solicited, and critiques the stories the Collegian publishes.

Daniel Comiskey“I know it's a transitional time for the newspaper—a new editor-in-chief, a new adviser, a digital-first format,” he said. “But all of those things are opportunities as much as they are challenges. I hope to bring stability while encouraging the ambitious reporting and lively writing that have been the paper's trademarks for so long.”

Comiskey joined Indianapolis Monthly in 2006, shortly after completing a Master of Arts in journalism at Indiana University. During graduate school, he served as arts and culture editor of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine and reported for the Bloomington Herald-Times. Comiskey’s long-form features have won a number of Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and have taken him across the country in a semi truck, to the sites of natural disasters, and inside New York City Hall.

Comiskey grew up around newspapers. His mother, Nancy, was Deputy Managing Editor at the Indianapolis Star and now teaches at Indiana University.

And, he lives a block from the University, “so I'm already part of the Butler community in a way,” he said. “It makes sense for me to have a relationship with the place.”

Katie Goodrich, who will take over as Collegian Editor in Chief for the spring semester, said Comiskey “will bring lots of knowledge about embracing the digital realm, since Indianapolis Monthly transitioned to a heavier web presence while he has been there. This will be very valuable as we build our online community. He seems very enthusiastic and optimistic about the Collegian's future, and I am excited to work with him as we both enter new roles.”


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Butler Students Head to Asia, Thanks to Freeman Grant


PUBLISHED ON Dec 11 2015

Butler University has been awarded a $339,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation to support undergraduate student internships in East and Southeast Asia in 2016 and 2017.

The money will be used to send 20 students to Shanghai in 2016 and 20 to Shanghai, 10 to Beijing, and 10 to Singapore during summer 2017. The grant provides $5,000 per student to offset the cost of their travel and housing costs.
Grace Lewis interned at the pharmaceutical company Eisai China.

In addition, the grant provides financial support for students who are already in East Asia on a semester study-abroad program and can fit in an internship into that time.

The summer internships are six weeks long. A Butler faculty member will be on hand at the beginning of the semester to get the students settled.

“This grant is great news for our students,” said Jill McKinney, Butler’s Director of Study Abroad in the Center for Global Education. “There are many logistics that go into an exciting program like this. It hits much of what the Butler 2020 plan wants for students, which is high-impact programs. This is an innovative blend of two kinds of high-impact programs: study abroad and internships. As we strive to send off students to have a meaningful impact on the world, I think graduates who have broader worldview and have had internship in one of the leading economies in the world could have a distinct advantage personally and in the job market.”

McKinney said Butler is one of only 23 universities in the United States to earn this kind of support from the Freeman Foundation. During the summer of 2015, Butler sent 19 students to intern in Shanghai and Hong Kong, thanks to a $99,500 Freeman Foundation grant.

The Freeman Foundation, based in Stowe, Vermont, is dedicated to augmenting international understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia. The foundation “provides real work experiences in real work settings with direct interaction with local people in East and Southeast Asia.”

Grace Lewis, a senior majoring in Pharmacy and minoring in Chinese, said her internship at the pharmaceutical company Eisai China Inc. taught her about the pharmaceutical industry and drug marketing, and also gave her insight into healthcare in China.

“At the conclusion of my internship, I realized that the industry is a viable option for my future career,” she said. “Living and working in China greatly contributed to my personal growth. Particularly, my sense of independence grew much more than I had anticipated.”


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At Lab School, 22 Chinese Principals Are Students for a Day


PUBLISHED ON Dec 04 2015

When 22 principals from China’s Zhejiang Province wanted to see how American elementary schools operate, they chose to spend a day at the Butler Lab School, which the University operates in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Schools system.

The Chinese visitors devoted Friday, December 4, to observing how the elementary school at 34th and Meridian streets manages to educate the students without concentrating so much on standardized testing.
Ron Smith, Principal of the Butler Lab School, visits with counterparts from China.

“In China, they have one curriculum for the entire province,” said Grace Kontur, Program Director for the Indianapolis-based Chinese Education Connection, which coordinated the visit. “Every school teaches the same thing on the same day. So for them to differentiate (like the Lab School does) is a very hard topic for them to understand.”

Kontur left it to Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler’s College of Education and designer of the Lab School, to explain.

With Kontur translating, Shelley told the visitors that “all children are capable, competent, and powerful learners.” It’s up to schools, she said, to “instill a sense of wonder” in the students. “Focus on the strength of the child and build from there,” she said.

In explaining how Lab School learning works, Shelley shared the example of a teacher who showed her student Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” and asked them to draw their own version. That was supplemented by a lesson on Van Gogh, which got the students interested in his painting “Starry Night,” which segued into a discussion of the constellations, which turned into a math lesson about how many stars are in specific constellations, which resulted in a visit to Butler’s Holcomb Observatory to see the stars, which caused one of the English as a Second Language students to start speaking more because he was so excited.

“It opened him up,” Shelley said.

All well and good, the visitors said. But how is student progress evaluated?

Lab School Principal Ron Smith ’88 MS ’96 said student evaluations combine quantitative data—gathered through testing—with qualitative data that measures whether the children have learned. Those qualitative measures include examining student work and recorded discussions with individual students to see what they have learned.

As for teachers, they are evaluated based on formal observations by the principal—that counts for 60 percent—and how the teacher did on goals established at the beginning of the year (40 percent).

This was difficult for the Chinese to understand because they’re accustomed to everything being measured, Kontur said.

But they’re trying.

“They really want to update,” she said. “They really want to keep improving their system, so they want to learn what’s over here that they can bring it back to China.”


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And Now, Some Parting Words From Your Professors

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Dec 04 2015

If you were a college professor giving seniors their final 20-minute lecture, what would you say?
Chemistry Professor Stacy O'Reilly gives her parting advice.

National college senior honor society Mortar Board posed this question to four Butler professors, who then presented their “last lecture” on Thursday, December 3, to about 60 students.

Chemistry Professor Stacy O’Reilly took a scientific approach. She explained how Gore-Tex is made from petroleum for use in ski coats. She said students should be aware participants and consumers as they head out into the real world.

“Remember that everything you use comes from somewhere and from someone,” she said.

Philosophy and Religion Professor Brent Hege spoke about finding enlightenment, reminding students to continue to think critically.

Christine Smith, an Adjunct Professor in the Core/First-Year Seminar, wanted students to reflect on their life's purpose and to live unapologetically.

“For being yourself, you don't need to apologize,” she said. “If I never have, why should you?”

And Journalism Professor Scott Bridge just wanted his students to know how much they mean to him.

“I would want students to know how much they have meant to me and how I will continue to help them long after they've graduated,” he said.

All professors agreed that, although it was daunting to prepare for their theoretical last lecture, they were glad to participate.

Students felt the same way.

“It was an honor to hear their varied life perspectives in such an intimate setting,” Ashley Zegeistowsky ’16 said. “I've never had one of the professors for a class, but it was still really cool to listen to their lectures.”


And Now, Some Parting Words From Your Professors

Four Butler professors were asked to give their “last lecture” to graduating seniors. Here’s what they said.

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Many Pumpkins Were Harmed in the Making of This Event

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Oct 30 2015

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If you give an engineering student a pumpkin … he’s probably going to design a protective structure and hurl it off the new Sunset Avenue Parking Garage. At least, that’s exactly what members of the Engineering Dual Degree Club (EDDC) did on Friday afternoon (October 30) during their annual Pumpkin Drop.

This year, the club opened up the event to all students on campus, and 11 teams showed up to see whose pumpkin could stand the fall from the roof of the five-story garage without shattering.

For engineering students like Dan Ellsworth ’20 and Joe Camacho ’20, the surprisingly intense competition was a major draw.

“We’ve got a couple of friends who are also engineering students, and they’ve been talking a lot of smack,” Ellsworth said. “They spent a bunch of money on this, and we’re kind of going with what we have.”
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For some, coming prepared meant using the expected materials to protect their pumpkins—packing peanuts, plastic bags, cardboard boxes. Others used items they found in their dorm rooms, like a fluffy down coat, to cushion the bottom of a box.

First-year students Spencer Spaulding and Taylor Hammond crafted some reusable shopping bags into a DIY parachute, but they didn’t look confident.

“It’s going to explode in the most extravagant fashion,” Spaulding said, looking down at his team’s homemade parachute.

His prediction was right, but his pumpkin wasn’t the only one that didn’t survive. In fact, no one’s did.

But Ryan Krueger ’18, president of the EDDC, said that doesn’t matter.
Gone... Ryan Krueger collects one of the pumpkins after its fall from the parking garage roof.

He says events like the pumpkin drop, though they’re fun, also raise awareness about engineering at Butler. If a student is interested in the engineering dual degree,

Krueger said, the club meetings are a great way to see if engineering is for him or her.

“I’m really excited to promote the engineering program and club,” he said.


Many Pumpkins Were Harmed in the Making of This Event

Can a pumpkin survive a five-story fall? The Engineering Dual Degree Club tries to find out.

Oct 30 2015 Read more

Butler's Part-Time MBA Program Ranked Best in Indiana


PUBLISHED ON Oct 20 2015

Butler University’s part-time MBA program is the best in Indiana and 25th in the country, according to rankings Bloomberg Businessweek released on October 20.

Butler’s program, which moved up 32 spots from last year’s rankings, is Indiana’s only part-time MBA program in the Top 25. Bloomberg’s part-time MBA rankings are composed of 50 percent Student Survey score and 50 percent Alumni Survey score, which takes into account alumni compensation changes over time, job satisfaction, the impact the program has had on their career and if they would recommend the program to others.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.Alumni of the program ranked Butler No. 8 overall.

"This year’s ranking is reflective of the tremendous impact our program is having on our alums and on the business community in general,” said Steve Standifird, Dean of Butler’s College of Business. “We are thrilled to be Indiana’s premier part-time MBA program."

Part-time MBA programs differ from the traditional two-year MBA because of their students, who often require flexibility and want to use the degree to advance within their company, Bloomberg said. The students tend to be a little older than full-timers, and more than half return to their pre-MBA job, compared with one in 10 full-time graduates.

Butler’s program is unique in the way courses are taught. Most are experiential and incorporate global issues and live cases and projects with local companies. Students complete real projects for actual businesses, which build their skills and expand their network. Concentrations are available in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Leadership, and Marketing. Or students can pursue a general MBA.

Butler students are assigned a personal leadership coach who helps to hone leadership skills, provides career advice and coaching, and work as a sounding board. This relationship builds throughout their time in school and beyond, forming the cornerstone of a solid post-graduate network.

“We strive to give our students transformational experiences that develop them both personally and professionally,” said Marietta Stalcup, the MBA Program Director. “It is great to see that so many of our students and alums are happy with the outcomes that our program has helped produce for them.”


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