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Our Risk Management Students: 'These Guys Are Good'


PUBLISHED ON Apr 22 2016

Butler's Risk Management students place third in national competition.


As consolation prizes go, this one was pretty great.

Matt Pauszek, Melissa Lakin, Erin Bundy, and Jake Doman.
Matt Pauszek, Melissa Lakin, Erin Bundy, and Jake Doman.


A Butler team of seniors Jake Doman (from Chicago) and Melissa Lakin (Westfield, Indiana) and juniors Matt Pauszek (Indianapolis) and Erin Bundy (Knightstown, Indiana) has just finished competing in the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge on April 11 in San Diego. They went head-to-head against teams from seven other schools—all assigned to analyze a case study involving Lego—and finished third.

The students were a little disappointed. But afterward, Hans Læssøe, the Risk Manager for Denmark-based Lego, showed them what he had written during their presentation: These guys are good.

“That was an honor in itself,” Bundy said.

“It validates everything you’re doing,” Doman added. “If the Risk Manager at Lego thinks we did an all-right job, we probably did an all-right job.”

To make it as far as they did was impressive. Third place is the best result yet for a Butler team in this competition, and particularly remarkable for a program that’s only in its fourth year.

The Butler team, mentored by Zach Finn, Clinical Professor & Director of the Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program in the College of Business, started in the fall by writing a two-page essay that got them into the competition against 20 other schools. After that, all the teams were assigned to analyze the risk and opportunity that could affect the growth of Lego, which has grown at an annual rate of 16 percent, even during the Great Recession.

Eight teams were chosen to compete in San Diego, where they each gave 20-minute presentations before a panel of judges. Three made it to the finals.

“We were competing against the top programs in the nation and programs that have been around for so much longer than Butler’s,” Pauszek said. “As a program in its fourth year with a max of 40 students or so, we were pretty pleased with how we fared.”

“Butler wants to promote experiential learning, and this is it,” Lakin said. “That’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Butler’s representatives, all Risk Management/Finance double-majors, said their experience gave them the opportunity to network with professionals at the conference and cemented their appreciation for risk management.

Pauszek, Lakin, Bundy, Doman, and faculty mentor Zach Finn.
Pauszek, Lakin, Bundy, Doman, and faculty mentor Zach Finn.

“For me,” Bundy said, “risk management is a different task every day you’re faced with and it’s problem solving, which is fun, in a sense. You also get to help protect people at the same time.”

“I’m a numbers guy, so I love finance,” Doman said. “But risk management allows you to go a lot deeper into those numbers and explain why things are occurring. That’s why I find it interesting.”

The 2017 competition is in Philadelphia, the home of Temple University, which beat Butler and Florida State in this year’s finals. Butler will be back.

“Given that this year's challenge felt like the Rocky sequel Creed, where the protagonist boxer loses the title but wins the crowd's hearts, it's a fitting locale and perfect setup for our return next year,” Finn said.

The students feel the same way.

“Erin and I are juniors,” Pauszek said, “so we’re hoping next year we come back with a vengeance and hopefully get first place next year. That’s the goal.”


Media contact:
Marc Allan



URC Let Students Show Their Work


PUBLISHED ON Apr 08 2016

More than 900 individuals representing 58 colleges and universities in 11 states participated in Butler University's 28th annual Undergraduate Research Conference on April 8. The students presented in 26 subject areas, from music and English to biology and chemistry.

Indiana University-Bloomington student Reyan Coskun presents her poster on "Toward Efficient Chemoenzymatic Syntheses of Sialyl-a-2,3-Lactose/Lactosamine Assisted by a Fluorous-Tag Purification."
Indiana University-Bloomington student Reyan Coskun presents her poster on "Toward Efficient Chemoenzymatic Syntheses of Sialyl-a-2,3-Lactose/Lactosamine Assisted by a Fluorous-Tag Purification.


Emily Wilkerson, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Columbus, Indiana, Moriah Riggs, a sophomore Marketing/Communications major from Hernando, Mississippi, and Allissa Quick, a sophomore Pharmacy major from Terre Haute, Indiana, were among the volunteers helping out at the URC.
Emily Wilkerson, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Columbus, Indiana, Moriah Riggs, a sophomore Marketing/Communications major from Hernando, Mississippi, and Allissa Quick, a sophomore Pharmacy major from Terre Haute, Indiana, were among the volunteers helping out at the URC.



Butler student Jesse Allen presents "A Blaschke-Factor Bifurcation Locus"
Butler student Jesse Allen presents "A Blaschke-Factor Bifurcation Locus


Butler's Brittany Garrett was among the artists who artwork was on display.
Butler's Brittany Garrett was among the artists who artwork was on display.



51 Years and Counting: Mulholland Still Makes Sweet Music


PUBLISHED ON Apr 07 2016

You might think that having just turned 81, Professor of Music James Mulholland would be in the winter of his career. If so, it’s a mighty busy winter.

During March and early April, Mulholland:

James Mulholland, rehearsing choirs in Carnegie Hall.

-Served a week in residency at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, which culminated with a concert of Mulholland compositions by the various ensembles of the School of Music. While there, he coached the all-male choral ensemble The Singing Statesmen on his latest commission for them, in honor of the group’s 50th anniversary.

-Visited the University of Illinois for the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choral National Seminar. Ten choirs came from all over the country, and Mulholland’s music was featured.

-Attended the Gotham SINGS! Collegiate Choral Showcase at Carnegie Hall, where choirs from four universities performed selections by composers such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and, yes, Mulholland. He rehearsed the university choirs prior to their performance.

-Hosted students from Iola/Scandinavian High School of Wisconsin, who made a two-day trip to Indianapolis to attend a choral clinic with Mulholland and tour the Butler campus.

-Finished a composition for the combined Indianapolis Children’s Choir and full orchestra to perform at the retirement extravaganza for Choir Founder and longtime Butler Professor Henry Leck.

While doing all this, he only missed one class.

“I’m booked through 2018,” said Mulholland, who is finishing his 51st year of teaching at Butler. “As far as my career artistically and academically, I’m still in demand. And I’m not cheap.”

Mulholland travels frequently to work with choral groups around the country, and he is among the world’s most-performed composers. In his doctoral dissertation examining music selected by high school honor choirs, James Spillane, now Director of Choral Studies at the University of Connecticut, found that the five most-programmed composers are, in order, Handel, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mulholland, and Mozart.

In 2015, the Southern Chorale at the University of Southern Mississippi, Mulholland’s undergraduate alma mater, released a CD of his compositions called Back Home in Southern Mississippi: The Music of James Quitman Mulholland. The discs features 11 selections in which Mulholland married his music to texts by William Butler Yeats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, and others.

Reviewing the CD in The Choral Scholar, the online journal of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, C. Michael Porter, Director of Choral Organizations at Boise State University, wrote: “James Quitman Mulholland’s compositions have garnered a respected position within today’s choral canon. Because of their rich sonorities and expansive melodic lines, Mulholland’s compositions appeal to musicians and audiences of all levels…. Through their moving and impeccable performance, the Southern Chorale demonstrates why Mulholland’s works are synonymous with choral excellence.”mul2

Gregory Fuller, the Director of Choral Activities at Southern Mississippi, said he’s known of Mulholland’s work since he was a high school student in the late 1970s. What makes Mulholland’s music distinctive, Fuller said, is its “lush, romantic sound—lush harmonies and beautiful melody.”

“There are a couple of things that make him a standard-bearer,” he said. “Number one, he’s been at it a long time. He’s written a lot of music that is not only beautiful, but it’s accessible for a lot of different types of groups—school groups, community groups, professional groups, collegiate groups. And one of the reasons I think his music is profound is that you will struggle to find any piece by James Mulholland that does not include substantive text. He chooses great poetry, and he does not waste his time on things that are not profound or have not stood the test of time.”

Mulholland said he’s written the lion’s share of his more than 600 compositions on the piano in his second-floor office in Lilly Hall. He remains enormously proud of his service at Butler, including his 41 years on the Athletic Committee, and notes that next year, one of his students will be the third generation of his family to take one of his classes.

“I’m going to make music until I die,” he said. “And the only thing I enjoy more than making music is sharing it. Where better than you share your knowledge and love of music, the passion of it, than at a university? It’s also nice to have a captive audience. It gives me a fuel for my creativity.”


Media contact:
Marc Allan



Butler Inducts 29 Into Phi Beta Kappa


PUBLISHED ON Mar 10 2016

Butler University’s Theta of Indiana Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will induct 29 new members at a ceremony to be held April 16 at 8:30 AM in the Irwin Library.

pbkkeyStudents are considered for membership based on their grade point averages in liberal arts studies, typically ranking in the top 10 percent of arts and sciences majors at the University. Other factors considered include breadth and depth of areas of study, honors program involvement, undergraduate research activity, and other campus involvement and leadership.

"Earning Phi Beta Kappa is not only a recognition of students’ outstanding undergraduate commitment to the study of the liberal arts, but it provides them with an ongoing intellectual community, via local PBK chapters, with which they can engage throughout their lifetimes,” said Rusty Jones, President of the Butler University Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

The new Butler honorees are:


Emily Brown, Chemistry (St. Charles, Missouri)

Jesse Burton, Physics and Electrical Engineering (Nineveh, Indiana)

Anna Durham, Math and Middle Secondary Education (Batavia, Ohio)

Colleen Frank, Psychology and Spanish (Cary, Illinois)

Luke Gallion, Chemistry (Brownstown, Indiana)

Courtney Hittepole, Psychology and Sociology (Troy, Ohio)

Madison Horth, Psychology (Zionsville, Indiana)

Tyler Hudgens, Biology and Biomedical Engineering (Elgin, Illinois)

Hannah Martin, Arts Administration and Individualized Major in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Winfield, Illinois)

Paul Milius, Psychology (Rockford, Illinois)

Maggie Monson, Media, Rhetoric, and Culture, and Spanish (Palatine, Illinois)

Garrett Oberst, Chemistry (Louisville, Kentucky)

Perry Rabin, Chemistry (Highland Park, Illinois)

Ian Ray, Professional Pharmacy and Spanish (Indianapolis)

Wesley Sexton, Music and English Literature (Muncie, Indiana)

Taylor Smith, Chemistry and Energy Engineering (Crown Point, Indiana)

Julie Spoehr, Spanish and English Literature (Phoenix, Arizona)

Katie Springston, Sociology and Criminology (McHenry, Illinois)

Alec Stubbs, Philosophy and Political Science (Elkhart, Indiana)

Katelyn Sussli, Human Communication and Organizational Leadership and Political Science (Loveland, Ohio)

Sarah Tietz, English and Spanish (Arlington Heights, Illinois)

Kathryn Utken, Strategic Communication and Spanish (Carmel, Indiana)

Laura Wilhelm, Critical Communication and Media (Indianapolis)

Ashley Zegiestowsky, Computer Science and Spanish (Franklin, Tennessee)

Benjamin Zercher, Chemistry (Nappanee, Indiana)


Olivia Crowe, Biology (Bloomington, Indiana)

Whitney Hart, Chemistry (LaPorte, Indiana)

Katie Kincaid, Psychology and Middle Secondary Education (Fishers, Indiana)

Andrew Ozga, Physics and Mechanical Engineering (Hawthorn Woods, Illinois)

For more information about Butler’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, visit:


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Surprise! You've Earned a Tuition-Free Scholarship to Butler


PUBLISHED ON Mar 07 2016

With classmates cheering, family members on hand for hugs, and Butler’s live mascot, Trip, there to pose for pictures, Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School seniors Jacob Charboneau, G. Gray, and Aaliyah Coe got an enormous surprise on March 3: They each received full four-year Butler Tuition Guarantee scholarships.

Jacob Charboneau (kneeling with Trip) and his family.

“I was kind of upset earlier in the week and I was crying,” said Coe, who didn’t think she’d gotten the scholarship, said after the announcement. “My mom and dad were really concerned. They said they had to hold it as a surprise, which was hard for them. But I’m glad they did. It’s pretty cool.”

The Butler Tuition Guarantee offers 10 full tuition awards to students who have high financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to financial need, the review committee values students who have taken leadership roles, participated in co-curricular activities, and shown dedication to academic achievement.

Students who are 21st Century Scholars, future Indianapolis Public School graduates, or eligible for free/reduced lunch were encouraged to apply.

Also receiving Butler Tuition Guarantee scholarships are:

-Amanda Fordyce (Ben Davis High School)
-Emily Jewell (Lawrence North High School)
-Serenity Dzubay (North Central High School)
-Auboni Hart (North Central High School)
-Isaiah Moore (North Central High School)
-Alexandria Kassan (North Central High School)
-Andrew Tucker (Scecina Memorial High School)

Most of the awards were presented quietly, but Shortridge celebrated loudly.

“There are only 10 (Butler Tuition Guarantee scholarships) in all of Marion County,” Shortridge Principal Shane O’Day announced proudly, “and three came out of the 2016 graduating class of Shortridge High School.”

Aaliyah Coe celebrates her scholarship.

Coe said she expects to study pharmacy at Butler. Charboneau said he plans to look into Butler’s Engineering Dual Degree Program. Gray was not available to comment.

“Thank you for the tenacity, the perseverance, the grit that you’ve shown,” Greg Newlin, Enrollment and Options Officer for Indianapolis Public, told the students. “I know it’s not easy. I’ve been a principal in an IB school. I know what it takes. I know what you do every day, and I couldn’t do it. So I want to be the first to tell you I am for doing that.”

Butler Associate Director of Admission Ashley Anderson noted that Butler has a long-standing, strong relationship with Shortridge. Butler offers an Early College Program, and a number of the faculty and staff members and student teachers are Butler alumni or current Butler students.

In addition, Butler Opera Theatre will present The Pirates of Penzance at Shortridge in April, with students and faculty from both schools working together. The College of Business is working to launch a financial literacy experience at Shortridge. And the Butler Chemistry Department donated much needed science equipment to the high school.

“We really want Shortridge to continue being a pipeline to Butler,” Anderson said.


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Marc Allan



Jill Bolte Taylor to Deliver Spring Commencement Address


PUBLISHED ON Mar 02 2016

Globally renowned neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor—known as “Dr. Jill”—will deliver the keynote address at Butler University’s 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 7 at 10:00 AM in Hinkle Fieldhouse. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

bolte-taylorDr. Jill’s 2008 TED Talk was the first TED presentation to go viral, and remains among the top five TED talks of all time. In this moving talk, Dr. Jill explains the experience of her own stroke, an arterio-venous malformation, at age 37.

On the morning of her stroke, December 10, 1996, Dr. Jill was already a successful and prolific brain scientist focused on severe mental illness. Because of her understanding of the brain, she was able to study the effects of the stroke on her own body, in real time, as she suffered them. Further, in the midst of her own near-death experience, she was inspired to recover so that she could help others heal from severe brain trauma. It took Dr. Jill eight years to fully regain her neurological and physical abilities—including how to talk and walk.

Dr. Jill’s memoir, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, spent 17 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and is now available in 30 languages. Her rare and inspirational story has led to many accolades, including a place as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008.

She serves as the National Spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank); CEO of My Stroke of Insight, Inc., and Chair of the Board of the not-for-profit Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, Inc. Further, she has continued her active membership in NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) since 1993.

Dr. Jill speaks at conferences and events worldwide. In addition to sharing her personal story, she enjoys speaking to audiences about their own brains—especially the differences between their right and left “hemisphere personalities.” Building a healthy relationship between the two, she asserts, can help forge a path to peace within ourselves and throughout the world. It can also help us discover new things about our own interests and abilities.

Dr. Jill herself, when her left hemisphere was compromised, experienced a right-hemisphere renaissance that resulted in a new artistic endeavor: the creation of colorful, anatomically correct stained glass brains.


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AcademicsStudent Life

Good Practice, And An Even Better Public Service


PUBLISHED ON Mar 01 2016

The big kids (Physician Assistant students from Butler) needed experience dealing with young patients. The little kids (kindergarten and first-grade students at the IPS/Butler Lab School) needed to have their eyes, ears, and teeth checked.

It was, as Associate Professor Jennifer Zorn put it, “a win-win situation, to get experience for our students but also provide a nice service.”

Bri Henke, Jordan Kirkegaard, and Abby Gallett teach Lab School students about how much toothpaste to put on a toothbrush.

And so, on February 23, 74 PA students and 5 PA program faculty visited the elementary school a few miles south of Butler to administer exams and teach them about good dental hygiene while having a little fun, too.

Before the exams, the PA students fanned out to classrooms to work with the Lab School students in small groups. In one classroom, Butler PA students Briana Henke of Sycamore, Illinois; Jordan Kirkegaard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Abigail Gallett of Phoenix, Arizona, sat on the floor with eight Lab Schoolers to coach them on how to take care of their teeth.

They started with the basics—what causes cavities and which sugary foods to avoid—and moved on to showing them how much toothpaste to use and the proper way to brush and floss. A giant set of teeth, an oversized toothbrush, and a rope of floss made it fun and funny for the kids.

Then they closed with a song (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”):

Here’s my toothpaste, here’s my brush.
I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.
Working hard to keep teeth clean,
Front and back and in between.
When I brush for quite a while,
I will have a happy smile.

Sing that about four times while brushing—taking roughly two minutes—and brush at least twice a day, the Butler students advised.

Emily Williams checks a Lab School student's ear for excessive wax.

Then the Lab School kids had a few things they wanted to know before they went to another room to have the PA students check their eyes, ears, and teeth. Like: “What do your gums do, and why are they called gums?” And: “Why do you have baby teeth?” And: “What are you going to have for dinner tonight?”

“It’s definitely different from what we normally do,” Kirkegaard said. “We mostly see adults in the classroom setting. But this was good practice for us for our clinical rotations and fun for them.”

This is the second year Butler PA students have gone to the Lab School to examine the youngest students. Last year, they noted a number of students with plaque buildup—and they also discovered a student who had vision problems. The child’s teacher said the student has been doing much better in school after being diagnosed and getting glasses.

“You do a lot of screenings that turn up normal,” Zorn said, “to get one that makes an impact.”


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Marc Allan



The PA Program at 20: Many Reasons to Celebrate


PUBLISHED ON Feb 29 2016

Stacy Dawkins ’01 thought she might want a career in medicine after graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington as a Chemistry and English double major. Physician Assistant (PA) was not on her list—mostly because she’d never heard of it.

But the Anderson, Indiana, native had a friend in the program at Butler University, and the friend convinced her that she belonged in the PA program.

Butler University College of Pharmacy lab scenes October 27, 2015.

Fast-forward 15 years, and Dawkins now boasts an impressive work history that includes seven years in cardiology, three years in internal medicine, and, these days, emergency medicine work at St. Francis Hospital Center on the south side of Indianapolis. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for Butler in the past and currently lectures at another PA program.

“The flexibility in being a PA is wonderful,” she said. “I’ve gotten to be part of three different areas of medicine.”

It’s stories like Dawkins’s that will be celebrated on April 22 with a daylong free continuing medical education conference for alumni and a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PA program.

The program, which educates healthcare providers to practice medicine on teams, started as a joint program between Methodist Hospital and Butler, with 2.5 full-time faculty members and 8 students working toward a bachelor’s degree. At the time, there were no other PA programs in Indiana and only 55 in the country.

In 2008, Butler became the sole sponsor of the PA program. Today, the program is a master’s degree-only curriculum taught by 9.5 full-time faculty. It will graduate its 710th student in May. Statewide competition has expanded to include University of Saint Francis, Indiana University, and Indiana State University, with four more schools opening programs in the near future.

Jennifer Snyder, who graduated from the program in 1997 and now serves as the program director, said Butler and Methodist recognized that there was a need for a profession like PA to help increase the number of medical providers, fill a gap in the healthcare community, and increase access to care.



Snyder said PAs choose to be PAs for a number of reasons:

-Flexibility. PAs are trained as generalists. They can go into whatever field they choose and change specialties if they want.

-No residency. PAs don’t have to do a residency or take the board exams associated with a specific field. They are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine in every medical or surgical specialty and prescribe medication. To maintain national certification, PAs are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and recertify as medical generalists every 10 years.

-Faster development. PAs earn their degrees in two years, rather than four, allowing them to graduate and get into the workforce quickly.

-Collaboration. PAs collaborate with physicians. A PA’s scope of practice typically grows over time with clinical experience. A PA often serves as the lead on care coordination teams and sees patients in all settings without a physician present. In fact, in some rural and underserved areas, a PA may be the only local care provider, collaborating with a physician in separate location via telecommunication.

Butler’s PA program was built in part on word of mouth. Just as Dawkins heard about it from a friend, Rob Estridge ’08 called Dawkins, whom he knew, to ask about her experience. Estridge had worked as a nursing assistant through high school and as a pre-med undergrad at Miami (Ohio) University. A few years after graduation, he shadowed a PA at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana.

“He was doing all these procedures—everything a physician would do—but he didn’t have all the burden of being the one in charge,” Estridge said. “But he still practiced medicine to a strong degree and had all this autonomy. I thought, ‘This is what I want to do. I don’t care if I’m the one in charge. I just want to be part of the team.’ PA just fit so well.”

Estridge, who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, is now the manager of the in-patient Nurse Practitioners and PAs for neurosurgery and neurology at the Cleveland Clinic, and also supervisors the neuro-ICU Nurse Practitioners.



“I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if it wasn’t for Butler,” he said.

Megan Wesler ’13 started at Butler as an undergraduate and went straight through the PA program after being accepted as a sophomore. She had thought about going to medical school, but opted for a career with more flexibility.

Since graduating, she’s worked in the emergency medicine at Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East, Indianapolis, where she sees patients with everything from sore throats to heart attacks. The way her schedule is organized, she works 10- or 11-hour shifts six of every seven days, then has five consecutive days off. In a typical month, she only works about 15 days, which allows for a work-life balance she likes.

“I feel like I was very well prepared for my career,” she said. “They talked a lot in school about how much on-the-job training there would be, but I feel like the skills I graduated with and the tests we took were a great foundation that allowed me to acquire a lot of skills.”

Maggie Doty ’15 said the opportunity for work-life balance attracted her to PA as a profession. Being part of the Butler program sealed the deal. Today, the Minnesota native works in outpatient internal medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital. She also is an adjunct instructor at Butler, helping with the Health Care Communications class and sitting in on panels for the incoming PA classes.



“There was never a rotation site I went to during our clinical rotation year where our preceptors and supervising physicians didn’t recognize Butler students and how we stood out,” Doty said. “I didn’t really know until I started getting out into the community about how well known Butler’s PA program is.”

That—and more—is what they’ll be celebrating in April.

“We want to celebrate who we are and what we’ve become,” Snyder said. “Our graduates have really helped shape the program. We’re going to look back and celebrate it.”



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Butler Joins Lincoln Park Zoo in Wildlife Study


PUBLISHED ON Feb 25 2016

Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology will place 48 motion-sensitive cameras at locations in Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and Carmel for four weeks every quarter beginning in April to study urban wildlife.

The Indy Wildlife Watch project is being done in conjunction with the Lincoln Park Zoo Urban Wildlife Institute in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to see how central Indiana wildlife compares with theirs. Researchers also will be looking to see how the habitat compares in different neighborhoods.

12687783_601770739970468_6472042605984240961_nFor the past five years, the Urban Wildlife Institute has been undertaking a groundbreaking study of Chicago’s urban ecosystem, using camera traps and acoustic monitors to track the behavior of bats, birds, coyotes and even humans. The pictures can be seen at

“The Urban Wildlife Information Network and these new camera-trap sites will provide a wealth of knowledge about not only wildlife but the ecosystem as a whole,” Lincoln Park Zoo Urban Wildlife Institute Director Seth Magle said. “We’re grateful to the University of Wisconsin and Butler University for this vital support, which will help everyone better understand wildlife and, subsequently, mitigate conflict between humans and animals.”

The cameras are held in metal boxes to shield them from the elements and camouflaged so they’re not an eyesore on the landscape. They are strapped around the trunk of a tree and secure with a cable and a lock. The cameras are pointed at another tree 10-20 feet away where a scented lure is attached. When animals stop to investigate the lure, they trip the motion sensor in the camera.

The cameras are capable of taking a picture every 30 seconds. The pictures are stored on memory cards that will be collected and replaced every two weeks.

In January, Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology tested about 18 cameras. Biology Professor Travis Ryan said the best pictures so far have come from the area around the Monon Center in Carmel, where deer, foxes, coyotes, squirrels, and rabbits triggered the camera.

A sampling of those pictures is now available on Twitter (@indywildwatch) and Facebook (Indy Wildlife Watch). Beginning in 2017, all the pictures from central Indiana sites will be posted on a website for the public to view and help identify the contents of the photos.

Butler students will be actively involved in managing the images and the cameras, and some area elementary and high schools also may participate, Ryan said. Butler students will be introduced to the project as part of an Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology class.

“We envision students playing an important role in the field and when we get back with the data,” Ryan said.

Zoo officials approached Butler Biology Professor Carmen Salsbury about participating.

“The reason we reached out to Carmen and Travis and others is because to us, the next step is to say how many of the patterns that we see are specific to individual cities and how many are universal,” Magle said. “If we can identify universal patterns in urban wildlife, then that’s incredibly powerful for policy, for planning, for green infrastructure, for all sorts of things.”


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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
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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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