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Butler Students Head to Asia, Thanks to Freeman Grant

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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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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.”

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

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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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Many Pumpkins Were Harmed in the Making of This Event

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Oct 30 2015


Going ...

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.”
Going ...

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.

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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.

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

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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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Future Educators Get a Closer Look at Butler

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 01 2015

Hamilton Southeastern High School student Lauren Wallace had attended performances at Clowes Memorial Hall, but she’d never seen most of the Butler University campus. So when her school’s Cadet Teaching class came to Butler on October 1 for Future Educators Day, she was happy to make the trip.

“I want to be a child therapist,” she said. “So I figured that learning about the teaching program and being in Cadet Teaching could really aid me in that. But I also want to go to Butler, because I find that small classes and individualized instruction are really important to me.”
College of Education Assistant Dean Angela Lupton talked to students from six school districts about education and Butler.

Wallace was one of 96 students from six school districts who came to campus for a College of Education-sponsored day of learning about the teaching profession and Butler. They met an Admission representative, toured the campus, talked with professors and students, and heard a bit about both the teaching shortage in Indiana and the joys and meaningful nature of teaching.

They also had their questions answered about job placement rates (100 percent for the College of Education), class size (typically no more than 20, and usually less), and how much time Butler elementary-education students spend student-teaching before they graduate (1,500 hours).

In addition, they got a taste of the College of Education’s teaching philosophy: “The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools as they should be, not simply perpetuating schools as they currently exist.”

Toward that end, they participated in a class taught by Professors Arthur Hochman and Cathy Hartman. Using the book 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, Butler students, the visiting high school students, and the professors discussed issues such as merit pay for teachers and whether American education has been dumbed down.

“It’s been a great experience for the kids,” said Hamilton Southeastern teacher Liz Trinkle, who brought 29 students to Butler. “I’ve always had Angela (Lupton, Assistant Dean of the College of Education) come to my cadet class, but this has been a great opportunity for the kids to see the school, hear about how critical the teacher shortage is, and see that there are people who are so totally passionate about the field.”

The high school students—who came from the Crawfordsville, Hamilton Southeastern, Rossville, Charlestown, Twin Lakes, and Western Boone school districts—said they liked touring the campus, participating in the class, and meeting Butler professors, students, and the live mascot, Trip.

College of Education representatives said they were happy with this first Future Educators Day. They expect next year’s event to double in size.

“Nothing makes me happier than to be in a roomful of people interested in teaching or working with young people in some capacity,” Lupton told the group. “You are our future.”

 

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Pharmacists Alliance Names Daniel Peterson '16 Outstanding Student

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2015

The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance has awarded Butler PharmD candidate Daniel Peterson '16 its Outstanding Student of the Year Award. The award recognizes students who have been actively involved in association activities and have helped to promote the advancement of pharmacy.
Daniel Peterson and Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Past President Amy Hyduk '04

Peterson is scheduled to graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and an MBA. Daniel is an intern at CVS pharmacy.

Peterson has also held many leadership positions. He is the President of his pharmacy class at Butler University. He is the Director of Resources and Records for the Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy (BUCOP). Last summer, he was chosen out of many applicants as the VALOR pharmacy intern at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

He was also awarded a McSoley scholarship by the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance in spring 2015.

Peterson is an avid volunteer. He has participated in the Phi Delta Chi cleanup of inter-city neighborhoods and has worked at BUCOP, a student-run clinic that provides free medical care to an underserved community.

The Outstanding Student of the Year award was presented to Daniel during the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance’s Annual Convention at the French Lick Convention Center on September 17.

 

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COPHS Graduates Ace the NAPLEX Exam. Again.

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 03 2015

For the fourth time in five years, every Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) graduate who took the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam, the NAPLEX, passed on the first try.

That first-time pass rate for the national exam ties for third best result among the country’s 130 pharmacy schools. Of the 557 Butler graduates who have taken the test over the past five years, only one didn’t pass the first time. Last year, all 111 passed.

“It’s pretty nice to being that close to having everybody pass,” COPHS Dean Mary Graham said. “Imagine that you’re in the job of hiring new pharmacy grads. You’re going to have a lot more confidence hiring someone from Butler, realizing that consistently our graduates do so well.”

The NAPLEX measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

The NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:

  • Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients.
  • Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications.
  • Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care.

Students can take the NAPLEX any time after graduation. It’s one of two tests they must take—along with a state exam to test their knowledge of the laws governing pharmacy in the state where they work—before they can practice pharmacy.

Graham said the first-time pass rate among COPHS graduates is a great source of pride in the College. It shows not only that the College is providing the knowledge students need, but that COPHS students are learning, integrating, and applying the information.

“I talk to a lot of employers of pharmacists, especially the chain pharmacies that hire pharmacists all over the country, and many of them say, ‘When we have an opportunity, even outside of the Indianapolis area or Indiana, we want to hire Butler grad,’ ” Graham said. “Not just because of the pass rate, but because they have a good work ethic, they understand what practice is all about, and can become integrated into an established practice pretty easily.”

 

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317-940-9822

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Butler Exec Ed, State Bar Offer Business School for Lawyers

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 03 2015

The Butler University College of Business’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) are partnering to offer the Business School for Lawyers, a program created to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business knowledge and skills required to keep a law practice afloat.

The sessions, which begin Oct. 30, will be held on the Butler campus. Participants will explore areas that include financial analysis, leadership, Executive Education logobranding, human capital, and how to manage change in an organization. Sessions are designed to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business acumen and leadership principles to increase the client service and to enhance the firm’s sustainability in an ethical manner.

Participants who take all five sessions will earn a Certificate of Business Administration.

Session dates:

  • Oct. 30: Session 1 - Strategic Thinking & Business Development
  • Nov. 6: Session 2 - Financial Business Planning & Reporting
  • Nov. 13: Session 3 - Client Relationship Management
  • Dec. 4: Session 4 - Market Analysis for Growth & Business Development
  • Dec. 11: Session 5 - Human Capital Change Management

“Butler Executive Education is so proud to partner with the ISBA for the design and delivery of this customized, highly engaging program for lawyers,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISBA is an exciting launch. Our faculty has created a customize learning experiences for lawyers that directly relates to their current challenges and enables them to return to their clients and firms with tools that can be applied immediately.”

To register, or to see session descriptions and objectives, visit www.inbar.org. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 9. The class will be limited to the first 25 registrants.

"If you are a lawyer in private practice with enough income and wealth to retire today, I congratulate you. I recommend that other lawyers consider enrolling in the Business School for Lawyers," ISBA President Jeff R. Hawkins said. "The State Bar's partnership with Butler University offers members game-changing marketing and strategic planning resources that will move many of our members from striving to thriving, whether they practice as solos or partners at a global law firm."

The curriculum for the ISBA program was designed by a tenured faculty team that includes Butler College of Business Associate Dean Craig Caldwell and Butler Executive Education Faculty Director Kathy Paulson Gjerde.

“Working with our talented faculty on this program to tailor the content to the development of a lawyer is an exciting opportunity,” Gjerde said. “We look forward to continuing to enhance the sessions and the overall certificate in collaboration with ISBA in the years to come.”

 

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Butler, ISMA Introduce a Physician Leadership Program

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 20 2015

Butler University’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) will partner this fall to deliver a Physician Leadership Program.

Executive EducationThe courses, created to enhance leadership and business acumen, are being offered through ISMA’s new Indiana Center for Physician Excellence. Sessions are designed to combine a physician’s scientific knowledge with sound leadership principles to advance the goal of improving patient care. Participants will study areas that include financial analysis, management, organizational politics, and how to manage change in an organization.

“Butler Executive Education is thrilled to partner with the ISMA for the design and delivery of this highly innovative, highly engaging program for physicians,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISMA has been one of deep collaboration and we share their passion for developing physicians as whole leaders in our home state in the rapidly changing environment of healthcare.”

Continuing medical education will be provided for all courses completed and certifications will be issued to physicians who complete four of the six offerings in 2015. Course evaluations and assessments will help direct the future design of the program. Participation is limited and priority will be given to ISMA members.

Find more information and registration at www.ismanet.org/PLP/.

“Today’s team-based care and integrated health systems demand physician leadership,” said Heidi Dunniway, President of the Indiana State Medical Association. “ISMA formed the Indiana Center for Physician Excellence to navigate the challenges presented by our dynamic environment.”

The program is being funded in 2015 and 2016 by a grant from the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient health care www.physiciansfoundation.org/.

The curriculum for ISMA program was designed by a faculty team that included Butler College of Business Dean Steve Standifird and Associate Dean Craig Caldwell.

“We have brought the best of the best to this program and it has been an exciting journey to tailor the content to the development of a physician who wants to excel as a leader both in emotional intelligence and in business acumen,” said Kathy Paulson Gjerde, Faculty Director, Butler Executive Education. “We look forward to continuing to push the threshold of learning in this certificate program for the years to come.”

 

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Butler to Welcome 1,040 First-Year Students

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 18 2015

Butler University will welcome 1,040 first-year students on move-in day Saturday, August 22. Classes begin Wednesday, August 26.

Butler’s class of 2019 continues the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. Here’s a look at some numbers.

Butler is noted for specific programs and student success, among other topics.

-42 valedictorians and 16 salutatorians.

-Average GPA, 3.78.

-ACT middle 50 percent 25-30.

-SAT middle 50 percent Critical Reading 520-620 and middle 50 percent Math 530-630.

-19 Lilly Scholars.

- 6 National Merit Semi-finalists/Finalists.- 1 National Achievement Finalist.

The Class of 2019 comes from 37 states, D.C. and eight countries. Forty-five percent are from Indiana, and 55 percent are from out of state. About 180 come from the Chicagoland area.

This year’s incoming class is also the most ethnically diverse, with 15.7 percent multicultural students and 38 international students.

The breakdown by college is: 60 College of Education; 402 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 163 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; 86 Jordan College of the Arts; 250 College of Business; 79 College of Communication.

Individual students have:

  • Received the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence based on outstanding grades, leadership potential, and determination in the field of medicine.
  • Created a publishing company at 14 and published her debut novel, Era, at age 16.
  • Performed at the Vatican, the Grand Olde Opry, and the Kennedy Center.
  • Led his team to the Junior League World Series.

 

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317-940-9822

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Grant Helps Butler Create Student-Run Insurance Company

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 17 2015

The Butler University College of Business will establish a student-run insurance company with the goal of having the company fully operational by the 2019–2020 academic year, thanks to a $250,000 gift from MJ Insurance and Michael M. Bill.

The Butler business, known as a “captive insurance company,” will insure certain programs at Butler, perhaps including the live mascot, Butler Blue III, or physical damage to University vehicles.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.College of Business Dean Steve Standifird said the idea behind the internal insurance company is to give students hands-on experience and prepare them for an industry that expects to need tens of thousands of new employees over the next seven years to replace workers who will be retiring.

“This captive insurance company builds on Butler’s model of experiential learning,” said Zach Finn, Clinical Professor & Director of the Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program in the College of Business, who will supervise the students. “We have students who manage a $2 million financial endowment, and many universities around the country do that. There’s no reason students with the proper setup couldn’t manage an insurance company.”

Finn said the program will give students the opportunity to look at risks that face the university, assess the financial impacts, and determine whether the risks would be best retained and paid for with university assets as they occur, through traditional insurance markets, or through a captive insurance company.

Students will learn how to write the insurance policy, what the coverage terms will be, how to finance the company, and more. They will be able to apply their risk-management expertise in accounting, investments and numerous other areas.

“We are excited about this partnership with Butler University and the Davey Program,” said Jon Loftin, President and COO, MJ Insurance. “Butler has consistently graduated students from the College of Business more prepared to enter the workforce due in large part to their emphasis on experiential learning and providing their students with the unique opportunity to apply the academic principles in a real-life setting.”

MJ and Bill’s initial gift will cover the minimum amount of capital that’s needed to fund a captive insurance company at its outset. The College of Business also will be soliciting gifts to fund the operating costs.

“The insurance industry has been very rewarding to me over my lifetime, and I appreciate all that it has given to me, my family, and the opportunity to be the founder of MJ Insurance, Inc. for the past 51 years,” said Michael M. Bill, chairman and founder of MJ Insurance. “If we can instill a path to the students via the kind of training that I had as a very young man, it will be not only rewarding to the students that graduate through the Butler University College of Business in Insurance and Risk Management, but will provide them with a livelihood and personal reward every day that they are in our industry.”

According to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the insurance industry will need to replace 104,000 insurance sales agents, 71,900 claims adjusters, 67,400 claims/policy processing clerks, 28,900 underwriters, 8,500 software developers/programmers, 7,500 computer/information analysts, and 6,900 actuaries by 2022.

Finn estimated that even if the approximately 50 colleges and universities that offer an insurance program were able to graduate about 50 students each year—an optimistic estimate, he said—that would still leave an enormous shortfall of people ready to step in and do the jobs.

“Our students, through this program, will graduate with those skills in hand,” Standifird said. “In an industry that is in desperate need of talent, we’ll not only be providing them talent, but talent that is much closer to being job-ready than they’re going to find anywhere else. That’s one of the big motivations for doing this—to give our students a significant advantage going into the workforce.”

Added Loftin: “We are encouraged by the increasing interest of the millennial generation in the insurance and risk management industry which has historically been viewed by college graduates as boring or stale compared to some other careers. We are finding that most young adults today are simply unaware of what extraordinary opportunities exists within this industry that often times align more closely with their career, financial and, most importantly, their life goals.

“Therefore, we believe that it’s merely a matter of creating awareness and educating these young adults of the career benefits and opportunities that do exist. We believe that many colleges and universities are sleeping on this industry that has a dire need for qualified talent. In fact, those universities that do have insurance and risk management programs are experiencing 100 percent job placement rates in most cases. Therefore, we cannot think of a better opportunity to assist our industry in generating interest in this field than by partnering with Butler University in creation of a student-run captive.”

 

Recent news coverage of this story:

http://www.captiveinsurancetimes.com/captiveinsurancenews/article.php?article_id=4154#.VgxJFbflvIU

http://www.insurancebusiness.ca/news/morning-briefing-college-to-train-nextgen-insurers-with-campus-insurance-business-194724.aspx

http://www.ibj.com/articles/54463-butler-plans-student-run-insurance-agency-as-lure-to-boring-field

http://www.indystar.com/story/money/2015/08/15/business-insider-want-secure-job-bet-insurance/31797013/

 

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