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Introducing the Hinkle Academy, a New Graduate Program


PUBLISHED ON Jul 22 2015

Graduate students looking to become leaders in wellness, sport, and allied fields now have a new option: the Hinkle Academy, a joint online venture of Butler University’s Department of Athletics, College of Education, and Health and Recreation Complex.

The program begins in the fall, offering 12 credits of graduate coursework spread out over 11 months. Classes will expose students to a variety of sport and wellness careers and lead to a 12-hour certificate that can be used toward a Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership at Butler or a graduate degree elsewhere.

Tony Hinkle Statue“In my world of rec sports, the competition is such that if you don’t have a master’s, you’re really behind the eight-ball,” said Scott Peden, Butler’s Director of Recreation. “It’s an incredibly competitive marketplace for jobs.”

For more information, contact Mindy Welch, Program Coordinator, at 317-940-9550 or More graduate information is available at

Subject areas in the Hinkle Academy coursework begin with an investigation of the Butler Way ethos for effective leadership, establishing culture, and building community. Coursework will include marketing, special events, program planning, and facilities management. “Regardless of what specific branch you go into in wellness, you’re going to have to know budgeting and finance and sponsorships and legal aspects and a boatload of specific topics,” Peden said. “Those are good foundational competencies to have, regardless.”

Hinkle Academy also will include the Butler/Indy Lab, a three-day residential workshop at Butler University and in Indianapolis, during which students will be able to meet the people—and tour the organizations and facilities—that drive Indianapolis’s reputation as a sports capital.

A capstone, eight-week summer apprenticeship can be completed in a student’s home organization or community.

"The Hinkle Academy provides a unique portal for candidates with shared interests in education, sport, and wellness and diverse backgrounds, careers, and goals to study leadership through the lens of the Butler Way," College of Education Associate Professor Mindy Welch said.

The certificate work is appropriate for current and future Butler alumni; licensed teachers and coaches in all sports at all levels; volunteer coaches affiliated with schools, churches, community centers, and fitness centers; professionals employed in sport and wellness; and individuals seeking career change or entrepreneurial opportunities in education, sports, athlete development, fitness, recreation, and wellness.

Michael Freeman, Butler’s Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, said the online coursework and flexibility of the program schedule “should provide insight and education on how there are many ways to get the job done in sport.”

“It can work for all types of people, from recent grads looking to break in to sport, folks looking for a career change or those already in sport and looking for self-improvement,” he said. "We could see a very diverse group of students.”

Peden said having all classes online is perfect for people who are in the workforce and can’t take the time to return to school for two years.

“There are a lot of students who are graduating from undergraduate coursework and looking to see what’s next,” he said. “This is a unique niche.”

See Welch and Freeman talking about the Hinkle Academy on Inside Indiana Business.


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Marc Allan


Student-Researchers Get Their Chance to Shine


PUBLISHED ON Jul 15 2015

This summer, after a year and a half trying to grow a protein called OVCA2 that’s thought to suppress ovarian cancer tumors, senior Jessica Bun had a breakthrough.
Jessica Bun showed her research on a protein thought to suppress ovarian cancer.

On Wednesday, July 15, she got to share the news with students, faculty, staff, and visitors who came to see the results of research by participants in the Butler Summer Institute (BSI).

“It’s really exciting,” said Bun, whose project is called “Determination of the Biological Function of OVCA2, a Potential Ovarian Cancer-Related Enzyme.” “It’s great to do BSI – especially for the science kids – because it’s eight hours in the lab Monday through Friday, and you have more time to do work. A lot of the time when I’m doing research during the school year, it’s just four hours per week.”

Through BSI, 34 students worked one on one with a faculty member for eight weeks this summer. They delved into topics such as “Designing a Classroom Library for Lifelong Reader,” “Representing the Local Food Movement,” and “Analysis of Museum Construction Materials and Development of Related Curricular Materials.”

Bun was one of 18 students who presented their research during a morning poster session in the Reilly Room. Another 16 BSI participants gave oral presentations July 15 and 16.

BSI students earn a $2,500 stipend and are offered housing in University Terrace. The participating students and their faculty mentors also come together for evening events such as ballgames and movie nights at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The idea, said Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeremy Johnson, who oversaw BSI this year and also worked with Bun on her project, is “to create a community of scholars.”

Johnson noted that through BSI, he met faculty and students he never would have otherwise and learned about how research is conducted in other areas. Some BSI projects brought together faculty from psychology (Professor Tara Lineweaver) and music (Professor Tim Brimmer), who worked with junior Emily Farrer on whether music can be used to soothe dementia patients. (Farrer’s research is ongoing; so far, the results have been inconclusive.)

Many participants in BSI are at the beginning or perhaps middle of work they may be doing for years. Some – like Bun – will go on to present their findings at national research conferences and publish their findings.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Alison O’Malley, who worked with senior Lauren Murphy on a project called “Good Leaders Give Good Feedback: How Emotional Intelligence and Implicit Theories Enable Leaders to Develop Themselves and Others,” said the time in BSI is invaluable for students as well as faculty.

“During the academic year, there’s really no comparison in terms of the ability to have focused research time,” she said. “Your tasks are so divided up during the fall and spring terms, so in the summer, to really dig in to research and be side by side with the student as their ideas are taking form and playing out in the lab, that’s what BSI allows to happen. And it’s beautiful.”


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Marc Allan


Butler Recognized by Fiske, Colleges of Distinction


PUBLISHED ON Jul 02 2015

Butler University has been recognized by both the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016 and the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website.

Butler is listed in five categories in the updated Fiske Guide, “a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.”
Butler is noted for specific programs and student success, among other topics.

Butler is included in:

  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Engineering
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Music

Butler also is noted for strong programs in Natural and Health Sciences, Dance, Business Marketing, Accounting, Education, Journalism, Communication Disorders, English and Creative Writing, and International Business.

“College hoops fans may recognize Butler University as the unheralded outsider who fought its way to the final game of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships not once but twice in recent years,” the book says. “But those who attend this small Midwestern university know that Bulldogs basketball is representative of the Butler way of life, which emphasizes teamwork, tenacity, and solid fundamentals.”

The book, which covers 322 schools, quotes an anonymous Public and Corporate Communications major as saying that Butler “offers quality education, friendly and approachable professors, plenty of opportunities for involvement, and an overall friendly atmosphere.”

A Strategic Communications major says: “Butler students are extremely competitive. Whether that be for who has the best presentation in a class, the highest grade on a test, and even for internships in the Indianapolis area—Butler students want to be the best and be recognized for that.”

The Fiske Guide is written by Edward B. Fiske, who served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times. During that time, he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the bestselling annual, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, to help them.

Butler also is included on the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website,, which serves as a guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by education professionals.

The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. To earn the distinction, schools must excel in four distinctive areas and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. These include:

  • Engaged students: students take an active part in their learning
  • Great teaching: professors care about helping students learn to think for themselves
  • Vibrant community: active campuses and communities with many opportunities for personal development
  • Successful outcomes: Students are equipped to find better solutions in the workplace and in the world

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.


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Butler Graduates First Cohort of Neuroscience Minors


PUBLISHED ON May 20 2015

Two years after creating a minor in Neuroscience, Butler University has graduated its first cohort of students in that minor.

Neuroscience minorThe 10 graduates who completed the Neuroscience minor are:

Laura Beer (Psychology)
Katie Cahill (Psychology)
Elizabeth Davis (Psychology)
Joey Hebert (Biology and Chemistry)
Jake Huyette (Anthropology, Psychology, and Spanish)
Dan Lester (Biology)
Sarah McRoberts (Psychology)
Renee Mommaerts (Psychology)
Mara Olson (Biology)
Zach Walter (Mathematical Sciences and Psychology)

The students are continuing onto medical school or are attending graduate programs in psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, or biology.

The first Neuroscience minor, Adam Davis, graduated in 2014.

“I am so proud of these students who worked very hard to complete an intense sequence of Psychology, Biology and Philosophy courses in a two-year period,” said Psychology Professor Tara Lineweaver, who is director of the Neuroscience minor. “I am also so pleased with the many post-graduate educational paths these students are following. We created the Neuroscience minor to help prepare students for their post-Butler futures, and these students are perfect examples of the many different doors a Neuroscience minor can open after graduation.”


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Marc Allan


How to Succeed in Business By Making Bassoon Reeds


PUBLISHED ON May 07 2015

The Butler University Bassoon Reed Co., a partnership between the Butler University Bassoon Studio and students in the Butler College of Business to build reeds for bassoons, has won the $9,000 top prize in the fifth Zotec Business Competition, part of the Real Business Experience curriculum.
Hailey Jensen and Nolan Reed led the Butler University Bassoon Reed Co.

Second place and $5,000 went to Freedom of Peach BBQ, a flavored barbecue sauce. Third place and $3,000 went to i + Care, a fundraiser for hungry children in the United States.

Butler’s Real Business Experience class, a sophomore level experiential learning course, incorporates the competition throughout the semester. In collaboration with Zotec Partners, a national firm providing revenue cycle and practice management services to hospital-based physicians, students learn to develop, grow, and run a real business. Winning teams demonstrate outstanding presentation skills, business process management, sales and marketing success, growth and partnering, use of technology and social responsibility.
The winner

The judges found that the Bassoon Reed Co. “did an outstanding job presenting their challenges and milestones in a very concise and professional presentation. They also were able to maintain a competitive price strategy and establish employee production measures that increased efficiency and ensured their products’ quality control was superior.”

Participants in the winning team were Nolan Reed (CEO), Hailey Jensen (Chief Sales Officer), and Professor Anne Clark (mentor) from the College of Business, and six bassoon students: Owen Carlos, Kathryn Chamberlain, Sara Erb, Claire Hazelton, Erin Wells, and Heather Wright.

“I think the Butler University Bassoon Reed Co. is a great example of many of the things we are striving to do at Butler,” Professor of Music Doug Spaniol said. “It’s certainly innovative (as far as I know, it’s the first student run business of its kind); it’s collaborative and interdisciplinary with business majors and music majors working together; it’s entrepreneurial by it’s very nature, and it’s a great example of both ‘Real Life, Real Business’ and ‘Music & More.’ I’m delighted to see the bassoon students getting real business experience and developing skills that can help them make a life and career in music.”

Freedom of Peach BBQThe judges said the second-place Freedom of Peach BBQ company “bought a business, rebranded their product and really took a good look at the marketing and determined how to take sales to the next level. They worked nationally with grocery chain Fresh Thyme to gain local placement at three locations in Indianapolis.”

The Freedom of Peach team was Carson Ludwig (CEO), Kevin Rhinesmith (COO), Kirby Lawson (Creative Director), Alan Eidelman (CFO), Claire Krohn (Sales), Meredith Comerford (Marketing), and John Seal (Mentor/Alumnus).

The third-place team, i + Care, “showed that passion, persistence, and people can allow you to make a profit and a difference, and they utilized feedback to pivot and change marketing direction to create greater interest and connection to product and the cause.”

I + CareThe team was Dylon Pierce (CEO), Maison Priest (Creative Director), Karli Azar (Director of Sales), Paige Freud (COO), and Rhoda Israelov (Mentor/Alumni).

“The top three teams demonstrated to us how they really leveraged the five “Ps” that comprise Zotec’s mission statement: Passion, Perspective, Persistence, Predictability and People,” said T. Scott Law ’85, Zotec’s Founder and CEO. “The RBE at Butler University’s College of Business is a fantastic learning opportunity for each student that is involved. We are very proud of each team this semester and the individual contributions and accomplishments of the students.”


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914 Students Become Alumni on Saturday


PUBLISHED ON May 04 2015

Butler University expects to confer degrees upon 914 graduates during Commencement ceremonies that begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Eva Kor

The newest Butler graduates include 222 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 220 from the College of Business, 203 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 96 from the College of Communication, 85 from the College of Education, and 88 from the Jordan College of the Arts.

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Longtime Butler benefactor Jean T. Wildman also will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.

The faculty speaker is Craig Caldwell, Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business. William Grabb ’15, President of the Senior Class, will offer reflections.

Approximately 225 students are expected to receive academic honors. This year’s graduates also include 32 international students from 16 nations, 26 Phi Beta Kappa inductees, and 185 students who studied abroad.


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Marc Allan


Butler Students, Alumni Win 'Best in Indiana Journalism' Awards


PUBLISHED ON Apr 27 2015

Student journalists from The Butler Collegian and received nine "Best in Indiana Journalism" awards from the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Friday evening.
Sophomore Matthew VanTryon, senior Mallory Duncan and junior Julian Wyllie

Former Collegian editor-in-chief Ben Sieck, a senior, won first place for student sports reporting. His story, "Defining a champion: The factors of Indiana high school athletic succes," examined how the Indiana High School Athletic Association tries to balance competitiveness at Indiana's public and private high schools. The story was published on as part of his coursework for JR312 Multimedia Journalism II.

Sieck and former Collegian co-editor-in-chief Mallory Duncan, also a senior, won first place for spot news reporting for their story, "Former Butler student killed by ISIS." The breaking news story first reported online the unconfirmed death of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was a political science major known as Peter Kassig during his time at Butler. The updated online story reported confirmation of his death, as well as comments from Butler President James Danko, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. A print story contained a poignant interview with political science department chair Siobhan McEvoy-Levy.

Cartoonist Audrey Meyer, a junior, won first place for student editorial cartoon for her representation of fear surrounding Ebola.

Editor-in-chief Julian Wyllie, a junior, won second place for student editorial writing for "A Cloud of Doubt," and third place for student column writing for three columns.

Former editor-in-chief Marais Jacon-Duffy '14 also received a second place for student non-deadline news reporting, for her story "Classification concerns."

Next year's editor-in-chief Matthew VanTryon, a sophomore, won third place for student investigative reporting for "Former players allege verbal abuse, mistreatment," and also third place for student feature story, "Former player Smith diagnosed with cancer."

Former Collegian editor-in-chief Colin Likas '14 won third place for student graphics for "Sex crimes reported by BUPD since 2011."

And former Collegian editor-in-chief Hayleigh Colombo '12 won second place for education reporting for professional work at Chalkbeat Indiana, a nonprofit online news organization that focuses on issues surrounding education and education reform.

The annual "Best in Indiana Journalism" event honored excellence by professional and student news organizations from around the state for their work from 2014.


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Marc Allan


Chad Pingel, Katelyn Sussli Named Most Outstanding Students


PUBLISHED ON Apr 27 2015

Chad Pingel, a junior Marketing and Finance major from Des Moines, Iowa, and Katelyn Sussli, a junior Organizational Communication & Leadership and Political Science double major from Loveland, Ohio, have been named Butler University’s most outstanding man and woman students, respectively, for 2014-2015.
Katelyn Sussli and Chad Pingel

Pingel, who is minoring in Ethics, has served as a Butler Student Ambassador and chaired the academic affairs of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Most notably, he has held roles as Vice President of Finance and Student Body President through the Student Government Association. He also works as a Student Orientation Guide and, next fall, will be a Student Orientation Coordinator. After graduation, he plans to stay in Indianapolis working in either the consulting or health care industries.

Sussli, who has a Business minor, will graduate in spring 2016. She has served as a Butler Student Ambassador, President of the Butler University Student Foundation, and Director of Administration for her sorority, Alpha Phi. She has been Student Director of the Volunteer Center and coordinator of the Academic Affairs committee of the Council on Presidential Affairs. After graduation, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in higher education.

They were selected from this year’s Top 100 students, recognized by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.


In addition to Sussli, the Top 10 women students include:

  • Carly Allen, Middle/Secondary Education, Mathematics, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • Kate Carroll, Finance and Marketing, Garden Prairie, Illinois
  • Rachel Chambers, Elementary Education, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Elizabeth Davis, Psychology and Pre-Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rachel Erkilla, Chemistry, Newburgh, Indiana
  • Elizabeth Gormley, Elementary Education, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Rachel Hahn, Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders, Zionsville, Indiana
  • Anastasia Luc, Elementary Education, Northbrook, Illinois
  • Rebecca Pokrandt, Elementary Education, Northville, Michigan

Along with Pingel, the Top 10 men students are:

  • Bryant Dawson, Spanish and Science, Technology, and Society, Evansville, Indiana
  • Austin Del Priore, Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Ryan Dimmitt, Doctorate of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tyler Hudgens, Biomedical Engineering and Biology, Elgin, Illinois
  • Renato Puga, Psychology, Philosophy, and Spanish (triple major), Monticello, Indiana
  • Perry Rabin, Chemistry, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Braden Sciarra, Chemistry, Seymour, Indiana
  • Joseph Thomas, Chemistry, Brazil, Indiana
  • Gregory Zemtsov, Religion and Chemistry, Yorktown, Indiana

“These are students who have demonstrated outstanding character, scholarship, engaged citizenship, leadership, and commitment to service,” said Levester Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “We congratulate them on their achievements. They have been, are, and will continue to be wonderful representatives of Butler University.”

Since 1961, the Outstanding Student Recognition Program has honored students who, through campus leadership, community involvement, and academic performance, are great assets to Butler University.

The full Top 100 list, with majors:

Carly Allen: Middle/Secondary Education; Mathematics

Giana Bender: Spanish; Sociology and Criminology

Adam Beswick: Biology

Matthew Blandford: Music Composition, Mathematics

Aaron Brenner: Chemistry

Emily Brown: Chemistry

Jacob Brown: Pharmacy

Rachel Brown: English Literature; French

Lindsay Byers: Strategic Communication

Kate Carroll: Finance and Marketing

Kathryn Chamberlain: Music Performance; Honors Chemistry

Rachel Chambers: Elementary Education

Taylor Cox: Digital Media Production

Tanner Crandall: Chemistry; Spanish

Bryant Dawson: Spanish; Science, Technology, and Society

Austin Del Priore: Political Science; Peace and Conflict Studies

Jaclyn Demeter: Physician Assistant Studies

Ryan Dimmitt: Doctorate of Pharmacy; Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mollie Ellis: Arts Administration

Mary English: Elementary Education

Rachel Erkilla: Chemistry

Katherine Evans Chemistry: Psychology

Bethany Feitshans: Pharmacy

Nicole Fluegel: Pharmacy

Emily Fox: Pharmacy; German

Colleen Frank: Psychology; Spanish

KayleeFulford: Marketing

Robert Gale: Finance; Management Information Systems

Catherine Geanon: Psychology

Elizabeth Gormley: Elementary Education

Margaret Griffiths: Science, Technology, and Society

Rachel Hahn: Spanish; Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aaron Havlisch: Actuarial Science

Megan Hebb: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Joey Hebert: Biology; Chemistry

Courtney Hittepole: Psychology; Sociology with a specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

Sean Horan: Economics; Mechanical Engineering

Tyler Hudgens: Biology; Biomedical Engineering

Connor Hummel: Pharmacy; Spanish

Kelly Jay: Biology

Lauren Karmire: Pharmacy

Chase Keirn: Physician Assistant

Ellen Kendall: Psychology

Kaitlin Klein: Elementary Education

Amber Kline: Biology; German

Ashley Kline: Biology; Biomedical Engineering

Kathryn Kruse: Spanish; Physician Assistant Studies

Anastasia Luc: Elementary Education

Hannah Martin: Arts Administration; Chinese Language and Culture

Scarlet Martin: Actuarial Science

Elizabeth McGough: Pharmacy

Magy McKary: Chemistry

Monica McKary: Biology; Spanish

Christina McKnight: Actuarial Science

Brett McMurray: Elementary Education

Trey Meehan: Strategic Communication

Mara Minion: English Literature

Christopher Mohler: Finance; Risk Management & Insurance

Blake Moskal: Science, Technology, and Society

Ryan Mughmaw: Chemistry

Arielle Noel: Physician Assistant

Garrett Oberst: Chemistry

Sara Omohundro: Economics; Finance

Mikinzie O'Neal: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phil Osolinski: Finance and entrepreneurship

Ridge Parks: Marketing; Finance

Alex Petersen Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chad Pingel: Marketing; Finance

Rebecca Pokrandt: Elementary Education

Paige Poure: Psychology

Renaot Puga: Psychology; Philosophy; Spanish

Perry Rabin: Chemistry

Rebeccah Rendall: Political Science; French; Religious Studies

Noelle Rich: Psychology;Sociology with a specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

Kaylie Ricks: Journalism

Katrina Rodriguez: Elementary Education

Cynthia Roush: Strategic Communication: PR & Advertising

Olivia Rudd: Human Movement and Health Science Education

Braden Sciarra: Chemistry

Luke Shadiow: Chemistry

Mackenzie Smith: Chemistry; French

Lauren Stark: English Literature; Spanish

Brittney Stephan: Religion; Organizational Communication

Micaela Strycker: Pharmacy; Spanish

Katelyn Sussli: Political Science; Organizational Communication & Leadership

Molly Swigart: Political Science

Joseph Thomas: Chemistry

Dessirae Turner: Elementary Education

Erin Vollmer: Arts Administration

Hannah White: Strategic Communications

Zachery Wolfe: Actuarial Science

Gregory Zemtsov: Religion; Chemistry

Steve Zikeli: Accounting

Amber Zimay: Secondary Education; Spanish


Two Summer MFA Classes Open to the Public


PUBLISHED ON Apr 02 2015

Butler University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will offer two courses this summer that are open to the general public.

Intensive Screenwriting: Make a Movie in Three Weeks will meet Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. May 18–June 5. Writing Poems That Don't Fit: An Intensive Workshop will meet Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. August 3-14. Both classes meet in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 West Hampton Drive.

Cost for each class is $500 if taken for enrichment (no credit) or $2,190 for three graduate credit hours.

For registration information, email Mindy Dunn at

Course descriptions and information about the professors follow.

Intensive Screenwriting: Make a Movie in Three Weeks
Taught by Booth Tarkington Writer in Residence Alix Lambert

Alix LambertThis intensive will NOT teach you how to use equipment. This intensive will push you off the edge of the cliff into creative free-fall, and ask you to complete a film before you hit the ground. This is what it usually feels like to make a movie - so why not start now? We will work on your individual films while assisting on the films of your classmates and we will learn the importance of collaboration in the art of filmmaking. This course will also allow you to understand the perspective of different roles that filmmakers often fill: writer, director, story-teller, actor and producer. Finally, the intensive nature of this course mirrors the experience of making a professional film.

Alix Lambert has directed and produced three feature length documentaries: The Mark of Cain, Bayou Blue, and Mentor, as well as numerous shorts. She was a writer on the HBO shows Deadwood and John from Cincinnati. She has conceived, written and directed two short series for MOCA tv: Crime: The Animated Series, and Ambiance Man. She is the author of Crime, and The Silencing.

Writing Poems That Don't Fit: An Intensive Workshop
Taught by visiting faculty member Daisy Fried

Daisy FriedDoes it sometimes seem as if the poetry world is divided into camps determined to prove that the other camps have nothing to offer? And where do you fit in? This workshop recognizes that the best poetry often doesn’t fit into any stylistic mode, and uses what techniques it needs as it finds them. You’ll generate new poems and revise your work for supportive, frank, detailed critique by the instructor and group, and you’ll read and discuss relevant work by modern and contemporary poets, with the goal of failing, wonderfully, to fit in. In addition to workshopping, you’ll undertake a series of kamikaze revision exercises. You’ll consider—in magpie spirit, and in hopes of embracing confusion as a way to work towards clarity—strategic, formal and thematic questions designed to provide focus but leave most choices up to you. While we will likely make plenty of suggestions for specific edits as you revise, the most important revision questions will be: “Who are you? Who do you want to be? What do you want your poems to be?”

Daisy Fried is the author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (2006), National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), Agnes Lynch Starrett Award winner. She’s been awarded a Pushcart Prize, received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares.

She’s recently published poems in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and Best American Poetry 2013. She was awarded Poetry’s Editors Prize for Feature Article in 2009 and won the Editors Award from Poetry for “Sing, God-Awful Muse,” an essay about reading Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. She reviews books of poetry for The New York Times, Poetry and the Threepenny Review. She is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.


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Marc Allan


Undergraduate Research Gets Its Own Journal


PUBLISHED ON Mar 30 2015

The Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research, a 129-page online publication of college students’ papers on topics as diverse as modern political messaging and James Joyce’s naturalistic evolution, will publish its first edition on April 1 at

The refereed journal features seven papers written by Butler, Wabash College, Bellarmine University, and University of Tennessee-Martin students.

BJUR CoverThe journal, which will be published annually, was created through a 2013 Butler Innovation Fund grant. Editor Kenneth Colburn, a Butler Professor of Sociology, said the first issue took a year of planning and putting the plan into place.

“This represents an important addition to Butler,” he said. “We promote students at Butler getting to work with faculty to conduct scholarly research. For 27 years, we have held the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference to enable students to present their work. And now we have an opportunity for them to publish their work.”

The journal is interdisciplinary and is open to students from anywhere. Submissions for the first issue came from as far away as Africa.

Each paper in the journal is reviewed by a Butler faculty member who is an expert in the individual areas of research.

The journal is open access; the contents are freely available and published without cost to the author. Google Scholar will index the contents, said Franny Gaede, Scholarly Communication Librarian for Butler University Libraries, who serves as the journal’s Design and Copy Editor.

The editors—Colburn and Psychology Professor Tara Lineweaver—are now soliciting articles for the second edition. They hope to receive double or triple the number of submissions and are especially interested in papers in the areas of health sciences and the natural sciences.

Students who participate in Butler’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference, held this year on April 10, will be encouraged to submit their work.

“This is a milestone in Butler history,” Colburn said. “The journal demonstrates Butler’s commitment to undergraduate research.”

The papers in the first edition are:

-The Evolution of American Microtargeting: An Examination of Modern Political Messaging
Luke Bunting, Butler University (mentor: Margaret Brabant)

-Role Overload and Prescription Stimulant Use among College Students
Haley Cook, Butler University (mentor: Katherine Novak)

-Death Defied: James Joyce’s Naturalistic Evolution
Cody D. Jarman, University of Tennessee-Martin (mentor: Jeffrey Longacre)

-The Perpetuation of Graffiti Art Subculture
Camille Lannert, Bellarmine University (mentor: Carl Bergstrand)

-Mood-Dependent Memory in English/Spanish Bilinguals
Alix M. McLaughlin, Butler University (mentor: Tara Lineweaver)

-Digital Expressionism and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: What Contemporary Choreographers Can Learn from Early Twentieth-Century Modernism
Kelly Oden, Butler University (mentor: Lee Garver)

-Civil and Common Law: A Historical Analysis of Colonial and Postcolonial Canada
Patrick Stroud, Wabash College (mentor: Stephen Morillo)

Submissions are currently being accepted for Volume 2, which is scheduled to be published in April 2016. The submission process is all done online.

First consideration will be given to papers received by May 10, 2015. There will be a second round of review for papers received through September 30, 2015, and a third round for consideration, space permitting, for papers received by December 15, 2015. Any papers after that date will be considered for Volume 3 (2017).

Students are asked to have their mentor provide a letter of support or recommendation of the paper as part of their application.

To contact the journal, email the editors at


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Butler Collegian Wins Seven SPJ Awards


PUBLISHED ON Mar 30 2015

The Butler Collegian was honored Saturday, March 28, with seven Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor the best in collegiate journalism.

Junior Audrey Meyer won for editorial cartooning (including "Ebola" and "Dirty Laundry"). Here is a link to Meyer's cartoon collection.
Award-winning Butler Collegian editor in chief Julian Wyllie, left, and managing editor Matthew VanTryon, right, with national SPJ President Dana Neuts at the SPJ Region 5 Conference in Louisville on Saturday.

Former editor in chief Marais Jacon-Duffy '14 and freshman Cassie Eberle won for general news reporting on the capture of a former Butler student by ISIS and video threat to behead him.

Award finalists were as follows:

Sophomore Matthew VanTryon, the Collegian's managing editor, was a finalist for two awards: in-depth reporting, for his series of stories about allegations of verbal mistreatment and abuse by the former women's basketball coach, and feature writing, for a story about former men's basketball player Andrew Smith being diagnosed with cancer.

Sophomore Katie Goodrich, who was news editor last semester and is studying abroad this spring, also was a finalist in feature writing, for her story "Trip Tours the Nation."

Seniors Ben Sieck and Mallory Duncan, who served as co-managing editors last fall and co-editors in chief near the end of last semester, were honored with a finalist award in the breaking news reporting. They wrote stories on-deadline for online and print about the death of former Butler student Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig, who was beheaded by ISIS.

Editor-in-chief Julian Wyllie, a junior, was a finalist for general column writing.

The awards, for work published in 2014, were presented during the SPJ Region 5 conference in Louisville on Saturday. Regional winners advance to the national competition.

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Butler Announces 2015 Spring Commencement Speaker


PUBLISHED ON Mar 27 2015

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who emerged from a trauma-filled childhood to become a brilliant example of the human spirit's power to overcome, will be the speaker at Butler University’s Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Kor and Jean Wildman, a longtime Butler benefactor, will receive honorary degrees.

Eva Kor“Eva Kor’s life is one of the greatest examples of what we mean when we talk about ‘the triumph of the human spirit,’ ” Butler University President James M. Danko said. “In living an inspiring life powered by what she calls a ‘never-give-up attitude,’ she has served as a champion of human rights, a tireless educator, and a community leader.”

Born in 1934 in Portz, Romania, Kor and her twin sister Miriam were 6 when their village was occupied by a Hungarian Nazi armed guard. In 1944, the family was transported to a regional ghetto, then packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. There, Eva and Miriam were subjected to experiments by Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele.

Estimates are that 1,500 sets of twins—3,000 children—were abused, and most died, as a result of Mengele’s experiments. Eva herself became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive.

When the camp was liberated on January 27, 1945, approximately 200 children were found alive, including Eva and Miriam Mozes. They returned to Romania to live with their aunt, then immigrated to Israel in 1950. Over the next 10 years, Eva received a good education from an agricultural school, and went on to attain the rank of Sergeant Major in the Israeli Army Engineering Corps. She met Michael Kor, a Holocaust survivor and American tourist. In 1960, the couple was married in Tel Aviv, and Eva joined her husband in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Eva became a U.S. citizen in 1965, and the couple raised two children, Alex (a 1983 Butler graduate) and Rina. In 1984, Eva founded CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors), a name she chose because she wanted to shed light on this dark chapter of the Holocaust.

Eleven years later, she opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. Thousands of people, mostly school-aged children, have visited the center since then.

Butler’s other honorary degree recipient, Jean Wildman, and her late husband, Robert E. “Bob” Wildman, built a family and at least three businesses during their long life together. General Equipment Manufacturing Company was a joint endeavor with her father and brother. The business expanded and prospered largely through the development of a conveyor system for broiling hamburgers, which in turn led the small firm to give birth to the Burger Chef restaurant chain. Burger Chef grew to over 1,200 locations before they sold it to General Foods in the late 1960s.

Jean and Bob went on to manage other family businesses, including restaurants, real estate, and standard breed horses.

As a Butler student, Jean was involved with Alpha Chi Omega sorority, was a Band Majorette, and worked in the library. She and Bob were recognized in 2002 with a Butler Athletic Hall of Fame Special Service Award. In 1998, they received the Mortar Board Award, and Bob was awarded the Butler Medal in 1990. Jean additionally was named as an Alpha Beta Honorary Member in 2011.

Jean and Bob have endowed two scholarships at Butler—the Robert E. and Jean T. Wildman Athletic Director’s Scholarship and the Jean T. and Robert E. Wildman Scholarship, which is in the College of Business.

In choosing honorary degree recipients, Butler University selects individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of excellence, integrity, and concern for the public good. Furthermore, they are individuals whose personal qualities and values are consistent with those espoused by the University for their graduates.


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