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Business Students Show Their Abilities As Financial Analysts

BY Hayley Ross '17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 24 2017

After months of research, planning, and preparation John Boudreau, Spencer Wenzloff, and Ryan Reid made their way to Louisville to compete in the local round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in early March. The way they decided to announce their victory? Just a short, simple email with their winning trophy picture.

“Brought some hardware home”
John Boudreau, Ryan Reid, Spencer Wenzloff

The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge is an annual competition that gives students hands-on, rigorous training in financial analysis. University students work in teams and are given a company to research and analyze.

“Essentially if you were an investor, anything you would need and want to know we should be able to tell you,” Reid said.

They found out about the competition in November, when their professor, Dr. Steven Dolvin, CFA, emailed his class about interest. Right away they knew who in the class would want to do the competition. Once they sat down together, the three decided to become a team and start research right away.

“As we got closer, we looked at what needed to be worked on, and did a lot of problem solving,” Boudreau said.

Work was divided up evenly, where they each focused on specific areas. Yet, Reid said, that didn’t stop them from being especially prepared.

“Even though we each specialized in certain areas, because our team is small we needed to know absolutely everything,” he said. “We wanted to be ready so we could answer everything intelligently.”

There were two “divisions” in the local challenge, where schools were chosen at random to compete against each other. Before the competition beganeach team sent in a detailed report. One team in each division went straight to finals. Everyone else in each division competed for one other spot.

“We had a 10-minute presentation and a 10-minute Q&A session, and believe me they were incredibly strict with the cutoff,” Reid said.

The team said the time limit was the most difficult part.

“The most challenging parts of it is it is only 10 minutes,” Reid said. “Trying to consolidate hours and hours of research to what’s essential for users to understand is hard. You always feel like you need more time.”CFA Society Louisville Award

They went in and did their presentation. Boudreau said they weren’t expecting what happened next. “I was really shocked when they announced we were advancing. We had the Kelley School of Business graduate team in our division. They are much older and have had so much more experience.”

Quickly they went over everything, and in two hours sharpened what they were going to say. Apparently, they had a secret weapon.

“Spencer and I thought we had a strong concept of the company, but if you asked me what the components were that made diesel engines, it was Ryan that knew that,” Boudreau said. “That boosted our credibility by a lot. The judges even gave him the nickname Diesel.”

The final decision was announced.

“They said it was a unanimous vote, and we just looked at each other and were like, ‘Oh, wow’ because there is no way it could be us.”

When asked why they thought they did so well, they cited their communication.

“We are friends and it is what makes us work,” Reid said.

They headed to Seattle on April 7 to compete in the next level, the Americas Regional, against 52 other teams from North and South America.

Although they did not advance in the competition, they were excited to participate.

Boudreau said this competition has changed his life. He said he already had a job after college where he completed brokerage training, but decided to resign. He said this competition has changed his life, and what he wants to do.

“I want to pursue things that are more like this,” he said.


Business Students Show Their Abilities As Financial Analysts

Students "brought some hardware home" from competition.

Apr 24 2017 Read more

'BU Well,' a Multimedia Healthcare Journal, Publishes Vol. 2


PUBLISHED ON Apr 21 2017

BU Well, Butler University’s open-access, multimedia, student-run healthcare journal, published its second volume on Friday, April 21. The volume features eight articles on a variety of health-related topics ranging from ulcerative colitis, to the layout of a grocery store, to language barriers in the medical profession.
The staff of BU Well

BU Well uses three formats to deliver information: print, an informational YouTube interview video, and an infographic highlighting key aspects of an article or other health topic. The open-access journal is available on Butler University’s Digital Commons website,

BU Well is one of the nation’s only student-run, peer reviewed multimedia healthcare journals,” said Anne Leighty, a third-year Pharmacy student and Editor-in-Chief of BU Well. “This experience allows students to view and edit the work of their peers and then use their own ideas and thoughts on a topic to create an infographic and interview. This opportunity allows students to work on technical things like writing and editing, but then also on their creativity when designing an infographic and interview questions.”

The second volume contains eight articles. Four articles discuss the connection between healthcare workplace culture and community wellness, including mental health and how personality types can help communication between pharmacists and patients. The remaining articles cover an array of topics and they provide a unique perspective to all aspects of healthcare.

Nearly 25 students from three of the six colleges at Butler University participated in the publication of the journal. Two Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Annette McFarland and Dr. Sheel M. Patel, serve as faculty advisors. The third volume will accept submissions beginning in the fall semester. Please follow our website for more information on how to submit an article for possible publication. BU Well invites students, residents, faculty, healthcare professionals and others to submit both original and scholarly healthcare articles for publishing consideration.

More information is available at BU Well’s Facebook page, and on Twitter @BUWellJournal.


Media contact:
Erin West


'BU Well,' a Multimedia Healthcare Journal, Publishes Vol. 2

BU Well is one of the nation’s only student-run, peer reviewed multimedia healthcare journals.

Apr 21 2017 Read more

Sellick Estate Gives $9 Million Gift to Butler


PUBLISHED ON Apr 19 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - Winstan R. “Bud” Sellick ’47 and his wife, Jacqueline (Blomberg) ’44, had a longstanding love for Butler University, and that affection will continue in perpetuity, thanks to a gift of $9.4 million from their estate. The gift will be shared among Butler Athletics, the Lacy School of Business, and general University support.
Bud and Jackie Sellick

In recognition of their gift, the Butler Bowl, home of Butler football and soccer, will be renamed the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl. The Champions Room in the Sellick Bowl will become the Bud and Jackie Sellick Room, and the Registrar’s Office will be named the Jacqueline Blomberg Sellick Registrar's Suite. The unveiling of the Sellick Bowl will take place at the first home football game in September.

The Sellicks had asked longtime friends Dan Yates and Bob Wildman to assist in the transfer of this gift to Butler. Wildman noted that the Sellicks “were special people with a special place in their hearts for Butler.”

“During their long history with the school, they saw it grow and prosper and I know they were quite happy and proud to be a part of its success,” he said. “They would be extremely grateful to Butler for this recognition by the University of their generous gift.”

The Sellicks were married for 69 years. A Marine Corps veteran, Bud served on Okinawa and in Korea. His association with Butler University was long and deep. When Bud was born, his father was the Treasurer of Butler University in Irvington, as well as a Professor of Economics at the school. In 1939, when he came to Butler as a student, an aunt was Assistant Registrar and a second aunt was a Librarian.

Bud’s pursuit of a degree was interrupted by World War II. He returned to Butler following the war, earned his degree in economics, and married his college sweetheart, Jacqueline Blomberg. As a student, he was involved in the band, Kappa Kappa Psi band honorary, and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In 1947, he began his successful career as an insurance agent in the Indianapolis area.

After fighting in Korea, he returned to Indianapolis, where he served as President and Owner of Bud Sellick Insurance Agency and the Blessing-Sellick Insurance Agency for several decades until his retirement. He was also involved in a successful real estate business in the Indianapolis area with his wife and brother-in-law.

Bud died March 30, 2015. He was 93.

Jackie was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She attended Shortridge High School, then went on to become a graduate of Butler University. During her Butler days, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a member of the Debate Team, and a recipient of the Ovid Butler Award.

Her career included over 20 years on the Industrial Board. She also owned and operated commercial real estate for 40 years.

Jackie died October 20, 2012. She was 89.

Consistent donors to Butler for more than a third of a century, the Sellicks endowed three scholarships: The Winstan R. Sellick, Jacqueline Sellick, and Herman W. Blomberg Scholarship; the Sellick, Deming, and Schuler Scholarship; and the Winstan R. Sellick and Jacqueline B. Sellick Business Scholarship.

They also made gifts to the Butler Fund and several athletic funds, including the restoration of Hinkle Fieldhouse. In 2007, Bud and Jackie Sellick received the Ovid Butler Society Mortarboard Award. In 2014, Bud also was honored when he received the Butler Medal. He also was a donor and strong supporter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Butler President James M. Danko said the University deeply appreciates the gift and the Sellicks’ devotion to Butler. “The Sellicks had a tremendous concern for the well-being of future generations of Butler students,” he said. “This generous gift will ensure Bud and Jackie’s wonderful legacy—that current and future Bulldogs will have access to the same great education and campus experiences that they enjoyed.”


Media contact:
Marc Allan


Sellick Estate Gives $9 Million Gift to Butler

Butler Bowl to be Renamed in Honor of Bud and Jackie Sellick.

Apr 19 2017 Read more

For Fifth Year in a Row, Butler Earns Tree Campus USA Recognition


PUBLISHED ON Apr 17 2017

Butler University has been honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Butler University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project. Currently there are 296 campus across the United States with this recognition.

“We are proud that for the fifth year in a row, Butler University’s grounds staff and administration are being acknowledged for excellence in caring for our beautiful campus, to the benefit of students, staff, and campus guests,” said Rebecca Dolan, Director of the Friesner Herbarium.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at


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For Fifth Year in a Row, Butler Earns Tree Campus USA Recognition

Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.

Apr 17 2017 Read more

Williams Honored for His Contributions to Indianapolis


PUBLISHED ON Apr 17 2017

Charles Williams, a professor and career mentor in Butler’s Lacy School of Business for 22 years, will be honored for his lifetime contributions to the city of Indianapolis on Hoosier Heritage Night, Wednesday, June 7, at the Ritz-Charles in Carmel.

Charles WilliamsWilliams spent his 24-year career as an engineer for Indiana Bell, which became Ameritech.

“As a career mentor, Charles has positively impacted hundreds of lives by providing career and professionalism guidance to students through the Lacy School of Business Butler Blueprint four-year career development program, helping them discover their paths and launch into successful careers,” said Kim Goad, Director of Professional and Career Development in the Lacy School of Business.

Williams is a founding member of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center and the Morning Light Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. He is a former board chair of the Indianapolis Urban League and Visiting Nurses Corp.

He received community service awards from two Indianapolis mayors, Bill Hudnut and Greg Ballard, served on the Heritage Place Board representing Butler, and was appointed by former Butler President Bobby Fong to serve on the University's NCAA committee.

Williams is one of six Hoosiers to be honored at the event. The others are Carl Erskine, Ann Noblese, Deborah Hearn Smith, John Myrland, and Darrell “Gene” Zink.


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Williams Honored for His Contributions to Indianapolis

Charles Williams will be honored for his lifetime contributions to the city of Indianapolis on Hoosier Heritage Night.

Apr 17 2017 Read more

Butler Names Top 100 Students


PUBLISHED ON Apr 17 2017

Butler University honored its Top 100 students on April 7 at the Outstanding Student Banquet.

To be selected for the honor, a student must be nominated by a faculty, staff, or fellow student for the award. Students cannot nominate themselves.

Jordan Hall

The Top 100 students are determined by the Top 100 Selection Committee composed of representatives of each of the six colleges, athletics, student affairs, academic affairs, and alumni. Each candidate is judged against the core values of the program on a numeric scale. At the end of the judging period, all scores are tabulated, and the Top 100 students are selected.

Here are this year’s Top 100 students (*indicates Top 15):

*Timothy Ahlersmeyer, Finance, Warsaw, Indiana

Jacob Applegarth, Chemistry, La Porte, Indiana

Tabitha Barbour, English, Clarksville, Tennessee

*Alex Bartlow, Accounting and Spanish, Bloomfield, Indiana

Amy Brown, Accounting, St. Charles, Missouri

Lauryn Campagnoli, Biology, Elkhart, Indiana

*Sarah Clary, Elementary Education, Angola, Indiana

Dana Connor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Tallahassee, Florida

*Allison Cook, Health Sciences, Evansville, Indiana

*Allison Cotter, Chemistry, Grand Haven, Michigan

*Olivia Crowe, Biology, Bloomington, Indiana

Sarah Desautels, Elementary and Special Education, Indianapolis

Daniel Dudman, PharmD and MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Geneva, Illinois

Kailey Eaton, Strategic Communication, Fishers, Indiana

*Emma Edick, Digital Media Production, Worthington, Ohio

Katie Edwards, Marketing and Finance, Libertyville, Illinois

*Chiara Evelti, International Studies and Spanish, Decatur, Illinois

Emily Farrer, Music and Psychology, Lexington, Kentucky

*Tristan Feilla, Biomedical Engineering and Economics, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

*Caitlyn Foye, Biology, Newburgh, Indiana

Connie Frank, Economics, Lombard, Illinois

Alex Gabor, Psychology, Wilmette, Illinois

Jordan Galligan, Sports Media, Valparaiso, Indiana

Connor Ganly, Pharmacy and Business Administration, Brazil, Indiana

Taylor Gillenwater, Marketing & Finance, Allerton, Illinois

*David Goldsmith, Human Movement Health Science Education, Bristol, England

Katie Goodrich, Journalism, Hammond, Indiana

Paige Haefer, Human Communication and Organizational Leadership, Madison, Wisconsin

Whitney Hart, Chemistry, La Porte, Indiana

Amanda Hashimoto, Physics and Mathematics, Columbus, Indiana

Jordan Hochstetler, Physics and Chemistry, Goshen, Indiana

Sean Horan, Mechanical Engineering & Economics, Kings Mills, Ohio

Chandler Howell, Pharmacy, Centerville, Indiana

Nick Huang, Finance and Marketing, Geneva, Illinois

Patrick Ilcin, Finance, Risk Management and Insurance, Dublin, Ohio

Karla Jeggle, Actuarial Science, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Leesa Jing, Arts Administration and Mathematics, Evansville, Indiana

Drew Johnson, Pharmacy, Noblesville, Indiana

Ashley Jones, Secondary English Education, Crown Point, Indiana

Katey Kelleher, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Cary, Illinois

*Gwen Kozak, Elementary Education, North Easton, Massachusetts

Caroline Kuremsky, Elementary Education, Cincinnati, Ohio

Carly Large, Accounting, Bloomington, Illinois

Rachael Lewis, Marketing, Spanish, and International Business, Danville, Illinois

Kendra Lucas, Pharmacy, Franklin, Indiana

Vince Marshall, Human Movement and Health Science Education, LaOtto, Indiana

Megan McCambridge, Physician Assistant, Boulder, Colorado

Kelsey McDougall, Biology, Canton, Michigan

Cristina, McNeiley, Criminology, Munster, Indiana

Shelby Miller, Biology, Muncie, Indiana

Miren Mohrenweiser, History, English Literature, and French, Brighton, Michigan

Libby Moyer, Political Science, Argos, Indiana

Lexa Muehlbauer, Strategic Communication and Spanish, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Josh Murdock, Pharmacy, Grand Junction, Colorado

Kelly Murphy, Human Communication and Organizational Leadership, Dublin, Ohio

Salman Qureshi, Biology, Fishers, Indiana

Courtney Raab, Health Sciences, Highland, Indiana

Anna Rauh, Strategic Communication, Louisville, Kentucky

Katy Robinson, Strategic Communication, Richmond, Indiana

Hayley Ross, Journalism, Merrick, New York

Danielle Ruppal, Physician Assistant, Grand Rapids, Michigan

*Hadeel Said, Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, Carmel, Indiana

Dania Saltagi, Physician Assistant, Fishers, Indiana

Amelia Samuelson, BSHS, Urbana, Ohio

Kaitlyn Sawin, Marketing, Appleton, Wisconsin

Tyler Schenck, Biology and Chemistry, Spencer, Indiana

Logan Schwering, Finance and Marketing, Batesville, Indiana

Emily Sickert, Strategic Communications, Libertyville, Illinois

Shandeep Singh, Biology and Political Science, Plainfield, Indiana

Maree Smith, Marketing and Spanish, Monticello, Minnesota

Taylor Smith, Energy Engineering & Chemistry, Crown Point, Indiana

Kaléi Sorenson Marketing, International Business, Kildeer, Illinois

Clayton Taylor, Biology, Greenwood, Indiana

Kendall Theile, Elementary Education, Bloomington, Indiana

Sam Thomas, Political Science and Economics, Wabash, Indiana

Andrew Thompson, Health Science, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Laura Tonner, Science, Technology, and Society, Rensselaer, Indiana

Emilie Turner, Political Science, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Fishers, Indiana

Abby Udelhofen, Elementary Education, Elmhurst, Illinois

Natalie Van Ochten, Biology, Shorewood, Minnesota

Kateri Vaughn, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Alton, Illinois

Madeline Verbica, Biology and Spanish, Santa Cruz, California

Nicole Vetter, Elementary Education & Mild Intervention, Schaumburg, Illinois

Nathan Villiger, Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics, New Palestine, Indiana

Dani Wallace, English, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Kristen Webb, Psychology, Libertyville, Illinois

Riley Wildemann, Pharmacy, Plainfield, Indiana

Alex Woldmoe, Finance, Fishers, Indiana

Heather Wright, Music, Greentown, Indiana

Jill Yager, Biology, Rushville, Indiana

Brittany Zoet, Strategic Communication, Beverly Hills, California


Media contact:
Marc Allan


Butler Names Top 100 Students

Butler University honored its Top 100 students on April 7 at the Outstanding Student Banquet.

Apr 17 2017 Read more

CHASE Announces Butler's Fulbright Winners


PUBLISHED ON Apr 12 2017

The Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement announced the following U.S. Student Program Fulbright Winners:

  • Meghan Blakey (Middle/Secondary Education/Spanish) won an English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina
  • Chelsea Yedinak (English, German) won an English Teaching Assistantship to GermanyFulbright Program
  • Maggie Brauch (Communication Sciences and Disorders/Spanish) is an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in Uruguay
  • Miren Mohrenweiser (History/English Literature) was a semi-finalist for a Study/Research Award in the UK
  • Danielle Wallace (English Writing/Gender, Women, and Sexuality) was a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in the Netherlands

Meghan, Chelsea, Maggie, and Dani competed against more than 4,400 students for just over 900 English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Awards. Those who win an ETA teach English at various levels (elementary-college) and will complete a community engagement project based on their personal interests. Fulbright pays for the ETA’s airfare, lodging, and funding to cover incidental costs during the entire stay (9-13 months).

Miren competed against over 760 students applying to win a grant to conduct research in the UK–the country with the most competitive Study/Research statistics.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.


Media contact:
Marc Allan


CHASE Announces Butler's Fulbright Winners

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

Apr 12 2017 Read more

Caitlyn Foye '18 Named Goldwater Scholar


PUBLISHED ON Apr 11 2017

Junior Caitlyn Foye, a Biology major from Newburgh, Indiana, has been named a 2017-2018 Goldwater Scholar, the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences.

Caitlyn FoyeFoye’s field of study is Life Sciences. Her career goal is to earn a doctorate in Conservation Biology and conduct research to repopulate threatened and endangered species of plants and animals while publicly promoting environmental conservation.

Her mentors are professors Nat Hauck, Phil Villani, and Christy Edwards.

The scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors nationwide. This year, 1286 students from 470 institutions were nominated for a Goldwater scholarship. Foye was one of 240 recipients.

A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need.

Foye carries on Butler’s success associated with the Goldwater scholarship: Both Lauryn Campagnoli and Whitney Hart received honorable mentions last year and Luke Gallion ’16 was a Goldwater Scholar.


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Caitlyn Foye '18 Named Goldwater Scholar

Junior Caitlyn Foye, a Biology major from Newburgh, Indiana, has been named a 2017-2018 Goldwater Scholar, the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences.

Apr 11 2017 Read more

Lauren Ciulla '19 Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

BY Emma Edick '17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 11 2017

Butler University sophomore Lauren Ciulla has struck gold: In March, she earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal, the U.S. Congress’s award for young Americans who set and achieve goals in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration.

Lauren CiullaTo receive this award, Ciulla completed over 400 community service hours, spent 200 hours developing musical skills practicing advanced clarinet pieces, and devoted over 200 hours to physical fitness improving her tennis skills. She fulfilled the exploration component—which has to be at least four overnight days—with a trip to India.

That’s close to 1,000 hours—or over 41 days—of self and community betterment.

“I knew it would be a lot of work, but I enjoyed the challenge of maintaining focus in four different areas,” Ciulla said with a laugh. “It’s been a big part of my life for a while now.”

Earning the award fulfilled Ciulla’s six-year dream. As a 14-year-old, Ciulla was attracted to the program’s well-rounded nature. She enjoyed community service and was eager to get more involved, so she signed up.

Well-roundedness plus goal setting was right up Ciulla’s alley, according to Nancy Webster, Ciulla’s Congressional Award adviser in high school.

“She was very much a goal-setter, but always had time for friends,” Webster said. “Always had time to listen to a friend in need or got out with a group of kids and go to the movies. She wasn’t just all work and no play.”

Webster, Director of Admission at University High School of Indiana, met Ciulla when the now 20-year-old was in elementary school. Webster never served as Ciulla’s teacher, but she saw Ciulla...

-Go out for the soccer team when they needed more athletes.

-Set goals for herself in the classroom and science lab.

-Graciously spend a day with students interested in transferring to University High School.

“She did it,” Webster said, “not for herself, but for her team and her school and her friends. That’s what kind of person she is.”

As a Bulldog, Ciulla asked Jason Lantzer to be her mentor as she finished the program.

Lantzer, Professor and Assistant Director of the Butler University Honors Program, met Ciulla at a new student registration day in spring 2015. She then enrolled in his honors first-year seminar. After her freshman year, she took a summer class he taught. And she now serves on the student honors council, which he advises.

“She is a very serious student,” Lantzer said. “She is well-prepared, but that doesn't mean she’s not willing and able to have fun and roll with the punches.”

Lantzer learned about the Congressional Award the day Ciulla asked him to be her advisor. Lantzer said he has learned through the process that it is rare for students to complete what they set out to do, especially to the Gold Medal level.

“So it shows a good deal of commitment on her part and determination to make sure it gets done,” Lantzer said. “Even with going from high school to college, she made sure she finished up and finished where she wanted to be, which is at the top.”

Once on campus, Ciulla became involved with Butler’s Timmy Global Health chapter and travelled to Guatemala in May 2016 with the group. There, while working in a lab, they were able to diagnose someone with diabetes following a blood test.

“It was serendipitous,” Ciulla said, “because they wouldn’t have ever known about their diagnosis until they developed complications. Working in a rural Guatemalan clinic was so different from anything I was used to, but it was very gratifying.”

In May, a group of 18 Butler students, including Ciulla, will return to Guatemala. Ciulla is the trip leader, a familiar job for her as she planned her family’s entire itinerary for their travels through India.

Looking back on all of her experiences, Ciulla said she is thankful for the program that pushed her to realize her dreams.

“I think it really helped me find my love for helping others,” Ciulla said. “It really helped define my priorities.”

Way more than checking a box.

On the pre-med track now, Ciulla continues to serve at the Trinity Free Clinic, where she added up many of those 400 hours.

But even if the numbers were taken away, it would still feel the same for Ciulla. She said even though receiving the award is an end to an era, it’s not the end of the work and service.

“I wouldn’t feel the same if I just stopped,” Ciulla said. “I wouldn’t be me.”

And her supporters feel the same.

“I’m pretty confident that one day we’ll be talking about Dr. Lauren,” Lantzer said.


Lauren Ciulla '19 Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

To receive the award, she completed over 400 community service hours, spent 200 hours practicing the clarinet and 200 hours improving her tennis skills.

Apr 11 2017 Read more

Madison Sauerteig Wins Altruism Scholarship


PUBLISHED ON Apr 10 2017

Madison Sauerteig, a junior from Arcadia, Indiana, who has done extensive volunteer work with Riley Hospital for Children, is the recipient of the 2017 John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism.

The Student Sociology & Criminology Association (SSCA), which selects the recipient for this scholarship each year, said Sauerteig was selected based on the quality of her application, extent of service and volunteer work, letter of recommendation, and connection to John Weidner’s mission.
 Madison Sauerteig

“Madison submitted an outstanding application,” SSCA faculty adviser Jess Butler said. “Her volunteer work with Riley Hospital for Children includes weekly visits to the hospital and two years of service on the Riley Relations committee for Butler University Dance Marathon, an annual event that benefits the hospital. We are proud to select a student as deserving as Madison for this honor.”

In her essay for the scholarship, Sauerteig wrote about the healing power of service to others and how working with children at the hospital has transformed her own life. In addition to her work at Riley, she has also volunteered with the US Dream Academy, Bulldogs Into the Streets, Food Recovery Network, and Common Ground Church.

Sauerteig is majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy. She received the award at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Awards Day on Saturday, April 8.

The award she is receiving is named for John Weidner, a Dutch citizen and Seventh Day Adventist who, during World War II, saved the lives of about 1,000 British and American downed airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians and French fleeing Nazi persecution. Weidner was honored by five governments after the war and by the Holocaust Museum at its opening in 1993. After he died in Los Angeles in 1994, his widow, Naomi, started a foundation for honoring the altruistic spirit.


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Madison Sauerteig Wins Altruism Scholarship

Sauerteig wrote about the healing power of service to others and how working with children at the hospital has transformed her own life.

Apr 10 2017 Read more

At the URC, a Bicycle Made of Hemp


PUBLISHED ON Apr 07 2017

If Christopher Jones has his way, you’ll soon be able to ride a bicycle made of hemp.

Jones, a fifth-year senior in Butler's Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP), and his classmate Gunabhushan Sathyamurthy presented their idea Friday, April 7, at the 29th annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which brings some of the best and brightest undergraduate minds to campus to show off their research projects.
Gunabhushan "Guna" Sathyamurthy

Jones said the idea for the hemp frame came in a class where the professor challenged the students to devise something ecologically friendly.

“Hemp is something everyone knows about already,” Sathyamurthy said. “It’s already being used as textiles and it’s very cheap and easy to obtain. We wanted to find something within our budget but at the same time, it’s sustainable and natural.”

“We could use jute or kenaf or something like that,” Jones said. “But you don’t know what that is.”

They took layers of hemp, combined them with resin, and molded them to form tubes. At the conference, they passed around pieces of tubing made with three sheets of hemp. They said the final version is more likely to be five to seven pieces of hemp, which will make it sturdier.

Jones and Sathyamurthy’s team, which also includes EDDP students Madeline Schmitz, Matthew Beebe, Matthew Tosino, and Greg Cerabona, hopes to have a prototype frame finished by the end of the month.

They presented at one of the conference’s biology sessions because they want to find a biology student—ideally a rising sophomore—to do the secondary research on what others have done to strengthen natural fibers.

Jones said his dream is to eventually have a business built around what he calls “the Rebicycle.”

“We only making the frame,” he said. “You bring us your old bike and we’ll build you a new frame and we’ll use the parts from your old bike. Then we’ll recycle the old frame.”


All over campus on Friday, more than 700 students from 58 colleges and universities in 12 states showed their research in subjects ranging alphabetically from anthropology to sustainability. In addition, Butler sponsored students from two local high schools, Shortridge and Lawrence, as a way to support research from an earlier age.

Maria Rechtin, who’s finishing her junior year at Thomas More College in Kentucky, represented a group of 10 students who have been working on research into the effects of nicotine on urinary bladder cancer cell lines at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. The students involved in the research represented seven schools, including the universities of Louisville, Dayton, and Ohio.

Rechtin said the research is ongoing, but she wanted the opportunity to present what they had accomplished so far.

“Students from Thomas More College present here every year,” she said. “I had research to present and I wanted to present it. It’s a tradition at our school.”


Media contact:
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At the URC, a Bicycle Made of Hemp

If Christopher Jones has his way, you’ll soon be able to ride a bicycle made of hemp.

Apr 07 2017 Read more

Rec Department, COE Team Up With Special Olympics

BY Kailey Eaton ’17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 05 2017

Andrew Peterson is a talented long distance runner. He is a former Special Olympics Games gold medalist who is currently training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

And he’s also a catalyst for inclusion of people with disabilities on Butler University’s campus.
Andrew Peterson

Peterson is a decorated Special Olympics athlete who was identified as a student with an intellectual disability during his schooling.

He has been selected to be a part of a pilot inclusion program being offered through a new partnership with the Recreation Department, the College of Education, and Special Olympics Indiana.

The program brings a Special Olympics athlete to campus to have them audit a class for the semester. This means that the athlete can be fully immersed in the class without receiving a grade or course credit.

Peterson is auditing a Track Physical Education class this semester at the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC), PE207.

His mentor is Erin Garriott, an instructor in the Multilingual and Exceptional Learners program. She said the goal of this new program is two-fold.

“We want to empower our BU students to fight for inclusion, now and in their future,” Garriott said. “We believe we can do that by giving them the opportunity to have meaningful experiences with people with disabilities, so they have a sense of who they are fighting for. The other side of our goal is to give Andrew a sense of inclusion.”

She said Andrew is getting practice in new social situations, which can be difficult to teach because there are so many unwritten social norms. He is also learning to navigate the HRC, a space that was unfamiliar to him before coming to campus.

Not only is Andrew benefitting from the course, but the students in his class are benefitting from his presence as well.

“From my perspective, I think meeting Andrew has challenged some of the students to question their own beliefs about ability,” Garriott said. “It only took one class before a student came up and asked questions about Andrew. He said, ‘tell me a little more about Andrew. I'm just so interested.’ I think curiosity leads to understanding.”

Garriott hopes to continue to grow these inclusion programs so that more Butler students have the opportunity to learn from people of all abilities. After the spring semester is over, the pilot program will be evaluated in hopes of bringing more Special Olympics athletes to campus in the coming semesters.

This month, Butler will be hosting its first Special Olympics event on campus called the Athlete Leadership Program (ALP). Around 75 athletes and their mentors will be on campus taking classes and learning how to be leaders.

With these programs and many others in the works, Butler is well on its way to true inclusion on campus.

“I truly believe that experiences can shift our beliefs, which can change our behaviors,” Garriott said. “Hopefully these experiences stay with students as they transition to jobs and life off campus.”


Rec Department, COE Team Up With Special Olympics

Butler University is taking part in a pilot inclusion program that brings a Special Olympics athlete to campus to audit a semester-long class.

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