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Butler, CUE to Be Honored for Environmental Efforts

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 08 2016

Butler University and the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) will both be inducted into the Green Lights Hall of Fame on September 15 at the Christian Theological Seminary.

Sustainable IndianaThe Green Light Awards­—a series of climate solutions compiled by Sustainable Indiana 2016 as part of the Bicentennial—are distributed to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting sustainability across the state of Indiana.

The CUE is being recognized for its efforts to study, practice, and educate sustainable solutions for urban environments such as the CUE Farm, research on urban wildlife, and the Make Change Indy program that rewarded 440 Indianapolis residents for engaging in a total of 950 hours of sustainable activities.

The second recognition of the evening will be presented to Butler President James M. Danko for signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2012 and taking subsequent steps to meet this commitment to achieve carbon neutrality on Butler University’s campus by 2050.

“The presentation of two Green Light Awards to Butler University is evidence of our leadership in pushing the boundaries of sustainability in Indianapolis,” CUE Director Julia Angstmann said. “The Center for Urban Ecology is proud to be part of a statewide effort to leave behind a positive environmental legacy for future generations.”

Sustainable initiatives on Butler’s campus to date have included two LEED Gold-certified buildings and one LEED Silver renovation, rain gardens and permeable bike lanes, motion sensor and LED lighting, the CUE Farm, and composting of food waste, among others. Each awardee was featured in a green Legacy story on the Sustainable Indiana 2016 website throughout the past year.

 

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Butler, CUE to Be Honored for Environmental Efforts

Butler University and the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) will both be inducted into the Green Lights Hall of Fame on September 15 at the Christian Theological Seminary.

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A New Director of Admission for Butler? Great Scott!

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 06 2016

The first notable thing about Butler’s new Director of Admission is his name—Delorean J. Menifee. Which, you’d think, would result in any number of “Great Scott!”/“1.21 gigawatts”/”Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” jokes.

But no.

Delorean Menifee“I’m normally the one who mentions it first to give people a frame of reference for where the name might have come from,” the Anderson, Indiana, native said. “They won’t know how to pronounce it, so I’ll say, ‘Have you ever seen the movie Back to the Future?’ My father to this day still believes that he came up with the name, even though the car was already manufactured before I was born.”

Beyond his unusual name, Menifee brings a lot to Butler, Vice President of Enrollment Management Lori Greene said.

“He brings a background that includes working for many different types of institutions, and professionally he is recognized for his contributions at both the state and national level,” she said. “We are fortunate to have DJ joining us.”

Menifee, who goes by DJ, comes to Butler from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was Associate Director of Admission for the past three years. He also has worked as a Regional Admissions Counselor at Western Illinois University, Assistant Director of Admissions at Ball State University, and Assistant Director of Admissions at Lees-McRae College, his alma mater.

At Lees-McRae, Menifee studied business. In his senior year, he was helping the Chair of the business school make a pitch to the Board of Visitors about how its members could help grow the business program. Menifee didn’t know it, but Lees-McRae’s Vice President of Enrollment Management was in the room.

“Afterwards, I was walking back to my residence hall,” Menifee remembered. “He stopped me and said, ‘Would you like to have an internship in my office?’”

Menifee took the offer. He thought admissions was an interesting field, but he had no intention of pursuing it. But two weeks before graduation, the Vice President of Enrollment Management invited him to take a walk. The walk led to the President’s Office, where they made him a job offer.

Coming to Butler, Menifee said he feels ready to be a Director of Admission. He said over his career, he has learned the team building, strategy, and execution needed to meet enrollment goals. He also wanted to work at a university that valued liberal arts and experiential education.

Menifee described himself as “family-oriented”—he and his wife, Anabel, have an 8-year old daughter, Kaydence, a 3-year-old son, Kyrie, and a new addition to the family to come in the coming weeks. He said the idea of family extends to the team he works with.

“I want to do more than to reach the University’s enrollment goals,” he said. “I want to enrich the team professionally and personally. There may be some learning curves, but I’ll definitely put in the work and do my best to prepare to put Butler and the team I’m working with in the best position to be successful.”

 

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A New Director of Admission for Butler? Great Scott!

"My father to this day still believes that he came up with the name, even though the car was already manufactured before I was born.”

Sep 06 2016 Read more
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Theatre Professor, Alum Receive Indianapolis Foundation Awards

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 06 2016

Associate Professor of Theatre Rob Koharchik and Butler Theatre alumnus Jeffery Martin ’93 each received one of the "surprise" $10,000 awards given by The Indianapolis Foundation to Indianapolis-based organizations and individuals on August 27.
Rob Koharchik

Koharchik and Martin were recognized under the category “Indy Professional Theatre MVPs,” creative professionals whose work in theater contributes to the vibrancy of the cultural community and the strength of our city.

More information about the awards is here.

Koharchik is the set designer for Butler Theatre, which means he’s in charge of everything from the look of the “room” that’s depicted onstage to what items sit on the coffee table. If you’ve seen a Butler Theatre show over the past nine years, or perhaps a production of Shakespeare by the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, or something at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, then you’ve probably seen a set Koharchik designed. His credits also include work at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre and the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.
Jeff Martin

Martin serves as the full-time Technical Director for the Phoenix Theatre. He has designed set and lights with The Phoenix Theatre, NoExit Performance, Know No Stranger, and Theatre on the Square, and he directs and designs with Young Actors Theatre. Most recently, he produced and directed one of the top-selling shows for the Indianapolis Fringe, Kurt Vonnegut's: God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian.

 

 

 

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Theatre Professor, Alum Receive Indianapolis Foundation Awards

Associate Professor of Theatre Rob Koharchik and Butler Theatre alumnus Jeffery Martin ’93 each received one of the "surprise" $10,000 awards given by The Indianapolis Foundation to Indianapolis-based organizations and individuals on August 27.​

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Kaveh Akbar MFA '15 Awarded Prestigious Poetry Fellowship

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 01 2016

Kaveh Akbar MFA ’15 is one of five recipients of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, a $25,800 prize intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry. The fellowships are available to all U.S. poets 21 to 31 years old.

Kaveh Akbar“Poets aren’t just makers, they are doers,” said Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine. “Each one of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows excels at both of these things. They have all already had a salutary influence on American poetry, and it’s an honor for us to support their distinctive and essential efforts in an art form that is reaching more people than ever before."

Akbar is the founder and editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Guernica, PBS NewsHour, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Alice James Books will publish Akbar’s debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, in November 2017 and Sibling Rivalry Press will publish his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, in January 2017.

Akbar founded and cohosts the monthly poetry podcast All Up in Your Ears with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

The other fellows are Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and Javier Zamora.

Read more about Akbar at kavehakbar.com.

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Kaveh Akbar MFA '15 Awarded Prestigious Poetry Fellowship

“Poets aren’t just makers, they are doers.”

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Grant Will Help CUE Farm Become a Hub for Education and Research

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 01 2016

Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) has been awarded a three-year, nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the CUE Farm on campus as a hub for undergraduate education and research.

Butler FarmThe money will support Butler faculty in the development and implementation of four urban agriculture research modules in biology, chemistry, ecology, and environmental science courses and to study the impact of those modules on student learning.

Faculty participants are Travis Ryan, Sean Berthrong, Elizabeth Davis, Jesse van Gerven, and Rasitha Jayasekare. Brandon Sorge and Grant Fore from the STEM Education and Innovation Research Institute at IUPUI will be leading the education research.

“This project is focused on making the CUE Farm even more of an asset to campus by tying it to the curriculum,” said Julia Angstmann, Director of the Center for Urban Ecology. “We believe that to accomplish this, there needs to be a cohesive program developed that provides a framework and incentives that help faculty develop portions of their course curriculum around urban agriculture.”

Angstmann said that after three years, Butler will have:

-Four courses that teach core disciplinary concepts through place-based experiential learning in the context of urban agriculture. Students will first learn about a core disciplinary topic (e.g, soil respiration and arthropod diversity in the BI230 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology ­­– Fundamentals course) and will then be introduced to the social and ecological impacts of urban agriculture and how the class topic impacts food production. Students will then conduct real research in the topic area by developing research questions and collecting, analyzing, and presenting data that will be used by faculty for scientific publications. By tying course concepts to their impact on the urban food system, students may be better informed and inspired to make more sustainable food choices.

-Published research on whether these modules were effective in increasing student scientific literacy and civic mindedness.

-A themed teaching community for Butler faculty. “By centering teaching efforts around a central theme, faculty participants will have a support network of other faculty and education experts to provide knowledge, advice, and resources to support the development of these research modules,” Angstmann said. “We hope to grow this network in the future to every College on campus.”

By integrating the CUE Farm into the curriculum, the University will be eligible for up to $3.6 million in funding in future years. That money would go toward developing modules in courses spanning every college on campus and then bringing this approach to other universities.

Opportunities to partner with Butler University in support of the Center for Urban Ecology, the Farm, and its community programs are available. To learn more, please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at cfr@butler.edu.

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Grant Will Help CUE Farm Become a Hub for Education and Research

This project is focused on making the CUE Farm even more of an asset to campus by tying it to the curriculum.

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From Fruit Flies to Human Infertility

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 01 2016

Assistant Professor of Biology Lindsay Lewellyn has been awarded a $410,656 National Institutes of Health grant to study egg development in fruit flies, which ultimately could lead to breakthroughs in the area of human infertility.
Butler Biology Professor Lindsay Lewellen

The money for the project, which is officially called “The growth of the germline ring canals during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis,” will be used to pay for students to work in the lab over the summer, presenting findings at research conferences, hiring a full-time research technician during the academic year, and supplies.

Lewellyn began studying fruit flies in 2010 while doing her post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago. She joined the Butler faculty in fall 2013.

“The big question we’re interested in answering is how does the fruit fly egg develop?” Lewellyn said. “We work on structures called intercellular bridges, which connect the developing oocyte to supporting cells. If the intercellular bridges do not form properly, do not expand, or if they break down, then the flies will be sterile.”

Intercellular bridges are found in organisms from fruit flies to mammals, so “by understanding more about how these structures are formed and how they develop, it could give us insight into potential causes for infertility in humans,” she said.

“Infertility affects millions of Americans each year, and many of the causes are not known. Defects in the formation of sperm and eggs could lead to infertility, so if we can learn more about how sperm and eggs form normally and how intercellular bridges contribute to normal sperm and egg formation, then we could potentially impact the field of infertility.”

 

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From Fruit Flies to Human Infertility

Infertility affects millions of Americans each year, and many of the causes are not known.

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How Professor Clark Made Kurt Vonnegut's Play Sing

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 30 2016

When Indianapolis Opera presents the world premiere of Happy Birthday, Wanda June—libretto by Kurt Vonnegut, music by Butler Professor of Music Richard Auldon Clark—it will be the culmination of a project that began in the early 1990s, came to an abrupt halt with Vonnegut’s death in 2007, and concluded on Valentine’s Day this year.

What happened in between was a collaboration that Clark said he will cherish forever.
Kurt Vonnegut with Richard Auldon Clark

“Kurt,” he said, “would leave me a message on my answering machine: ‘I think Col. Looseleaf Harper needs to be a bass. I think Harold Ryan should be a baritone. All the decent characters need to be in the high range, so Dr. Woodley must be a tenor.’ It was always on his mind. But he was always so casual about it, and I never thought we would lose him so early, in such a stupid, horrible manner.”

The end result of Clark’s work with Vonnegut can be seen September 16-18 at Butler’s Schrott Center for the Arts. (Tickets at www.indyopera.org.)

Clark said the production runs a little more than two hours. He’s especially proud that the music he wrote expresses exactly what’s being said and where the characters are.

“You just hear a couple of themes and you’ll understand Penelope,” he said. “You just need to hear that opening line Harold Ryan has and get it right away. You know: This guy is a narcissist, he’s a sexist and a racist and an egomaniac. The music conveys the characters so they don’t have to overact or be cartoonish. The music carries them.”

Here’s more of what he said.

Q: How did you know Kurt Vonnegut?

A: I knew him for about the last 15 years of his life. He met a composer on jury duty, and he asked that composer to write the music for the Requiem Mass, which Kurt rewrote. He didn’t like the text. As a humanist, he found it very offensive. This composer set it, but no groups were interested. A friend of mine was working for RCA/BMG, and the score came across her desk, and she knew what a Vonnegut fanatic I was. She called me and said, “Would you consider doing it with your group?” I jumped on it. She said, “Just so you know, every group has turned it down.” I said, “If I get to meet Vonnegut, I’m doing it.”

I got to meet Vonnegut. We had dinner, and he came to the performance—and, indeed, it was a bad performance—but the first half of the concert I did all American music by David Amram. Vonnegut had a previous association with Amram and was quite a fan of his. A few days after the concert, Kurt talked to me and said, “If I’d only heard the Requiem, I would have thought that you weren’t up to the task or your group was bad. But I heard how great the first half of the concert was, so I know something else is going on. Tell me.” I said, “I’m going to give it to you straight: I think it’s a terrible piece.”

He invited me to meet him at his brownstone—he lived a few blocks from the United Nations—and I became a frequent visitor there. We just hit it off. I brought composers to him to create projects. We did Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, Ice-9 Ballads” from Cat’s Cradle. I brought him a composer (Seymour Barab) to redo the Requiem—it’s called the “Cosmos Cantata,” and we’ll be performing that September 10 (5:30 PM in the Basile Opera Center, 4011 North Pennsylvania Street) with Butler University students—and then he gave me his opera.

Q: Did he decide that Happy Birthday, Wanda June should be an opera?

A: It was his idea. I had never even thought about it. I reread the play, and I thought he would want one of the other composers I brought to him. I never pushed myself as a composer with him. But he said, “I think you should turn this into an opera.” I’d never written anything that big. I write chamber music. I said, “Would you help me adapt the play for an opera?” He said, “Absolutely.” He wasn’t going to write a brand new libretto, but he was in the driver’s seat for it and wound up writing a brand new ending. Otherwise, not a word of the play was changed. All we did was cut dialogue so a singer could have an aria.

Q: You knew him before you came to Butler. What did he say when you got the position here?

A: He was very fond of Butler, and he loved Indianapolis. He was thrilled that I was taking it. That’s when he said, “That’s where the opera should have its world premiere in Indianapolis, not in New York. And that blew me away. I never tried to pursue it in Indianapolis. I just always assumed I would do it with my New York group (the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra) and try to get singers and a director. But because of a series of wonderful connections, the stars aligned and it’s happening in Indianapolis—as it should be.

Q: He died in 2007. What happened after that?

A: I felt lost with the project when he died. I didn’t touch it again until 2014. The libretto was done, but not a note of music had been written. Every once in a while I would sing one or two lines of dialogue to him and he’d wheeze and say, “You’re no singer, Bub.” The only thing he really knew of the music was that the opening prologue was going to have a kind of late 1960s/early 1970s popish, light comedy theme like The Odd Couple or The Brady Bunch because I wanted to lure the audience in with the expectation that this is just a funny little story. She sings, “This is a simple-minded story about men who enjoy killing and those who don’t.” I wanted people to feel that this is accessible, familiar music. You’re going to have a nice time. Then musically, I can twist your guts like he does with the story.

I had the opening theme in my head for probably 10 years before I wrote a note of it. I wrote that first note—that G-sharp—January 1, 2014, when I began my sabbatical from Butler. But it had been percolating a long time. I finished it February 14, 2016.

Q: It has to be amazing for you to have something you’ve worked on for so long finally finished and ready to premiere.

A: It’s funny—I wondered how I’d feel when I finally finished the work, and it was such an emotional breakdown. When I wrote the last orchestrated note, I just lost it completely. It was unreal. I had such a connection with this man. He was my idol. I never thought I’d meet him, and then when I met him, we had this collegial relationship. Then it got friendly. And then it was like family. He was a mentor.

What I respected about him the most was here was one of the most famous authors in 20th century American literature talking to some kid. I guess I was 28 at the time. And he accepted me. He really didn’t like to be around people very much—he liked to be solitary—but he let me in because he loved music, and he loved talking about music with me, and he could tell that I loved books, and he loved talking about books.

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How Professor Clark Made Kurt Vonnegut's Play Sing

"It was always on his mind. But he was always so casual about it, and I never thought we would lose him so early, in such a stupid, horrible manner.”

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Hinkle Renovation Receives LEED Gold Certification

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 29 2016

The old pool section of Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has been converted into a weight room, training center, and administration offices, has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The removal of the pool was part of the $34 million renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse, which took place in 2013-2014. This is Butler’s third LEED Gold project, following the addition to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building and the construction of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.
Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse interior renovation July 11, 2014

"Receiving a LEED Gold certification for the renovation of this historic and iconic building illustrates Butler's commitment to be a leader for sustainability in Indianapolis,” said McKenzie Beverage, Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator. “Projects like this are helping Butler makes strides toward its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050.”

LEED certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide building owners and operators with a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

Among the measures taken to reach gold certification were:

-Adding a new roof with a white cap sheet that reflects, rather than absorbs, sunlight, reducing the urban heat island effect.

-Including bicycle storage and changing rooms, which encourage alternative transportation to Butler University by means other than automobile. It is estimated that at peak times, the project can host up to 162 individuals. To accommodate this number of people, racks that can hold 24 bicycles are located outside the main entry. Inside the building, showers and changing facilities for men and women are accessible to the student and faculty population who have access to the project area.

-Water-efficiency efforts, including low-flow fixtures.

-Heating and cooling efficiencies. The building uses variable volume air systems, which slow the airflow down if the space temperature is satisfied. This saves a significant amount of fan energy throughout the course of a year. The heating and cooling is provided by hot and chilled water piping loops. The heating loop uses low temperature water, which allows a Dedicated Heat Recovery Chiller (DHRC) to be used. This device, a significant energy saver, lowers the temperature of chilled water while simultaneously increasing the temperature of the hot water.

-Signing a two-year contract to purchase at least 35 percent of the building’s electricity from renewable sources.

-Reducing the amount of waste that has to be landfilled by collecting paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals for recycling.

-Diverting 97 percent of the construction waste from the project from the landfill.

-Using recycled content in the construction. Nearly 35 percent of the building products are recycled content.

-Purchasing building materials locally, which cut down on energy usage and pollution associated with transportation. Nearly 77 percent of the building products were manufactured regionally.

-Providing additional air ventilation to improve indoor air quality for improved occupant comfort, well-being and productivity.

-Controlling and limiting the sources of chemicals and pollutants being released into the general atmosphere, which was accomplished by: putting down walk-off carpet for the length of at least 10 feet at each entryway to remove soil and other particulates from the soles of shoes; sending exhaust from all rooms that can potentially produce hazardous or irritating air directly to the outside; and equipping all air-handling units with highly efficient filters.

 

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Hinkle Renovation Receives LEED Gold Certification

The old pool section of Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has been converted into a weight room, training center, and administration offices, has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Bulldogs Beat the Rain to Give Back to the Community

BY Kailey Eaton '17

PUBLISHED ON Aug 27 2016

First-year student Nick Bantz braved the weather on Saturday morning to give his time to the Indianapolis community as part of Bulldogs Into the Streets, Butler’s annual day of service.
First-year students Nick Bantz and Mason Accetturo prep the walls for paint at the MLK Community Center with senior Kate Eppen.

Bantz and his fellow volunteers were assigned to the MLK Community Center just a few minutes from campus. The center serves youth, families, and seniors in the neighboring community by providing a variety of programming, including homework assistance, leadership development, grief counseling, and job training. The volunteers were busy organizing donated winter coats, painting walls, decorating windows, and taking down a broken book shelf.

Bantz, a chemistry and pre-med major from Muncie, Indiana, wanted to participate in BITS after learning more about Indianapolis during another program he was a part of during Welcome Week.

“I participated in the Ambassadors of Change pre-orientation program and I learned about all of the social issues in the Indianapolis community,” he said. “It really inspired me to give back. I also got to meet a lot of new people.”

Last year was the first time that the program was open to all volunteers, including new and returning students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Butler community. The numbers are already growing from last year, with over 1,200 volunteers giving their time to 50 sites around Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.

Brighid Smith is the Public Relations Director for BITS this year. She has seen the benefits of expanding the program firsthand through her past experience as a volunteer.

“Ever since last year we opened it up to everyone instead of just first-year students and I think it has been a really good opportunity to get to know the Indianapolis community and for first-year students to interact with upperclassmen,” she said. “It’s a really nice conclusion to Welcome Week.”
A group of volunteers paint the walls in the MLK Community Center.

Although a few outdoor activities were canceled due to heavy rain, there was plenty of work to do indoors all around the city. Some groups were busy painting and cutting cardboard for animals at the Indianapolis Zoo. Other groups went to the Ronald McDonald House to help clean and organize their storage space. One group stayed on campus and packaged around 20,000 servings of food for the Million Meal Movement.

Smith said she has enjoyed her participation in BITS both as a volunteer and a leader. She believes it is a great way for first-year students to get involved on campus and in the community.

“Even if you wake up in the morning and it’s not the first thing you want to do, it’s so rewarding,” she said. “I think it’s a great experience for first-year students because it teaches them responsibility and the importance of giving back.”

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Bulldogs Beat the Rain to Give Back to the Community

Over 1,200 volunteers participated in Butler’s annual service program, Bulldogs Into the Streets.

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With Pre-Orientation, Students Study Abroad, Then Start School

BY Kailey Eaton '17

PUBLISHED ON Aug 26 2016

Instead of packing up for college in the weeks leading up to move-in day, incoming first-year student Stephanie Hannon was busy mastering the London Tube System and navigating the streets of Paris. She and six other incoming first-year students were given the opportunity to explore two European cities through Butler’s first International Travel Pre-Orientation program.

Students in ParisThe 10-day program took place in mid-August and was designed to help incoming first-year students build confidence in traveling abroad at the start of their college career. Hannon said she also got to build friendships with some other new Bulldogs.

“I thought it would be cool to meet new people and I’ve never been to Europe,” she said. “I didn’t know too many people coming here and I spent two weeks with these people and now we’re really close.”

Director of Study Abroad Jill McKinney led the inaugural program in coordination with Butler’s new initiative called Themed Living Communities (TLCs). This program lets students choose a TLC that suits their interests and then places them in their on-campus housing unit with students who share similar interests.

McKinney created a TLC called “Go Global!” for students who want to explore cultures around the world and build interest in international travel. In thinking of thematic programming ideas for the “Go Global!” TLC, she came up with the idea to take some of the students on an abroad experience, and the program was born.

The group of students spent half of their time in London and half in Paris. They visited the University of Westminster and the University of Oxford, two schools that they could potentially study abroad at in the future, and they explored major sites including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

They also got to meet with Butler alumna Laura Anderson ’15, who was a College of Communication major, studied abroad, and now lives in London. She welcomed the group and spent time advising them on Butler, studying abroad, and post-grad options.
The students pose with cardboard cut-outs of the Royal Family. (L to R): Stephanie Hannon, Maddie Paraskos, Annika Vinje, Julia Pomeroy, Amrit Ahluwalia, McKensie Hagen, Lyssa Dougan

To create the program, McKinney partnered with institutional partner IFSA-Butler, which provides study abroad opportunities for students in multiple countries around the world. The students on the trip were able to meet the IFSA staff in London and learn about the support services the organization provides for American students who are studying abroad.

McKinney believes that the students in the program began to envision themselves in a future study abroad program because of this experience.

“It was most satisfying to hear the students talk about how they now felt more confident to come back to study abroad and even show their own families around London and/or Paris,” McKinney said. “Over the course of 10 days, I watched relatively timid students gain confidence that will inevitably help them navigate this transition to college now as well as study abroad in the future.”

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With Pre-Orientation, Students Study Abroad, Then Start School

Butler’s first International Travel Pre-Orientation program gives students a chance to study abroad before they start school.

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Bekah Pollard '16 Receives Arts Council Fellowship

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 25 2016

Bekah Pollard ’16, an Art + Design major, has been awarded a 2016 Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship to produce stories for The Indianapolis Star.Bekah Pollard

Pollard and the two other fellows chosen for the fall “will work with IndyStar reporters, editors and photographers to tell stories across different platforms, including digital and print,” the newspaper reported.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship Program awards $2,000 fellowships to three qualified and talented students (undergraduates and post-undergraduates) to research and write engaging articles or create content and videos on artists and arts organizations in music, dance, theatre, literature, media, and/or the visual arts.

The Arts Council administers and helps fund the fellowship program. The Star, which makes all editorial decisions, pays the students per article, as freelance correspondents.

The program is in its second year. The mission is to increase coverage of the people, events, and organizations that contribute to the cultural life of central Indiana while training and supporting the next generation of arts journalists, the paper reported.

Pollard graduated with high honors in Art + Design, English Creative Writing, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout her time at Butler, she worked as a contributor and editor for Butler’s humor magazine Archives, as well as the University’s fine art and literary magazine, Manuscripts.

She has shown her artwork regularly on Butler’s campus and in several galleries throughout Indianapolis in the past few years. She also worked as a contributing editor for the website thelala.com, and most recently writes arts articles for leapreview.com. She is originally from Peoria, Illinois.

 

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317-940-9822

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Bekah Pollard '16 Receives Arts Council Fellowship

The mission is to increase coverage of the people, events, and organizations that contribute to the cultural life of central Indiana while training and supporting the next generation of arts journalists, the paper reported.

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Butler to Study the Effects of Music on Dementia Patients

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 22 2016

Butler University has been awarded a $600,000 Indiana State Department of Health grant for a two-year project to determine whether dementia patients’ lives can be improved through the use of personal musical playlists.

In the project, called Music First, faculty and students from across Butler—in Psychology, Music, Pharmacy, Communication Disorders, and other areas—will team up to study 100 residents in the American Village retirement home throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Additional locations will be added in the spring for the second phase of the study.

Dementia Patient Listening to MusicButler researchers will create playlists of at least 20 songs that the patients enjoyed when they were in their late teens and early 20s. The songs will be put on an iPod Shuffle, and the patients will listen through headphones so they have an intimate experience with the music.

The hope is that the music will calm the patients, reduce the use of black-warning-label medications, and relieve some of the pressure on caregivers.

“Creating a better understanding of ways that dementia patients can be treated and lives can be enhanced in this situation is in the interest of us all,” said Donald Braid, Director of Butler’s Center for Citizenship and Community, who is directing the project. “With a rapidly aging population, if we don’t do something, things are going to get worse in terms of the number of individuals who need care. If we can find a better way to provide care and demonstrate the significance of our results, we can make enormous progress.”

The idea for the project began about five years ago when Music Professor Tim Brimmer, Psychology Professor Tara Lineweaver, and others began discussing the idea of an interdisciplinary project between music and science. “The Neuromusic Group,” as they called themselves, started working with residents of Rosewalk and Harrison Terrace, an all-dementia nursing home.

While they were completing their second study at Harrison Terrace, the Indiana State Department of Health asked if they could expand their research. While designing this larger, renewable study, the Neuromusic Group began offering a course called The Neuromusic Experience, working with Joy’s House Adult Day Service, where they established and improved the protocols from the first two studies.

“ISDH is intensely interested in our outcomes,” Brimmer said, “because they have described the healthcare industry in nursing homes as a crisis. Staffing turnover with the stress and the working environment is extraordinary. If they can improve patient behavior, it will improve staff retention.”

In the beginning of the study, the music will be used in late afternoon and early evening, when dementia patients exhibit signs of “sundowning”—a tendency to become confused or agitated.

Brimmer said the researchers will be looking for a reaction in the patients’ rate of speech, physical movement, and clarity of responses. They also will be looking to see if the patients sing or dance, and how long the effect of the music lasts.

“With the right playlist, they tend to remember where they were,” he said. “They might not remember what they had for breakfast that morning or who their son or daughter are. But they can tell you about the place they were when they heard these songs.”

Although music therapy has been used with dementia patients, this study is different because it uses music specifically targeted for each patient.

Lineweaver said the early work at Rosewalk, Harrison Terrace, and Joy’s House found that music has some calming influence on the patients. But the studies have only been for three months each, which isn’t long enough to be able to document any improvement in medication regimens.

The nine-month study at American Village should yield broader, more substantial results, she said.

Because the Neuromusic Experience course involves students in the Music First research project, it has been approved as satisfying the Natural World component of Butler’s core curriculum—a component that helps non-science majors deepen their understanding of the scientific method through first-hand experience and discovery-based learning.

The course also satisfies the Indianapolis Community Requirement of Butler’s Core curriculum because it immerses students in a learning environment that helps them better understand themselves and their roles as citizens in a diverse and interdependent world.

“What we’re most excited about with this project is getting students involved in science that has such profound applications,” Lineweaver said. “It not only links them to science—it links them to the community.”

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

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