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Butler Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Jack Krebs Again and Again and Again and Again and Again

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PUBLISHED ON Jul 22 2016

Jack Krebs ’63 came to Butler in 1958 with no fanfare. At 6-foot-1 and 155 pounds, he was talented enough to play quarterback at Shelbyville High School, but not big or strong enough to be recruited by Butler.

He chose Butler anyway, and walked on to the football, basketball, and track teams.

Jack KrebsAnd then this happened: The football teams Krebs played on finished with a combined record of 34-2. The basketball team compiled a winning record every year, and in 1962 made the NCAA tournament. And Krebs made it to two NCAA national track meets, placing eighth in his junior year for the long jump and eighth in his senior year for the triple jump.

He may have been unheralded then, but on October 1, when the 1961 men’s track and field team is inducted into the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame, Krebs will become the hall’s first athlete to be inducted five times. Only Tony Hinkle (six) has more.

“Tony Hinkle would be rolling over in his grave,” Krebs, 76, said, laughing. “But it was just a great time to be here. It was really fun. We had terrific teams in all the sports.”

Krebs was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an individual in 1997 and as part of the 1959 and 1961 football teams (both undefeated, and both inducted in 2004) and the 1962 basketball team (inducted in 2007).

He said his main contribution to the basketball team was guarding Dick Haslam and Gerry Williams during practices. (“I think I helped make them better players because it wasn’t easy for them in practice.”) As for football, when Krebs arrived at Butler, the team had eight athletes who’d played quarterback in high school, so he wound up as an end. “And if I didn’t hit somebody first, I was going to get hurt.”

Krebs memories of those times are all fond ones. He recalled Hinkle coming into the locker room clapping and singing “The Butler War Song.” “He’d get tears in his eyes and everything. Everyone waited for that before they got dressed.” And when Hinkle had time off from coaching baseball, he was down at the track meets in his shorts and baseball cleats.

Krebs also remembered that Hinkle would not give him a scholarship. “But he gave me tuition the last year, which was $250. I was working at the time. My family had an insurance business by the fairgrounds on 38th Street. I worked there in the mornings, went to basketball practice in the afternoon, and went to school at night. I went in every semester asking him for money. He’d say, ‘Kid, your family can take care of you.’”

Hinkle called almost everyone “kid” or by the name of their hometown. Some years later, after Hinkle retired, Krebs ran into him at a golf tournament.

“He said, ‘Hi, Jack,’” Krebs recalled. “First time he ever called me that. It was a big surprise that he even knew names, as many kids as he coached.”

Track was where Krebs excelled—and had the most fun. The coach, Galvin Walker, “was a character,” Krebs said. “He’d give everybody a push toward something, then it was a do-it-yourself type thing.”

The 1961 men’s track and field team won the Indiana Collegiate Conference championship. Throughout the season, the team set new school records in the pole vault, discus, triple jump, and half-mile relay. The Bulldogs tied for first at the eighth Wabash Relays, which included 10 teams, won a dual meet with Indiana State, and won triangular meets with DePauw and Memphis State, and Indiana Central and St. Joseph’s, respectively.

In 1963, Krebs’s 47-foot, one-half-inch leap in the triple jump set a conference record that earned him the Scott Ham Award, which is given annually to the team's outstanding track athlete.
Jack Krebs is third from the left in the middle row.

Off the field, Krebs studied business and accounting at Butler. After graduation, he worked for the accounting firm Katz (now Katz, Sapper & Miller) for 10 years doing auditing work, sold clothes at a Roderick St. John’s store for a short time, and then found a home as the accountant for Gene Beltz Shadeland Dodge, where he worked for 37 years till he retired.

Krebs and his wife, Betty, who’ve been together for 54 years and married for 40, take every opportunity to visit campus—sometimes with memorable results.

Betty Krebs said that between eighth grade and freshman year of high school, Jack grew 11 inches and lost his hair. He faced unmerciful taunts from fans of opposing teams. People would spit on him at ballgames. They threw water on him and called him baldy.

But a few years ago at a Butler basketball game, something special happened.

As Betty tells it: “This guy came up and said, ‘Are you Jack Krebs? I just want to tell you—you’re my hero. I watched you play basketball at Hinkle, and you’re the reason I came to Butler—because I knew people would treat me right with my bald head.’

“That was so neat,” she said, “for him to come over and say that to Jack.”

 

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Butler Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Jack Krebs Again and Again and Again and Again and Again

He may have been unheralded then, but on October 1, when the 1961 men’s track and field team is inducted into the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame, Krebs will become the hall’s first athlete to be inducted five times.

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Butler Alumni Have Their Companies Moving Fast

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PUBLISHED ON Jul 20 2016

Two of the fastest-growing Indianapolis-area private companies are being run by Butler University Lacy School of Business graduates, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported in its July 18-24 edition.

GreenLight LLC, which ranked No. 6 in the IBJ’s “Fast 25,” is headed by CEO Russell Hughes ’04, who was a Butler Business Scholar winner. Greenlight sells collectible diecast model cars.Fast 25

Williams Creek Management Corp., No. 13 on the list, is run by President Neil Myers ’99. Williams Creek specializes in natural-resource construction—projects where communities want to meet regulatory requirements associated with the Clean Water Act and create something practical and beautiful.

“Huge congratulations to both Russell Hughes and Neil Myers for successfully leading the tremendous growth of their companies,” said Steve Standifird, Dean of Butler’s Lacy School of Business. “I’m delighted to see Lacy School of Business alums having this type of positive impact in the local business community."

According to the IBJ, GreenLight has grown 199 percent from fiscal year 2013 to 2015. The newspaper reported that to build the business, GreenLight put together a strategy to add licensing agreements with the likes of the Elvis Presley estate, IndyCar and other high-profile entertainment entities, and purchased diecast manufacturer GMP out of suburban Atlanta.

GreenLight is now in the process of buying First Response Replicas in Frankfort, Kentucky. In the past two years, it has also grown its relationships with retailers and distributors, adding Walmart and Target to the list of places that sell GreenLight cars.

Hughes told the IBJ that GreenLight has several high-end license agreements in the works that should add to the company’s opportunities for retail and promotional exposure.

“We’re very careful how we manage inventory and license agreements and guarantees,” he was quoted as saying. “Despite the growth, we are conservative in how we go about things.”

Williams Creek has grown by 125 percent from fiscal year 2013 to 2015, the IBJ said, and Myers was quoted as saying that the company expects similar growth over the next three years.

Williams Creek’s projects include things like rain gardens, storm water management systems and pond edge planting systems that prevent soil erosion. In Lafayette, Williams Creek was part of the team that created the Durkees Run Stormwater Park outside Lafayette Jefferson High School. The park is part of the city’s long-term plan to reduce raw sewage overflows and improve the water quality of the Wabash River. Durkees Run prevents sewer overflows by diverting 100 million gallons of storm water from Lafayette’s Wastewater Treatment plant.

Myers told the IBJ that early on, it was a challenge to get potential customers to buy into his company’s idea.

“We were on the cusp of creating a market in central Indiana that did not exist, and we were one of the early pioneers and adopters of this kind of work,” he said. “It’s become more of a natural course of acceptance than anything else.”

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Butler Alumni Have Their Companies Moving Fast

Two of the fastest-growing Indianapolis-area private companies are being run by Butler University Lacy School of Business graduates, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

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Butler's School Counseling Degree Rated Among the Best

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PUBLISHED ON Jul 14 2016

TopCounselingSchools.org has rated Butler’s M.S. in School Counseling degree as one of the best in Indiana.

In ranking Butler second in the state, the website wrote that "students are trained to respond to a host of issues facing the lives of public school Top Counseling Schools Best Valuestudents from every background. From diversity awareness to career planning, Butler’s curriculum contains actionable learning that students will apply every day in their future career in the Indiana public school system. Although this affordable counseling graduate degree program is geared towards those working in schools already, Butler also offers a ‘fast-track’ option that allows students to complete their degree in under three years.”

Schools were ranked based on their program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

College of Education Dean Ena Shelley said the School Counseling program is highly respected "because of its rigor and relevance in counselor education. The faculty are exceptional and are leaders in the field at the state and national level."

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

 

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Butler's School Counseling Degree Rated Among the Best

TopCounselingSchools.org has rated Butler’s M.S. in School Counseling degree as one of the best in Indiana.

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Butler Again Listed in 'Fiske Guide to Colleges'

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PUBLISHED ON Jul 01 2016

Butler University is again among the roughly 300 schools listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a reference book for prospective students looking for “the best and most interesting schools.”

Butler University's Jordan Hall exterior June 6, 2014

In the 2017 edition, which was released on July 1, Butler is listed as strong in dance, international business, pharmacy, biology, marketing, chemistry, and early education.

“The university’s most popular programs are also among its best,” the book says.

Butler also is noted for its Honors Program (“designed to foster a diverse and challenging intellectual climate and features courses, events, independent study, and research opportunities”) and study abroad options.

“Butler University desires to provide students with a strong undergraduate liberal arts experience and access to professional programs of ‘local impact and global reach,’” the guide says, quoting a freshman as saying, “Butler cares about its students as individuals.”

Students “have taken note of the school’s revamped programs, improved facilities, and focus on personal attention,” the guide says, quoting a sophomore as saying, “Butler truly becomes a community for our students. The students and faculty all work to make Butler life an enjoyable experience for all.”

 

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Butler Again Listed in 'Fiske Guide to Colleges'

Butler University is again among the roughly 300 schools listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

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Justine Koontz MM '16 Earns Fulbright to Study in Latvia

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 29 2016

For nine months beginning in September, Justine Koontz MM ’16 will be living in Riga, Latvia, to determine how “the country that sings” maintains and burnishes that reputation.

Justine KoontzShe’ll have this opportunity as a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright award—the third for a Butler student or alumnus this year.

“We know some of their history and some of their music, but we don’t have the story,” Koontz said. “We don’t have the whys. So it’s an ethnographic study to be over there and be a participant in their culture and take note of what is going on. A lot of this will be observation and participation, getting to know people while I’m there and finding out what they have to teach me.”

For Koontz, the idea of traveling began in the middle of spring semester 2015, when she started thinking about what she wanted to do after graduate school. She decided to attend an informational session that Butler’s Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement was holding about Fulbright awards.

She hadn’t studied abroad previously, but the Baltic region caught her attention, and she found the idea of exploring a country with a rich singing tradition appealing.

“They have a massive repertoire of folk songs and really great contemporary composers, yet we don’t program their music that much in the United States,” she said. “And I think that’s because we don’t understand the background of their music. Why are they still singing these songs? Why are these songs so important to them? So part of this is going over there and understanding their culture and their value system and their history as a way to inform our programming here.”

Koontz plans to spend time with professional choirs, university choirs, church choirs, and anyone who can share information about Latvia’s musical culture. Ultimately, she said, this information will be valuable to other choral conductors. She plans to disseminate her findings through the American Choral Directors Association and other organizations for choral conductors. The Fulbright will pay for her travel and living expenses, as well as provide a stipend.

Koontz said the time in Latvia also will allow her to seek some understanding of her upbringing. She grew up in Maryland and had little involvement with choirs until she sang in a choir during her junior year of undergraduate work at McDaniel College in Maryland.

“Singing was not a thing in my family,” she said. “I can’t really imagine a culture where you are expected to sing, where you sing before you talk. That’s something they do naturally.  What is their backstory versus what is mine?”

After graduating from her undergraduate institution, she took four years before starting graduate work. Some of that time was spent at choral conferences, where one of the people she met was longtime Butler Professor Henry Leck. Through her audition at Butler, she met Professor of Music Eric Stark, who became an important mentor while she majored in choral conducting and composition.

“Butler was exactly the right place to be at the right time for me,” she said. “Attending grad school in my own time has allowed me to maximize what I have gotten out of the experience.”

 

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Justine Koontz MM '16 Earns Fulbright to Study in Latvia

Koontz said the time in Latvia also will allow her to seek some understanding of her upbringing.

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All-American Erik Peterson Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 28 2016

Butler All-American Erik Peterson has earned a spot in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. He'll join 23 of the best runners in the country in the 10,000 meters on Friday night, July 1, Erik Petersonin Eugene, Oregon. The field was set late Monday night.

The men's 10,000 meters final highlights the first day of competition in Eugene, with the event set to begin at 6:15 PM (Pacific, 9:15 p.m. Eastern). NBC Sports will provide coverage of the Olympic Trials throughout the week.

"For Erik to rise to this level from such modest beginnings is a testament to his remarkable work ethic and his consistency," said Butler head coach Matt Roe. "Much like his stride, he is a moving picture of economy and efficiency. He does exactly what he needs to do, when he needs to do it, exactly as prescribed. He never wastes a step, and equally as important, he never overthinks it. Erik is as steady and as consistent as any athlete I have ever coached."

Peterson is the youngest runner in the field and the only with remaining collegiate eligibility heading into the 2016-17 academic year. He turned 22 just two weeks ago. Peterson was also the youngest in the field when he competed at the 2015 USA Track & Field National Championships in Eugene almost 12 months ago.

"Most of the men in the field are full-time professionals in their late 20s to early 30s," said Roe. "That is the peak age range for an elite distance runner. Beyond sheer talent, it takes tens of thousands of miles of running volume to get to the Olympic Trials 10,000 meters. Recent athletes who have qualified for this race around Erik's age have almost universally been phenoms, guys like Galen Rupp, Dathan Ritzenhein, and Chris Derrick."

As a frame of reference, Peterson is one month younger than Rupp was when he first ran in the Olympic Trials in 2008.

Peterson's time of 28:26.08 gave him the 24th and final spot in the field.

Earlier this month, Peterson earned All-American honors by finishing eighth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships.

Rupp has the top qualifying time in the event at 27:08.91.

 

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All-American Erik Peterson Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Peterson will join 23 of the best runners in the country in the 10,000 meters in Eugene, Oregon.

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Student Business' Product is 'Totes Cool' (As the Kids Say)

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 27 2016

They say if life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But what if life hands you empty coffee bean bags?

If you’re Butler junior Jack Sigman, you start a company that turns the coffee bags into tote bags.

Model with bagIn the four months since Sigman and fellow Lacy School of Business students Cole Geitner, Maree Smith, and Jared Rushton opened Java Threads, they’ve already sold more than 200 bags and received some attention from the TV show Shark Tank.

“I think we are really solving a problem,” Sigman said. “Everything we do is hand-crafted, locally sourced, and environmentally friendly.”

Java Threads buys the empty bags from Hubbard and Cravens coffee shops, which means the sacks are kept out of the garbage. All of the money they pay for the bags is donated to charity. They buy the fabric lining locally and hire people in Indianapolis to sew the linings and handles on the bags.

Even the leftover scraps of material are donated to schools to be used as art supplies.

They sell the bags for $19.99 online at java-threads.com and in a couple of local store, The Good Earth and Pogue’s Run Grocer.

The idea for Java Threads came to Sigman while he was working at Hubbard and Cravens. He saw 200-300 coffee bean bags being discarded every month and thought about potential ways to put them to good use.

He and his classmates, now all rising juniors, started their company in fall 2015 as part of the Real Business Experience course, a yearlong class in which sophomores create and run their own company. They wrote a business plan, then had 40 prototypes made to test the market.

In February, they began selling the bags.

Roland Dorson, an Executive Career Mentor in the Lacy School of Business, worked with the Java Threads team for the entire academic year. He said he recognized from the outset that the students had a viable concept.

“What's better than an idea that combines upcycling, practicality, a hint of fashion, and competitive pricing?” he said. “Plus, and maybe most importantly, the kids believed in the product—and I mean really believed.”

They believed so strongly, in fact, that they decided to keep Java Threads going. Sigman, who is from Indianapolis, has spent part of his summer selling the bags at farmer’s markets and trying to get them into stores, and his partners will join him in the venture once they return to school. They’re also hoping to hear back from Shark Tank, which asked them to make an informational video about the company—the first step in perhaps getting the businesspeople on the show to invest in the company.

Dick Halstead, their Instructor in the Real Business Experience class, said Java Threads did a good job identifying a market niche that supported a sustainable business model, partnering with community suppliers, and creating a heightened awareness of environmental issues regarding their product.

Their next step should be to focus on growth: new market and product development, manufacturing support, and distribution.

Sigman is confident they can succeed.

“I have a passion for this,” he said. “We all do. And Professor Halstead said this could be something special. So we’re going to run with this and see how far we can take it.”

 

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Student Business' Product is 'Totes Cool' (As the Kids Say)

They say if life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But what if life hands you empty coffee bean bags?

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Butler Student-Athletes Post Success on the Student Side

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 20 2016

Butler student-athletes posted a department grade point average of 3.253 for the fall 2015 semester and followed that up with a GPA of 3.338 for the
Belle Obert

spring 2016 semester. Additionally, all 17 of Butler’s athletic teams boast cumulative GPAs above 3.0. These were among many 2015-16 academic highlights for Butler’s student-athletes in the classroom that were announced Wednesday, June 15.

“The Butler Way has always made academic achievement a top area of focus, and once again, our student-athletes have posted a very successful academic year,” Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier said. “I’m very proud of the caliber of student that we recruit to Butler University and the effort these students display to produce this level of accomplishment. I want to thank not only our student-athletes, but their coaches, our support staff within Athletics, and the great professors who do so much to assist students with their academic endeavors.”
Sean Horan

In the fall semester, 223 Butler student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.25 or better. Twenty-nine Bulldogs posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall 2015 semester. Those numbers increased for the spring 2016 semester with 266 student-athletes earning a 3.25 GPA or better and 38 individuals registering a 4.0 GPA.

Butler University annual recognizes its Top 100 students. Included among those Top 100 students for the 2015-16 academic year were four student-athletes: Kailey Eaton (women’s tennis), Sean Horan (football), Nicole Johnson (women’s golf), and Belle Obert (women’s basketball). Additionally, Horan and Johnson were designated among the Top 10 Male and Top 10 Female Students, respectively.

Men’s soccer standout David Goldsmith was awarded third team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Kellen Dunham, who graduated in May, was named the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Football student-athlete Matt Shiltz earned the distinction as the Pioneer Football League’s Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was one of nine Bulldogs to earn Academic All-PFL honors for their work in the classroom and play on the field. Numerous Butler teams earned accolades from their respective coaches associations for achieving a certain level of grade point average.
Nicole Johnson

The women’s golf team posted the top team GPA for both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, with performances of 3.651 and 3.708, respectively. The women’s cross country team ranked second in the fall 2015 semester (3.591) and third in the spring 2016 semester (3.633). Butler’s men’s tennis team had a 3.541 GPA in the fall semester, the third-best mark among Bulldog teams, while the women’s track and field team posted a 3.653 GPA in the spring, the second-best mark for that semester.

Eight squads posted at least a 3.25 GPA as a team in the fall semester (men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s track and field, football, women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming, and men’s tennis), while 11 teams accomplished the feat in the spring semester (baseball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, and men’s tennis).
Kailey Eaton

Erik Peterson of the cross country team and Sophia Maccagnone of the women's soccer team were named institutional winners at Butler for the 2015-16 BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships, which were announced by the conference in February. The award recognizes athletes for their academic and athletic achievements, and also their involvement in community service.

Additional BIG EAST academic honors for the 2015-16 academic year, including the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and the BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Awards, will be announced later this summer.

**Butler offers 20 Division I sports. Women’s lacrosse has its inaugural season with the 2016-17 academic year and has yet to accumulate a GPA. Butler offers indoor and outdoor track and field for both men and women, but for the purposes of this report, those teams are designated as men’s track and field and women’s track and field, which makes a total of 17 rosters associated with GPAs for the 2015-16 academic year.

 

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Butler Student-Athletes Post Success on the Student Side

Butler student-athletes posted a department grade point average of 3.253 for the fall 2015 semester and followed that up with a GPA of 3.338 for the​ spring 2016 semester.

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Aaron Hurt '08 Named 30 Under 30 Among Venue Managers

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 10 2016

Aaron Hurt ’08, the Director of Operations for the Butler Arts Center, has been selected as one of the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation (IAVM)’s 30 Under 30, which recognizes emerging leaders in the venue-management industry.

Aaron HurtHurt has been in event and venue management since 2009 with a variety of venues and ensembles and has worked with artists including Marvin Hamlisch, Sylvia McNair, Josh Radnor, and Allen Toussaint. In addition to working for the Arts Center, he teaches a seminar on Venue Management for Butler’s Arts Administration program.

“I’m humbled to be selected as one of IAVM’s 30 Under 30 recipients,” Hurt said. “Managing multiple venues, like we do at Butler Arts Center, is always presenting new, exciting challenges, and I’m truly privileged to have such a fun career where I’m able to solve those challenges every day. It’s quite an honor to have IAVM recognize my work in the field thus far, and I’m thankful for their support and recognition.”

The 30 Under 30 Class of 2016 will convene at VenueConnect, IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, July 23-26, in Minneapolis. They will also be provided opportunities for continued education for professional growth in the venue industry to help them become better, more productive employees.

Award recipients receive full complimentary registration to the conference, an $850 travel stipend, and a one-year complimentary Young Professional IAVM Membership. They also will be recognized at the Venue Industry Awards Luncheon at VenueConnect on Monday, July 25.

The Butler Arts Center includes Clowes Memorial Hall, the Schrott Center for the Arts, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and the Black Box Theatre in Lilly Hall.

 

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Aaron Hurt '08 Named 30 Under 30 Among Venue Managers

the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation (IAVM)’s 30 Under 30.

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Building COE, One Wooden Block At a Time

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 10 2016

Butler University is represented twice in the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects, a celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, which will be on view through January 29, 2017.

The first is recognition of the Sigma Gamma Rho, a sorority emphasizing “sisterhood, scholarship, and service” that was founded at Butler in 1922. Sigma Gamma Rho is the only predominantly black sorority not founded at a historically black college, and the only sorority or fraternity founded at Butler University.

Eliza Blaker ArtifactsThe other Butler artifact foretells the founding of the College of Education. It’s Froebel Gift Blocks, wooden toy blocks used by kindergarten pioneer Eliza Blaker and loaned to the State Museum from the University archives. A description card with the blocks says:

Early education has a huge impact on small children. As head of the free kindergarten movement in Indianapolis, Eliza Blaker (1854-1926) was in the forefront of education reform. The groundbreaking theories Blaker promoted in her classroom and the Teachers College of Indianapolis—that children learn through play, should be encouraged to discover the world for themselves, and shouldn’t be beaten for making mistakes—are common knowledge today. 

In 1930, Butler University bought Blaker’s college and merged it with Butler’s then-new College of Education. Her portrait still hangs outside the College of Education offices.

“Eliza is one of the people most Hoosiers don’t know about but are impacted by every day,” said Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler’s College of Education. “Every day you take a child to kindergarten, you can thank Eliza Blaker for that.”

Blaker was brought to Indiana from Pennsylvania by a group of society women to start a kindergarten program for their children. Blaker agreed to come, but only if all children could attend her kindergartens. When she arrived, she discovered that she didn’t have the workforce she needed.

“So now she had to create kindergarten programs and train teachers,” Shelley said.

That spurred her to start her teacher-training school, which opened in 1892.Eliza Blaker

The idea was risky on multiple levels, Shelley said. Blaker had to raise money to fund her school and had to find the right students to train to be teachers.

“We owe her,” Shelley said. “She started the whole idea of parent education – teaching families the importance of nutrition, the importance of talking to your child, the importance of reading to your child. We take that for granted now, but that was saying to parents, ‘This is what you should be doing. That was leading edge at that time.’”

Blaker demanded that all students have access to kindergarten—highly unusual in the early 1900s—and had rigorous standards for who could become a teacher. She cared about her students, but she was strict with them.

She was far ahead of her time, and she wasn’t afraid to be far ahead, Shelley said. “She wrote a letter to the legislature more than 102 years ago telling them why they should invest in early childhood education. If she were alive today, she’d say, ‘You’re still talking about that?’”

Starting in 1922, Teachers College of Indianapolis and Butler began talking about a merger. Blaker died in 1926, and the merger took place in time for the 1930-1931 school year. Butler incurred some debt, but that was “part of our vision of who we were to be in the community,” Shelley said.

Being trained at the Teachers College of Indianapolis was considered extremely prestigious. “And I’m proud to say that today, when our students say that they graduated from Butler, people have the same reaction,” Shelley said. “I think Eliza would be proud of that.”

 

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Building COE, One Wooden Block At a Time

Butler University is represented twice in the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects, a celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, which will be on view through January 29, 2017.

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Brandon Gaudin '06 to Be the Voice of Madden NFL 17

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 08 2016

Brandon Gaudin ’06, former voice of the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball broadcasts, will be the new voice providing play-by-play for Madden NFL 17 video games.

Brandon GaudinGaudin will be joining the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer this fall after being the voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets since 2013. Additionally, he has been named the lead college football play-by-play voice for Westwood One Sports, and will also call occasional NFL games for the network.

Gaudin will continue to serve as one of the voices for Westwood One’s coverage of men’s basketball, including conference championship week and the NCAA Tournament.

Madden NFL 17 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system on August 23.

Matthew VanTryon '17 at the Indianapolis Star has more details here.

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Brandon Gaudin '06 to Be the Voice of Madden NFL 17

Brandon Gaudin ’06, former voice of the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball broadcasts, will be the new voice providing play-by-play for Madden NFL 17 video games.

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Micah Nelson '11 Named IPS Teacher of the Year

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 06 2016

Indianapolis Public Schools has named Micah Nelson MS ’11 its 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Nelson teaches sixth- through eight-grade social studies at Center for Inquiry (CFI) School 2. IPS said her commitment to global awareness, project-based learning and integrating literacy, and writing instruction into content area curriculum make her an example of excellence in education.
Micah Nelson (photo courtesy of IPS)

Nelson joined IPS in 2004. She is a member of the CFI building leadership team and serves as a District Lead Literacy Teacher, leading professional development trainings for her fellow educators. She has been published for her research on Progressive Education and student buy-in.

In IPS’s announcement, the district said that Nelson did not always know teaching was her calling. It wasn’t until she was a college student witnessing the reactions around her after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 when she realized her passion to promote global awareness.

“I had all kinds of minors, and kept taking classes to try to figure out what I really wanted to ‘be when I grew up,’” she said. “Finally, on September 11, 2001, it came to me. In the discussions that occurred after that event, I realized that many soon-to-be college graduates did not have the slightest understanding of world events. I felt like the education system had failed them. Here were students at a well-respected university who had never been pushed to think critically about world events, and had an overly-simplistic view of complicated issues and histories. At that point, I added an education degree to my history degree, and have been trying to inspire an interest in world events in my students ever since.”

Nelson graduated from Purdue University with degrees in history and education. She went on to complete a master’s in Teacher Leadership from Butler University, and is pursuing her master’s in Education Administration from Butler.

In addition to positively impacting the lives of students, Nelson is helping to train the next generation of educators. She is an instructor in Butler’s College of Education, leading prospective teachers through a course on secondary education. Nelson enjoys mentoring future teachers as well as educators in their first and second years of classroom instruction.

To select the district’s top teacher, each IPS principal was invited to nominate their building-level Teacher of the Year for consideration. The selection committee reviewed each nominee’s portfolio, including teaching philosophy, professional accomplishments, and instructional practices, to determine the finalists and the 2017 winner.

 

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

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Micah Nelson '11 Named IPS Teacher of the Year

Indianapolis Public Schools has named Micah Nelson MS ’11 its 2017 Teacher of the Year.

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