Campus | Butler Stories
Back

Latest In

Campus

Campus

A Week of Math? 14 Students Say Yes, Thank You

BY

PUBLISHED ON Aug 16 2016

Investigating the Rubik’s cube, comparing contracts for restricted free agents in the NBA, and constructing Cantor polynomials—those were just some of the research projects Butler students undertook during this year’s Mathematics Research Camp, an eight-day intensive experience designed to introduce students to mathematical research.
Taylor Pieper shows off her work.

From Monday, August 8, through Monday, August 15, 14 Butler Math and Actuarial Sciences students spent the week on campus working on math problems suggested by faculty mentors.

On the first day, faculty mentors gave quick presentations about different, unsolved math problems they thought the students would be interested in trying to solve. The students selected their problem and faculty member to work with, then spent the week working on calculations and preparing a poster explaining their results.

They displayed the results of their work during a poster session August 15 in Jordan Hall Room 236.

“We wanted to provide an experience for our students where they would be engaged in an independent study that they could develop into strong mathematical research,” said Bill Johnston, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences. “We’re not aware of any other institution doing this the way we do it.”

Johnston said the students, rising sophomores to rising seniors, will continue to do research with their faculty mentors throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

“We think every single one of these students has significant results that we’re encouraging them to go to research conferences to present and certainly at Butler’s Undergraduate Research Conference,” he said.

Justina Kaiser, a senior from Highland, Indiana, who did her research on constructing Cantor polynomials, said the week was fueled by “a lot of coffee, a lot of math, and a lot of wondering how math actually fit into everything. It was a lot of fun trying to see how everyone worked on their own projects.”

Highland Park, Illinois, senior Guy Preskill, who looked at the contracts of NBA restricted free agents, appreciated the opportunity.

“I had a lot of hours to work on this, and I had a lot of attention from my adviser, Dr. (Rasitha) Jayasekare, which is great,” he said.
Guy Preskill explains "Non-Parametric Modelling of Contracts for Restricted Free Agents in the NBA."

Taylor Pieper, a senior from Greenwood, Indiana, said her work on the Rubik’s cube, taught her a lot about group theory and also provided her with a crash course in computer programming that she used on her calculations.

“And not only did I learn about what I was doing,” she said, “but I learned about what the other students were doing in conversations at lunch and dinner.”

Also participating in the weeklong camp were Butler students Sam Turley (Whiteland, Indiana), Sam Good (Indianapolis), Lauren Briskey (Avon, Indiana), Micah Brame (Libertyville, Illinois), Anthony Gurovski (Libertyville, Illinois), Lucas La Rosa (Indianapolis), Ellie Demuth (Goshen, Kentucky), Rosa Florence (Springfield, Illinois), Mario Guzman (Plainfield, Illinois), Zak Morgan (Cicero, Indiana), and Alex Glickfield (Greentown, Indiana).

They were mentored by Johnston, the department chair, and faculty members Chris Wilson, Prem Sharma, Jonathan Webster, Becky Wahl, Amber Russell, Rasitha Jayasekare, Scott Kaschner, and John Herr.

Johnston said he was pleasantly surprised by the work that came out of this third-annual camp.

“We have all been surprised,” he said, “that in only eight days, students can get the kind of mathematical results that these students did. They’re terrific.”

 

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

Campus

A Week of Math? 14 Students Say Yes, Thank You

Investigating the Rubik’s cube, comparing contracts for restricted free agents in the NBA, and constructing Cantor polynomials

Aug 16 2016 Read more
Campus

Danko Reappointed to NCAA Presidential Forum

BY

PUBLISHED ON Aug 09 2016

Butler University President James Danko has been reappointed as the conference’s representative on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum, the BIG EAST Conference announced.

James DankoThe Presidential Forum consists of one President or Chancellor from each of the 32 NCAA Division I Conferences and serves as the division’s primary presidential advisory body. The Forum is charged with addressing future issues, challenges and opportunities regarding intercollegiate athletics and its relationship to higher education and was created to facilitate presidential leadership of athletics at the campus, conference and national levels.

“We are very fortunate to have President Danko representing the BIG EAST on this important and influential body within the NCAA governance structure,” BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman said. “His knowledge, leadership and experience in higher education will be invaluable as the Forum looks to devise thoughtful and innovative approaches to the complex array of challenges confronting intercollegiate athletics.”

Danko previously was a member of the NCAA Presidential Advisory Group. He has served as the 21st President of Butler since 2011 and oversaw the school’s move to the BIG EAST Conference in 2013.

 

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

Campus

Danko Reappointed to NCAA Presidential Forum

Butler University President James Danko has been reappointed as the conference’s representative on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum, the BIG EAST Conference announced.

Aug 09 2016 Read more
Campus

Summer Ballet Program Keeps Faculty, Students On Their Toes

BY

PUBLISHED ON Aug 01 2016

While most of Lilly Hall was silent in July, the dance studio Room 310 crackled with the kind of energy and determination that 45 aspiring ballet dancers can bring.

The students had come from 15 states to participate in the first Butler Ballet Summer Intensive, a three-week (July 10-30) pre-professional program where they lived on campus and received intensive training in ballet, pas de deux, character, modern, jazz, and repertoire.

Butler University summer intensive dance class in Lilly Hall July 26, 2016“The idea is to make them excited about Butler Ballet,” said Dance Professor Marek Cholewa, who organized the program. “Not all of them will be coming to our University program, but some of them will. We’ll be able to view them and judge them wisely, especially those who apply for scholarships.”

When students audition for Butler Ballet, they typically come to campus for a day of tryouts and meetings, which gives the Dance faculty limited time to make decisions. Cholewa wanted more time with students to see what they could do. So he recruited Dance Professors Cynthia Pratt and Susan McGuire, as well as his wife, Rosanna Ruffo, an adjunct Professor of Dance, and two other adjuncts, Laura Byram and Jaclyn Virgin, for this summer experience.

The results were everything he had hoped for—he got to work with several promising students and get Butler on their radar for college. The students had a similarly positive reaction.

Lauryn Adams, a 16-year-old high school junior from Atlanta, Georgia, who’s been dancing since she was 4, heard about Butler from a friend who had toured campus. She jumped at the chance to participate in the Summer Intensive program.

“It’s been really nice to dance around different people and be exposed to other kinds of dancers—different bodies, different abilities,” she said. “So I’ve been able to take other people’s corrections that I haven’t heard before and get a new perspective from the teachers. That’s been really nice for me.”

Catalina Good, 16, who came from Orlando, Florida, said learned and improved a lot during the three-week session. She found the program “an enriching experience,” both from what she learned about dance and what she learned about herself.

“I’ve learned to nurture myself as a whole person, not just strictly pushing, pushing ballet,” said Good, who is going into her senior year of high school. “I love to do that, but to think about the aspects of a well-rounded person. I’ve learned many corrections about my body and treating it correctly, listening to my body more instead of just ignoring it and telling myself to go.”

Because of the experience, Adams and Good both said Butler is on their list of college choices.

Same with Erica Lohman, 17, who was one of 10 commuters who took part in the program. Lohman, who lives just outside Indianapolis and will be a senior at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, said the three weeks was like getting to “test-drive the college.”

She liked what she saw. She found the professors “amazing” and said she came away with better ideas of how her body should work and how to express herself while dancing.

“I loved it,” she said. “I think the campus is cool. I’ve enjoyed getting to see not just the dance part of Butler, but we’ve been able to eat in Atherton and get stuff from the bookstore and so it’s been really fun. I’ve really, really enjoyed everything about this intensive.”

 

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

Campus

Summer Ballet Program Keeps Faculty, Students On Their Toes

"I’ve enjoyed getting to see not just the dance part of Butler, but we’ve been able to eat in Atherton and get stuff from the bookstore and so it’s been really fun. I’ve really, really enjoyed everything about this intensive.”

Aug 01 2016 Read more
Campus

Notice: "Project Management Fundamentals" Email Is a Scam

BY

PUBLISHED ON Jul 25 2016

Butler University warned the public today that an organization called Project Management International, which has sent out emails offering a class at Butler in August, is in no way affiliated with the University and has not been authorized to hold events on the Butler campus.

“We want the public to be aware that no space on the Butler campus has been leased to anyone relative to this course,” the University said in a statement. “This appears to be a scam. We have sent this organization a cease-and-desist letter.”

The University recommends that anyone who signed up for this class request a refund and contact the Indiana Attorney General at 317-232-6330. Complaints can be filed at ic3.gov.

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

Campus

Notice: "Project Management Fundamentals" Email Is a Scam

Butler University warned the public today that an organization called Project Management International, which has sent out emails offering a class at Butler in August, is in no way affiliated with the University and has not been authorized to hold events on the Butler campus.

Jul 25 2016 Read more
Campus

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

BY

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.”

 

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

Campus

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.

Jul 22 2016 Read more
Campus

Butler Alumni Have Their Companies Moving Fast

BY

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.”

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

Campus

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.

Jul 20 2016 Read more
Campus

Butler's School Counseling Degree Rated Among the Best

BY

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.

 

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

Campus

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.

Jul 14 2016 Read more
Campus

Butler Again Listed in 'Fiske Guide to Colleges'

BY

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.”

 

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

Campus

Butler Again Listed in 'Fiske Guide to Colleges'

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

Jul 01 2016 Read more
Campus

Justine Koontz MM '16 Earns Fulbright to Study in Latvia

BY

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.”

 

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

Campus

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.

Jun 29 2016 Read more
Campus

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

BY

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.

 

Media contact:
John Dedman
317-940-9414
jdedman@butler.edu

Campus

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.

Jun 28 2016 Read more
Campus

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

BY

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.”

 

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

Campus

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?

Jun 27 2016 Read more
Campus

Butler Student-Athletes Post Success on the Student Side

BY

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.

 

Media contact:
John Dedman
jdedman@butler.edu
317-940-9414

Campus

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.

Jun 20 2016 Read more

Pages