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Hinkle Fieldhouse Renovation Takes Top Honors at Indy Chamber Awards

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 30 2015

Butler University's renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse received the highest honor of the Monumental Award Wednesday, October 28, at the Indy Chamber's annual Monumental Awards gala.

Butler University Announces $16 Million Public Goal for Hinkle CampaignThe premier awards ceremony, organized with assistance from the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), honored the most significant achievements by individuals and businesses that contribute to excellence in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction, real estate development, neighborhood revitalization, engineering, innovative reuse and public art throughout the Indianapolis region.

“The incredible renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse takes a facility that's been one of the best in college athletics for the last eight decades and brings it into the 21st century in a way that maintains its historical character,” Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, explained. “This project and others submitted for the Monumental Awards showcase the vision and talents of Indy's design, engineering, and construction industries as the cornerstone of our region's built environment.”

The Monumental Award was accepted by representatives of Turner Construction Company.

The winner of the Monumental Award was selected by an impartial jury of community and professional leaders from the Indianapolis region. All awards were deliberated by sanctioning organizations selected from the specific area of discipline for each category.

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Meet the New Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 21 2015

Daniel Meyers, the new Director of Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation, faced some tough moments while studying biochemistry at Willamette University.

“Chemistry was always a challenge for me and required tremendous energy; there came a point where I was ready to give up my biochemistry major,” he said. “But I had good advice from my own chaplain at the university, who I talked with about this. He said: ‘Small seasons are small. This moment of frustration and challenge was not your whole time in the sciences and probably won’t continue to be.’ And that was true.”

Daniel MeyersThe influence of that chaplain was so significant that Meyers continued his biochemistry major and took on a second major, Religious Studies. In both fields, he found himself asking big questions about how the world works. Or, as he puts it, “two different approaches to similar questions.”

Religion eventually won out in his career plan. And now at Butler, he plans to help coordinate, support, and strengthen religious life on campus while helping people identify their own passions and how those interests connect to their work at the University and beyond.

“What I’m hopefully going to get to do,” he said, “is be involved in both of those distinct but very much wedded-together projects.”

Meyers came to Butler on June 1 from Columbia University, where, for the past two years, he was the inaugural Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow in the Office of the University Chaplain. The Portland, Oregon, native, and his wife, Janna, initially moved to New York after graduation from Willamette. While she studied at Union Theological Seminary, he taught high school chemistry and environmental science in Newark, New Jersey, through Teach for America.

“What I really learned from that whole experience is that teaching is very, very difficult, and you have to be able to connect with the community,” he said. “You have to be present in many ways beyond the classroom.”

In Newark, Meyers also realized that he wanted to focus on chaplaincy rather than leading a parish because he preferred one-on-one, small group dynamics to leading a large community. After three years of teaching, he and Janna moved to Connecticut. He attended Yale Divinity School, earning a Master of Divinity and becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ.

That led to his fellowship at Columbia, where one of his achievements was creating Exhale, a space for student reflection, awareness, and discernment. As that position wound down, he wanted to find a higher education, multi-faith chaplaincy.

Meyers sees his first year at Butler as “largely a listening year.” He’ll hear from students, faculty, staff, and community advisers about where the Center for Faith and Vocation should go as it heads into its second decade. He also will advise “those open to questions and open to seeking.”

“So whether you find yourself in a religious set of commitments or communities, or you’re outside of any particular label but you have questions about meaning and purpose and divinity, those are the kinds of folks I’m excited to be engaging with at Butler,” he said.

He’ll also have a big year personally—Janna is expecting their first child in October.

“New house, new city, new job, new child,” Meyers said. “It’s just all kinds of new. I’m excited about all of it.”

 

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

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Art, Science, and Nature Merge in Holcomb Gardens

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 15 2015

StreamLines, an interactive project that merges art and science to advance the Indianapolis community’s understanding and appreciation of its waterways, will be unveiled Thursday, September 24, at 5:00 PM in Butler University’s Holcomb Gardens.
A visitor to Holcomb Gardens took a sneak peak at StreamLines. (Photo by Mary Miss)

The event, which is open to the public but requires an RSVP, will include environmental visual art by Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory, musical works by local musical artist Stuart Hyatt a dance performance by Butler University Dance Department choreographed by Professor of Dance Cynthia Pratt. The dance will showcase musical pieces written and recorded for StreamLines. There also will be a poetry reading created for StreamLines and brief remarks from project partners Mary Miss, Dr. John Fraser of NewKnowledge.org and Mark Kesling of The daVinci Pursuit.

StreamLines is the result of a $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University received to create sites along six Indianapolis waterways where arts and science will be used to educate the public about Indianapolis’s water system.

The project features a collection of dance performances, musical recordings, poetry and visual art tailored for sites along the six Indianapolis waterways of focus to the Reconnecting to Our Waterways collective impact initiative—White River, Fall Creek, Central Canal, Little Eagle Creek, Pleasant Run, and Pogue’s Run. That art created for each site invites the community to learn, explore, and experience the science of local water systems through visual art, poetry, dance, and music.

The project also incorporates an interactive website (streamlines.org), smart phone app and related programming to increase access, enhance interpretation and provide expanded opportunities for learning.

“I’m really happy with the way things turned out,” said Mary Miss, the New York-based artist who designed the installations. “You work on it for so long, and it’s really interesting to see how things come together. As an artist, I feel like there are so many pressing issues about climate change and about water that have to be addressed, and people are not paying attention. How do you get them to be able to relate to these issues instead of being scared by them?”

In the Holcomb Gardens installation, visitors will see a series of red lines, mirrors, backwards words, and a pedestal where they can stand so they can be in the center. All are designed to “provoke curiosity,” Miss said.

“The words give you a sense of what the project is all about,” she said. “They’re written backwards on the ground, so it might get you curious to look up into that mirror.”

Elsewhere, there are poems written on the mirrors and facts about the Indianapolis water system (“Water is essential for transport. Nearly all cities are built along waterways that are used to transport goods from one place to another”). There are even jokes: What is a tree that looks different on both sides? Asymmetry.

Ryan Puckett, a spokesman for the project, said the objective is to inform Indianapolis about its waterways and to understand the impact water has on us, and to recognize the impact we have on water.

“We’re not trying to get somebody a Ph.D. in the science of water,” he said. “We’re trying to go for things like getting people to understand that we all live in a watershed. In Indianapolis, we live in the White River Watershed. When a drop of water hits the ground here, it eventually flows into the White River, which ends up in the Mississippi, which ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, which ends up in the ocean. So that connectivity to all those different waterways shows we can have some impact on the ocean.”

 

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

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The First Tenant in the New Parking Garage: Scotty's

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 18 2015

Scotty’s Dawghouse will be the anchor tenant in Butler University’s new Sunset Avenue Parking Garage, leasing 6,400 square feet in the northeast corner of Sunset Avenue and Lake Road. The new restaurant—its name is a twist on the more familiar Scotty’s Brewhouse—is scheduled to open in February 2016, with construction to begin in November.

“We’re thrilled to bring one of Indiana’s most successful and popular restaurant concepts to Butler,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Butler’s Director of External Relations. “We listened to our students, employees, alumni, and Midtown neighbors and believe Scotty’s will be a great fit for the Butler community.”

Scotty's DawghouseScotty’s will serve lunch and dinner and seat 250-300 between its dining room and large outdoor patio. As with all Scotty’s locations, it is “all ages welcome” and family friendly. The new restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). University officials expect that Scotty’s will be open late following major arts and athletics events.

“When I heard that we were even in the discussion as a possibility for this location, I could barely contain my excitement to be the first restaurant/bar on Butler’s campus,” said Scott Wise, President and CEO of a Pots & Pans Production, the management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., C3 Bar, and Scotty’s Brew Club. “And the location … I don’t know if it could be any better squeezed between Clowes Hall and Hinkle Fieldhouse! I’d say this is the best way to kick off our 20th year in business.”

Scotty’s Dawghouse will employ between 75-100 part time and full time positions. It will begin taking applications online in January 2016.
Butler’s new facility, scheduled to open for parking in August, has 17,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor of the five-story structure, as well as 1,033 parking spaces. Kaltenmark said Butler is still actively working with other potential tenants.

Scotty’s and the parking facility represent an important step in Butler’s ambitious plans for campus development. Last year, the University completed the renovation of Butler’s iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Just a block down Sunset Avenue’s newly enhanced streetscape, Butler and American Campus Communities are building a state-of-the-art housing facility, which is scheduled to welcome its first student residents in Fall 2016.

Future development plans include additional phases of student housing development and renovation, and new academic space to house Butler’s science programs and College of Business.

Donna Hovey, Vice President, and Gordon Hendry, First Vice President, from CBRE’s Indianapolis office represented Butler University as the leasing agent. The new mixed-use retail and parking garage being developed by Butler University offers suite sizes ranging from 1,200 to 8,400 square feet, many with patio and outdoor dining options. For more information, please visit http://www.cbre.us/butler-retail.

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

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Butler Chorale to Sing With the Rolling Stones

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 30 2015

The Butler Chorale has landed another spectacularly high-profile gig: July 4 with the Rolling Stones at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the band’s ZIP CODE tour.
The Butler Chorale will join Mick, Keith, and the rest of the Rolling Stones onstage Saturday, July 4, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by Kevin Mazur)

The 26-member choral group, which performed with Madonna as part of the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, will be providing backup vocals during one song of the Stones’ set. The chorale will be rehearsing this week to prepare for the show.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Eric Stark, Butler’s Director of Choral Activities. “When I announced this, it was just like the Super Bowl. People were just jumping out of their chairs about it.”

The chorale will be broken into two groups onstage during the performance. Greg Sanders ’99 MM ’11, conductor of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and vocal coach for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide concerts, will conduct one half, and Professor of Music Doug Spaniol will be the shadow conductor for the other half. (Stark had a previous commitment and will be traveling that night.)

Stark said the invitation to perform with “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” came shortly before the spring semester ended. “Initially, I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to help because it’s summertime,” Stark said. “But once the students found out it was the Rolling Stones that became very interesting to them. We didn’t have too much trouble.”

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

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Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor To Class of 2015: Never Give Up

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PUBLISHED ON May 09 2015

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor advised Butler University’s Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 9, that they should never give up on themselves or their dreams.

Eva Kor in Hinkle FieldhouseKor, who spent from May 1944 to January 27, 1945, in the Auschwitz concentration camp, told the 914 graduates and near-capacity crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse that she was able to endure horrific medical experiments at the hands of Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele because she promised herself “to do anything and everything in my power” to make sure she and her sister, Miriam, survived. (To see the commencement ceremony, go to www.butler.edu/live/.)

In her mind, she said, she pictured how they would look when they finally walked out of the camp.

They dealt with rats, lice, and starvation—both of food and human kindness. She recalled one experiment where Mengele injected her multiple times and she ended up in a hospital. When he saw her there later, he said, “Too bad she’s so young. She only has two weeks to live.”

“But I refused to die,” said Kor, who runs CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Kor said that in the years since, she learned to forgive the Nazis as well as “everyone who every hurt me.” She told the story of writing a letter of forgiveness to a Nazi doctor 50 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, which she called “an act of self-healing and self-liberation.”

“Fifty years of pain was lifted from my shoulders,” she said.

Kor also urged the parents of the graduates to “give their children an extra hug and kiss for all the children who have no parents to hug and kiss.” With that, her son Alex, a 1983 Butler graduate, walked over and hugged her.

Kor and longtime Butler benefactor Jean T. Wildman each received honorary doctorates. Wildman, in brief remarks, said that “never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be standing here.” She said she was delighted to have watched Butler grow from a couple of buildings into what it is today.

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

Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, who was murdered by ISIS on November 16, 2014, was awarded a degree posthumously. His parents, Ed and Paula, accepted the diploma on his behalf and received a standing ovation.

The faculty speaker, College of Business Associate Professor of Management Craig Caldwell, told the graduates that money and possessions are not the key to happiness, and he urged them to have empathy and take care of their community.

Class of 2016 President William Grabb described his fellow graduates as “motivated, passionate, and hard-working” students who earned this day.

“You are about to be handed your diploma,” he said. “But you know it was not just handed to you.”

 

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

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Butler Breaks Ground for New Student Residence Hall

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PUBLISHED ON May 08 2015

Butler University officially broke ground on Friday, May 8, on Sunset Student Residences, a state-of-the-art, 633-bed sophomore residence hall that will substantially modernize and update Butler’s housing options.

The $40 million building, which will open in August 2016, will span from Butler Way to Blue Ridge Road along Sunset Avenue, in what previously had been a parking lot.
Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Burks and President Danko prepare to break ground on the new Sunset Student Residences.

“The most important part of this project is the improvement of our housing stock," President James M. Danko said. "Now, housing is going to be an extra added attraction to go along with world-class education."

The new residence is the result of a partnership between Butler University and American Campus Communities. Under the agreement, American Campus will build and maintain the facility, while Butler will provide staff to manage the building.

Sunset Student Residences will feature rooms set up in pods of three to four bedrooms, with no more than two students in any room. Each room, which shared, is configured to have a divider to provide more privacy. There will be a bathroom for every bedroom, and each student will have his or her own vanity and sink. In addition, each suite will have a kitchenette and furnished living room area.

In addition, the facility will have a large multipurpose room that is being described as “a living room for the campus.” The room will be used for conferences, events, and other gatherings, as well as studying.

Other amenities will include a fireplace and social lounge in the connecting area between the two buildings, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, a lounge on each floor (some for recreation, some for study), and a small cardio-fitness center.

This effort represents the first phase of a comprehensive student housing master plan that will address the University’s overall housing inventory. The scope of the master planning process encompasses the renovation or redevelopment of approximately 1,200-1,500 student beds and related student amenity space in Ross Hall, Schwitzer Hall, and Residential College.

“American Campus Communities brings an enormous amount of experience and vision to our partnership,” Danko said.

By establishing a long-term partnership with American Campus, Butler will be able to dramatically upgrade its housing options, while maintaining the financial flexibility needed to invest in future academic facilities.

American Campus Communities President and CEO Bill Bayless praised Butler's leadership for its efforts.

Fairview House rendering"With your vision and your leadership and the commitment to quality and doing things right that you all have brought to this process, we're honored to be your partner," he said. "Our only goal will be to exceed every expectation that you and your students have for this facility."

American Campus Communities––the nation’s largest developer, owner, and manager of high-quality student housing communities––has completed similar projects at more than 40 universities, including Princeton, the University of Southern California, Texas A&M, and Arizona State.

Examples of their work can be seen at http://www.americancampus.com.

Since 1996, American Campus has developed more than $4.3 billion in properties and acquired more than $4.8 billion in student housing assets. The company has been awarded the development of more than 70 on-campus projects, in addition to 26 projects developed off campus.

 

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

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Butler Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Student Residence Hall

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PUBLISHED ON May 06 2015

On Friday, May 8, Butler University will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Sunset Student Residences, a state-of-the-art, 633-bed sophomore residence hall that will substantially modernize and update Butler’s housing options. A ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The $40 million building, which will open in August 2016, will span from Butler Way to Blue Ridge Road along Sunset Avenue, in what previously had been a parking lot.

Fairview House rendering“The addition of this new facility and future renovations is a critical step toward advancing Butler’s educational mission through superior campus amenities, and the ultimate realization of Butler’s 2020 Vision as an innovative national leader in undergraduate residential education,” Butler President James M. Danko said.

The new residence is the result of a partnership between Butler University and American Campus Communities. Under the agreement, American Campus will build and maintain the facility, while Butler will provide staff to manage the building.

Sunset Student Residences will feature rooms set up in pods of three to four bedrooms, with no more than two students in any room. Each room, which shared, is configured to have a divider to provide more privacy. There will be a bathroom for every bedroom, and each student will have his or her own vanity and sink. In addition, each suite will have a kitchenette and furnished living room area.

In addition, the facility will have a large multipurpose room that is being described as “a living room for the campus.” The room will be used for conferences, events, and other gatherings, as well as studying.

Other amenities will include a fireplace and social lounge in the connecting area between the two buildings, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, a lounge on each floor (some for recreation, some for study), and a small cardio-fitness center.

This effort represents the first phase of a comprehensive student housing master plan that will address the University’s overall housing inventory. The scope of the master planning process encompasses the renovation or redevelopment of approximately 1,200-1,500 student beds and related student amenity space in Ross Hall, Schwitzer Hall, and Residential College.

“American Campus Communities brings an enormous amount of experience and vision to our partnership,” Danko said. “We are excited to work with them to bring world-class housing options to Butler.”

By establishing a long-term partnership with American Campus, Butler will be able to dramatically upgrade its housing options, while maintaining the financial flexibility needed to invest in future academic facilities.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Butler University,” said Jamie Wilhelm, Executive Vice President of public private partnerships at American Campus. “We look forward to a collaborative process and to providing a modern living-learning community to the next generation of Butler students.”

American Campus Communities––the nation’s largest developer, owner, and manager of high-quality student housing communities––has completed similar projects at more than 40 universities, including Princeton, the University of Southern California, Texas A&M, and Arizona State.

Examples of their work can be seen at http://www.americancampus.com.

Since 1996, American Campus has developed more than $4.3 billion in properties and acquired more than $4.8 billion in student housing assets. The company has been awarded the development of more than 70 on-campus projects, in addition to 26 projects developed off campus.

 

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

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Butler 2014-2015: The Academic Year in Review

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PUBLISHED ON May 05 2015

New construction and renovations, a plan to eliminate greenhouse gases on campus, and three students earning Fulbright Awards are among the highlights of Butler University’s 2014–2015 academic year.

While there was sad news, too—the deaths of former University President Bobby Fong and former student Abdul-Rahman Kassig—the year was overwhelmingly positive.

Here’s a look back.

August

-The Irwin Library faculty and staff unveiled several changes in the facility, including added study space, collaborative workstations, and a new catalog that allows a worldwide search for materials. Dean of the Libraries Julie Miller said the updates are part of the changing role of the academic library. Where libraries used to be largely about the circulation of books and periodicals, they are increasingly becoming a place for collaboration.
Angela Brown

-Renowned opera singer Angela Brown joined the Jordan College of the Arts as a visiting artist in the School of Music for the 2014–2015 school year, presenting master classes, lectures, and performances. The Indianapolis native was at Butler twice each semester to talk with students individually and collectively about performing and lessons she’s learned in the entertainment business.

-The annual Bulldogs Into the Streets brought out about 545 student volunteers, who donated their time to 19 agencies across the greater Indianapolis area. The students gave 1,500 hours of community service.

-Lizzie Jacobs, the Co-Executive Producer, Animation, and Senior Editor for Print at StoryCorps, told Butler’s Class of 2018 to pay attention to those around them—“your professors, of course, but also the staff in the dining hall and the dean’s office, the people maybe at the pizza joint, and, most of all, each other. The people sitting to the left and the right of you and that you’ll be surrounded by every day of your time here. Your freshman roommate, your lab mate, classmate, teammate. And years from now, you’ll remember and lean on the things you learned from each other as much as what you learned in class. And if you’re lucky, there’ll be two or three whose friendship will change your life forever.”

-Butler President James M. Danko gave his State of the University speech, in which he outlined a vision of the University that includes new academic, housing, and parking facilities; development of strong leadership and engaged employees; and a safe and secure campus environment. “When we talk about Butler 2020, that’s the vision,” Danko said to an overflow crowd at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. “We are moving ahead with this. It’s challenging work and challenging times, but we’re really confident, given the greatness of this University, that we’re going to succeed.”

-Butler University welcomed 974 first-year students on move-in day Saturday, August 23. The incoming students had an average GPA of 3.52, an average ACT of 27, and an average SAT of 1190 without writing and 1750 with writing. The class also included 11 Lilly Scholars, three National Merit Semifinalists, and one National Achievement Semifinalist. They came from 37 states and six countries.

September

Marianne Richardson ’14 became the first Butler student to be selected for the prestigious Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) fellowship in Uruguay. Richardson, who graduated with a degree in International Studies and Spanish, left on September 9 for Montevideo, the large metropolitan capital of Uruguay, which became her home for the next 10–12 months. She worked in institutional development at a nonprofit education center for children and adolescents called Providencia.

-U.S. News & World Report said Butler University is among the top schools in the country when it comes to enriched undergraduate offerings that lead to student success. In its “Best Colleges” edition, the magazine highlighted Butler as one of the nation’s finest in five categories: the first-year student experience, internships, study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research/creative projects. Such areas of enriched offerings, said U.S. News, demonstrate that “some colleges and universities are much more determined than others to provide freshmen and all undergrads with the best possible educational experience.”
Bobby Fong

-Former Butler President Bobby Fong died in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Butler’s President from 2001 to 2011, Fong had just begun his fourth academic year as President of Ursinus College there. A celebration of his life was held at Clowes Memorial Hall on September 28.

-Butler University’s College of Education introduced Jill Jay as the new Director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) and Katie Russo as Director of Student Personnel Services and External Relations.

-Butler University honored the memory of Police Officer James Davis, who was killed in the line of duty on September 24, 2004, on the 10th anniversary of his death. He was remembered as “a professional, friendly, and caring individual” and “a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for this campus, the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, and the city of Indianapolis.”

-Forty years after they were married in Holcomb Gardens, Sharon Leininger ’70 and Michael Nemeroff returned—this time to plant a Japanese maple tree to commemorate their anniversary. The Nemeroffs made a gift to Butler in honor of their day.

-Butler University unveiled a new memorial to its bulldog mascots at the Butler Bowl entrance. The memorial, which was adopted as a project by the Class of 2013 and became its official class gift, features a custom dog house/columbarium (urn storage) for each dog’s remains and a bronze bulldog sculpture, crafted in Blue II’s likeness.

-The University broke ground on a 1,038-space multi-use parking facility located on the lot behind the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts along Sunset Avenue. Construction of the five-story parking structure, which is anticipated to open in August 2015, began in the fall. The multi-use facility also will include approximately 15,000 square feet of commercial and office space on the ground level.

-The Center for Urban Ecology was awarded a $10,000 SustainIndy Community Grant to continue and expand Make Change, a neighborhood-based currency program that generates “credit” for doing good for the environment. Through Make Change, each hour of activity a person does is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for this program. Coins can be redeemed at locations including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Good Earth, and Broad Ripple Brew Pub.
Loni McKown

-Loni Smith McKown, professional practice faculty in Butler University’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism, received the College Media Association’s 2014 Honor Roll Award for newspaper advising at a four-year college or university. The award was presented at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia. McKown has served as adviser to The Butler Collegian since fall 2010.

-The University unveiled a plan to eliminate greenhouse gases produced on the campus by 2050. The Butler University Sustainability and Climate Action plan (BUSCA) includes a variety of strategies, such as energy efficiency and conservation measures, transportation strategies, long-term plans to incorporate renewable energy, and a goal to become a “zero waste” campus. The plan also includes water saving and reuse strategies, sustainable procurement policies, and an emphasis on local food.

October

-Artist Jon Edwards’ mural depicting the illustrated history of Butler University was put up in the Wildman Room at Hinkle Fieldhouse. His work covers 10 canvases that are 28 inches high and a total of 120 feet in length.
Artist Jon Edwards, and his drawing of Tony Hinkle.

-Butler University was among a select group in the six-county Central Indiana area that has earned the “Company that Cares” distinction for results during the 2013 United Way of Central Indiana annual workplace campaign.

-Author Michael Martone made an endowed gift to Butler University in honor of his parents, Patricia ’53 and Anthony Martone, to support undergraduate English majors as they travel to conduct research and publish work about the State of Indiana and its citizens.

-School of Music Adjunct Professor Anna Briscoe kicked off a partnership between St. Vincent Heart Center and the Jordan College of Arts’ School of Music in which faculty and student musicians play informal lunchtime concerts at the Heart Center each week to share the power of music for healing and relaxation.

-Sophomore Matthew VanTryon, the Butler Collegian’s sports editor, won a first-place national Pinnacle College Media Award for best sports investigative story for his series about former Butler women’s basketball coach Beth Couture and allegations of verbal and physical abuse against her players. Couture was dismissed from the program a week after the original story was published last spring, and the same day that a follow-up story ran.

November
Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig

-Abdul-Rahman Peter Edward Kassig, who studied political science at Butler University in 2011 and 2012, was remembered during a memorial service held at Clowes Memorial Hall. Kassig was murdered by ISIS.

-Fans got their first look at the $36 million renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse when the Butler men’s basketball team played Tony Hinkle’s alma mater, the University of Chicago, in a pre-season game. For the public, the renovations have meant greater comforts—4,500 new chair-back seats throughout the lower portion of the fieldhouse, a video scoreboard (a first for Hinkle), larger concession stands, additional restrooms, and an expanded gift shop.

 

December

-Butler University’s Center for Global Education was awarded a grant of nearly $100,000 by the Freeman Foundation to enable students to complete internships in East and Southeast Asia in the summer of 2015. The Center will organize a group experience—Butler Summer in Shanghai—in which 12–14 students will travel with a China-specialist member of the Butler faculty to Shanghai for a six-week program of individually designed internships combined with group excursions and cultural immersion activities.

-One hundred fifty-one students became alumni at Winter 2014 Commencement. Jauvon Gilliam ’01 and Betty Kessler, who earned her teaching certificate from Butler in 1937, received honorary degrees.
Jauvon Gilliam

-Butler University made Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of the best values in private colleges for 2015. The list, which includes 100 private universities from across the country, can be found at Kiplinger.com/links/college. Butler ranked 60th overall—up one spot from 2014.

-Every applicant accepted to Butler received the news from the University’s beloved mascot, Trip, via an email and video. In addition, about 20 prospective students in the Chicago, the Gary area, and Indianapolis regions received a surprise visit from Trip and his handler, Director of External Relations Michael Kaltenmark, who delivered the good news in person.

-English Professor Andy Levy’s new book, Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece, was released to critical acclaim.

January

-Butler University was selected to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification, a distinction that recognizes the University’s efforts to connect with the Indianapolis community. “The classification recognizes our commitment to partnering with communities as we provide experiential learning opportunities,” President James M. Danko said. “Our students connect with the community, and together we serve the common good.”

-The women of Butler’s Delta Gamma sorority wrote to TV talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres to tell her how they get together at 3:00 p.m. weekdays to watch her show. DeGeneres answered their email, surprising them with a Skype phone call and a multitude of prizes.

-Butler University announced the hiring of two new vice presidents—Jaci Thiede, Vice President for Advancement, and Lori Greene, Vice President for Enrollment Management. Thiede comes to Butler from Northwestern University, where she was Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Development at the law school. Greene was Director of Undergraduate Admission at Loyola University Chicago.

-The College of Education received the 2015 National Model of Excellence awarded by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. The award identifies outstanding programs in professional education that serve as tangible models of quality in the areas of Moral and Ethical Dimensions of the Learning Community; Partnerships; Liberal Arts; and Global Awareness and Action.
Stevens and Fields

-Butler University student Ernie Utah Stevens ’16 and his partner, Arizona skater Caitlin Fields, won the U.S. National Junior Pair title. They went on to represent the United States at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, March 2–8.

-Butler University’s Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA) program, in which professors accompany students on a semester-long trip, was named one of the top study-abroad programs in the country by bestcollegereviews.org. “This program is perfect for the student who does not want to settle in one place, but wants to experience several cultures,” the website said. While traveling, the faculty member teaches one course, and then students are joined at different locations by other faculty, who teach other courses related to the locale. GALA was ranked ninth.

 

February

-Elise J. Kushigian, the executive director of Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University for the past 20 years, announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year after overseeing more than 8,000 performances. While at Clowes, she built a strong and lasting legacy of innovative programming, groundbreaking education initiatives, and capital projects that have preserved and enhanced Clowes Memorial Hall for the next generation of Central Indiana audiences.
Ellen and her DG friends

-Ellen DeGeneres surprised her friends at Butler University’s Delta Gamma sorority—again. Barely a month after making a Skype phone call to the sorority, DeGeneres flew 10 DGs to Los Angeles to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

-In separate projects, students from several of Butler’s colleges published and are selling children’s books. One, called Max Greene and the Vaccine Team, focuses on educating children about vaccines to dispel fear and anxiety over shots. A second book, The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure, aims to introduce fourth-grade students to integral people and events in Indiana’s history, such as Eli Lilly, Benjamin Harrison, Madame C.J. Walker, and the Indianapolis 500.

-Four Butler University alumni and an adjunct professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program were among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2015. Ed Carpenter ’03, Michael Grimes ’99 MBA ’07, Eric Payne ’98, and Erin Roth ’98—all College of Business graduates—and writer Ben Winters made the prestigious list.

-Daniel Meyers was named Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation. A graduate of Willamette University (Oregon) in Biochemistry and Religious Studies, Meyers earned a master of divinity at Yale Divinity School, was ordained in the United Church of Christ, and is currently completing a two-year position as Earl Hall Religious Life Fellow in the Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University. He will assume the responsibilities of Director on June 1.

March

-Senior Michelle Ferro wins the Miss Collegiate Indy pageant. In June, she will compete with about 35 young Indiana women to become Miss Indiana and represent the state in the Miss America pageant.
Michelle Ferro

-The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced that it will launch the first student-written open-access multimedia healthcare review journal, BU Well, this summer. The journal will feature articles on pressing health issues such as the overuse of antibiotics and the development of resistance, the push of virtual healthcare and its effect on medical costs, and the rapidly changing future of the healthcare industry. The project was created through a Butler Innovation Fund Grant.

-For the third consecutive year, Butler earned Tree Campus USA recognition. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The Indiana Wildlife Federation recognized the University as a sustainably landscaped campus.

-Men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann, who guided the Bulldogs to a successful men’s basketball campaign in 2014–2015, was awarded a contract extension. The new deal extends the coach’s contract through the 2020–21 season.

-After months of town halls discussions, Butler Marketing & Communications unveiled the University’s new marketing direction, including visual identity, web update, and awareness campaign.

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

April

-The Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research, a 129-page online publication of college students’ papers on topics as diverse as modern political messaging and James Joyce’s naturalistic evolution, published its first edition on April 1 at digitalcommons.butler.edu/bjur/. The journal was created through a Butler Innovation Fund Grant.
Brian Todd, left, and Brian Straughn show off the Thringer -- with a little help from Trip.

-Four students in the College of Business unveiled the “Thringer,” a foam hand with three fingers extended upward, which they developed as part of the Real Business Experience class. The NCAA was so taken with the Thringer that it bought 3,000 of them—750 for each student section—to give to the student sections during Final Four weekend April 4–6.

-Chemistry major Luke Gallion ’16 won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Goldwater Scholarships, which provide up to $7,500 for school-related expenses, were established “to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers,” according to the program’s website. “A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today’s terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.”

-Butler University was the first school in Indiana to speak out against Indiana’s divisive “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). In a statement, President Danko wrote: “While I have read a variety of opinions and rationale for RFRA, it strikes me as ill-conceived legislation at best, and I fear that some of those who advanced it have allowed their personal or political agendas to supersede the best interests of the State of Indiana and its people. No matter your opinion of the law, it is hard to argue with the fact it has done significant damage to our state.”

-Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, has selected Butler University as the winner of its annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its preservation of Hinkle Fieldhouse. The dome of Indiana Landmarks Center’s Grand Hall turned Butler blue when Director of Athletics Barry Collier, Executive Director of Facilities Rich Michal, and Butler Blue III accepted the silver cup.

-Thomas Paradis, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation at Northern Arizona University, was named Associate Provost for Assessment, Scholarship, and Professional Development Programs at Butler. Paradis, who has been at Northern Arizona since 1997, will start at Butler on August 1.

-The Butler Collegian won 13 awards for work published in 2014 from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association during the organization's annual spring convention in Indianapolis.

-Blake Moskal, a junior from Lake Zurich, Illinois, was been selected to receive the 2014–2015 John Weidner Award for Altruism. Moskal has been involved in a wide variety of service activities for local and national organizations, including the Intercollegiate YMCA, U.S. Dream Academy, Special Olympics, Gleaners Food Bank and Second Servings, and Methodist Hospital. He has served as a mentor and tutor for Indianapolis Public Schools students, a volunteer coordinator for Fall Creek Gardens, and Service and Philanthropy Chairman for Sigma Nu fraternity.
Blake Moskal

-The University began a yearlong program to compost food waste from its dining halls on Tuesdays and Fridays. Local composting service Green With Indy will pick up all compostable waste and bring it to GreenCycle of Indiana, where it will be turned into natural fertilizer.

-Three Butler students won the prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award to teach in another country during the 2015–2016 school year. Vocal performance major Julie O’Mara ’15 will be teaching in Germany, Anthropology and Spanish double major Léa Levy ’15 will be in Colombia, and Amber Zimay ’15 will be in Mexico. In addition, Madison Chartier ’15 will be heading to France as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France, and Jill Gentry '15 has been selected to teach in Madrid, Spain, through the Council of International Educational Exchange.

-Butler's women's club volleyball team won the national championship, defeating the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

May

-The University broke ground on a new 633-bed housing facility along Sunset Avenue. The Sunset Student Residences will feature rooms set up in pods of two to six beds, with no more than two students in a room. Each room will have a divider for privacy, and there will be a bathroom for every two students. Each student will have his or her own vanity and sink, and each floor of the building will have a lounge and study rooms. In addition, the facility will have a large multipurpose room that is being described as “a living room for the campus.” The room will be used for conferences, events, and other gatherings.

 

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

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Indiana Landmarks Honors Butler for Restoration of Hinkle Fieldhouse

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 16 2015

Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, has selected Butler University as the winner of its annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its preservation of Hinkle Fieldhouse. The dome of Indiana Landmarks Center’s Grand Hall will turn Butler blue when Director of Athletics Barry Collier, Executive Director of Facilities Rich Michal, and Butler Blue III accept the silver cup at an event on April 25 in Indianapolis.

Although Hinkle appeared sturdy and timeless, it was a National Historic Landmark in need of attention before Butler launched a $36.2 million restoration that concluded last year.

Hinkle FieldhouseThe university’s enrollment barely topped 1,000 when Fermor Spencer Cannon designed Butler Fieldhouse in 1928 to seat 15,000. The fieldhouse has hosted graduations, addresses by six U.S. presidents, a concert with 125 pianos, indoor track meets in the ‘30s where Jesse Owens set a world record, and a World War II barracks.

To many Hoosiers, Hinkle will forever be remembered as the home of Indiana’s single-class high school basketball championship. Angelo Pizzo, who wrote the screenplay for the movie Hoosiers, called the fieldhouse “a work of art and a thing of beauty.”

In designing the restoration, design team leader RATIO Architects followed Collier’s mantra: “keep Hinkle, Hinkle” and his variation, “make Hinkle more Hinkle.”

“Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle” meant tuckpointing all the masonry, restoring the steel-sash windows and replicating those that were too rusted to save. “The windows contribute to Hinkle’s signature ambiance, a place flooded with natural light that lends the exposed steel girders a sculptural quality,” says Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis, a Butler alum.

Filled over the years with mismatched glass, the windows were retrofit with 9,700 new energy-efficient panes. Because Butler won a federal preservation grant for the window rehab, the entire project followed federal restoration guidelines.

Inside, to “make Hinkle more Hinkle,” the restoration removed cement-block offices, storage closets and concession stands under the bleachers and on the concourse. This change returned the original configuration, opening up the concourses and uncovering the trusses that rise up and over the barrel-vaulted ceiling.

To improve conditions for student athletes and attract recruits, Butler renovated the West Gym and dingy locker rooms, training and workout areas, and the academic center. They created new spaces for these functions and athletic offices in a dark, unused natatorium north of the West Gym, adding two floors in the space, opening up bricked-in windows, and installing an elevator that makes the upper levels of the fieldhouse handicapped accessible for the first time.

“The restoration means that the Bulldogs can continue to attract student athletes and, in 2115, Hinkle Fieldhouse will still be standing strong,” declares Carl Cook, Indiana Landmarks board chairman and head of the Cook Cup selection committee. He will present the Cook Cup at Rescue Party, an annual benefit for Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered Places programs. Tickets for the April 25 event are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance at rescueparty2015.eventbrite.com or by calling 317-639-4534.

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Butler to Begin Composting Dining Hall Food Waste

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 13 2015

Butler University will begin a yearlong program to compost food waste from its dining halls on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning April 14.

The University has hired the local composting service Green With Indy, which will pick up all compostable waste and bring it to GreenCycle of Indiana, where it will be turned into natural fertilizer.
Eric Rupenthal, Lauren Rhoads, Gabrielle Vinyard, and Michelle Okerstrom

“It’s a really big deal that we’re composting,” Butler Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage said. “Not many universities do it. It’s a relatively new thing, and it’s hard to overcome some of the barriers—like funding. We’re lucky because we have these two organizations in town that make it easy for us.”

Students will not have to separate their trash—or do anything different, really. On those two days, the trash cans will be replaced with composting bins.

Students from Beverage’s Sustainability Practicum class will be in the dining areas to provide information about the new program.

According to Greg Walton of Green With Indy, composting has a number of benefits:

-Food waste will be converted to a fertilizer that can used to create healthier, local food sources.

-Pesticides, herbicides and lead in our soil have been linked to developmental issues in children. Composting inactivates these harmful elements.

-Composting eliminates chemical run-off into our rivers, ponds and streams ... our sources of drinking water.

-Food waste in landfills creates methane and carbon dioxide gases, which contributes to climate change.

The Student Government Association’s Council on Presidential Affairs funded the lion’s share of the one-year contract. Lambda Chi Alpha, which was awarded an SGA grant, also donated to the costs, and a Staff Training and Enrichment Program mini-grant series helped with start-up costs.

During an audit of Butler’s trash in April 2014, Beverage found 600 pounds each of trash, food waste, and recyclables thrown away on just one day. (She plans to conduct another waste audit on April 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. near Norris Plaza.

For the past year, she has challenged her Sustainability Practicum class to come up with ways for Butler to reduce food waste.

Among the ideas now being put into action:

  • Getting students to take a food waste pledge, which includes easy-to-do things like making a grocery list so they don’t overbuy and end throwing food away, and eating leftovers first before they make something new.
  • Offering home composting kits to some faculty and staff, including worms to eat through the food waste.
  • Creation of a Butler chapter of the Food Recovery Network—the second in Indiana, which collects prepared food that wasn’t eaten and donates it to a shelter.
  • Volunteering at the IUPUI Campus Kitchen, where they cook donated food and bring it to shelters.

“My experience with Food Recovery Network has been so rewarding because it has such a powerful mission,” said Lauren Wathen, one of the founding Food Recovery Network chapter members. “Not only does it reduce waste, but also it provides resources for those who need them, and I think that is invaluable.”

 

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

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Butler U, You've Got a Lovely Campus

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PUBLISHED ON Mar 31 2015

The beauty of Butler University’s campus has been recognized by two organizations, and a third—the NCAA—will be helping to beautify it even more by donating three trees that were planted near Schwitzer Hall on March 31 to commemorate the beginning of Earth Month.

For the third consecutive year, Butler has earned Tree Campus USA recognition. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Sophomore Marisa Heiling and James Conner, Grounds Supervisor, planted trees outside Schwitzer Hall on March 31 to kick off Earth Month.

To obtain this distinction, Butler University met the five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and student service-learning project.

Butler’s 295-acre campus is home to over 100 different species of trees.

“Our campus is a green oasis,” said Rebecca Dolan, Director of the Friesner Herbarium. “These trees provide ecological services that everyone in the community benefits from, including cleaning the air, cooling adjacent buildings in summer, and decreasing storm water runoff. Many members of Butler University’s grounds staff have worked here over 20 years. They know each tree and provide excellent care. Tree Campus USA recognition acknowledges this commitment.”

Butler also is being recognized by the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) as a sustainably landscaped campus. The recognition will be officially announced at an Earth Day celebration on April 22. More about the Butler certification is here.

The IWF noted that schools “do not need to sacrifice aesthetics for sustainability when designing and maintaining campus grounds. Environmental stewardship can reduce campuses’ impacts on Indiana’s ecosystems while enhancing their visual appeal and reducing maintenance costs.”

Butler Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage said the IWF certification “is a wonderful way to shine a light on the great things our facilities staff is currently doing to conserve resources and improve natural habitats on campus, while also providing a focus and context to think about what we could be doing better.”

Beverage also said the University will be adding three trees—two red maples and a white oak—to the campus landscape. The trees were planted March 31—the two maples between the sidewalk and the street along Hampton Drive, the oak near the walkway to the main entrance of Schwitzer.

The NCAA and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful partnered to plant 26 trees at seven higher education and neighborhood community facilities in the greater Indianapolis area to commemorate the seventh time that Indianapolis has hosted the men’s Final Four.

 

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

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