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2016-2017: The Academic Year in Review

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PUBLISHED ON May 08 2017

The 2016–2017 academic year began with the largest class ever—1,272 students—coming to Butler. It concluded with 955 newly minted graduates, two large gifts to the University, and the groundbreaking for a new housing facility to replace Schwitzer Hall.

In between, the University was again named Most Innovative School in the Midwest as well as one of the healthiest in the country. Butler opened the new Fairview House housing facility, earned LEED Gold certification for the Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations, added a new fraternity, and much more.

We also lost several cherished members of the Butler community, including basketball star Joel Cornette ‘04, longtime Professor of Voice André Aerne, and Patricia Cochran, the great-great-granddaughter of Butler University founder Ovid Butler.

Here’s a look back:

AUGUST

-The University welcomed a record first-year class of 1,272 students on move-in day. The class included 46 Valedictorians and 11 Salutatorians, 2 National Merit Finalists, 21 Lilly Scholars, and 45 21st Century Scholars.

-A Gallup-Purdue Index study found that Butler alumni are thriving personally and professionally. Butler outperformed its peers across most items in graduates’ assessment of their student experience including faculty support and experiential learning, affinity for their alma mater, and overall well-being.

-Investigating the Rubik’s cube, comparing contracts for restricted free agents in the NBA, and constructing Cantor polynomials were just some of the research projects Butler students undertook at Mathematics Research Camp, an eight-day intensive experience designed to introduce students to mathematical research.
Joel Cornette

-Joel Cornette, a key member of Butler's first Sweet 16 team, died. He was 35. A celebration of his life was held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on August 22. The University established the Joel Cornette Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarship support for future Butler Bulldogs. Contributions in honor may be made online.

-Butler was awarded a $600,000 Indiana State Department of Health grant for a two-year project to determine whether dementia patients’ lives can be improved through the use of personal musical playlists. In the project, called Music First, faculty and students from across Butler—in Psychology, Music, Pharmacy, Communication Disorders, and other areas—studied 100 residents in the American Village retirement home throughout the 2016–2017 academic year.

-Professor Emeritus of Music James Briscoe, Professor of Education Suneeta Kercood, and Professor of Communication Ann Savage were honored with Butler University’s 2016 Distinguished Faculty Awards.

-President James Danko was reappointed as the BIG EAST conference’s representative on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum.

-Speaking as part of Academic Day, author Kelsey Timmerman told first-year students that they should do volunteer work, study abroad, and incorporate one thing a day into their lives that provides someone else with genuine opportunity.

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

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

-The old pool section of Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has been converted into a weight room, training center, and administration offices, received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The removal of the pool was part of the $34 million renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse, which took place in 2013–2014.
Rob Kaharchik

-Associate Professor of Theatre Rob Koharchik and Butler Theatre alumnus Jeffery Martin ’93 each received one of the "surprise" $10,000 awards given by The Indianapolis Foundation to Indianapolis-based organizations and individuals. Koharchik and Martin were recognized under the category “Indy Professional Theatre MVPs,” creative professionals whose work in theater contributes to the vibrancy of the cultural community and the strength of our city.

-Fairview House, the new $43 million, 633-bed residence hall located along Sunset Avenue, officially opened. The residence hall features three- and four-bedroom pods with two students to a room. Each pair of students shares a bathroom, and each has his or her own sink and large closet.

 

SEPTEMBER

-Butler participated in a weeklong celebration of Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut with Butler Theatre’s staged reading of Vonnegut’s play Happy Birthday, Wanda June and Indy Opera’s world premiere of the opera version of that play, with music written by Butler Music Professor Richard Auldon Clark.

-The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) was awarded a three-year, nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the CUE Farm on campus as a hub for undergraduate education and research. The money supports Butler faculty in the development and implementation of four urban agriculture research modules in biology, chemistry, ecology, and environmental science courses and to study the impact of those modules on student learning.
Lindsay Lewellen

-Assistant Professor of Biology Lindsay Lewellyn was awarded a $410,656 National Institutes of Health grant to study egg development in fruit flies, which ultimately could lead to breakthroughs in the area of human infertility. The money is being used to pay for students to work in the lab over the summer, presenting findings at research conferences, hiring a full-time research technician during the academic year, and supplies.

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

-Delorean J. Menifee was named Director of Admission.

-Butler University and the Center for Urban Ecology were inducted into the Green Lights Hall of Fame. The Green Light Awards—a series of climate solutions compiled by Sustainable Indiana 2016 as part of the Bicentennial—are distributed to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting sustainability across the state of Indiana.

-For the second consecutive year, Butler University was ranked as the Most Innovative School among Midwestern Regional Universities, according to the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges. Butler was also recognized in the categories of Best Undergraduate Teaching and the Best Colleges for Veterans, and appeared on the national shortlist of excellence for First-Year Experience, Internships, Undergraduate Research, and Study Abroad.

-Butler was named one of the 26 healthiest colleges in the country by Greatist.com, a website devoted to healthy living.

-CommonLit Inc., a company run by Michelle (Skinner) Brown ’09, received a federal Department of Education grant to help fund and expand the organization. CommonLit Inc., a completely free, online compilation of literary and teaching resources that was created to try to close the “secondary literacy gap,” will receive $3.9 million over two years.

OCTOBER

-At the annual Alumni Awards Recognition Program for extraordinary professional achievement and service, Butler honored nine alumni: Butler Medal, John Hargrove ’69; Butler Service Medal, George Geib; Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award, Jen Christensen ’94; Katherine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award, Maribeth Zay Fischer ’74; Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award, Shawn M. Gage ’04, PA-C; Joseph Irwin Sweeny Alumni Service Award, Amy N. Lenell ’07, PharmD, CLC; Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award, Chris ’79 and Sally (McFarland) ’81 Wirthwein; and Ovid Butler Society Foundation Award, Jennifer L. White ’00 and David White.
Katie Brooks

-Associate Professor of Education Katie Brooks was awarded a $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to train 80 current or potential teachers to become licensed to teach English Language Learning students. The five-year grant is intended to help alleviate the chronic shortage of English as a New Language (ENL) teachers. The grant will pay for 20 college graduates who have a bachelor’s degree in a licensable area such as biology, math, social studies, world languages, or English to get both a teaching license and an ENL license.

-The Board of Trustees elected Attorney Robert T. Wildman and Life Sciences executive Lynne Zydowsky ’81 to special one-year terms on the Board. Both will be eligible for full three-year terms in June 2017. Wildman is a member of the Business Services Group, the Venture Capital and Private Equity Group, and the Real Estate Group of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Zydowsky, President of Zydowsky Consultants, is an experienced executive in the Life Sciences industry who has been involved in the launching and building of many successful companies.

-Longtime Professor of Voice André Aerne died on Sunday, October 16, in Petoskey, Michigan. He was 84. Aerne taught at Butler from 1966–1998 and also was often featured as a soloist in the Romantic Festival programs.

-Butler’s first Mock Mediation team did well at the Brenau Invitational Mediation Tournament in Gainesville, Georgia. Russ Hunter ’17 and Anthony Murdock ’17 both took home “Top Mediator.” Hunter also was awarded “Top Advocate/Client,” as was his teammate Nick Fox ’18.

-Forty-nine members of FFA (Future Farmers of America), who came from as far away as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, and Washington state to attend the annual FFA convention in Indianapolis, took a tour of the CUE Farm at Butler to see how the University is approaching sustainable, environmentally responsible urban farming.

-The Center for Urban Ecology Farm became the new home of the first fully automated mobile greenhouse, an 8-foot-wide by 32-foot-long structure designed and built by Ball State University architecture students to enable the CUE Farm to start plants earlier in the season. The $50,000 project was built with a grant from the Butler Innovation Fund.CUE Greenhouse

-Erin Vincent was hired as Director of Academic Program Development and Innovation, a new position designed to help faculty, staff, and administrators move new academic programs from an idea to program launch.

NOVEMBER

-Brandie Oliver, Assistant Professor of School Counseling in the College of Education, was named Indiana School Counselor Association Counselor Educator of the Year.

-The Center for Citizenship and Community celebrated its 20th anniversary of connecting Butler students and the University with the community.

-A team of five Butler University students won the Purdue University Parrish Library Case Competition, an annual contest that challenges students to use their business research skills to solve a problem for a company. Sammie Chalmers, Taylor Gillenwater, Nicole Henrich, Karly Krebs, and Allison Wolff beat more than 20 teams from Indiana University and Purdue University.

-Eight Lacy School of Business students took the annual Wall Street Trek trip to get a good look at Wall Street—JPMorgan Chase, the Stock Exchange, Blue Mountain Capital—and Johnson & Johnson headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

-Junior Jacob Reeves won the 2016–2017 Hendricks Fellowship for his project studying how wildlife use Butler University’s campus as their home. The Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE) awards the scholarship to a student who completes a scientific research project in the area of conservation or Indiana ecosystems.
Jacklyn Gries and Carl Voegel

-Jacklyn Gries, a second-year Pharmacy major from Evansville, Indiana, was selected as Butler’s 2016 winner of the Independent Colleges of Indiana’s Realizing the Dream scholarship. This scholarship goes to students who are first in their families to go to college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in their first year, and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor’s degrees.

-Butler became the first Indiana school to be invited to present at a Teach to Lead Preparation Summit held in Washington, DC, by the federal Department of Education.

DECEMBER

-Patricia Cochran, the great-great-granddaughter of Butler University founder Ovid Butler and great-niece of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington, died on December 5. She was 97.

-Sigma Gamma Rho, the sorority founded at Butler University on November 12, 1922, gave Butler a gift to establish the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. 7 Founders Endowed Scholarship to honor the seven education majors and public school teachers who started the organization. The scholarship will be awarded annually beginning in the fall to a student enrolled in the College of Education.

-The curtain rose on the new Theatre Department Scene Shop, which moved from cramped quarters in the basement of the Holcomb Building to much larger, well-ventilated space in the west side of the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage. Half the space will be used to build scenery for Theatre productions; the other half will be used for costume storage for the Theatre and Dance departments.

-Victoria Kreyden ’17, a Biology/Spanish double-major from Carmel, Indiana, won first place in the undergraduate poster session at the 2016 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting in San Francisco, California, for her poster presentation Investigation of the neuronal functions of the SUMO conjugating enzyme UBC-9 at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction. Kreyden’s presentation was judged best of more than 100 by undergraduates from around the country and abroad.
Randall Shepard

-Retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard spoke at 2016 Winter Commencement, telling the 138 graduates that they should clutch their diploma with a sense of optimism because they are in America and they are educated. “The value of an education earned in 2016 at universities like Butler is more tangible than ever,” he said. “Your decision and your family’s decision to persevere in education is the best possible launching pad for a successful career and a successful life.”

-Veteran police officer John Conley succeeded Ben Hunter as Butler University’s Chief of Public Safety. Conley joined the Butler University Police Department in 2014, after working with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) for 40 years.

-Associate Professor Kelli Esteves, who has taught in the College of Education since 2010, was named the Richard W. Guyer Chair in Education.

 

JANUARY
Kidney donor Tracy Pabst got a visit from Trip.

-Responding to a note on Facebook, Tracy Tyndall Pabst ’98 donated a kidney to Laura Coker Blandford ’97. The two were Delta Gamma sorority sisters but not close friends.

-A three-judge panel from the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a case on the Butler campus as part of its Appeals on Wheels program that brings the court to different locations to show the public what it does.

-Thirteen Indiana public school superintendents from all over the state began to participate in the first EPIC (Educators Preparing Inspired Change), a joint venture of Butler University and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents to help great educators transform the business and constituent-services aspects of their work.

-Singer Ben Davis, who spent a couple of years as a Butler student, returned to the Clowes Memorial Hall stage for the first time in 20 years, this time as Captain Georg von Trapp in the national touring company of The Sound of Music.

-Jason Davidson ’01, an instructor in the Lacy School of Business, wrote a book on Visual Basic for Applications, the popular programming language that is used to create and customize Microsoft Office programs. VBA for Microsoft Office 2016, published by Pearson, is a 216-page, step-by-step guide that’s geared toward students.

-Professor of Music David Murray was awarded the International Society of Bassists’s 2017 Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance, which goes to a person “who has contributed special skills, knowledge, projects, and other such positive works in the furthering of ISB ideals.” The award is given every two years by the organization, which represents nearly 3,000 members in more than 40 countries.
David Murray

-Butler students to make the trip to New York to be part of National Retail Federation’s Big Show, the annual showcase for retail merchants that also lets students see the enormous variety of career options available to them in retail.

-Butler University placed 808 students on the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

-A NASA representative brought moon rocks to College of Education Professor Catherine Pangan’s Science and Social Studies Methods class.

FEBRUARY

-The Butler Muslim Student Association hosted a Unity Walk around campus to protest the federal government’s attempted ban on Muslim refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries.

-Students and supporters participated in the Polar Plunge, raising over $53,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.

-The second annual Day of Giving shattered expectations, with faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends making 887 gifts totaling more than $137,000. In addition, the University was able to “unlock” more than $103,000 in challenge funding.
Isaac Warshawsky

-Isaac Warshawsky ’20 was selected as the second recipient of the Bruce and Lucy Gerstein Holocaust Education Travel Fund, which enabled him to visit Poland over spring break.

MARCH

-Beta Theta Pi was selected as the University’s new fraternity, with colonization of the Butler chapter to begin in fall 2017. A location for a future chapter house will be determined, and the University will assist in selecting the site.

-Butler’s men’s basketball team advanced to its first Sweet 16 since 2011 with a 74-65 win over Middle Tennessee State.

-Juniors Alex Tison, Claire Cox, and Kaylynn Cline were flown to Chicago to appear on an ESPN quiz show called Bracket Genius.

-Associate Professor of Music Education Daniel Bolin was selected as the 2017 inductee to the Gamma Chapter, Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame. Phi Beta Mu is the highest honorary fraternity for international band directors.

-Twelve 5-foot-by-5-foot brain sculptures, each linked to a different theme in neuroscience, went on display on campus for six weeks as part of One Butler: The Brain Project. The sculptures, commissioned by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, were displayed throughout campus.
Butler University Brain Project celebration March 29, 2017.

-The Center for Urban Ecology Farm began to pursue mushroom cultivation, thanks to an Indy Urban Mushrooms grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

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

APRIL

-The estate of Winstan R. “Bud” Sellick ’47 and his wife, Jacqueline (Blomberg) ’44, has given $9.4 million to the University. The gift will be shared among Butler Athletics, the Lacy School of Business, and general University support.

-Twenty-six Butler University students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society that recognizes the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates from 286 top schools across the nation.

-Education professors Susan Adams and Brooke Kandel-Cisco were part of a team recognized with a B.E.S.T. Award from WFYI (Channel 20) for its “exemplary work ethic and performance” and its efforts to develop a curriculum guide for the station’s documentary Attucks: The School That Opened A City.

-Four Butler students were named Top Four Paper Winners at the University’s 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference. Kelsey McDougall, John Anderton, Taylor Pearson, and Viki Tomanov’s projects were judged to be the best among the 21 students from five different universities who submitted their completed papers for competitive review.
Owen Schaub

-Theatre Professor Owen Schaub announced his retirement after 37 years at the University. Having been at Butler has been a very warm, rewarding, and humane experience,” he said. Other professors who retired this year after long tenures at Butler include Katarina Dulckeit, Richard McGowan, Jeanne Van Tyle, Laurie Pylitt, and Stanley DeRusha.

-Frank E. Ross III, a national leader in student affairs with 22 years of experience and degrees from both Ball State and Indiana universities, was named Vice President for Student Affairs. He will take over the position in June.

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

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

MAY

-A $5 million financial contribution from Old National Bank will be used to create the Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business, which will provide privately owned businesses throughout Indiana with training, education, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help them succeed.

-The Lacy School of Business’ student-run insurance company began operations after the Bermuda Monetary Authority granted licensing approval for the business. The company was created to give students hands-on experience and prepare them for an industry that is anticipated to need tens of thousands of new employees over the next seven years.

-Students, faculty, staff, and alumni signed a steel beam that will be part of the construction of the new 647-bed housing unit that will replace Schwitzer Hall. The first occupants of the new housing will move in in August 2018.
John Lechleiter addresses Commencement

-John Lechleiter, retired CEO of Eli Lilly and Co., told the spring 2017 graduates that they should set their sights high and strive for excellence, treat others the way they would like to be treated, and think and act independently. Butler graduates 955 students on May 6, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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2016-2017: The Academic Year in Review

The 2016–2017 academic year began with the largest class ever—1,272 students—coming to Butler. It concluded with 955 newly minted graduates, two large gifts to the University, and the groundbreaking for a new housing facility to replace Schwitzer Hall.

May 08 2017 Read more
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Lechleiter to Graduates: Set Your Sights High

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PUBLISHED ON May 06 2017

Set your sights high and strive for excellence, treat others the way you would like to be treated, and think and act independently, retired Eli Lilly & Co. CEO John Lechleiter told the Butler University Class of 2017 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, May 6.

John LechleiterLechleiter, who received an honorary doctorate, as did his wife, Sarah, told the 955 graduates, their families, and friends, that as an undergraduate, he had an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry recommend that he go to Harvard for graduate school.

Lechleiter’s reaction: “Are you kidding me?”

But a few weeks into classes in 1975, he said, “I found myself saying, ‘I can do this.’”

“Avoid selling yourself short,” Lechleiter advised, quoting President John F. Kennedy as saying that if you’re willing to settle for second place, that’s where you’ll finish.

He also recommended giving others the benefit of the doubt, avoiding gossip, and reveling in the success of others. And, he said, the graduates should muster the courage to think for themselves.

Lechleiter recalled a time at Lilly when the company was about to lose 40 percent of its revenues from four drugs with expiring patents. He said he received a lot of advice—none of which he took. Instead, despite skepticism, Lilly increased spending on research and development, which “was the right thing to do, and it has since be vindicated.”

“You spent years here at this great university, learning how to think,” Lechleiter said. “Take advantage of that.”

The Class of 2017 included 811 undergraduates and 144 graduate students. Of those, 267 studied abroad at some point in their Butler career.

Theatre Department Chair Diane Timmerman gave the faculty address, in which she advised students to trust their own voice. She told the graduates that:

-Nothing is ever convenient, so don’t sit and wait for perfect circumstances before trying things.

-Say yes to as many things as you can.

-Everyone is scared. Timmerman said she’s been scared at every major moment of her life, but those have often turned out to be the greatest moments of her life.

“Accept fear,” she said. “It will be there. But don’t let it stop you.”

To illustrate her point, she reminded the graduates about the scene in the movie “Hoosiers” in which Gene Hackman walked his awestruck team into Hinkle Fieldhouse for the state championship basketball game and used a tape measure to show the players that the basket and foul line are the same height and length as they are on their home court.

“My wish for you, beautiful Class of 2017,” she said, “is that you find a helpful tape measure whenever you need it.”

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

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Lechleiter to Graduates: Set Your Sights High

Set your sights high and strive for excellence, treat others the way you would like to be treated, and think and act independently.

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Commencement Reflection from President Danko

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PUBLISHED ON May 05 2017

Tomorrow Butler University will confer degrees upon approximately 1,000 students, who will experience a range of emotions as they reflect upon their college years and their futures. I normally also find myself in a reflective mood this time of year, thinking about how well Butler University has educated and served these graduates, and how much we will miss their presence on campus.

President DankoAs Butler has found itself in the media the past couple days, I must admit that my self-reflection is more intense than usual as I consider the range of opinions, emotions, and comments coming our way about the role of our University in the education and development of students. While I am always cautious about overreacting when in the eye of the storm—especially when all the facts of a situation are not public—it does seem an appropriate time for me to share some thoughts with the community.

As has been the case when I have previously commented on Butler matters, I have had the advantage of grounding myself on Butler’s history, values, and traditions. A consistent thread going back to the founding of the University by Ovid Butler is a commitment to all people and ideas. Thus my job as Ovid’s successor is to ensure that our community is a just, fair, and safe place in which all people may thrive equally.

The last couple days I have heard from many who have questioned whether or not we have upheld the value of being a fair and safe place for all political ideas. This viewpoint is based upon the Trumpism and U.S. Democracy course being offered at Butler next fall. Information on the course can be found online.

Many people believe Butler should not offer this course, indicating it presents a one-sided political position or that it called into question the President. I disagree with that view. The more complete description of the course makes it clear that the educational objectives are quite consistent with our role as educators, namely, to promote critical inquiry and to engage our students on topics, even if controversial. Secondly, I defend the long-standing principle of academic freedom and the right of our faculty to teach courses that they believe advance knowledge, and to do so without fear of censorship.

I find myself particularly sensitive to a prevalent theme of criticism that Butler may be failing when it comes to presenting a balanced political perspective. Many who have made that point also connect it with a commonly held perception that universities, as a whole, are liberal-minded. While I’ll set aside comments on the latter, I do agree that Butler needs to ensure that we present a more balanced political perspective, thereby adhering to our University’s foundational values.

Butler does not do a regular inventory of all courses to ensure that there is perfect balance of various viewpoints at all times. There is no university I know of that would take on that task. I might also add that the job of a president, provost, or dean is not like that of a movie theatre manager who may decide not to show a movie because it may be controversial. Some have suggested we cancel the course, however, that is not a path a university would pursue unless there is truly a legitimate and compelling reason to do so, one akin to yelling fire in a movie theatre, if I am to stick with that metaphor.

What we can do as leaders of Butler University is to work diligently to incent and support a broader representation of viewpoints in and out of the classroom. My self-reflection on the eve of Commencement is that we must do better on this very important point. If an educational opportunity does indeed focus on only one side of the political spectrum, then we must find ways to offer opportunities on the other side, and we cannot be swayed by the current political or social environment at the time.

More specifically, I have decided that the explicit focus of the upcoming academic year’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series will engage our community in the topic of civil discourse across political lines around contentious political issues and will ensure speakers who represent a wide range of opposing political ideologies. I’m charging Academic Affairs and Student Affairs leadership to build programs and activities around this theme.

As I consider my own graduation, as a Religious Studies major at John Carroll University, I remember a Philosophy of Religion course taught by a professor who consistently presented a point of view that would have students question religion and the ability to prove the existence of God. I truly thought the teacher was an atheist. Many years later when reading his obituary, I was stunned to read that he was a devout Catholic, attended Church faithfully, and taught religion classes to the parish youth. There is great value when a faculty member sets aside personal opinion and beliefs, and I am quite confident Butler faculty strive to do the same.

As we dedicate ourselves to our founding values and ensure all viewpoints are presented and supported at Butler University, I do hope we can encourage our students to understand the value of engaging in dialogue and courses that take them out of their comfort zone. If so, Butler students who receive their diplomas will be much better prepared for the complex world in which we now live.

My congratulations to our graduating students and my sincere thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff for their dedication to challenging and educating our students.

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Commencement Reflection from President Danko

"My congratulations to our graduating students and my sincere thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff for their dedication to challenging and educating our students."

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Message from the Provost on ‘Trumpism and U.S. Democracy’ Course

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PUBLISHED ON May 04 2017

Dear Members of the Butler Community,

Butler University has been in the news recently with regard to the Trumpism and U.S. Democracy course being offered on campus next fall. Because you are a valued member of the Butler community, I want to take this opportunity to share some background on this situation.

As a result of the recent media coverage, the University has been the recipient of numerous concerns about the course. The concerns have been two-fold:  perceptions that it takes a critical approach to the Trump presidency; and perceptions that it requires students to participate in resistance.

The former concern—that the course adopts a stance critical of Trump—is one that falls under the auspices of academic freedom.  Just as I support this course, I would support a course that is complimentary of the President. Butler offers a variety of courses that tackle controversial topics. Like any University, Butler should—and does—promote an environment of critical inquiry and engagement on controversial and unpopular topics.

The latter concern—the perception that students are required to participate in activism—is more problematic. The University would not require a student to support or oppose a particular political figure or agenda. The professor has been very transparent about the goals of the course and has provided additional context that clarifies students in the class will not be required to participate in a particular form of activism. They will be asked to engage with classic and contemporary readings—including a text by President Trump—and evaluate the rise of the President as a political and social phenomenon. Students will potentially attend, as participant observers, campus and community events to witness and analyze ongoing responses to Trump's presidency and campaign.

As this issue continues to be discussed, I encourage each of you to promote an open and civil environment for voicing opinions and to respect each other in accordance with our University’s values.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Morris
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

View the full course information

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Message from the Provost on ‘Trumpism and U.S. Democracy’ Course

"I encourage each of you to promote an open and civil environment for voicing opinions and to respect each other in accordance with our University’s values."

May 04 2017 Read more
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Butler's Wildlife Network Gets National Notice

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PUBLISHED ON May 03 2017

Fox on CampusThe Urban Wildlife Information Network—and Butler University’s participation in this collaboration to identify patterns in urban wildlife—was the subject of a May 2 story in The New York Times.

“A city is a type of ecosystem, one heavily managed by humans, but it is an ecosystem and there is diversity, and that makes it a healthier place to live,” Biology Professor Travis Ryan is quoted as saying in the story.

In February 2016, Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) announced plans to participate in the network, which is coordinated by Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The CUE placed 48 motion-sensitive cameras at locations in Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and Carmel to study urban wildlife.

 

 

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Butler's Wildlife Network Gets National Notice

A city is a type of ecosystem, one heavily managed by humans, but it is an ecosystem and there is diversity, and that makes it a healthier place to live.

May 03 2017 Read more
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A 'Fierce,' 'Compassionate,' 'Ahead-of-Her-Time' Professor Retires

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PUBLISHED ON May 02 2017

Katharina Dulckeit remembers flying into Indianapolis for her job interview at Butler and seeing a tractor on display in the airport. Then she arrived at the University to find that “everyone was married” (she was divorced) and diversity was lacking in the all-male Philosophy Department and on campus.

Katharina DulckeitComing from California, she had hoped for something a little more cosmopolitan. But she was offered the position teaching philosophy and, needing to provide for her two young daughters, she accepted.

Over the years, she said, it got better. She made lifelong friends among the faculty (“They made my life here possible”), met her second husband at an event in Jordan Hall, and did everything she could to give students “a rich, unforgettable, mind-blowing, and profound learning experience.”

And now, as she finishes her teaching career at the same place where she started 32 years ago, Dulckeit looks back on her time at Butler with fondness.

“When I accepted this job,” she said, “my friends in California said, ‘Are you out of your mind? You’re going where?’ I said, ‘You’re all elitists. There are nice people everywhere.’”

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Dulckeit grew up in “devastated, bombed out” Kiel, Germany, in the aftermath of World War II. In a highly regarded “last lecture” that she delivered to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she told the story of climbing into a bomb crater on a dare to retrieve a glove when she was a little girl. She also remembered another child getting killed trying to do the same thing.

“There was ordnance lying all around the city,” she said. “What I saw instilled in me this lifelong passion for justice and equality.”

Her father was a professor of jurisprudence who refused to join the Nazi party. He was sent away for six years and did whatever he could to sabotage their efforts. (“It’s fortunately documented by third parties, so it’s not just wishful thinking in the family.”)

“I told that story not to get sympathy, but to paint a picture of the consequences of letting a dictator take power,” she said.

Her father died of cancer when she was 7, and the family moved to Munich. As she approached her teen years, life in Germany became much more normalized, but “the thoughts of murder and horror receded, but never very far.”

Dulckeit left Germany at 18, married an American, and moved to California. During 20 years in California, she had two children, got divorced, and advanced from junior college to doctorate in philosophy, which she earned at University of California, Davis.

She had planned to study “anything but philosophy,” and certainly anything but the work of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, about whom both of her parents had written.

“But I took one class (in junior college) because I thought I want to at least know what it’s about,” she said.

She ended up hooked.

Dulckeit taught a variety of philosophy and core curriculum courses at Butler, including a seminar in Hegel and a class called Marginalized in America, and worked to develop a more diverse curriculum across the University. She twice served as philosophy department chair; co-founded The Collaborative for Critical Inquiry into Gender, Race, and Sexuality; helped launch the Women’s Caucus; and directed the Gender Studies program.

“I have never been somebody everybody loves,” she said, “because I always say what I think.”

But those who love her, LOVE her. Pamela Tinkham ’89, who was a Dance major at Butler, just sent Dulckeit a copy of her new book, Healing Trauma from the Inside Out: Practices from the East and West, along with a note thanking her “for believing in me before I believed in myself.”

“I grew up being told that I was ‘the pretty one’ and my sister was ‘the smart one,’” Tinkham said in an email. “During Katharina’s class, we spoke after class a few times and she told me how smart she thought I was. That was the first time anyone had ever said that to me and it really changed my life.”

Dulckeit’s friends on the faculty describe her as “fearless,” “compassionate,” “ahead of her time,” “progressive,” and “a fierce advocate who has a deep well of sympathy for what other people are thinking and the experiences they’ve had.” Professor of Spanish Terri Carney said Dulckeit has inspired two generations of Butler University women professors.

“When I got here in 1995, I think Katharina was my only role model for progressive, radical politics,” she said. “She was chair of her department and I remember her at this big faculty meeting telling (then-President) Geoff Bannister off. And Geoff loved her. And I thought, ‘Who is this woman? If she exists here, then maybe there’s a place for me.’ I can’t overstate Katharina’s impact on me.”

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In retirement, Dulckeit and husband Keni Washington, a musician and Managing Director of the alternative-energy company Earth-Solar Technologies Corp., plan to travel. She will write and study—“I would love to study physics if I had time”—and enjoy what she calls her “new adventure.”

“I’m happy with myself and with my age and what I’ve learned,” said Dulckeit, who keeps youthful purple streaks in her hair but proudly acknowledges being 70. “As you get older, you get a different handle on things. I am so very comfortable in my skin. I don’t feel old. I don’t feel like I’m done. I have a lot of reading and writing to do and a lot of beauty to see and a lot of traveling to do.”

And as for her decision to come to Indiana, Dulckeit said she likes the way it worked out.

“I’ve been happy,” she said, “but I do have an unreasonable longing for the ocean and lakes and mountains and beauty. I’m one of those people who needs beauty in their surroundings to feel joy.”

 

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Butler Unveils the Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business

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PUBLISHED ON May 01 2017

Butler University today announced a $5 million financial commitment from Old National Bank to create the Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business, which will provide privately owned businesses throughout Indiana with training, education, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help them succeed.

The Center, to be located in Butler’s Andre B. Lacy School of Business, will place special emphasis on serving the unique needs of this core segment of the Indiana economy, which employs more than 2.5 million people in Indiana.

The Center will advance the Lacy School of Business’s commitment to experiential education by serving as a conduit between closely held businesses, faculty, and students. It will facilitate activities such as student internships, faculty externships, case-writing, live “feature companies” for classes, guest lecturers for classes and clubs/organizations, and collaborations between closely held businesses and faculty for both applied and basic research.

Dennis Wimer, currently the Associate Chief Operating Officer, Field Operations for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, will be the Center’s first director.

“We are grateful not only for the tremendous financial contribution, but for the partnership with Old National Bank,” said Stephen Standifird, Dean of the Lacy School of Business. “ONB has been and continues to be a strong advocate for supporting Indiana’s closely held businesses.”

The Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business will initially concentrate on two core areas: helping organizations understand how to manage transition strategies, a challenge that is unique to closely held businesses; and identifying stage-appropriate advisors who can help businesses grow in areas such as accounting, legal, risk, and insurance.

Standifird noted that closely held businesses are the economic engine of Indiana. Creating the Center will complement Old National Bank’s desire to serve the entire state of Indiana.

“Old National is thrilled to partner with Butler University to help advance the success of privately owned businesses throughout our great state,” Old National Chairman and CEO Bob Jones said. “As the largest bank headquartered in Indiana, Old National is deeply committed to ensuring that Hoosier businesses get the training, education, and other resources they need to grow and thrive.”

Initial programming will be designed by the Center’s leadership team, which will consist of Academic Director and longtime Butler Business Professor Dick Fetter, Dean Standifird, Director Wimer, and Butler President James Danko. However, much of the ongoing programming of the Center will be determined by client feedback and consultation with appropriate experts.

ONB Chief Credit Officer Steve McGlothlin will chair the Center’s Advisory Board, which also will include Lacy School of Business Senior Advisor Andre Lacy; Franchon Smithson, Butler alumnus and former Partner of the New York-based private equity firm General Atlantic; Elaine Bedel, Butler alumna and President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Bill Neale, Senior Partner at Krieg Devault; and Butler Business Professor Dick Fetter.

 

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Women's Club Volleyball Team Wins National D2 Tournament

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 28 2017

Butler’s women’s club volleyball team won the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation’s National Championship Tournament, defeating University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 25-17 in back-to-back games.

Butler Club VolleyballRachel Pierce and Sam Lilly were named to the women’s Division 2 All-Tournament Team, and Kennedy Flesner was named to the All-Tournament Second Team. Pierce was named tournament MVP, and Meghan Riordan earned honorable mention.

The tournament, which took place April 12-15, attracted over 440 NCVF collegiate club teams from throughout the country. The tournament featured 10 divisions of competition, with 1,683 individual matches played on 63 courts over a three-day span at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Pierce, the Women’s Club Volleyball President, reports:

The entire tournament we worked incredibly as a team. We didn’t let teams string points together very often, and our confidence in ourselves was never shaken. Though we were in Division 2, the competition was still extremely tough. All of the other teams in the gold bracket on the last day have players on both the first and second All-Tournament Teams.

Western Washington, Wake Forest, UM Duluth, and UW LaCrosse specifically were our toughest games, but most of the time we were able to come out on top. (During our regular season we play mostly Division 1 teams like IU, Purdue, Ball State, Dayton, Cincinnati, etc. But the teams in Division 2 work just as hard and are just as talented.)

We also have five freshmen on our nationals roster, and 10 on our regular season roster. So our team this year was very young and very new. They all worked very hard during the year, and I’m excited to see where they’ll take the team.

As for the upperclassmen (those who are first-years), each one of them is extremely integral to the team and a leader on and off the court. Suzie Smith runs our defense and serve receive and leads by example; Anna Taylor is one of the most vocal on the court and keeps us competitive; Kennedy Flesner is one of the hardest workers, if not the hardest worker, and leads with humor and positivity; Sam Lilly is the most caring, always trying to bring our team together; Lindsay Rhodes and Ashley Eimers somehow always get kills when we need them the most and are always ready to do whatever they need to do on the court to keep us in the game.

Honestly, we’ve never played together like we did at this national tournament. It was an amazing and unforgettable way for us (and for me as a senior) to go out.Club Volleyball Team

The team roster:

Sam Lilly, senior
Rachel Pierce, senior
Kennedy Flesner, junior
Anna Taylor, junior
Suzie Smith, junior
Ashley Eimers, sophomore
Lindsay Rhodes, sophomore
Meghan Riordan, first-year
Alyssa Abdelnour, first-year
Haley Cowart, first-year
Katie Hulce, first-year
Emily Griffith, first-year

Who they played:

UW Platteville       W   25-13, 25-11

Western Washington W   25-19, 25-11

U Denver          W   23-25, 25-19, 18-16

Wake Forest          W   25-18, 23-25, 15-10

UM Duluth             L     22-25, 25-17, 15-9

UW Oshkosh          W   25-14, 25-12

UW River Falls       W   25-20, 25-17

UW LaCrosse         W   25-17, 25-17

 

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Holtmann Signs Contract Extension Through 2024-25

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 28 2017

Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, Butler and head coach Chris Holtmann have agreed to a contract extension. Holtmann’s deal at Butler now runs through the 2024-25 season, Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier announced on Friday, April 28.

Financial terms were not released.

Chris Holtmann“Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program,” said Collier. “This commitment – both by our university and by Chris – allows the momentum within our program to continue.”

Holtmann has led the Bulldogs to a 70-31 record in his three seasons as head coach at Butler, including a 25-9 mark this season. The Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. Butler's 2016-17 season included a 14-5 regular-season record against 12 teams that made the 2017 tournament field. The Bulldogs had non-conference wins over Arizona, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Vermont, and Bucknell, in addition to a pair of wins over Villanova.

“I'm confident in the continued success of our men's basketball program with Chris guiding our team,” said Butler President James Danko. “Our coaching staff and student-athletes represent Butler and our mission extremely well on a national stage. To have a basketball program among the top tier nationally, it is vital to have an exemplary leader in place -- and we certainly have that person in Chris.”

This marked the third consecutive season that Butler has made the NCAA Tournament and won at least one NCAA Tournament game under Holtmann. He joins Roy Williams, John Calipari and Mike Brey as the only active coaches to lead their current teams to NCAA Tournament wins each of their first three seasons.

“Butler truly is a special place, and my family and I are thankful to be part of a great academic institution and an athletics department that is a source of pride for those who embrace Butler and The Butler Way,” said Holtmann. “Our student-athletes, our staff, and so many throughout our campus are remarkable at what they do, and I’m excited to continue to work alongside them.

“Our family and staff are grateful for the incredible leadership and support of Barry Collier and President Danko. There is significant work ahead as we look to continue the outstanding success this program has experienced over a number of years. We look forward to that work.”

Picked to finish sixth in the preseason BIG EAST coaches poll, Butler posted a 12-6 BIG EAST mark to place second in the league standings. Those same BIG EAST coaches selected Holtmann as the conference’s Coach of the Year.

Holtmann is the 2016-17 recipient of the John McLendon Award, presented annually by CollegeInsider.com to college basketball's coach of the year. Additionally, for the second time in his three seasons at Butler, Holtmann was named a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.

Holtmann was named Butler's 23rd men's basketball head coach in January of 2015, after serving for three months as interim head coach. He guided the 2014-15 Bulldogs to a 23-11 record, and followed that with a 22-11 mark in his second season. Including three seasons as the head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann has 114 career wins.

Andrew Chrabascz earned 2016-17 first-team All-BIG EAST honors under Holtmann, while Kelan Martin was selected to the All-BIG EAST second team. Kamar Baldwin was voted on to the BIG EAST’s five-member All-Freshman Team. Martin and Baldwin are among five players expected to return who averaged at least 10 minutes of action per game this season. That group joins the highest-ranked recruiting class in Butler history.

 

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Holtmann Signs Contract Extension Through 2024-25

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Construction of New Residence Hall Begins With Beam-Signing Ceremony

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 26 2017

It was out with the shovels and in with the Sharpies on May 2 when Butler University held a beam-signing ceremony to dedicate the construction of the new 647-bed student residence hall that will replace the old Schwitzer Hall at 750 W. Hampton Drive.

Irvington House renderingInstead of a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University signed a beam that will be used in the construction of the four-story facility. The event also showcased items from a time capsule that had been placed in a cornerstone of Schwitzer Hall more than 60 years ago.

The new housing, to be built in partnership with American Campus Communities (ACC) and open in fall 2018, will feature suite-style living units, with two double-occupancy rooms linked by a shared lavatory. Amenities will include gaming alcoves, study rooms, a fitness room, an interior bike room, and a large meeting room that supports the residents, student organizations, Greek chapters, and campus programming.

The second floor will include a faculty office suite with a lounge space, a kitchen with a communal table, a 10-person conference room, and an individual private lounge. There will be eight residential study lounges—some with small conference rooms—and large neighborhood lounges, as well as a 24-person study room.

The outdoor facilities will feature a study lounge, a quiet courtyard with a rain garden, an active courtyard with a fire pit, a pedestrian walk, bike path, bike racks, and an open lawn to the west of the building.

“The addition of this new facility 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. “By the time this new housing opens, we will have added almost 1,300 new beds to campus in two years and given prospective students yet another reason to choose Butler.”

Beam signingAs with Fairview House, the 633-bed residence hall that opened in fall 2016, American Campus Communities will build and maintain the new facility, while Butler will provide staff to manage the building. The Resident Assistants (RA’s), the Residence Life Coordinator, and the Faculty in Residence will all be Butler personnel.

“By working with ACC, we are able to concentrate on our core mission: educating our students,” Butler Vice President of Finance and Administration Bruce Arick said. “ACC’s investment allows Butler to focus and prioritize resources toward the development of new, state-of-the-art academic space to better serve students. We have hundreds of millions of dollars of construction and development that we’ve prioritized for the sciences, a new school of business building, and more. We couldn’t afford to do those projects and invest in our student housing.”

“We want to make sure our infrastructure is the quality we need to support our other services,” Danko said. “We took a giant step in that direction when we opened Fairview House, and our progress will continue with this new residence hall.”

 

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Construction of New Residence Hall Begins With Beam-Signing Ceremony

Instead of a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University signed a beam that will be used in the construction of the four-story facility.

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Business Students Show Their Abilities As Financial Analysts

BY Hayley Ross '17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 24 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The final decision was announced.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 21 2017

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

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

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

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

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

More information is available at BU Well’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BUWellJournal and on Twitter @BUWellJournal.

 

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

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