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Williams Honored for His Contributions to Indianapolis

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 17 2017

Charles Williams, a professor and career mentor in Butler’s Lacy School of Business for 22 years, will be honored for his lifetime contributions to the city of Indianapolis on Hoosier Heritage Night, Wednesday, June 7, at the Ritz-Charles in Carmel.

Charles WilliamsWilliams spent his 24-year career as an engineer for Indiana Bell, which became Ameritech.

“As a career mentor, Charles has positively impacted hundreds of lives by providing career and professionalism guidance to students through the Lacy School of Business Butler Blueprint four-year career development program, helping them discover their paths and launch into successful careers,” said Kim Goad, Director of Professional and Career Development in the Lacy School of Business.

Williams is a founding member of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center and the Morning Light Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. He is a former board chair of the Indianapolis Urban League and Visiting Nurses Corp.

He received community service awards from two Indianapolis mayors, Bill Hudnut and Greg Ballard, served on the Heritage Place Board representing Butler, and was appointed by former Butler President Bobby Fong to serve on the University's NCAA committee.

Williams is one of six Hoosiers to be honored at the event. The others are Carl Erskine, Ann Noblese, Deborah Hearn Smith, John Myrland, and Darrell “Gene” Zink.

 

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Williams Honored for His Contributions to Indianapolis

Charles Williams will be honored for his lifetime contributions to the city of Indianapolis on Hoosier Heritage Night.

Apr 17 2017 Read more
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For Fifth Year in a Row, Butler Earns Tree Campus USA Recognition

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 17 2017

Butler University has been honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Butler University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project. Currently there are 296 campus across the United States with this recognition.

“We are proud that for the fifth year in a row, Butler University’s grounds staff and administration are being acknowledged for excellence in caring for our beautiful campus, to the benefit of students, staff, and campus guests,” said Rebecca Dolan, Director of the Friesner Herbarium.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

 

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For Fifth Year in a Row, Butler Earns Tree Campus USA Recognition

Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.

Apr 17 2017 Read more
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CHASE Announces Butler's Fulbright Winners

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 12 2017

The Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement announced the following U.S. Student Program Fulbright Winners:

  • Meghan Blakey (Middle/Secondary Education/Spanish) won an English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina
  • Chelsea Yedinak (English, German) won an English Teaching Assistantship to GermanyFulbright Program
  • Maggie Brauch (Communication Sciences and Disorders/Spanish) is an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in Uruguay
  • Miren Mohrenweiser (History/English Literature) was a semi-finalist for a Study/Research Award in the UK
  • Danielle Wallace (English Writing/Gender, Women, and Sexuality) was a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in the Netherlands

Meghan, Chelsea, Maggie, and Dani competed against more than 4,400 students for just over 900 English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Awards. Those who win an ETA teach English at various levels (elementary-college) and will complete a community engagement project based on their personal interests. Fulbright pays for the ETA’s airfare, lodging, and funding to cover incidental costs during the entire stay (9-13 months).

Miren competed against over 760 students applying to win a grant to conduct research in the UK–the country with the most competitive Study/Research statistics.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

 

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CHASE Announces Butler's Fulbright Winners

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

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Caitlyn Foye '18 Named Goldwater Scholar

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 11 2017

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

Caitlyn FoyeFoye’s field of study is Life Sciences. Her career goal is to earn a doctorate in Conservation Biology and conduct research to repopulate threatened and endangered species of plants and animals while publicly promoting environmental conservation.

Her mentors are professors Nat Hauck, Phil Villani, and Christy Edwards.

The scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors nationwide. This year, 1286 students from 470 institutions were nominated for a Goldwater scholarship. Foye was one of 240 recipients.

A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need.

Foye carries on Butler’s success associated with the Goldwater scholarship: Both Lauryn Campagnoli and Whitney Hart received honorable mentions last year and Luke Gallion ’16 was a Goldwater Scholar.

 

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Caitlyn Foye '18 Named Goldwater Scholar

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

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Lauren Ciulla '19 Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

BY Emma Edick '17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 11 2017

Butler University sophomore Lauren Ciulla has struck gold: In March, she earned 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.

Lauren CiullaTo receive this award, Ciulla completed over 400 community service hours, spent 200 hours developing musical skills practicing advanced clarinet pieces, and devoted over 200 hours to physical fitness improving her tennis skills. She fulfilled the exploration component—which has to be at least four overnight days—with a trip to India.

That’s close to 1,000 hours—or over 41 days—of self and community betterment.

“I knew it would be a lot of work, but I enjoyed the challenge of maintaining focus in four different areas,” Ciulla said with a laugh. “It’s been a big part of my life for a while now.”

Earning the award fulfilled Ciulla’s six-year dream. As a 14-year-old, Ciulla was attracted to the program’s well-rounded nature. She enjoyed community service and was eager to get more involved, so she signed up.

Well-roundedness plus goal setting was right up Ciulla’s alley, according to Nancy Webster, Ciulla’s Congressional Award adviser in high school.

“She was very much a goal-setter, but always had time for friends,” Webster said. “Always had time to listen to a friend in need or got out with a group of kids and go to the movies. She wasn’t just all work and no play.”

Webster, Director of Admission at University High School of Indiana, met Ciulla when the now 20-year-old was in elementary school. Webster never served as Ciulla’s teacher, but she saw Ciulla...

-Go out for the soccer team when they needed more athletes.

-Set goals for herself in the classroom and science lab.

-Graciously spend a day with students interested in transferring to University High School.

“She did it,” Webster said, “not for herself, but for her team and her school and her friends. That’s what kind of person she is.”

As a Bulldog, Ciulla asked Jason Lantzer to be her mentor as she finished the program.

Lantzer, Professor and Assistant Director of the Butler University Honors Program, met Ciulla at a new student registration day in spring 2015. She then enrolled in his honors first-year seminar. After her freshman year, she took a summer class he taught. And she now serves on the student honors council, which he advises.

“She is a very serious student,” Lantzer said. “She is well-prepared, but that doesn't mean she’s not willing and able to have fun and roll with the punches.”

Lantzer learned about the Congressional Award the day Ciulla asked him to be her advisor. Lantzer said he has learned through the process that it is rare for students to complete what they set out to do, especially to the Gold Medal level.

“So it shows a good deal of commitment on her part and determination to make sure it gets done,” Lantzer said. “Even with going from high school to college, she made sure she finished up and finished where she wanted to be, which is at the top.”

Once on campus, Ciulla became involved with Butler’s Timmy Global Health chapter and travelled to Guatemala in May 2016 with the group. There, while working in a lab, they were able to diagnose someone with diabetes following a blood test.

“It was serendipitous,” Ciulla said, “because they wouldn’t have ever known about their diagnosis until they developed complications. Working in a rural Guatemalan clinic was so different from anything I was used to, but it was very gratifying.”

In May, a group of 18 Butler students, including Ciulla, will return to Guatemala. Ciulla is the trip leader, a familiar job for her as she planned her family’s entire itinerary for their travels through India.

Looking back on all of her experiences, Ciulla said she is thankful for the program that pushed her to realize her dreams.

“I think it really helped me find my love for helping others,” Ciulla said. “It really helped define my priorities.”

Way more than checking a box.

On the pre-med track now, Ciulla continues to serve at the Trinity Free Clinic, where she added up many of those 400 hours.

But even if the numbers were taken away, it would still feel the same for Ciulla. She said even though receiving the award is an end to an era, it’s not the end of the work and service.

“I wouldn’t feel the same if I just stopped,” Ciulla said. “I wouldn’t be me.”

And her supporters feel the same.

“I’m pretty confident that one day we’ll be talking about Dr. Lauren,” Lantzer said.

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Lauren Ciulla '19 Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

To receive the award, she completed over 400 community service hours, spent 200 hours practicing the clarinet and 200 hours improving her tennis skills.

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Madison Sauerteig Wins Altruism Scholarship

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 10 2017

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

The Student Sociology & Criminology Association (SSCA), which selects the recipient for this scholarship each year, said Sauerteig was selected based on the quality of her application, extent of service and volunteer work, letter of recommendation, and connection to John Weidner’s mission.
 Madison Sauerteig

“Madison submitted an outstanding application,” SSCA faculty adviser Jess Butler said. “Her volunteer work with Riley Hospital for Children includes weekly visits to the hospital and two years of service on the Riley Relations committee for Butler University Dance Marathon, an annual event that benefits the hospital. We are proud to select a student as deserving as Madison for this honor.”

In her essay for the scholarship, Sauerteig wrote about the healing power of service to others and how working with children at the hospital has transformed her own life. In addition to her work at Riley, she has also volunteered with the US Dream Academy, Bulldogs Into the Streets, Food Recovery Network, and Common Ground Church.

Sauerteig is majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy. She received the award at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Awards Day on Saturday, April 8.

The award she is receiving is named for John Weidner, a Dutch citizen and Seventh Day Adventist who, during World War II, saved the lives of about 1,000 British and American downed airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians and French fleeing Nazi persecution. Weidner was honored by five governments after the war and by the Holocaust Museum at its opening in 1993. After he died in Los Angeles in 1994, his widow, Naomi, started a foundation for honoring the altruistic spirit.

 

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Madison Sauerteig Wins Altruism Scholarship

Sauerteig wrote about the healing power of service to others and how working with children at the hospital has transformed her own life.

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At the URC, a Bicycle Made of Hemp

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 07 2017

If Christopher Jones has his way, you’ll soon be able to ride a bicycle made of hemp.

Jones, a fifth-year senior in Butler's Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP), and his classmate Gunabhushan Sathyamurthy presented their idea Friday, April 7, at the 29th annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which brings some of the best and brightest undergraduate minds to campus to show off their research projects.
Gunabhushan "Guna" Sathyamurthy

Jones said the idea for the hemp frame came in a class where the professor challenged the students to devise something ecologically friendly.

“Hemp is something everyone knows about already,” Sathyamurthy said. “It’s already being used as textiles and it’s very cheap and easy to obtain. We wanted to find something within our budget but at the same time, it’s sustainable and natural.”

“We could use jute or kenaf or something like that,” Jones said. “But you don’t know what that is.”

They took layers of hemp, combined them with resin, and molded them to form tubes. At the conference, they passed around pieces of tubing made with three sheets of hemp. They said the final version is more likely to be five to seven pieces of hemp, which will make it sturdier.

Jones and Sathyamurthy’s team, which also includes EDDP students Madeline Schmitz, Matthew Beebe, Matthew Tosino, and Greg Cerabona, hopes to have a prototype frame finished by the end of the month.

They presented at one of the conference’s biology sessions because they want to find a biology student—ideally a rising sophomore—to do the secondary research on what others have done to strengthen natural fibers.

Jones said his dream is to eventually have a business built around what he calls “the Rebicycle.”

“We only making the frame,” he said. “You bring us your old bike and we’ll build you a new frame and we’ll use the parts from your old bike. Then we’ll recycle the old frame.”

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All over campus on Friday, more than 700 students from 58 colleges and universities in 12 states showed their research in subjects ranging alphabetically from anthropology to sustainability. In addition, Butler sponsored students from two local high schools, Shortridge and Lawrence, as a way to support research from an earlier age.

Maria Rechtin, who’s finishing her junior year at Thomas More College in Kentucky, represented a group of 10 students who have been working on research into the effects of nicotine on urinary bladder cancer cell lines at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. The students involved in the research represented seven schools, including the universities of Louisville, Dayton, and Ohio.

Rechtin said the research is ongoing, but she wanted the opportunity to present what they had accomplished so far.

“Students from Thomas More College present here every year,” she said. “I had research to present and I wanted to present it. It’s a tradition at our school.”

 

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At the URC, a Bicycle Made of Hemp

If Christopher Jones has his way, you’ll soon be able to ride a bicycle made of hemp.

Apr 07 2017 Read more
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Rec Department, COE Team Up With Special Olympics

BY Kailey Eaton ’17

PUBLISHED ON Apr 05 2017

Andrew Peterson is a talented long distance runner. He is a former Special Olympics Games gold medalist who is currently training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

And he’s also a catalyst for inclusion of people with disabilities on Butler University’s campus.
Andrew Peterson

Peterson is a decorated Special Olympics athlete who was identified as a student with an intellectual disability during his schooling.

He has been selected to be a part of a pilot inclusion program being offered through a new partnership with the Recreation Department, the College of Education, and Special Olympics Indiana.

The program brings a Special Olympics athlete to campus to have them audit a class for the semester. This means that the athlete can be fully immersed in the class without receiving a grade or course credit.

Peterson is auditing a Track Physical Education class this semester at the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC), PE207.

His mentor is Erin Garriott, an instructor in the Multilingual and Exceptional Learners program. She said the goal of this new program is two-fold.

“We want to empower our BU students to fight for inclusion, now and in their future,” Garriott said. “We believe we can do that by giving them the opportunity to have meaningful experiences with people with disabilities, so they have a sense of who they are fighting for. The other side of our goal is to give Andrew a sense of inclusion.”

She said Andrew is getting practice in new social situations, which can be difficult to teach because there are so many unwritten social norms. He is also learning to navigate the HRC, a space that was unfamiliar to him before coming to campus.

Not only is Andrew benefitting from the course, but the students in his class are benefitting from his presence as well.

“From my perspective, I think meeting Andrew has challenged some of the students to question their own beliefs about ability,” Garriott said. “It only took one class before a student came up and asked questions about Andrew. He said, ‘tell me a little more about Andrew. I'm just so interested.’ I think curiosity leads to understanding.”

Garriott hopes to continue to grow these inclusion programs so that more Butler students have the opportunity to learn from people of all abilities. After the spring semester is over, the pilot program will be evaluated in hopes of bringing more Special Olympics athletes to campus in the coming semesters.

This month, Butler will be hosting its first Special Olympics event on campus called the Athlete Leadership Program (ALP). Around 75 athletes and their mentors will be on campus taking classes and learning how to be leaders.

With these programs and many others in the works, Butler is well on its way to true inclusion on campus.

“I truly believe that experiences can shift our beliefs, which can change our behaviors,” Garriott said. “Hopefully these experiences stay with students as they transition to jobs and life off campus.”

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Rec Department, COE Team Up With Special Olympics

Butler University is taking part in a pilot inclusion program that brings a Special Olympics athlete to campus to audit a semester-long class.

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Butler Names New Vice President for Student Affairs

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 04 2017

Frank E. Ross III, a national leader in student affairs with 22 years of experience and degrees from both Ball State and Indiana universities, has been named Butler University’s new Vice President for Student Affairs.

He will take over the position in June.

Frank RossRoss comes to Butler from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he has served as Vice President for Student Life. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University, Associate Provost for Student Success and Dean of Students at University of North Texas at Dallas, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life at IUPUI.

He earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Adult and Community Education from Ball State, an M.A.E. in Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University, and his doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Butler President James M. Danko praised Ross as “a national leader in the student affairs profession with involvement in NASPA, the preeminent international association dedicated to the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.”

Ross served as a member of the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Board of Directors, was the national director of Knowledge Communities, and served as chair for the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference. He also was a member of the James E. Scott Academy Board for senior student affairs officers.

Ross has received awards and recognition from NASPA, the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the National Academic Advising Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the American College Personnel Association for his work and research. In addition, he received the 2016 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University.

Ross will be joined in Indianapolis by his husband, David, and their son, Mason, both of whom share in the excitement about coming to Indianapolis and joining the Butler community.

 

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Butler Names New Vice President for Student Affairs

Frank E. Ross III, a national leader in student affairs with 22 years of experience and degrees from both Ball State and Indiana universities, has been named Butler University’s new Vice President for Student Affairs

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Owen Schaub: After 37 Years at Butler, the Curtain Closes

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 03 2017

Owen Schaub accumulated a raft of memories during his 37 years as a Butler professor, but this one, from around 1990, stands out: After speaking at a luncheon for new students and their parents, a father plunked himself down next to Schaub and said, “You said you like being at Butler. What do you like about it?”

“I said,” Schaub recalled, “and I still think this is true, that at Butler, you’re allowed to try new things, to explore things for yourself, and people won’t make judgments about you because you’re going to do something that seems different from your discipline or your orientation. And that’s welcome.”
Owen Schaub has taught at Butler for half his life.

Schaub, 75, said that’s one of the many things he’ll miss about Butler when he retires at the end of this academic year.

He will also miss the students (“We’ve always attracted very nice young people who come from good family backgrounds and are sensible 18- to 22-year-olds”), his colleagues (“Everyone is very talented and qualified in the areas they work in, so we have a coherent and, I think, successful approach to theatre”), and the classes he’s taught in both theatre and the core curriculum.

He’s seen a lot of changes in personnel—five presidents, five deans in the College of Fine Arts, and five department chairs in the Theatre Department—and to the campus, and he’s especially thankful for the addition of the Schrott Center for the Arts. “We have needed a middle-sized, well-equipped theatre for a very long time. It is a joy that that’s here.”

In the Theatre Department, the soft-spoken Schaub is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of theatre history.

“One of us on faculty or a visiting guest artist will hear about some intricate detail from theatre history and share it with the group,” Theatre Chair Diane Timmerman said. “Invariably, Owen will launch into a richly nuanced description of the topic because he knows all about this time in theatre history. Whenever a guest lecturer says, ‘You probably will not have heard of this...,’ I always respond, ‘Well, one of us has.’ And I am always right about that.”

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Schaub grew up in Massapequa, New York, son of a construction-equipment operator and licensed practical nurse, in a house where he could hear the Atlantic Ocean and was in proximity to New York City. He “stumbled” into theatre almost literally, when he saw a high school friend moving a lighting rig through the halls. Schaub helped him carry the lights and soon was involved in a production.

He went to Hofstra College (now Hofstra University) for his bachelor’s degree in theatre, graduating in 1963, and spent 2½ years in active duty in the Army, mostly in Germany. There, he met Heidi, the woman who would become his first wife. They had their first daughter there, then moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where Schaub earned his M.A. in Theatre.

He started his teaching career at the University of Hawaii (and Heidi gave birth to their second daughter in Honolulu), then moved on to Dalhousie University, Kent State—where he earned his doctorate in theatre—and Newberry College in South Carolina.

In 1980, he answered an ad seeking a Theatre Department Chair at Butler University.Owen Schaub

Schaub said that when he started, he wanted to be a good technical director and then a good scene designer—“and that’s what I did for a long time.” Timmerman said students from the past 15 years probably don’t know that Schaub worked in the design and tech part of Butler Theatre productions during his early years here. He designed lights for many productions and also designed and built sets.

Soon, he added academic courses—dramatic literature, text analysis, five different History of Theatre courses he rotates.

“Given my graduate education, I’m doing exactly what I was prepared to do by getting an M.A. and then a Ph.D., even though there were times when I was still designing and being a technical director,” he said.

Schaub is proud of the students he’s taught, some of whom have gone on to be professors, lawyers, founders of theatre companies, and drama therapists.

Jim Senti ’05, who went on to earn his MFA at Harvard University and now is an actor in Los Angeles and professor at California State University, Northridge, calls Schaub “one of the most admirable characters in my life so far.” Senti remembers when Schaub cast him in a role in the Caryl Churchill play Vinegar Tom that featured a lengthy monologue. In rehearsal, Senti stumbled over the words. He went to the side afterwards, clearly frustrated.

“He came up to me,” Senti remembered, “and said, ‘This is what rehearsal is for. In a few weeks, this will be just a memory. You’re going to be great.’ And I remember him saying, ‘The stumbling now is necessary so we can stumble less later. So do the work now.’ That has stayed with me, not only as a professional actor, but just as a person.”

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In 2006, Schaub wife, Heidi, died of breast cancer. A couple of years later, he met a woman named Donna McCleerey at a group bereavement session. They found out they had something in common—they both worked at Butler. (She is the administrative specialist for the men’s basketball team.) This year, they will have been married nine years.

When the school year ends, Schaub will have spent 47 years teaching in college and 60 years in the theatre. Both teaching and theatre will play a part in his retirement: He’s planning to continue writing an analysis of Hamlet that he started during a sabbatical in 2015.

Although he’s spent half his life in Indiana, Schaub said he’s “always sort of been a permanent New Yorker. I remain a New Yorker in my head.”

And a Bulldog at heart.

“What I like about Butler is that the people you come in contact with are genuine human beings who are working to do the best that they can in whatever job or assignment that they have,” he said. “There’s little in the way of selfishness or ego or self-importance. Having been at Butler has been a very warm, rewarding and humane experience.”

 

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Owen Schaub: After 37 Years at Butler, the Curtain Closes

“Having been at Butler has been a very warm, rewarding and humane experience,” he says.

Apr 03 2017 Read more
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Butler Students Sweep Awards for Top Papers at URC

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 03 2017

Four Butler students have been 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.Undergraduate Research Conference

McDougall, a junior Biology and Chemistry major from Canton, Michigan, wrote Recontextualizing Rhetorical Constructions of Hegemonic Masculinity in Jessica Jones.

Anderton, a junior Middle/Secondary Education major from Rocky River, Ohio, wrote Strength in Numbers: How the NBA Dunk Contest Reifies Hegemonic Masculinity for its Audience.

Pearson, a senior Criminology/Psychology/Spanish major from Indianapolis, wrote Selective Sexualization and Censorship: Freeing the Nipple and Challenging the Male Gaze.

Tomanov, a sophomore Middle/Secondary Education major from Lombard, Illinois, wrote Reifying Hegemonic Masculinity in Tau Kappa Epsilon Recruitment Videos.

The abstracts for the four papers are below.

To evaluate the papers, all identifying features of the authors were removed. The papers were then sent to faculty across the nation who volunteered to serve as reviewers and were selected because of their ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.

Of the 21 students who submitted, 11 were Butler students.

All 21 papers were reviewed by three faculty members. Twelve of the top-ranked papers were then sent to an additional two reviewers since three sets of four papers were very close. The top eight papers were then sent to another set of two reviewers.

The abstracts for the four papers:

Recontextualizing Rhetorical Constructions of Hegemonic Masculinity in Jessica Jones.

Television is a significant rhetorical indicator of the construction of hegemonic masculinity—the culturally idealized form of masculinity—in media. Netflix is changing the way television series are viewed and accessed. Netflix’s Jessica Jones is a highly-rated Netflix original series, making it a good candidate for analysis. The show features a villain, Kilgrave, who both embodies and challenges traditional characteristics of hegemonic masculinity. I apply Trujillo’s five core characteristics of hegemonic masculinity (physical force and control, occupational achievement, familial patriarchy, frontiersmanship, and heterosexuality) as well as a “gray area" of hegemonic masculinity. I contend that Kilgrave embodies the characteristics of familial patriarchy, heterosexuality, and the gray area of hegemonic masculinity that involves the failure to accept responsibility for his hegemonic actions; however, he challenges the hegemonic characteristics of physical force and control, occupational achievement, and frontiersmanship. Ultimately, Kilgrave achieves hegemonic masculinity by using his mental abilities, rather than physical strength, and achieves power in a way that challenges the traditional characteristics of hegemonic masculinity. Thus, Kilgrave’s challenges to traditional characteristics of hegemonic masculinity reaffirm the idea that the construction of hegemonic masculinity, and masculinity in general, is fluid and subject to changes in cultural values and beliefs.

Strength in Numbers: How the NBA Dunk Contest Reifies Hegemonic Masculinity for its Audience

Televised basketball is a worthy area of study that communicates specific values and messages to the audience watching both at home and at the events. The NBA dunk contests have been held for more than four decades and are worthy of analysis with relation to the field of gender studies. Each competition is based around the idea of performing different types of dunks, which are then judged officially by judges at the event and unofficially by the announcers on the television. Based on those scores, a champion is chosen from all the dunkers involved. I apply Trujillo’s five characteristics of hegemonic masculinity (physical force and control, occupational achievement, familial patriarchy, frontiersmanship, and heterosexuality), Fiske’s characteristics of the masculine hero narrative, and Messner, Dunbar, & Hunt’s Televised Sports Manhood Formula. I contend that the NBA dunk contests reify masculinity through the presenters’ comments as well as video images of both the players and the fans reacting to the event. Analysis of the events shows that features from each idea regarding masculinity are used extensively by the television crews to elevate players who uphold the ideals of masculinity so that viewers can observe and aspire to be like each champion. When the format of the event changes to feature a non-masculine characteristic, the announcers struggle to elevate a champion and inspire the viewers to see what each athlete can do. The results of the analysis show that the construction of the NBA dunk contests by the television corporations as a winner-take-all event lead to the reification of masculinity.

Selective Sexualization and Censorship: Freeing the Nipple and Challenging the Male Gaze.

I analyze the #FreeTheNipple movement, which gained popularity as a collective response to social media platform guidelines specifically banning photos of female nipples, but not male nipples. Using hegemonic masculinity, sociological structuralism, and communications and linguistic theories as analytical lenses, I determine that this trend is only a feminist movement in that it is intended to benefit women, but is ultimately too exclusionary and hegemonic to be considered liberating. Specific photos shared under #FreeTheNipple are discussed, implications are explained, and suggestions for improvement of the campaign are offered.

Reifying Hegemonic Masculinity in Tau Kappa Epsilon Recruitment Videos.

Fraternity members constitute a large percentage of leading working professionals in highly influential jobs. Fraternity men usually spend the majority of their undergraduate college experience in a single-gender community (i.e., their fraternity house), thus, it becomes essential that masculinity be at the forefront of examination when acknowledging the great societal impact of fraternities during and after college. Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), the fraternity with the largest amount of chapters nationwide as of 2016, is the focus of my analysis. Its popularity among college campuses signifies that its recruitment is successful and that, regardless of initiation into the fraternity, many men (and women) view TKE as an example of masculinity. In my analysis, I focus on TKE recruitment videos from various universities that span the Northeastern, Southern, Midwestern, and Western regions of the United States. My analysis is divided amongst five markers that indicate an abidance to hegemonic masculinity, or the varying construction of the “ideal” man that is impossible to fully achieve. These markers of hegemonic masculinity are: Dominance (ascendency), sexual objectification of women, heteronormativity, alcohol use, and recreational movement of the body. I use these markers to demonstrate how TKE’s sustainment of hegemonic masculine ideals is problematic to society as a whole given the influence of fraternities beyond campus borders.

 

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Brett McNeal ’08 Gets a Dose of Reality

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 03 2017

The court of public opinion is about to get tested by a new TV show, and a couple of Butler alumni will be part of the proceedings.

Brett McNeal ’08 and his fiancé Darvin Lewis will appear on the April 21 episode of You the Jury as plaintiffs in a case pitting them against the owner of a northern Indiana pizza restaurant who refused to serve gay patrons. Their friend Amanda DiMaio Livarchik ’08 will be a witness for their side.
Brett McNeal '08 and Darvin Lewis will be on the new Fox series "You the Jury."

"Brett and I always joked over the years that our lives would make for great reality TV,” Livarchik said. “Little did we know we would one day end up on Fox."

Fox News personality and former daytime judge Jeanine Pirro is host of the show, which features real civil court cases being argued by recognizable attorneys, with viewers voting on the verdict live as the show airs. Each episode focuses on a case concerning a current hot-button issue, such as online trolling, the limits of free speech, and the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom.

“The experience was totally and utterly surreal,” McNeal said. “When we had intermission, we were escorted back to the dressing room and I just had to lay on the couch, asking myself, 'What did we sign up for?' But I always kept in the back of my mind that we were fighting for a cause.”

McNeal and Lewis said they were chosen because “they wanted to cast a nice, loving, gay couple in Indiana going against the guy from up north.”

The crew came into town early March 2016 and “took over our house,” Lewis said. “They interviewed our friends and family. Then we were informed that we would be going to L.A. for the final taping. In the beginning, we didn’t think it would be more than a People's Court kind of thing. However, the more we spoke to the producers, the bigger it got. Suddenly, we were told that there would be a live audience.”

McNeal, who works in renewals for a local company, said he and Lewis will be watching the outcome at a public viewing party at Tini, a martini bar on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis.

“We are contractually obligated not to publicly discuss the details of the episode until it has been announced,” McNeal said. “But we hope to drum up support for both the big vote on the episode and the ongoing LGBT cause.”

 

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

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Brett McNeal ’08 Gets a Dose of Reality

The court of public opinion is about to get tested by a new TV show, and a couple of Butler alumni will be part of the proceedings.

Apr 03 2017 Read more

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