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The Biggest BITS Ever: 1,200 Bulldogs Hit the Streets

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Aug 31 2015

Senior Emma Kortebein spent Saturday morning whitewashing an Indianapolis woman’s fence at her house along 38th Street as part of Bulldogs Into the Streets, Butler’s annual day of serving the community
Seniors Sam Marulli and Claire Thoma laid the bricks for a compost pile at the Butler lab school.

Kortebein and a group of her peers also helped fix a chandelier inside the woman’s home. When they were done, the group came back to Butler to eat lunch and chat about their experience.

“It was so rewarding,” Kortebein said. “We did it with alumni, with people of all ages. I think it was better this way, and I think we should do it more often. It’s a great way to bond with the community.”

In past years, only new students participated in BITS. This year, the program was expanded to include volunteers of all ages—with incredible results. Over 1,200 new and returning students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Butler family headed out to about 25 service sites in the city. Their combined 2,400 hours of service are estimated to be worth over $50,000.

Though volunteers spread out all over Indianapolis, some service projects took place just blocks from campus.

At Shortridge High School, volunteers worked organizing sheet music, decorating class space and refurbishing one of the front doors. And across the street at the Butler Lab School, Courtney Rousseau ’03 spent the morning volunteering in the garden with her daughter. Rousseau now works in Internship and Career Services, and her daughter attends the Lab School.

Volunteering alongside other members of the Butler community was a no-brainer, she said.

“It’s good to see all of the students and everyone come together,” she said.

Freshman Cole Seager had a similar experience. He was inspired to sign up for BITS by older students he met during orientation last week. As he spent the morning laying mulch outside the Lab School, he reflected on the impact the volunteers were able to make in such a short amount of time.

“I like the difference it makes in people’s live,” he said. “It only takes us two others to do what it might take these places three weeks. It makes my day.”


800 Bulldogs Heading Out Saturday to Serve Indianapolis


PUBLISHED ON Aug 26 2015

More than 800 representatives of Butler University are expected to volunteer for the 2015 Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS), Butler’s annual effort to give back to the city of Indianapolis, on Saturday, August 29, from 10 AM to 1 PM.

This year, the program has been moved to the weekend to accommodate not only student volunteers but faculty, staff, alumni, campus partners, and members of the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. They will fan out to about 25 service sites in the city, donating 2,400 hours of service worth an estimated $55,368.

Bulldogs Into the Streets“For years, we have held BITS on the day before classes started and asked only first-year students to volunteer,” said Caroline Huck-Watson, Director of Butler’s Office of Programs for Leadership and Service Education. “Our sophomores, juniors, seniors, faculty, and staff would tell us that they wanted to participate too, so this year we moved it to a weekend day so that all Bulldogs can be part of a great day of serving with our neighbors and city.”

This year’s service sites are:

BTNA/Midtown: Heritage Place of Indianapolis Inc.; Boulevard Place Food Pantry; MLK Center; Lab School; Tarkington Park; Shortridge High School; Andrew Ramsey Park; Gleaners – Methodist Church; IPS 43-James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School; Indianapolis Public Library – College Avenue Branch; AIM (Aftercare for Indiana).

Indianapolis: Children's Bureau Inc.; Holliday Park; Ronald McDonald House; Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.; Wheeler Mission Ministries; The Lord's Pantry at Anna's House; The Villages; Gleaners-Fervent Prayer; Indianapolis Zoo; Thrifty Threads; Auntie Mame's; St. Vincent De Paul distribution center; St. Vincent De Paul food pantry; Salvation Army Eagle Creek.

The Tarkington Park project is part of the Great Places 2020 initiative, which is intended to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization. BITS volunteers will be working with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful on this project.

BITS participants will be tweeting using the hashtag #ButlerServes.

BITS is in its 21st year, but Huck-Watson said volunteerism is a year-round effort at Butler. Participants in BITS are encouraged to continue to be involved in volunteer activities through:

  • The Volunteer Opportunities Fair, featuring representatives from dozens of local non-profit organizations. This year’s fair is September 16.
  • The Butler Volunteer Center’s Listserv. Volunteers can register for a weekly listserv that has information on a variety of projects.
  • Student Government Association Service and Philanthropy Board. Students can take a role in the new SGA Service and Philanthropy Board, and help the University continue to commit to service.
  • Alternative Breaks. Fall and Spring alternative breaks allow students to do volunteer projects in other areas of the country.
  • Indianapolis Community Requirement courses, which combine classroom-learning with service.

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


PUBLISHED ON Aug 18 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grant Helps Butler Create Student-Run Insurance Company


PUBLISHED ON Aug 17 2015

The Butler University College of Business will establish a student-run insurance company with the goal of having the company fully operational by the 2019–2020 academic year, thanks to a $250,000 gift from MJ Insurance and Michael M. Bill.

The Butler business, known as a “captive insurance company,” will insure certain programs at Butler, perhaps including the live mascot, Butler Blue III, or physical damage to University vehicles.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.College of Business Dean Steve Standifird said the idea behind the internal insurance company is to give students hands-on experience and prepare them for an industry that expects to need tens of thousands of new employees over the next seven years to replace workers who will be retiring.

“This captive insurance company builds on Butler’s model of experiential learning,” said Zach Finn, Clinical Professor & Director of the Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program in the College of Business, who will supervise the students. “We have students who manage a $2 million financial endowment, and many universities around the country do that. There’s no reason students with the proper setup couldn’t manage an insurance company.”

Finn said the program will give students the opportunity to look at risks that face the university, assess the financial impacts, and determine whether the risks would be best retained and paid for with university assets as they occur, through traditional insurance markets, or through a captive insurance company.

Students will learn how to write the insurance policy, what the coverage terms will be, how to finance the company, and more. They will be able to apply their risk-management expertise in accounting, investments and numerous other areas.

“We are excited about this partnership with Butler University and the Davey Program,” said Jon Loftin, President and COO, MJ Insurance. “Butler has consistently graduated students from the College of Business more prepared to enter the workforce due in large part to their emphasis on experiential learning and providing their students with the unique opportunity to apply the academic principles in a real-life setting.”

MJ and Bill’s initial gift will cover the minimum amount of capital that’s needed to fund a captive insurance company at its outset. The College of Business also will be soliciting gifts to fund the operating costs.

“The insurance industry has been very rewarding to me over my lifetime, and I appreciate all that it has given to me, my family, and the opportunity to be the founder of MJ Insurance, Inc. for the past 51 years,” said Michael M. Bill, chairman and founder of MJ Insurance. “If we can instill a path to the students via the kind of training that I had as a very young man, it will be not only rewarding to the students that graduate through the Butler University College of Business in Insurance and Risk Management, but will provide them with a livelihood and personal reward every day that they are in our industry.”

According to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the insurance industry will need to replace 104,000 insurance sales agents, 71,900 claims adjusters, 67,400 claims/policy processing clerks, 28,900 underwriters, 8,500 software developers/programmers, 7,500 computer/information analysts, and 6,900 actuaries by 2022.

Finn estimated that even if the approximately 50 colleges and universities that offer an insurance program were able to graduate about 50 students each year—an optimistic estimate, he said—that would still leave an enormous shortfall of people ready to step in and do the jobs.

“Our students, through this program, will graduate with those skills in hand,” Standifird said. “In an industry that is in desperate need of talent, we’ll not only be providing them talent, but talent that is much closer to being job-ready than they’re going to find anywhere else. That’s one of the big motivations for doing this—to give our students a significant advantage going into the workforce.”

Added Loftin: “We are encouraged by the increasing interest of the millennial generation in the insurance and risk management industry which has historically been viewed by college graduates as boring or stale compared to some other careers. We are finding that most young adults today are simply unaware of what extraordinary opportunities exists within this industry that often times align more closely with their career, financial and, most importantly, their life goals.

“Therefore, we believe that it’s merely a matter of creating awareness and educating these young adults of the career benefits and opportunities that do exist. We believe that many colleges and universities are sleeping on this industry that has a dire need for qualified talent. In fact, those universities that do have insurance and risk management programs are experiencing 100 percent job placement rates in most cases. Therefore, we cannot think of a better opportunity to assist our industry in generating interest in this field than by partnering with Butler University in creation of a student-run captive.”


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Prosecutor Names Butler 'Crime Fighter of the Year'


PUBLISHED ON Aug 04 2015

Butler University is the 2015 recipient of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Crime Fighter of the Year Award, presented on August 4 by Prosecutor Terry Curry to Butler University Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety Ben Hunter, Assistant Professor Brandie Oliver and Butler University Police Department Detective Bruce Allee.
Butler University was presented with the Crime Fighter of the Year Award at the 32nd annual National Night Out Kick-Off Ceremony on August 4. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Martin, Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Mears, Butler Assistant Police Chief Andy Ryan, Detective Bruce Allee, University Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety Ben Hunter, Assistant Professor Brandie Oliver, and Butler Assistant Police Chief John Conley.

Speaking at the 32nd annual National Night Out Kick-Off and Crime Fighter of the Year Award Ceremony, hosted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Curry said Butler was chosen for the school’s work in improving the success of youth and families by addressing truancy, bullying, and through other crime prevention initiatives.

In 2013, Butler University partnered with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to present the “End Bullying Now” forum. The event provided an opportunity for experts to educate parents, caregivers and educators on the educational, legal and psychological effects of bullying. Curry said his staff has utilized this information in the office’s outreach efforts with young people across the county, sharing solutions for prevention and intervention in bullying through the office’s CyberSafe program for students and their parents.

Butler and Oliver have also been instrumental in efforts to address truancy in Marion County. Recognizing that truancy often is a result of other family issues, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office set the goal of finding productive consequences for children who do attend school regularly and their parents. Oliver and Butler graduate students created and implemented a four-part parenting class that was court ordered as a condition of a diversion agreement for parents. Butler students also created and implemented a program for middle school students who were truant from school.

Butler University Police Department was recognized for implementing a successful anti-alcohol diversion program for university students, spearheaded by Detective Bruce Allee. Minor alcohol offenses by students on campus can be addressed through a pre-diversion program which requires students to participate in an impact panel and community service.

“We’re proud of the work that Dr. Oliver and Detective Allee have done,” Hunter said. “Indianapolis is our home, and Butler’s home, and we want to do whatever we can to make this a world-class city.”


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Butler Chorale Members Are Back For An Encore


PUBLISHED ON Jul 27 2015

He left Butler nearly 20 years ago, but, from 1986–1996, Michael Shasberger provided his students in the Butler Chorale with great memories—including five international tours and the staging of Handel’s “Messiah”—along with instruction that still guides them today.

The memories are so strong, in fact, that over the July 24–26 weekend, about two dozen of Shasberger’s former students came from all over the country to reunite and sing with him again in Indianapolis.
Former members of the Butler Chorale returned to Butler to sing with their former conductor, Michael Shasberger.

“He’s probably one of the finest choral conductors I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with a lot of conductors,” said Sam Hepler ’94, a professional singer and musician based in New York City. “He’s a wonderful man and was a wonderful teacher—and I’m sure he still is—and he brought the best out of all of us.”

Shasberger and his former students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday for a Sunday performance at North United Methodist Church. The song selection included some numbers they performed in the student chorale, as well as a few more current pieces.

Mary Scheib ’96 organized this reunion, the second time Shasberger’s Butler students have gotten back together. (The first was in 2009.) These days, Scheib, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, sings as a freelancer and has a day job in professional development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Although some of the reunion participants had never met each other because their years in school didn’t overlap, they were “bound by the shared experience of Michael Shasberger,” Scheib said.

“Dr. Shasberger has such a style with singers to not only make them comfortable singing in their own way—in their own voice, rather than in a choral voice—but to inspire them to sing better,” she said. “That created such an environment of growth while you’re here for four years that everybody wanted to come back and experience that again. Not to mention all the friendships that are forged and funny stories that happen along the way.”

Shasberger, who now teaches and conducts at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, estimated that about half the participants in this reunion are active as professional singers. Some still sing on the side, and some have found completely different careers.

What they have in common is “a wonderful sense of community. An incredible spirit ran through the group. It’s really affirming, and a real delight. And it’s so great to see them. They look fabulous, and they have so much energy, and, as I told them last night, ‘You’re all as old as I was when I was here.’”

As for Butler, it’s a far different place than they left.

“Butler looks fabulous,” Shasberger said. “The facilities are what we always talked and dreamed about and planned for. But what I’ve learned over the course of a 40-year career is that the work that really matters is the work that you leave that continues to prosper. And to see that here is really exciting.”


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Introducing the Hinkle Academy, a New Graduate Program


PUBLISHED ON Jul 22 2015

Graduate students looking to become leaders in wellness, sport, and allied fields now have a new option: the Hinkle Academy, a joint online venture of Butler University’s Department of Athletics, College of Education, and Health and Recreation Complex.

The program begins in the fall, offering 12 credits of graduate coursework spread out over 11 months. Classes will expose students to a variety of sport and wellness careers and lead to a 12-hour certificate that can be used toward a Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership at Butler or a graduate degree elsewhere.

Tony Hinkle Statue“In my world of rec sports, the competition is such that if you don’t have a master’s, you’re really behind the eight-ball,” said Scott Peden, Butler’s Director of Recreation. “It’s an incredibly competitive marketplace for jobs.”

For more information, contact Mindy Welch, Program Coordinator, at 317-940-9550 or More graduate information is available at

Subject areas in the Hinkle Academy coursework begin with an investigation of the Butler Way ethos for effective leadership, establishing culture, and building community. Coursework will include marketing, special events, program planning, and facilities management. “Regardless of what specific branch you go into in wellness, you’re going to have to know budgeting and finance and sponsorships and legal aspects and a boatload of specific topics,” Peden said. “Those are good foundational competencies to have, regardless.”

Hinkle Academy also will include the Butler/Indy Lab, a three-day residential workshop at Butler University and in Indianapolis, during which students will be able to meet the people—and tour the organizations and facilities—that drive Indianapolis’s reputation as a sports capital.

A capstone, eight-week summer apprenticeship can be completed in a student’s home organization or community.

"The Hinkle Academy provides a unique portal for candidates with shared interests in education, sport, and wellness and diverse backgrounds, careers, and goals to study leadership through the lens of the Butler Way," College of Education Associate Professor Mindy Welch said.

The certificate work is appropriate for current and future Butler alumni; licensed teachers and coaches in all sports at all levels; volunteer coaches affiliated with schools, churches, community centers, and fitness centers; professionals employed in sport and wellness; and individuals seeking career change or entrepreneurial opportunities in education, sports, athlete development, fitness, recreation, and wellness.

Michael Freeman, Butler’s Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, said the online coursework and flexibility of the program schedule “should provide insight and education on how there are many ways to get the job done in sport.”

“It can work for all types of people, from recent grads looking to break in to sport, folks looking for a career change or those already in sport and looking for self-improvement,” he said. "We could see a very diverse group of students.”

Peden said having all classes online is perfect for people who are in the workforce and can’t take the time to return to school for two years.

“There are a lot of students who are graduating from undergraduate coursework and looking to see what’s next,” he said. “This is a unique niche.”

See Welch and Freeman talking about the Hinkle Academy on Inside Indiana Business.


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NCAA Selects President Danko for Committee to Shape Future of College Sports


PUBLISHED ON Jul 08 2015

Butler University President James M. Danko will be among a group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students and conference commissioners to convene in Indianapolis August 4-5 to build the foundation for the future of college sports, the NCAA announced.
President Jim Danko

Participants were invited because of positions they hold in the Division I governance structure or affiliated organizations.

The Division I Strategic Summit participants include all members of the Board of Directors (including the student-athlete, athletics director, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator who serve on that group); Presidential Forum members from conferences that do not have representation on the board; the chair and vice chair of the Council; the chairs of the seven standing Council committees, the Committee on Academics and the Committee on Infractions; leaders from affiliated organizations who serve on the Council and the Board of Governors members from Divisions II and III.

The participants selected one of four strategic planning groups on which to serve that will study four different aspects of college sports. Each group will use outside experts as needed.

Each of the groups will focus on defining a specific area:

  • The Division I collegiate model of amateur athletics, including the key features of the Division I student-athlete experience and use of resources within athletics.How college sports should assist students while they are in college, including academic achievement and appropriate demands on time.
  • How college athletics should assist students to prepare for life after college, including those who wish to pursue athletics through professional pursuits and other high-level opportunities such as the Olympics.
  • The overarching principles for how the division should operate, including examining the current subdivision structure and the role of conferences.

Each strategic planning group will present background and analysis of its topic area to the summit participants in advance to help inform the discussion and ultimate creation of principles to guide the division’s decision-making in the future.


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Ushering in the Indianapolis Bicentennial, With Butler's Help


PUBLISHED ON Jun 02 2015

Nine emerging leaders—including Butler University Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage and 2014 graduates Aaron Harrison and Samantha Helferich—will play a pivotal role in setting the stage for implementing the Bicentennial Plan, a visionary, community-unified component of the Plan 2020 initiative and the future of Indianapolis-Marion County.
McKenzie Beverage

Last year, the CityCorps Fellowship program was designed to generate new ideas around defined themes — Choose, Connect, Love, Serve and Work – which were relevant to Plan 2020 committees. This year, Plan 2020 is shifting into the next phase, turning research, data, and ideas into tangible action steps towards improving neighborhoods, increasing connectivity, advancing workforce development and promoting civic engagement in Marion County.

These 2015 Fellows will work to inform technical plans of the city (like the Comprehensive and Regional Center Plans), build capacity for a movement (like #loveindy), and supplement capacity for implementing partners.

Beverage’s focus will be Planning for Resiliency in Indianapolis. This fellowship will lay the groundwork for a resiliency master plan that builds the capacity of Indianapolis residents, communities, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow regardless of the chronic stresses or acute shocks they experience. It will assess environmental, economic, and social risks confronting Indianapolis, identify related assets, analyze current programs, and recommend a decision‐making framework.

Beverage will facilitate a process to effectively identify, convene, educate and engage stakeholders on the information and tools needed to develop a resiliency plan. A report with the outcomes of this process will be produced.

Harrison and Helferich will work on A Collective Effort: Utilizing and Leveraging the Intellectual and Civic Capacity of Indy’s Youth. Their fellowship creates an executable strategy for engaging Indianapolis’s youth in our city’s efforts to develop and implement the strategic framework necessary to make it a better place to live, work, serve, love, and connect.

This work will create a plan for a scalable program that: (1) utilizes project‐based curriculum co‐developed by Indianapolis educators, entrepreneurs, and community innovators to empower students (grade range to‐be‐determined K - 12) to view their world through the lens of an entrepreneur or community innovator; (2) tasks students with developing solutions to the priorities inspired by those within the Bicentennial Plan; and (3) aligns with Indiana Academic Standards, with a particular emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the arts.

“The fellowship program is a nationally distinctive element of Plan 2020 and will support the committees through cutting edge research and thought creation,” said Brooke Thomas, Deputy Director for the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. “The Fellows will do more than just brainstorm new ideas, they will operationalize their ideas and deliver something that is both innovative, but also supported by data and research.”

CityCorps Fellows were selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process issued by Plan 2020. Proposals were evaluated based on the contribution their ideas had on envisioning and improving the future of Indianapolis and addressing specific needs set forth by the Plan 2020 team.


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'Make Change' Program Expands Again


PUBLISHED ON May 18 2015

Make Change, the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology program that generates “credit” for doing good for the environment, has added new activities that participants can do to earn redeemable currency.

changeVolunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful at select events, dropping off old electronics at RecycleForce, and enrolling in the IPL Green Power option are some of the new ways to earn credit. Also, Make Change has developed a partnership with Circle City Rain Barrels to offer discounted rain barrel-building workshops every third Saturday through August.

The full list of activities can be found at

In addition, participants in the Make Change program are now able to spend the currency at eight businesses in Fountain Square and the Near Eastside, thanks to a SustainIndy Community Grant that runs through November 1.

The new business partners in the program are People for Urban Progress, Rocket 88 Doughnuts, VeloWorks Urban Cyclery, and Wildwood Market in Fountain Square, and Little Green Bean Boutique, Metta Yoga, Pogue’s Run Grocer, and Khaos Company Theatre on the Near Eastside.

Each hour of activity a person does is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for this program. Also available are quarter-hour coins that equal $2.50 worth of activity.

The program has been operating in Midtown since 2012 and will continue to run there. Businesses currently accepting the currency include Unleavened Bread Café, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Freewheelin' Community Bikes, Fall Creek Gardens, Duos Kitchen, KI EcoCenter, Agrarian, Indy Upcycle, Good Earth Natural Foods, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, and the Center for Urban Ecology Farm at Butler.


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Forbes Magazine Lauds Butler's Commencement


PUBLISHED ON May 14 2015

Forbes magazine contributor James Marshall Crotty came to campus for commencement and filed a story in praise of speaker Eva Kor's "never give up" message and Butler's approach to education.
James Marshall Crotty

He concluded: "Indeed, as we prepare our students for a tech-driven future, let’s remember the perennial attributes of what made this nation great: service, humility, self-reliance, basic human decency, and a deep remembrance of history chased by the enduring power of forgiveness. Calm, quiet, and humble schools like Butler University are showing us how to model those values every day of our lives."

Read the full story here.


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What to See in Indy? Holcomb, Holcomb, Hinkle


PUBLISHED ON May 01 2015

Butler University is well represented in the new book 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die. And not just because it’s written by Ashley Petry, who went to preschool at Butler, earned her MBA here in 2006, and is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing.

No, Petry said, Butler gets its due because Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium fit the bill. (Plump’s Last Shot, the Broad Ripple restaurant owned by Bobby Plump ’58, is another of the 100.)

100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die“Butler’s campus is right in the heart of Indianapolis, but many people don’t know about the assets we have here—destinations that can appeal to both visitors and Indy residents,” she said. “I hope this book can help spread the word.”

Petry said that after getting the assignment from publisher Reedy Press, she began compiling a list of places to see and things to do in the areas of food and drink, culture and history, sports and recreation, shopping and fashion, and music and entertainment.

About 80 of the 100 turned out to be things she’d already written about as a freelance travel and food writer for Conde Nast Traveler, Midwest Living, the Indianapolis Star, and other publications. Others were recommendations from friends.

In doing the research, she took her first visits to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum and duckpin bowling in Fountain Square. She also saw Crown Hill Cemetery as more than just a burial site.

“They have great tours and beautiful architecture,” she said. “A lot of people wouldn’t think to go there for a picnic, but the view from James Whitcomb Riley’s grave at the top of the hill is gorgeous at sunset.”

Petry spent last fall researching and writing the book. She said getting to be a tourist gave her a new appreciation for her hometown.

“When you live somewhere, sometimes you take it for granted,” she said. “Writing this book gave me a reason to do the things I’ve been meaning to do.”

The book 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die is currently available online at and Barnes & Noble. The official release party is Friday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Indy Reads Books. It is open to the public. Petry will be signing books, and there will be an Indy trivia contest complete with prizes from the 100 Things list.


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