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Butler University’s Oldest Living Graduate Turns 105

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PUBLISHED ON Feb 25 2016

He commuted to Butler in his Model T Ford, walked around campus when the only buildings were Jordan Hall, Butler Fieldhouse, the Phi Delta Theta house, and the Campus Club, and played on the Butler baseball team with Oral Hildebrand, who pitched in the major leagues from 1931-1940.

He’s Sam Arnett ’33, believed to be Butler’s oldest living graduate. And on February 25 he turns 105.

Sam Arnett shows off one of his birthday gifts, a shirt and vest from Butler.

Back in the day, he grew up in Indianapolis and went to Tech High School with thoughts of being in pharmacy like his father.

“‘You’ll work a lot of hours, you’ll make poor money,’” he recalls his father saying.

So he came to Butler, where he majored in Business Administration. Butler “was a very enjoyable place to go to school,” he said.

He remembers Tony Hinkle as a nice man (“I never heard a word against him”) and describes his time at Butler like this: “We attended our classes, we made our grades and played baseball.” He was a “good enough” outfielder.

After graduation, Arnett went on to Purdue University for a second bachelor’s degree and a master’s, then went to work for Eli Lilly and Co., retiring after 41 years. He moved to Florida for 20 years, then returned to Indiana to be closer to his family.

These days, Arnett lives in at Wellbrooke of Westfield, an assisted-living facility, where he keeps a Butler pennant on his wall and copies of The Drift, Butler’s yearbook, and clips from The Butler Collegian nearby.

 

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Two Butler Sophomores Selected 500 Festival Princesses

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PUBLISHED ON Feb 17 2016

Butler sophomores Caitlyn Foye and Monica Wright are among 33 college-age women who have been selected as Indianapolis 500 Festival Princesses for 2016.

Foye, from Newburgh, Indiana, is a graduate of Castle High School and a sophomore majoring in Biology. Wright, who is from Indianapolis, is a graduate of Cathedral High School and a sophomore majoring in Marketing and International Business.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, participate in the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteer at 500 Festival events, and take part in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions—including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival Princess Program has recognized Indiana’s brightest college-aged women,” said Leslie Carter-Prall, 500 Festival board member and princess program committee co-chair. “The program’s new personal and professional development initiative and the scholarships given to each young woman will reinforce its rich history. The 500 Festival is proud to take the lead on investing our time and resources to shape Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

The 2016 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. This year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon their communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, and professionalism. They have an average GPA of 3.5.

One of the 33 Princesses will be selected as the 2016 500 Festival Queen and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 21 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard.

 

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Dean Shelley Honored for Contributions to Teacher Education

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PUBLISHED ON Feb 01 2016

Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler University’s College of Education (COE) since 2005 and a professor in the College since 1982, has been selected to receive the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

The award will be presented to the Dean on February 23 in Las Vegas.

The Pomeroy Award is given to a person or persons who have made exceptional contributions to AACTE, to a national or state organization involved in teacher education, or to persons responsible for the development of exemplary teacher education initiatives.

Shelley provided the leadership to create the first Butler University memo of understanding between the University and the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to establish Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy (now Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School). In addition, she led creation of the IPS/Butler University Laboratory School, focused on early childhood and elementary education.

She also was instrumental in bringing Reggio-inspired educational practices to Indiana through the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative. She was able to bring an international exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, to the Indiana Statehouse for a six-month stay that provided many professional development experiences for hundreds of educators from around and beyond the state.

“Each success in the College of Education is not from a solo experience in my role as a Dean, but rather it is a beautiful symphony created by colleagues in the College and in the schools,” Shelley said. “There is a saying that ‘a leader is only as good as the team that surrounds them,’ and I have found that to be very true. I truly have the dream team in my College.”

Shelley’s approach to education is well known around the COE and Butler: “The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools as they should be, not simply perpetuating schools as they currently exist. We must be willing to explore with our students the difficult issues of inequities that exist in our schools and society and to help them to become agents of change.”

Shelley’s COE colleagues said her efforts on behalf of the College, its faculty, staff, and students have been outstanding.

“She has always been charismatic, clear in her vision and integrity, but at her core profoundly decent and kind,” said Professor of Education Arthur Hochman. “This is the reason that she makes so many connections, achieves what might appear impossible, and the reason that so many want to walk in her wake.”

“If you are looking for a positive educator and advocate who challenges the status quo and works tirelessly at lifting up the greatest profession in the world, then look no further,” Associate Dean Debra Lecklider wrote on Shelley’s behalf.

Shelley earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana State University.

“Each day I see the future of education in the talented young people who have chosen it as their vocation,” she said. “These young people could do anything, and they want to teach. I see great teachers doing extremely difficult work as I spend time in the schools. It will be up to our society to invest in educators by valuing the teaching profession and remembering that our democracy was founded on providing a free public education to all citizens.”

 

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Dean Shelley Honored for Contributions to Teacher Education

Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler University’s College of Education (COE) since 2005 and a professor in the College since 1982, has been selected to receive the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

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Samantha Vidal '08 Honored for School Counseling Work

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PUBLISHED ON Feb 01 2016

Samantha Vidal MSC ’08 was honored in Washington, D.C., the week of January 25 for being one of the six nationalist finalists for the 2016 School Counselor of the Year Award.

Samantha at awards ceremonyThe ceremonies, which included recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama, were timed to coincide with National School Counseling Week, February 1-5.

“Being selected as a finalist has been an unbelievable and surprising honor,” Vidal said. “I know so many amazing school counselors who go above and beyond for their students every day and do not get the recognition they deserve. It is an amazing feeling to be honored by my peers, ASCA (American School Counselor Association), and The First Lady.”

Vidal has worked at Creekside Elementary School for seven years. Previously, she worked at the high school level at an urban, parochial school and also briefly as a part time elementary school counselor in an urban setting in Indianapolis. She was previously recognized as the 2014 Indiana Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) and served as ISCA’s President 2013–2014.

Vidal received her B.A. in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio) and her Master’s in School Counseling from Butler University. Vidal and her husband, Rory, have an infant daughter, Annie.

“I would not be in this position without the guidance and support of the professors at Butler University,” she said. “Their program and preparation for PSCs is unmatched. Not only that, their professors' involvement in Indiana School Counselor Association, American School Counselor Association, and advocacy efforts have opened so many doors for me. I am forever grateful!”

Brandie M. Oliver, Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Butler and Past President of the Indiana School Counselor Association, was in Washington to see Vidal honored. She said Vidal “lives and breathes her role as a school counselor and works diligently to meet the needs of all of her students.”

At Creekside Elementary School, Vidal worked collaboratively with her staff, parents, community, and administrators to develop a comprehensive school counseling program that has received both the Gold Star School Counseling Award and the RAMP (Recognized American School Counselor Association) Model Program Award.

“Because of her comprehensive program that focuses on college/career readiness, academic success, and social/emotional development, Samantha is able to deliver classroom lessons, facilitate small groups, and counsel students individually that all work to meet the goals of her program,” Oliver said. “It is so exciting that she was selected as a national finalist. This opportunity has allowed her a platform to share the importance of elementary school counseling.”

 

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Betsy Shirley '10 Earns Religion Writers' Fellowship

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 19 2016

Betsy Shirley ’10, an assistant editor with Sojourners magazine, has been named one of 28 Religion Newswriters Association’s Handa Fellows in Interreligious Communication, an achievement that will help broaden her knowledge of religion and the scope of her coverage.

The one-year fellowship includes numerous professional development opportunities—a dedicated mentor and webinars designed to sharpen the fellows’ writing and reporting skills—as well as possible travel opportunities.

BetsyShirleyHeadshot2“The fellowship helps younger reporters cover religions that aren’t Christianity or Judaism with much more depth and nuance,” she said. “When it comes to covering religion, we need reporters to be especially well trained in some of the religions that haven’t been as well represented.”

Shirley has been a writer and editor for Sojourners, which focuses on faith and social justice from a Christian perspective, since finishing her Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School in May 2015. She said her interest in religion was stoked at Butler, which she chose for several reasons: She wanted a liberal arts education; her great-grandparents and her father were graduates; and in researching schools, she found that Butler rated high among students on a “happiness index.”

She majored in English writing, but added a minor in religion after taking Associate Professor Chad Bauman’s introductory course and Professor Paul Valliere’s “Faith, Doubt and Reason.”

“In that the first class, even the first week, we were out in Indianapolis observing a religious tradition that was very different from our own,” Shirley said. “I was assigned Sikhism and we were out talking to people who practice that religion. As someone who now works writing about religion and covering religion, that was especially valuable experience.”

After graduation, Shirley did a yearlong internship at Sojourners as an editorial assistant, then headed to Yale.

“I liked working at Sojourners and knew if I wanted to do this long-term, I needed a broader background in religion,” she said. “You need to be able to know what is a meaningful story and what is just Internet buzz.”

At Yale, she took courses in subject areas such as church history, biblical interpretation, and theology, as well as classes in other disciplines. That prepared her to cover stories like the Gay Christian Network Conference (a meeting of 1,500 LGBT Christians and allies), the role of hospital chaplains during the Ebola scare, and how a Los Angeles pastor uses karaoke to spread the gospel.

“I’ve had a lot of great training in religion,” she said, “but religion is complex and it deserves extra resources and training to fairly interpret it.”

 

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Michael Hole '08 Named to Forbes's 30 Under 30

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 06 2016

Michael Hole ’08, a Boston Medical Center pediatrician and founder of an organization that works to reduce child poverty in America, has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders, and brightest stars.

michael holeHole is the cofounder of StreetCred, which he describes on his LinkedIn profile as a company that works to reduce child poverty in America by improving access to money and services available to low-income families and individuals raising children.

The organization provides free tax preparation and financial literacy services in pediatric hospitals and clinics targeting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. It plans to expand services into one-stop-shops helping families apply for other community resources and public benefits like health insurance, food assistance, public housing, electricity, FAFSA, and savings plans all before they leave the doctor's office.

Hole, 29, was a double-major in Biology and Spanish at Butler. While at Butler, he founded Ambassadors for Children and Timmy Global Health, and he was active in Student Government Association and Delta Tau Delta.

After earning his bachelor’s, Hole went on to Stanford University, where he earned his MBA and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

Hole and the 29 others on the list were chosen from an initial screening of more than 15,000.

“Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game– or creating entirely new playbooks,” Forbes wrote. “In the past, youth was a handicap to professional success. Getting older meant more resources, more knowledge, more money. No more. Those who grew up in the tech age have way bigger ambitions — perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in. If you want to change the world, being under 30 is now an advantage.”

The Forbes 30 Under 30 list includes some famous names—basketball superstar Stephen Curry, Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading man John Boyega, plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham, Canadian crooner Shawn Mendes and YouTube gamer CaptainSparklez (Jordan Maron).

Forbes said the process to make the list is “intense.”

“We look at thousands of candidates from 20 different categories and consider their game-changing quotient along various dimensions, such as impact, use of cutting edge technology or creativity, scalability or adaptability, number of people reached and dollars raised/generated,” it said.

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Learning About Service, the Butler Way

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Dec 21 2015

At first, the concept seems difficult. How do you help third-graders understand what service means?

But for Early and Middle Childhood Education Professor Arthur Hochman and his early elementary education class, the challenge is often the most important part of the lesson plan.

Kat Welch '17 and her students.

For a little over five weeks this semester, Butler students were paired with Crooked Creek Elementary School third-graders in groups. The Butler students were responsible for creating lesson plans and guiding the elementary schools students through projects to discover what service is.

“Every semester I like to work with a local public school in coming up with something special that's going to have a feeling of culmination and importance, so that these third-graders will have an experience they will never forget,” Hochman said.

In past years the projects have varied. Students and children have organized a flash mob to honor a teacher or come to Butler for a day to present research they've done.

This year, the lesson took a different turn as the third-graders worked together to create their own magazine called Helping Hands. It was published within another local kids magazine, Inspired.

Kat Welch and ’17 and Allison Behling ’18 are two of Hochman’s students who worked at Crooked Creek.

Under the guidance of teachers such as Megan Shuck Rubey ’12 and Kristen Vannatta, they helped students create artwork, conduct interviews, and come up with ways to serve their teachers.

Welch’s group created an autograph book for one teacher and wrote a poem for another.

“It was neat to see how it was really important to them that the teacher liked it and that it was special for them,” she said. “We made a point to teach them that it was anonymous. At first they struggled with that, but then came to realize it's more about the act of doing than getting recognition.”

Hochman said the children are motivated to work on a deeper and higher level when there is an incentive of being able to achieve something important, such as serving and creating an actual published magazine.

“It’s the idea of getting kids to do work that’s in context, that’s real,” Hochman said. “It gives you an impetus to do great work, as opposed to ‘You need to learn multiplication so you can learn division so you can learn algebra,’ which when you’re little feels a little hollow.Coloring page

“But if it’s ‘You need to do a good job because you want to do a good job because there’s something at the end of the tunnel that’s meaningful for you,’ as a third-grader there’s power in that.”

After finishing the magazine and sending it in for publication, the Butler students returned to surprise their third-graders on the final day. The students gathered to see their final product projected up at the front of the classroom, and a special guest even came to visit: Trip, the Butler bulldog mascot.

Together, they celebrated their published magazine and the new bonds formed between the Butler students and their third-graders.

“We had third-graders crying,” Hochman said. “The attachments are very real.”

“It was very sweet,” Behling said. “But I think I was even more excited about Trip than they were.”

Not only did they come away with new friends, Behling and Welch said they came away with teaching experiences they will never forget.

“For me, I loved seeing the progress that was made,” Welch said. “The first or second day we were there, we asked them what service was. They all said out of order signs or drew stores. But by the end of the project, they talked about how it was important to do things anonymously for others.”

Behling said she noticed even more changes in herself.

“I kind of went in expecting for me to have my place, for everything to go my way, and obviously that doesn't always happen, especially with kids,” Behling said. “My biggest takeaway was not everything has to go right the first time and sometimes you just have to try again.”

Sounds a lot like the Butler Way.

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Grant Helps Professor Samide Continue Art Preservation

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 16 2015

Chemistry Professor Michael Samide and Senior Conservation Scientist Gregory Smith will be the beneficiaries of a three-year, $75,000 grant that the Indianapolis Museum of Art has received to continue their work on preserving works of art.

Michael SamideThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will allow Samide to spend the next two summers at the museum as an NEH faculty fellow. In addition, two Butler undergraduates will have the opportunity to work at the museum during the next two summers.

The work is centered around the development of a new method for rapid analysis of volatile organic compounds released from materials used in museum construction. The hope is to find a better quantitative method for material testing so that museums can safely design and build museum spaces that will not damage the art.

The work began as part of a sabbatical leave in 2014 and continued with Samide serving as a Dreyfus MUSE scholar in the summer of 2015. Preliminary results have been published and the data was recently presented as part of symposium on conservation and exhibition planning at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

 

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Collegian Staff Selects Daniel Comiskey As New Adviser

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 14 2015

Daniel Comiskey, deputy editor of Indianapolis Monthly magazine, has been selected by The Butler Collegian’s staff to serve as its adviser. He will take on the role at the beginning of the spring semester.

As adviser, Comiskey serves as a consultant to problems, offers advice to the staff when it is solicited, and critiques the stories the Collegian publishes.

Daniel Comiskey“I know it's a transitional time for the newspaper—a new editor-in-chief, a new adviser, a digital-first format,” he said. “But all of those things are opportunities as much as they are challenges. I hope to bring stability while encouraging the ambitious reporting and lively writing that have been the paper's trademarks for so long.”

Comiskey joined Indianapolis Monthly in 2006, shortly after completing a Master of Arts in journalism at Indiana University. During graduate school, he served as arts and culture editor of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine and reported for the Bloomington Herald-Times. Comiskey’s long-form features have won a number of Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and have taken him across the country in a semi truck, to the sites of natural disasters, and inside New York City Hall.

Comiskey grew up around newspapers. His mother, Nancy, was Deputy Managing Editor at the Indianapolis Star and now teaches at Indiana University.

And, he lives a block from the University, “so I'm already part of the Butler community in a way,” he said. “It makes sense for me to have a relationship with the place.”

Katie Goodrich, who will take over as Collegian Editor in Chief for the spring semester, said Comiskey “will bring lots of knowledge about embracing the digital realm, since Indianapolis Monthly transitioned to a heavier web presence while he has been there. This will be very valuable as we build our online community. He seems very enthusiastic and optimistic about the Collegian's future, and I am excited to work with him as we both enter new roles.”

 

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Arick Named a Finalist for CFO of the Year Award

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 11 2015

Butler University Chief Financial Officer Bruce Arick was selected as a finalist for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s CFO of the Year honor.

Bruce ArickIn nominating Arick, who has been with Butler for 24 years, the University cited his “solid tenure of stewardship, balanced by his willingness to embrace new endeavors, as was evident with this year’s progress in Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations, the university’s first parking structure, and the new partnership with American Campus Communities to build new student housing facilities.”

As Chief Financial Officer, Arick outlined the funding for the fieldhouse restoration, which included a capital campaign and other financing initiatives. As the Vice President of Finance and Administration, he also led the oversight of the Operations staff that managed the physical renovations of the magnificent building, which will entertain numerous fans for many years to come.

Among his other recent accomplishments:

-Securing bond funding for the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage, which includes 1,033 parking spaces and, on the ground level, approximately 15,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Arick also worked to bring the first tenants—Scotty’s Dawghouse and Pita Pit—to the garage.

-Guiding the University through a lease agreement and a separate marketing and licensing agreement with American Campus Communities to finance, design, construct, furnish, equip, and operate a state-of-the-art student housing facility with approximately 600 modern, suite-style beds on land owned by the university. This effort represents the first phase of a comprehensive student housing master plan that will address the University’s overall housing inventory. The scope of the master planning process encompasses the renovation or redevelopment of approximately 1,200-1,500 student beds and related student amenity space.

“Over the past two decades, Bruce has helped the Executive Council turn around our financial position from historic deficits to regular surpluses,” the University said. “In addition to managing the overall budget, Bruce has enabled the university to invest in the growth for the future by implementing reserves to cover deferred maintenance for buildings.”

Since 1997, Arick has served Butler as assistant treasurer and vice president for finance. In January 2012, his duties were expanded to include management oversight of facilities, human resources, information technology, and Clowes Memorial Hall. His title was modified to vice president for finance and administration.

He also has served as controller at Southern Bells Inc., as well as staff accountant and senior auditor with Ernst & Young LLP, both located in Indianapolis.

He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University and became a Certified Public Accountant of Indiana in 1991.

Arick “remains grounded with integrity, honesty, and reliability—traits every company desires in their CFO,” the University said. “Bruce has worked for four Butler University presidents; his value to the university is apparent. He has shepherded Butler through two decades of continuous growth and improvement. He has turned around Butler’s financial position from historic periods of deficits to regular surpluses while simultaneously investing heavily in growth for the future. He exhibits good stewardship and due diligence in the management of the university’s endowment and investments.”

 

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Professor Kercood Receives Grant for Oral Hygiene Training Program

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 08 2015

Professor of Special Education Suneeta Kercood has been awarded nearly $25,000 by the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation to develop a video-based training program to teach families of special-needs children about oral healthcare and prepare them for visits to the dentist.

“There is a huge disparity in oral health care of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities,” Kercood said, “and after having spoken to numerous parents and medical practitioners, there is a great need for parent training, as well as training medical/health professionals to care for this special group of children (especially navigating through their physical and behavioral challenges).”

Throughout 2016, Kercood is collaborating with Dr. Ana Vazquez with Fishers Pediatric Dentistry, who specializes in providing services to children with special needs on the project.

She said oral health often is overlooked in the hierarchy of needs of children/adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

“Oral health is important, not just for basic activities related to food intake or communication, but can have implications for secondary health conditions, social interaction, and long term care, and thus needs to be addressed,” Kercood said.

Since 2002, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation has awarded just over $1.5 million in grant funding to 74 projects designed to increase access to oral health care.

 

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Mel Coryell MFA '15 Earns Milken Family Foundation Award

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 23 2015

Melody Coryell MFA ’15, an English teacher and the coordinator of Shortridge High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, has been awarded a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award—“the Oscars of Teaching”—for her work bringing IB education to Shortridge and promoting the rigorous curriculum around the state.
Jane Foley, Mel Coryell, and Glenda Ritz

“I had no idea,” she said after a ceremony in the Shortridge gym that included the school’s drumline and cheerleaders, as well as introductions by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee. “There was not even any weird eye contact or anything. I’m shocked. I’m incredibly shocked.”

Coryell has taught for 11 years. She joined the Shortridge faculty after a decade at Lawrence North High School as an IB coordinator and English teacher, as well as a few years in university faculty development.

“I have a clear mission for my work in education,” Coryell said. “That is, I believe in the IB, I believe in the IB philosophy, and I believe it can work for all kids. So decisions I make as an educator are geared toward that. And I also believe that a relationship with students and teaching them to reflect on who they are as learners, and listening to them and seeking to understand and move them forward in their own goals, can lead them to succeed.”

Jane Foley, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President, said Coryell “is not only a leader at Shortridge High School, she’s a leader in the IB program throughout the state. She’s the vice president of the state association for IB and she’s also known for helping colleagues and working with universities to determine how they’re going to give college credit for IB courses.”

Coryell earned her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and then worked at IUPUI in professional development. She did her teacher training at Indiana Wesleyan University. In her bio on the Shortridge website, Coryell describes herself as “a lifelong learner” with coursework in literature, history, secondary education, higher education, and writing.

She said that when she started her Master of Fine Arts at Butler, friends wondered what she would do with the degree.

“But it’s made me a much better teacher,” she said.

Ritz praised Coryell for preparing students “to be global citizens through a high-quality, international curriculum. And as a teacher-leader, she supports and encourages her colleagues to ensure that students are receiving an education of the highest quality. As Indiana’s schools continue to experience a teacher shortage, now more than ever it is important to recognize the work of outstanding educators like Melody and to encourage the next generation to follow her example.”

The winners of the prestigious Milken Awards are chosen in secrecy, Foley said. There is no nomination or application process. Instead, the recipients are chosen through a confidential selection process.

“We look at the entire country and then we determine who we believe represents the top 1 percent of the profession,” Foley said. “Then the award literally falls from the sky to say thank you to educators who are doing amazing work. We want them to know that their work has been noticed and appreciated, and we want them to stay in education forever.”

 

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