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Realizing the Dream Scholarship Goes to Shandeep Singh '18

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 19 2015

Shandeep Singh is realizing three dreams for the price of one.

The first is his parents’, who made it clear that they expected him to go to college.

Shandeep Singh“It was 100 percent I was going to go,” said Singh, a sophomore biology/pre-med and political science double major. “They want to make my life easier, and they know this was the way to go. Nowadays, the more education you have, the better your life is going to be. So that was the main focus for me.”

The other dream is his—to go into medicine, as either an anesthesiologist or cardiologist. That dream became a little easier when he was selected to receive Butler’s Realizing the Dream scholarship, an annual award given to a first-generation student.

Jennifer Griggs, the Director of Butler’s Learning Resource Center, said Singh demonstrates many of the qualities this award is designed to recognize.

“He excels academically and contributes to Butler and the Indianapolis community through many leadership and volunteer activities,” she said. “He has clear goals for his future and is truly an inspiration to anyone who wants to achieve the dream of a college education.”

Singh’s activities include: Vice President of the Butler Bigs Program; SGA Commuter Student rep; Morton Finney Leadership Program; Pre-Med Society; IU Methodist Riley Hospital Volunteer; Bulldogs into the Streets; Student Orientation Guide.

Singh’s parents grew up in India, married right out of high school, and moved to California when he was 4. Neither went to college.

They moved to Plainfield, Indiana, when Shandeep—nicknamed Sean—was 8, in 2001, and have lived there since. His father owns gas stations; his mother owns and operates a motel.

“It speaks to the amount of opportunities we have in America,” he said. “There’s so much diversity, and that even people like me who were born in India can come here and have a good future. So here I am realizing my dream too.”

 

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Think You Need an Antibiotic? Her Poster Says Think Again

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 13 2015

The Indiana Department of Health will distribute a poster designed by a Butler University student to warn healthcare providers and their patients about the dangers of overprescribing and overusing antibiotics.
A sample of the poster created by Paige Watkins '16

The poster, created by senior Pharmacy major Paige Watkins, allows doctors and other pharmaceutical prescribers to post their photo along with a declaration that they are committed to using antibiotics responsibly. Under the picture is a card that says, “I pledge to help antibiotics stay strong by using them only when necessary.”

The poster templates will be distributed as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” November 16–22.

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest health threats we face,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “By prescribing antibiotics responsibly, we can help ensure that patients with bacterial infections have access to effective medications that improve their chances of recovery.”

Watkins, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, native who plans to become a pediatric pharmacist, said the poster began with the work of the Indiana Coalition for Responsible Antibiotic Use. This collaboration of professional and student pharmacists, prescribers, epidemiologists, and others is spreading the message that “using antibiotics correctly is important if we want them to be useful and effective for a long time,” she said. “The more frequently you use them, the quicker they become unusable.”
Paige Watkins

The coalition, started by Butler Pharmacy professors Chad Knoderer and Kristen Nichols in collaboration with Indiana University School of Medicine Professor Elaine Cox, decided on a poster campaign in fall 2014. “We wanted to implement something that would provoke a conversation between prescriber and patient,” Watkins said.

After the poster was designed, Watkins worked closely with the state Department of Health to choose a location to test the message. The Department of Health provided the printing.

The first poster went up in August at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Center in downtown Indianapolis. The coalition is now beginning to evaluate its effectiveness in raising awareness about overuse of antibiotics.

“I think the poster is a great way to start conversation between prescribers and their patients about what antibiotic resistance is,” Nichols said. “It is important to have this conversation not only when the patient feels that they need an antibiotic.”

This week, the posters will be sent in an email with a blank template. Prescribers can add their face and electronic signature and hang them in their offices.

“I’m very proud of it,” Watkins said. “It snowballed a lot faster than I thought it was going to. Initially, it just started as my research project that every pharmacy student has to do to graduate. But everyone got passionate really quickly, and I have some great mentors in Pharmacy who have helped a lot, as well as some great contacts in the Department of Health. So this spiraled out of control in a good way pretty quickly.”

 

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

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Freelance Writing Made Easy. Easier, Anyway

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 12 2015

As far back as high school, Zachary Petit ’06 had wanted to write for magazines. But he didn’t know how to get started. He looked for an instructional book—a simple A-to-Z primer on how to do it—and found nothing.

Zachary Petit“So it’s basically one of those clichés—write the book you want to read,” said Petit, author of the new book The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms (Writer’s Digest Books).

Petit approached the book from his own experiences, which started with an internship at National Geographic magazine as part of Butler’s Washington Internship Program. While there, he asked one of the staff writers how to go about writing for magazines. The advice: Go write for newspapers for 10 years. You’ll learn the skills you need for magazines.

He lasted three years in newspapers before becoming managing editor at Writer’s Digest, a magazine he’d been reading since high school. Writer’s Digest focuses heavily on fiction writing, so Petit found an opening to write the guide he always wanted to write.

As someone who’s pitched story ideas to editors, and heard his share of pitches over the past eight or so years, Petit was able to lay out, step by step, how to approach freelance writing, including identifying markets for your work, generating ideas, writing queries, and even “the terrible subject of taxes.” And he did so in a way that’s designed to be entertaining.

“I think most writing books are sort of cold, pontificating, really dry, boring, this-is-the-one-way-to-do-this-to-succeed,” he said. “So I wanted to write the anti-writing book. Approachable, hopefully funny, no b.s. guide.”Freelance Writing sign

Petit, who has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and many other publications, had 10 months to finish writing. But most of it poured out in hourlong writing sessions after work at his current job as editor of PRINT magazine.

He still freelances (he’s shopping a novel, and he’s about to start work on another book), speaks about freelance writing at conferences, and is starting to make instructional videos about freelancing that he’ll post on YouTube.

What he really wants people to know is this: “It seems like writing for magazines is a lofty goal. It’s not out of reach. You just have to know the right way in.”

 

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Yes, They Sang With Stevie Wonder. Here's Proof.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 11 2015

Senior Jeremy Washington said that people these days don’t believe anything until they have a picture. So here’s a picture of him, sophomore Elisha Wright, first-year student Murjanatu Mutuwa, and graduate student RaeNosa Hudnell with Stevie Wonder and his backup singers.
That's Stevie Wonder in the middle, with Elisha Wright and Murjanatu Mutuwa to his immediate right and RaeNosa Hudnell and Jeremy Washington to his left.

On Saturday, November 7, the four Butler students sang background with Wonder and his group at his Bankers Life Fieldhouse concert.

“It was beautiful,” Washington said.

Wonder’s people contacted Valerie Davidson, Butler’s Director of Diversity Programs, on the Thursday before the concert, inquiring about available student singers. Two days later, the students were at the fieldhouse.

“They wanted us there at 3:30,” Washington said. “I don’t play that, so we got there at 3 p.m.”

They were escorted to their dressing room—the Indiana Pacers’s locker room—where they dressed and rehearsed with the six singers who travel with Wonder. These are singers who also have worked with Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Iggy Azalea, among others.

Around 5:00 PM, they went to the stage for soundcheck, just in time to see Wonder’s SUV pull up to the stage and drop him off right there.

“All the way up to that moment,” Washington said, “I thought we were going to wake up and this was not going to be real.”

They did a quick soundcheck, Wonder said it sounded great, and the singers went back to their dressing room for more rehearsal. When they finished, dinner was served: prime rib with a cinnamon brown sugar crust.

“They called it ‘Pastime Paradise’ prime rib,” Wright said. “They named all the dishes after Stevie Wonder’s songs.”

Before going onstage, Wonder, his band, and all the singers joined in a circle and prayed together. Then Wonder and the band went on, and the singers took their place near the stage to await the cue for their first song, “Pastime Paradise.”

The students had hoped to get a picture with Wonder because, as Washington said, they would have proof of their experience. And at intermission, they got their chance.

Washington said he and his fellow students had put away their phones. “We remembered we were hired for a job, therefore we were professional.” he said.

So when they were offered the chance for a picture, they tried to be as composed as possible.

“In person, I said, ‘Thank you for this opportunity,’” Washington said. “But mentally, I was going crazy.”

They sang again in the second half of the show—the songs “People Get Ready” and “Another Star”—and then joined in for “Superstition” during the encore.

It was a night, they said, they will never forget.

And they said that if Janet Jackson is listening, they’re available to join her for her concert January 29 at the fieldhouse.

 

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317-940-9822

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Isn't This Lovely: Butler Students to Sing With Stevie Wonder

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 06 2015

Four members of Butler University’s Voices of Deliverance gospel choir have been invited to sing with Stevie Wonder on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
RaeNosa Hudnell, Murjuana Mutuwa, Jeremy Washington, and Elisha Wright will be singing with Stevie Wonder.

Senior Jeremy Washington, an Organizational Communications and Leadership major from Hammond, Indiana; Elisha Wright, a sophomore Exploratory Studies major from Indianapolis; graduate student RaeNosa Hudnell, a Creative Writing major from Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Murjanatu Mutuwa, a first-year International Business major from Cedar Lake, Indiana, will join the 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and his band for three songs—“Pastime Paradise” and “Another Star” from his Songs in the Key of Life album and a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.”

Valerie Davidson, Butler’s Director of Diversity Programs and the faculty adviser for Voices of Deliverance, said she received a call on Thursday, November 5, from Wonder’s people, asking about singers. They told her that, at each tour stop, they like to invite local singers—ideally from colleges—to perform.

“When Miss Valerie notified me of the news, I was speechless!” Washington said. “For me, Stevie Wonder is more than just a flawless voice but a role model and symbol to the realization that nothing can hold greatness back.”

The students will be at the arena for rehearsal Saturday at 4:00 PM. At 4:30 PM, Wonder is scheduled to join them to rehearse and for soundcheck.

This is the third time in recent years that Butler students have been invited to sing with a superstar performer. In 2012, 22 members of the Butler Chorale sang with Madonna during halftime at the Super Bowl. And this past July 4, 26 members of the Chorale accompanied the Rolling Stones onstage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

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Professor Kelly Wins New Investigator Award

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 28 2015

Associate Professor of Communication Casey Kelly will be awarded a New Investigator Award by the Critical Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association on November 20.

Casey KellyKelly, who teaches courses in rhetoric and critical media studies and directs the university debate team, is the author of Abstinence Cinema: Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film (Rutgers University Press, 2016). His scholarship focuses on critical rhetorics of race, gender, and masculinity in the United States. Read more about him here.

The nationally competitive award honors someone who has taken a leadership role as an up-and-coming scholar. It honors a new investigator: (1) whose scholarship sets out a new research agenda for critical and cultural studies, (2) who is an active mentor at an early stage in her or his career, and/or (3) who has been working to advocate for the interests of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of National Communication Association.

Typically, the award goes to someone who has established themselves, through publication, as a new voice in communication and cultural studies. Nominees are evaluated by the division's award's committee, made up of senior scholars in the discipline.

All members who received their doctorate between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014, were eligible.

In a letter nominating him for the award, Butler Associate Professor of Communication Kristin Swenson said, “Not only is Dr. Kelly a prolific scholar, but he is also a great mentor to his students and junior faculty.”

 

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Charlie Politi '16 Becomes a Hip-Hop Somebody With Help From His Peers

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Oct 20 2015

When Charlie Politi ’16 heads to the recording studio, all he has to do is walk up one flight of stairs in his off-campus house.

I Am NobodyPoliti and his roommate, Dylan Menefee ’16, built a makeshift studio in the corner of Menefee’s room last summer. Their setup is small, but it gets the job done—this is where Politi recorded his third and latest hip-hop album, I Am Nobody, which he released in early October. (Click here to hear his work.)

“I hadn’t put out anything in a while, so I wanted to put out something that lets people know I’m still working and improving,” said Politi, who had previously recorded in his room in Sigma Nu and, before that, his Ross Hall dorm room. “I’m still here.”

Politi, a Marketing major and Recording Industry Studies minor from Clarksville, Tennessee, started writing songs for the 12-track I Am Nobody a little over a year ago. On the album, he covers a wide range of topics, from personal issues to industry-wide observations. On “Canaan Ave.” he discusses struggling to make a decision and working out a problem on his own, while in “Summer Breeze” he analyzes the music industry and what it means to be successful.

“I like to write music about my life,” he said. “I don’t really make songs just to make songs. So I was pretty inspired by personal situations either my friends were going through or I was going through.”

Politi didn’t just look to his friends for creative inspiration—he also reached out for help on all aspects of the album. Menefee produced two of the tracks, and Aaron Marshall ’18 is featured on two of the songs. Politi also asked Tori Adachi ’16 to paint his album cover art.

“I love letting anyone who’s talented get involved and letting them do what they’re talented at,” he said. “I do as much as I can by myself, but I don’t have the talent for art, so I like finding people who can help and will be equally invested in it.”

Marshall, who is also in the process of recording an EP of his own, says making music with other Butler students helps everyone involved grow and get better.

“You really get to find out how much talent is at this school and connect with other artists through their music,” he said. “It's also an awesome opportunity for exposure once students find out their own peers are making good music and can support them.”
Charlie Politi (Photo by Andrew Gelwicks '16)

Politi started rapping when he was in high school. After his grandmother passed away, he wrote and dedicated a song to her. The soft-spoken but confident teenager then adopted the stage name “Charlie Breeze” and has used his music as a cathartic outlet ever since.

Politi says he has learned valuable business skills at Butler, such as how to market himself both on campus and to a wider audience on social media. But perhaps the larger lessons have come from outside the classroom, in the tiny recording studios he’s set up along the way.

“It’s hard to balance the time, but it is worth it,” he said. “I know there are times when I could have done better in school if I didn’t take time to make music, but I know I wouldn’t be as happy if I didn’t make music. You learn there are so many ways to accomplish goals if you think outside the box.”

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Charlie Politi '16 Becomes a Hip-Hop Somebody With Help From His Peers

Butler senior Charlie Politi has just released his third CD, I Am Nobody.

Oct 20 2015 Read more
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Liz Niemiec '16 Receives $100K Grant for Her Little Wish Foundation

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 16 2015

Senior Liz Niemiec has received a $100,000 grant from the LIDS Foundation for her nonprofit Little Wish Foundation, which grants small wishes ($300 to $800) to kids with cancer.

Liz Niemiec"The LIDS Foundation is extremely excited about our new partnership with Little Wish Foundation," Bailee Reynolds, LIDS Foundation manager, said in a story published February 4 in The Indianapolis Star. "Little Wish is special to us because they are a small foundation that started in LIDS Sports Group’s backyard. What (the foundation) is doing for kids is amazing. These kids know that someone is thinking of them, even if it is in a small way; it makes their day."The Indianapolis Star reported the story in The organization has raised around $250,000 and granted nearly 400 wishes.

Little Wish is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that Niemiec started, at age 17, in the memory of Max Olson. Max was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor, a rare kidney cancer, in December 2007. Little Wish delivers wishes to pediatric oncology patients at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Riley Hospital, Riley North Hospital, Lutheran Children's Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, according to its website. Some "little wishes" items that have been given include laptop computers, Xbox360 & PS3 gaming systems, iPads & iPods, concert tickets, spa treatments, TVs, blu-ray DVD players & movies, pretty dresses and much more.

 

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

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Vietnam is His Past, An Audi Dealership is His Future

BY Evie Schultz ’16

PUBLISHED ON Oct 13 2015

In 2008, Steve Vong ’16 moved from Saigon, Vietnam, to Indianapolis with his parents and his older sister to join the rest of their family, who had moved here in the 1990s. Their journey was almost 9,000 miles—and Vong knew “absolutely zero” English.
Steve Vong '16 and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann

But seven years and a whole lot of perseverance and hard work later, he will graduate this spring with a degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership and a minor in International Business.

“Back in high school, when I was still trying to learn English, I thought I was never going to do anything with public speaking,” he said. “I hated writing, and I hated speaking, and now I’m good at both. It’s ironic that those are my skills.”

When he first arrived in Indianapolis, Vong “had to smile and nod a lot, because I didn’t know what people were saying,” he said. “But I thought, I’m here now, and this is what I have to do.”

Vong initially wanted to attend college out of state. But when he visited Butler his senior year, he realized he could get the college experience he wanted close to home. And when he moved on campus, he noticed that he slowly became more fluent in English.

“I interacted with a lot of people from different backgrounds and a lot of different places around the country, and that helped a lot,” he said.

Since freshman year, Vong has taken a number of public speaking and organizational communication courses. The once-unsure high school freshman is now confident he’s found his skillset: writing and speaking English.

Assistant Professor of Communication Jessica Moore has been Vong’s professor for several courses during his time at Butler. She says his positive attitude is contagious in and out of the classroom.

“Steve is a highly engaged student who cares a great deal about the classroom experience,” she said. “He is not only interested in maintaining an awareness of his own learning needs, but he is attuned to the needs of his peers and works hard to contribute to an active and engaged environment.”

Moore says his personality and work ethic are the reasons why she nominated him to serve as a College of Communication Student Ambassador and why he won the departmental Student Leadership Award last year.

Vong’s skillset also helped him land a communications and social media internship in the office of Governor Mike Pence this past summer. He started out in the internship helping with general writing at the office. By the end of the summer, the Senior Advisor often asked him to look over his speeches before delivering them.

“It was so fun, an honor,” he said.

Even though he loved his time in the governor’s office, Vong says he doesn’t want to become a politician or a speech writer. Though he wants to keep using his speaking and writing skills, his ultimate goal is much different. One day, he wants to own an Audi dealership.

“People ask me why I want to do that, and I say, ‘When I go into work in the morning and open the doors, I’ll see something I love,” he said.

“I’m grateful that Butler helped me figure out what I like to do, my passion.”

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Vietnam is His Past, An Audi Dealership is His Future

In seven years, Steve Vong '16 has gone from "zero" English to complete fluency in writing and public speaking

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Butler Hires Two New Directors in Advancement

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 30 2015

Butler University has announced the hiring of two new directors in Advancement.

Danny Kibble has been named Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Engagement. He has spent the last 10 years as the Director, Alumni Programs (recently named Co-Interim Executive Director) at IUPUI, directing the alumni engagement activities and communication for the IU Schools of Nursing and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Previously, he managed programs for the IU School of Informatics and Computing.
Danny Kibble

Under his leadership, alumni engagement programs and volunteer activities became more strategically aligned with the priorities of each school. Multiple new programs under his direction were named best practices in alumni relations from CASE District Five (Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education) and the Indiana University Alumni Association.

With his co-chair, Professor Emerita Rose Mays, Kibble led and directed the IU School of Nursing’s 100th anniversary weekend in June 2014, which yielded more than 700 attendees.

He will begin work at Butler on November 9.

Sean Dunlavy has been named Executive Director – Major Gifts. He has been Director, Fundraising and Institutional Advancement, for the Indiana
Sean Dunlavy

University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy since May 2012. There, he was responsible for securing support from a diversified donor portfolio of foundations, corporations, and individuals, and successfully completing a $100 million endowment campaign.

Prior to that, he was Vice President for Development with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he managed a staff of 14 professionals and more than 500 volunteers, and raised more than $6 million annually.

He will begin work at Butler on October 19.

 

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317-940-9822

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P. Scott Bening Joins Butler Board of Trustees

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 24 2015

P. Scott Bening, President and CEO of Merrillville, Indiana-based MonoSol LLC, a manufacturer of water-soluble polyvinyl alcohol films that are used in everything from laundry detergent pods to prosthetic limbs, has been named to the Butler University Board of Trustees.

P Scott BeningBening is the co-inventor of at seven least patents and has led MonoSol in obtaining at least 30 others. He started his career as a chemist and technical marketing rep with Textron and Bayer AG (Mobay) in the water-based coatings and resin industry until joining Chris Craft Industries in 1989 as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

At that time, Chris Craft owned and operated MonoSol. Bening spearheaded the emergence of Chris Craft’s water-soluble products through chemistry advances, global marketing systems, and joint development partnerships. He was named Vice President and General Manager of MonoSol in December 1996 and in 2001 orchestrated and managed the buyout of MonoSol from Chris Craft Industries.

Bening also started MonoSol Rx, the inventor of Pharmfilm® pharmaceutical Oral Drug Delivery Systems, and in 2006 directed the spinoff of Rx into a successful, separately held entity. In 2007, he set up and executed an investment transaction with Catterton Partners to purchase the majority of MonoSol LLC.

MonoSol was acquired by Kuraray, a Japanese manufacturer, in 2012; it is operated as an independent company under Kuraray Holdings U.S.A. In addition to continuing a the CEO of MonoSol, Bening is the Global Head of the W.S Film Division of Kuraray.

Bening is a 1981 graduate of St. Lawrence University and a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2010, he was inducted as a Fellow of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana and was honored by the 111th Congress of the United States by Congressman Peter Visclosky. He is also a member of the Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

His, wife, Mary A. Bening, is a 1982 graduate of Purdue University–Calumet. The Bening’s have two sons, P. Scott Bening Jr. and William “Billy” Bening. Scott earned a BA in anthropology and minor in Spanish from Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2014. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the ice hockey club team. Billy is a junior studying economics and entrepreneurship in Butler’s College of Business and is a member of Phi Delta Theta.

 

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317-940-9822

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BIRS Director Taura Edwards Named An 'Emerging Leader'

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2015

Taura Edwards, Butler’s new Director of the Institute for Research and Scholarship, has been recognized by 100 Black Men of Indianapolis as one of nine winners of its 2015 Emerging Leader Awards.

The award, to be presented September 24, goes to young professionals ages 25–40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication in improving their community through community service, civic engagement, and mentoring.

Taura Edwards“I feel honored to be in this year’s class of nine,” she said.

In nominating her for the award, the University said: “Taura Edwards is a leader, a public administrator, a public advocate, and a community servant. She has worked diligently to promote advocacy and awareness to the local community and support capacity building for nonprofit organizations. Most importantly, she has been strategic in her efforts as a public administrator. She has a passion for process efficiency, organizational compliance, and grants administration. … In every area of her life, she has worked diligently to fulfill her passion in service to others.”

Before joining Butler in July, Edwards served as the Director of Community Programs at Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for six years. She oversaw the administration and budget management of five federally funded and four state-funded programs that totaled nearly $100 million in federal and state funds, as well as $2.5 million in state tax credits. The program provided anti-poverty services including utility assistance, energy efficiency upgrades, and more statewide.

Outside of work, she has served in various capacities in the Indianapolis community, including the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Ivy Endowment Inc., the American Heart Association, the city chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Bloom Project Inc.

In her role at Butler, Edwards supports faculty research and scholarship, curricular and professional development, programmatic projects, and creative works, through internal grants and assistance with external funding.

Edwards remembers the advice a former boss gave her: “If you want to make money, manage money. People will always need you, and they know you”. She has taken that to heart ever since.

“Coming to Butler has been a great opportunity to transfer my management and grant management experience to the University and support University research,” she said. “I love the idea of working with faculty and helping them cultivate grant ideas and look for grant-prospecting opportunities.”

She said that, in her first couple of months at Butler, she has made an effort to network with all the University offices that touch BIRS. She’s standardized some operating processes to know what a faculty member goes through from grant concept to submission to award, develop a relationship with Advancement, and she has worked with University General Counsel Claire Aigotti to streamline the processes used to confirm grant agreements.

“Butler is an excellent community,” she said. “I can’t say enough about how welcome I’ve felt here. The great thing about being in the grants office is that people know where to find you when they’re ready.”

 

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mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

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