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'05 Graduate Sees the World By Bike

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 14 2013

Brendan Kay ’05 finished an 8,800-mile bike ride from Shanghai, China, to Dublin, Ireland, to increase awareness of hemochromatosis, raise funds to fight the disorder, and encourage blood screenings for the disease.

Brendan Kay at a stop in the Czech Republic

Kay and his friend Ben Shuker rode an average of 75 miles per day, six days per week, and funded the trip themselves. Traveling for almost seven months, updating friends, family, and many other supporters through their blog along the way, Kay and Shuker cycled across 20 countries.

The pair’s travels included stops in China, Kazakhstan, Romania, Austria, Belgium, England, and many others before they finally reached their destination, the Republic of Ireland. Read more about Kay’s journey at shanghai-dublin.tumblr.com.

Kay and Shuker began their “Great Ride” on May 21, 2012, in China and ended on Dec. 7 in Ireland. Soon after beginning their adventure, Kay learned of his uncle’s struggle with hemochromatosis, a genetic blood disorder that causes the body to absorb too much iron. He decided to use the trip as an opportunity to raise awareness about the disorder and about $1,500 for the American Hemochromatosis Society. (To learn more about the American Hemochromatosis Society, visit americanhs.org.)

Hemochromatosis poisons the body’s organs and leads to life-threatening conditions. The disease is fairly common and afflicts one in every 100-200 people but often goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Throughout the trip, Kay and Shuker had their fair share of troubles, including visa problems that separated the pair for three weeks. However, Kay said in a recent press release, from sleeping in tents or on couches of strangers, “The one fundamental thing I have learned on this trip is that all people are good. We encountered so many kind people and such hospitable people in every country.  There were countless acts of small and great hospitality.”

Kay and Shuker finally finished their “Great Ride” at the Dublin Castle, where they met Kay’s parents and cousins from Ireland and the United States.

Since graduating from Butler, Kay has spent his time traveling around the globe teaching English in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Argentina, Australia, and China. He plans to return to the United States to receive a teaching certificate.

His advice for others?  “Get out and see the world,” he said in the news release. “It’s awesome!”

Media Contact:
Molly Kordas ’13
(317) 940-9332
mkordas@butler.edu

 

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Smiley, Langston Join University Board of Trustees

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 14 2013

The Butler University Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members: Joshua L. Smiley of Indianapolis, senior vice president of finance at Eli Lilly and Co., and Ronald N. Langston of Des Moines, Iowa, principal of Langston Global Enterprises LLC.

Both will serve three-year renewable terms as trustees.

Joshua L. Smiley
Smiley is senior vice president of finance at Eli Lilly and Company and the corporate controller and chief financial officer for Lilly Research Laboratories.

The finance function at Lilly is centralized with approximately 1,000 employees globally.

As controller, Smiley has responsibility for all the financial operations for the company’s business units and business functions. In his CFO capacity for Lilly Research Laboratories, he oversees an annual research and development budget of $5 billion.

Previously, he was employed by Lilly as a deployment leader for Six Sigma (2004‐2007); director of U.S. business‐to‐government operations (2002‐2004); and director of U.S. business‐to‐business strategic marketing (2000‐2002).

Prior to his work with Lilly, Smiley served as a financial advisor at Putnam Associates and Prudential Securities. He was also a board member for CGI Pharmaceuticals, a genomics-based drug discovery company, until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences."

Smiley was named in Treasury & Risk Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of the country’s up‐and‐coming young finance executives in 2005.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Harvard University in 1993.

He is a past member of the board of Aspire Indiana, which offers mental health services, finds meaningful employment or affordable housing or those in need, offers an HIV/AIDS care program, and provides services for the deaf community.

His personal interests include reading, football, and spending time with his three children.

Ronald N. Langston
Langston is the principal of Langston Global Enterprises LLC, an entrepreneurial and business innovations consulting firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. The firm supports business-to-business relations in the United States, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and China.

He has served two U.S. presidents, Ronald W. Reagan and George W. Bush. As national director of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency, Langston led an agency reorganization and transformation that resulted in the MBDA receiving a Gold Medal Award for entrepreneurial leadership from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Under his leadership, the agency achieved more than $3 billion in procurement and financial transactions on behalf of business entrepreneurs.

His prior career included administrative positions with EMCO Manufacturing, the Institute for Social and Economic Development, Principal Financial Group, the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate, and Iowa General Assembly.

Langston is a senior fellow for Global Entrepreneurship Initiative of the United Negro College Fund Special Program Corporation, and serves on the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.

He is a past chairman of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, and state commissioner for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He has received the prestigious Iowa Literary Award; the Ronald H. Brown Economic Development Prism Award from Minorities Magazine; the Asian Business Strategic Thinker Award; and the National Diversity Gala Best Practice’s Government Leader Award.

Langston holds degrees from the University of Iowa, City University of New York, and Harvard University. He is a member of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and a fraternal member of Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi. He is married to Inga Bumbary-Langston, Esq. of Washington, D.C.

He officially introduced his friend James M. Danko during Danko’s inauguration as Butler University’s 21st president on Nov. 17, 2011.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson
(317) 940-6944
mestephe@butler.edu

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New Book Provides Lessons in How To ‘Lead Like Butler’

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 10 2013

Team unity, embracing the growth process, executing well-thought-out plays and demonstrating toughness in every circumstance—those are some of the traits required to play basketball at Butler University—and to succeed in life, according to the new book Lead Like Butler (Abingdon Press).

Through interviews with coaches, players, and alumni, Indianapolis clergyman Kent Millard and Judith Cebula, director of Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation, explore the six leadership values taught by the entire coaching staff at Butler University. Each chapter of the book helps readers discover how these values form a solid foundation for anyone striving for success in life's journey.

Much of the attention is focused on head coach Brad Stevens, who coaches according to a set of six values-based principles broadly known as The Butler Way: humility, passion, unity, service, thankfulness, and accountability.

Millard, retired senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, holds up Butler men’s basketball as a model for others to emulate. He writes that whether you work with a leadership team at your place of employment, strive to build a strong family, or train with others to achieve your goals, the values of humility, passion, unity, service, thankfulness, and accountability can help you shape your group into a successful example.

 

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

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