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Teaching Through Doing: 5 Questions for Arthur Hochman

By Shannon Rostin '18

Education professor Arthur Hochman, recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015, inspires College of Education (COE) students through his shared passion of teaching, helping to shape future teachers with his unique approach to teaching and active role in student’s education. Hochman is somewhat of an icon in the College. His one-of-a-kind teaching and appreciation for his individual students is astounding and very apparent in all he does for COE. 

 

How would you describe elements of your teaching style? 

Connecting with students.  I want to teach to them and not at them, and that is predicated on knowing who they are, what matters to them, how they learn, etc.  Once you know students it changes everything.  I think of these relationships as ongoing.  I still feel connected to students from many, many years ago, and have continued to work with them.  They also provide a through-line for our college; for me; and for our current students. 

Teaching through doing.  You cannot learn how to swim via PowerPoint.  You have to feel the water, the uncertainty.  Through an educational lens, you need to experience what it means to be a professional, what it means to guide another, what it feels like to be the leader and the follower, and always in a real context (in our case educational contexts).  Crucial to this is being there with them in the context, and not merely sending them off into the community.

Helping others find the greatness in themselves.  The first part is to be able to see it in them, genuinely and in concrete terms.  This also involves seeing greatness in its many and varied forms, and not always in a single lane.  Knowing the answer is worth a lot, but then so is empathy, perseverance, overcoming, and so forth.  The second part is creating guided experiences so that they can find their own strength.  We might create a structured experience with 4th graders, for example, that still provides them with ample space to plan and implement in the classroom. This is like holding the bicycle at the beginning, but letting go, allowing them to feel and find their own momentum.  They see and know that they can and are peddling on their own weight.

Being in the moment.  There is the syllabus, there is the content, there are the objectives, there is the end in view; but in the meantime, there is right now. We might as well work to experience joy, create a culture of nurturance, find the greater good, and do meaningful work today.  To achieve this, I try to vary my instruction; team teach; teach new things, new courses; model; and most of all think about how to construct a learning environment that feels safe, communal, purposeful, connected, concrete, real, and successful.

 

What is the most rewarding part of teaching at Butler?

Getting to know the students; helping to them to find their own strength; working with colleagues (faculty, alums and educators in the field).  Being able to be student-centered at an institution that values this vision.

 

What makes a positive student / professor connection?

Knowing your students is the key.  You have to find and build in ways to know them beyond the syllabus.

 

What does COE do to set up students for a successful career in education?

 We provide the following elements in all of our programs:

A tremendous amount of guided experiences in the field. These experiences are at a wide variety of places, with a wide variety of contexts, students/clients.

A focus on conceptual learning.  Teaching specific skills, strategies, contexts, or technology limits the educator to the particular tools and ideas they happen to have and know.  Teaching them the meaning of tools or ideas; how they function, how to select or modify them- this enables a future educator to be able to use and guide others in tools and ideas that have not yet been invented.

Living our vision in our teaching and in who we are.

Being purposeful about how we think, what we say, and what we do as educators.  We practice this, we deconstruct it, we explore strategies for doing this.

Building and nurturing relationships, while they are here on campus and after they graduate.

 

What makes a great teacher?

Great teachers are authentic.  They are profoundly themselves.  In this way they provide a road map to identity for life and for learning. Great teachers think about how learning feels; they know their content; they know their students; they build relationships; they are intentional; they are empathetic; they teach conceptually (thinking and understanding beyond mere answers).

 

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Teaching Through Doing: 5 Questions for Arthur Hochman

Education professor Arthur Hochman, recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015, inspires COE students through his shared passion of teaching, helping to shape future teachers with his unique approach to teaching and active role in student’s education.

Four Life Skills Students Learned From Women’s Self Defense

By Brittany Bluthardt '20

“No, get back!” a student in Butler’s Women’s Self Defense class shouts as she enters into a defensive stance. Each week, the women are taught valuable self-defense skills by Butler police officers. After a semester of jabs and kicks, the women engage in three realistic scenarios where they must defend themselves against the BUPD officers. The officers, covered in layers of protective gear, take on the full force of over 15 students as the women defend themselves with their new skills. Sophomores Ally Ledder and Allie Hopkins gained experience and personal confidence through the class’ experiential learning environment.

 

Strength

The women begin by learning a defensive stance -- the foundation of all moves. After mastering the first position, students begin to train and learn new skills that could actually protect themselves in the case of an emergency. The skills, often simple and swift, are repetitively practiced until the women react out of muscle memory.

“The skills I learned in this class will go beyond classroom education because they are things that become second nature, when practiced enough.” -- Allie H.

 

Power

Many of the moves are unnatural to the women, especially the specific finger grabs and strategic blocks. These small movements are extremely powerful, and the women learn their true strength against an attacker. One student, rising just under five feet tall, was able to defend herself against a 6-foot tall police officer. The women learned power is not defined by their size.

“Step outside of your comfort zone! You'll be surprised how powerful you will feel. Be loud and have a good time. Also, support each other - you're all in it together.” -- Ally L.

 

Confidence

The women practice shouting rather than screaming to intimidate and call for help. Round after round, the class shouts “No!” after initiating every move. Although it sounds silly, the class learned how important their voice can be in a serious situation. Combining their new skills and strong voice, the women had a newfound self-confidence.

“I went into the class nervous and unsure of whether or not I had the strength to defend myself. I left the class being proud of the bruises I left on Tony's [BUPD officer] arm and confident I could handle anything that came my way.” -- Allie H.

Support

Each class session, the women practice with each other before initiating any skills full-force. They encourage one another to complete the movements with accuracy and strength to their best ability. The police officers and other women work together to form a caring support system of comfort.

“The instructors made the class a lot of fun. They were funny, patient, and encouraging. You could tell that they care a lot about the students and their safety. There was never a dull moment.” -- Ally L.

Above all, Ally and Allie encourage other women to take Women’s Self Defence to gain confidence and real-life skills that will last after the semester ends.

“Take it, take it, take it! I tell everyone I know to take this class. I firmly believe every woman should. It will help you grow immensely in you self-confidence and give you the skills needed to defend and protect yourself, should you ever need to. Plus, the instructors are amazing and super fun to work with!” -- Allie H.

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Four Life Skills Students Learned From Women’s Self Defense

Butler University police officers teach women valuable life skills in a Physical Well Being course.

Jimmy Lardin ’18

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Major / Program: Political Science

 

Meet Jimmy Lardin. SGA president (2017–2018, after two years on Student Senate). Student Orientation Coordinator (promoted after two years as a Student Orientation Guide). Education Reflection Chair for Fall Alternative Break. Four minors (English, Ethics, Environmental Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies). Campus tour guide.

And that’s just a partial list.

“Out of the three S’s—socialize, sleep, and study—I don’t sleep,” he said with a laugh.

Lardin expected to be active in college. Just not here. The Shelbyville, Indiana, native was “1,000 percent determined not to go to school in Indiana.”

But a friend who was a year ahead of him chose Butler and invited him to campus. Lardin sat in on a business class and, six minutes into the lecture, belched. Loudly. The professor made light of it and used that as a way to incorporate Lardin into the class and make him feel at ease. Afterward, the professor offered her email and phone number in case Lardin had questions about Butler.

Then at lunch in Atherton, Lardin’s friend’s friends told him how passionate they were about Butler. Others chimed in too.

“That’s what sold me,” he said. “People who had no idea who I was were still interested in sharing their love of the school with me.”

He’s seen that love up close in the years since. In summer 2016, Lardin was diagnosed with cancer. He went through surgeries, then chemotherapy.

“The feedback and support I got was outstanding—and far beyond what I could have ever imagined,” including from professors who reached out to express support and offer accommodations for missed classes. Lardin said the cancer is in remission.

“I’m thankful that happened on this campus versus a school where you’re considered more of a number,” he said. 

Lardin is now looking at public policy programs for graduate school, though he wants to work for a while first—ideally on environmental justice issues. In June, he went to India for a month through the School for International Training to work on a food security/climate change project and see if he wants to do international work. He does.

He said Butler has proved to be a great fit, giving him opportunities and satisfying his social nature.

“It’s small enough that I can’t walk from my house to my classes without running into two or three people who I know and love dearly,” he said, “but it’s large enough that I meet one or two new people every single day.”

 

 

 

 

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Jimmy Lardin ’18

Meet Jimmy Lardin. SGA president. Student Orientation coordinator. Education Reflection chair for Fall Alternative Break. Four minors. Campus tour guide.

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Lauren Boswell ’20

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Major / Program: Elementary Education

Lauren Boswell says she found her calling in a program at her high school called Cadet Teacher, which takes college-bound students into elementary schools to give them a sense of what it’s like to be a teacher.

“In that class, we got to visit the College of Education here and I just fell in love with it,” she said. “I fell in love with the faculty and all the ideals of the program. That was the main reason I came here. And I’m a big basketball fan, so that’s always a plus.”

Boswell said one of the great lessons she’s learned in the College of Education is that in teaching, “it’s all about the kids and the importance of individualizing learning for each student. You need to look at each student and help them learn based on their ways of learning.”

In addition to her coursework, she’s continued her longtime involvement with Best Buddies, a program that matches volunteers with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. “I’ve always loved working with people with disabilities, helping them be the best they can be. And I feel like I’ve learned so much more from them than I could ever teach them. They always have such a positive outlook on life, and that’s something I try to emulate.”

Ultimately, Boswell hopes to be a third-grade teacher. “They’re just developing those personalities. They’re getting witty and kind of funny and they’ll understand some of your humor, so that’s my ideal grade. But anywhere from kindergarten to fourth grade, I’d be really happy.”

And she said Butler has proved to be the right place for her.

“There’s just something about when you step on this campus,” she said. “I feel like it has such a great atmosphere. Even when I came back after being away for the summer, I felt happy. I felt like I was home. Even though I only live 30 minutes away, there’s something about the people here. It was so easy to make friends. Everyone here is just so kind and so enthusiastic about life. I’m really happy that I’m here.”

 

 

 

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Lauren Boswell ’20

Boswell said one of the great lessons she’s learned in the College of Education is that in teaching, “it’s all about the kids and the importance of individualizing learning for each student."

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Lauren Boswell ’20

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Derek Dekoning ’18

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Major / Program: Risk Management/MIS

 

Derek DeKoning spent a lot of his free time this summer—10–15 hours a week, he estimates—helping to establish Butler’s new MJ Student-Run Insurance Company. The payback: By the time DeKoning graduates, he will have made four Butler-paid trips to Bermuda, where the company is licensed.

“You can’t complain about that,” he said with a smile.

DeKoning came to Butler from Atlanta, Georgia, as an Exploratory Business major. As he took classes, he began to select majors, starting with Management Information Systems. He knew something about risk management—his father is in reinsurance—so he had exposure to the industry. But it wasn’t until taking Professor Zach Finn’s class creating the “captive” insurance company, which insures University-owned properties such as the live mascot Trip and the Holcomb Observatory telescope, that he found his place.

“Insurance is a great industry to be in, and my experience at Butler has given me so much real-world experience, both through my internships and my experience with the captive, that it should be a big advantage for me,” he said.

Since coming to Butler, DeKoning interned at a suburban Atlanta software company called Concurrent and the cyber-insurance company INSUREtrust. In fall 2017, he interned at M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services Inc. in downtown Indianapolis. He also is an active member in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and works a part-time job at Woodstock Country Club.

DeKoning said he’s still deciding what he wants to do after graduation—perhaps work for a brokerage or independent insurance agency, or maybe do something in captive management. “Within risk management and insurance there’s so many different career paths that you can take,” he said.

But overall, he said, “I’ve just been thrilled with the environment Butler has provided and the class sizes. The professors I’ve had have been really dedicated to what they’re doing. Butler was my top choice on my list of schools and I’m glad to have been able to come here and end up in the Program I’m in.”

 

 

 

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Derek Dekoning ’18

Derek DeKoning spent a lot of his free time this summer—10–15 hours a week, he estimates—helping to establish Butler’s new MJ Student-Run Insurance Company.

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Derek Dekoning ’18

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Bettine Gibbs ’19

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Bettine Gibbs said their “Butler moment” came at the beginning of her third year, during the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ White Coat Ceremony that marks students’ transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health science.

“It lets the students know that this is the time to be serious,” they said. “It’s not a game. You have people’s lives in your hands. Having all the faculty participate was really nice, and the speech the Dean gave was helpful in guiding me, having me think about which route I want to take and understanding that it’s not always going to be a straight line to where you want to go.”

Gibbs, who chose Butler because earning their PharmD degree would take six years here rather than eight at another school, has often traveled the road less taken. For starters, while Pharmacy is typically all-consuming for students, they found time to walk on to the track and field team for two years, competing in the BIG EAST outdoor championships at Villanova and indoor championships in New York. In addition, they have been an officer in the Black Student Union, where they have pushed for more diversity and inclusivity at Butler.

Then, because they had an internship over summer 2017—at Eli Lilly and Company, in the Bioproduct Research and Development sector—they spent the fall 2017 semester finishing her Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at IU Health Methodist Hospital. They worked a full eight-hour day each Saturday or Sunday alongside pharmacists and physicians, making medication recommendations. (Their classmates completed their IPPE’s in larger blocks of time.)

And finally, while most of their classmates tend toward clinical pharmacy, Gibbs has decided they want to be a pharmaceutical scientist. Their goal is to either work for a company like Lilly, become a tenure-track professor at a research institution where they would have her own lab, or teach at a liberal arts college like Butler.

Gibbs said professors at Butler have backed her decisions.

“Finding a home in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department has been the best thing about Butler,” they said. “I found support there when I didn’t want to go the traditional clinical route. I was able to find support in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department as well as the Chemistry Department—and even some professors in Political Science and History and Anthropology helped me have ideas about what route I would like to go. It taught me that you don’t have to stay in one place in this University. You can go to different colleges and people will help you out.”

 

 

 

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Bettine Gibbs ’19

Gibbs, who chose Butler for a PharmD degree has often traveled the road less taken.

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Bettine Gibbs ’19

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Darius Hickman ’21

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Major / Program: Dance Performance

 

It’s fall semester 2017, and first-year student Darius Hickman is getting his first impressions of Butler.

“I love it so far,” he said. “The thing I love the most is the people. I didn’t realize the people were going to be so nice. I really enjoy the people here—as well as my classes; I love all my classes—but the people, I really enjoy. I love meeting new people every day. So that’s been great.”

The Dance Performance major and Education minor said he didn’t know what to expect from Butler. In fact, for a long time, he planned to join a professional ballet company after high school rather than attend college. But his mother pointed out that dancers get injured and he should have an education to fall back on.

So he went to a college fair in Boca Raton, took a class with Butler Dance Professor Marek Cholewa, “and I fell in love with everything about it.”

Hickman came to Butler a bit of a celebrity—this summer, he was a contestant on the Fox network series So You Think You Can Dance, where he finished in the top 100. He also learned a few things about himself during that process: He’s persistent and resilient (the day he auditioned, he spent six hours in line and another four waiting once he got inside), and celebrity makes him a little uncomfortable.

Rather than shoot for superstardom on television, he said, he’s excited to experience personal growth over the next four years. “I’m excited to see where I will be in 2021 and see how I’ve changed. Because change is good, I think.”

He plans to spend the next four years preparing to be in a professional ballet company.

“I think I’ll definitely be ready by then, especially by being here,” he said. “I know they’re going to take care of me and make sure I’m ready when that time comes.”

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Darius Hickman ’21

The Dance Performance major and Education minor said he didn’t know what to expect from Butler.

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Chelsea Groves ’20

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Major / Program: Sports Media

Chelsea Groves is the poster child for the importance of paying attention, showing up, and doing your best work.

In early September of her first year at Butler, she and the other Sports Media majors received an email from Creative Media and Entertainment Professor Christine Taylor asking them to contribute to the Bulldog Blitz, a weekly show spotlighting Butler sports. Groves jumped at the chance. She set up an interview with Volleyball Coach Sharon Clark, “and it just started to expand through that.”

Her work on the Blitz, which aired during halftime of games that aired on butlersports.com, led to work with Butler Athletics, where she reported stories about Butler Baseball, the men’s and women’s golf teams, and several other sports.

“I put myself out there and responded to that email,” she said. “It was a big deal for me.”

Now in her sophomore year, “I just want to get better,” she said. “I want to be my absolute best and watch myself grow in other areas. I want to be better in the broadcast area and be prominent and be known for doing a great job.”

Groves came to Butler from Walkerton, Indiana, where her dad was the high school varsity football coach and also coached eighth-grade boy’s basketball. She remembers bringing her stuffed animals and American Girl doll to games when she was little and learning to keep score as she got older.

“I had one of the rosters, I got a pen from my grandma’s purse, and I would put a tally mark next to all the people who scored,” she said. “I just became enthralled with it. My dad was a big reason why I fell into sports.”

Her plan now is to develop her skills in school and ultimately become either a sideline reporter or analyst for men’s college basketball or baseball.

She said Butler is making her better.

“So many people around me—basically everyone—pushes you to be your absolute best all the time,” she said. “They critique me, tell me what to do—and what to do better—and I listen to them because they know what they’re doing and I trust them and I want to step up my game all the time. Butler is an amazing place, and I’m so glad I’m here.”

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea Groves ’20

Chelsea Groves is the poster child for the importance of paying attention, showing up, and doing your best work.

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Chelsea Groves ’20

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Kate Holtz

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Intended Major
Risk Management and Insurance and Finance
Expected Grad Date
May 2019
Extracurricular Activities
Butler University Student Foundation, Delta Gamma - Alpha Tau Chapter, Butler University Dance Marathon, Butler Student Ambassador
Hometown
Godfrey, IL
High School
Marquette Catholic High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
The conference room on the second floor of Fairbanks


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The Risk Manager of a company in the healthcare industry!

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course at Butler was Business Statistics with Josh Owens. The subject material was very interesting to me and Professor Owens was able to apply every concept in the course to real-life applications and experiences. The ability for Butler professors, specifically in my experience with the Lacy School of Business, to share personal real-world experiences has been invaluable to my academic experience.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

To me, the best way to describe Butler is as a Community. Everyone looks out for one another; everyone is friendly and approachable; all students and faculty truly want to help whomever they can. My Butler Community grows more and more each year as I take more classes, join different organizations, meet with students based on similar interests or career paths. However, I think the most notable part about Butler is that my Butler Community includes everyone at Butler - even those individuals I do not know well or at all.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

I am already able to see how my Butler experience will able to help me after graduation! From a career perspective, Butler opens an unbelievable amount of doors in terms of job opportunities and network connections. I also know my ability to join a multitude of extracurricular activities and obtain multiple leadership opportunities on campus will help me in terms of personal development and "people skills" far after I graduate.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

This is such a hard one! The amazing memories at Butler are too many to even count at this point. I would say one of my favorites is always homecoming - I love seeing all the alumni come back to a place they still hold so close in their hearts. All the reunions, memories, and pure happiness of being back on campus create an infectious happy atmosphere for all present.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

From the beginning of my college decision process, I focused on size, the presence of a good business school, and extracurricular opportunities. To be completely honest, however, I ended up choosing Butler based solely on a feeling I had while being on campus. There was just something about this place that made me never want to leave - it sounds incredibly cheesy, but that was exactly how I felt. I felt comfortable, at home, and surrounded by so many genuine and friendly people. I am thankful every day I acted on that feeling, because I now get to experience that sense of comfort every single day.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

It makes me incredibly proud to be a Bulldog watching my peers and their accomplishments. There are so many people worthy of extreme recognition on this campus. From planning campus-wide events, scoring prestigious internships or job offers, to winning in athletics - Butler is full of some extremely talented students. They all make me proud.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

Personally, the Butler Way simply embodies the mindset of Butler students. At Butler, students are motivated, talented but humble, they put others first, and never expect anything in return. Students at Butler are simply a different breed, and that is something that I am incredibly proud to be a part of.

Kate Holtz
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Kate Holtz

Kate finds pride in the accomlishments of her peers and how it reflects on the Butler Community.

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Kate Holtz

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Matt Warren

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Intended Major
Biology
Expected Grad Date
2020
Extracurricular Activities
Sophomore Class President, 2017 SGA Homecoming Chair, SGA Senate, Delta Tau Delta
Hometown
O'Fallon, IL
High School
O'Fallon Township High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Anywhere Trip is stomping around!


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Lawyer in the Healthcare Field

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

I have loved my Biology 111 Class because it is priceless. The class is taught by three biology professors and they bring in a multitude of people in the workforce with biology degrees. It is here when I decided that maybe the medical field isn't for me and I may have a future in law. We also covered many new research techniques and the class really advanced us from the biology world we all learned in highschool to practical uses in college and beyond.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community is a place where I feel like I belong and all my work is appreciated. The students are your family and the faculty your guides. The goal of every student is teamwork and making sure we succeed as a class in all our dreams.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

I have become a lot more vocal simply because of all the experiences and opportunities that have been offered to me. I never knew I would be in a fraternity with lifelong friends, host events for over 4,000 students, and help lead the charge for change in our very own Butler Community.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

During Homecoming my first year, I was honored to be the only male student to take the floor at Hinkle for my Homecoming Team. Our Yell Like Hell performance was one to remember as I was clad in a white shirt surrounded by a sea of navy blue women from Kappa Alpha Theta. Little did I know after that performance the whole house would adopt me as their little brother earning the nickname "theta matt".

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I was looking for an environment where I could have interactive learning. I am someone who wants to be able to ask questions in the middle of class and not have to wait to attend office hours. I also was looking for a place I could be over-involved in every student's experience, not wondering what to do, but what could I fit in my schedule!

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I love it when I get the chance to talk to successful alumni that continue to come back to campus. Their eyes light up when I talk about the similar traditions they did back when they were in college and then the Butler Community comes full circle. When a Bulldog is successful we all feel it—and that has made all the difference.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way is how we live our lives to the fullest. I often joke on tours that Butler students don't sleep and this is 100% true. We are often planning or attending our next big event, providing services, or just having fun. Working hard and making sure to play is extremely important to a healthy college student.

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Matt Warren

Matt found a place, in Butler, that fostered his need for interactive learning.

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Anne Krietenstein

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Intended Major
Biology
Extracurricular Activities
Timmy Global Health, SOG, Kappa Alpha Theta, Undergraduate Research, Biology Club
Hometown
Plainfield, IN
High School
Plainfield High School
Expected Grad Date
May 2018
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse!!


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to work in a science related field, whether that be research, teaching, or medical practice. I simply hope in whatever I do, I utilize my strengths, help others, and find happiness.

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

Tropical Field Biology! In TFB lecture, I learned about coral reef ecosystems (my favorite of all the ecosystems). Then, over Spring Break, our class traveled to San Pedro, Belize to snorkel the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Being able to fully immerse myself in the reef and see the ocean life I had been studying all semester was unforgettable. Additionally, I learned about the severe anthropogenic effects humans have on coral reef survival. With the coral reef systems quickly falling victim to human induced climate change, it is my responsibility to spread the preventative knowledge I have gained from the TFB course. I frequently talk about coral reefs, bleaching, and subsequent consequences to my friends, family, and classmates in hope that someone hears.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community?

The Butler Community is home. At home, you have people who care about you and want you to succeed. The Butler Community is no different. Every member of our community, be it a professor, classmate, friend, or peer, wants each student to have success by their own definition. I find my most comforting communities lie in Butler Student Ambassadors and Kappa Alpha Theta. Each organization is composed of uplifting, positive people that genuinely care about my well being. They take interest beyond the normal surface level conversation and actively participate in being a true member of my community of caring friends.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

As a Butler student, I have learned to believe in myself. I am worthwhile, smart, unique, and should not be forgotten. Over the past four years, with the help of my professors, classmates, and friends, I have gained an incredible amount of self confidence. As an educated woman, I understand I am privileged and I have a great deal of power. It is my responsibility to take this knowledge with me after graduation and put it to use for the good of others. The strength that being a Butler Bulldog has given me will stay with me for the rest of my life. If I can only be proud of one choice I ever made, I made a really good one with Butler University.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

I hate to say it, but I peaked freshman year when my pledge class won First-Year Skits. All of the collaboration, creativity, late nights, patience, and struggles that went into constructing the skit paid off in that moment. It was the first time our pledge class really got to know, understand, and appreciate one another and from those practices, countless friendships formed. I recall looking around at the women surrounding me knowing that they were going to impact my life. I had no idea how right I was going to be.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I am simple. I only required two things from a university. I needed small class sizes and something more than a diploma to be proud of after graduation. Fortunately, Butler was exactly that. As a senior in high school, I sat in on a class and at the end talked with the biology professor. He was very kind, interested in what I had to say, and said he hoped to see me in class next fall. I immediately felt comfortable in the classroom and sensed that I would absolutely succeed in this environment. Next, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Butler Basketball captured my attention. Standing mid court in Hinkle Fieldhouse, you can feel the spirit. You can almost hear the faint echo of cheering fans and the sound of the buzzer as the winning shot drains in the the bucket. Hinkle magic does not die. Hinkle magic is that something extra that I know I will always be proud of.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am proud to be a part of the Butler History Book. 162 years ago, a small Christian University opened its doors to any man and any woman of any color who sought education. That mindset has not ceased. Every student on this campus has a dream, a goal, a life aspiration that they seek to achieve through their education here at Butler. Despite working towards their personal goals, Butler students never hesitate to help a peer. Butler students understand that a campus community environment far surpasses an individualistic driven University. We work much better together than apart and when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

As we all know, The Butler Way demands commitment, denies selfishness, and accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self. When I hear the meaning behind the Butler Way, I cannot help but reflect on the friendships I have made at Butler.  My friends are fiercely loyal. They encourage me to face my fears, challenge myself, and they reassure me by reminding me of my own strengths. They would drop anything to help me if I needed it and they continually put the good of our friendship above the good of any situation. Because we are all Butler students, I think the Butler Way subconsciously acts within us and it will forever as long as we live.

Anne Krietenstein
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Anne Krietenstein

Anne looks to Butler's past and sees how the Butler Community rallies around each other.

Anne Krietenstein

Anne Krietenstein

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Anna Claire Bradbury

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Intended Major
Middle/Secondary Education and English
Expected Grad Date
2020
Extracurricular Activities
Butler University Marching Band, Butler University Basketball Band, Various volunteer projects in the city, Band service sorority (TBS)
Hometown
Lindenhurst, IL
High School
Lakes Community High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Efroymson Center for Creative Writing


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher who works in third world countries.

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course at Butler so far, is my FYS: Visiting Writers Series. Not only was the class itself amazing and my professor pushed me to think, write, and read differently, but the people are really what made this class so special to me. I loved that I was able to meet each member of my class through welcome week and then spend a whole school year together. On the last day of class, we shared our favorite memories and it was surreal that I had only met them nine months prior, but through our relationships built inside and outside of the class, it felt like I had known them forever. I also thoroughly enjoyed taking the Visiting Writers Series FYS, because I loved being able to read an author's work, discuss it with my classmates, and then have the opportunity to meet the author here at Butler and listen to their voice and purpose behind their stories.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

Being a part of the Butler Community is life changing. When I was looking for schools, marching band was a big factor for me because I knew I would find my family there and I have. I loved knowing that when I came to Butler I would already have friends here because we all dedicate our time to the same practice and love spending time with one another. I have also found community within my major, my core courses, and through working as a BSA.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

Butler is giving me the chance to have real world experiences, before being in the real world. As an education major, I have already been in about ten different classrooms learning about what it mean to be a teacher first hand. I know that these observations and tutoring experiences are letting me practice before being thrown into the fire on my own. I get the experience and practice that I need in order to be ready for the day I have my own classroom, even before I start student teaching.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

During Spring Break 2017, I was able to travel to New York with the basketball band for the Men's Big East Tournament. While I was there, a few friends and I decided to see a Broadway production. When we arrived at the theater, we were looking around for our other friends who had seats in different locations. As I was looking, I noticed that there was a young lady wearing a Butler shirt and next to that young lady was President Danko. I turned to my friend and we could not believe it. We were going to watch a Broadway show in New York with President Danko. Of course we were both wearing Butler gear and he noticed. He came over to speak with us and we ended up talking about the amazing Butler Community. I love knowing that we have students, factually, and even members of the board willing to travel miles to see our school participate in activities and give them the support they need.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

For me, my main factors in my college decision were: a school out of state, a marching band, smaller sized school, a college of education, a school that supports volunteering, study abroad programs, and students who enjoy their campus. I have all of that here at Butler and have received so much more than I could have expected. With my college decision, I wanted to go big or go home. I picked schools, like Butler, that almost no one from my high school was planning on going to. I wanted to do something that no one else was doing. I wanted to go out on my own and be independent. And I did just that. I came to Butler not knowing anyone on campus and I was quickly welcomed by every student here and I knew I could find my place here at Butler.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am so proud to be a Butler Bulldog because of the students. I truly believe that each student on campus is doing something amazing, whether it be through sports, internships, organizations, or their majors. Bulldogs are here to learn and take their education into their own hands. Bulldogs are here to pave new paths. Bulldogs are willing to go the extra mile and do what is right. Being a Bulldog truly means being a above a class above the rest.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way means taking care of others and yourself. Being at Butler means being apart of a team. Our students know that we need to depend on each other to succeed, but we also have to carry our own weight, even if that means venturing out own our own. The Butler Way promotes taking a look at yourself as an individual and were you excel and where you lack. Then it takes courage to share that with the community and find people on your team who can help you succeed.

Anna Claire Bradbury
Student Life

Anna Claire Bradbury

Anna Claire has so much classroom experience, she knows she'll be prepared to become a teacher before she graduates.

Anna Claire Bradbury

Anna Claire Bradbury

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