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In Lantzer's Book, the Battle Between the 'Wets' and 'Drys' Goes On


PUBLISHED ON Oct 20 2014

Prohibition officially began nearly 100 years ago, and that upcoming anniversary has generated ever-increasing attention to the topic. So this appears to be the perfect time for Interpreting the Prohibition Era at Museums and Historic Sites, the new book by Jason Lantzer, Butler’s Honors Program Coordinator.

jasonlantzer13The first half or more of his book looks at America’s love and hate of alcohol prior to and including the 1919 passage of the 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors in the United States. That section includes a chapter on the brewing industry and the rise of breweries and saloons as both small businesses and also the local arm of big business. Lantzer explains how these enterprises interacted, why we ended up with Prohibition when we did, the eventual repeal in 1933, and a little about its lasting legacy.

The second section offers an overview of how historical societies and museums present the topic of Prohibition to contemporary audiences. Like the Oklahoma museum that looked at its state’s decision to keep Prohibition in place into the 1950s. And the Indiana Historical Society’s “You Are There” exhibit, where visitors encounter a re-created police station after a bust was made of a local still. And the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia’s high-tech exhibit based on Ken Burns’ PBS series on Prohibition.

“So, if your historical society wanted to do something on Prohibition, you can pull this book and say, not only is it a quick history of the event, but here are examples of how others did it,” Lantzer said.

The early reviews are raves.

Interpreting the Prohibition Era at Museums and Historic Sites is exactly the kind of book that busy interpreters, curators, and museum administrators need,” wrote Daniel Vivian, Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public History Program, University of Louisville. “His guidelines demonstrate the enduring relevance of Prohibition while offering suggestions for telling meaningful, engaging stories about it. Interpreting the Prohibition Era is sure to become a standard resource for public historians and museum professionals.”

Lantzer’s book is part of an interpreting history series by publisher Rowman & Littlefield. He said they approached him because of his first book, "Prohibition Is Here to Stay:" The Reverend Edward S. Shumaker and the Dry Crusade in America, which came out in 2009.0759124310

Lantzer’s interest in Prohibition began in graduate school at Indiana University (he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s there) when he was looking for a topic for his dissertation. His advisor, History Professor James H. Madison, suggested that he look at how the Methodist Church in Indiana interacted with the Republican Party and the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and how church issues became political issues, and vice versa.

Lantzer began looking at church records. “If you look at Methodist church bulletins, the talk of temperance predates the 18th Amendment by decades,” he said. “I was intrigued by the topic, and I had my hook.”

He also had the angle of the Klan operating the National Horse Thief Detective Association, a quasi-police group, which enabled its members to harass their enemies. And he had the good fortune of getting in touch with the last living son of the superintendent of the Indiana Anti-Saloon League, who had his dad’s untouched papers in his attic.

“With this book, I got to return to the world of ‘wets’ and ‘drys’ and revisit some of the things I wrote and some of the scholarship I consulted a few years ago,” Lantzer said. “It’s all still timely and topical, even though it happened over a century ago.”


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In This Program, Young Writers Find Their Voice

BY Sarvary Koller '15

PUBLISHED ON Oct 16 2014

As students trickle into room 238 at Shortridge Magnet High School, stagnant silence grows to a dull roar of laughter and chatter. Butler University students and Shortridge students catch up over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, then get to the task at hand: creative writing.

Today, they will be crafting their own parodies.

Butler MFA graduate student Luke Wortley leads an impromptu poetry slam as part of the Writing in the Schools program.
Butler MFA graduate student Luke Wortley leads the weekly poetry slam as part of the Writing in the Schools program.


One student writes and performs a parody of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” reflecting upon the human contribution to global warming and the destruction of our planet. Another student exercises her imagination to rewrite One Direction’s “You and I” from the viewpoint of a love-struck fan.

It took less than 15 minutes for the cluttered science classroom to transform into a collaborative, energetic writer’s studio. The students spent the afternoon writing and laughing and writing some more. No idea is rejected ­– all are important and supported.

Their activity is part of Writing in the Schools, a product of the Butler University and Indianapolis Public Schools partnership. The program meets twice a week at Shortridge, with Butler students enrolled in EN455-S Writing in the Schools offering student-to-student mentorship to Shortridge youth.

The writing prompts vary each week, and all students are encouraged to perform their work in front of the class at the end of the session.

The program was initiated in 2011 under the guidance of Susan Sutherlin, Butler English Department Director of Peer Tutoring, to provide students the opportunity to work in the community with liberal arts and encourage written creativity among local youth.

“We are all writers,” Sutherlin said. “We deeply believe in and are committed to creative writing and fostering that form of expression.”

Sutherlin taught and developed the program during its first two years before passing on the baton to Butler faculty member Chris Speckman, who served as her graduate assistant while still in Butler’s Masters of Fine Arts Creative Writing program.

Speckman, EN455-S professor and Writing in the Schools director, is entering his second year as the leader of the program. He hopes to build a community of writers where people from different walks and stages of life can connect through creativity and shared experiences. Room 238 is a nonjudgmental space where all students are encouraged to find their voice.

“This program is not the outsider coming in and bestowing all the knowledge on the lesser,” Speckman said. “We are doing this with them. We are a community of writers where we are all equals. Butler students and Shortridge students. We do it to discover things about ourselves.”

Wortley and Shortridge senior Paula Cloyd
Wortley and Shortridge senior Paula Cloyd

MFA graduate student Luke Wortley, in his second year as a graduate assistant, has found particular meaning in the Writing in the Schools program. He chose to attend Butler because of the one-of-a-kind opportunity to mentor high school students through creative writing.

“I’d never really worked in a setting like this where you work with kids that come from such different walks of life,” he said. “It’s instructive about the world. It’s helped give me some perspective, which is huge.”

Wortley said he never gets tired of watching the Shortridge students break down their barriers as they cultivate relationships with Butler students and learn to understand their written voice.

He experienced this transformation firsthand while working with Shortridge senior Paula Cloyd, a veteran of the program who has participated since its inception. He worked with Cloyd as she wrote a poem called “Speak” that eventually won the 2013 IUPUI Poetry Contest. (read her poem here)

“It was that first connection where we produced something really beautiful together,” Wortley said. “We instantly formed this relationship.”

With a newfound passion for public education, Wortley said he now hopes to become a high school teacher and remain involved in after-school programs for youth. He credits this decision to his experience with Writing in the Schools.

“It’s the single most meaningful thing I’ve ever done,” Wortley said. “It’s fulfilling in a way that I wouldn’t have gotten from anything else. It’s not only informing me as a writer, it’s informing me as a person.”



For Families at St. Vincent Heart Center, Mozart While They Wait


PUBLISHED ON Oct 14 2014

By Sarvary Koller '15

Piano melodies of Chopin, Mozart, and Gershwin drift through the air as Patricia Smith walks into the St. Vincent Heart Center lounge to wait for her husband during his surgery.

She enters the atrium, makes a beeline past the blaring television and concerned families, and takes a seat to listen as Butler University Adjunct Piano Professor Anna Briscoe performs.

Anna Briscoe said her performances at the St. Vincent Heart Center helped soothe anxious families.
Anna Briscoe said her performances at the St. Vincent Heart Center helped soothe anxious families.


“It’s soothing while you have to wait and wait and wait,” Smith said. “This place is noisy, but it covers that up. I think the music maybe keeps people from talking so loud.”

Briscoe plays at the Heart Center as a part of a new partnership between the hospital and the Jordan College of Arts School of Music. Faculty and student musicians will play informal lunchtime concerts at the Heart Center each week to share the power of music for healing and relaxation.

Susan Jacques, hospital chaplain, said the Heart Center agreed to host the concerts to support the spiritual health of families and loved ones waiting nervously in the lounge.

“This is a high-anxiety place,” Jacques said. “Your heart is life or death. Music is a way of feeding people’s souls to help them calm down a bit. It lifts their spirits.”

Briscoe said she enjoyed her first time playing piano at the Heart Center. She has played at retirement centers before, but she said she thinks her music has a different kind of impact here—it helps people relax and remember to just breathe.

“These people aren’t all obviously listening, but they are,” she said. “People go on their way, but if my music just for a moment lifted somebody, that’s wonderful.”

Larry Shapiro, Professor of Violin, said the idea for this partnership developed after Chuck Goehring, his longtime friend from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, proposed that the School of Music send student and faculty musicians to the hospital to heal through music.

Goehring underwent open-heart surgery at the Heart Center about six years ago, and Shapiro said his friend was bent on giving back to the hospital after his incredible care. Shapiro presented the idea to Lisa Brooks, Chair of the School of Music, and Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts, several weeks ago, and they supported the idea.

The partnership is new to Butler this fall semester, but the School of Music aims to provide the hospital with a student, a faculty member, or a small chamber ensemble to play music on a weekly basis.

Ben Abel ’16, concertmaster of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, will play violin at the Heart Center sometime this week. Others scheduled to perform this month are guitar student Patrick Wright and former violin student Tricia Frasure.

Briscoe said she is already looking forward to a full season of festive music at the Heart Center.

“I just can’t wait to come back during the holidays,” she said, “for Christmas carols and Nutcracker selections.”


Message of the Stand Tall Project: We're Here and We Care

BY Sarvary Koller '15

PUBLISHED ON Oct 13 2014

Students and members of the Butler community have gathered across campus this fall to answer a question: What would you say to a survivor of sexual violence?

“I admire your strength,” one said.

“It’s not your fault,” added another.

“Speak up,” said a third. “We’re here to listen.”

Noelle Rich '16 started the Stand Tall Project. (photos by Moe Simmons)
Noelle Rich '16 started the Stand Tall Project. (photos by Moe Simmons)


They wrote their messages on a whiteboard and got their picture taken in support of the Stand Tall Project, an initiative by Noelle Rich ’16, a Psychology and Sociology double major and second-year resident assistant in Ross Hall.

Rich said she started the initiative to tap into the energy surrounding the issue of sexual violence and assault on campus. Her three goals for the project are to raise awareness of sexual violence, support survivors, and eliminate blaming the victim. (Check out the Stand Tall Facebook page here.)

She presented the idea to Sarah Boeckmann, Ross Hall Residence Life Coordinator, after a residence life staff meeting early this semester. Boeckmann said she jumped on the chance to support Rich and promote an important issue on campus.

“I think sexual assault is an issue that is growing,” she said. “It’s also an issue that sometimes gets shoved under the rug. People don’t always like to talk about it, but it’s so important for survivors to know that there is support out there.”

The large amount of support from the Butler community encouraged Rich to take the project even further. Rich said she is working to form a Stand Tall Butler student organization dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault and creating an environment of safety and support on campus.

Rich recognized that students who participated took their time thinking of a message. Some students took five minutes to jot down their message, while others took 20 minutes. Rich took an entire day before coming up with “You are a beautiful human being. We need you.”

Residence Life Coordinator Sarah Boeckmann
Residence Life Coordinator Sarah Boeckmann
Sarah Barnes Diaz, Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs
Sarah Barnes Diaz, Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs


“I think sometimes people think their self-worth goes down after they have been assaulted,” she said. “I think it’s really important to remind people that they are valuable and we need them here.”

Sarah Barnes Diaz, Butler University Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs, also spent the night thinking it over before putting her marker to the whiteboard.

“It seems so simple,” Diaz said, “but, when you’re asked to write a message to a survivor of sexual assault, it forces you to think about what it would be like to be a survivor of sexual assault. It forces you to think about what you can do to end someone from ever being victimized in the first place.”

No matter how long it took to craft the message, the message rang loud and clear: Butler University students are passionate about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors.

Rich said she plans to expand upon the project next semester by asking students to write open letters to survivors of sexual violence. She plans to post the letters online to offer survivors an easy access point to support and personal messages from Butler peers.

“If a survivor needs emotional support or even just a message that reminds them of their strength,” she said, “it could be a place where they could go and easily find that.”


United Way Designates Butler a 'Company That Cares'


PUBLISHED ON Oct 10 2014

Butler University is among a select group in the six-county Central Indiana area that has earned the Company that Cares distinction for results during the 2013 United Way of Central Indiana annual workplace campaign.ctc-logo-jpg

United Way awards the designation to organizations that reach their fundraising or participation goal and achieve benchmarks in volunteer community participation, leadership giving, and more. Companies that Care also excel in educating employees about community needs and the best ways to meet them, and exemplify the spirit of volunteerism by allowing employees to give time to United Way programs or its agencies.

A United Way representative will present the award at Staff Assembly on Wednesday, October 22.

The United Way of Central Indiana said Butler has been a generous partner for more than 20 years. In 1991, the University raised $25,087.52, and contributions have grown significantly since then. Overall, Butler has raised $595,696.23 over the life of the campaign. The United Way credited 2013 Employee Campaign Chairs James Cramer, Community Engagement Manager for Clowes Memorial Hall, and Jeanne VanTyle, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, for generously volunteering their time and energy to make the campaign such a success at the University.

In the last three years, Butler University has received the following awards and recognition from United Way: A Company that Cares (2013), Breakthrough Campaign (2013), Top 200 Companies (2013), Top 200 Companies (2012), and Top 200 Companies (2011).

"Being named a Company that Cares is a very special honor,” United Way President and CEO Ann D. Murtlow said. “It means that you are an organization providing community leadership through your commitment to United Way’s mission of helping people learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives.”

Honorees each receive a showcase sculpture and the use of the Company that Cares logo in communications materials.

“For us to be recognized by United Way, an organization that is doing their part to help the community, is a big honor,” said Josh Downing, head of Butler’s Staff Assembly.


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Author Michael Martone's Gift to Butler Will Spur Writing About Indiana


PUBLISHED ON Oct 07 2014

Author Michael Martone will make an endowed gift to Butler University in honor of his parents, Patricia ’53 and Anthony Martone, to support undergraduate English majors as they travel to conduct research and publish work about the state of Indiana and its citizens.

“My main interest is not to have another contest or award, but instead encourage writing,” Martone said. “Especially writing that is about place, since my own career has been about writing about Indianapolis and about Indiana, and my mother, who wrote a lot in her retirement in Fort Wayne, wrote specifically about her community and the state.”

Michael_Martone-lgOnly half-jokingly, he added, “If somebody wanted to write a proposal about going to Shapiro’s downtown and then write about the experience, that would be great.”

Martone, a novelist known for the book Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List and several fake biographies – including one about him – has taught writing at the University of Alabama since 1996. He also has taught at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities. Martone has won two NEA fellowships, and his stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies.

He attended Butler for five semesters in the late 1970s and has several ties to the University as a writer. He and English Professor Susan Neville co-edited a book called Rules of Thumb: 71 Authors Reveal Their Fiction Writing Fixations, which came out in 2006. This year, he and English Department Instructor Bryan Furuness finished collaborating on a book called Winesburg, Indiana, about “a sad town populated by people who have desperate, writeable private lives.”

The book, to be published next spring by IU Press, collects stories that originally appeared in Booth, Butler’s online literary magazine.

Martone has always written about Indiana. He’s currently working on The Collected Writings of Art Smith, the Bird Boy of Fort Wayne, a fake biography of an early aviation pioneer from Fort Wayne who’s also the inventor of skywriting.

“Art Smith was real,” Martone said, “and there’s evidence that he invented skywriting – which is exciting that the first writing in the sky was done over my hometown by this hometown hero. But there’s no documentation of that skywriting, so the book will be pictures that pretend to be actually taken of the skywriting, and the writing that I’ll do will be sort of faux scholarly ideas about that. I’m interested in satire and parody and examining what we believe to be fake and what we believe to be real. ”

Martone will return to Indiana on Oct. 24-25 for the Indiana Authors Awards and will officially give his gift then. He said he hopes the Patricia and Anthony Martone Endowed Gift Fund will attract contributions from his mother’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters and alumni who worked on Manuscripts, the campus literary magazine.

The gift agreement with the University specifies that special attention be paid to students who write about Indianapolis, Indiana and the Midwest, and, if possible, preference should be given to students who are involved with Manuscripts.

Patricia Martone graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1953 with a degree in English. While at Butler, she was a member of the varsity debate team and also participated in speech and theater. She also contributed to The Drift (yearbook) and The Collegian (newspaper). Martone said some of her fondest memories were acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream produced outdoors in Holcomb Gardens and debating the touring team from Oxford.

Anthony Martone did not attend Butler, but he was engaged with the University through his wife’s and son’s on-campus involvement.

Andrew Levy, Chair of Butler’s English Department, said Martone’s gift “celebrates both the creative potential of our students, and the undervalued cultural possibilities of Indiana and the Midwest. It’s incredibly thoughtful, and pitch-perfect, and we’re truly grateful for it.”


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Bobby Fong Remembered for His Many Contributions to Butler


PUBLISHED ON Sep 30 2014

The event began with a video tribute that looked back at his 10 remarkable years at Butler and ended with the crowd singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

In between, speaker after speaker rose to celebrate the life of Bobby Fong, Butler’s 20th president, who died September 8 in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he had been serving as president of Ursinus College for the previous three years.

President Danko was among the speakers to honor Bobby Fong.
President Danko was among the speakers to honor Bobby Fong.


“The secret to my father’s success is that he loved you,” Fong’s son Colin told an audience that included his mother, Suzanne, September 28 at Clowes Memorial Hall. “He loved you all, just as he loved his own family, and lived to see you succeed.”

Colin Fong was the last of nearly a dozen speakers, a lineup that included 21st President James M. Danko, former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, College of Education Dean Ena Shelley, Political Science Professor Margaret Brabant, trustees, and alumni. Levester Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, served as master of ceremonies; the Butler University Chorale provided musical interludes.

The speakers honored Fong’s achievements, which included balanced budgets, construction projects, and setting a warm, gentle tone for the University. They told stories about baseball and Oscar Wilde—Fong loved the New York Yankees and was an Oscar Wilde scholar. They praised his ability to connect with people in every walk of life, and expressed appreciation for the ways he touched their lives. Former Trustee Albert Chen urged the audience to “raise your hands in the air and say, ‘Well done.’ ”

Here are some other comments from the event:

James M. Danko: “His legacy of achievement, after 10 years of service on this campus, was remarkable. From academic excellence to facility improvements to higher levels of community engagement, Bobby Fong successfully led the transformation of Butler University from good to great and from a regional presence to a national one.”

Stephen Briganti ’64, who led the search committee that hired Bobby Fong: “The last candidate of the day was a man named Bobby Fong…. Bobby had a pad in front of him, and he told us what he thought Butler needed—before we had a chance to tell him what we wanted. And remarkably, what he said precisely matched the goals that we would challenge him with: 1. Balance the budget. 2. Raise the academic standards of Butler to higher levels. 3. Raise money. 4. Raise more money. Bobby then proceeded to interview us. And that was it. We had our president.”

Bart Peterson: “Bobby’s stated goals were to lift Butler University academically and financially, to enhance the quality of student life, and to integrate the University into the life of our city. This latter was the first thing that he said to me when he met. He did all of these things, of course.”

Ena Shelley: “When Butler University was approached by (Indianapolis Public Schools) Superintendent Eugene White to develop a partnership with Shortridge Magnet High School, Bobby immediately said yes…. When Butler was presented with the opportunity to open the IPS-Butler Lab School, Bobby once again immediately jumped at the chance…. He believed in my colleagues in the College of Education. He believed in all of us. He believed in me as the Dean. And most importantly, he believed that every child deserves the opportunity to a high-quality education.”

Margaret Brabant: “Waple Cumberbatch works in Butler University’s Building Services. She told me that the year she received Butler University’s Top Dawg Award that she and the other recipients of the award were invited to Bobby and Suzanne’s home for dinner. She said that he took the time to ask her what she wanted to drink and insisted that he be the one to bring her her drink. She said, ‘During dinner he insisted that I sit right next to him—right next to him!—and he talked to me throughout the dinner.’ And with lingering wonderment, she looked at me and said, ‘He treated me like I was someone special.’ Which, of course, she is.”

Todd Bolster ’05: “It’s very rare to meet someone with the innate combination of remarkable intellect and sincere kindness. I think that’s what I’ll remember Bobby for the most. It was as easy for him to talk about Mariano Rivera’s abilities as a closer as it was to passionately debate his views on the transformative power of education. He meant a lot to me as a friend, he meant a lot to me as a student, but I think as much as anything, I will learn and take away his ability to lead from within.”

Warren Morgan ’06: "I remember having a one-on-one with Dr. Fong during my sophomore year at Butler. I shared with him some challenges I was facing and asked him for some advice. After intently listening to my concerns, he gave me some advice that I still follow to this day. He said, ‘Warren, you are a strong leader. Do not allow the challenges to interfere with your destined success. Follow your chosen path, and be the best Warren and leader you can be.’ ”

Laura Michel ’08: “ ‘Personable,’ ‘visible on campus,’ ‘student-centered and ‘forward-thinking’ are all phrases that describe the student perspective of Dr. Fong during his time at Butler University. Dr. Fong truly enhanced the quality of the student experience during his tenure at Butler. Dr. Fong was passionate about listening to student suggestions and ideas and strived to make decisions based on what the students and campus needed.”


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For All the Dogs We've Loved Before, A Memorial


PUBLISHED ON Sep 26 2014

Butler’s beloved bulldogs got their final resting place on Friday, a granite, brick, and bronze doghouse outside Hinkle Fieldhouse where the remains of Blue I, Blue II, and all future mascots will be laid to rest.

Michael Kaltenmark said the bulldog memorial is "a timeless relic."
Michael Kaltenmark said the bulldog memorial is "a timeless relic.


The University dedicated the dog house/columbarium (urn storage) and bronze bulldog sculpture with a ceremony that honored the dogs and blessed the current mascot, Trip.

“By working in cooperation with some very important people, what I believe we have constructed here is a timeless relic, built to last, which serves as a point of pride and appropriate tribute to the lovable Butler Bulldog,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Director of External Relations and the owner of Blue II and Trip.

Donors to the memorial included the Class of 2013. Michael Couch, president of the class, said the Live Bulldog Mascot program came into its own during his class’ years as Butler students. Media made a star of Blue II during Butler’s 2010 and 2011 NCAA Final Four runs, and Kaltenmark built on Blue’s fame with innovative blogging and other social media, countless personal appearances, and a children’s book, but Kaltenmark and Blue “always remembered that their first fans were the students and alumni of Butler.”

“The Class of 2013 hopes this memorial stands as a testament to the determination, loyalty, and pride of all Butler Bulldogs—four-footed and two-footed—for many years to come,” he said.

Butler President James M. Danko said the bulldogs are more than just mascots—they’re family dogs that comfort our students when they’re homesick, celebrate birthdays across our community, play starring roles in videos and children’s books, and help us cheer on our teams.

Blue I, who died in May, Blue II, who died in 2013, and Trip all have served as a unifying force across our campus and our city, he said. Everyone, Butler alum or not, loves our Butler bulldogs.

“In this wonderful community of learning, we will be forever grateful for the things our bulldogs have awakened in us: above all, that special happiness that can only come from loving—and being loved—by an animal,” Danko said. “May Blue I and Blue II rest in peace, and we look forward to Trip having a long and happy tenure.”


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Officer Davis: 'A Hero Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice'


PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014

Butler University Police Officer James Davis, who was killed in the line of duty on September 24, 2004, was remembered on the 10th anniversary of his death as “a professional, friendly, and caring individual” and “a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for this campus, the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, and the city of Indianapolis.”

Assistant Chief Andrew Ryan and the family of Officer James Davis, at the unveiling of the sign remembering Davis outside Hinkle Fieldhouse
Assistant Chief Andrew Ryan and the family of Officer James Davis, at the unveiling of the sign remembering Davis outside Hinkle Fieldhouse


“If there is anything we can do to show our continued thanks for James, it is to make sure we never forget him,” Assistant Police Chief Andrew Ryan told an audience of about 75 that included Davis’s widow, Veleda; their children Josiah, Jarren, and Jaedyn; Veleda Davis's parents; police officers; administrators; and others outside Hinkle Fieldhouse, where Davis was killed.

To remember Davis, a sign was unveiled in his honor as part of the Fallen Officers Legacy Project, which memorializes officers killed in the line of duty. In addition, the Holcomb Carillon bells chimed 10 times in recognition of the 10th anniversary.

Butler President James M. Danko said the community owes Davis a great debt for his bravery and sacrifice.

“I know from his reputation that he was a courageous and kind police officer,” Danko said. “And, I know, from looking at his family members here today, that he was a loving husband and father.”

Josiah Davis, who was 8 at the time of his father’s death and is now a high school senior, said his father was an “optimistic, caring, and strong person,” who loved being a police officer. Josiah thanked the Butler community for being there for him and his family.

“It was a little hard for me to cope with the death of my father,” he said, “but the Butler University community took us all in. They gave me math tutoring, and, whenever I or anyone in my family needed anything, they were there as soon as possible, with big, embracing arms and wide smiles.”


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Butler Hires Real Estate Consultants to Find Retail Tenants for Parking Facility


PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014

Butler University today announced it has retained local real estate consultants CBRE to find high-quality retail tenants to fill 15,000 square feet of space in its new 1,038-space campus parking facility, which will be completed in August 2015. The facility will be built on an existing parking lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road on Sunset Avenue.

Rendering - North“We are excited to work with industry leaders at CBRE to find great tenants to occupy this new facility and provide our students and our neighbors with direct access to restaurants and businesses,” said Butler University President James M. Danko. “Butler has always prided itself on being a vibrant contributor to the Indianapolis community, and we will work closely with CBRE to make sure we continue to uphold that reputation.”

CBRE’s retail leasing efforts will be led by Donna Hovey, Vice President of Retail. Hovey is an experienced retail broker whose practice includes Landlord and Tenant representation. Clients have included Marsh Supermarkets, Regions Bank, Starbucks, and Exxon Mobil.

CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education group will be represented locally by Gordon Hendry, former Director of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis. The group has assisted numerous states, cities, counties, and universities, including at present the states of New York, Maryland, and Florida; cities of Indianapolis; Bloomington, Indiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and George Washington University and The Ohio State University.

“This is an opportunity for CBRE and our team to work with a well-known, highly regarded academic institution that’s a core part of a city neighborhood,” said CBRE Indianapolis office Managing Director John Merrill. “We’ll draw on expertise both from our retail team and our education group to make sure Butler is getting the best deal and the best tenants.”


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Love That Took Root in Holcomb Gardens Finds a New Way to Bloom


PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014

On September 22, 1974, Sharon Leininger ’70 and Michael Nemeroff got married in Holcomb Gardens.

Forty years later, they returned—this time to plant a Japanese maple tree to commemorate their 40th anniversary.

_BS21843“At first, I was going to make this a surprise,” Mike said, “but everything else we’ve done in our marriage has been a partnership. So about a year ago, I asked her, ‘Would you like to do this?’ She thought about it and decided she would, and we made every decision together along the way—which is the way we do everything.”

The Nemeroffs first met in Indianapolis in 1972 when he was in the Army and she was working in politics. “She didn’t like someone like me at the time,” Mike said.

About a year later, they met again, this time in Washington, D.C. “She liked me better then,” he said.

They got married a year later, with Doug Petersen, Nemeroff’s college roommate and a Presbyterian minister, performing the ceremony. On Monday, Petersen was back, along with his wife, Anne, to help the Nemeroffs celebrate.

The tree planting idea was in the works for a year and a half. Mike Nemeroff contacted Graham Honaker, Senior Development Officer, who made the arrangements, which included a sparkling wine toast and flowers.

“It’s a nice way to celebrate 40 years,” Honaker said.

The Nemeroffs, who made a gift to Butler in honor of their anniversary, agreed.

“We’ve raised three kids together—she’s done most of the work—our kids are very successful, and we’ve been happy together the whole time,” Mike said. “Based on a sample of one, I think Butler women are pretty terrific.”

“It was special to be married here,” Sharon said. “This is very lovely.”


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Student Profiles

Representing Butler, It's Pearson in the Press Box

BY Sarvary Koller '15

PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014


Mark Pearson ’16 took the elevator ride most aspiring sports journalists dream of—to the press box at Lucas Oil Stadium to cover Monday Night Football.

michaelPearson sat above the crowds Monday, September 15, alongside seasoned sports reporters to cover the Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles game for BU:30, a Butler University student-run sports media outlet. (See his story here.)

Post-game, he attended a press conference with Colts coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck. He was even granted access to the Colts locker room where he interviewed Trent Richardson, Dwayne Allen and several other Colts players.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Pearson said. “Being able to cover the game from up top and seeing how professionals handle the NFL really benefitted me. And it was awesome to make connections with the players. Being able to ask your own questions and film your own footage is such an experience.”

Pearson had the opportunity to cover the Colts game through his Sports Media major ­– the newest addition to the College of Communication curriculum.

Sports Media Coordinator Eric Esterline said the degree offers students academic and experiential learning in journalism and production with a special focus on the sports industry.

“It will give students a balance of hardcore writing in journalism and that solid background in media production,” Esterline said. “Whether its producing videos and writing stories for BU:30 or working in event production, we’re excited for students to get hands on experience in what they want to do in the sports industry.”

The major just opened to students this fall, but Esterline said the program has already garnered a lot of interest. He said about 10 Butler students transferred into the major from other fields, and nine freshmen matriculated directly into the program.

Pearson shifted to the Sports Media major from the Journalism program. He said it was an easy decision to make.

“It’s been perfect for me, a guy who has always been involved in sports and has always loved sports,” he said. “It goes hand in hand with journalism, but it is specialized in the one area I have always wanted to go into. There was no doubt.”

Esterline said sports media students enrolled in the BU:30 course, JR407, are assigned two sports beats to cover each semester, one in Butler sports and one in professional sports. He worked this summer to arrange student opportunities with local sports teams like the Pacers, the Colts, the Indians, Indy Eleven soccer and Indy Fuel hockey.

Esterline said the program has an advantage in the experiential opportunities it can provide students.

“Butler will always be linked to the sports industry because of the success of men’s basketball,” Esterline said, “but we also have this great network of professional teams right here in Indianapolis. We’re in a big city where we have the opportunity to cover teams like the Colts or the Pacers. We wanted to get students involved in that.”

Pearson said it was an amazing opportunity to cover Monday’s Colts game as a Butler student reporter. While the Colts may have lost, Pearson definitely didn’t.

“Not everybody gets the chance to do this,” Pearson said. “I’m so grateful for this experience. It was such an honor for me to represent Butler at the Colts game in such a positive way.”