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Butler University

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Butler University is a private university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 located in Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 839,489. It is by far Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S...

. Founded in 1855 and named after founder Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler was an attorney, newspaper publisher, and university founder from the state of Indiana, United States.-Personal life:...

, the university offers 60 degree programs to 4,400 students through six colleges: business, communication, education, liberal Arts and sciences, pharmacy and health sciences, and fine arts. It comprises a 290 acres (1.2 km²) campus located seven miles (11 km) from downtown Indianapolis.

Butlers's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 and are collectively known as the Butler Bulldogs
Butler Bulldogs
All but one of Butler University's 19 intercollegiate teams compete in the Horizon League, along with Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Loyola, Milwaukee, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State and Youngstown State...

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Butler University is a private university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 located in Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 839,489. It is by far Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S...

. Founded in 1855 and named after founder Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler was an attorney, newspaper publisher, and university founder from the state of Indiana, United States.-Personal life:...

, the university offers 60 degree programs to 4,400 students through six colleges: business, communication, education, liberal Arts and sciences, pharmacy and health sciences, and fine arts. It comprises a 290 acres (1.2 km²) campus located seven miles (11 km) from downtown Indianapolis.

Butlers's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 and are collectively known as the Butler Bulldogs
Butler Bulldogs
All but one of Butler University's 19 intercollegiate teams compete in the Horizon League, along with Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Loyola, Milwaukee, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State and Youngstown State...

. They are members of the FCS's Pioneer League
Pioneer Football League
The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates in the East, Midwest, and California of the United States. It has member schools that range from New York, North Carolina, and Florida in the east to California in the west. The conference participates in the NCAA's...

 for football
College football
College football refers to American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities...

 but are members of the Horizon League
Horizon League
The Horizon League is a ten school, NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in five of the Midwestern United States....

 for all other sports.

History


On November 1, 1855, Butler University was opened as "North Western Christian University" at 13th street and College Avenue on Indianapolis' near north-side at the eastern edge of the present "Old Northside Historic District" on land provided by attorney
Lawyer
A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person who is practicing law." Law is the system of rules of conduct established by the sovereign government of a society to correct wrongs, maintain the stability of political...

 and university founder Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler
Ovid Butler was an attorney, newspaper publisher, and university founder from the state of Indiana, United States.-Personal life:...

.

In 1930, Butler merged with the Teacher's College of Indianapolis, founded by Eliza Blaker, creating the university's second college. The third college, the College of Business Administration, was established in 1937, and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established in 1945, following a merger that absorbed the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy. The Jordan College of Fine Arts, the university's fifth college, was established in 1951, following a merger with the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. Butler's School of Religion, established in 1924, became independent in 1958 and is currently known as the Christian Theological Seminary
Christian Theological Seminary
Christian Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary related to the Christian Church . It is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and provides eight degree-level education courses...

.

Butler University was founded by members of the Disciples of Christ church, though it was never controlled by the church. The university charter called for "a non-sectarian institution free from the taint of slavery, offering instruction in every branch of liberal and professional education." The university was the first in Indiana and the third in the U.S. to admit both men and women. Butler was also the first university in the United States to endow a chair designated specifically for a woman, the Demia Butler Chair (endowed in 1869). Catharine Merrill
Catharine Merrill
Catharine Merrill was one of the first female university professors in the United States.-Biography:Catharine was born in 1824 in Corydon, Indiana. Her father was Samuel Merrill, an early leading citizen of the state. She studied literature in Germany and taught in Cleveland, Ohio and...

, the first person to hold the chair, became the second woman named to be a professor in an American university. Further, the university established the first professorship in English literature and the first Department of English in the state of Indiana.

Irvington campus


The original location of the school was 13th Street and College Avenue on the near-northside of Indianapolis. In 1875, the university, renamed for Ovid Butler "in recognition of Ovid Butler's inspirational vision, determined leadership, and financial support," moved to a 25 acres (10.1 ha) campus in Irvington, IN. The campus consisted of several buildings, including an observatory, most of which were demolished in 1939. The Bona Thompson Library at the intersection of Downey and University avenues, designed by architects Dupont and Johnson, is the only remaining building, although several buildings that housed faculty still remain, such as the Benton House.

Fairview campus


Enrollment at Butler increased following the end of World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

, prompting the administration to examine the need for a larger campus. The new campus, designed in-part by noted architect George Sheridan, was formed on the site of Fairview Park, a former amusement park on the city's northwest side. Classes began on the 290 acres (117.4 ha) campus in 1928.

Buildings


The first building on the Fairview campus was Arthur Jordan Memorial Hall, designed by Robert Frost Daggett and Thomas Hibben. The structure's Collegiate Gothic style of architecture, created by architect William Tinsley and used on the previous Irvington campus, set the tone for subsequent buildings erected on the campus over the next three decades. Also in 1928, the Butler Fieldhouse (later renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse is a basketball arena located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. When it was built in 1928, it was the largest basketball arena in the United States, and it retained that distinction until 1950. It is the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in...

) was completed after being designed by architect Fermor Spencer Cannon. The building remained the largest indoor sports facility until the mid-1960s. The Religion Building and Sweeney Chapel were completed in 1942. These structures, designed by Burns and James, were remodeled into Robertson Hall in 1966. The building now serves as the university's alumni and admissions offices.

Following World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, construction began on the student center, Atherton Union (designed by McGuire and Shook). This building was remodeled in 1993 and includes an on-campus Starbucks
Starbucks
Starbucks Corporation is an international coffee and coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 17,009 stores in 55 countries, including over 11,000 in the United States, over 1,000 in Canada, over 700 in the United Kingdom, and...

. McGuire and Shook also designed Ross Hall, a dormitory originally designed for men but is now coed, and Schwitzer Hall, a women's dormitory. Art Lindbergh, with help from Daggett, designed the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is a part of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. A small observatory was built on the Butler campus on the east side of Indianapolis...

, which was dedicated in 1955. This building houses Indiana's largest telescope.

Acclaimed architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center
World Trade Center
The original World Trade Center was a complex with seven buildings featuring landmark twin towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. The complex opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. The site is currently being rebuilt with five new...

, designed Irwin Library which opened in 1963 and serves as the university's main library. Also in the early 1960s, Lilly Hall and Clowes Memorial Hall were constructed following the move of the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music to the campus. Clowes was designed by architect Evans Woollen III (Woollen, Molzan and Partners
Woollen, Molzan and Partners
Woollen, Molzan and Partners is a US-based second-generation architecture, interior design, and planning firm. The company was founded in 1955 by Evans Woollen...

) and John Johansen. Ten years following the construction of Clowes and Irwin, the science complex of Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Research Institute (now known as Holcomb Building) were built, completing the "U" shape of academic buildings. The Holcomb Building now houses the College of Business, Ruth Lilly Science Library and Information Technology.

The Residential College ("ResCo"), designed by James and Associates, was the university's last major construction project of the twentieth century. Completed in 1990 the building serves as a cafeteria and a dormitory. In 2001, the Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology was opened to house all of the school's media arts programs. The Fairbanks Center houses two multi-purpose studios for video, television and music production, as well as three professional music and audio recording studios. Early 2004 saw the addition of the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall onto Robertson Hall. The 140-seat concert venue, serves as a showplace for student, faculty, and guest recitals.

Butler built the 85000 square feet (7,896.8 m²) Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) in 2005. The HRC offers a jogging track around a two-court gymnasium, an aquatic complex, free-weight room, cardio and selectorized weight machine area, fitness assessment & massage therapy room, a sauna, two multipurpose rooms, and locker rooms. Outside of the fitness dedicated space, the building houses a conference room, juice bar, and student lounge.

On May 8, 2008, Butler broke ground on a 40000 square feet (3,716.1 m²), four story addition to Pharmacy Building. This building, designed by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, is home to faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories to support Butler's Pharmacy and Physician Assistant (PA) programs.

Other important sites on campus include Holcomb Gardens, 20 acres (80,937.2 m²) gardens containing a statue of Persephone
Persephone (sculpture)
Persephone is an outdoor sculpture by artist Armand Toussaint created ca. 1840. The work sits within the center of a pool in Holcomb Gardens on the grounds of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The sculpture depicts the Greek goddess Persephone...

, a pond, and a local canal; Clowes Memorial Hall; Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse is a basketball arena located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. When it was built in 1928, it was the largest basketball arena in the United States, and it retained that distinction until 1950. It is the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in...

; Irwin Library, designed by Minoru Yamasaki
Minoru Yamasaki
was a Japanese-American architect, best known for his design of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, buildings 1 and 2. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century...

; and Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is a part of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. A small observatory was built on the Butler campus on the east side of Indianapolis...

, home to the largest telescope in Indiana.

Expansion


The Campus Master Plan Draft calls for additions and upgrades to buildings on campus as part of the university's ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities for its students. The projects are separated into three categories: near-term, mid-term, and long-term.

For the Arts & Sciences, near-term projects include an addition to the Holcomb Building to meet the space needs for science, math, and computer science. Also near-term are complete renovations to the floor-plan of Gallahue Hall and the renovation of Holcomb Observatory to upgrade the planetarium and observatory. Mid-term projects include renovations to Jordan Hall to upgrade finishes and increase "community" space. Following the science library's move to Irwin Hall, the space it currently occupies will also be renovated to community and study space.

Student Housing projects call for the near-term building of a new 3-story, 150-bed residence hall behind Schwitzer Hall. Mid-term projects include renovations and infrastructure upgrades to convert Ross and Schwitzer Halls to contemporary standards, renovation of ResCo to upgrade finishes and convert selected areas back into community/gathering spaces, and the construction of remote parking across the canal to expand parking options on the core campus. Long-term projects include the construction of a new 3-story, 150-bed residence hall West of Ross Hall, and a parking structure between Schwitzer Hall and Phi Kappa Psi to expand parking options in the residential zone of the core campus.

Near-term athletics projects include improvements to the Butler Bowl, which are currently under construction, including additional seating, a press box, concessions, restrooms, and lighting. Also in the near-term, Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations include infrastructural and interior upgrades, including the old pool area. Mid-term projects include the addition of a "Bulldog Plaza" on the south end of the Butler Bowl, improvements to the track, and adding lighting, parking, irrigation improvements and a press box to the Canal Field.

Near-term projects for the Jordan College of Fine Arts include construction of a new 450-seat performance hall and sustainable "green" parking improvements tied to the Performance Hall project. In the mid-term, Lilly Hall will be renovated. Long-term plans call for structured parking to the east of Clowes Memorial Hall.

In the mid-term, the top floor of Holcomb Building will be renovated for use by the College of Business Administration, creating directly adjacent space to the College's recently renovated space on the floors below. In the long-term, the College will be relocated to a new building to the north of Irwin Library, placing the College in a highly visible location with parking in close proximity. Further, the Garden House in Holcomb Gardens will be redeveloped into an Executive Education and Conference Center.

Other near-term projects include a relocation of the Information Technology Department to the lower level of the Holcomb Building addition, the relocation of the College of Education to renovated space in what is currently the International School. Mid-term projects include an addition and renovation to Atherton Union and an addition to the south side of Irwin Library and renovating and upgrading finishes within the building. The plan also calls for renovating the space in Jordan Hall vacated by the College of Education. In the long term, the plan calls for the development of a new student union at the south end of the mall.

Academics


Over 55 undergraduate, one first professional and 17 master's degrees are offered in six academic colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Fine Arts. Butler ranks 2nd in the U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2010 for Top Midwestern Master's Universities. The university emphasizes practicality of knowledge and offers individual attention to its students with its small class size and no teaching assistants. Butler University increased its focus on faculty and student research with the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship (BIRS), bolstered by a million dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment. The University also provides student research opportunities, such as the Butler Summer Institute, a 10-week program where Butler students are granted funding to perform independent research with a faculty member.

College of Business Administration


Butler's College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The current Dean of the College is Prof. Chuck Williams. Butler's four year undergraduate business program began in 1937 and offers B.S. degrees in accounting, economics, finance, international management, management information systems, and marketing. The school boasts 650 undergraduates, as well as 300 MBA students. With 35 full-time faculty, 30 adjunct faculty, and 16 Executives-In-Residence, the average class size is 25 students, and no class has more than 50 students.

Butler University College of Business (COB) placed 58th in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of the best U.S. undergraduate business programs for 2011. The only Indianapolis business school in the ranking, Butler CBA received an “A” grade for teaching quality and tied for 13th in Academic Quality ranking, beating out all other Indiana-ranked schools.

Butler Business Accelerator


A unique program in the College–the Butler Business Accelerator–allows students to serve as consultants for central Indiana businesses. Developed through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Accelerator provides students with opportunities to experience business first-hand. Operationally, the Accelerator is a consulting business designed to serve middle market companies in Indiana. Teams led by professional consultants supported by faculty and students work directly with these companies providing a laboratory in which undergraduate and MBA students learn and experience real business problems and situations.

College of Communication


The College of Communication (CCOM) is Butler's newest college. CCOM includes programs run by the Department of Media Arts, the Department of Communication Studies and the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. The mission of the college is to "prepare students for success in our digital and global society. Students will develop the ability to critically analyze and synthesize human and mediated communication, and learn to speak, write and create responsible messages across dynamic communication contexts and media platforms.” The current Dean is Dr. William Neher. Program areas include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Critical Cultural Studies, Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Strategic Communication (Including Public Relations and Advertising), and Media Production & Recording Industry Studies.

Radio and broadcast television


From 1950 until 1994 Butler University owned and operated, what was at one point, the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States, WAJC
WJJK
WJJK is a commercial radio station licensed to Noblesville, Indiana, broadcasting to the Indianapolis, Indiana, area on 104.5 FM. WJJK airs a classic hits music format.Now Broadcasting in HD Radio-History:...

, with an effective radiated power of 48,212 watts and circularly polarized transmitting antennas at 500 feet (152.4 m). In 1993 Butler sold the station and used part of the profit to upgrade the telecommunications (now "media arts") major and improve a donated building to support the program.

The school started WTBU
WTBU
WTBU is a "Part 15" student-managed and -operated radio station at Boston University. This means it is not licensed by the FCC but operates legally under special "low power" rules...

, a PBS member station, on channel 69 in 1988. After competing for years with WFYI for PBS audiences, in 1999 then president Geoffrey Bannister signed an agreement to operate under a joint operating agreement. WFYI later absorbed control of the station, leaving Butler to run the academics. WTBU was eventually sold to the religious Daystar Television Network
Daystar Television Network
The Daystar Television Network is an American evangelical Christian television religious broadcasting network headquartered near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Bedford, Texas...

 in 2005 and now is WDTI
WDTI
WDTI is a religious television station in Indianapolis, Indiana, broadcasting locally on channel 69 as an affiliate of the Daystar Television Network. Prior to 2005, the station was known as WTBU, and was owned by Butler University...

.

College of Education


Butler assimilated the Teachers College of Indianapolis to form a College of Education in 1930. For the past seven years, the College has experienced a 99 percent (or above) placement rate for its students. The current Dean is Prof. Ena Shelley. Undergraduate majors offered through the College are elementary education, middle childhood, middle/secondary education, health & physical education and exercise science, and music education. The College also offers graduate degrees for those who complete the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP), the master's program in school counseling, or the master's program for effective teaching and leadership.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) stresses the importance and centrality of the liberal arts. The current dean is Dr. Jay Howard. Undergraduate programs include African Studies, Actuarial Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, French & Business, Gender Studies, Geography, German, German & Business, History, International Studies, Italian, Mathematics, Peace Studies, Philosophy & Religion, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, Spanish & Business, Urban Affairs, Individualized Major, and Exploratory: Liberal Arts & Sciences. Graduate programs include English Literature, Creative Writing, and History.

Washington Learning Program


Butler University offers students a semester-long academic and internship program in Washington, DC. Because of the wide variety of corporations, government offices, and cultural institutions located in the U.S. Capital, Butler students from any academic major in any college are afforded the opportunity to participate in this program. The program coordinator, Ivo Spalatin, is a veteran of international and political affairs with over 20 years of experience as a senior policymaker in Congress and the State Department. Mr. Spalatin works with students and faculty to individualize each student's experience in D.C. and monitors each student's internship and academic experiences throughout the semester.

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences


The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree that provides eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist. The College also offers a doctor of pharmacy with research emphasis, a graduate program leading to a master of science in pharmaceutical sciences degree, and a doctor of pharmacy/master of business administration program that awards both the Pharm.D. and M.B.A. degrees upon simultaneous completion of the respective degree requirements. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also offers a master of physician assistant studies (M.P.A.S.). The current Dean of the College is Dr. Mary Andritz.

The College of Pharmacy at Butler University originated in 1904 with the founding of the Winona Technical Institute
Winona College
Winona College was a university college in Winona Lake, Indiana. It was founded somewhere between 1902-1905. It consisted of a Liberal Arts College and the Winona Agricultural and Technical Institute with the College and the Agricultural Institute at Winona Lake and the Winona Technical Institute...

. The institute was insolvent by 1910 and the Indianapolis Public Schools
Indianapolis Public Schools
Indianapolis Public Schools, abbreviated locally as IPS, is the largest school district in Indianapolis as well as in the state of Indiana with 33,372 students enrolled in 2009-2010...

 incorporated the pharmacy department for a time. In December 1914, the pharmacy department separated to become the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy (ICP). In 1930 the ICP became one of the first pharmacy colleges to create a four-year baccalaureate curriculum. In 1945 Butler and the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy merged, and erected a new building on Butler's campus in 1950. The building, with its fully mediated classrooms and state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, was completely renovated in 2008-2009. The name of the college was changed to College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences when the Physician Assistant program was developed in 1995.

The Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. By completion of the doctor of pharmacy curriculum, its graduates fulfill the educational requirements for examination and licensure as pharmacists in every state in the nation. The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual educational rankings listed the Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 56th in the country in a listing of the top pharmacy colleges.

Upon completion of the pharmacy program, students are eligible to take the North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam ( NAPLEX), the national examination which leads to the licensure as a pharmacist. The passing rate for Butler pharmacy students on the NAPLEX is consistently above the national average, and in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 and 2008 it was 100%. The college has the 7th highest board pass rates in the country, and is the #1 private institution with a 99.26% passing rate.

Butler's Physician Assistant Program is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association and is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program must sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), the successful completion of which provides one the criteria for licensure or regulation.

Jordan College of Fine Arts


The history of the Jordan College of Fine Arts (JCFA) extends from the year 1895, when the Metropolitan School of Music was founded. That school merged in 1928 with the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts to become the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music, which was located at 3419 North Pennsylvania Street, currently a condo complex called "Charmwood". Classes were held in the mansion, and the surrounding auxiliary building, which was built in 1925 to match the mansion, held the dormitories.

In 1951, after 23 years of close affiliation, the conservatory became a part of Butler University as Jordan College of Music. The name was changed to the Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978.

JCFA's stated mission is to educate students in the arts as professions by means of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Jordan College of Fine Arts offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, including degrees in Arts Administration, Dance, Dance-Performance, Dance-Pedagogy, Theatre, Recording Industry Studies, Multimedia, Electronic Media, Music Education, Music Composition, Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, Lyric Theatre, Music Performance, and Voice Performance. The Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Department of Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The current Dean of the College is Prof. Ronald Caltabiano.

Theatre program


Butler's Department of Theatre is known for producing works not commonly seen elsewhere. Focusing on physical and international theatre, Butler has staged experimental interpretations of Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett
Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet. He wrote both in English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.Beckett is widely regarded as among the most...

, a complete season of Caryl Churchill
Caryl Churchill
Caryl Churchill is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, the abuses of power, and sexual politics. She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language and a leading female writer...

  Each summer a professional artist is invited to present a two-week intensive course on a topic not covered in the usual academic text. This has included work with Italian and Russian directors, an Indian classical dancer, Australian installation artists and a multi-national montage performance group.

Institute for Study Abroad


The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler)
Institute for Study Abroad
The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University is a nonprofit study abroad provider for U.S. and Canadian college students...

 is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 at Butler University. Its stated primary goal is "to provide quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad." While the Institute for Study Abroad is affiliated with Butler University, it is not a department of the university. IFSA-Butler currently operates programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. IFSA-Butler has awarded millions of dollars in merit-based and need-based scholarships over the past five years. Awards range from $500 to $5,000. Once a student finishes his or her study abroad program, Butler University processes the student's official transcript, with grade and credit translations, at no additional cost. Most colleges and universities in the U.S. treat the Butler University transcript as transfer credit.

Athletics



Butler University's athletic teams, known as the Bulldogs
Butler Bulldogs
All but one of Butler University's 19 intercollegiate teams compete in the Horizon League, along with Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Loyola, Milwaukee, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State and Youngstown State...

, compete in the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 Division I Horizon League
Horizon League
The Horizon League is a ten school, NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in five of the Midwestern United States....

 and compete at the Football Championship Series level in the Pioneer Football League
Pioneer Football League
The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates in the East, Midwest, and California of the United States. It has member schools that range from New York, North Carolina, and Florida in the east to California in the west. The conference participates in the NCAA's...

. In the past decade, Butler teams have captured 26 conference championships (in four different leagues). The Bulldogs have made appearances in NCAA National Championship Tournaments in men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, volleyball, men's cross country, lacrosse, and baseball. Butler won the James J. McCafferty trophy, awarded annually by the conference for all-sports excellence based on conference championship points, seven times, including three-straight from 1996-97 to 1998-99 and back-to-back years in 2001-02 and 2002–03, 2006–07, and 2009-10.

Men's basketball


The Butler program has been one of the most successful "mid-major
Mid-major
Mid-major is a term used in American Division I college sports, to refer to athletic conferences that are not among the major six conferences...

" basketball programs over the last decade, having won at least 20 games and reached postseason play eight of the last ten seasons, including six NCAA Tournament
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single-elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 68 college basketball teams, to determine the national championship in the top tier of college basketball...

 appearances. Butler also holds two national championships in men's basketball from the pre-tournament era; one from 1924 (earned via the AAU national tournament), and one from 1929 (selected by the Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia).

In 2010
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
The first and second round games were played at the following sites:*March 18 / 20*March 25 / 27*March 26 / 28Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 3 and 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium, hosted by the Horizon League and Butler University, as per the NCAA's...

, Butler was runner-up to Duke
Duke University
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco industrialist James B...

, after advancing all the way to the National Championship after defeating Michigan State in the Final Four
Final four
Final Four isa sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament, most notably NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments. The term usually refers to the four teams who compete in the two games of a single-elimination tournament's semi-final round...

. With a total enrollment of only 4,500 students, Butler is the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. In 2011
2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
The following sites were selected to host each round of the 2011 tournament:First Four*March 15 and 16**University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OhioSecond and third rounds*March 17 and 19**Verizon Center, Washington, D.C....

, the Bulldogs advanced to a second consecutive Championship appearance after defeating Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university located in Richmond, Virginia. It comprises two campuses in the Downtown Richmond area, the product of a merger between the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia in 1968...

 in the Final Four. In the 2011 title game, Butler lost to the University of Connecticut.

Butler has the best winning percentage and most wins of all D-I men's basketball programs in the state of Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

 over the last decade (21.6 wins per year through 2006), while having won the last six meetings with in-state rival Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. The program competes in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I. The school holds two national championships in...

 and two of the last four against Indiana
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Indiana University . The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the NCAA. The Hoosiers play on Branch McCracken Court at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on the IU...

. Butler defeated both Notre Dame and Indiana during the 2006-07 regular season, while also defeating in-state rival Purdue to move to 2-0 against the Boilermakers this decade. Butler has also been the defending champion of the Hoosier Classic men's basketball tournament since the 2001-02 season, and has advanced to postseason play nine of the last eleven years (7 NCAAs, 2 NITs). Butler has been to nine NCAA Tournaments and three NIT's since 1997.

Football


Over the course of 60 seasons from 1934 to 1994, Bulldog football teams have won 31 conference championships. This includes seven straight Indiana Collegiate Conference titles from 1934 to 1940, league titles in 1946, 1947, 1952, and 1953, and seven straight from 1958 to 1964, all under the late great Tony Hinkle. Following the move from the College Division to NCAA Division II, Butler won 4 straight conference championships from 1972 to 1975, and in 1977, all under the guidance of Bill Sylvester, Sr. Butler went on to win league titles in 1983, 1985, and three straight from 1987 to 1989, under coach Bill Lynch. The Bulldogs also went to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1983 and 1988. Butler and fellow HCC member schools joined with the Great Lakes Valley Conference to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (now the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Butler football dominance continued in this new conference with MIFC Conference Championships in both 1991 and 1992. These championships included a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1991 pairing Butler against eventual Division II champion Pittsburgh State.

Following the 1992 season, Butler and member school Valparaiso moved up to NCAA Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) to join with Dayton, Drake, Evansville, and San Diego to form the Pioneer Football League
Pioneer Football League
The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates in the East, Midwest, and California of the United States. It has member schools that range from New York, North Carolina, and Florida in the east to California in the west. The conference participates in the NCAA's...

. Butler won another conference championship in 1994. In this era, "the Dawgs" were led by the great Arnold Mickens who broke numerous NCAA Division I rushing records, including eight straight 200 yard performances during the campaign. In 2009, Butler won its 32nd league title by winning the Pioneer Football League championship under coach Jeff Voris. The Bulldogs set a school record with 11 wins and went to the Gridiron Classic winning over Central Connecticut State 28-23.

Hoosier Helmet Trophy


The Hoosier Helmet was established as the trophy helmet for the rivalry football game played between Butler and Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a regionally accredited private university located in the city of Valparaiso in the U.S. state of Indiana. Founded in 1859, it consists of five undergraduate colleges, a graduate school, a nursing school and a law school...

. The Hoosier Helmet was created prior to the 2006 season to commemorate the football rivalry that has existed since 1921. The helmet trophy was created to further intensify the rivalry between these two teams. A group of Butler players, along with their head coach, Jeff Voris
Jeff Voris
Jeff Voris is a college football coach at Butler University and former quarterback at DePauw University. As of completion of the 2009 season, his head career coaching record is 39 wins and 55 losses.-Player accomplishments:...

, came up with the idea for the helmet. After Valparaiso head coach Stacey Adams agreed to play for the helmet, Butler equipment manager John Harding put the helmet together.

The white helmet is mounted on a hardwood plaque and features each team's logo on respective sides of the helmet. A gold plate is added each year to commemorate the winner and score of the contest. Currently, Butler holds a 4-1 series lead when playing for the Hoosier Helmet. Both Butler and Valparaiso compete in the NCAA FCS (formerly division 1-AA), non-scholarship Pioneer Football League
Pioneer Football League
The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates in the East, Midwest, and California of the United States. It has member schools that range from New York, North Carolina, and Florida in the east to California in the west. The conference participates in the NCAA's...

.

Men's soccer


Butler's men's soccer qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2009, and 2010, reaching the round of 16 in 1995 and 1998. Butler won the Horizon League (formerly the MCC) tournament title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2010. They also won or shared the regular season title seven times, including 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 1998 squad enjoyed national rankings as high as No. 8 in the country, and the 2010 squad finished the regular season as the only undefeated team nationally and were ranked as high as No. 6 in the country.

Men's ice hockey


In 2000, the Butler University Club Hockey Team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association
American Collegiate Hockey Association
The American Collegiate Hockey Association is the national governing body of non-varsity college ice hockey in the U.S. The organization provides structure, regulations, promotes the quality of play, sponsors National Awards and National Tournaments....

's Division III National Championship, beating national runner-up Georgia Tech. The tournament was hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy. Butler currently competes in the Midwestern Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Cross country


Some of Butler's most notable athletic accomplishments have come in Cross Country. Butler has won 13 straight Horizon League Championships in Men's Cross Country and 8 of the last 9 Women's Championships. The Men's team has placed as high as 4th in the nation in recent years, earning a team trophy at the NCAA Division I championships in 2004. Both teams have frequently qualified for nationals in recent years, placing individuals as high as 3rd (Mark Tucker, 2003). All-Americans from the Butler Cross Country Team include Julius Mwangi, Justin Young, Fraser Thompson (A Rhodes Scholar), Mark Tucker, Olly Laws, and Andrew Baker. Former coach, Joe Franklin, was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year for leading the Bulldogs to their 2004 4th place finish.

The Butler Bowl and Hinkle Fieldhouse



From Butler's earliest days, athletics played a major role in shaping Butler University. When the school moved to its current Fairview campus location, two of the first structures completed were a 15,000-seat fieldhouse and a 36,000-seat football stadium. The football stadium, which came to be known as the Butler Bowl
Butler Bowl
Butler Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It opened in 1928 and is home to the Butler University Bulldogs football and soccer teams. The original seating in the Butler Bowl was 36,000. It held games against the likes of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame and...

, is home to Butler's football and men's and women's soccer teams. The stadium was downsized to a 20,000-seat stadium in the mid-1950s, and later seating dropped to below 6,000. Recent changes to the Butler Bowl and its landscape have included removal of the Hilton U. Brown Theatre in 2004, installation of a synthetic turf playing surface in fall 2005 and the addition of the Apartment Village on the east side of the complex in 2006. Construction has begun on a major renovation at the Butler Bowl that will include building a brick press box with multi-use booths and new seating on the west and east sides of the playing surface. The renovation of the facility will increase the seating capacity to 5,647 with the addition of new bleacher seats along the west side of the field and a section of seating for visiting fans on the east side. The brick press box will be approximately 40 yards long, reaching between the field’s two 30-yard lines. The main level will have home and visitor radio booths along with private booths for home and visiting coaches. Also, there will be an expanded area for game operations and the top level will house a video booth and an observation deck.

The fieldhouse, which was the largest of its kind when it was completed in 1928, is a historical landmark. The Butler Fieldhouse, which was renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse is a basketball arena located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. When it was built in 1928, it was the largest basketball arena in the United States, and it retained that distinction until 1950. It is the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in...

 in 1966, came to symbolize not only Butler athletics, but also Indiana "Hoosier Hysteria." The building became the combined home of Butler basketball and the Indiana High School state tournament. The legends of Indiana basketball, from Oscar Robertson to George McGinnis to Larry Bird, all played in the Fieldhouse at one time or another. In 1954, Hinkle Fieldhouse was the site of the historic final when Milan
Milan, Indiana
Milan is a town in Franklin and Washington townships, Ripley County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,899 at the 2010 census.The town's name is pronounced differently from the English name for the Italian city of the same name....

 High School (enrollment 161) defeated Muncie
Muncie, Indiana
Muncie is a city in Center Township, Delaware County in east central Indiana, best known as the home of Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. It is the principal city of the Muncie, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 118,769...

 Central High School (enrollment over 1,600) to win the state title. The state final depicted in the 1986 movie Hoosiers
Hoosiers
Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film about a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship....

, loosely based on the Milan Miracle story, was shot in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Student life


Students at Butler University participate in more than 115 student organizations and dozens of club and intramural sports, and many multi-cultural programs and services.

Greek organizations


Greek Life is a popular option at Butler with approximately 35% of undergraduates becoming members of social fraternities or sororities. Fraternities and sororities have long been a part of student life at Butler, with the first fraternity established in 1859 and the first sorority established in 1874. Today, representatives from each of the seven fraternities comprise the Interfraternity Council (IFC), which coordinates men's recruitment and works with the Panhellenic Council to plan all-campus events. The Panhellenic Council has representatives from each of Butler's seven sororities and women's fraternities.

Interfraternity Council chapters

  • Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta is a U.S.-based international secret letter college fraternity. Delta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 at Bethany College, Bethany, Virginia, . It currently has around 125 student chapters nationwide, as well as more than 25 regional alumni groups. Its national community service...

     - Beta Zeta Chapter (est. 1878)
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Lambda Chi Alpha is one of the largest men's secret general fraternities in North America, having initiated more than 280,000 members and held chapters at more than 300 universities. It is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and was founded by Warren A. Cole, while he was a...

     - Alpha Alpha Chapter (est. 1914)
  • Phi Delta Theta
    Phi Delta Theta
    Phi Delta Theta , also known as Phi Delt, is an international fraternity founded at Miami University in 1848 and headquartered in Oxford, Ohio. Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi form the Miami Triad. The fraternity has about 169 active chapters and colonies in over 43 U.S...

     - Indiana Gamma Chapter (est. 1859)
  • Phi Kappa Psi
    Phi Kappa Psi
    Phi Kappa Psi is an American collegiate social fraternity founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1852. There are over a hundred chapters and colonies at accredited four year colleges and universities throughout the United States. More than 112,000 men have been...

     - Indiana Zeta Chapter (est. 1971)
  • Sigma Chi
    Sigma Chi
    Sigma Chi is the largest and one of the oldest college Greek-letter secret and social fraternities in North America with 244 active chapters and more than . Sigma Chi was founded on June 28, 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio when members split from Delta Kappa Epsilon...

     - Rho Chapter (est. 1865)
  • Sigma Nu
    Sigma Nu
    Sigma Nu is an undergraduate, college fraternity with chapters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia...

     - Epsilon Mu Chapter (est. 1926)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
    Tau Kappa Epsilon
    Tau Kappa Epsilon is a college fraternity founded on January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University with chapters in the United States, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent...

     - Gamma Psi Chapter (est. 1951)

Panhellenic Council chapters

  • Alpha Chi Omega
    Alpha Chi Omega
    Alpha Chi Omega is a women's fraternity founded on October 15, 1885. Currently, there are 135 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities across the United States and more than 200,000 lifetime members...

     - Alpha Chi Chapter
  • Alpha Phi
    Alpha Phi
    Alpha Phi International Women's Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University on September 18, 1872. Alpha Phi currently has 152 active chapters and over 200,000 initiated members. Its celebrated Founders' Day is October 10. It was the third Greek-letter organization founded for women. In Alpha...

     - Epsilon Beta Chapter
  • Delta Delta Delta
    Delta Delta Delta
    Delta Delta Delta , also known as Tri Delta, is an international sorority founded on November 27, 1888, the eve of Thanksgiving Day. With over 200,000 initiates, Tri Delta is one of the world's largest NPC sororities.-History:...

     - Delta Lambda Chapter
  • Delta Gamma
    Delta Gamma
    Delta Gamma is one of the oldest and largest women's fraternities in the United States and Canada, with its Executive Offices based in Columbus, Ohio.-History:...

     - Alpha Tau Chapter
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
    Kappa Kappa Gamma
    Kappa Kappa Gamma is a collegiate women's fraternity, founded at Monmouth College, in Monmouth, Illinois, USA. Although the groundwork of the organization was developed as early as 1869, the 1876 Convention voted that October 13, 1870 should be recognized at the official Founders Day, because no...

     - Mu Chapter (est. 1878)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
    Kappa Alpha Theta
    Kappa Alpha Theta , also known as Theta, is an international fraternity for women founded on January 27, 1870 at DePauw University, formerly Indiana Asbury...

     - Gamma Chapter
  • Pi Beta Phi
    Pi Beta Phi
    Pi Beta Phi is an international fraternity for women founded as I.C. Sorosis on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Its headquarters are located in Town and Country, Missouri, and there are 134 active chapters and over 330 alumnae organizations across the United States and...

     - Indiana Gamma Chapter (est. 1897)

National Panhellenic Council chapters


On February 14, 1920, the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha was established in Indianapolis. On Sunday, November 12, 1922, the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho was founded at Butler. In Indianapolis, most NPHC undergraduate chapters are city-wide chapters, meaning that the chapter is composed of students from more than one university. However, the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is composed only of Butler students.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
    Alpha Kappa Alpha
    Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle...

     - Kappa Chapter* (est. 1920)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
    Sigma Gamma Rho
    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana...

     - Alpha Chapter (est. 1922)**

**Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded November 12, 1922, at Butler University by seven school teachers. The sorority has its beginnings on the Irvington campus of Butler University. A commemorative stained glass window is located just outside the tower room at the south end of Atherton Union, as well as decorative bricks on the right side of Atherton.

Service, honorary and professional fraternities

  • Alpha Kappa Psi
    Alpha Kappa Psi
    ΑΚΨ is the oldest and largest professional business fraternity. The Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded on October 5, 1904 at New York University, and was incorporated on May 20, 1905...

    , National Professional Business Society
  • Alpha Phi Omega
    Alpha Phi Omega
    Alpha Phi Omega is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members...

    , National Coed Service Fraternity
  • Alpha Psi Omega
    Alpha Psi Omega
    Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society is an American recognition honor society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre. The Alpha Cast was founded at Fairmont State College on August 12, 1925 by professor Paul F...

    , Theatre Honorary Society, Omicron Epsilon Chapter
  • Kappa Delta Pi
    Kappa Delta Pi
    Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 and was one of the first discipline-specific honor societies. Its membership is limited to the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education. Kappa Delta Pi claims over 600 chapters across North America and...

    , National Honorary Society in Education
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
    Kappa Kappa Psi
    Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternity for college and university band members. It was founded on November 27, 1919 at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in Stillwater, Oklahoma. William Scroggs, now regarded as the "Founder," together with "Mr. Kappa Kappa Psi" A...

    , National Honorary Band Society, Alpha Beta Chapter
  • Kappa Psi
    Kappa Psi
    Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, is both the oldest and largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world. It was founded on May 30, 1879, by F. Harvey Smith on the campus of Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. The Central Office of Kappa Psi is located...

    , National Professional Society in Pharmacy
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma
    Lambda Kappa Sigma
    ΛKΣ headquartered in Muskego, Wisconsin is an international pharmacy fraternity founded in 1913 by Ethel J. Heath and eight other female students at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy...

    , International Fraternity of Women in Pharmacy
  • Lambda Pi Eta
    Lambda Pi Eta
    Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association . As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies , Lambda Pi Eta has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at...

    , National Communication Honorary Society, Upsilon Delta Chapter (est. 2007)
  • Mu Phi Epsilon
    Mu Phi Epsilon
    Mu Phi Epsilon is a co-ed international professional music fraternity and honor society. It boasts over 75,000 members in 128 collegiate chapters and 74 alumni chapters in the US and abroad.-History:...

    , Professional Music Education Society
  • Order of Omega
    Order of Omega
    The Order of Omega is an undergraduate Greek society recognizing "fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-fraternity activities." It functions as an adjunct to traditional fraternal organizations, rather than a social or professional group in se...

    , National Greek Leadership Society, Nu Upsilon Chapter (est. 1993)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
    Pi sigma alpha
    Pi Sigma Alpha , the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science...

    , National Political Science Honorary Society, Sigma Gamma Chapter
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
    Sigma Alpha Iota
    Sigma Alpha Iota , International Music Fraternity for Women. Formed to "uphold the highest standards of music" and "to further the development of music in America and throughout the world", it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public...

    , International Women's Music Fraternity
  • Sigma Delta Pi
    Sigma Delta Pi
    Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society , was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California at Berkeley. Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón...

    , National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Delta Upsilon Chapter
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
    Sigma Pi Sigma
    Sigma Pi Sigma is the National Physics Honor Society. It strives to promote physics at all stages, to promote fraternity between those who excel at physics, and to promote service among its members. It is closely associated with the Society of Physics Students .- External links :*...

    , Physics Honorary Society
  • Sigma Rho Delta, National Dance Society, Alpha Chapter (est. 1967)
  • Tau Beta Sigma
    Tau Beta Sigma
    Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and university bands. The Sorority, headquartered at the historic Stillwater Station in Stillwater, Oklahoma, numbers over 3,500 active members in 145 active chapters, and over 40,000 alumni...

    , National Honorary Band Society, Epsilon Chapter (est. 1946)
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon : International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, is the first and only existing one of its kind....

    , Computer and Information Honorary Society (est. 2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honor Society (est. 2009)
  • Phi Delta Chi
    Phi Delta Chi
    Phi Delta Chi, was founded on 2 November 1883 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by 11 men, led by Dean Albert B. Prescott. The fraternity was formed to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its brothers, now both male...

    , National Professional Pharmacy Society, Alpha Phi Chapter (est. 1955)
  • Phi Eta Sigma
    Phi Eta Sigma
    Phi Eta Sigma is an American freshman honor society. Founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923, is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than three hundred chapters throughout the United States and more than 1 million members.-Eligibility:Any first-year...

    , National Honorary Society for Freshmen
  • Phi Lambda Sigma, National Pharmacy Honorary Society, Pi Chapter
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music...

    , National Music Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Chapter
  • Rho Chi, Professional Honorary Society for Students and Professors of Pharmacy, Alpha Phi Chapter (est. 1953)
  • Psi Chi
    Psi Chi
    Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. With over 1,050 chapters, Psi Chi is one of the largest honor societies in the United States...

    , International Honor Society in Psychology (est. 1997)

Spiritual organizations


The Center for Faith and Vocation (known locally as "The Blue House") is the hub for campus faith communities. The CFV helps students connect their spiritual journeys with career goals. The CFV places students in internship experiences to help determine their vocation. The Faculty/Staff Workshop - held twice a year - trains staff and faculty on how to help students live lives of purpose and meaning.

Faith Communities on campus:
  • Butler Catholic Community
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Grace Unlimited
  • Hillel
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Orthodox Christian Association
  • Voices of Deliverance
  • Young Life

Notable alumni


  • C. Kevin Wanzer (international motivational speaker and comedian)
  • Ed Carpenter (IndyCar Series Driver)
  • Barry S. Collier
    Barry Collier (basketball coach)
    Barry Collier is an American former college basketball coach. He is currently the athletic director at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was previously head men's basketball coach at Butler and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.-References:...

     (current Butler University Athletic Director and former Head Basketball Coach at Butler and Nebraska)
  • Arthur C. Cope
    Arthur C. Cope
    Arthur C. Cope was a highly successful and influential organic chemist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is credited with the development of several important chemical reactions which bear his name including the Cope elimination and the Cope rearrangement.Cope was born on June...

     (American chemist and originator of the Cope elimination and Cope rearrangement
    Cope rearrangement
    The Cope rearrangement is an extensively studied organic reaction involving the [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement of 1,5-dienes. It was developed by Arthur C. Cope...

    )
  • Kevin Calabro
    Kevin Calabro
    Kevin Calabro is an American play-by-play announcer and talk show host for 710 ESPN Seattle. The Kevin Calabro Show airs from 3-6p PT and features cohost and Seattle P-I columnist Jim Moore, as well as ESPN Senior NFL Writer and Analyst John Clayton...

      (A play-by-play announcer in basketball and Seattle sports radio host)
  • George Daugherty
    George Daugherty
    George Daugherty is an Irish-American conductor, director, producer, and writer.Daugherty has conducted international ballet companies and most of America's major symphony orchestras, and has continuing guest conducting relationships with the Cleveland Orchestra , the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los...

     (Conductor of major American and International symphony orchestras; Emmy Winner and 5 time Emmy nominee.)
  • Scott Drew
    Scott Drew
    -References:...

     (Baylor University men's basketball coach)
  • Sarah Fisher
    Sarah Fisher
    Sarah Marie Fisher is a retired American professional racecar driver who competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500...

     (attended; IndyCar Series Driver)
  • Gordon Hayward
    Gordon Hayward
    Gordon Daniel Hayward , is an American basketball player for the Utah Jazz. He played college basketball at Butler University in Indianapolis for two seasons before leaving for the NBA. Hayward emerged as a superstar in his sophomore year, leading his team to a runner-up finish in the 2010 NCAA...

     (National Basketball Association - Utah Jazz)
  • Matt Howard
    Matt Howard (basketball)
    Matt Howard is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays with Olympiacos of Piraeus, Greece. Previously, he played college basketball with the Butler Bulldogs...

     (HEBA A1, Greece - Olympiacos)
  • Robert M. Jacobson
    Robert M. Jacobson
    Robert Martin Jacobson is the former chair of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a full professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He still regularly sees young patients as a member of the Division of Community Pediatric and...

     (Chair of Pediatrics Mayo Clinic)
  • Dan Johnson (MLB - Tampa Bay Rays
    Tampa Bay Rays
    The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of MLB's American League. Since their inception in , the club has played at Tropicana Field...

     Infielder/ DH)
  • Jim Jones
    Jim Jones
    James Warren "Jim" Jones was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, which is best known for the November 18, 1978 mass suicide of 909 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana along with the killings of five other people at a nearby airstrip.Jones was born in Indiana and started the Temple in...

     (notorious founder of the Peoples Temple
    Peoples Temple
    Peoples Temple was a religious organization founded in 1955 by Jim Jones that, by the mid-1970s, included over a dozen locations in California including its headquarters in San Francisco...

    )
  • David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan, Ph.D., LL.D. was a leading eugenicist, ichthyologist, educator and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and Stanford University.-Early life and education:...

     (PhD, President of Indiana University and first president of Stanford University)
  • Todd Lickliter
    Todd Lickliter
    Todd Lickliter is a basketball coach. He was the head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and Butler University Bulldogs men's basketball team. In 2011 he became an assistant coach at Miami .-Early years:...

     (Former University of Iowa Men's Basketball Head Coach and former Butler Basketball Head Coach)
  • Mark Longerbone  (LIN Media Hub Programming Coordinator & Assistant Satellite Coordinator)
  • Mark Lovat
    Mark Lovat
    -Biography:Lovat was born in Pocatello, Idaho. He is the son of former Packers assistant coach and Utah Utes head coach Tom Lovat. Lovat graduated from Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana where he was a member of a state champion football team and captain of a state champion baseball team...

     (NFL - Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay Packers
    The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

     Strength and Conditioning Coordinator)
  • Peter Lupus
    Peter Lupus
    Peter Lupus is an American bodybuilder and actor of Syrian ancestry. He attended the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University, where he also played football and basketball, graduating in 1954...

     (American bodybuilder and actor)
  • Robert Marshall
    Robert Marshall
    Robert Marshall may refer to:* Robert Marshall , former basketball coach at the University of Richmond* Robert Marshall was a businessman and politician in New Brunswick, Canada...

     (attended; international speed skater)
  • Thad Matta
    Thad Matta
    Thad Matta is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team. He was hired as the 13th head coach in Ohio State history on July 7, 2004 after the school had fired previous coach Jim O'Brien...

     (Ohio State Men's Basketball Head Coach and former Butler Basketball Head Coach)
  • Pat Neshek
    Pat Neshek
    Patrick J. Neshek is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. Neshek is a graduate of Park Center Senior High School in Minnesota and of Butler University.-Early career:...

     (MLB - Minnesota Twins
    Minnesota Twins
    The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The team is named after the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the...

     Pitcher)
  • Harry S. New
    Harry Stewart New
    Harry Stewart New was a U.S. politician, journalist, and Spanish-American War veteran.-Biography:Harry Stewart New was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 31, 1858, the son of John C. New and his wife, Melissa New...

     (U.S. Senator from Indiana and Postmaster General)
  • Johann Sebastian Paetsch
    Johann Sebastian Paetsch
    Johann Sebastian Paetsch is an American cellist and musician.-Early musical education:Paetsch began his cello studies with his father, Günther Paetsch , at the age of 5, and gave his first recital when he was 6 years old...

     (musician and cellist)
  • Bobby Plump
    Bobby Plump
    Bobby Plump was a member of the Milan High School basketball team that won the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Tournament in 1954. Plump was named one of the Most Noteworthy Hoosiers of the 20th century by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine...

     (Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, and hero of the 1954 Milan High School team
    1954 Milan High School basketball team
    The 1954 Milan High School Indians were the Indiana state high school basketball champions in 1954. With an enrollment of only 161, the Indians were the smallest school ever to win a single-class state basketball title in Indiana. The team and town are the inspiration for the 1986 film Hoosiers...

     whose story provided the basis for the 1986 film Hoosiers
    Hoosiers
    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film about a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship....

    .)
  • George Ryan
    George Ryan
    George Homer Ryan, Sr. was the 39th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. Ryan became nationally known when in 2000 he imposed a moratorium on executions and "raised the national debate on capital punishment"...

     (former Illinois Governor)
  • Avriel Shull
    Avriel Shull
    Avriel Shull was a famous Indiana designer/builder best known for her stunning mid-century modern designs, especially revolutionary given the predominantly traditional tastes of mid-century Indiana.Shull was born Avriel Joy Christie in Carmel, IN...

     (Notable Mid-Century Modern architect)
  • Ben Sippola
    Ben Sippola
    Ben Sippola is an American soccer player who played for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.-College and Amateur:Sippola attended Mahtomedi Senior High School in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, and then Shattuck-St...

     (Major League Soccer - Columbus Crew)
  • Jay Stewart
    Jay Stewart
    Jay Fix , known professionally as Jay Stewart, was an American television and radio announcer known primarily for his work on game shows. One of his longest-lasting roles was as the announcer on the game show Let's Make a Deal, which he announced throughout the 1960s and 1970s...

     (Television and radio announcer)
  • Kurt Vonnegut
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a 20th century American writer. His works such as Cat's Cradle , Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions blend satire, gallows humor and science fiction. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.-Early...

     (attended, honorary degree)
  • Marguerite Young
    Marguerite Young
    Marguerite Vivian Young was an American author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism. Her work evinced an interest in social issues and environmentalism....

     (author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism)

Notable faculty

  • Igor Buketoff
    Igor Buketoff
    Igor Buketoff was an American conductor, arranger and teacher. He had a special affinity with Russian music and with Sergei Rachmaninoff in particular. He also strongly promoted British contemporary music, and new music in general.- Biography :Buketoff was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son...

    , conductor and teacher
  • Gordon Clark
    Gordon Clark
    Gordon Haddon Clark was an American philosopher and Calvinist theologian. He was a primary advocate for the idea of presuppositional apologetics and was chairman of the Philosophy Department at Butler University for 28 years...

    , philosopher and Calvinist theologian
  • Jerry Farrell, mathematics professor best-known for designing some famous New York Times crossword puzzles, such as 1996 "Election Day"
  • Joe Franklin
    Joe Franklin
    Joe Franklin is an American radio and television personality. From New York City, Franklin is sometimes credited with hosting the first television talk show...

    , 2004 NCAA Division I Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle, developed the orange basketball
  • Matt Pivec
    Matt Pivec
    Matt Pivec is a saxophonist and the director of Jazz Studies at Butler University.-Work:Pivec has been a prolific saxophonist working with several leading musicians and musical groups including Ray Charles, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, Julia...

    , Saxophonist
  • Michael Schelle
    Michael Schelle
    Michael Schelle , born January 22, 1950 in Philadelphia, is an award-winning composer of contemporary concert music. He is also a conductor, author and teacher. Schelle grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, where he studied piano and conducting with Walter Schroeder. After receiving a...

    , composer and teacher
  • Jon Sorenson
    Jon Sorenson
    Jonathan "Jon" Sorenson is an American academic and educator and the chair of the computer science department at Butler University.-Biography:...

    , mathematician and head of the computer science department
  • Marvin Scott
    Marvin Scott
    Marvin Scott is a politician in Indianapolis, and unsuccessful 2010 Republican candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th Congressional District. He was previously the unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana in 2004 against incumbent...

    , professor and unsuccessful political candidate

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