Dr. Kimberly Krull will be new Butler President

The Butler Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, June 20, 2013 to discuss the presidential search finalists, input from the Advisory Committee and attendees of the public forums held with each finalist, and input of Trustees after the Board’s interviews of the two finalists. The third finalist, Dr. Ann Valentine, withdrew her application prior to the Board of Trustees’ meeting.The story at the Wichita Business Journal. 
Following discussion in Executive Session, the publicly-elected governing board directed the college attorney to negotiate a contract to hire Dr. Kimberly Krull, currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, as Butler’s new president. After contract negotiation, a start date will be announced. Dr. Karla Fisher, Vice President of Academics and Interim President, will continue in the dual role until the new president assumes office.
The search process was facilitated by Gold Hill Associates, working with a Board-appointed fifteen member Advisory Committee consisting of community and business leaders, faculty, staff, and students.   The search process and time line, and information on the finalists, has been available on the college’s website.
Ron Engelbrecht, Trustee and the Chair of the Advisory Committee said, “this was a very thorough search process which yielded three excellent finalists. Dr. Krull is an outstanding leader who will continue the good work of our retired President, Jackie Vietti.”
Board Chairperson Greg Joyce thanked the advisory committee and search consultant for their diligence and commitment and noted, “Butler Community College is an excellent resource for our communities and business partners, and Dr. Krull is a strong president who will guide our faculty, staff, and students in continuing Butler’s forward momentum and tradition of excellence.”
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Catch the fever of Butler’s #socialMadness

The only cure is more retweets…or likes

If you can read this, it means you can vote for Butler in the Wichita Business Journal’s (@ICTBizJournal) Social Media Madness contest.

In short, we’re competing against seven other local businesses in the Elite Eight of a competition to decide who has the dominant presence on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. While we have presence on all these sites, we’re only focusing on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/butlercc) and Twiter (http://www.twitter.com/butlercc or @butlercc) for this competition. We’re ramping up to engage as many people as we possibly can before the Top 8 are whittled down to the Final Four on June 25.

So what does that mean for you?

You can help. Get over to our social media pages and start interacting! Retweets, Favorites, Likes, Comments and Shares are the bread and butter of this competition, not the number of fans or followers we have. So, it really is important that you mingle with individual posts. Comment if you think something is clever. Share it if you think it’s hilarious. If you aren’t impressed, Like it anyway, just because you’re so nice.

But I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter and I solemnly refuse to be social.

Okay, okay. But you can still vote for us on the WBJ’s #socialMadness page: http://bit.ly/14IBUwk

It’s a little complicated, but well worth the effort. Click that link. Now press the tab that says “Large Companies” …that’s us. We’re head-to-head with INTRUST Arena and we’ll need all the votes you can muster. They allow you to click “Vote” daily, so if you have the time, we’ll soar to the top. If you want, you can even share that link on your personal page to let your friends know where and how to vote. We won’t stop you.

I’m still really confused about all this.

No worries. We’ve got social media experts on hand to help. Just shoot an email to Jon Pic (jpic@butlercc.edu) or Hayley Powers (hpowers@butlercc.edu) and we’ll right your course. Remember, we only have until June 25 to make the most of Round 2. Don’t dally!

Presidential Finalists Forum Open to the Public

Wednesday, June 12 – Dr. Kim Krull

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Butler of Andover, 5000 Building, Grizzly Den
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Butler of El Dorado, 2000 Building, Clifford Stone Room

Friday, June 14 – Dr. Charlotte Hatfield

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Butler of Andover, 5000 Building, Grizzly Den
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Butler of El Dorado, 2000 Building, Clifford Stone Room

Monday, June 17 – Dr. Ann Valentine

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Butler of Andover, 5000 Building, Grizzly Den
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Butler of El Dorado, 2000 Building, Clifford Stone Room

For further information please visit http://www.butlercc.edu/presidential-search/ or contact Ron Engelbrecht, Presidential Search Advisory Committee, 316-778-1835.

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Make Every Day Count


Whether you are a current student or looking to apply to Butler for the first time, enrollment is now open for Fall 2013 classes. And because Every Day Counts it’s never been more important to enroll early.

Start the application or enrollment process.

Visit our interactive Course Schedule.

Students are more successful when they attend the first class meeting and maintain their attendance throughout the semester. That’s because the first day of class is one of the most important days. When you miss it, you will have a difficult time trying to catch up.

Other benefits to enrolling early:

  • You’ll give yourself the best chance of getting the classes you want.
  • If you enroll in person, you will have shorter lines, shorter wait time.
  • Academic advisors will have more time to assist you.
  • You’ll cut down on stress by getting enrolled in your classes early.
  • You’ll have more time to pay your tuition.

Enroll today and experience a powerful education. Your future will thank you for it.

EVERY HOUR COUNTS! Log in to track your volunteer hours

The Butler Service Learning Program’s Grizzlies Give Back Day on Saturday April 27 was supported by 140-plus Butler volunteers and served 13 sites in Butler County for a grand tally of 700 service hours!

Sites served include Augusta Housing Authority, City of Augusta, Bethlehem House, Trinity United Methodist Church, Alex’s House (No Kill Dog Rescue), Grizzly Villas, Educare, Butler Athletics, Numana Inc., Kids Need 2 Eat, Interfaith Ministries and the Butler County Oil & History Museum.

 The last date to log community service-learning hours for spring 2013 transcripts is Friday, May 10. Students, if you want your transcript to show your service hours at Butler you must use Volgistics (VICNET) to “Log it or lose it!”

Your hours help document the many ways in which the college fulfills its mission to the community. Every hour counts!

Don’t wait until the last minute to log your hours. To log hours, use the Service Learning Login in your Pipeline Quick Clicks or the links below.

NOTE: Hours for Grizzlies Give Back Day have been logged for you, so please do NOT log those hours. Thanks!

LOGIN: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?FROM=6575

REGISTER: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=924184003

And now for some photos of Grizzlies giving back on April 27:

Wichita Developer George Laham inspires Butler students


Last week, Butler students were treated to wisdom from Wichita-area property developer George Laham, whose work is responsible for visioneering such areas as the Plazzio and Bradley Fair shopping districts. Laham took a break from his busy schedule to share some stories from his early career and inspire our students with tales of the power of perseverance and big dreams. Laham also answered questions from the crowd about his thoughts on the future of Wichita’s development.

This event was hosted as part of Butler’s Entrepreneurship Institute’s semi-regular forums designed to bring big names in local business to Butler students. For more information on the Entrepreneurship Institute, visit our website.

Gov. Brownback checks in with Butler during higher ed tour

Gov. Brownback + Students

During a tour of Kansas higher education institutions, Gov. Sam Brownback made some time for Butler, where he spoke with students and administrators, learning more about some of the powerful things we do every day. The Governor discussed his plans for higher ed budgeting and the upcoming fiscal year’s impact on colleges and universities across the state. He heard from a number of students who illuminated just some of the remarkable programs at Butler.

Grizzly Adventures Course gets $10,000 boost to improve ADA accessibility accommodations

Butler’s Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course is on the way to becoming more accessible to those with physical limitations after receiving a nearly $10,000 grant from The Felix A. Cantrell, Jr. Charitable Trust last week.


Course director Shane Steinkamp expects $5,500 of the requested money to go toward construction enhancements for the physically challenged and the other $4,500 will provide scholarships and develop outreach opportunities for some 100 area youth in grades 6 through 12 to participate in the Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course.

“Funding at this level will provide the needed enrichment to assure access and boundless participation for youth of all abilities,” Steinkamp said.

Steinkamp says there is a significant need for strong communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and leadership skills, which he feels the course provides for area youth.

“The Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course provides a comprehensive program to teach those skills and many more,” he said.  “This grant will expand the reach of our program and provide opportunities to develop workforce skills necessary today and tomorrow for area youth with physical limitations.”


The Felix A. Cantrell, Jr. Charitable Trust was established by Ms. Jeanette Rudy in June 1998.  Distributions from the Trust are used for such charitable purposes that provide – directly or indirectly – aid and assistance to handicapped individuals, or to organizations or entities established to provide aid and assistance to handicapped individuals in Butler County and particularly the city of El Dorado.  To date, the Trust has gifted over $159,000 to more than 40 applications for assistance. Trust committee members consist of Gayle Arnett, Neil Buckman, Ed Gard, Jean Plummer and Stan Seymour.

“Ms. Rudy was a wonderful lady with a vision for how she could improve the lives of those with special needs in El Dorado and Butler County,” Gard said. “Her foresight of creating and funding a charitable trust will continue to provide significant benefit for years to come.”

The Trust’s gifts have purchased a variety of equipment to assist and improve accessibility for individuals, and resources to make physical improvement to homes and public facilities, including Coutts Museum of Art, Butler County History Center, Summit Park and BG Products Veterans Stadium Children’s Recreation Area.


Artwork Dedication at Butler Community College’s El Dorado Campus


The Butler Community College Foundation recently hosted a dedication ceremony in the Ted & Barb Dankert Trustee Room located in the Hubbard Welcome Center on Butler’s El Dorado Campus, revealing the latest addition to the college’s art collection. Held on Tuesday April 2, 2013, the piece River Work by Kansas artist, Lisa Grossman was presented to the community. The 42 x 144 inch horizontal oil painting on canvas depicts a portion of the Kansas River from an aerial perspective.

Grossman is a painter and printmaker based in Lawrence, Kansas, whose work focuses on the open spaces and prairies of Eastern Kansas and the Kansas River Valley.  She spent the afternoon with Butler art students and later spoke at the Foundation event.

“My Kansas River work has a minimal, contemporary feel, while still conveying warmth and an emotional depth,” Grossman said.

The acquisition of River Work was made possible by the generosity of donors to the Hubbard Welcome Center Entry Artwork project initially conducted in honor of Dr. Jackie Vietti, then President of Butler at the time of the dedication of the new facility.  The fundraising effort was so successful, that there were extra funds available after the kinetic sculpture by Stuart Allen was installed in the Lattner Family Foundation Entryway.  The college’s art selection committee, composed of internal faculty members and community leaders, was tasked with determining how to use the extra funds.