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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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Butler begins innovative partnership with KU School of Nursing

Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., can now continue their training and earn bachelor of science in nursing degrees at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, thanks to a new agreement between KU and Butler. Leaders from both schools celebrated the agreement on Thursday, April 26.


Under the agreement, RNs with associate degrees from Butler can now enroll in KU’s online RN-to-BSN program, allowing Butler graduates to complete all required general education courses at Butler while working toward a bachelor’s through KU completely online. The two schools believe this agreement is a model of creative institutional collaboration for the advancement of professional nursing as well as each school’s commitment to lifelong learning.

“Butler Community College’s Nursing Program is very excited about this innovative and progressive articulation agreement with KU School of Nursing for our graduates,” said Anita Mills, MSN, RN, Butler dean of nursing, allied health and early childhood education. “The agreement provides a student-friendly option for Butler nursing graduates to transition into an RN to BSN program that focuses on advanced nursing concepts and eliminates requiring students to repeat courses that they have already taken at Butler.”

The most-recent Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report calls for 80 percent of registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher by 2020. In order for that to be possible, colleges and universities need to collaborate so that RNs with associate degrees can easily progress to a bachelor’s program, according to David Martin, RN, MN, clinical associate professor and RN-BSN/MS program director at KU. A BSN is required for advanced practice nursing education. This prepares nurses for positions such as nurse practitioner, clinical registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist and nurse-midwife.

“We’re very pleased to be working with a like-minded, fine institution such as Butler Community College,” Martin said. “We’ve coordinated efforts to eliminate institution barriers between community colleges and institutions. Students need to have choices and KU School of Nursing is choosing to work with Butler to make this happen.”

Butler’s Nursing program admits students twice a year through a highly competitive application process. Butler’s nursing graduates are highly successful, with a 91 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, surpassing the national first time pass rate of 87 percent. 

Meanwhile, at the KU School of Nursing, the RN-to-BSN/MS degree completion program at has for many years provided registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor’s degrees as quickly as possible.

The KU School of Nursing has six Butler Community College graduates currently enrolled in the RN-BSN/MS program.

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You Raise Me Up by Selah in S.E.E.

Last semester and this semester at Butler, I’ve taken a sign language class, Signing Exact English 1 and 2. These classes have been some of my favorite ones I have taken at Butler. Over the course of the year, I have learned how to sign a multitude of words. I even signed the children’s book A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle at the end of the fall semester.

For my final at the end of this semester, I decided to learn to sign a song. The song I picked is “You Raise Me Up” by Selah. So I’m going to show you guys something I learned here at Butler, hope you enjoy! 🙂

P.S. the intro to the song is a little long, and the video quality isn’t the best, but bear with me!

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Put me in coach, I’m ready to play

NEWSFLASH: The Butler Ag Ambassadors are the coolest thing since fruit snacks.

And if you aren’t familiar with us, then you are missing out.

Basically, we are a group on campus that promotes agriculture through education and fun events. And last Tuesday evening, we got a strong case of intramural softball fever.

Softball is an activity that the ambassadors look forward to every year. Check out some pics from the event below!

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We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

Ya know, we sure have come a long way in techniques used around the farm for reproduction.

 It’s just simply amazing what all we can accomplish by combining genetics, knowledge and technology. Almost mind-boggling at times even. What specifically I have on my mind is embryo transfer.

I mean, sure, there were many times that a farmer probably thought to himself, “If only there was a way to get more calves from this cow in her lifetime”, but who went through the trial and error to figure it out?

I’m sure a little research could answer this pressing question, but today we are simply going to talk about the process.

First, a teensy vocab lesson.

Donor- A female bovine of exceptional quality. This is typically a cow. Flushing heifers could potentially lead to breeding issues in the future.

Flushing- The process of collecting all the fertilized eggs from the Donor.

….I know, just stay with me here.

Estrus- A 12 hour window when the cow is in heat, or ovulating.

Estrous- The cycle as a whole, which lasts about 21 days. Note the similar yet different spellings of these words. There is a difference between the two.

Cystorelin- Hormone used to start the process over, or get the estrous cycle back to ‘square one’.

CIDR- Insert infused with progesterone. Read more about these puppies HERE.

Follicle Stimulating Hormone- Causes multiple eggs to be released during estrus. FSH for short.

Lutalyse- Shot that causes the cow to come into heat.

Angus- A breed. The black cow in the picture.

Hereford- Another breed. The red and black calf in the picture.

Setting up the Donor:

Day 1- Give a shot of Cystorelin and put the CIDR in the cow. Together, this will cause estrous to start over and hormone levels to raise so the female’s body think’s it is pregnant.

Day 5- Start FSH shots. 2 shots a day for 3 1/2 days. This causes multiple follicles to form on the ovaries, when there would typically only be one.

Day 7- Administer a shot of Lutalyse in addition to the FSH shots.

Day 8- Remove CIDR and give last FSH shot. The removal of the CIDR will drop progesterone levels and therefore kick-start estrus.

Day 9- Breed the cow 3 times. 1. At the start of heat. 2. 12 hours into heat. 3. 24 hours into heat.

This is Terry. He just became a Grandpa a few weeks ago. And he brought a Hereford cow to our place to get set up with ours.

One week later… An embryologist will ‘flush’ out all the fertilized eggs, or embryos. The average number collected is 6. The embryos can be put fresh into a recipient cow, or be frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen until ready for use.

Yes, reproduction techniques have come a long way, baby.

9 months later… Your babies are born! This is the rewarding part, when all your hard work pays off.

When you walk out into a pasture and see baby calves everywhere, you have one of those ‘moments’ that reminds you why you are in the ag business. Why your pay check is largely determined by mother nature and Futures markets. Why you don’t get holidays or snow days. It reminds you why you love this way of life and that you wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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What’s Your Style?

Now that you know how to avoid completely stressing out over Finals Week, how do you go about even beginning to study for all those tests?

First of all, I’m sure you are well aware there are different learning styles. No two people learn exactly the same- some can read a text and absorb it like a sponge. Others prefer a riveting discussion. Some can hear something and retain it forever. While there are those who must do it hands on in order to learn.

But which one are you? You can either A) take a stab in the dark and guess B) draw options out of a hat or C) take a quiz and find out!

Click on one of the links below to take a quiz.



Hope these quizzes are helpful to you. What type of learner are you? And what are your favorite study methods?

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Finals Week Survival Kit

As you all might have noticed, it’s about that time of the year when you get stressed, anxious, and ready for the summer to just get here already. We’re not that far away from… FINALS WEEK! One of the most dreaded weeks of the year in my opinion. Not only have I been stressing about my finals, but also all the big papers and projects due conveniently a couple class periods before the finals. Some teachers just like to pile it on, ya know? So here are a few tips I found to help ease the pain these last few weeks of the semester bring.

1. Get some sleep! – It’s a little known fact that brains don’t like working without some decent sleep. So it’s important to get plenty of sleep and not stay up late cramming and working on those papers and big projects at the last minute.

2. Eat healthy – I know sometimes when I get stressed I tend to go for desserts like cookies and ice cream, but healthy snacks like fruits and veggies are the best way to go because they’ll energize you.

3. Exercise – You might not think you’ll have time to exercise much during these next few weeks, but exercise helps you focus and gives you additional energy. Plus you can always take a textbook to do some studying while you bike or walk on a treadmill!

4. Take breaks! – It’s super important that you take time to relax and have some fun, so take some mental breaks every now and then!

5. Prioritize don’t procrastinate – Okay so my guilty pleasure is definitely Facebook, but I know I’ll have to give it up in a few days in order to keep on track with everything I have coming up these next few weeks. Get organized and get your important tasks accomplished (such as those big projects and papers!), the sooner you get those done, the better!

Hopefully those tips will help you out, and good luck to everyone as we enter the dreaded end of the semester!

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Hot and Dangerous

Hate to break your heart, but I’m not going to sing you Ke$ha’s song. But… 

Spring time in Kansas brings one of my favorite things to do on the farm- burning pasture! There’s something about having a controlled fire burning up all the dead grass and watching it spread all over the pasture that is really intriguing to me.

The burning practice catches a lot of flack. But the good out weighs the bad.

  • Kills unwanted/dead vegetation.
  • Gives new, more nutritious grass a chance to grow.
  • Cattle grazing have a healthier diet.
  • Not putting chemicals into the ground to achieve same results.

This video will give you a chance to see what it looks like while the grass is burning.

As mentioned in the video, several factors must come into play. A few of these include:

  • The wind can’t be too strong, or from the wrong direction.
  • You must have enough dead grass to make it worth while. Green grass is too full of moisture and won’t burn.
  • You need to have a water supply close by in case the fire starts to go the wrong direction.
  • It never hurts to have too many people, rather than not enough, when dealing with fire.

Here is Flinton and Paul, our fire burning crew for the weekend. You can see that they are sitting on rakes. They are used to move the fire along the grass. On the back of Paul’s 4-wheeler is a water tank. Always good, just in case.

I just helped with the very end of burning this weekend because my sister’s prom was Saturday! So I went with my mom and cousin and watched her in the Grand March.

No, I’m not short. She’s just ridiculously tall.

 Her and her friends were sure looking Hot and reeeal Dangerous that night! (They think they are really intimidating, and we don’t burst their bubble.)

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Open House Overview

Ag Department Hosted Open House, Greg Lee,Tyson, as Speaker

We hope you enjoyed the Butler Ag’s Open House last night! It was a great time of education, fellowship and friends.

Folks had the privilege of listening to Tyson’s former chief, Greg Lee. The ag students were treated to a more personal information/question session before the evening’s events got underway. Mr. Lee spoke his time in the meat industry, the changes he saw and events he experienced. He also answered questions from the crowed and was available all evening to chat one-on-one.

Classrooms were set up to showcase various aspects of the ag program and industry. Areas of focus were ag communications/journalism, by-products, grain/equipment identification and livestock judging. Students were present to conduct classrooms, answer questions, give tours and simply chat with the visitors.

The Ag Dept. would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those who made the event possible. A special “Thanks’ goes out to American Ag Credit, who was a major sponsor for the evening. We hope everyone in attendance had as much fun as the Ag Dept did!

For more pictures from the evening’s events, feel free to visit Butler’s Flickr page HERE.

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Welcome to the World of Synchronization

Efficiency is a huge thing is the production agriculture world. I mean, when each farmer is feeding 155 people, new technologies must be utilized, environmental friendly practices are paramount, and having a little luck getting all your ducks in a row never hurt anyone.

New practices to make breeding cows more efficient are not only important, but encouraged by farmers everywhere! Artificial Insemination (A.I.) is a method that is widely used today. But when you are dealing with 100+ heifers, it can be tricky to know when just the right window of time is.

You see, there are about 12 hours during the heifer’s estrus cycle when it is the best time for breeding. In a perfect world, all the heifers will come into heat (which means they are cycling and are ready to be bred) around the same time. This is ideal because:

1) You won’t miss as many heifers since they are all ready to breed.

2) You will have a shorter calving time frame, which is good for a couple of reasons: so all your calves are the same age so they can be fed out about the same time, or for customers who want to buy large groups of ‘uniform’ looking calves.

This is why estrus synchronization is such a popular practice. There are a few ways to go about this, from feed additives to inserts called Cidrs. While we have done both at my house, lately we have stuck with the latter.

This is what a Cidr looks like. Infused with 1.38 grams of Progesterone, when inserted, the heifer’s body thinks it is pregnant due to the elevated hormone level.

This would be Esther’s close up for the day. Her and I were put in charge of this project. It was quality bonding time.

Here the Cidr is in the applicator, ready to do big things.

I really like this picture. I mostly just think it is funny. Esther looks like she isn’t excited to be the star of my blogs all the time, but secretly I know she loves it.

This process doesn’t hurt the heifer. In fact, it is so little they hardly can feel it.

The applicator is dipped and swirled in a disinfectant solution between each animal. Cleanliness comes first around here.

The Cidrs will be pulled this Saturday, one week after being inserted. The removal will cause the progesterone level to drop, the heifer’s body to realize that it isn’t pregnant after all, and therefore cause the heifer to cycle and come into heat so it can be bred at the beginning of next week.

Research, combined with technology, never ceases to amaze me.

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