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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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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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Butler Headliner wins Fender guitar in video contest

Butler sophomore Caleb Roth won a “beautiful” brand new Fender Malibu SCE and then promptly turned around and donated that guitar back to the Fine Arts department.

“Because honestly it wasn’t just me that made this video,” Roth said. “It was all of us, so I really felt it appropriate to give it back to the school so that future combo members can have a rocking guitar!”


Roth and his Headliners showchoir cohorts learned about the “Open Mic Contest” from Headliners Director Valerie Mack and decided to give it a whirl. hosted by the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, the rules were to make a short video of what made your community college special, and why you love it. Mack encouraged her students to compose the video as a farewell tribute to outgoing Butler President Jackie Vietti.

Roth ultimately submitted a video of the Butler Headliners singing some improvised lyrics to a song written for the Butler Showchoir Showcase summer camp called “Why We Sing.”

“The process of making it was a lot of hard work on everyone’s behalf,” Roth said. “We all learned the lyrics, recorded with at least six cameras and redid takes probably 100 times each. But it all worked out great and we had a lot of fun making it.”

They submitted the video to KACCT and then began the waiting game to see if they’d won.

“Mrs. Mack found out a week or so before she told any of us and she waited until during one of shows to tell us,” Roth said. “We had just finished performing when she announced that we had won.”

Roth, a Conway Springs native, is wrapping up his fourth semester at Butler and said he’s glad he was able to find a way to encapsulate his feelings about the time he’s spent here with his friends. He’s been accepted into the K-State Education Program for next year and plans to be a Secondary Education major for English/Literature.

“I am really glad that I was able to find a way to represent how much this college means to not only me and my friends, but hopefully everyone that attends Butler Community College,” Roth said. “I do hope to keep performing in some way as I go on through life.”


Check out the winning video here:

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Butler honors students with Hubbard Award scholarships

Winner and three finalists awarded Butler’s highest distinction

Brett Moriarty of Cheney, Wa. was honored with Butler Community College’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hubbard Award of Excellence, at Butler’s 85th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Three other finalists were also honored.

The Hubbard Award of Excellence applicants excel in all aspects of their college education.  They represent the very best of Butler both academically and in the community and exemplify superior performance and involvement.

Moriarty will receive a $7,000 scholarship ($1,750 per semester for 4 semesters) to study agribusiness and animal science at Texas A&M University. His major at Butler was agribusiness. Each of the three finalists will also receive a one-time $100 award.

“Brett is the type of person who wakes up every morning with a positive attitude, determined to make the most of every opportunity,” said Butler lead ag instructor Elissa Mullinix. “For me, it is exciting to know that inquisitive, intelligent, forward-thinking students like Brett are our future leaders.”

Moriarty said the quality of Butler’s ag program convinced him to choose the college.

“Ultimately, my passion in life is derived from the challenges I face in my path to success,” Moriarty said. “I could not have asked to learn more in my experiences at Butler.”

About the Hubbard Award of Excellence

In 1985, Mr. R.D. Hubbard, an alumnus of Butler Community College, and his wife Joan Dale, dedicated a scholarship fund to recognize and encourage excellence at Butler. Both R.D. and Joan Dale are Kansas natives and were teachers in Kansas where they maintain strong ties. Their Foundation has adopted an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy that reflects the spirit of these two extraordinary people. Today their primary business interests include a wide range of investments such as land, casinos, and racehorses.

The 2012 Hubbard Finalists:

Emily Jackson from Waco, Texas majored in agriculture while at Butler. Jackson will attend Texas Tech University. There, she will be pursuing a dual major of animal science and political science.

Paige Wallace from El Dorado majored in agriculture while attending Butler. Wallace will attend Oklahoma State University and major in agriculture.

Jared Wynn from Ashland,Ohio majored in agribusiness while attending Butler. He will attend Kansas State University to study animal science. 

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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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Top 4 in the Nation!

Butler’s very own Headliners were announced today as one of the top four show choirs in the nation by the TODAY SHOW! We all knew that they are amazing, but now the whole nation gets to see it also and Butler’s Power gets to shine for everyone to notice.

Monica Sosa

Monica Sosa, a member of the Headliners, tells us a little behind how they got involved in this “Show Choir Showdown” and how excited they all are that Butler has made it possible for them to be seen across the nation:

“We first thought about joining the competition after a ton of alumni e-mailed Mrs. Mack about the contest. We all agreed that it would not only be fun but a great way to promote Butler and Kansas as well. We are very fortunate to be in the top four and are holding our fingers crossed. The support has been immense. Friday will be a very exciting day for all of us regardless of the outcome. I was fortunate enough to be able to begin the process of the entry letter we sent out and will have the privilege of being interviewed on the Today Show on Friday as well. We appreciate all the support and would love it if you could visit the website and vote! It would mean so much to us, thank you!”

The Butler Headliners

Below is a portion of the essay Monica and others sent to the Today Show and you can also view the video they submitted here on youtube.com.

The Today Show Show Choir Showdown
2010 Butler Headliners

The Butler Community College Headliners from El Dorado, Kansas believe there can be no music without heart and no song without passion. Striving to better the lives of others by reaching a “higher ground” through song and dance, the Headliners feel privileged to represent Butler as well as sharing their love for showchoir each time the group takes the stage.

Under the direction of Valerie Lippoldt Mack, the Headliners consider themselves a close-knit family. Mrs. Mack challenges her students to be better performers while teaching life lessons. Butler alums can be found on Broadway, performing at Disney World, working at Carnegie Hall, teaching music, running dance studios, directing professional barbershop quartets and patrons of the arts. Still others can be found on cruise ships, as Miss America contestants and TV personalities. All will agree that the number one thing they learned through the Butler showchoir experience wasn’t the performance skills, but the education in life.”

Let’s support our Grizzlies! Go to http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39727141/ns/today-kathie_lee_and_hoda/ to cast your vote!

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Judgment of the Court

Hello fellow Grizzlies! My name is Courtney and I’ll be one of the main student bloggers for this Fall 2010 semester. As you can see, my blogs will be called “Judgment of the Court” and my goal for this semester is to answer your questions. Questions about Butler, college, jobs, health, and relationships are all welcome. No math questions, please, because I’m Arithnostic and I don’t believe that there’s a way to prove that math really exists. Not really, but it is pretty annoying in my opinion!

So how would a small town girl from Kansas be able to answer questions pertaining to students’ lives from all over the country? Well I wouldn’t be able to do it alone. I will delve in to each question and research and interview people for the correct answer. Then I will post my findings with a bit of my own opinion mixed in so you can have your answer.

Please feel free to ask any question you’d like. If questions are ever scarce, I will do my best to find issues that students may face and try to find the best way to solve them. I look forward to answering your questions and I wish everyone a wonderful Fall 2010 semester!

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10 Snacks for Busy College Students

Snacks are an essential in college. You can eat them in between classes or, if you’re lucky, during class. With school starting and a crazy new schedule, you’ll be hard pressed to find time to eat lunch or maybe even dinner.

Wondering what snacks to invest in this semester? Here are ten tasty ideas of treats that’ll help you make it through the day while keeping up your brain power.

1.) Granola Bars

2.) Almonds

3.) Trail Mix

4.) Beef Jerky

5.) Power Bars

6.) Pretzels

7.) Graham Crackers

8.) Animal Crackers

9.) Raisins

10.) Whole Wheat Crackers and Peanut Butter

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8 Tips on Choosing a College Major

Choosing a major – it’s the next toughest decision to picking the right college. That’s why many college students’ stress and worry about the process, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. To help you relieve some of that tension building from this life decision, we’ve come up with a few tips to use as guidance.

1.) Talk to an advisor. They’ll be able to walk you through the appropriate classes and criteria you’ll need to graduate with your chosen major.

2.) Check the course catalog. Look over the classes you’ll be required to take. If they look boring on paper, they probably won’t be much better in real-life.

3.) Talk to upperclassmen. They can fill you in best on what the courses and teachers are really like and what kind of work you’ll be assigned.

4.) Think about what you’re interested in. If you love math but hate writing, the English department is probably not for you.

5.) Think about your future job. What kind of job do you envision yourself working at in 5 years? If you want to be a teacher someday, the education department is where you need to be.

6.) Talk to professionals in that field. Find out exactly what that dream job entails. It may not be what you expected.

7.) Choosing a major doesn’t mean choosing a career. There are often several different career options available within each major. Like marketing? You could work in advertising, management or sales – just to name a few.

8.) It is OK to change your mind. If you pick a major and change it a year from now, it will be OK. A lot of college students change their majors within their first or second year.

For more information on Majors and Programs offered at Butler Community College visit: http://www.butlercc.edu/academic_depts/academics_list.cfm

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10 Basic Gadgets for College

College students love gadgets, and us Grizzlies are no exception. After all, we are in the information age and technology plays a large part in our college experiences. Whether it’s used for solving a math problem, writing a research paper or talking with friends, gadgets are important.

Wondering what kind of technology you’ll need this Fall? Don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of ten basic gadgets for college students.

1.) USB Flash Drive
2.) iPod
3.) Laptop and Cordless Mouse
4.) Digital Voice Recorder
5.) Cell Phone
6.) Digital Camera
7.) Printer
8.) Graphing Calculator
9.) Surge Protector
10.) GPS Device

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