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HIGHLIGHT Foundation Board President-Elect Jeremy Sundgren grew up around Butler and has had the opportunity to see and participate in the growth of the college throughout the years. Jeremy and his father Joe run Sundgren Realty in El Dorado. “My mom taught Horse Science in the 1980s and 1990s and I would often attend basketball games while she was teaching,” Sundgren said. “I also attended Butler through the dual credit program while I was in high school and took classes after I graduated.”

X Kelsey and Jeremy Sundgren

“Quality of education, location, and athletics are all strong features that have helped spread the word about Butler and what the college has to offer. All of those strengths are made possible by the staff and faculty.” The experience of being close to the college for many Life after Butler for Sundgren meant attending Kansas State University and becoming licensed in Real Estate in the state of Kansas in 2000.

years gave Sundgren an outside and inside look at the strengths of the college and its impact on the community. “Butler is able to provide education for persons of all ages and backgrounds at such a value,” Sundgren said. “The improvements [they have] been able to make to their campus and the surrounding area is a huge benefit to El Dorado and Butler County.”

The ability of the Foundation to provide students with funding through scholarships and program funds continually helps the college serve its mission and allows students to further their education with fewer financial restraints. In the face of competition, Butler still has many opportunities to thrive. Sundgren sees room to grow in the agriculture department as well as trade areas that will see increased demand in the future. “Butler has the potential to grow and expand in all of these areas,” Sundgren said.

X Jeremy regularly volunteers to serve as auctioneer at the Butler Benefit Auction


Foundation Board of Directors Pat Beran • Yolanda Camarena • Mike Clifton Paula Gilliland • Alan Jaax • Shawn Lancelot Lance Lechtenberg • Gerry Mills • Jessica Ohman Dalton Patterson • Forrest Rhodes • Lonnie Snook Jeremy Sundgren • Jackie Vietti

Ex Officio Dr. Kimberly Krull, President Candace Kunkel, Trustee Representative

Foundation Staff Stacy Cofer, Vice President of Advancement 316.323.6729 | Mary Moon, Executive Director of Community Advancement 316.218.6338 | Averie Nelson, Scholarship Coordinator 316.323.6737 | Megan Pilcher, Accounting Clerk 316.323.6732 | Hayley Powers, Development & Communications Coordinator 316.323.6734 | Kathy Rickard, Advancement Coordinator 316.323.6738 | Kim Sherwood, Executive Director of Finance 316.323.6733 |

Student Workers Lakyn Anders • Paige Decker

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uring this season of thankfulness and joy I am pleased to know that our donors are making a difference in the lives of so many students. Since the fall semester began the Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to 450 students and assisted more than 30 students with $30,000 in emergency loans. These range from assistance with utilities to health care needs for dependent children. Most of our students work and report the struggles of balancing work, family and college courses. We encourage these courageous students to stay the course and complete their degrees; resist the urge to only work. As a nation we are having justified conversations about the high cost of attending college. Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at the prominent Pew Research Center affirms the increased lifetime earnings of college graduates over grads holding only a high school diploma. He suggests we emphasize “the rising cost of not going to college.” Thankfully, Butler has alumni and friends who want to make a difference for our students. With the goal to ensure student success, scholarships as well as emergency funds allow our students to achieve their educational goal more quickly if they can afford another class or to focus more fully on coursework if some financial stress has been eliminated. For our donors and their generosity, I am grateful.

Matt Jacobs • Hayley Powers Butler Community College Foundation Magazine is published twice a year and maintains the copyright of the materials contained within these pages. All rights reserved. Please send comments and updates to Butler Community College Foundation, 901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042, by email to, by phone at 316.323.6731, or by fax to 316.323.6750.

X Cover Page: Butler's new brand promise "Let's Take Tomorrow" is painted on a wall in the El Dorado Admissions Office. Photo Credit: Dewey Price, College Relations & Marketing


Vice President of Advancement



Academy Classrooms With more than 20 high school students enrolled in the first semester of the Early College Information Technology Academy (ECITA), things have taken off. The ECITA immerses high school juniors and seniors in the college experience, putting them directly in classrooms that are taught by Butler instructors. This semester, students participated in Networking, Digital Media, and Interactive & 3D Technologies courses.


X Above: 2014–2015 ECITA group. X Bottom Left Kristin Donaldson—Rose Hill High School, Ali White—Derby High School and Ben Fulguhm—Douglass High School work on 3D animation. X Bottom Right: Justin Korthals of August High School works during a networking class.



X Donors Rita Sullivan and Phil and Sheila Johnson enjoyed conversation with scholarship students.

This year’s Reaching New Heights Scholarship Luncheon saw a record attendance, with 180 donors and scholarship recipients enjoying food and fellowship. Vince Haines, 1988 Butler alumnus and president of Gravity::Works Architecture in El Dorado, was the keynote speaker.

“Ever y one of you scholarship recipients are blessed,” Haines said. “My advice to you would be to be a sponge. There’s a lot to absorb here.”

X Speaker Vince Haines with Dr. Kim Krull.

Haines’ advice directed students to thank their donors who make so much possible at Butler, and to enjoy their time in higher education. “During Butler and after Butler I discovered I loved college,” he said. Sponsors Professional Engineering Consultants, Inc., Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, Premier Catering, Wells Designs, Roberts Hutch-Line and Freddy’s Frozen Custard made the annual event a memorable one for donors, students and staff alike. XMary K Connell and Tim Connell with agriculture students who received their scholarships.


X In 2009, the track in the Hubbard Champions Training Center was named for Isom. The training center is used by student athletes.

“Ollie always won with a humble heart,” Foundation Scholarship Coordinator Averie Nelson remembered. Isom, an assistant football coach at Butler in 1966 and in 1968, began working with the track programs. He was an assistant coach for 15 seasons and head coach for one year. During that time, he coached more than 100 All-Americans in indoor and outdoor track. He also taught classes for 30 years until retiring from the classroom in 1996. Isom taught American History and Western Civilization; developed the Economics program; was the Chair of Social Science Department for several years; and received the Master Teacher of the Year in 1990. The Ollie Isom Invitational, Butler's home cross country meet held each fall, is named in his honor. He attended the meet each year. He was inducted into the Grizzly Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 along with the 1970 championship team.

In Memory

He was a respected instructor as well as coach and expected no less from his students in the classroom as he did from his athletes on the track. There were no substitutes for hard work and there was always an expectation of excellence.

Hall of Fame coach Ollie Isom, who led the Butler men's cross country team to the 1970 NJCAA National Championship, passed away on July 17, 2014 , in Derby. He was 80 years old.

At the Isom household, track was a family affair. Students were often invited into the coach’s home and his children Mark and Melicia could be found playing at track practice while Isom’s wife, Gay, kept statistics. Following in his father’s legacy, Mark officiates every year at the Kansas State Track Meet.


Isom coached at Butler from 1966 until 1983. He started the men's cross country program and experienced success through his 15 years leading the program, coaching 15 AllAmericans and winning the first of Butler's three cross country national championships. In 16 years leading the program, his teams finished in the top 10 nationally eight times. He also started the women's cross country program in 1980, coaching both teams for three years before retiring from the sport in 1982.


Isom officiated the Kansas State Track Meet for 40 years, was a track starter for 20 years, and was inducted into the NJCAA Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984. The Ollie & Gay Isom for Track/Cross Country Scholarship was established in 2003 and is given to a student from Butler County with a 3.0 GPA.

X The 1970 track team that won the 1970 NJCAA National Championship led by Coach Ollie.

“Ollie was not only a great coach at Butler but was also just a great human being,” Director of Athletics Todd Carter said. “The entire Butler family lost a wonderful person and he will be missed by all.”

X A 2010 celebration in the Hubbard Welcome Center honored the 40th anniversary of the 1970 team's championship. Several members of the track team attended.

X Ollie with his family.


Director of

COLLEGE RELATIONS & MARKETING In late October, Butler welcomed back Kelly Snedden as the Director of College Relations & Marketing. To some at Butler, Snedden is a familiar face, having previously worked in the marketing department there for 14 years, nine as director of Marketing Communications. She left Butler in 2005 to join Newman. Dr. Kim Krull is excited about what is in store for Butler's future in regard to marketing and recruiting students.

“We’re very excited to have Kelly back at Butler,” said Dr. Krull. “She not only brings great experience and knowledge about marketing for higher education in general, but most especially about our state and region. As our college refocuses our brand and message in new and exciting ways, Kelly will be integral in helping lead that initiative.” Snedden is tasked with the responsibility of managing all marketing and public relations needs for the institution. The most immediate projects include overseeing the roll out of the college's new branding campaign, as well as assisting with the management of the college's new website, which was launched in early November. The College Relations and Marketing Department is housed within the Advancement division with Snedden reporting to Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer. The Advancement division houses the non-academic, external facing departments for the college, such as marketing, Foundation and community advancement.

“I’m delighted to rejoin Butler and to have this opportunity to promote such a great institution,” Snedden said. "I’m excited to help increase the visibility and awareness of the accomplishments of our students as well as the efforts of our faculty who work alongside them.”


Kelly Snedden

A long -t ime member of t he American Marketing Association, Snedden has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, strategic planning, budget management, and crisis communications. She was most recently named the 2014 Wichita American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Education Industry winner this past summer. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Kansas State University. She and her husband, Shannon, have two sons, Cody, 20, and Cade, 15.


BRAND For the past year, the college has been working with Howerton + White, an advertising agency in Wichita, to create a new brand promise for the institution. The creative talent at Howerton + White worked with representatives from different areas of the college to learn more about what Butler offers students and drilled down to find the brand personality for the school. The goal was to have a student-focused voice that also stayed true to the college’s strategic priorities.

“It’s meant to drill down to a more personal level for our audiences,” Associate Director of College Relations and Marketing Dewey Price said.


"Tomorrow is just one day. It’s the day you make one call. Howerton + White utilizes a process called Brandstacking Enroll in one class. And one day, tomorrow is different. to determine what archetype their client is. The archetypes You’re someplace you’ve always wanted to be. Butler then help Howerton + White understand their client Community College. Let’s take tomorrow." and develop brand promises that are suitable. Butler’s archetypes of the Caregiver and the Explorer show that “Let’s Take Tomorrow” puts the brand in the hands of all students are taken care of when they come to Butler and college employees and students, has an encouraging are put on a path to find themselves and what they want to sound and is an important aspect of Butler’s commitment do with their future. to service, caring, quality and integrity.


Message from

Dr.Krull When I arrived at Butler in July 2013 and as I got settled in, I often shared with people that I knew there was something special about this college. With just over a year under my belt now, those thoughts have certainly been confirmed in so many ways. Butler is a college on the move! With our Timeless Institutional Values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Service embedded in our daily culture and a laser focus on student success, Butler is a recognized leader and innovator in higher education at both the state and national level. The American Association of Community Colleges released a comprehensive report in 2012 called “Reclaiming the American Dream…Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future.” The report lays out a clear and concise message.

If community colleges are to meet student needs in a 21st century economy, our institutions have to transform our purposes and practices in order to meet our missions. Butler has already begun this transformation to reclaim this dream because there is a culture here that allows conversations about change to occur. It is defined by a willingness to do whatever is necessary to get things done and always with students in mind. Let me offer just a few examples of the great work happening here. Butler has robust support services in place to increase student engagement, retention and completion. There is an increased focus on securing new scholarship and endowment dollars to provide financial support for students to assist them in graduating with as little educational debt as possible. Accelerated developmental coursework is being piloted to offer students the extra help they need while allowing them to complete courses for graduation credit at the same time. Butler employs an intentional partnership model for workforce development which, for students, creates clear and efficient pathways to high demand, high wage jobs and continued education. Our Early College Health Sciences Academy and Early College Information Technology Academy offer unique and innovative approaches for high school students to begin to focus on a career pathway that will ultimately lead to a credential or degree. 10 | BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION

Technology is also being used to redesign our traditional classrooms with faculty focused on effective teaching and learning. Butler is using facts to drive decisions and evaluate the effectiveness of what we do. This strategy is integrated into operational planning and budgeting while the development of long term plans and discussions address facilities, staff, and technology required for growth and sustainability. Our new brand and message, “Let’s Take Tomorrow,” offers another very visible cue that Butler believes in changing students’ lives. It speaks to the fact that our students are all unique, each coming to us at different points in their lives and careers and with different goals in mind. It is a powerful new way for us to tell students that whether they are taking one class or a full load, Butler is the beginning of a new future for them and that together we will help them reach their goals. Watch and listen for our new message and check out our new college website at

At Butler, we first touch lives by opening doors to all who want to learn. Through the power of teaching and learning, we facilitate a transformation in the lives of our students and in turn change their futures and the communities where they live. Thank you to all of you for helping us make a difference every day!

With warmest regards,

Kimberly W. Krull, Ph.D. President

Beginning fall 2014, students who enrolled full-time at Butler within a year of high school graduation and who had taken concurrent credit hours from Butler received the added benefit of reimbursement for credit hours earned and paid for while in high school with the Start Smart initiative. This fall 136 students were reimbursed $85,017.50 for Start Smart!

Art Dedication Adjunct instructor and artist Jim Gross presented “The Peasant and Broker�, a 16th century print from his private collection, to President Krull during an exhibition of his work in the White Gallery. The print is by artist Benjamin Vautier and engraved by Johann J. Burger.

X Dr. Krull and Jim Gross

Gross has been exhibiting his work for three decades. He has art in major collections including the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.



STUDENT UNION REMODEL Exciting changes are coming to the El Dorado Student Union, which will begin a renovation during the upcoming winter break. Law Kingdon Architecture out of Wichita won the bid to remodel the building, which was originally built in 1966. The project is being funded by the Student Life Fund.


X Open and inviting spaces are for students to socialize and study.

X The dining area will feature tables of varying size to accommodate students.


President’s Donor DINNER Every year it is a privilege to spend an evening with the donors who make such a difference at Butler and honor them at the President’s Donor Dinner. Donors touch the lives of our students in ways that cannot be measured. Thank you for continuing to make an impact! X Albert and Pat Hogoboom.

X Diamond Level Lifetime Giving Society newcomers: Harold and Linda Harmon, Dennis and Pat Perry, Alan and Bobbie Jaax, Betty Hiebert, Denise and Todd Carter.

X Shawn Lancelot, President of Bank of America, accepted the $250,000 Heritage Society award on behalf of the James and Catherine Buck Charitable Trust.


X Dalton Patterson accepts the Foundation Award for Distinguished Service to the College.

X Ray and Carolyn Connell were honored for reaching the $500,000 Legacy Society.

X Livestock Judging Coach Marcus Arnold and student Barrett Simon who spoke to the donors during the dinner.

X Jim Reeves accepts the Distinguished Service Award for Directors of the Foundation Board.

X Butler A Cappella serenaded guests during the meal. They are pictured with Vice President of Academics Dr. Karla Fisher and Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Matt Udland.

Thank you The President's Donor Dinner was sponsored by Media Partners, Inc., Commerce Bank and Foulston Siefkin.


Michael Uslan

X Television Production students interviewed Mr. Uslan. Bottom: Select students were fortunate to have dinner with Mr. Uslan in the President's Conference Room and received a copy of his book, "The Boy Who Loved Batman".

On November 4, Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of all the Batman movies since 1989, spoke to a crowd of nearly 150 in the Clifford/Stone Room of the Hubbard Welcome Center. The event was made possible by the Harold C. Smith Cultural Series, established following the death of Harold Smith in 1998, through the Butler Foundation. Smith attended El Dorado High School and then El Dorado Junior College (now Butler) before attending Northwestern University in Chicago in 1930. The Harold C. Smith Cultural Series was established so Butler County area residents could attend speaking events at no charge.

Uslan’s program, titled “From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen”, takes audiences along on the journey of creating his career and bringing Batman successfully to the big screen. Arrangements were made for Uslan to visit Storyboarding for Digital Media and Web Graphics classes at Butler of Andover. Students from the Early College Information Technology Academy were also invited to attend.


“My message to students today is ‘Get off the couch and make something happen,’” Uslan said. In his estimation, only about 15 percent of the population aspires to great things. “So, when you get off of the couch, you’re only competing with the 15 percent, not 100 percent of the population.” Fans could buy Uslan’s book, “The Boy Who Loved Batman” and have that or anything else they brought with them autographed by Uslan himself who took time with each person to make the minutes count.

“Don’t believe them when they tell you you’re not good enough,” Uslan said. “But, if you don’t believe them when they tell you, you stink. Then, you can’t believe them when they tell you how good you are. Just believe in yourself and work hard and all will go well.”


for higher education at Butler As the only Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) higher educational institution in the state of Kansas, Butler is commit ted to helping students achieve both personal and educational success. AVID assists higher education professionals in analyzing existing student support initiatives and data, identifying barriers and needs, and establishing and assessing student learning outcomes . By suppor ting faculty and administrators in their effort to increase student engagement, AVID also supports students in their efforts to earn a college degree or certificate. When implemented with fidelity, AVID affects the expectations and behaviors of postsecondary students, faculty, and administrators through ongoing professional learning.

X Tiffani Price's AVID class wearing sunglasses because their 'future is bright'.

Tif fani Price, lead hospitalit y and restaurant management instructor, is part of a group of employees who are already teaching “Engaging in Higher Education”, where AVID students are paired with a personal advisor throughout their Butler career. “Attending college can be an exciting, challenging and frightening time for a student, it should be the goal of faculty, staff and administration to reduce the barriers and eliminate their fears,” Price said. “By adopting and implementing this initiative, we are carrying out our mission that states ‘Butler Community College exists to develop responsible, involved lifelong learners and to contribute to the vitality of the communities it serves.’ The goal is to hold the students to the highest standards and provide them with the tools necessary to reach them.” Price is proud of the steps the students in her class have already taken.

"They are learning how to take advantage of their specific learning styles and apply this in the learning process for every class they are taking, while gaining an understanding of the community and the world in which they live. The students enthusiastically attend class and consistently contribute to the class discussions. It has been an inspiration to be a part of."



Mack Gilkeson D r. M urr ay “ M a c k ” G ilke s o n graduated from Butler in 1942 and has witnessed the changes in higher education throughout the years. In 2012, Gilkeson and three colleagues were the recipients of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of E ngineering , the engineering profession’s highest honor.

X Mack & Janet Gilkeson in the early 1940s

Q: What was your time at Butler like? Was it beneficial for your future? A: At that time, the early 1940s, proceeding to El Dorado Junior College rather than to a four-year university was almost the expectation in El Dorado High School. Certainly beneficial to my social development, which was aided by dating a charming young El Doradoan, though I admit that this was at the expense of my academic advancement. However, I did obtain a tuition scholarship to University of Southern California, one of 10 community college graduates [in the United States] to do so that year. Because the transition from high school to college proceeded so smoothly via the community college route, I was able to mature and proceed with my education with a minimum of trauma.

Q: Tell me about how you got to where you are. A: From there to here, I just tried, continually, to extend my horizons, and each episode provided the experience needed in order to qualify for something new and different: El Dorado Junior College, University of Southern California, United States Navy, Kansas State University, University of Michigan, engineering professor at Tulane University and Harvey Mudd College. Along the way, two master’s degrees and two doctorate degrees. Tours of engineering experience in Mexico, Brazil, India, Papua New Guinea, and twice in Washington D.C.

Q: How do you see Butler making a difference in students’ lives? As indicated above, the emotional trauma, and certainly the financial burden are minimized.

X Gilkeson was interviewed in the mid 1970s about the benefits of a community college.


X Mack & Janet Gilkeson

Q: What is one thing you think students should know now that you learned later in life? A: That the demands in a four-year university are substantial and one should not complacently try to achieve only what may appear to be one's best in the community college environment.

Q: How would you define the important role community colleges play in society? A: A large segment of our youth can find the community college as the most feasible way to proceed to a career. The research university need not be for everyone.

Q: What do you think is the most important role of an alumnus or alumna? A: The most important role is to proceed by example to a successful career and be a continuing representative of one's educational institutions.

Q: What is your favorite quote? A: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."—32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt; still an important admonition from 1940 when I entered community college.


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WEBSITE Butler’s new website is the product of hard work and determination by a group of employees from various areas of the college and led by Stacy Cofer and Vice President of Information Services/CIO Tom Erwin. The new site is mobile-friendly, meaning it automatically fits to whatever screen or device it is being viewed on. This eliminates the need for a mobile app and simply leaves one site for all devices. B uilt wit h t he help of J adu C ontent Management Systems in the United Kingdom, this site is student-focused and helps the college further its new brand message of “Let’s Take Tomorrow!”

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Butler Community College Foundation Fall 2014 Magazine  

The Fall 2014 magazine of the Butler Community College Foundation.

Butler Community College Foundation Fall 2014 Magazine  

The Fall 2014 magazine of the Butler Community College Foundation.

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