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Dedication We are grateful to those Foundation board directors whose terms expired in May of 2012. These members deserve recognition and gratitude for their dedication to the Butler Community College Foundation.

Ed Gard, 12 years of service Tom Mack, 10 years of service Dalton Patterson, 13 years of service Jim Reeves, 16 years of service


Pat Beran

Yolanda Camarena

Paula Gilland

Shawn Lancelot

Gerry Mills

Lea Stueve


BE THE Foundation Board of Directors Pat Beran t Yolanda Camarena t Mike Clifton Pat Do tPaula Gilliland t Teresa Kirkendoll Shawn Lancelot t Gerry Mills Mary Moon t Lonnie Snook t Lea Stueve Jim Stump t Jeremy Sundgren t Stewart Weaver



Keri Myers, Executive Director of Development 316-323-6739 |

he designation of D is tinguish e d Alumnus is awarded to a graduate of the college who is measurably a cco m p l i s h e d i n h i s / her chosen profession, personally vested in his/her community and supportive of and actively engaged in advancing the missions of the Butler Community Tom McKibban and Stacy Cofer College and the Butler Community College Foundation. We could not be more proud of our distinguished alumnus, Tom McKibban ’72 whose accomplishments exceed the stated criterion.

Averie Nelson, Scholarship Coordinator 316-323-6737 |

Butler Community College exists to develop responsible, engaged, lifelong learners….

Megan Pilcher, Accounting Clerk 316-323-6732 |

Upon graduation from Butler, Tom attained his nursing diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing, his diploma in nurse anesthesia from Wichita Physicians School of Nurse Anesthesia, his bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Ottawa University, and his master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from the University of Kansas.

Ex Officio Dr. Jackie Vietti Trustee Ted Dankertt Trustee Candace Kunkle

Foundation Staff Stacy Cofer, Chief Advancement Officer 316-323-6729 |

Kathy Rickard, Advancement Coordinator 316-323-6738 | Kim Sherwood, Business Manager 316-323-6733 |

Student Workers Angela Entz tCaitlin Nelson

Feature Writer

And to contribute to the vitality of the communities it serves. Mayor of El Dorado since 2007, past president of USD 490 school board and a partner in Mid-America Anesthesia Professions, LLC, Tom remembers and honors his roots by staying active with Butler. He and his wife Cathy Cooper are steadfast benefactors, providing brighter futures to aspiring students through scholarship support.

Jon Pic 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 e-mail to, by phone at 316-323-6731, or by fax to 316-323-6750. > Cover Page: BG Products Veterans Sports Complex—Opening night for the new stadium got us started off with a bang! Photo Credit: Nick Bishop, Butler Student

Butler is proud of our many distinguished alumni whose accomplishments may not be quite as apparent as Tom’s. We salute our nearly 15,000 students who are balancing work, family and college to achieve a brighter future and become distinguished in their careers and communities. Last year, through the generous gifts of private donors, the Butler Community College Foundation provided $500,000 in scholarships, to transform the lives of 600 recipients into future distinguished alumni. Congratulations to Tom and to all who aspire to become distinguished.

Stacy Cofer, Chief Advancement Officer



President’s Donor


As a special thanks to our donors who make the power of possibility come alive at Butler, the annual President’s Donor Dinner will be held on November 29, 2012 at the Hubbard Welcome Center. Hosted by Dr. Jackie Vietti and the Foundation Board of Directors, the evening honors donors who gave at the President’s Club level or higher ($500 +) for the 2011–12 fiscal year. Among those honored are donors who will be specially recognized for entering into a new giving society level. Donors with an asterisk by their name are new members of the corresponding society. All those who are members of the Trustee Society ($50,000+) and up are listed on page 5.

“It is humbling and an honor to be entrusted with a portion of a person’s hard won reward for a lifetime of laboring. The Butler Foundation exists as steward to those wishing to help students maximize their own reward in their labors, which we all hope never falls short of their potential. Thank you to all who have the vision to see another person’s needs and the faith in them to support their hopes and dreams.” Stewart Weaver President Butler Community College Foundation


MARY K CONNELL A LEGACY FOR BUTLER It is a privilege to honor Mary K Connell for entrance into the Legacy Society. Mary K & the late O.J. Connell were founding members of the Butler Foundation in 1967. O.J was a local attorney as well as one of the founders of BG Products. The Foundation houses multiple scholarships bearing the Connell name. As a generous benefactor Mary K continues to support these scholarships today, in addition to other projects at the college. Stacy Cofer recalls that her “first encounter with Mary K was over ten years ago and I was immediately impressed with her quiet, unpretentious manner. An amazing conversationalist, she has a way of putting others at ease…a generous donor, a gracious woman, a great friend to Butler.”

Hubbard Society Cornerstone ($1,000,000.00+ ) Society HollyFrontier R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation Clifford W. Stone (D)

Legacy Society ($500,000.00 + ) Dr. Larry and Judy Abraham Mary K and O.J. (D) Connell* Ted and Barbara Dankert Lattner Family Foundation, Inc. Mac Corbin Trust

Heritage Society ($250,000.00 + ) J.L. and Velma Auer (D) BG Products, Inc. * Commerce Bank * Ray and Carolyn Connell Irving Cook (D) Ramon and Betty Criss Franklin (D) and Beverly Gaines* Intrust Bank K.T. Wiedemann Foundation ICI/Tom and Kim Murry* Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.*

($100,000.00 + ) Boyer Educational Trust Winnie Broers (D) James E. Perry and Donelda Brown Scholarship Walter Byers Lloyd Chapman (D) Pat and Sylvia Do* Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Lucille D. Ferguson (D) Florence & Vernon Kehr Estate Dennis and Ardis Hanson* Albert Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking Service* Kenneth and Wilma Howell James & Catherine Buck Charitable Trust True and Elizabeth Knowles Richard and Dorothy Miller PKHLS Architecture* John and Louise Prigmore* Jim and Sally (D) Reeves* Harold Smith (D) Sophia Molk Foundation Rita Sullivan Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Via Christi Health System, Inc. Ray and Jackie Vietti* Wesley Medical Center L.U. West (D) Wichita Vending Co. / Premier Catering*

To our remarkable donors—On behalf of all at Butler we offer our heartfelt thanks for your on-going support of the power of learning that takes place each and every day. Inside the classroom. Outside the classroom. On the stage. In the broader community. You have built Butler into what it is today—second largest g but first best community college in Kansas, serving g nearly 15,000 students annually.

Trustee Society

($50,000.00 + ) Anonymous Mike and Gayle Arnett AT&T Inc Foundation George and Frances Banks (D)* Brian R. Miller Estate David and Jennifer Callaway CD&H, Inc.* Cessna Aircraft Company - Foundation Conco Construction Tim and Emily Connell* C-Tech Industrial Group, Inc.* Charles Dombaugh (D) Vernon Donnelly (D) Lee and Sheila Frye James and Rebecca Graham Great Western Dining John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chuck and Deann Korte Patricia Kunkle LaForge's, Inc. Robert and Jennifer Lane* Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Foundation Tom and Valerie Mack Ronald and Barbara Mann Mack H. McCormick Tom McKibban and Dr. Cathy Cooper Morris and Shirley Moon (D) Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine at Cypress LLC Martin Park* Shane and Kianne Prill Keith Scholfield Bill and Evie Shriver* Lonnie and LaDonna Snook* Spirit Aerosystems, Inc. White & Ellis Drilling, Inc. Mark and Vera White (D)

Thank You

—Dr. Jackie Vietti



September 18, 2012 The grand opening of the Butler Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Wichita’s Boston Rec Center was a landmark event for the college. Over 200 community leaders attended the ribbon cutting and dedication. The event also included tours of the recently renovated facility and a baking demonstration by renowned lawyer-turned-baker and founder of CakeLove Warren Brown.

Butler Executive Chef Starting at the age of 12, John Michael has more than 20 years e xp erience in the restaurant industry in London, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Napa and Kansas. He has both an Associate and Bachelors degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, one of the foremost Culinary schools in the world, both with honors. Since coming to Wichita, Michael has been a tireless teacher and advocate of food and wine. For more information on the Butler Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center, call or visit


A Tasteful Evening of Inspiration HAROLD SMITH CULTURAL SERIES Special Guest, Warren Brown Inspirational Entrepreneur and Founder of CakeLove Warren Brown shared his story recently with students and community members at the Hubbard Welcome Center as a guest of the Harold Smith Cultural Series. Warren Brown was selected by a group of community and college leaders, charged with honoring Harold Smith’s intent to provide events free to the citizens of Butler County they might not otherwise be able to experience in this area. Warren Brown’s energetic and inspiring message resonated with the crowd. Brown is the founder and owner of CakeLove. His organization includes six retail storefronts in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He left a career practicing law to start his bakery in 2002. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit by a number of local and national media outlets including the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, and national advertisement campaigns for American Express and Dell computers.

Warren Brown's energetic and inspiring message resonated with the crowd.

HAROLD SMITH CULTURAL SERIES The Harold Smith Cultural Series was established following the death of Harold Smith in 1998. It has been responsible for bringing former First Lady and presidential mom Barbara Bush to the college in 2002 and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor company in 2008. Richard King, executer and attorney for the Smith estate, says Mr. Smith attended El Dorado High School and El Dorado Junior College before going away to college at Chicago’s Northwestern University in 1930. While in Chicago, he discovered an access to certain kinds of events that hadn’t been available in El Dorado. Never married, Smith lef t nearly his entire estate to local charitable organizations and Northwestern. He felt it would be nice “to give local people the opportunity to hear speakers they wouldn’t otherwise get to hear.” The Harold Smith Cultural Series was established to bring celebrated speakers to Butler Community College so Butler County area residents could attend at no charge.



The opening of our new sports complex was a labor of love for our community.




to all of the loyal families and friends for your support in building a first class facility that will be a fixture in our community for generations. Your loyalty and generosity is what helps make Butler different in a positive way. Your contribution to this project is what propels us from being good to being great. Greatness is what our student athletes strive for and BG Products Veterans Sports Complex is a tool that will help our program continue to build a tradition of greatness that is second to none.

Coach Troy Morrell Coach Morrell, now in his 13th year as head coach at Butler, has become the standard by which other community college coaches are judged. Morrell has led Butler to three national championships and 10 conference titles in 12 seasons with an overall record of 126–16 (.887), the highest winning percentage in Region VI f o o t b a l l h is to r y. Follow Coach Troy on t wit ter at: www.twitter/CoachTMorrell



Nursing scholarships enable the recipients to focus on their academic and clinical requirements and taking some of the financial stress from the students.

Generous donors have cumulatively contributed $880,000 to the Foundation’s endowment to benefit nursing students. A dream is to help even more worthy students by reaching the million dollar mark with donations by the end of this academic year. The long term stability that funding the endowment provides is crucial to the program’s continued effectiveness and excellence.

> Anita Mills, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health, and Early Childhood

Please consider supporting Butler’s renowned flagship nursing program with a gift to the Excellence in Nursing Fund or to an already established nursing scholarship. By joining together and focusing on student success, we can reach the Million Dollar Mark of Excellence with a strengthened endowment and more lives touched. For more information contact Averie Nelson, Scholarship Coordinator.

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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS Scholarship Reception The annual Reaching New Heights Scholarship Reception recently brought donors and student scholarship recipients together over lunch in the Clifford/Stone Room of the Hubbard Welcome Center. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers generously donated frozen custard as a special dessert treat.

Recent Scholarships Established in the 2012–13 fiscal year (since July 1, 2012) > Bill Rinkenbaugh, VP Student Services serving out frozen custard to students and donors.

Carter Zerbe Family Memorial Scholarship Kling Family Endowed Scholarship Butler County Shrine Club Scholarship Burdorff Family Scholarship, Bob & Jackie Burdorff Van Buren Family Scholarship, Harold & Peggy Van Buren > Yolanda Camarena visits with a student over lunch.


2012–13 Butler Community College Distinguished Alumnus

Tom McKibban’72 A community leader and accomplished professional, Tom is also a past scholarship recipient at Butler, he exemplifies the values of hard work and dedication. His belief in education and his commitment to community service, including to the betterment of the college, further highlights why this recognition is well-deserved. Jackie Jacki Jac kie V Vietti i t ti wit ietti iet with ith Tom Tom McK M McKibb McKibban Kibb ibban an

The Butler Community College Distinguished Alumnus award is Butler’s highest honor for alumni. The tribute is reserved for outstanding Butler graduates and is not necessarily presented each year. Recipients of the prestigious award are selected based upon accomplishments in their chosen profession, exemplary community service and leadership, and their engagement in advancing the missions of both the Butler Community College and the Butler Community College Foundation. Past recipients include R.D. Hubbard ‘56 and True Knowles ’57.

View a full list of our distinguished almuni award recipients and Tom's complete speech at

Tom spoke to scholarship donors and students at the recent Reaching New Heights Scholarship Reception. He shared his thoughts on education, community, and giving back. Here are his words: This community brought me home and I attribute a large portion of that to the positive attitudes and wisdom that I received during my time at Butler. What I didn’t realize until I returned is how many “givers” there truly are here. These are people who want to make a difference and are willing to go the extra mile. They are my mentors and many of them are with us today. Now, I am a certified registered nurse anesthetist and I provide anesthesia services at the local Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital, as I have done for over 35 years. I am active within the leadership of my profession and of my community. My two years at Butler inspired my desire to give back to the community which was so willing to help me achieve my dreams. As you grow into your futures, each of you will develop a different view on what is important: family, community, charity, or education; but I encourage each to be involved, to pay forward the wisdom and guidance you received during your time here and truly work to make a difference like each donor in the room today has done for us. I would like to close with the words of a man much smarter than I, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who once wrote, “ To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Thank you.




in the Fall Semester Observations by English Professor, Freda Briggs

Pounding of hammers, the swishing of paintbrushes as the stagecraft class constructs the set for the next production

Step into Butler’s 700 Building and experience the vitality: Spontaneous harmony down the halls of ad hoc ensembles breaking into song Crooning of jazz as saxophones, trombonists, and percussion swoon to the music Screams and explosions—then you realize it’s just play rehearsal Muffled piano and voice from the practice booths and private lessons Light beams on the walls of the art gallery, featuring professional artists’ works and students who are learning from them It’s not all about practice and performance and behind-thescenes preparation. It’s about what it does for young people.. The experts tell us that the arts positively affect creativity, rn, problem-solving skills, expression of ideas, motivation to learn, and joy. Our students just think it’s fun.

The box office telephone ringing ing g with requests for reservations

And dancing! It’s in two studios, it’s in mirrored halls, it’s down every corridor, and it’s in the rhythm of students’ lives, following their passions.


An echo chamber of a capella harmony—a voice symphony in a stairwell

What has been your favorite part of this job so far? Seeing all the students and their creative efforts. Whether it’s a television show, a song on the radio, a story in the newspaper or magazine, a dance show, singing formally or informally in the halls, the jazz band playing one of my favorite songs – every day brings a smile to my face. I really like that my efforts help these students and faculty achieve their hopes and dreams. Success comes in many forms.



Dean of Fine Arts & Communication Dr. Jay Moorman, Dean of Fine Arts & Communication, is the head of a dynamic department that includes all of Butler’s fine arts programs (from dance to music and theater to art) as well as the college's communications department that houses two student publications and a radio and television studio. Dr. Moorman replaced former Dean Larry Patton in fall 2011. Catching up with him now after a year at Butler, Jay gets his turn in the spotlight. What were you doing before this position? Head of a large communication program at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. What is your background? Where did you go to school? Electronics manufacturing, sales, and management. AA degree from Spoon River in Illinois, BA, and MA in Sociology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. A PhD in Speech Communication from SIUC as well. Year one is past. What did you learn about yourself? Whew! What a year it’s been. I’ve learned that communication skills are paramount. To listen before I speak has allowed me to see what a great place Butler is and that the people of Kansas have to offer to me and my life here. Adventure and excitement abound as I meet people every day.

What can patrons expect from Fine Arts this year? There are some real highlights coming in fine arts, with great shows planned all semester long, as well as fantastic exhibits in the Erman B. White Gallery. The Lantern newspaper has an online presence starting this semester which offers another readerfriendly outlet for information as well. The choir is singing with the Wichita Symphony twice this fall which only occurs every other year. We are reaching out to the community and plan to use more means to keep everyone posted on forthcoming events. With your experiences so far, what do you want to see happen with your programs in the future? One of my premier goals for Fine Arts and Communication programs here at Butler is to involve more people at all levels. Community members, students, faculty both at Butler and at other institutions and business people around the area would be great assets for our programs. We are here to serve the community in all its myriad forms. Why did you choose Butler? For the opportunity to have an impact on a growing program at a dynamic college. Why should others choose Butler? For students because of the professionalism that exists amongst the staff and faculty. For those wishing to work here, for the collegiality that exists. Who do you admire? Abraham Lincoln, Buddha, Chester Burnett and a host of others. What is your ideal vacation? Lake sailing with a strong wind.


Thank you President Jackie Vietti

Inspiring us all with the

POWER of POSSIBILITY could ever have accomplished on its own. To donors who are supportive of Butler and have developed lifelong relationships with her and her husband Ray, their respect for Dr. Vietti and her unwavering commitment to collaboration is illustrated in the growth of the Foundation and the many transformative projects that have resulted because of donor involvement. Her most profound legacy will likely come through the thousands of students and alumni for whom she believed could achieve a better life through higher education.


f ter 17 years of leading the college through unprecedented collaboration and strategic innovation, President Dr. Jackie Vietti announced that she will retire at the end of 2012.

Always true to the Butler family culture she championed, President Vietti made the announcement to a gathering of nearly 500 faculty and staff during Fall Institutional Development Day in early October. The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Karla Fisher, Butler Community College VP of academics, as interim president. Vietti’s retirement will be effective Dec. 31, 2012. Vietti served as Butler’s fourth president, since the transition from dean to president in 1963, and the first female to serve at its top post.

"It has been my most rewarding professional as well as personal experience to serve as the president of Butler for the past seventeen years,” said Vietti. “I have been afforded the opportunity to work beside truly exceptional individuals inside and outside the college, all of whom have invested selfless time, energy and thought in making our corner of the world a better place." Credited with championing a new era of collaboration, Vietti’s enthusiastic approach to collective solutions has built shared and contagious visions, creating results that no one organization


Vietti’s servant leadership stems from her firm belief that each individual has the potential to add value to an organization and a strong commitment to treat each person she encountered with dignity and respect.

"Butler is the college it is today because of the steadfast people who have believed and invested in its pure learning power,” said Vietti. “What an honor and privilege it has been for me to work beside the individuals who have made Butler and our region a better place for all." Recognizing Vietti’s visionary leadership, transformative community influence and her uncompromising student commitment, Dr. Greg Joyce, Board of Trustees Chair, said it will be hard to imagine Butler without Dr. Vietti. at “The culture of quality that en exists here today has been g developed under her inspiring e leadership,” said Joyce. “She r, will be remembered, however, d every time we look around n and see all that has been e accomplished during her time here. I don't know if there's another college administrator out there like her, but we're going to make every effort to find him or her."

“I have long said that you never really leave Butler. Certainly that is true in my case, as I always will bleed purple and remain committed to helping the college and the broader community in any way I can."

HIGHLIGHTING THE POWER OF DR. VIETTI’S PRESIDENCY Student Success Enhancement of virtual/online learning Initiation of 21st century learning outcomes & workplace skills Creation of engaging learning environments Dramatic enrollment growth Capital Projects BG Products Veterans Sports Complex Student Union, Andover Campus Hubbard Welcome Center Apartment-style, 192-bed student-housing complex

> Jackie Vietti with Ted and Barb "People likely will wonder what I'm going to do with my newly found time,” said Vietti. “My first response is that I'll read some very good books over fine Coca Dolce and Sweet 120 chocolate. My second is that I'll continue to invest time and energy in several of the great causes that are in play in our region. I also see much more Nonie (Italian for grandmother) time in my future.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Vietti’s transformative leadership, a gift can be made to the Vietti Student Success Fund. To be a part of this tribute, you may contribute online or send via mail to the Butler Foundation. A list of those donors will be presented to Dr. Vietti at a special community celebration of her leadership in December.

Dankert and Stewart Weaver.

Partnerships Transfer agreements with secondary and post-secondary institutions 2+2 degree agreement plans, allowing students to stay at Butler but receive their degree from a four-year university

> Jackie Vietti with Brian Black, Helen Galloway, and Kathy Knorr

Visioneering Wichita’s Achieve Kansas initiative, a partnership of 16 institutions of higher learning in our region


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Inspiring Annual Giving A key component of the Annual Fund Leadership gifts of $1,000 or more Annual giving is the lifeblood for any charitable organization and for the Butler Foundation, the Annual Fund serves as the cornerstone to achieve its foremost and vital mission of creating opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students. A key component of the Annual Fund is the unrestricted leadership gifts of $1,000 or more that comprise the Pacesetter Drive.

Our leaders create the power of possibilities for Butler 2012–13 Annual Fund officially kicked off with a celebratory event at Lonnie & LaDonna Snook’s home at the end of July. Those leaders who give an unrestricted $1,000 or higher gift to the Annual Fund are crucial to the success of the drive each year and are our valued Pacesetters. If you have not yet done so, make your Pacesetter gift today!

Butler Foundation Fall Magazine 2012  

The Butler Community College Foundation Magazine is published twice a year highlighting activities, projects, and donors with a focus on adv...

Butler Foundation Fall Magazine 2012  

The Butler Community College Foundation Magazine is published twice a year highlighting activities, projects, and donors with a focus on adv...