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CONSTRUCTION STADIUM CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES Construction on the $11 million BG Products Veterans Sports Complex continues, with the Grizzlies looking to open the 2012 season in the new facility. Butler’s first home game will be Sept. 1 against fellow national power Blinn (Texas).

Check out the football page at for video updates on stadium construction.

THE VILLAS AT BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE is a private development consisting of 192 beds currently being constructed on privately owned land across from campus at 700 South Haverhill Road. This project will be an answer to long-standing housing needs at Butler for students who want to live on or adjacent to campus, but to date have not been able to do so. With an historical waiting list of more than 100 students, this additional space will be a boon to students with housing needs at Butler.

> Dr. Jackie Vietti and Carolyn Connell

DEDICATION TO BUTLER AND TO COMMUNITY Carolyn Connell ably served for 19 years on the Foundation Board. With her recent departure from the board, her commitment and service to the college was highlighted at the annual President’s Club Dinner where she was honored with a special award recognizing her service.


Foundation Board of Directors

Mike Clifton • Pat Do • Ed Gard Teresa Kirkendoll • Tom Mack • Mary Moon Randy Moss • Dalton Patterson • Jim Reeves Lonnie Snook • Jim Stump • Jeremy Sundgren Stewart Weaver • Carol Wohlford

Ex Officio Dr. Jackie Vietti Trustee Greg Joyce • Trustee Candace Kunkle

Foundation Staff Stacy Cofer, Chief Advancement Officer 316-323-6729 | Keri Myers, Executive Director of Development 316-323-6739 | Averie Nelson, Scholarship Coordinator 316-323-6737 | Megan Pilcher, Accounting Clerk 316-323-6732 | Kathy Rickard, Advancement Coordinator 316-323-6738 | Syndee Scribner, Development Coordinator 316-323-6734 | Kim Sherwood, Business Manager 316-323-6733 |

Student Workers

Morgan Basham • Calle Arndt 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, c/o Syndee Scribner, 901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042, by e-mail to, by phone at 316-323-6734, or by fax to 316-323-6750.

> Cover Page: Theatre Performance—Ellie Labes, Delphos, and Stacy Farthing, Wichita, are the evil witch and the mysterious bird in the Butler Theatre production of “The Firebird.”




isionary donors have transformed physical spaces at Butler. Both the new Hubbard Welcome Center and the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex which is currently under construction indelibly mark our El Dorado campus. These accomplishments happened by attaining advice from community leaders and building relationships with generous individuals and businesses who believe in the power of possibility and invested in the power of Butler. As we celebrate our successes it is a good time to look more closely at the students we serve. Do you know that eighty percent of Butler students work, yet 42% earn less than $10,000 and 62% earn less than $20,000 annually? Do you know that 39% of our 14,000 students are firstgeneration college students who often lack the family support structure critical to success in school? They face challenging financial situations and family responsibilities. In our economic climate, students struggle to forego today’s income to ensure future earnings. Given these demographics you can see the impact that scholarships have in helping our students attain their educational goals and the promise of increased future earnings. Through scholarship giving, our donors create success stories for deserving, struggling students. The most efficient way to give scholarships is through an endowment. The donated funds are invested in perpetuity and the earnings are distributed in the form of scholarships. How can you support the future of our communities by creating opportunities for students through scholarships? It is worth taking time to talk about the power of possibility. I look forward to the conversation.

Stacy Cofer, Chief Advancement Officer


President’s Club ANNUAL DINNER


he annual President’s Club Dinner was held on September 29, 2011 at the Hubbard Welcome Center. The event’s theme was “Because of You Dreams Come True.” Hosted by Dr. Jackie Vietti and the Foundation Board of Directors, the evening honored donors who gave at the President’s Club level or higher for the 2010–11 fiscal year. Guests were entertained by fine arts vocal music students under the direction of Valerie Mack during dinner. A dessert reception followed in the Lattner Family Foundation Entry. Corporate Hosts for the evening were Foulston Siefkin, Commerce Trust Company, and True North.

Legacy Society Donors who have contributed $500,00+ during their lifetime

> Legacy Society | Dr. Larry and Judy Abraham

Heritage Society Donors who have contributed $250,000+ during their lifetime

> Heritage Society | Ray and Carolyn Connell


> Legacy Society | Ted and Barb Dankert

> Dr. Larry and Judy Abraham GrizzlyBacker of the Year Award Presented by Dr. Larry Abraham and Athletic Director Todd Carter to Phil and Sheila Johnson

Cornerstone Society Donors who have contributed $100,000+ during their lifetime > Cornerstone Society Darin Greseth and Galen Myers, BG Products

> Cornerstone Society Jim Hukle, Bank of America for the James and Catherine Buck Charitable Trust

Trustee Society Donors who have contributed $50,000+ during their lifetime 1





1. Drs. Pat and Sylvia Do 2. Jan Rueppel, Great Western Dining 3. Tom and Valerie Mack 4. Tom McKibban and Dr. Cathy Cooper 5. Joseph Onijala, Spirit Aerosystems

Diamond Society Donors who have contributed $10,000+ during their lifetime 1





1. Harvey Sorensen, Stewart Weaver, Doug Stanley窶認oulston Siefkin LLP, Linda Billingsley 2. Helen Galloway, Shirley Jackson 3. Kelsey Sundgren 4. Justin and Shelley McClure, Malcom and Janice Shaffer 5. Matt and Dr. Marilyn Jacobs, Luke and Debbie Lucas



Another record-breaking year for the annual fundraising event, which contributes to student success and scholarships Marking another record-breaking year, the highly anticipated annual Butler Community College Foundation Benefit Auction packed the Hubbard Welcome Center and garnered $160,000 Friday, March 2, to raise money for student success. Now in its fifteenth year, A Vintage Evening 2012 welcomed community leaders to support the mission and work of the Foundation and included a silent and live auction, a wine reception and dinner. The event was chaired by Drs. Pat and Sylvia Do. The Presenting Host Sponsor was HollyFrontier. Top-selling items included an annual auction tradition, a multicourse Italian dinner donated by Dr. Jackie and Ray Vietti that was purchased by Dean and Rebecca Smith for $5,000. Other noteworthy items auctioned off included rounds of golf at Big Horn Golf Course in Palm Desert, Calif., donated by R.D. and Joan Hubbard; several gourmet dinners, including dinner on the patio of Newport Grill for Wichita Grand Opera’s “Opera on the Lake”, donated by George and Jocelyne Laham; Butler athletic memorabilia; artwork by regional artists (including two Birger Sandzen prints); even a vending machine donated by Wichita Vending Co. “There have been so many exciting things going on at Butler and we are excited to be a part of this community. We know the value of education and believe that Butler provides an exceptional opportunity.”

Pat and Sylvia Do, “A Vintage Evening” event chairs


“We are not just trying to get money, it’s nice to talk to alumni and hear about their experiences at Butler,” Belle Plaine sophomore and phonathon caller, Bailey Golightley said.

The Phonathon kicked off in February and will continue to call through finals. The overall goal is $20,000. “The most important thing that alumni might not understand is that their gift, regardless of the size, is important to helping all students at Butler,” Scribner said.




STUDENT SUCCESS uring the spring semester, the Butler Foundation holds its annual Phonathon. This is the largest alumni campaign held by the Foundation.

Butler students call alumni to update their information and ask if they would be interested in giving back to Butler by donating to the Annual Fund. “The Phonathon is important from the calling aspect because students get the opportunity to learn about the college and they develop phone and people skills,” Foundation and Alumni Development Coordinator Syndee Scribner said. Student callers also have the chance to visit with alumni and discuss happenings and Butler, in general.

To support the Butler Annual Fund, contact Syndee ‘Scrib’ Scribner at 316-323-6734 or

TRAVEL WITH BUTLER For more information call: Susan Howell Butler Community College 316-322-3193


* Highlights: Rome, Colosseum * A tour of Florence showcases the cultural treasures of the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” * Enjoy a visit to one of Chianti’s treasured wineries * Spend some time in Switzerland visiting the beautiful resort town of Lugano wines included with every dinner.

Rates Per Person Double: $3,399 Single: $3,999 Triple: $3,369

Nov. 7–16, 2012 10 Days, 14 Meals 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners


TRANSFORMING LIVES through Education There are many aspects to the outreach of the Butler Foundation. However, at its very heart, the work of the Foundation is centered on providing opportunities to students. This is done impactfully through scholarships. Dr. Jackie Vietti passionately articulates that, donors provide the ongoing support necessary to sustain the power of learning that takes place each and every day. Inside the classroom. Outside the classroom. On the stage. In the broader community.

Recent Endowed


established in the 2011–12 fiscal year (since July 1, 2011) Richard and Faralane Chase vocal music scholarship Tim and Emily Connell agriculture scholarship Fire and Iron Motorcycle fire science scholarship


“Thank you very much for the opportunity you have given me. It will help me so much in my attempt to be the first one in my family to graduate from college.” James & Catherine Buck Trust Scholarship recipient, Danah Fox, Early Childhood Education. With over 39% of our students the first in their families to attend college, Dannah and those like her are being given opportunities to succeed that would not be possible without donor support.

Graham Family scholarship, Jim (’70) and Beckie (’70) Graham

Shriver Family scholarship for agriculture, engineering or nursing, Bill and Evie Shriver

Lattner Family Foundation scholarship

Stanley Family medical field scholarship, Bob Stanley

Martin Park scholarship

Denise & Stewart Weaver Determination scholarship

Jim and Sally Reeves Presidential nursing scholarship Shipley Family scholarship for business or education, Curtis and Judy Shipley

Del Gaines presidential scholarship for engineering or science, in memory of their son by Frank (deceased) and Beverly Gaines


Over $550,000 in scholarship support was directed to 700 students. Earnings from our $7.5 million endowment compromised of 257 funds ensures opportunities for students in perpetuity.

Establishing an Endowed Fund with the Butler Foundation The Butler Foundation is committed to the power of education and like-minded individuals are invited to join us in creating opportunities for students to succeed. It is important that our donors find the best fit for their philanthropic investment entrusted to Butler. Here are some questions to consider as you make your decision. Do you believe in the power of education? Do you want to help others succeed? What is your personal vision for the future of the college and students? How do you want others to be involved with your fund? Would you like your family to learn from your philanthropy?

> Justin & Shelly McClure


reating sustained student opportunities through endowment support of programs is another important way donors provide a lasting impact on Butler. Two recent established funds will enhance existing stand out programs. The Grizzly Baseball Fund was established through gifts from Justin & Shelly McClure and B.D. & Joyce Parker. It is especially fitting that this excellence in baseball fund was made possible by former player, Justin McClure, and the baseball coach who inspired him, B.D. Parker. Their generous support allows the baseball program to encourage baseball players to become as Justin remembers Coach Parker saying “men on the field but more importantly true men off the field.” Agriculture instructors Chris & Elissa Mullinix and parents, Jay & Kimi Keys whose daughter Katie is currently studying agriculture, established the Agriculture program fund. This fund will support a flagship Butler program that has grown to national prominence while remaining grounded with a Flint Hills work ethic.

Donors meet their scholarship recipients each fall at the Reaching New Heights Scholarship reception and receive thank you notes from students. The Foundation provides periodic updates on your fund’s balance and your students’ profiles. Many donors with named funds contribute to it on holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and special family celebrations. A note is sent to the person in whose honor a gift is made. Establish an endowed fund with a minimum $10,000 gift (which is the amount that allows entry into our lifetime giving society and can be paid over three years). The Foundation accepts other types of assets beyond cash and stock gifts. Donors name the fund and determine the criteria for the recipients. For more information, refer to the website or contact us at 316.323.6729. We are pleased to discuss options and honor your decision to invest in student success.


A HEALTHY DOSE OF LEADERSHIP Introducing Anita Mills, the Dean of Nursing, Allied Health, Early Childhood Education

A former faculty member who assumed the role of Dean when Trish Hutchinson retired last summer, Anita is responsible for a dynamic and ever-growing department that produces widely respected nurses in the region, meeting the rapidly increasing workforce demand for more professional healthcare providers.

Why should others choose Butler? For the quality educational experience that they will receive from dedicated and committed faculty and staff.

Who do you admire? From Butler I admire Dr. Vietti for her superb leadership qualities and infinite graciousness she shows in all situations. Butler is very blessed to have her as president. I admire anyone that serves in our military forces. The personal sacrifices that they are making each and every day is humbling when you think what it is that they are doing to serve our country.

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

How has the Foundation helped develop your program’s commitment to excellence over the years?

What is your background? Where did you go to school? I graduated from Butler Community College in 1991 with my associate degree, graduated from Southwestern College with my BSN and Wichita State University with my Masters in Nursing Administration. I have worked for Via Christi Regional Medical Center as an intensive care nurse and nursing administrator. I have also worked for Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital as a house supervisor and interim med/surg/ICU nursing director.

Why did you choose Butler? Butler provided the opportunity for me to earn my associates degree as a graduate of the nursing program that prepared me exceptionally well to successfully pass the NCLEX (National Licensure Exam for the RN). Butler is committed to providing students with the opportunity to gain educational skills and competencies that are necessary for successful transition to either the work force or additional educational endeavors. Butler really does have a family atmosphere, I can’t imagine working any other place! For the last nine years I have often said I don’t think I have a job, because when you get to come to work every single day loving what you do then there is no way that is a job!


The Foundation has provided enormous support for the nursing program in a variety of ways. The primary support has come in the form of scholarships to our Butler nursing students, enabling the recipients to focus on their academic and clinical requirements and taking some of the financial stress from the students. The Foundation has supported faculty professional development in maintaining currency in professional practice and educational pedagogy. The Foundation is instrumental in developing and maintaining the relationships of generous donors with the nursing department. The Nursing Learning Studios are an excellent example of the generosity of Foundation donors. The Foundation is a key component in assisting the nursing department’s commitment to excellence in the program.

How and why would you encourage alumni and community members to get involved with the Foundation’s mission? By supporting the work of the Butler Foundation, alumni and community members have the opportunity to provide opportunities that are life-changing for our students. There is nothing more rewarding than to know that a contribution, regardless of the amount, has the potential to enable a student to achieve his/ her educational goals.

WE’RE #1!

The Butler Grizzlies are the No. 1 community college athletic department in the nation following the fall semester.

Each year, NATYCAA (National Association of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators) tabulates point totals from each sport team based on their national ranking at the end of the season. Butler scored high with the football team finishing second in the nation, the women’s soccer team finishing fifth and top 12 national finishes from both the women’s and men’s cross country teams. The Grizzlies compiled 52 points, ahead of second-place Iowa Western, which finished the fall season with 43.5 points and thirdplace Tyler (Texas) with 40.5 points.

SOCCER QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS For the first time in the 10-year history of the Butler program, the women’s soccer team qualified for the NJCAA national tournament, held in November in Melbourne, Fla. The Grizzlies won the Jayhawk Conference championship with an 11–1 record and set the school record for wins in a season with a 21–4–1 record. Butler won the District B Championship by beating North Idaho 1-0 and getting past Laramie County (Wy.) on penalty kicks. Freshman Kaila Sneath made the winning penalty kick to send the Grizzlies to Florida. Once there, Butler lost to Harford (Md.) by a 1–0 score but finished on a positive note by beating Waubonsee (Ill.) 4–0 and Monroe (N.Y.) 1-0 to finish fifth in the nation.

Butler had six All-Americans, led by first-team selection Zach Miller, a defensive back from Duncan, S.C. He will continue his playing career at Troy University in Alabama. Miller is one of 15 sophomores who will play next year at NCAA football programs including quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Connecticut), Chaquil Reed and Dylan Schellenburg (K-State), Roland Johnson (Minnesota) and Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State).

CROSS COUNTRY AMONG NATION’S BEST ACADEMICALLY The Butler men’s cross country team had the second-highest grade point average in the nation this past fall, posting an impressive 3.907 GPA. Butler had four runners (Jameson Fay, Joseph Metcalf, Dale Nuckolls and Jordan Umscheid) with a 4.0 GPA.

FOOTBALL FINISHES 2ND IN THE NATION The Butler football team faced a tough game to open the season, playing on the road at preseason No. 1-ranked Navarro (Texas). The Grizzlies lost that game in overtime, but it would be the only time Butler would taste defeat all season. The Grizzlies won their final 11 games, winning the Jayhawk Conference championship for the second straight year and the 12th time in the past 14 seasons dating back to 1998. Butler also won the Citizen’s Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, Kan. in January, topping Trinity Valley (Texas) by a 21–17 score.

The Butler women finished 17th nationally with a team GPA of 3.282. Adrian McCollum had a perfect 4.0 GPA to lead the women.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL QUALIFIES FOR REGION VI TOURNEY For the second year in a row, the women’s basketball team qualified for the Region VI Tournament in Wichita, finishing in the top eight in the region. The Grizzlies finished the season with an 18-14 record. Freshman guard Jamillah Bonner was a first-team AllJayhawk Conference selection after averaging 16.6 points and eight rebounds per game.


Learning Through Connecting —Butler Institutes Entrepreneur Jack DeBoer speaks on campus Butler Institutes bring together programs and services designed to meet the learning needs of people desiring something other than, or in addition to, a degree or certificate. Institutes blend credit and non-credit courses and services to create learning opportunities for people seeking knowledge to update their skills, advance their career, enter the workforce, prepare for college, or learn something of personal interest. As part of the Butler Institutes, the Entrepreneurial Institute is a partnership between Butler Community College, Network Kansas and the Kansas Small Business Development Center, bringing together internal and external resources to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners, and students prepare to become business owners, at any stage of their venture. Connecting students with successful entrepreneurs has been one way to inspire and educate. The recent forum with Jack DeBoer was the fifth Entrepreneurship Forum held for Butler students and community members since March 2010.

Jack DeBoer talked about his book Risk Only Money: Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation All eyes were on Jack as he very candidly spoke to the students about his successes and failures as an entrepreneur. Jack stressed to the students and business people in the room was that while being successful is nice, what really matters is being significant. The advice Jack shared for being significant by making a difference in the word is to,

“find a passion, don’t start something new, support and get involved in an organization you believe in.” “There are many lessons in this book that I had to learn the hard way,” DeBoer says. “I wish that someone had told me years ago the right reasons to do business. That is why I accept every invitation I can to discuss what I learned from those early years. Why you do business matters. Do something for others out of the gifts you have. And always remember that success is seldom permanent, but neither is failure.”

STUDENTS RESPOND “I was surprised at how much he related to us and just seemed like a regular person. He was funny. I didn’t expect that from someone successful.”

“Now I know who invented breakfast at hotels and I met him. That’s awesome.”

“ I was expecting a business lecture by a rich

guy to be boring, but I went along to try something new. I was amazed at how honest he was about the mistakes he made and how he fixed them. Honesty is still the best

medicine, that’s good to know. ”


Latina Business Forum Latina community leaders inspire with stories of hard work and success.

“My husband and I support Butler Community College so much because we know the value of education. You have to set up goals. Make a to-do list. What am I going to do? Where am I going to go?” —Panelist Sylvia Orozco-Do, M.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas-Wichita

“You always have to strive. The road can get tough, but you have to keep going and never give up.” That’s what Butler student Ricardo Rodriguez took away from The Latina Business Forum recently held at Butler as part of the Entrepreneurial Institute’s Student and Leadership Series that featured a panel of local businesswomen and community leaders sharing their experiences with attendees, as well as answering questions about their personal stories of success.

“Dime con quien andas y te digo quien eres.” (“Tell me who you’re with, and I’ll tell you who you are.”) —Panelist Patricia Koehler, President of JR Custom Metals, relaying a Spanish proverb on the importance of keeping good company. The panel also included Anita Mendoza, mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo and Carmen Rosales, Owner Connie’s Mexico Cafe

“The greatest investment you can make is in yourself. We want to go far, but there are always obstacles trying to keep us down. You can’t ever allow that. Life happens... you need to look at that Plan B and turn your obstacles into opportunities.” —Panelist Yolanda Camerena, Vice President La Raza Pizza, Inc.




Student possibility. Community Pride.

> Headliners—(from left) Ronny Frias, Bellevue, Neb.; Javonte Randolph, Junction City; and Ashley Nissen, Aurora, Neb., perform with the Butler Headliners.

The Fine Arts is a vibrant part of the college and a source of both pride and possibility for our students and community members. Donors Lonnie & LaDonna Snook attend performances faithfully, sharing that “We attend Fine Arts events because Butler develops young, talented, expressive people to be the most interesting and enjoyable entertainment available.” With a wide array of course offerings including Art, Dance, Mass Communications, Speech Communication, Music, both Vocal and Instrumental, and Theatre Arts over 214 regular classes are offered currently in the division, in addition to dozens of practicums and individualized instruction. Theatre productions, art shows, musicals, dance concerts, broadcasts and publications are learning opportunities for current students and a rich cultural resource for our community. These events and the instructors who produce them with students are key elements in maintaining a strong relationship between the college, our alumni, and the community.

>Choir—The Butler Concert Choir under the direction of Matt Udland.



Alumnus Tom Prichard and His Wife Sheila Prepare Students for the Future.


fter turning down a basketball scholarship at Butler out of high school, Circle High graduate Tom Prichard opted instead to attend Southwestern College in Winfield. However he quickly discovered—as one of ten children in his family— there wasn’t going to be much in the way of financial support from his parents. So, he quickly made the “wise” decision to return to Butler to facilitate his education. Now, after a long and successful career as a CPA, the retired Prichard and his wife Sheila are taking time to give back to Butler, namely in the form of an established scholarship and their involvement through the Foundation. “Remembering how difficult the financial struggle was to get a degree, I wanted to help

others,” Prichard said. “Butler gave me the opportunity to succeed, and I need to help others reach their own success.” Though his retirement hobby is stand-up comedy, giving back to future generations is no laughing matter for Prichard. “Many small towns in Kansas are having very difficult economic times and Butler is a major economic power that can offset this weakness,” he said. “In addition, Butler provides entertainment that in many cases can only be found in larger cities. Also, people can see the pride that is developed by an educational institution such as Butler, and often will want to return to the area. Finally, Butler provides training for many trades that can help keep small employers in the area and help them grow.”

> Dr. Jay Moorman, Dean of Fine Arts & Communication visits with Susan Pompeo in the Erman B. White Gallery during an Alumni art exhibit.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso


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YEARBOOKS ONLINE! Butler Community College yearbooks and Grizzly magazines are now freely available online for all alumni, students and friends of the college to view. This exciting project was coordinated by Butler Libraries and includes full color and cover to cover scanning of every issue of the yearbooks and magazines, going back to 1928. Readers can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF and search the text of each yearbook. The project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative—a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country. A donation honoring the James R. Boyd family funded the project locally. The college yearbooks and magazines were scanned and are available on the Internet Archive by visiting or through the Butler Community College Alumni and Library websites at

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Butler Foundation Spring 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 Spring Magazine 2012  

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

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