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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foundation Board of Directors Mike Clifton • Suzanne Coin • Carolyn Connell Pam Cross • Vicki Forbes • Evan Funk Alan Jaax • Lance Lechtenberg Gerry Mills • Jessica Ohman • Dalton Patterson Forrest Rhodes • Jeremy Sundgren • Rod Young

Ex Officio Dr. Kim Krull, President Eileen Dreiling, Trustee Liaison

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 | Hayley Hobbs Advancement & Communications Coordinator 316.323.6734 | Debbie Sharp Director of Finance 316.323.6733 | Elizabeth Turner Accounting Clerk 316.323.6732 |

Student Workers


Table of Contents


Message from Stacy Cofer


Rooted in Butler


Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship Initiative


21st Butler Benefit Auction


2018 Hubbard Award of Excellence


Marketing Students Give Back


Unmanned Flight and the Future


Winnie Broers Estate Scholarship


An Associate Degree Becomes a Ticket to Travel


Waite Family Legacy


BCCEA Scholarship and Master Site Planning


The Heart of a Nurse


Planned Giving

John Lind • Emily Rishel

Feature Writers Ken Arnold • Hayley Hobbs • Alice Mannette 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. Cover: Student Drawing FOUNDATION 2 | BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE Photo Credit: Katie Lindner

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he spring semester is always one that is full of wonderful memories, mission, and purpose. We see so many of our students achieve their goals, culminating with commencement in May. This is when the students who have sacrificed much and worked through difficulties can have the spotlight and feel the weight of importance of what they have accomplished. You will read about the 2018 Hubbard Award of Excellence winner in this issue, a truly outstanding student just like those who have received the award before. It is an honor to be part of that selection process and to reward the students that stand out with their academics, community service, and commitment to continuing their education. Donors who establish legacies, such as the Hubbard Award of Excellence, create a lasting impression on our students long after they have left our campuses. We are excited that for the next academic year, the Foundation Board of Directors has voted to increase our scholarship amount that is given away to students, meaning we will impact more futures than ever before!

Without our donors, alumni, and friends this would not be possible. It is with the sincerest and most heartfelt thanks that I extend to you— difference makers who are the reason we can inspire, empower, and transform lives daily. With regard,

Stacy Cofer Vice President of Advancement

"Thank you so much for your generosity! With your help, I will be able to continue my studies to complete my associate degree in Early Childhood Education. My future plans include becoming a lead teacher at Top Early Learning Center." —Donice C., Early Childhood Education Major


ROOTED IN BUTLER Jay Stehley grew up in Manhattan, Kan. At Manhattan High School he did what came naturally to him; he played football— and really enjoyed it. He knew he wanted to attend college, but he wasn’t sure where or how. Then, Butler offered him a football scholarship. “It was a dream come true,” Stehley said. Stehley became a linebacker for the Grizzlies, majored in business administration, and played on the 1981 national championship team. Soon he transferred to Kansas State University and then to Emporia State University, but his heart was always with Butler.

“At Butler, I learned hard work and discipline,” Stehley said. “Coaches Braet, Remsberg, and Henson taught us that nothing is given to you. You have to earn it.” After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business, Stehley began work at PPG Industries. He lived in Wisconsin and then Michigan, but his heart was always taking him back to Kansas. Eventually, he took over Interim Healthcare from his parents in 2002. They had started the business in Wichita in 1979. Interim helps people with at-home healthcare, including hospice care. “It is a rewarding business,” Stehley said. “We are able to help people who are ill with dignity and grace.”


Stehley, who is the president of Interim Healthcare, is part of the hiring process for this independently owned facility. He knows that Butler healthcare workers are top quality.

“It absolutely looks good when we see Butler Community College on an application,” he said. “Butler has a great nursing program.”

Scholarships Make

All the Difference Annually, the Foundation Board of Directors reviews the rate of disbursement for endowed and annual scholarships and program funds. This process ensures that the Foundation continues to give away the amount of scholarships that will benefit the most students while protecting the endowment corpus. Due to positive investment returns, the Board of Directors approved a record high disbursement for the 2018–2019 academic year. For the staff, this is thrilling because we will be impacting even more students than ever before. More than $600,000 will be disbursed from endowed scholarship funds and nearly $80,000 more in annual scholarship funds. In another move to help more students finish what they start, the Board of Directors established the Grizzly Success Scholarship program to provide funds to students within a certain criteria who are close to graduation. $126,000 is available to disburse over three semesters and the results will be monitored to ensure the program is a success. “Assisting the college with their strategic priorities is important to the work we do at the Foundation,” Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer said. “Since providing scholarships to students is our main mission, this opportunity makes perfect sense.” The Scholarship Taskforce, a college group chaired by Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Jessica Ohman Ph.D., conceptualized the idea for the Grizzly Success Scholarship program during a strategic discussion. The taskforce is committed to redefining and redesigning the way scholarships are disbursed institution-wide. Ohman worked with the college’s Institutional Research office to define criteria that targets students who are at risk of leaving Butler without completing a degree. The criteria approved by the Board of Directors is:

“It is important to our board that these dollars truly help students reach the goal of completion,” Cofer said. “That is why this will be monitored closely and the progress of each student tracked so the effectiveness of the program can be measured.” “With more scholarship applications coming in every year, providing dollars to more students means we can impact more futures,” Scholarship Coordinator Averie Nelson said. “It is our honor to be able to help our students.”

• Full-time, degree-seeking students • Have earned 20-35 credit hours • 2.75 or higher GPA • Have not received any other institutional or Foundation scholarship during their time at Butler At $500 per student for three semesters, 84 students would be impacted through this pilot program.




BUTLER BENEFIT AUCTION On March 2 the 21st annual Butler Benefit Auction, “Butler 21 Club,” raised $240,000! The evening showcased students from many areas of the college and the highlight was certainly the $60,000 raised during Pure Philanthropy that will be used for scholarships. Thank you to our generous donors and volunteers that make this event successful!

 Dr. Kim Krull

 Tony and Chris Sementelli


 Rune and Kristen Larneng

 Dewey and Tiffani Price, Henry Waters, and Sam Sparks

 Rachelle and Jim Depew


 Drs. Paul and Camille McKesey

 Koko Blanton, Miss Kansas 2017 Krystian Fish, Jane Shelden

 Theatre students dressed as jockeys, such as one would see at the 21 Club in New York City, greeted guests.


 Averie Nelson and Ray Connell

 Guy and Beth Bower, Carla and Dan Powers

 Jen and Matt Gage

 Matt Cross toasts his table.


2018 HUBBARD AWARD of Excellence For Kaylee Farmer, Butler will always be the best decision she made after high school. “I pursued a lot of options to see which college would allow me the most opportunity for personal growth and education success,” Farmer said in her application essay. “In the end, there was no question that Butler was the perfect combination of what I had been searching for.” Kaylee grew up in a single parent household in Missouri. Her mother, a registered nurse, suffers from an autoimmune disease but still works full-time. The challenges in Kaylee’s personal life ensured a toughness and ambition for her future. “I wanted a career in agriculture,” Farmer said. “My late grandfather actually purchased my FFA jacket for me my freshman year of high school and encouraged me to continue pursuing agriculture.” The dream of carrying on her grandfather’s legacy and her own passion for agriculture is driving Kaylee to Kansas State University where she will study Animal Science. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school, specializing in agricultural law, to advocate for agriculture while working alongside farmers and ranchers.

“With this career, I know I could truly make a difference by helping improve and preserve the industry for future generations,” Farmer said. At Butler, Kaylee was a member of the national champion Livestock Judging team, served as the Agriculture Ambassadors president, participated in Phi Theta Kappa, and worked as an intern at BioZyme Incorporated. She was a recipient of several scholarships and her academics landed her on the Dean’s and Presidential Honor Rolls.


Livestock Judging Coach Taylor Frank attested to Kaylee’s outstanding qualities. “She is one of the most creative and out-of-thebox thinkers that I have been around,” Frank wrote in his recommendation letter. “Not only is she a wellrounded student from an academic standpoint, but she works hard to leave an impact on the college as well. Kaylee has a sense of leadership that makes her easy to follow.”

“Kaylee exemplifies what the Hubbard Award of Excellence is about,” Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer said. “An all-around student who excels in and outside of the classroom while giving back to the community.” Perhaps though, what Kaylee will remember most about Butler, is the relationships made. “Part of what has given me the opportunity to be successful academically and otherwise is a network of people I have met along the way that are committed to helping one another,” Farmer said. “Winning the Hubbard Award of Excellence [allows] me to follow my dream of continuing my education.”


 Lauren Jackson

Lauren is from nearby Douglass, Kan. An Early College Health Sciences Academy student, Lauren simultaneously balanced a full college course load during her junior and senior years at Rose Hill High School. Her activities range from theatrical to athletic to her work as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), all while remaining a stellar student. Lauren will attend Kansas State University majoring in Biology.

Kenzie Kretzmeier Kenzie hails from Fowler, Ind. Upon graduation, she will transfer to Kansas State University majoring in Agriculture Economics. We are glad that Kenzie, who grew up in Purdue University land, chose to be a student at Butler and also participate on the Livestock Judging team. Kenzie’s service to the college also branched into volunteerism in the community and she excelled academically.

 Kenzie Kretzmeier

Maggie Maloney Maggie grew up in Wichita, Kan. A student athlete on the 2017 NJCAA Region IV Tournament Champions soccer team, Maggie also works two part-time jobs and volunteers in her community. She has been named an Academic All-American and Academic All-Conference student in the NJCAA. Upon graduation, Maggie will transfer to the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in Accounting.

 Maggie Maloney


Marketing Students Give


Each year, Butler’s marketing class helps local non-profits and some small businesses create a better marketing plan. This year was no exception. Seventeen students helped The Arc of Butler County learn how to strengthen their reach to both clients and families. By helping non-profits and businesses thrive, the school is giving back to the community. Butler’s marketing students presented plans on how the Arc of Butler County can both reach the community and inform those in need of their services. The students were divided into three groups. Each group presented their plan to Beth Hollenbeck, the Arc’s director.

"The Introduction to Marketing class provided real world meaningful strategies we will implement,” Hollenbeck said. “We appreciate all of their hard work.” Hollenbeck sat attentively as the students presented their comprehensive plans. She took notes and asked questions.

The Arc of Butler County began as a grassroots effort 60 years ago, and has developed into a caring and dedicated support system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


 Marketing Students

The students presented Hollenbeck with detailed analysis of fundraising possibilities, social media strategies, online surveys, and analytics.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn while giving back to the community,” Jared McGinley, marketing professor at Butler, said. “We have done this for years for both profit and non-profit organizations like Numana and CASA.” Next semester, the students will once again reach out to the community with helping hands.

UNMANNED FLIGHT AND THE FUTURE When Timothy Bruner was building “little steam engines” at Butler Community College, he wasn’t aware that a decade later he’d still be working with little engines, but this time they’d be flying. After graduating from Butler with a degree in pre-engineering, Bruner headed off to Kansas State Polytechnic and earned a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems. Now he works at Kansas State Polytechnic as a researcher and unmanned flight instructor.

“I absolutely enjoy my job every day,” said Bruner, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. “Every day there’s something new. It’s very dynamic.” Bruner is excited that Butler and K-State Polytechnic have joined together to offer students at Butler the opportunity to obtain an associate degree in unmanned aircraft systems and then transfer directly to Salina and head into the bachelor’s degree program by the same name.

“It’s a great opportunity to take the talent we have in the region and use it,” Bruner said. “The technology is evolving. Having the educational background is a big leg up in the industry.” K-State Polytechnic is one of the top schools in the country for unmanned. Students take these skills and work in real estate, fire safety, and power line projects. Drones can easily fly over their targeted area and send instantaneous images back to the ground. Learning how to maneuver, repair, and follow regulations for this unmanned system is taught in this selective new program. Because of this new program, which begins at Butler this fall, the college is in the forefront of technology. Butler is also offering this program to Early College Academy students—those who attend Butler and their own high school

simultaneously, obtaining an associate degree and a high school diploma within the same week. And because “regulations are pushing the frontiers,” Bruner said, education in this up-and-coming area is essential. In addition to the private sector, the government and the military are in need of skilled operators. “We are on the ground floor right now,” Bruner said. “It’s evolving so quickly.” Bruner knows he is where he is because of fortitude and Butler.

“My time at Butler was a springboard. It got me a really good background.”



Kenzie Kretzmeier was really destined to be a Purdue University Boilermaker. “With both parents having degrees from Purdue and still being highly active with Purdue today, I’ve always called the college home,” Kenzie said.

transferring to the University of Kansas or Kansas State University. Kenzie will be going to the latter. Before she becomes a K-Stater though, Kenzie has an internship in government affairs and industry relations under FMC Corporation in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She describes this as her “dream career.”

Fortunately for Butler, Kenzie decided to become a Grizzly instead. After deferring her first year of college to serve as the 2015– 2016 Indiana FFA State President, Kenzie began thinking about paving her own way, even if that meant going to college ten hours away and being the first in her family to not attend Purdue.

“When the opportunity arose to receive a scholarship to Butler for livestock judging, it was not only making paying for college more feasible, but I would be getting a valuable education and still be able to do what I love,” Kenzie said. Kenzie is this year’s Winnie Broers Estate Presidential Scholarship winner. This $5,000 transfer scholarship is awarded annually at the Order of the Purple academic honors night held prior to Commencement. The scholarship is awarded to one student who, along with other criteria, is


“Though I have loved growing up in production agriculture,” Kenzie said, “I hope to bring forth a practical application of real-world ag into a political realm.” Like so many before her, Kenzie credits much of her success to the support and relationships brought into her life by Butler faculty and staff.

“It goes to show that I may not personally have all the tools to meet my goals, but with the knowledge and support of others, anything can be done.”

An Associate Degree Becomes a Ticket to Travel

 Jessica Brashears

For Jessica Brashears, a two-year degree in auto technology from Butler Community College is a ticket to work, adventure, and travel. Last summer, Brashears was an intern at Yellowstone National Park. Brashears learned about the internship through her teacher/ mentor at Butler, Mark Jaye.

“He’s super helpful anytime,” Brashears said. “You never feel like you’re a burden. That’s the best thing you can ask for in a mentor.” With Jaye’s encouragement, Brashears landed the internship in Wyoming. She worked on busses and trucks and was often oncall to help tourists who had locked themselves out of their cars.

“I learned a lot of real-world information,” Brashears said. “I was getting paid to be in the mountains. On my days off, I could explore the park.” This spring, Brashears will earn her associate degree in auto technology. Now, she says, “I can go anywhere.” Brashears once drove a truck; now she can fix that truck, or any other vehicle. This 29-year-old from Derby, by way of Missouri, said that being able to fix her own vehicle was a freeing feeling for her. Brashears, who loves adventure, wants to see new sights.

“Now I have a career that can take me anywhere,” Brashears said. “I have the potential to live anywhere.”


 Ida Mae and Noble Waite with a student at the 2015 Reaching New Heights Scholarship Luncheon

Waite Family Legacy Kin, Community Count for this Butler ‘Legacy’ Family. You don't need to be around the Waite family long to see that there are three things they dearly value: family, El Dorado, and Butler Community College. For more than eight decades and spanning four generations, the Waite family has dedicated themselves to the growth and success of each other, the El Dorado community, and Butler.

“We were raised to give back to the community,” said Derek Waite, who attended Butler in the late 1980s and is now owner of Waite Real Estate Professionals. “That's just how we are as a family.”


The Waite family legacy begins with Noble and Ida Mae Waite, who met each other in 1938 as students of what was then El Dorado Junior College. Ida Mae, now 96, said the two met while working on a research paper. A romance soon developed, aided in part by Ida Mae's love of music. She played clarinet in high school and college bands and can play five other instruments. “Noble had only played piano,” she said. “But when he learned that I was in band he learned to play drums so he could be with me.” The two married following their graduation in 1940. Ida Mae gave piano lessons to El Dorado residents and worked for Noble when he founded Waite Real Estate, now Waite Real Estate Professionals, in 1948. She later worked as a bookkeeper for 25 years and retired in 1977 as business manager at the El Dorado Clinic. Ida Mae and Noble were married 76 years and had two boys. Noble died two years ago at age 98.

Steve, their younger son, studied at Butler from 1960 to 1961. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and an advanced degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Steve retired from a banking career in 2004 and now works with the Waite company in real estate management. His career includes a number of prestigious positions at Kansas Power & Light and several area banks. He was executive vice president at First National Bank and Trust, president of Intrust Bank, and founded Community National Bank & Trust. In addition to being former and current students at Butler, the Waite family supports the school in many ways. Steve established three scholarship programs over the years. He served on the Butler Foundation board for 25 years, including three terms as president in the 1980s and '90s. He established the foundation's first-ever capital fund drive, hired its first director, and expanded the organization from a local to a national board. Steve and his wife of almost 54 years, Pam, have two sons, Derek and Jarred. Derek was awarded a band scholarship (percussion) from Butler in 1988, where he studied business administration and later attended Emporia State. Since 1992, he has worked in the real estate business launched by his grandfather. Derek’s wife Kelli attended Butler on a cheerleading scholarship. She earned an associate degree in psychology in 1994, married Derek in 2006, and now serves as office manager for the real estate firm.

Derek and Kelli are active in many Butler fundraising efforts as well, serve on committees and, like all members of the Waite family, are ardent supporters of Grizzlies athletics. Members of the Waite family also have taken Butler students into their homes. Steve and Pam have provided shelter and meals for students from all over the world during holidays and hosted student-athletes traveling to El Dorado for competitions. Derek and Kelli have hosted Grizzly football players as well. The Waite family also believes in supporting El Dorado by serving on many boards and committees. The story of the Waite family and their support of the community is not over yet. If the past is any guide, there’ll be more Waite family members serving their community—and coming to Butler—for many years to come.

“You have to bloom where you’re planted,” Derek said about the family's attachment to the community and the college. “We’ve always wanted to keep El Dorado preserved and make it be a better place. This is our home, so we go to Butler.”

In addition, Derek’s niece Janae, 20, is now studying elementary education at Butler and plans to graduate in December 2018. His daughter Sunday, 18, also attends Butler.


BCCEA Scholarship The Butler Community College Education Association (BCCEA), an advocacy group representing faculty, academic advisers, and counselors, recently established a scholarship that will benefit students who have a desire to pursue the teaching profession at any level. This scholarship is the first of its kind at Butler and the Foundation is grateful for the partnership with faculty to help make a difference for students.

Master Site Planning Butler has partnered with DLR Group and Gravity::Works Architecture for the creation of a campus master plan of the Andover and El Dorado campuses. This plan, with a longterm focus on both campuses, fills a void in an important part of the future and longevity of the college. The vast plan will not be implemented in one fell swoop, but knowing what the future could hold bears much hope and anticipation for the college to continue serving all students in the best way possible.


The Heart of a Nurse

“Nursing is care from the heart for the whole person.” Janet Unrein (’97) knows it takes the right kind of person to be a nurse. So when she and her husband Kevin wanted to establish a scholarship, Butler nursing was the only choice. Janet’s experience in the field goes back more than two decades. “I was always so interested in what my nursing friends were doing,” Janet said. But her path didn’t start in nursing. Janet’s first degree from Iowa State University was in finance. After graduation she moved to Arizona for about five years.

“One day I was sitting in my office watching the landscapers out the window, and I realized I would rather be doing that than what I was doing,” Janet said. “That was when I knew I needed to do something different.” Janet missed her family, so she moved back to Iowa for a short time before joining two of her brothers in Wichita. It was then she decided to become a nurse. She and Kevin were building LakePoint in Augusta while she attended nursing school at Butler. Two passions were coming together – they both involved helping others. The couple saw the need for a nursing home in Augusta, where one didn’t exist. “We had this crazy dream to build it,” Janet said. “Took out everything we had and put it into it.” It was a busy time for the Unreins. They were building the nursing home, had two little girls at home, Janet was pregnant with their third daughter, and she was attending nursing school. This was a different situation than when Janet’s mother wanted to attend nursing school. “Women couldn’t be married and go to nursing school then,” Janet said. “So mom and dad eloped and kept the secret through a year of her attending school. But love won out and she stopped. She had the heart of a nurse.”

Janet was sad her mother had to give up her dream. She didn’t want others to give up theirs. In January, Kevin and Janet established the Earl and Nita Loss Nursing Scholarship to honor Janet’s parents. “They were married 60 years,” Janet said. “Best friends, best love.” For several decades, the Unreins helped their employees at LakePoint go to school for healthcare and felt this was the ultimate way to give back. Their youngest daughter, Kenzie, currently attends Butler and is following her mother’s legacy in the nursing program. “I had Kenzie during winter break!” Janet said of her own time in nursing school. The intent of the scholarship is to benefit a student who might not otherwise be able to attend college and who has worked or is working as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Janet, who was a CNA herself, feels strongly about the experience being a CNA gives someone working in the healthcare field and remembers how important CNAs were to LakePoint. “I loved being able to help employees get into nursing programs,” Janet said. Kevin and Janet have added to the continuing excellence of Butler’s nursing program, which consistently turns out an excellent group of nurses annually. For Janet, it was a calling that she gladly answered. “I knew I wanted something on the go,” she said. “I never really knew where I was going to go, but I knew that’s where God put me.”


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Butler Community College Foundation Spring 2018 Magazine  

This bi-annual publication covers recent events at Butler Community College located in El Dorado, Kan. Butler serves more than 9,000 annuall...

Butler Community College Foundation Spring 2018 Magazine  

This bi-annual publication covers recent events at Butler Community College located in El Dorado, Kan. Butler serves more than 9,000 annuall...