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Success Breeds SUCCESS Foundation Board Director Alan Jaax and his wife Bobbie are newcomers to Butler, but their passion is unparalleled. Alan has served on the Board since fall 2013 and the couple has already made a significant impact with their generosity and time. Natives of Wichita, Alan and Bobbie attended Kansas State University before settling back in Wichita in 1984 on the farm where Alan grew up. “In my spare time I like to mess around with cattle so I bought a place in El Dorado and kept some,” Alan said.“That was my hobby, rather than golf and other things. It was a tremendous break for me from the routine of work.” “When I retired we thought we ought to move closer to the farm,” Alan said. “In 2010 we decided to build. I knew very little about Butler at that stage. I was lucky enough to get involved with some people I knew and they recommended me for the Foundation Board. It’s been a valuable experience. It’s been very interesting to Bobbie and I how much good the school does for the community and preparing [students].” Butler’s size was the biggest surprise to the Jaax’s. Ninety degree and certificate programs and 10,000 students makes Butler the second largest community college in the state and offers many different career paths and choices for students. “I think it's very important for [community] colleges to make sure we get a well-rounded workforce for the future,” Alan said. “One of the greatest strengths is the communit y environment that you’re in and the support that you get from the local community and the whole of Butler County,” Alan said. “The involvement of alumni and the


general population around,” Bobbie added. “That’s been impressive.” Alan and Bobbie’s involvement with the college has quickly blossomed, resulting in Alan’s Board commitment as well as serving on the Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee. In March, the Jaax’s donated a car to the Automotive Technology program that will be used for hands-on learning experience. When asked about the opportunity the college provides to the community, the Jaax’s brought up cost in higher education and the personal attention paid to students at community colleges. "Not everybody's able to adjust to a [university] when they're just out of high school," Alan said. "I probably would have been better off if I went to a [community] college. It’s a stepping stone for so many students who aren’t certain what they want to do and it gives them an opportunity to prepare.” Community involvement is key to the vitality of the college. After all, it takes a community to educate a Grizzly. “Everybody wants to see it successful so they’re usually willing to step up to the plate,” Alan said. “Success breeds success. The more success you have the better it will be.”

Foundation Board of Directors

Pat Beran • Yolanda Camarena • Mike Clifton Ted Dankert • Paula Gilliland • Alan Jaax Shawn Lancelot • Lance Lechtenberg • Gerry Mills Dalton Patterson • Teresa Riffel • Lonnie Snook Jeremy Sundgren • Lea Taylor • Jackie Vietti Stewart Weaver

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

t has been an exciting and event-filled year! Not only did we welcome our wonderful new president, Dr. Kim Krull, the Foundation saw records shatter at our 17th annual Butler Benefit Auction. Our mission to make a difference in the lives of students becomes more valuable every day. Students face many obstacles, from balancing school, work and family life, to tuition cost. The support of our donors is vital to the financial and academic well-being of our students and the institution. Thank you to all who helped the Foundation impact Butler students this academic year. Without your steadfast loyalty, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do.


Katherine Hardenbrook • Jonelle Reinert

Feature Writers Matt Jacobs • Hayley Powers

Vice President of Advancement

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: 2014 Graduate Photo Credit: Dewey Price, Butler Marketing


Alumni Highlight

DAN CREED '72 Alumnus Dan Creed will be the first to tell you how proud he is of being from Butler and how it shaped his successful future. Q: What was your time a Butler like? Was it beneficial for your future? A: Absolutely. Butler changed my life. I came from a small Kansas town and at the time was simply lucky to just go to a college. I loved it. I thrived. I did not get swallowed up in the big school system but had the chance to do things that I would never have had the chance to do. I joined the debate team and went to Nationals. I was an editor on the Lantern and learned journalism from a man that also had a huge effect on my life, the legendary Bill Bidwell. Basically Butler gave me the foundation to learn how to learn and the vision to know that there was a big world out there where anything was possible. Q: Tell me about how you got to where you are. A: From 1972 forward, my success was totally based upon the willingness to take risks, work very hard and not be afraid to make mistakes. I learned about business and sales and strategy and always worked hard. In 1999 through 2003, I worked in Washington DC at the Department of Defense and the Pentagon and witnessed the 9/11 events. In 2008 I began a relationship with the legendary business and personal development guru Brian Tracy. I became a certified Business Coach and since have been the Brian Tracy International Business Coach of the year, five of the last six years. All the while, using many of the foundational skills that I received at Butler along with a sharp focus, determination, willingness to learn and a discipline to work hard. Q: How do you see Butler making a difference in students’ lives? A: For most students, it’s the idea of having a world class college experience in a very personal, hands-on and caring environment. An instructor actually will know your face and name and will have the ability to create a real learning experience. It’s a great way to prepare for the larger university experience and for those that will only go through a two year curriculum, it will give them the foundation that they need to move forward in life with confidence.


Q: What is one thing you think students should know now that you learned later in life? A: The world doesn’t owe you a thing. A student needs to understand that they need to learn all that they possibly can while at college. But as one of my great mentors once said, “The learning really begins when you leave college!” Work hard! Q: How would you define the important role community colleges play in society? A: I believe that they are grossly unappreciated. The community college system is an integral part of the higher learning process…and allows people to acquire knowledge and skills in a welcoming, friendly and much warmer environment. And for many people that might make the difference in their lives. Q: What do you think is the most important role of an alumnus or alumna? A: Simply to be proud of every level of education that they have achieved. I have always been very open about the fact that Butler Community College is my alma mater. And with that base, I’ve achieved things, been places, created companies, traveled and accomplished tasks and had opportunities that most people have not. I’ve lectured in big universities and in the fall of this year have been invited to be the guest business lecturer at the Business School of Moscow Russia. So yes, I’m very proud to be a Grizzly! Q: What is your favorite quote? A: I collect quotes and one of my favorites is a reference to something that I teach as a business coach and that is the Art of Time Management.

“The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.”—Goethe 1780


SENATOR BOB DOLE On May 14, Senator Bob Dole stopped at Butler during his tour of Kansas. More tha n 10 0 p e ople gathered in the Hubbard Welcome Center to meet and greet the legendary Kansas statesman and express appreciation for his service to the state and nation.

A native of Russell, Kan., Dole ser ved on active duty in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in World War II. He was gravely wounded and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for heroic achievement.

>President Krull and Senator Dole during a Q&A.

Dole was first elected to Congress in 1960 and to the Senate in 1968. In 1976 President Gerald E. Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate. He served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981–1985. Elected senate majority leader in 1984, Dole holds the record as the nation’s longest-serving Republican leader. His work and leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged and disabled has given him national acclaim. Senator Dole is a major spokesman on issues involving veterans, hunger and nutrition, men’s health and agriculture and is respected on both sides of the aisle for his views on bipartisanship, deficit reduction, economic growth and health care.

>Members of the American Legion Riders attended.

>The crowd of more than 100 listened intently to Senator Dole. SPRING 2014 MAGAZINE | 5

PACESETTERS Pacesetters are generous donors who give annually at the $1,000 level (or higher) to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the linchpin that enables the Foundation to exist and continue to serve Butler and its students. If you have questions regarding Pacesetters or the Annual Fund, please contact Stacy Cofer at 316.323.6729 or scofer@butlercc. edu. Thank you to our loyal Pacesetters!

>2013–2014 Combined Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors. The Boards set the 'pace' for all Pacesetters throughout the year. (Not all members pictured.)




Vince & Melody Haines

*Rita Sullivan

*Dennis & Ardis Hanson

Jeremy & Kelsey Sundgren

*Jeff & Paige Harris

Jim Stump

Dr. Terry & Teresa Hawks

Lea Taylor

*Alan & Bobbie Jaax

*Ray & Jackie Vietti

*David Jabara

Stewart & Denise Weaver

Juan Johnson

Jim & Helen Wilson

Terry & Janice Jones

Dr. Rose Wilson/Wilson Chiropractic

Greg & Helen Joyce

Mike Young

Brandon & Chandra Knowles

Rod & Terry Young

*True & Elizabeth Knowles

*Exceeded the $1,000 giving level

*Kim Krull Candace Kunkel *Shawn & Shawna Lancelot


Bob & Jen Lane

John & Michele Banks

Will & Vicki Long

*Ken & Pat Beran

Luke & Debbie Lucas

Bob & Pat Burch

Ron & Jo McGraw

Robert Carlson

Paul & Camille McKesey

*Wayne & Susan Chambers

*Rocky & Beverly McWilliams

Jim & Lou Clennan

Tom & Valerie Mack

Mike & Lucy Clifton

Dick & Dorothy Miller

Doug & Suzanne Coin

Gerry & Mindy Mills

Ray & Carolyn Connell

*Charlie & Mary Moon

Matt & Pam Cross

Dalton & Sonja Patterson

*Ted & Barb Dankert

Tom & Sheila Prichard

Pat & Sylvia Do

*Jim Reeves

Tom & Jill Docking

Forrest & Tiffany Rhodes

Ron & Barbara Engelbrecht

*J.L. & Susie Regan

Tom & Kathie Erwin

Teresa Riffel

Ken & Kris Estes

Bill & Teri Rinkenbaugh

Karla Fisher & Frederick Webster

Roberto & Ana Rodriguez

Helen Galloway

*Dick & Janice Schremmer

Paula Gilliland

Mal & Janice Shaffer

*Jim & Beckie Graham

*Lonnie & LaDonna Snook


Bob Stanley SPRING 2014 MAGAZINE | 7


> Graduates wave to their guests in the crowd.

There are now more than 1,000 new graduates in the world following Butler’s 87th commencement.

>Master Teacher Recipient Karen Waddell, Associate Dean of

Fine Arts & Communication Julie Kobbe, and English/Literature instructor Freda Briggs take a selfie after the ceremony.

>Former Mayor and Butler Distinguished Alumnus Tom McKibban was their year's commencement speaker.

>President Krull welcomes graduates and their friends and families. 8 | BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION

>Members of the Headliners Show Choir sing the National Anthem at commencement.

> Alex Todd, Winnie Broers Estate Scholarship winner.

ORDER OF THE PURPLE > Master Teacher Recipient Karen Waddell spoke at Order of the Purple.

graduates were honored during a special ceremony on May 16. Students eligible for the Order of the Purple must have completed 30 hours at Butler and hold a 3.75 or higher cumulative grade point average. The winner of the 2013–2014 Winnie Broers Estate Scholarship from the Foundation was Alex Todd of Andover, Kan. He will receive a transfer scholarship of $4,800 to study at Kansas State University.

>President Krull presents a student with her medal.

> Students, family and firends gather in the

gymnasium the evening prior to commencement.


Message from Dr. Krull My first spring at Butler has been a wonderful season. The campus looks beautiful, students study outside, and commencement saw yet another class of bright graduates attaining their goals and continuing the next step toward their future. With a continual focus on our strategic priority to “Ensure Student Success,” we have a college-wide commitment of helping students finish what they start. If you’ve been on any of our campuses or attended any event, you’ll see and understand the diversity in our student population. Our students come to us from all backgrounds and all socioeconomic groups…and all with unique educational goals which we work diligently to support. Each year, larger segments of our student population are considered first generation learners, meaning neither of their parents has attended a postsecondary institution. This past fall semester, 39 percent of our students were first generation learners.

Clearly, our students have greater and greater need for financial assistance in the form of federal grants and loans as well as Foundation scholarship dollars. Knowing that student loan debt is now over $1 trillion nationwide, one of Butler’s new goals is to establish the means for our students to complete their educational goals at Butler and transfer to a four-year institution or secure employment within their chosen career field with little or no debt incurred while at Butler. Growing Butler’s endowment will provide scholarship opportunity and innovation for the institution for many years to come. I understand both the great potential and the challenges students face and know that donor support is an important piece that will help us advance our mission and one of our most important strategic priorities, to ensure student success. To simply say thank you doesn’t encompass all of the gratitude that we feel for our donors, but know how valued your support is. From all of the Butler family, students and alumni,


While these students are similar to others in their effort to determine what degree or goals they want to pursue, they are often unique in needing additional support services to achieve success both on-campus and in the community. Sixty-two percent of our students earn less than $20,000 per year. Attaining a college education can seem unreachable to so many of our working students who also have families. Kim Krull President


Endowment Education & Business Practices en•dow[en-dou]

verb 1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income 2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip A financial endowment is a proper transfer of money and/ or property donated to an institution. The total value of an institution’s investments is often referred to as the institution’s endowment and is typically organized as a public charity, private foundation, or trust. An endowment may come with stipulations regarding its use. In some circumstances an endowment may be required to be spent in a certain way or alternatively invested, with the principal to remain intact in perpetuity or for a defined time period. This allows for the donation to have an impact over a longer period of time than if it were spent all at once. Academic institutions, such as colleges and universities, will frequently control an endowed fund that finances a portion of the operating or capital requirements of the institution. In addition to a general fund, each university may also control a number of restricted endowments that are intended to fund specific areas within the institution. The most common

examples are endowed professorships (also known as named chairs), and endowed scholarships or fellowships. The Butler Foundation uses meticulous business practices to ensure that all of our funds, both endowed and annual, are nurtured and disbursed in the best manner. The Foundation is subject to an audit every year to consistently remain at the top of its financial game and assure all stakeholders that Foundation monies are handled carefully and thoughtfully. For questions or comments regarding Butler Foundation business practices, contact Executive Director of Finance Kim Sherwood at 316.323.6733 or ksherwood@



> Back row L–R: Shayla Williams, Terryuana Godwin, Katie Andersen, Alli Heimerman, Teanna Reid,


Bethany Howard, Peyton Michalski, Elayna Spilker Front row L–R: Kynadi Johnson, Shelby VandeBerghe, Chelsea Hodison, Te’era Williams, Ashlee Ivy, Ashley Gibson

UPDATE It has been a historic season for Butler Women’s Basketball. The Lady Grizzlies finished the season with the Jayhawk East Conference title, the first conference championship since 1995, and also reached the Region VI championship game for the first time since 1996. Making their first-ever appearance in the national tournament and reaching the national quarterfinals for the first time, Coach Mike Helmer and his team have much to be proud of finishing with an overall record of 34–3.


> Ashley Gibson of Edmond, Okla. was one of three Butler players to receive Region IV honors this season.


> Top Left: Teanna Reid, Oklahoma City, Okla. Top Right: Te’era Williams, Oklahoma City, Okla., was named to the NJCAA Region IV 2013-14 Basketball All-Region Team Division I-Women. Bottom Left: Head Coach Mike Helmer and Assistant Coach Andy Hamilton had much to be excited about during the historic season. Bottom Right: Alli Heimerman, Elayna Spilker, Bethany Howard, and Shelby VandeBerghe cheer on their teammates.





“Life-changing.” Those are the words used by Susan Harris, the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hubbard Award of Excellence. The Hubbard Award is the highest achievement a student can receive. The $14,000 scholarship is made possible by R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard. Susan’s educational journey did not start the way many students’ do. A 45-year-old single mother of two, Susan struggled through adversities that threatened her life before finding that education was the answer to a new beginning.

“I come from a troubled past but my future is very bright,” Susan said. “I believe that education has changed my life.” Escaping an abusive relationship and addiction, Susan was embraced by many non-profit organizations in Wichita that helped turn her life around. Most notably, she received her high school diploma through the Goodwill Industries of Kansas GED program. After placing in the top 15% of GED graduates in the nation, Susan was named Student of the Year and was the graduation speaker. “Our goal is that the students not only receive their GED, but do go on to a higher education institution,” current Goodwill and Butler Foundation board director Shawn Lancelot said. The United Way, Women’s Initiative Network, Inter-Faith Ministries, Catholic Charities and the United Methodist Open Door also helped Susan overcome her past.

“My future is bright because these people and their organizations believed in me,” Susan said. “Sometimes it just takes one person to believe in you enough to get you started.” Susan received an Associate in Science in Business from Butler at commencement, graduating with Order of the Purple honors. She will transfer to either Newman University or Wichita State University to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her ultimate goal is to start a program that helps women, especially if they have children, overcome whatever obstacles prevent them from being self-sufficient. Susan is a volunteer, mentor and fundraiser for Women’s Initiative Network, a program for domestic violence survivors.

> Foundation President Lonnie Snook presents Susan with the award at commencement.

“It is not only this generation that we are helping, but their children also,” Susan said. Perhaps the most difficult hardship in Susan’s path recently was the diagnosis of her youngest son who has cancer.

“I have questioned if I should just go to work after I earn my associate degree or continue school,” Susan said. “I have decided to continue with my education. The biggest dilemma always comes back to financial issues. With this award I can continue my education, which will enable me to continue my dreams.” Joining the ranks of past Hubbard Award winners, Susan’s future is bright indeed. School, taking care of her family and continuing her volunteer work with non-profits have helped her carve out a clear path that will ensure Susan’s success wherever she goes.

“I mention Butler when I speak publicly because I want to inspire others to go down the same path,” Susan said. SPRING 2014 MAGAZINE | 15

Circle of Gold > Graduates

NEWLY ENDOWED FUNDS (Since July 1, 2013)

The 2014 Circle of the Gold Society Luncheon was held on April 24 at the Hubbard Welcome Center and honored four new members. These loyal donors have the foresight to give the gift that keeps on giving, a legacy to Butler that will ensure the continuity of the institution. New Circle of the Gold Society Inductees: John H. and Eva Rae Harstine Terry J. and Janice G. Jones David and Shirley Longfellow Mary and Arlan Stackley Janice Jones and Mary and Arlan Stackley were present to receive their certificates. Butler student and Foundation scholarship recipient Jessica Dorsey spoke graciously to attendees, thanking them for allowing her to share her story and for their financial support that made her scholarship possible. Receiving the Irving Cook Scholarship helped Jessica realize how much she could accomplish.

> Arlan and Mary Stackley with Foundation President Lonnie Snook.

“I want to say thank you so much for believing in me and giving us that next step in our journey to reach our dreams and goals,” Jessica said. Guests were entertained by the Noteables and also heard words of gratitude from President Kim Krull and Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer. Jessica Dorsey speaks to attendees.

Dennis & Pat Perry Scholarship To benefit students in the automotive department. Jim Teter Memorial Scholarship To benefit students in the welding program. Mary Milbourn Stackley Nursing Scholarship To benefit students in the nursing program.

“Thank you for your support,” she said. “This year has been filled with joy and I have learned so much about myself and what I wanted.” Jessica will attend Wichita State University in the fall to major in mass communications.


Building our endowment is a top priority at Butler Community College Foundation. Endowments provide continuous support in perpetuity and help the Foundation aim higher to achieve its educational mission more effectively.

“I want you to know how much we appreciate all of you,” Stacy said.


David and Shirley Longfellow Headliners Program Fund A fund to support the Headliners Show Choir. Harvey and Mildred Holden Memorial Scholarship Criteria to be determined.

With the monumental success of Butler’s Early College Health Sciences Academy located at Rose Hill High School, a new academy has been formed focused on Information Technology (IT), located at Butler’s Andover site. The Early College Information Technology Academy (ECITA) offers an exceptional opportunity for students to integrate the last two years of high school and the first two years of college. The Academy will prepare students for careers in IT related fields and immerse them into the college experience as a high school student. This two-year program will allow students to have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry credentials, certifications and significant college credit towards an Associate Degree. Students can then continue their education at Butler in a variety of ITrelated programs, transfer to a four-year university to further their studies, or begin a career in an IT position. Open to all qualifying area high school juniors and seniors, students are able to explore career pathways and discover their potential while earning third party credentials, certificates of completion, and college certificates. Students are matched with mentors in their area of interest who provide individualized support in preparing for entry-level positions in the highly demanded IT career field.

To learn more about this exciting new chapter at Butler, contact Early College IT Academy Director Anna Villarreal at 316.218.6157 or avillarr@butlercc. edu.


I enjoyed taking Butler classes because of the small, warm feeling of the class size and the personal attention I received from the teachers.


—James Jones, Marion High School Student



Butler Community College Foundation

Benefit Auction

The 17th annual Butler Benefit Auction raised nearly $200,000 on March 7 at the Hubbard Welcome Center. Thank you to our generous donors!

> Attendees socialize and mill about the silent auction area.

> L–R: J.L. Regan, Juan Johnson, Ray and Jackie Vietti, Susie Regan


> Dr. Kim Krull welcomes and

thanks attendees prior to dinner.

> Dr. Rose Wilson bids happily on silent auction items!

> Mittlestadt Props & Design along with Walter’s Flowers & Interiors

and with the help of Butler’s theater students under the direction of Bernie Wonsettler created an atmosphere that screamed “Rio!”

> Mary K Connell, Darin Greseth, Vi and Galen Myers, Brenda Greseth, Ray and Carolyn Connell

> David Jabara and Dr. Pat Do

> Shawna and Shawn Lancelot, a Foundation Board

Director, pledged $1,250 during Pure Philanthropy. Shawn is president of Bank of America, which will match the amount, making the pledge $2,500.

> Butler Livestock Judging freshmen students volunteered for

the evening and did everything from showing live auction items to selling Golden Tickets.

> Butler Dance students brought

the Rio de Janeiro theme to life.

> Dan and Lauren Davis were the winners of the Golden Ticket

drawing, a new auction feature selling 100 tickets at $100 each. As winners, the Davis’ chose any one item out of the live auction prior to its start.


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OUTDOOR Learning Space Thanks to Stewart and Denise Weaver of Wichita, the Butler Agriculture program has a beautiful new outdoor classroom space, donated by the Weaver’s in honor of instructor Don Gronau. “[Having] the outdoor learning space located near the main Agriculture facility will allow students to develop their skills, abilities, and talents in a comfortable and relaxed setting,” Gronau said. “Thank you, Mr. Weaver and the Foundation, for having the vision and making it a reality.” The Agriculture building, just north of the main campus in El Dorado, was remodeled in 2009 with a significant contribution from the college as well as donor support. The facility became, and still is, an up-to-date and interactive building for learning. The Weaver’s $25,000 gift enabled Butler’s Facilities department to construct a space outdoors for learning to take place. This project was made possible through generosity and hard work.

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