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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foundation Board of Directors Mike Clifton • Suzanne Coin • Carolyn Connell Pam Cross • Tom Estep • Evan Funk Alan Jaax • Janice Jones • Teri Monteferrante Ryan Murry • Jessica Ohman • Forrest Rhodes Jeremy Sundgren • Rod Young

Ex Officio Dr. Kim Krull, President Forrest Rhodes, Trustee Liaison

Foundation Staff Tom Borrego Executive Director 316.323.6729 |


Table of Contents


Message from Tom Borrego


Create a Simple Plan for the Future


President’s Message


Response to COVID-19

Mary Moon Executive Director of Community Advancement 316.218.6338 |


Grizzly Greats: Lou & Jim Clennan

Averie Nelson Assistant Director of Development & Scholarships 316.323.6737 |


“Around the World in 80 Days”


Hubbard Award of Excellence


Transfer Scholarship Winners


Master Teacher–Robert Carlson


Student Emergency Fund

Hayley Hobbs Assistant Director of Donor Relations 316.323.6734 | Angie Friesen Accounting Officer 316.323.6733 | Chelsey Barnhart Advancement Coordinator 316.323.673 |

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am fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the amazing collective that is the Butler Family. As you peruse this issue, you will see several instances of how the college, faculty, and staff were able to pivot and continue to meet the needs of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories inside these pages are only a small sampling of the monumental effort it took to keep the same level of satisfaction that Butler always strives for. We were agile, flexible, and creative—as everyone had to be.

The Foundation responded by raising money for the Student Emergency Fund in an effort to provide assistance to students who were met with insurmountable odds when they unexpectedly had their world turned upside down. If you gave to this fund, please know that without your help this would not have been possible and we are so grateful to you all. On this page, read the words from a few students who express their gratitude. My hope is that everyone reading this is healthy and takes joy from seeing the continued success of Butler even in the face of adversity.

Warm regards, Thomas E. Borrego, J.D.

I am humbled and forever grateful for this support, which has had a huge impact in my life. This fund came at the time I needed it the most and I don’t know what I would have done without it. –June N., Nursing major

Thank you so much, this means the world to me. I am currently trying to be independent and was trying to get my own apartment. I didn’t have enough money, but this gift helped make that a reality! –Cabryia M., Pre-medicine major

You have lightened my financial burden, which now allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others. –Phillip A., Liberal Arts major





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y, how our world has changed these past few months but you’d be so proud to know how the Butler Team has come together to help all our students, faculty, and staff “Keep Learning@Butler,” “Keep Teaching@Butler,” and “Keep Working@Butler.” In mid-March, when we made the decision to extend spring break an additional week, close our buildings and campuses to the public, move our students off campus and home, move all our classes online, and transition nearly all our employees to work remotely from home, the determination and commitment to make this happen was instantly evident across the college. While these decisions were not made lightly, everyone’s health and safety became the immediate focus. In less than two weeks, more than 750 laptop computers from labs and classrooms across the college were reformatted by our Information Services Team allowing faculty and staff to work remotely from home. More than 100 faculty stepped up to assist and support their colleagues in preparation to teach remotely. Everyone has worked tirelessly to support our students and their success through the end of the semester. Even though our physical doors on campus are closed, our offices and classrooms are certainly open for business, just in a little different way! The spring semester is filled with final performances, national competitions, and championships all mixed in with those final projects and exams. It is the time when we celebrate so many student successes from Commencement to Nurses Pinning, Order of the Purple, and Student Life Awards as well as opportunities to recognize faculty for their commitment to their students. Each of these events highlight why we come to work every day and why you are passionate in your support for Butler and our students as well. In so many ways, these are the times we truly see how students have been personally empowered and inspired and their lives transformed through their time at Butler. It was with sadness and disappointment that all our spring plans changed so quickly, but this pandemic journey is not one that any of us expected or planned. I know in the midst of all this change we reached out to you to join in assisting our students with some sudden and unexpected expenses and you stepped up to help us with donations to the Student Emergency Fund. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so deeply.

We have seen true resilience and innovation as we have adapted in ways never imagined. Our students are helping us all shape the future of higher education. What an adventure as we view these current challenges as new opportunities to grow and plan for the future. We continue to encourage our students, faculty, and staff to stay engaged, stay committed, and let’s take this journey together. Thank you all, for your support and for being part of our Butler Family. Best wishes for your good health,

Kimberly W. Krull, Ph.D.


RESPONSE TO COVID-19 On March 18, Butler officially closed all locations to the public due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.

IT MOBILIZATION In order to teach and learn online, technology must be in place first and that means computers. Bill Young, vice president of digital transformation, has a staff of IT professionals who worked diligently for two weeks during spring week to outfit laptops for instructors to take home for teaching classes. His staff worked around the clock—literally. “They stayed one night until 4:00 a.m. configuring laptops,” said Young. “We repurposed laptops from across the institution, taking them from physical classrooms and computer labs so that we could have them accessible for faculty. We had more than 760 laptops ready for implementation and some of those were made available to staff as well since all employees worked remotely for the time being. Essentially, we mobilized the entire institution in a week and a half.”

ONLINE LEARNING College leadership made the difficult decision to move all instruction online for the safety of its students, faculty, and staff out of concern for public health.

“Butler has offered a robust online delivery system for more than 20 years and now we are leaning heavily on those resources during this time of greater need,” said Dr. Kimberly Krull, Butler president. “Though we are working remotely, we are encouraging teamwork and collaboration as we seek solutions to various learning needs.” Butler’s Educational Technology department is feeling part of the weight. Though the department’s title has changed more than once since 1998 when Butler offered its first online class, the mission has remained the same - to support faculty behind the scenes as they prep courses for online delivery. Often their services are also utilized by students who need technical assistance. Likewise, the Faculty Development department has a history of helping faculty innovate and integrate new technologies into their teaching process. They work to grow faculty professionally and strive to create stronger teaching and learning environments in the classroom. Faculty Development regularly provides workshops and weekend training for faculty. This grows into faculty training faculty. Fortunately, online pedagogy has been a recent focus of faculty development and the timing couldn’t have been better. Peer-to-peer instruction is paying off. In this time of heavy lifting for online delivery, nearly 100 Butler faculty came to the front lines willing and equipped to help others who have not taught online at all, or perhaps have had limited exposure.


STUDENT RESOURCES DURING COVID-19 Butler’s efforts to assist students during the pandemic. Facebook @ButlerCCStudentSupport Instagram Butlerccstudentsupport Twitter @ButlerCCStuSupt CANVAS Online Learning Keep Learning @ Butler NetTutor Online Learning

“The support our instructors are showing each other is amazing and energizing,” said Heather Rinkenbaugh, dean of online, high school, and community learning. “In addition, the work they are doing to help students adjust is just as inspiring. We are really trying to ensure our level of support for our students doesn’t change in the transition.” Team teaching among instructors for some classes is also a part of the plan, which will put two instructors into certain classes with students. “We typically have just over 640 sections that are either totally online or have an online component of some sort,” said Lori Winningham, academic vice president. “Fortunately, all Butler faculty are required to use our academic platform, CANVAS, whether or not their classes are online. This common knowledge has really aided our efforts as instructors and staff pull together to get everything online for next week.” The college had 2,230 sections totally online by March 30, including 29 sections for Adult Basic Education.


On April 15 the Concert Choir had a virtual session with composer, publisher, and writer Greg Gilpin. Ninety students, alumni, and area teachers joined to ask questions and connect.  Composer Greg Gilpin (top row, middle picture) meets with the Concert Choir.

BUTLER DONATES PPE Butler participated in the call for personal protective equipment donations by the healthcare industry. Personal protective equipment has been in short supply for health care workers across the country since the public health crisis began. While Butler’s nursing program certainly had such supplies like masks, gowns, and gloves, Butler’s contribution was a campus-wide effort. The automotive program, student health care clinic, as well as the biology, fire science, EMT, and allied health programs all donated supplies to three area


hospitals to help keep health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Beth Eagleton, associate dean of nursing and allied health, Butler collected supplies for area healthcare facilities at the suggestion of professional nursing associations. In total, Butler contributed about $5,320 in equipment to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, the Kansas Medical Center in Andover, and Ascension Via Christi in Wichita.

“It was mainly N95 masks, other isolation masks, gloves, gowns, and disposable lab coats,” Eagleton said. “In all of our minds, it was a way to support our community in this time of crisis. Although it wasn’t tons and tons of supplies, it was something we could offer back to help.” In addition, Butler loaned a ventilator to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management after the State Emergency Operations Center requested ventilators to be redistributed throughout the state into areas of high need.

ORDER OF THE PURPLE Established 1937 Students must complete 30 hours at Butler and hold a 3.75 or higher grade point average. At commencement, students wear a commemorative medallion.

ORDER OF THE GOLD Established 1985 Students must complete 30 hours at Butler and hold a 4.0 grade point average. At commencement, students receive a special plaque.

PHI THETA KAPPA Established 1918 (National) ALPHA PHI ALPHA CHAPTER Established 1992 (Butler)

VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT A virtual celebration acknowledged Butler graduates on May 29. The event included messages from President Kim Krull, presentation and acceptance of the class of 2020, and award presentations. More than 1,000 students were part of the graduating class. The college’s registrar office worked diligently to send certificates and diplomas to the graduates.

Provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholarships, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. At commencement, students wear a yellow stole.

The video is available to watch on Butler’s YouTube channel.



Lou & Jim Clennan When Lou and Jim Clennan moved to El Dorado more than 55 years ago, Butler Community College became “their college of choice.” Their choice to support their local higher education institution has resulted in Lou Clennan helping to raise thousands of dollars in scholarship money, serving for more than 15 years on the Foundation board, and stepping in as an interim coach for two sports, among other activities. Neither of the Clennans, who have been married for 62 years, attended Butler. The pair met as college students attending two different universities in Salina in the 1950s. Lou attended Marymount College and earned a teaching degree. Jim attended Kansas Wesleyan University. When they moved to El Dorado in 1962 after Jim’s two-year stint in the Army, which included serving in the Korean War, “We decided Butler would be our college of choice,” Lou said. The couple moved to El Dorado for Jim to begin a career in the insurance industry. Once settled in El Dorado, the Clennans started showing their support for the college, going to sporting events and getting involved in the drive to keep the college’s home campus in El Dorado in 1963. At the time the college was proposing a new building as it transitioned to a community college, and there were discussions on where to build it, Lou said.

“We’ve become great fans,” she added. “You name a sport and we’ve attended.” But their support goes much deeper than cheering for the Grizzlies from the sidelines and enjoying concerts and plays. With Lou’s background in teaching, academics and providing opportunities for area students to further their education have been important.


“I would recommend Butler to anyone,” Lou said. “It’s evolved into a premium community college, particularly with the transfers (of credits to four-year universities) now being much more compatible. It’s a great base to build on. You can go for two years and move into a career or go on to a university.” Butler is now Kansas’ second-largest community college, with branches in several other communities. Lou had an early hand in helping ensure high school students in Butler County could make Butler their college of choice too. During her 1990–1991 term serving as the Foundation board’s president, she and then-development director Melinda McAfee created the “Scholarships—Making it Happen” campaign. The goal of the campaign was to establish scholarship funds for each high school in Butler County. While the campaign timeline was interrupted by the April 26, 1991, tornado and hailstorm, the four-month effort resulted in nearly $103,000 being raised, surpassing the campaign’s $100,000 goal. While current scholarship campaigns have higher goals, Lou said this campaign’s achievements were impressive because of its grassroots efforts—Butler’s first fundraising drive to use that model. Each local community—including those that had been impacted by the storm—created fundraising teams that invested their time and energy to provide scholarship opportunities for their hometown kids. Lou recalled that there were nearly 150 campaign volunteers. After the campaign, Lou became the inaugural recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, which is given to a volunteer most helpful in assisting the Foundation in meeting its monetary goals. Lou served on the Foundation board from 1988 through 2005.

 Ted Dankert, Lou and Jim Clennan at a 2015 Foundation event.

Butler athletics has also been important to the pair, which isn’t surprising given that Lou’s teaching career was in physical education. After moving to El Dorado and before starting their family that eventually included five children, Lou served as a PE teacher at Circle High School in Towanda. Later she would teach half-days at Remington High School in Whitewater. When Jim became the full-time owner of Insurance Center Inc. in 1981, she joined the agency. She retired from the company in 2003 and Jim retired a decade later. For two different sports and in two different seasons, Lou even stepped in as an interim coach for Butler athletics. In the 1976–1977 season, she was the interim women’s track and  Lou, second row first on the left, saw the field coach. During Grizzlies track and field team through an that season, the 440- exceptional year. yard relay team and a shot-putter ended up qualifying for nationals. In 1980, she did a stint as the women’s tennis coach to see if there was enough interest to field a team in the 1981 season. She also served on a search committee for the athletic director in the past.

Lou said she and her husband have developed friendships with many of Butler’s coaches. Lou knew Lisa Lechtenberg before she took over head women’s volleyball coaching duties in 2018. An active community volunteer and former president of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, Lou served as a class mentor for Lechtenberg’s fifth-grade class in the 2000s as part of a community mentoring program.

In 2015, Jim Clennan honored Lou’s commitment to academics and sports when he established a track and field scholarship in Lou’s name. Five student-athletes benefited from the scholarship fund. While the Clennans have stayed busy in recent years, doing a lot traveling and going to the various sports and other extracurricular activities of their 17 grandchildren, that does not mean Butler activities have to compete for their time, Lou assured. “That doesn’t deter us from going to Butler activities.” The couple also attends Butler Life Enrichment programs, which are offered monthly during the academic year and feature speakers who present on a broad range of topics.





"Around the World in 80 Days" Nearly 325 guests attended Butler Community College Foundation’s 23rd Butler Benefit Auction. The evening’s theme, “Around the World in 80 Days,” lent a fun and festive air to the annual fundraising event. Lance and Lisa Lechtenberg served as honorary chairs for the event. Butler alumnus Austin Clift (’10) emceed for the evening. Total funds raised topped out at $245,000. The evening featured silent and live auctions, a buy-in dinner party at President Kim Krull’s home, and a golden ticket drawing. Top sponsors for the evening were: HollyFrontier, Bank of America, BG Products, Commerce Bank, IMA, Professional Engineering Consultants, BKD, and Premier Food Service.

 Lisa and Lance Lechtenberg

 Rod and Terry Young


 Ryan and Kaleigh Murry

 Paul Good, Pam Cross, Dan and Joyce Demo

 Al Ceynar, Jane Nelson, and Anne Krueger

 Jim Reeves and Greg Rowe

 Annie and Jeremy Machain


 Tim and Emily Connell

 Livestock Judging student volunteers

 Joe and Lisa Hemmelgarn

 LaDonna Snook, Shawna Lancelot, Lonnie Snook, Kyle and Carolyn Orndorff, and Shawn Lancelot


 Hospitality and Culinary Arts students delighted with hors d'oeuvres from different countries

 Kathy Conner, Ryan and Christy Powell, Shelley Stultz

 Dan and Alissa Unruh

 Jessica and Jason Ohman, Scott and Maggie Smith

 Jessica and Chris Tarbell


2020 HUBBARD AWARD of Excellence Winner Alanis Balza Alanis is a vocal music education major who will complete her education at Emporia State University. A Headliner and Noteable, Alanis kept a busy schedule every semester for two years and in her “free” time also participated in Grizzly Ambassadors, Catholic Grizzlies, and was the Collegiate–National Association for Music Educators president. Alanis received multiple scholarships at Butler and is on the President’s Honor Roll. On top of this outstanding school involvement, Alanis worked two part-time jobs. Alanis credits Butler with more than teaching her in the classroom, saying she has expanded her knowledge on her career choice, musicianship, and life lessons.


Kylie Litavniks

Transfer Institution: Wichita State University

Transfer Institution: Kansas State University

Hannah Becker

Summer Scharenberg

Transfer Institution: Columbia College


Transfer Institution: University of Kansas/ Butler (dual nursing degree program)

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS Butler Community College Trustee Scholarship – Sam Rinkenbaugh

Helen Teter Zebold Scholarship – Hannah Becker

Sam is an Augusta High School graduate and Augusta native. He majored in music education and will continue his studies next year at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Sam’s time at Butler included his involvement as a Headliner and a member of the Smorgaschords, resident assistant, admissions ambassador – even co-hosting the annual Butler Benefit Auction in 2019. Sam also received several scholarships and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Hannah is a biology major who will continue her education at Columbia College with a major in biochemistry. A member of the Grizzlies varsity women’s soccer team, Hannah was a busy student-athlete who also volunteered, was a lab assistant, and a student worker. Hannah also excelled academically on the President’s Honor Roll, as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, NJCAA National Tournament Qualifier, and NJCAA Academic All-Honors Award.

Crossland Family Scholarship – Ashley Prentice

Winnie Broers Estate Scholarship – Kylie Litavniks

Ashley, a liberal arts major, will transfer to Pittsburg State University and major in nursing. At Butler, Ashley was an admissions ambassador and her academics landed her on both the Dean’s and President’s Honor Roll.

Kylie majored in business administration at Butler and will major in finance at Kansas State University. A student in the Early College Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, Kylie completed two years of college while attending high school in Andover meaning she will enter K-State with a jump start in her college career. Kylie’s impressive list of high school and Butler activities includes volunteerism, part-time work, student groups, and more. Kylie is the Andover Central High School salutatorian, a Kansas Honor Scholar, and was on the President’s Honor Roll at Butler–just to name a few of her academic honors.

David and Shirley Longfellow BEST Scholarship – Valerie Reimer Valerie is an elementary education major. As a student in the Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers (BEST) program, she will remain at Butler to complete her bachelor’s degree in education through Emporia State University. Valerie came to Butler on the Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is on the President’s Honor Roll. She was a student worker, co-teacher at the Newton Recreation Commission, lead nursery teacher at her church, and interned at Hesston Elementary School.


Master Teacher

Robert Carlson Robert Carlson, a Butler instructor for 30 years, is the college’s Master Teacher Award winner for the 2019–2020 academic year. Carlson will also represent Butler as a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. NISOD assists community and technical college staff in professional development as well as helping faculty meet the needs of students. According to NISOD, the Excellence Award recognizes community and technical college faculty who perform “extraordinary work on their campuses.” Those chosen have “demonstrated outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.” Carlson teaches chemistry and physics at Butler. He said he strives to get his students to perform at levels they did not think were possible, in order to prepare them for the next step in their education. Carlson said he is honored to earn the accolades, even though it has not been a goal of his.

“I don’t do things to earn awards,” Carlson said. “If you do things for the wrong reason, negative things happen.” Typically, award winners travel to Austin in late May to attend a banquet and awards ceremony, where they are awarded a medallion. The in-person NISOD gathering for this year was canceled, however, due to CDC recommendations. At Butler, Carlson's photo will be added to the wall collection of previous Butler Community College Master Teacher recipients, awarded since 1973. Carlson did speak for the virtual commencement, available to view on Butler's YouTube channel.


After teaching and coaching at Oberlin High School in western Kansas for five years, Carlson joined Butler as a faculty member in 1990. At the time, faculty aided with enrollment, which was all done in person in one day. He recalls the 600 Building before the lower level was constructed and three working oil wells operating on campus in the middle of the parking lots. Carlson has been a facilitator with the Grizzly Adventures challenge course since its creation in 2003. He was involved this year in the creation of a chemistry video that was shown to thousands of grade school children during a Wichita Thunder hockey game in January at INTRUST Bank Arena. Carlson is a big believer in peer tutoring and has created several initiatives for students to take advantage of, including a weekly tutoring program called Magical Mystical Fridays.

He also created Carlson’s Corner on the Andover campus, in which he pulled around a wagon loaded with tutoring materials.

“I make myself available for those who need help,” Carlson said. “If the students feel like they’re getting an advantage, they’ll come to tutoring. If they don’t feel they’re getting an advantage, they won’t come. The students know if you’re real or fake.” Carlson also has a personal website with nearly 400 videos for tutoring purposes that he shares with interested students. It is all in effort to help students be successful.

“I always get excited when I hear from students who have been accepted into the program or school they were trying to get into,” Carlson said. “I’m competitive; I also want my students to be better than I am.” A native of Smith Center, Carlson attended Colby Community College and credits chemistry and physics instructor Max Pickerill for igniting his passion to teach those same subjects. After Colby, Carlson earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Fort Hays State University, but has also done

course work at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, and Montana State University.

“I like taking classes because I think it keeps me grounded on how the students feel when I teach,” Carlson said. While he may someday retire from Butler, Carlson never wants to retire from teaching. He wants to travel and instruct in other schools and other locations to get immersed in different cultures. He said he would like to take classes from MIT and Harvard in the future.

“I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up yet,” Carlson said. “That’s what I’m still trying to figure out."


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