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Bank of America-Wichita President Shawn Lancelot brings the mind of a businessman to the Foundation Board of Directors.

It seems like everyone is business-minded these days. At Butler Community College, the Foundation thrives on its relationships with businesses throughout the south-central Kansas region. As a new director, we asked Shawn to comment on Butler’s involvement with the surrounding communities. “The college is impactful regionally,” Lancelot said. “It’s an organization that provides a great education, which students can build upon. It’s economical. Students can take advantage of it whether they’re going through a transition or working full-time.” Bank of America has long supported the college through scholarships, athletic programs, and events. The backing of so many programs positively impacts the relationships prosperous between the college and businesses in and around Wichita. This support helps keep Butler a vibrant learning center for its students, employees, and benefactors. At the heart of what the Foundation does is provide scholarships. We know that it is our students who keep the college alive every semester and that scholarships are vital to their success. Hundreds of thousands of donor dollars are poured into scholarship funds every year creating the core of the Foundation's focus.

> Shawn Lancelot, 2012–2013 Foundation Director and wife Shawna

I’ve been pleasantly surprised as I’ve gotten involved with Butler,” Lancelot said. “I was not aware of all of the opportunity that students have at the college. I would consider it a jewel of our community.


“What I’ve been most impressed with is the scholarship support that the Foundation provides for students that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity [to go to school],” Lancelot said. “I’m not surprised that people continue to support endeavors like this because I think everybody understands how important education is in developing our region economically.” Each director brings a different perspective to the Board. Their passion for Butler lends a helping hand to new developments in the future of the Foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors

Pat Beran • Yolanda Camarena • Mike Clifton Ted Dankert • Pat Do • Paula Gilliland • Alan Jaax Teresa Kirkendoll • Shawn Lancelot • Gerry Mills Mary Moon • Lonnie Snook • Lea Stueve Jim Stump • Jeremy Sundgren • Jackie Vietti Stewart Weaver

Ex Officio Dr. Karla Fisher • Trustee Candace Kunkel

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 | Hayley Powers, Development Coordinator 316-323-6734 | Kathy Rickard, Advancement Coordinator 316-323-6738 | Kim Sherwood, Business Manager 316-323-6733 |

Student Workers

Abi Solorio • Katherine Hardenbrook




utler is blessed to have so many d e d i c a t e d , engaged leaders. During her incredible legacy of 17 years as president, the always-strategic Dr. Jackie V i e t t i to o k d e l i b e r a te measures to ensure the continued legacy of our beloved institution through the thoughtful involvement > Bob Lane receives the President’s of great people. Butler has Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser a strong, visionary Board of trustees and Foundation board of directors. We have a talented senior management team known as executive council that helps to oversee college operations while planning for the future. The college has skilled faculty and staff, which have the privilege of directly instructing and guiding our students. Finally, we have volunteers, alumni and donors who continue to hearten us with generous donations of time and financial resources. Yes, it is an exciting time for Butler Community College. As you will note throughout this magazine, beginning with the cover, we are in many capable hands.

Feature Writers

Matt Jacobs • Hayley Powers 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: Student Leadership Photo Credit: Nick Bishop, Butler Marketing

> Mike Clifton receives the Distinguished Service Award for Directors of Foundation Board

Stacy Cofer, Chief Advancement Officer


Honor Roll



At the Butler Foundation it is a priority, and a privilege, to thank our generous donors. One important way is by listing those who have given $500 or more in the past fiscal year on our Honor Roll of Donors. The Honor Roll is listed on our website, in the college’s Annual Report, and those donors are celebrated at the annual President’s Donor Dinner in the fall. Our year runs July 1–June 30. If you have any questions about your giving level or have not yet made your fiscal year 2013 gift, please feel free to contact the Foundation. For your convenience we have included an envelope in this publication. We are grateful and honored to have a growing list of remarkable donors who change lives on a daily basis through their generosity. To view the 2011–12 Honor Roll of Donors, visit


Pictured above are the 2011–2012 inductees into the Diamond Society, which is comprised of members who have cumulatively donated $10,000 or more throughout their lifetime. This is the entry level into the Lifetime Giving Society.


of Excellence

A Butler tradition since 1985, the prestigious Hubbard Award of Excellence is awarded to a student who is nominated by faculty or staf f for academic excellence and involvement in campus and community activities. The winner receives a scholarship for four semesters to the institution of their choice upon graduation from Butler Community College. Due to the generosity and foresight RD and Joan Dale Hubbard < of RD and Joan Dale Hubbard and the Hubbard Foundation, Butler is proud to announce that this year the amount of scholarship money available to the winner has significantly increased to $14,000, an amount that can make a great impact in a student’s life. We are thrilled to have the support of the faculty and staff who nominate the students who exemplify this prestigious award and grateful for RD and Joan Dale Hubbard’s visionary support of student success. Look for the 2013 Hubbard Award of Excellence winner in the Foundation’s 2013 fall magazine.

Endowed SCHOLARSHIPS 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.

NEW FUNDS ESTABLISHED IN THE 2012–2013 FISCAL YEAR (since July 1, 2012) • American Institute of Wine & Food—Wichita Chapter Culinary Arts Scholarship • Lattner Family Foundation Scholarship • Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Program Fund • Professional Engineering Consultants Engineering Scholarship • Susie Schulze Nursing Scholarship

DOUBLE THE IMPACT Newly endowed funds qualify for the matching funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Strengthening Institutions Grant.

> American Institute of Wine & Food chapter representatives Beth Bower and Greg & Janne Rowe present scholarship check to Butler's Culinary Arts program.



Felix Adams could have had other career opportunities in his life, but has “No regrets” about his years of teaching. Adams will be retiring at the end of the 2013 spring semester after 44 record-setting years of teaching at Butler. Leaving a legacy behind as a Butler alumnus, long-loved teacher and coach, and brilliant faculty member, Adams’ professional journey began with a phone call. How did your journey with Butler begin? Well first , I was a student here from 1959–1961. Then in summer of 1969, I had a phone call from Ed Walbourn, the president of Butler at the time. My former instructor, Dr. Carl Heinrich, told him to call me because he was looking for a teaching candidate with community college experience and Heinrich had taught me at Kansas State University where I received my Master’s. I interviewed on August 4. He offered me the job that day and I took it!

> Adams teaching in 1974 A fitting tribute to his commitment to Butler and his legacy, Felix and his wife Janice will be honored at the Circle of the Gold Society Luncheon on April 18th for their planned gift to Butler along with other new members of the Circle of the Gold Society.

What changes have been most noticeable during your time at Butler? The length of time I’ve been here I’ve seen so much change it’s unbelievable. Biggest change has been the expansion of the college. It’s exciting.

Butler really needs to enlarge their fine arts facilities. I think the fine arts needs to get out of that building. That has really got to be the next step. What do you think is the greatest challenge for students these days? 80% of the people who graduate from college don’t go into their field with exceptions like nursing, etc. You have to change with the times. What advice would you give to Butler for the future? Keep doing what you’re doing. We need [a president] who is visionary.

How have you changed in that time? Learning how to use a computer. I have a willingness to go along with new innovations. Carol Kline, who was the Head of Business, literally taught me how to use a computer. I give her all the credit. What has been your best classroom memory as a teacher? I really enjoyed the 1970s. Students were inquisitive and hard-working. They asked questions. The ‘70s were really a progressive time here. College is now a rite of passage. Describe your time at Butler in a single word. Optimistic. What do you hope your Butler legacy will be when you leave? Mr. Psychology! They used to refer to me that way. What would you most like to see happen in the next five years at Butler?

> Adams in his office in 2013

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invests in Early College Health Sciences Academy

The Butler Early College Health Sciences Academy at Rose Hill High School is opening wide to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation in the form of a $20,000 grant to jump start an oral health class as part of the Academy's curriculum and provide scholarships. Students in the program were presented with electric toothbrushes by Dr. Hugh Bruner and Jill Quigley Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Board Members and Karen Finstad, Executive Director, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, who were on hand to tour the facility in Rose Hill. "Delta Dental Foundation's support for the Early College Health Science Academy is greatly appreciated," said academy director Marcy Aycock. "This partnership will provide great learning opportunities for our students in addition to financial support. We hope this is the first of several partnerships between health care professionals and the ECHSA." An Introduction to Oral Health Care will be taught each year to ECHSA seniors. It will give them an overview of oral health care and implications for the body systems. The Health Sciences Academy already offers various high-tech and hands-on healthcare courses that result in high school students graduating with nearly two years of college credit in career-specific training.



Butler Community College Foundation

Benefit Auction

Marking another record-breaking year, the annual benefit auction ushered generous community bidders into the Hubbard Welcome Center and garnered $176,180 at the recent March 1 event.

Part of this year’s total includes $20,000 of “pure philanthropy,” money that was given straight to the Foundation. The fundraiser, which, according to Wichita Business Journal data, ranks in the top 25 of the area’s largest charitable events, supports student scholarships, staff support and advocacy.

> Jim Hukle and Amy Wilcox

> Barb Dankert, Charlie & Mary Moon, and Jackie Vietti 8 | BUTLER COMMUNIT Y COLLEGE FOUNDATION

> ‘Bingo’ went home with Assistant Athletic Director Matt Jacobs and his wife Marilyn

> Dr. Karla Fisher

> Sloane Lewis, Miss Kansas 2012, chatting with guests

> Honorary co-chairs Bob Lane and Tom McKibban SPRING 2013 MAGAZINE | 9

HONORING THE Entrepreneurial Spirit Butler Community College inducted a new class of entrepreneurs into the Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame during an October ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Celebrated for their creative and innovative spirit that exemplifies the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrepreneurial heritage, Butler recognized Justin McClure as our rising entrepreneur, the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Doug Pringle as our social leader, and Ted and Barb Dankert as business entrepreneurs. Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Culinary Arts students worked with Chef Paul Freimuth of the Hyatt to prepare delicious cuisine at interactive stations paired with great wine courtesy of LDF. Presenting sponsors were U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Dustrol, Inc. Presidential Dinner Hosts were Clark and Sharon Bastian, Wayne and Susan Chambers, Charlie and Marla Chandler, Pat and Sylvia Do, Bill Hanna, George and Jocelyne Laham, Shawn and Shawna Lancelot, Scott and Betsy Redler, Jon and Lauren Rolph, Harvey and Stephanie Sorensen, Ted and Betty Vlamis.

> Don & Pat Hysko visit with Paul & Belinda Pettite


A fun and elegant evening, proceeds from the celebration supported student scholarships

> Ted & Barb Dankert with LaDonna Snook

> Butler honored Spirit with its inaugural Corporate Diversity Award in October. Gov. Sam Brownback (left), along with former Butler president Dr. Jacqueline Vietti, presented the award to Jeff Turner (right), former president and CEO of Spirit.


Partnerships for the Future One of the many ways Butler Community College contributes to our communities is by providing a home to Advance Kansas, a diversity initiative that teaches business and community leaders how to maximize the potential of our diverse community by not allowing our differences to be obstacles to progress.

This is not a program that focuses on guilt and correcting wrongs, but it’s more focused on what are the opportunities that diversity offers.

Brian Black Senior Manager, Corporate Public Affairs & Global Diversity Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., World Headquarters

The program consists of four highly participative workshops. Between sessions, participants work in teams to develop and implement community action projects. Previous projects include: creation of a sustainable garden at the Wichita Children’s Home, sending 17 foster children to summer camp, and creation of a video to recruit young leaders to serve on nonprofit boards. Approximately 40 individuals from business, education, government, and non-profit organizations participate in each class. To date, the program has reached 190 leaders from 75 organizations, inclusive of a wide variety of demographic groups and backgrounds. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Spirit AeroSystems funded Advance Kansas when Butler became home to the program in 2010 and Spirit has continued to provide funding. In 2012, Spirit announced a three year $50,000 challenge to benefit Advance Kansas. Spirit AeroSystem’s engagement in and support of Advance Kansas has provided a strong foundation to ensure the continuation of the program, for both the well-being of local companies as well as our communities. SPRING 2013 MAGAZINE | 11


ATHLETICS For nearly 40 years, there have been three constants for Butler Athletics: the purple uniforms, the Grizzlies mascot and the support of Dr. Larry Abraham.

Even though I didn’t go to school at Butler, this is where I live and practice podiatry," Abraham said. "I’m going to support one institution and I decided this is the one I’m going to continually support.

Doc, as he is known by those in El Dorado and on the Butler campus, has been a donor and team doctor since 1974. He has helped heal thousands of Butler athletes, been inducted into the Grizzly Athletic Hall of Fame twice and along with his wife, Judy, has supported every athletic initiative available, becoming the most prolific individual donor in the history of Butler Athletics.

Doc’s support has been tied to service as well as financial contributions. He served for many years as president of the booster club, which is now known as the GrizzlyBackers. He also was the voice of Butler basketball for years, manning the microphone during games in the heyday of success in that sport under Randy Smithson.

“Dr. Abraham is a legend,” says Butler Athletic Director and longtime friend Todd Carter. “He has been the number one contributor for the last 30 years. Without his and Judy’s support, not only financially, but through his practice, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

He is evident throughout the athletic facilities on the El Dorado campus. His first capital campaign project was the construction of the Sports Medicine Center in the lower level of the gymnasium building in 1988 (25 years later, he has underwritten a remodel of that complex). Since then, he has funded locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams that many NCAA Division I programs would envy. He also purchased a luxury suite in the new football stadium and helped fund both phases of construction in the Hubbard Champions Training Center. In fact, the reception/trophy room in the new football complex is named for the Abraham's for their contribution to the project.

Doc grew up in Wichita, attending West High School and Wichita State before going to podiatry school in Chicago. He returned to Kansas to set up a practice in El Dorado in 1973. A year later, he was invited to a meeting of the Butler booster club. The next year, he joined the club and became a team doctor. From that time on, Butler's is the only athletic program he has financially supported.


“We have to keep up with other schools. If you don’t, you’ll get lost when it comes to recruiting,” Abraham said. “I think when other schools see what we have now, they’ll always try to do something to match it, but I’m not sure they can top some of the stuff we have. That makes a big difference. We have to keep that up if we’re going to stay competitive.”



Abraham has been most visibly > Ray and Jackie Vietti receiving the Dr. Larry and Judy Abraham GrizzlyBacker involved with the football and of the Year Award. men’s basketball programs, but he has given money to soccer, baseball and softball. He also created an endowed fund for athletic scholarships that benefits all of Butler’s athletic teams. As a way of expressing thanks for his decades of support, the floor inside the Power Plant is now known as the Dr. Larry Abraham Court. “I’m very proud of that,” Abraham said. “I was very humbled that they did that for me, so I can see my accomplishments recognized while I can still enjoy it.” Abraham even has an award named after him. It is given annually at the President’s Club dinner in the fall to honor someone who exemplifies what it means to wholeheartedly support Butler’s athletic programs. The first winner was Jerry and Linda Manderino, followed by Phil and Sheila Johnson. This year’s recipients were Ray and Jackie Vietti. “I believe the recipients all have deserved it very much and we hope to carry that tradition on,” Abraham said. Abraham says working with the people at Butler has been the biggest reason he has stayed involved throughout the decades. “I just enjoy it. I enjoy the people out here,” Abraham said. “The people who work in athletics and administration, we have a very good relationship. They’re good people. They’re honest people. We try to do things the right way, to help the kids. I enjoy working with the kids.

“It’s been a fun ride over all the years.”

BUTLER SOCCER In February, the women’s soccer team went to the Coliseum to help Numana set up for a “Feed Haiti” event. The team, along with about 20 other volunteers, prepared all of the stations for food packing, which included bagging vitamins, making boxes, and sorting equipment to ensure the effort could go off without a hitch. Numana employees helped the players understand what kind of impact the event would make. Because they were the only program to attend, the entire group was grateful for the help of our Lady Grizzlies.

Want to k now how your favorite Grizzlies teams are doing? Check out our athletic department web page! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter! @ButlerGrizzlies


FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE: DONORS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE! “Butler would not be what it is today—the second largest but first best community college in Kansas—without the extraordinary support of our surrounding communities and the nearly 3,000 individual annual donors who support our work. We can’t begin to thank them enough for all they do!” In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy inspired a nation to reach for the heavens: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” These words ring true for Butler today. As we seek a new president, we must maintain our momentum and keep our sights set high. Dr. Karla Fisher, currently serving as Interim President, has been Vice President of Academics since September 2010. With the assistance and support of college leaders at all levels, she is ensuring we maintain our momentum with vision and persistence. Raised just down the road in Enid, OK, she came to Kansas through a circuitous route, earning a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communication from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX; a vocational certificate from UCMT in Salt Lake City; and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program. At this important juncture in the history of the college, we asked Dr. Fisher for her thoughts on how donors make the difference at Butler.

“As any guest to the Hubbard Welcome Center, White Gallery, BG Products Veterans Memorial Stadium, outstanding sports training facilities and other donor-supported facilities can easily see, the special relationship between Butler and the individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses in our communities is alive and vibrant. As all public institutions are increasingly challenged to find alternative sources of revenue, the amazing generosity of our donors has been and will continue to be the key to our success. ”

Ron Engelbrecht Board of Trustees In December 2012, Butler's Board of Trustees hired Gold Hill Associates to assist with the national presidential search process. An advisory committee of college personnel and community members, chaired by Trustee Ron Engelbrecht was established. For further information about the presidential search process, see the timeline below. Please send any questions or comments to:


Week of April 22, 2013

Week of May 13, 2013

Application deadline: For the most favorable consideration, applicants should submit materials by the April 12 deadline.

Gold Hill Associates meets with Advisory Committee to review applicants and select candidates for interviews.

Advisory Committee interviews candidates.


May 23, 2013 Gold Hill Associates meets with Advisory Committee to finalize feedback and to approve recommended finalists with the Butler Board of Trustees. Candidates are notified and preparations begin for campus and community forums.

Week of June 10, 2013 Campus and community forums held for the Butler Presidential finalists.

Week of June 17, 2013 Board of Trustees announces next Butler Community College President.


A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John C Maxwell

> 2012–2013 Board of Trustees & Foundation Board of Directors with Stacy Cofer and Karla Fisher

2012 – 2013 PACESETTERS

Chris & Susan Addington Ted & Joanne Albright Ken & Pat Beran Yolanda Camarena Betty Carlson Wayne & Susan Chambers Jim & Lou Clennan Mike & Lucy Clifton Doug & Suzanne Coin Matt & Pam Cross Ted & Barb Dankert Pat & Sylvia Do Tom & Jill Docking Ron & Barbara Engelbrecht Tom & Kathie Erwin Karla Fisher & Frederick Webster Paula Gilliland Jim & Beckie Graham Mike & Linda Howell Dennis & Ardis Hanson Sarah & Travis Hurd Alan & Bobbie Jaax Greg & Helen Joyce Matt & Teresa Kirkendoll True & Elizabeth Knowles

Candace Kunkel Shawn & Shawna Lancelot Bill & Vicki Long Luke & Debbie Lucas Tom & Valerie Mack Marshall Matthews & Teresa Reynolds Ron & Jo McGraw Paul & Camille McKesey Mark & Cindy Miles Dick & Dorothy Miller Gerry & Mindy Mills Charlie & Mary Moon Dalton & Sonja Patterson Tom & Sheila Prichard JL & Susie Regan Jim Reeves Roberto & Ana Rodriquez Forrest & Tiffany Rhodes Dick & Janice Schremmer Security 1st Title-Brandon Knowles Mal & Janice Shaffer Lonnie & LaDonna Snook Bob Stanley Lea Stueve Jim & Nicole Stump

Jeremy & Kelsey Sundgren Ray & Jackie Vietti Stewart & Denise Weaver David & Beckie Wernli Jim & Helen Wilson Rod & Terry Young

Incredible leadership is exemplified in the Foundation Board of Directors and the Butler Community College Board of Trustees. This year, board members went above and beyond and both boards are at 100% giving at the $1,000+ Pacesetter level! Thank you so much to our board members whose leadership in this initiative inspires others to do the same!

Indicates donors who generously exceeded the $1,000 giving level.


Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 181 Parsons, KS

901 S. Haverhill Road El Dorado, KS 67042

> Cliff pictured with long-time companion Helen Piper (recently deceased) and Cindy Carnahan in 2007 at the Carnahan's home.

Cliff Stone Faculty of Distinction


It has been over three years since our community lost Cliff Stone. The sad loss of our friend is tempered by his generosity that positively impacts students daily through Stone Family scholarships and other initiatives he championed at the college. We are a better institution for having known Cliff. To honor his legacy of generosity and his belief in the power of an education, Butler Community College has an endowed Faculty of Distinction fund. Eligible for matched earnings by the Kansas Board of Regents, this fund is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;firstâ&#x20AC;? for Butler and benefits the Fine Arts department. You can demonstrate your fondness for Cliff and honor him for his many philanthropic efforts by supporting this worthwhile initiative. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our $50,000 goal.

For more information regarding this and similar funds, contact Chief Advancement Officer Stacy Cofer, 316-323-6729

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Butler Foundation 2013 Spring Magazine  

The spring issue of the 2013 Butler Community College Foundation magazine.

Butler Foundation 2013 Spring Magazine  

The spring issue of the 2013 Butler Community College Foundation magazine.

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