Sep 12

Open Invitation for Healthcare at Butler Forum


Please join us for an open forum on healthcare costs and benefits at Butler. Two sessions will be available:

  • Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30-3 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room 141
  • Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. in Robertson Hall, Johnson Room

The purpose of this forum is to prepare faculty and staff for the 2014 benefits open enrollment period in late October, and to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead as we strive to continue providing high quality health benefits to the Butler community.

As a self-insured organization since 2007, the University pays the actual costs associated with each insurance claim. This approach reduces Butler’s exposure to the rapidly growing cost of private insurance and allows us to benefit from successful cost containment efforts.  It also means, however, that the University assumes responsibility for expenses that are higher than anticipated. With healthcare costs at Butler up 28 percent in just the last two years and continuing to trend higher, it is likely that changes to plan design and/or premiums will be required in years to come. We hope that by being transparent about our healthcare costs, we can work together to find the best path forward.

In the upcoming forum, we’ll share more details on our healthcare cost trends and discuss programs/benefits in which Butler has invested to promote wellness and empower better healthcare decisions, including:

  • Healthy Horizons, which provides free health education, risk assessment, and wellness support.
  • Castlight Health, which lets you compare local medical providers and see personalized cost estimates before you go to the doctor.
  • Annual physicals and recommended screenings, which are provided with no out-of-pocket costs across all Butler health plans, when using in-network providers.

By utilizing these programs and taking a more proactive role in your health, you can have a significant impact on your health and healthcare costs, regardless of the plan in which you are enrolled. Being more proactive in your healthcare also benefits the entire Butler community by reducing the overall cost of claims and allowing the University to keep benefits strong and premium costs low.

We hope to see many of you at one of these forums.

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Sep 06

Have Some Fun With Your Butler Colleagues!

The Activities & Social Committee would like to invite YOU to the first of our “501’s” on Thursday, September 12.  

What is a 501? That is where you meet after work at 5:01 to have a drink, snack or just conversation! We will meet on the patio at Moe & Johnny’s for the first 501 and a schedule of future places and dates will be forthcoming for the rest of the year.

We hope you will join us to take some time to get to know others on campus in a relaxed setting.  And feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three)…

Questions or comments?  Drop a note to Pam Nixon.


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Sep 04

The Butler Family Grieves…R.I.P. Blue 2


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Aug 27

Announcing the 2013 Difference Maker Award Winners!


Congratulations to the 2013 Difference Makers!

We recognize and honor the following staff members, nominated for the Difference Makers award by their peers or students.  Each of them have made a positive impact in the work they do for students, staff, faculty, and the Butler community.  If you see any of them around campus, be sure to thank them!




Job Performance & Attitude

  • Michele MillerAdvancement
  • Charles TruaxMaintenance Services
  • Roy WeeseInformation Technology


Service to Students

  • Mary Ann Huser - Student Affairs (PuLSE Office)
  • Mary Kay Liverett - College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Physician’s Assistant)


Making A Difference in the Butler Community

  • Sherri Heidenreich - Human Resources Management & Development



 From left to right: Charles Truax, Sherri Heidenreich, Mary Kay Liverett, President Jim Danko, Michele Miller, Roy Weese, Staff Assembly Chair Josh Downing.  (Not pictured: Mary Ann Huser).


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Aug 26

Here’s To A Great Year!


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Aug 23

Move-In Weekend Is Almost Here!

It’s almost time for new student move-in…and Trip is fired up about it!  You’d better pay attention to what he has to say!

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Aug 16

August General Meeting and Staff News

Welcome back, Faculty & Staff!


DATE: Wednesday, August 21
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pharmacy Building, 204

All Staff Members Are Welcome & Encouraged To Attend


Presenters and Agenda:

  • HR Updates - LaVeda HowellExecutive Director, Human Resources Management & Development
  • Student Government Association – Craig Fisher, SGA President
  • Campus Safety – Bill Weber, Assistant Chief of Police



Welcome, New Staff!
Welcome to the Butler University Family!

  • Claire Aigotti – General Counsel, Office of the President
  • Mary Frances Gaede – University Libraries
  • Kimberlee Goad – College of Business
  • Chris Holtmann – Athletics
  • Beth Hospodarsky – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Matthew Mindrum – Vice President, Marketing & Communications
  • Felipe Moran – Building Services
  • Laura Schutt – Admission
  • Amanda Starkel – University Libraries


Farewell, Departing Staff
Thank You for your contributions to Butler, you will be missed!

  • Andy Cunningham – Information Technology
  • Sara Doebel – Athletics
  • Elizabeth Freedman – Internship & Career Services
  • Brian Hiscox – Athletics
  • Josh Rattray – Athletics
  • Emily Reeser - Advancement



  • Don’t forget about President Danko’s State of the University address followed by an all-faculty & staff campus picnic on Friday, August 23!  The welcome back festivities begin at 11:00 AM at the Schrott Center for the Arts.
  • New student move-in is all set!  Beginning on Saturday August 24 at 8:00 AM, Butler’s campus will quickly become buzzing with activity.  Welcome Week festivities will officially be kicked off on Sunday August 25 at 11:30 AM.  For complete details and a schedule of events, check out
  • Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, August 28.  Don’t forget that the university will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2.
  • Did you know?  You can visit and sign up to receive a free monthly e-newsletter, keeping you informed of all upcoming Butler events!
  • Mark Your Calendars Now, So You Don’t Miss A Thing!  Here are the 2013-2014 Staff Assembly Meeting Dates:

August 21 - PB 204
September 18 - Clowes Hall 
October 16
November 20
December 18
January 15, 2014
February 19
March 19
April 16
May 21
*NOTE: All meetings are from 2-3 p.m., in Jordan Hall 141, unless otherwise noted.

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Jul 23

Sir Ken Robinson – “Changing Education Paradigms”


Great thought provoking presentation regarding the world of education and education reform…worth your time to watch!


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Jul 16

July General Meeting and Staff News



DATE: Wednesday, July 17
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pharmacy Building, 156

All Staff Members Are Welcome & Encouraged To Attend!

Presenters and Agenda:

  • Campus Parking OverviewBen Hunter
  • Discussion & Recap of May General Assembly Meeting
  • Trip’s Move-In TroopsRob Miller



Welcome, New Staff!
Welcome to the Butler University Family!

  • Joe Backe – Student Affairs
  • Timothy Bennett – College of Business
  • Sheri Fella – College of Business
  • Erin Fulkerson – Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Janelle Green – Advancement
  • Jack Patterson – Maintenance Services
  • Michelle Piel – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Kristen Rush – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Biology
  • Sara Schwatken - Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Laura Smalley – Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Molly Sullivan – Athletics
  • Matthew Wright – Center for Academic Technology


Farewell, Departing Staff
Thank You for your contributions to Butler, you will be missed!

  • Jennifer Kaschner - Learning Resource Center
  • Margie StoutAdvancement
  • Mindy Wallpe - Health & Consultation Services

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Jul 02

We Need Your Thoughts!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course


Healthy Horizons would like to know if any Butler faculty or staff would be interested in a MBSR course here on campus this fall.

Course details

  • 8 week course beginning the second week of September
  • 2.5 hour class once a week + an all-day retreat the weekend of week six
  • Experiential and didactic course including sitting meditation, body scan, and gentle hatha yoga.
  • Class size of 12-20 people
  • Course fee has been reduced to $250 for Butler faculty and staff for the 27 hour course ($9.26/hr)
  • 27 CEUs are available for psychologists and social workers
  • Free informational orientation session will be offered prior to the course

If you would be interested in participating in this course, or for any questions, please email
healthyhorizons@butler.eduWe need at least 12 individuals to hold the course. At this time, you are simply just expressing interest in the program, you are not committing to attending.

*For more information, please click

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