Nominations & Elections for Executive Committee

Staff Assembly Nominations and Elections Committee members are starting the process for elections to the Executive Committee. There are four at-large positions to be filled. Staff Assembly Executive Committee members are involved in discussing and addressing staff issues and opportunities, coordinating staff development and relationship-building efforts, and providing input on important University decisions. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an email to Chris Davis at or Patti Colip at

The timeline for the nomination and election process is as follows:
•   April 6-10: Accepting nominations
•   April 13-16: Verifying nominations
•   April 20-24: Elections open (The link will be posted on the Connection. Please remember only one ballot per staff. There will be four at-large positions available.)
•   May 20: Results announced at General Assembly meeting.

Please remind those in your area to vote. Thank you for your assistance!

New Butler Password Manager

Don’t forget to change your password!

To keep our Campus Community more secure, Butler has a new Password Manager. Now through Thursday, April 2, you are asked to update your current password or passphrase.

To create your passphrase, visit Your first visit will be an enrollment into the new Password Manager, where you will enter an alternate email address or mobile phone number and set a few security questions. After you enroll, be sure to change your password.

Butler’s new Password Manager is mobile friendly so you can create your new passphrase anytime, anywhere. Remember to log off your computer and update your new Butler password or phrase on all devices and everywhere you connect to the Butler network.

For more information, visit the IT website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 940-HELP (4357) or

March General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 18

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Parking Update—Ben Hunter
HR Update—Anita Watts
Stand Tall Project—Noelle Rich
Subway—Ali Khan, meeting sponsor

Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom
  • Julie Allen
  • Shonda Cheever
  • Priscilla Cobb
  • Joe Ader
  • Jami Kong
  • Debbie Rushton
  • Anila Din
  • Tina Vawter


Difference Makers:
Nominate a staff member who is making a difference; nominations are open until May 1. Learn more.

Employment Affairs:
The committee continues to pursue process improvements and is supporting initiatives aimed at increasing employee morale.

Personal and Professional Development:
The “Communication” session presented on March 4 by Anila Din, Director of Employee Relations, was very informative and well attended. It was so good, the attendees have requested an additional session in the near future to expand on what was discussed in the first session. Watch for more information on this in early summer. Save the date for our upcoming Personal and Professional Development sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 24, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Pharmacy Building, room 015 (COPHS lower level)
    Topic: Blogging—Bring on the Basics
    Facilitator: Erin Albert, BS ’94, RPh, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esq.
  • Tuesday, April 7, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Atherton Union, room 302
    Topic: Taking Care of You
    Facilitator: Cynthia Payne, member of Staff Assembly’s Personal and Professional Development Committee; RSVP to or ext. 9655
  • Tuesday, April 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Lunch will be provided; RSVP to or ext. 9655
    Topic: Making the Pieces Fit—The Importance of Estate Planning
    Facilitator: Susan Hunter, Attorney and Owner of Hunter Law Office

Activities and Socials:
A letter of thanks was received from The Salvation Army for our participation in their Christmas Toy Shop toy drive. Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause. It is clear that our collective efforts made a positive impact, and they are very appreciative of our generosity!

Employee Appreciation Day—March 6

Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 6!
Human Resources Management and Development invites all Butler employees to stop by for afternoon refreshments

Friday, March 6
2:00-4:00 PM
Jordan Hall outside of room 108

Announcements, Tech Tip

Staff Assembly Votes to Support IndyGo Resolution

During the Staff Assembly general meeting on February 18, those in attendance voted in support of a resolution that would change a current IndyGo bus route to include a stop on the Butler campus. IndyGo will announce changes to current bus routes in the near future. We will share this information as it becomes available.

A Powerful Butler Experience

Check out the lessons this sales rep learned on a visit to BU with his son. Way to go, Dawgs!


RecycleMania is nationwide competition between schools in which they compete through recycling starting January 18–March 28.

There are 9 weeks of planned events around certain themes. The hope is for students, faculty, and staff to join in on the events, and ultimately, for Butler to be ranked highly among other Indiana schools. Here is a link to see the rankings between schools, so let’s do all that we can to see Butler make the list by recycling as much as possible on campus. You can even bring your recyclables from home to help increase our chances.

Please be sure to document your experiences with this campaign through the hashtag #DawgsGoGreen.

Difference Maker Nominations

The Difference Makers staff recognition program (formerly the Top Dawg Program), offered through Butler University Staff Assembly, celebrates the contributions and hard work of staff on an annual basis. Difference Makers—staff members who are truly making a positive impact at Butler—will receive a $500, pre-tax award to be presented at the fall picnic and will be invited to a dinner honoring their service at the President’s residence.

Faculty, staff, and students may nominate staff members for this program!

Nominations are now being accepted through 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2015.

Award Criteria

To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time staff (non-faculty) member employed for a minimum of one year and in good standing with the University. Once a staff member has won, he or she will not be eligible to win again for a period of two years.

A Difference Maker may be nominated for one of the following three categories:

  1. Making a Difference to the Butler Community
  2. Service to Students
  3. Job Performance and Attitude

If you have any questions or need more information please e-mail

Butler Night Out—Discounted Tickets to Indiana Pacers Game

Get discounted tickets to the Pacers vs. Bulls game on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. Upper-balcony tickets are available for $13 and lower-balcony tickets for $25. Get more info now.

Are you DAWGStrong?

Join Team DAWG Walkers (Relay for Life) in the fight against cancer. “We Relay For All Those Who Can’t.”

Tech Tip

Water Your Body is a “healthy” app compatible with both Droid and Apple phones designed to help you track your liquid intake based on your body weight. You log your weight, and then the app periodically pushes notifications to you to remind you to “water your body.” You have control over the time interval of notifications. It’s simple and non-intrusive. Get the app: GooglePlay, iTunes.