December General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 17

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy & Health Sciences Building, room 150

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


  • SGA—Chad Pingel, SGA President
  • Open Forum—an opportunity for you to share your ideas and suggestions with Staff Assembly leadership

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.

  • Amorelle Gunst
  • Cindy Garrett
  • Melinda Sowers
  • Courtney Rousseau
  • Nate Partenheimer
  • Anita Watts
  • Kim Orbik
  • Margaret Brabant
  • Cynthia Payne
  • Beth Falkenbach
  • Lisa Hines
  • Diane Dubord
  • Geoffrey Hoops
  • Stacy O’Reilly
  • Cathy Holland

Family Night at the HRC, Dec. 12

Family Night at the HRC, Friday, December 12 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. Bring the family for a fun, festive evening floating around the pool watching the “Grinch,” playing games, and making holiday crafts. “Home Alone” will also be showing. Get the details and register. Cost is $10/family or $15/family with a large pizza from Hot Box.

This event is brought to you by the HRC and Staff Assembly’s Activity and Socials Committee.

Message from Chair, November General Meeting & Committee News

A Message from Chair of Staff Assembly

Dear Staff Members,

I have the wonderful opportunity and privilege to serve as Butler University’s Staff Assembly Chair. In this role, I have direct access to Senior Leadership (vice presidents, deans, general counsel, etc.) and work closely with each of them on a regular basis. Our work revolves around issues, concerns, ideas, and processes that affect you as a staff member. The end goal is to provide input and a voice to continually improve the quality of the working environment here at Butler, so you have the resources and support you need to thrive as an employee.

Recently, I have been working diligently with Senior Leadership on the reclassification process. I have shared all of the questions, concerns, and issues brought forward to Staff Assembly, and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your feedback. This includes the communication process, PDQs, overtime, volunteering, supervisor training, and monthly hourly salary, to name a few. I want to assure you Senior Leadership is taking this seriously. I am actively engaged in their discussions and decisions. It may take some time, but your questions and concerns will be answered and addressed.

As mentioned in the communication sent on Friday from La Veda Howell, President Danko met with a small group of staff affected by reclassification. I want to clarify that this group of staff was not formed as a committee that will have regular, ongoing meetings. I simply pulled together a small group of staff who could provide President Danko with a great deal of insight, transparency, and clarity that will help moving forward.

I want to encourage you to reach out to our HR department—specifically, Anila Din—to address any issues or concerns you may have. Anila can be reached at or ext. 6683. Many have mentioned feeling comfortable going to her, so I encourage you to continue doing so. Senior Leadership has stressed that HR’s timely response and accountability to you is essential. It’s important that we trust the process and give the HR team a chance to assist. Please trust me on this—every member of that office wants what is best for you and so does Staff Assembly.

As much as this process hurt, Butler will be better for it and for the bravery you’ve shown in sharing feedback. Thank you for all that you do; you truly are the reason Butler is a great place to be and to work!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Your co-worker,

Josh Downing
Chair, Staff Assembly

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 19

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Jordan Hall, room 141

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


  • Meeting sponsored by Costco
  • Ethics Point—Bruce Arick, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • HR Update—Anita Watts and Kim Orbik, Human Resources
  • United Way—Natalie Evans, United Way and James Cramer, Clowes Hall

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.

  • Rena Duerksen
  • Judy Malarney
  • Priscilla Cobb
  • Dan Landwerlin
  • Fernando Provencio
  • Keith Cobbs
  • Karen Poirier
  • Brian Wilson
  • Zach Skidmore

Staff Assembly Committee Updates

Activities and Socials:

  • Wine Night was a success with 65 people who attended and $510 raised for Relay for Life through the silent auction. Elesia Yoon did a fantastic job securing items and organizing the auction. People had a blast and drank every bottle of wine brought—a first for this event!
  • It’s time for the Salvation Army Toy Drive! Tags have been ordered and will be distributed soon. Watch the Connection for details on tag pick-ups!

Employment Affairs:

  • Employment Affairs is scheduled to meet as a group on November 18 and look forward to having Susan Westermeyer as our guest. Susan will provide updates on a number of work processes that are in various stages of progress, mainly in terms of transitioning paperwork to online systems.

Networking and Resources:

  • Thank you to our new mentors who have joined us! We are always looking for more—many hands make light work. If you are interested in being part of this group, just contact Judy Gauer at

Personal and Professional Development:

  • The committee is hosting the first of several sessions of Work on Purpose Workshops available to all staff. The first session, Heart + Head = Hustle, will be held on Tuesday, November 25, in Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building, room 106, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sign-up information is posted in today’s Connection.
  • Mark your calendars now for future staff workshops that include:
    • Tips & Tricks PPT & Atomic Learning 101
      Friday, November 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
      Jordan Hall, room 041
      Facilitated by Jeana Rogers and CAT professional staff
    • Tips & Tricks Outlook & Atomic Learning 101
      Wednesday, December 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
      Jordan Hall, room 043
      Facilitated by Danielle Valenilla and CAT professional staff

Time is Running Out: Benefits Open Enrollment Ends Monday

All faculty and staff enrolled in benefits must log in to my.butler to confirm:

  • Your 2015 benefit elections should remain same as 2014 elections
  • Elect the new vision carrier, Anthem Blue Vision
  • Elect plan changes, add/remove dependents
  • Enroll for the first time
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings amounts MUST be elected every year

If you have not confirmed or elected your 2015 benefits, log into and click on ‘Benefits Enrollment’ and follow the prompts. Click ‘SUBMIT’ on the final screen. A confirmation will be emailed to you within 5 minutes. Print the confirmation for your records.


  • Enrollment Workshops (bring questions and enrollment decisions for help enrolling online):
    ◦November 14, Friday, noon-4:30 p.m. in JH-043
    ◦November 17, Monday, noon-3:00 p.m. in JH-043
    ◦November 17, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in JH-041

Contact Kim Orbik or Anita Watts, or contact Sherri Heidenreich at ext. 9355, with any questions regarding your benefits. You also may visit the HR office in Jordan Hall, room 144. More information is available on the HR website.

Exclusive Costco Wholesale Offer for Butler Staff

Join the #1 warehouse club in the world and see what everyone is talking about. Membership is risk free! Costco offers a 100% customer-satisfaction guarantee on all merchandise, including your membership.

The Annual Membership is $55, which includes two cards.

Costco Wholesale would like to offer Butler staff a $10 Costco Cash Card BONUS for a $55 Gold Star Membership or $20 Costco Cash Card BONUS for a $110 Executive Membership, which offers a 2% Cash Rebate Check, plus exclusive Executive Benefits and Services.

(NOTE: This offer is unavailable at the Costco Warehouse and applies to new membership sign-ups only.)

At Costco Wholesale, you can save on:

  • Optical – Winner of the JD Power & Associates award for Highest Satisfaction
  • ŸPharmacy – Huge savings (Consumer Reports Magazine 08 “Best in Nation”)
  • ŸHearing Aid Center – Extraordinary value at Costco savings          
  • ŸPhoto Center – Digital prints, photo books, cards, video transfer, and more                                                              
  • ŸMeat, Deli, Bakery – prepared fresh everyday
  • ŸWine and spirits
  • Gas station
  • Travel discounts
  • Auto-buying program

Free Cash Rebate American Express Card

A Costco representative will be available at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, before the Staff Assembly general meeting. Contact Costco’s Melissa Hill at 317-532-1654 or