|North Western Christian University (1855–1877)|
|Motto||Education, Research, Service|
|Location||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Campus||Urban: 295 acres (119 ha)|
|Colors||Butler Blue and White
|Athletics||NCAA Division I Big East, Pioneer League (football)|
|Sports||19 varsity teams|
|Mascot||Blue III "Trip"
|Affiliations||Council of Independent Colleges|
Butler University is a private university in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1855 and named after founder Ovid Butler, the university has over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges: Lacy School of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Jordan College of the Arts. It comprises a 295-acre (119 ha) campus located approximately five miles (8.0 km) from downtown Indianapolis.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Academics
- 3.1 Andre B. Lacy School of Business
- 3.2 College of Communication
- 3.3 College of Education
- 3.4 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 3.5 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- 3.6 Jordan College of the Arts
- 3.7 Institute for Study Abroad
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Student life
- 6 People
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
On January 15, 1850, the Indiana State legislature adopted Ovid Butler's proposed charter for a new Christian university in Indianapolis. After five years in development, Butler University opened on November 1, 1855, as North Western Christian University at 13th Street and College Avenue on Indianapolis' near north side at the eastern edge of the present Old Northside Historic District. Attorney and university founder Ovid Butler provided the property.
The University's department of religion became a separate Christian Church seminary and "college of applied Christianity" in 1924; it was variously called the School of Religion and the College of Religion.
In 1930, Butler merged with the Teacher's College of Indianapolis, founded by Eliza Blaker, creating the university's second college. The third college, the College of Business Administration, was established in 1937, and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established in 1945, following a merger that absorbed the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy. The Jordan College of Fine Arts, the university's fifth college, was established in 1951, following a merger with the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. Butler's School of Religion, established in 1924, became independent in 1958 and is currently known as the Christian Theological Seminary.
Butler University was founded by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), though it was never controlled by the church. The university charter called for "a non-sectarian institution free from the taint of slavery, offering instruction in every branch of liberal and professional education." The university was the first in Indiana and the third in the U.S. to admit both men and women. Butler was the first university in the United States to endow a chair designated specifically for a woman, the Demia Butler Chair (endowed in 1869). Catharine Merrill, the first person to hold the chair, became the second woman to be named a professor in an American university.
The university established the first professorship in English literature and the first Department of English in the state of Indiana.
The original location of the school was 13th Street and College Avenue on the near-northside of Indianapolis. In 1875, the university, renamed for Ovid Butler "in recognition of Ovid Butler's inspirational vision, determined leadership, and financial support," moved to a 25-acre (10 ha) campus in Irvington, which at the time was an independent suburb of Indianapolis. The campus consisted of several buildings, including an observatory, most of which were demolished in 1939. The Bona Thompson Library at the intersection of Downey and University avenues, designed by architects Henry H. Dupont and Jesse T. Johnson, is the only remaining building, although several buildings that housed faculty still remain, including the Benton House.
Enrollment at Butler increased following the end of World War I, prompting the administration to examine the need for a larger campus. The new and current campus, designed in-part by noted architect George Sheridan, was formed on the site of Fairview Park, a former amusement park on the city's northwest side. Classes began on the campus in 1928.
The first building on the Fairview campus was Arthur Jordan Memorial Hall, designed by Robert Frost Daggett and Thomas Hibben. The structure's Collegiate Gothic style of architecture, created by architect William Tinsley and used on the previous Irvington campus, set the tone for subsequent buildings erected on the campus over the next three decades. Also, in 1928, the Butler Fieldhouse (later renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse) was completed after being designed by architect Fermor Spencer Cannon. The building remained the largest indoor sports facility in the United States until the mid-1960s. The Religion Building and Sweeney Chapel were completed in 1942. These structures, designed by Burns and James, were remodeled into Robertson Hall in 1966. The building now serves as the university's alumni and admissions offices.
Following World War II, construction began on the student center, Atherton Union (designed by McGuire and Shook). This building was remodeled in 1993 and includes an on-campus Starbucks. McGuire and Shook also designed Ross Hall, a dormitory originally designed for men but is now coed, and Schwitzer Hall, a women's dormitory. Art Lindbergh, with help from Daggett, designed the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, which was dedicated in 1955. This building houses Indiana's largest telescope.
Acclaimed architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center, designed Irwin Library which opened in 1963 and serves as the university's main library. Also, in the early 1960s, Lilly Hall and Clowes Memorial Hall were constructed following the move of the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music to the campus. Clowes was designed by architect Evans Woollen III (Woollen, Molzan and Partners) and John Johansen. Ten years following the construction of Clowes and Irwin, the science complex of Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Research Institute (now known as Holcomb Building) were built, completing the "U" shaped complex of academic buildings. The Holcomb Building now houses the College of Business, Ruth Lilly Science Library, and Information Technology.
The Residential College ("ResCo"), designed by James and Associates, was the university's last major construction project of the twentieth century. Completed in 1990 the building serves as a cafeteria and a dormitory. In 2001, the Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology was opened to house the school's communication programs of communication studies, journalism, and media arts as well as computer science. The Fairbanks Center houses two multi-purpose studios for video, television, and music production, as well as three professional music and audio recording studios. Early 2004 saw the addition of the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall onto Robertson Hall. The 140-seat concert venue serves as a showplace for student, faculty, and guest recitals.
Butler built the 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) in 2005. Opening in 2006, the HRC offers a jogging track around a two-court gymnasium, an aquatic complex, free-weight room, cardio and selectorized weight machine area, fitness assessment and massage therapy room, a sauna, two multipurpose rooms, and locker rooms. Outside of the dedicated fitness space, the building houses a health center, counseling and consultation services, conference room, juice bar, and student lounge.
The Apartment Village also opened in 2006 as housing for juniors and seniors. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms with a single bed, dresser, and desk with a chair; two bathrooms; a full kitchen, including dishwasher, disposal, microwave and a four-stool dining counter; air-conditioning; cable television; and Ethernet and wireless access in each room. The Village has a centrally located community center, The Dawghouse, which includes a convenience store, career and computer resource lab, game room, laundry facilities and staffed resource desk.
On May 8, 2008, Butler broke ground on a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2), four story addition to the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building. This building, designed by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, is home to faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories to support Butler's Pharmacy and Physician Assistant (PA) programs.
In 2013, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts opened. It features a 450-seat performance hall and sustainable "green" parking improvements.
Other important sites on campus include Holcomb Gardens, 20-acre (8.1 ha) gardens containing a statue of Persephone, a pond, and a local canal; Clowes Memorial Hall; Hinkle Fieldhouse; Irwin Library, designed by Minoru Yamasaki; and Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, home to the largest telescope in Indiana.
Facilities  has overall responsibility for planning, maintaining and building Butler's campus.
The Campus Master Plan Draft calls for additions and upgrades to buildings on campus. The projects are separated into three categories: near-term, mid-term, and long-term.
For the arts and sciences, near-term projects include an addition to the Holcomb Building to increase space for science, math, and computer science. Also, near-term are complete renovations to the floor-plan of Gallahue Hall and the renovation of Holcomb Observatory to upgrade the planetarium and observatory. Mid-term projects include renovations to Jordan Hall to upgrade finishes and increase "community" space. Following the science library's move to Gallahue Hall, the space it currently occupies will also be renovated to community and study space.
Student housing projects call for the near-term building of a new 3-story, 150-bed residence hall behind Schwitzer Hall. Mid-term projects include renovations and infrastructure upgrades to convert Ross and Schwitzer Halls to contemporary standards, renovation of ResCo to upgrade finishes and convert selected areas back into community/gathering spaces, and the construction of remote parking across the canal to expand parking options on the core campus. Long-term projects include the construction of a new three-story, 150-bed residence hall west of Ross Hall, and a parking structure between Schwitzer Hall and Phi Kappa Psi to expand parking options in the residential zone of the core campus.
Mid-term Athletics projects include the addition of a "Bulldog Plaza" on the south end of the Butler Bowl, improvements to the track, and adding lighting, parking, irrigation improvements, and a press box to the Canal Field.
In the mid-term for Jordan College of the Arts, Lilly Hall will be renovated. Long-term plans call for structured parking to the east of Clowes Memorial Hall.
In the mid-term, the top floor of Holcomb Building will be renovated for use by the College of Business, adjacent to the College's recently renovated space on the floors below. In the long-term, the College will be relocated to a new building to the north of Irwin Library, and the Garden House in Holcomb Gardens will be redeveloped into an Executive Education and Conference Center.
Other mid-term projects include a relocation of the Information Technology Department to the lower level of the Holcomb Building addition, the relocation of the College of Education to renovated space in what is currently the International School. Mid-term projects include an addition and renovation to Atherton Union and an addition to the south side of Irwin Library and renovating and upgrading finishes within the building. The plan also calls for renovating the space in Jordan Hall vacated by the College of Education. In the long term, the plan calls for the development of a new student union at the south end of the mall.
Projects that were completed recently include improvements to the Butler Bowl, such as additional seating, a press box, concessions, restrooms, and lighting. Projects currently in progress include Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations, which consist of infrastructural and interior upgrades, including the old pool area.
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Over 60 major academic fields of study, 8 pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs are offered in six academic colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Butler ranks 2nd for Midwest Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Colleges. The university emphasizes practicality of knowledge and offers individual attention to its students with its small class size and no teaching assistants. Butler University increased its focus on faculty and student research with the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship (BIRS), bolstered by a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment. The University also provides student research opportunities, such as the Butler Summer Institute, a 10-week program in which Butler students are granted funding to perform independent research with a faculty member.
Andre B. Lacy School of Business
Butler's Andre B. Lacy School of Business is accredited by the AACSB International, formerly known as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.The current Dean of the College is Stephen Standifird. Butler's four-year undergraduate business program began in 1937 and offers B.S. degrees in accounting, risk management/insurance, entrepreneurship, economics, finance, international business, marketing and management information systems. The school boasts 1,000 undergraduates, as well as 300 MBA students.  With 35 full-time faculty, 30 adjunct faculty, and 16 Executives-In-Residence, the average class size is 25 students, and no class has more than 50 students.
Butler University College of Business (COB) placed 51st in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of the best U.S. undergraduate business programs for 2013. The only Indianapolis business school in the ranking, Butler COB received an “A” grade for teaching quality and tied for 13th in Academic Quality ranking, beating out all other Indiana-ranked schools.
On April 26, 2016, university president James Danko announced that Andre B. Lacy and his wife had donated $25 million to the COB - the largest single gift in university history - and would also serve as a consultant and mentor for students in the college. The College of Business was henceforth renamed the Andre B. Lacy School of Business.
Butler Business Consulting Group
The Butler Business Consulting Group (BBCG) allows students to serve as consultants for central Indiana businesses. Formerly known as the Butler Business Accelerator, and developed through a grant from Lilly Endowment, the BBCG provides students with opportunities to experience business first-hand. Operationally, the BBCG is a consulting business designed to serve middle market companies in Indiana. Teams led by professional consultants and supported by faculty and students work directly with these companies, providing a laboratory in which undergraduate and MBA students learn and experience real business problems and situations.
College of Communication
The College of Communication (CCOM) is Butler's newest college. CCOM includes programs run by the Department of Media Arts, the Department of Communication Studies and the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. The mission of the college is to "prepare students for success in our digital and global society. Students will develop the ability to critically analyze and synthesize human and mediated communication, and learn to speak, write and create responsible messages across dynamic communication contexts and media platforms.” The current Dean is Dr. Gary Edgerton. CCOM offers degree programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; Creative Media and Entertainment; Journalism; Media, Rhetoric and Culture; Organizational Communication and Leadership; and Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising.
Radio and broadcast television
From 1950 until 1994, Butler University owned and operated what was, at one point, the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States, WAJC, with an effective radiated power of 48,212 watts and circularly polarized transmitting antennas at 500 feet (150 m). In 1993, Butler sold the station and used part of the profit to upgrade the telecommunications (now "media arts") major and improve a donated building to support the program.
The school started WTBU, a PBS member station, on channel 69 in 1988. After competing for years with WFYI for PBS audiences, in 1999 then Butler President Geoffrey Bannister signed an agreement to operate under a joint operating agreement. WFYI later absorbed control of the station, leaving Butler to run the academics. WTBU was eventually sold to the religious Daystar Television Network in 2005 and now is WDTI.
College of Education
Butler assimilated the Teachers College of Indianapolis to form a College of Education in 1930. The College is nationally recognized and accredited by the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Since 2001, the College has boasted a 100 percent placement rate for graduates licensed and seeking employment. The current Dean is Dr. Ena Shelley. Undergraduate majors offered through the College are elementary education, middle childhood, middle/secondary education with focuses in Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish, and Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Music Education (K-12). Undergraduates can also work towards licensure in Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL). Students must complete student teaching in two or more different settings, and the College is the only program in the State of Indiana that has early-middle childhood majors student-teach for an entire year. The College also offers graduate degrees for those who complete the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP), the master's program in school counseling, or the master's program for effective teaching and leadership.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) stresses the importance and centrality of the liberal arts. The current dean is Dr. Jay Howard. Undergraduate programs include African Studies (minor only), Actuarial Science, Anthropology, Astronomy (minor only), Biology, Chemistry, Chinese (minor only), Classical Studies, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, English, Ethics (minor only), French, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Geography (minor only), German, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Science, Technology, and Society, Software Engineering, Spanish, Individualized Major, and Exploratory: Liberal Arts and Sciences. Graduate programs include English Literature, Creative Writing, and History.
Washington Learning Program
Butler University offers students a semester-long academic and internship program in Washington, D.C. Because of the wide variety of corporations, government offices, and cultural institutions located in the U.S. capital, Butler students from any academic major in any college are afforded the opportunity to participate in this program. Ivo Spalatin is a veteran of international and political affairs with over 20 years of experience as a senior policymaker in Congress and the State Department. Mr. Spalatin works with students and faculty to individualize each student's experience in D.C. and monitors each student's internship and academic experiences throughout the semester.
Modern Language Center (MLC)
The Modern Language Center (MLC), located in the northwest wing of Jordan Hall and renovated in 2011, is the home for the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and serves as a resource center and language library for student and faculty media needs in the department. The MLC features classrooms, a multimedia center, student study spaces, faculty offices, and an extensive foreign film and literary collection focusing on French, German, and Spanish, but also offering a variety of resources in Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree that provides eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist. The College also offers a doctor of pharmacy with research emphasis, a graduate program leading to a master of science in pharmaceutical sciences degree, a doctor of pharmacy/master of science in pharmaceutical sciences dual degree program, and a doctor of pharmacy/master of business administration program that awards both the Pharm.D. and M.B.A. degrees upon simultaneous completion of the respective degree requirements. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also offers a master of physician assistant studies (M.P.A.S.). The current Dean of the College is Dr. Mary Graham.
The College of Pharmacy at Butler University originated in 1904 with the founding of the Winona Technical Institute. The institute was insolvent by 1910 and the Indianapolis Public Schools incorporated the pharmacy department for a time. In December 1914, the pharmacy department separated to become the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy (ICP). In 1930, the ICP became one of the first pharmacy colleges to create a four-year baccalaureate curriculum. In 1945, Butler and the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy merged, and erected a new building on Butler's campus in 1950. The building was completely renovated in 2008–2009. The name of the college was changed to College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences when the Physician Assistant program was developed in 1995.
The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and its pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. By completion of the doctor of pharmacy curriculum, its graduates fulfill the educational requirements for examination and licensure as pharmacists in every state in the nation. The 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual educational rankings listed the Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 48th in the country in a listing of the top pharmacy colleges.
Upon completion of the pharmacy program, students are eligible to take the North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam ( NAPLEX), the national examination which leads to the licensure as a pharmacist. The passing rate for Butler pharmacy students on the NAPLEX is consistently above the national average, and in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 and 2008 it was 100%. The college has the 7th highest board pass rates in the country and is the #1 private institution with a 99.26% passing rate.
Butler's Physician Assistant Program is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association and is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program must sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), the successful completion of which provides one the criteria for licensure or regulation.
Jordan College of the Arts
The history of the Jordan College of the Arts (JCA), formerly known as the Jordan College of Fine Arts (JCFA), extends back to the year 1895 when the Metropolitan School of Music was founded. That school merged in 1928 with the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts to become the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. The school consisted of several different buildings, several of which were former residences.
In 1951, after 23 years of close affiliation, the conservatory became a part of Butler University as Jordan College of Music. The name was changed to the Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978.
JCA's stated mission is to educate students in the arts as professions by means of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Jordan College of the Arts offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, including degrees in Arts Administration, Art + Design, Dance, Dance-Performance, Dance-Pedagogy, Theatre, Music Education, Music Composition, Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, Lyric Theatre, Music Performance, and Voice Performance. The Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Department of Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The current Dean of the College is Prof. Ronald Caltabiano.
In 2012, Jordan College of Fine Arts (JCFA) officially changed its name to Jordan College of the Arts (JCA)to "better reflect the breadth of what the college teaches and the performances it presents." 
Butler's Department of Theatre is known for producing works not commonly seen elsewhere. Focusing on physical and international theatre, Butler has staged experimental interpretations of Samuel Beckett, and a complete season of Caryl Churchill. Each summer, a professional artist is invited to present a two-week intensive course on a topic not covered in the usual academic text. This has included work with Italian and Russian directors, an Indian classical dancer, Australian installation artists, and a multinational montage performance group. The current Chair of the Department is Professor Diane Timmerman.
Institute for Study Abroad
The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 on Butler's campus. Its stated primary goal is "to provide quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad." IFSA-Butler operates programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. When a student finishes the study abroad program, Butler University processes the student's official transcript, with grade and credit translations, at no additional cost. Most colleges and universities in the United States treat the courses on Butler University transcripts as transfer credit.
Butler's athletic teams, known as the Bulldogs, compete in Division I of the NCAA. On July 1, 2012, the Bulldogs left the Horizon League, their conference home since 1979, for the Atlantic 10 Conference. Since the A-10 does not sponsor football, the Butler football team plays in the FCS's Pioneer League. The women's golf team at Butler joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, as the A-10 sponsors the sport only for men.
In the past decade, Butler teams have captured 26 conference championships (in four different leagues). The Bulldogs have made appearances in NCAA National Championship Tournaments in men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, volleyball, men's cross country, lacrosse, and baseball. Butler won the James J. McCafferty trophy, awarded annually by the Horizon League for all-sports excellence based on conference championship points, seven times, including three-straight from 1996–97 to 1998–99 and back-to-back years in 2001–02 and 2002–03, 2006–07, and 2009–10.
The Butler program was one of the most successful "mid-major" basketball programs from 2000 to 2011, having won at least 20 games and reached postseason play eight of the last ten seasons, including six NCAA Tournament appearances. Butler also holds two national championships in men's basketball from the pre-tournament era: one from 1924 (earned via the AAU national tournament), and one from 1929 (selected by the Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia).
In 2010 and 2011, Butler qualified for consecutive national championship games. In 2010, Butler advanced to the national championship game, losing to Duke. With a total enrollment of only 4,500 students, Butler is the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. In 2011, the Bulldogs advanced to the championship game but finished as runners-up again, this time losing to Connecticut.
Butler has the best winning percentage and most wins of all Division I men's basketball programs in the state of Indiana over the last decade (21.6 wins per year through 2006) while having won the last six meetings with in-state rival Notre Dame and two of the last four against Indiana. Butler defeated both Notre Dame and Indiana during the 2006–07 regular season, while also defeating in-state rival Purdue to move to 2–0 against the Boilermakers this decade. Butler has also been the defending champion of the Hoosier Classic men's basketball tournament since the 2001–02 season, and has advanced to postseason play nine of the last eleven years (7 NCAAs, 2 NITs). Butler has been to nine NCAA Tournaments and three NIT's since 1997.
Over the course of 81 seasons from 1932 to 2013, Bulldog football teams have won 34 conference championships. This includes seven straight Indiana Collegiate Conference titles from 1934 to 1940, league titles in 1946, 1947, 1952, and 1953, and seven straight from 1958 to 1964, all under Tony Hinkle. Following the move from the College Division to NCAA Division II, Butler won 4 straight conference championships from 1972 to 1975, and in 1977, all under the guidance of Bill Sylvester, Sr. Butler went on to win league titles in 1983, 1985, and three straight from 1987 to 1989, under coach Bill Lynch. The Bulldogs also went to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1983 and 1988. Butler and fellow HCC member schools joined with the Great Lakes Valley Conference to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (now the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Butler football dominance continued in this new conference with MIFC Conference Championships in both 1991 and 1992. These championships included a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1991 pairing Butler against eventual Division II champion Pittsburg State.
Following the 1992 season, Butler and member school Valparaiso moved up to NCAA Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) to join with Dayton, Drake, Evansville, and San Diego to form the Pioneer Football League. Butler won another conference championship in 1994. In this era, "the Dawgs" were led by Arnold Mickens who broke numerous NCAA Division I rushing records, including eight straight 200-yard (180 m) performances during the campaign. In 2009, Butler won its 32nd league title by winning the Pioneer Football League championship under Coach Jeff Voris. The Bulldogs set a school record with 11 wins and went on to the Gridiron Classic, winning over Central Connecticut State 28–23. The Bulldogs latest championships came in 2012 and 2013 when the Bulldogs won seven league victories each season to secure the share of the PFL Championships. This is the Bulldogs' fourth PFL Championship and the third in the last five years. Butler also earned a berth to the 2013 Division I FCS playoffs, the PFL's first automatic bid for the Division I football championships.
Hoosier Helmet Trophy
The Hoosier Helmet Trophy was established as the trophy helmet for the rivalry football game played between Butler and Valparaiso University. The Hoosier Helmet was created prior to the 2006 season to commemorate the football rivalry that has existed since 1921. The helmet trophy was created to further intensify the rivalry between these two teams. A group of Butler players, along with their head coach, Jeff Voris, came up with the idea. After Valparaiso head coach Stacey Adams agreed to play for the helmet, Butler equipment manager John Harding put the trophy together.
The white helmet is mounted on a hardwood plaque and features each team's logo on respective sides of the helmet. A gold plate is added each year to commemorate the winner and score of the contest. Currently, Butler holds a 7–1 series lead when playing for the Hoosier Helmet. Both Butler and Valparaiso compete in the NCAA FCS (formerly division 1-AA), non-scholarship Pioneer Football League.
Butler's men's soccer qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2009, and 2010, reaching the round of 16 in 1995 and 1998. Butler won the Horizon League (formerly the MCC) tournament title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2010. They also won or shared the regular season title seven times, including 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 1998 squad enjoyed national rankings as high as No. 8 in the country, and the 2010 squad finished the regular season as the only undefeated team nationally and were ranked as high as No. 6 in the country.
Some of Butler's most notable athletic accomplishments have come in cross country. Butler has won 13 straight Horizon League Championships in men's cross country and 8 of the last 9 women's championships. The men's team has placed as high as 4th in the nation in recent years, earning a team trophy at the NCAA Division I championships in 2004. Both teams have frequently qualified for nationals in recent years, placing individuals as high as 3rd (Mark Tucker, 2003). All-Americans from the Butler cross country team include Julius Mwangi, Justin Young, Fraser Thompson (A Rhodes Scholar), Mark Tucker, Olly Laws, and Andrew Baker, Katie Clark and Mara Olson. Former coach Joe Franklin was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year for leading the Bulldogs to their 2004 4th-place finish. In 2013, the women's cross country team added another trophy finish by placing 3rd in the country at the NCAA cross country championships. With the recent move into the Big East Conference, Butler has aligned itself with some of the most notable programs in the country.
The Butler Bowl and Hinkle Fieldhouse
From Butler's earliest days, athletics played a major role in shaping Butler University. When the school moved to its current Fairview campus location, two of the first structures completed were a 15,000-seat fieldhouse and a 36,000-seat football stadium. The football stadium, which came to be known as the Butler Bowl, is home to Butler's football and men's and women's soccer teams. The stadium was downsized to a 20,000-seat stadium in the mid-1950s, and later seating dropped to below 6,000. Recent changes to the Butler Bowl and its landscape have included removal of the Hilton U. Brown Theatre in 2004, installation of a synthetic turf playing surface in fall 2005, and the addition of the Apartment Village on the east side of the complex in 2006. In 2011, a brick press box with multi-use booths was constructed, and new seating was added on the Bowl's west and east sides. The renovation of the facility increased the seating capacity to 5,647 with the addition of new bleacher seats along the west side of the field and a section of seating for visiting fans on the east side. The brick press box is approximately 40 yards (37 m) long, reaching between the field’s two 30-yard (27 m) lines. The main level has home and visitor radio booths along with private booths for home and visiting coaches. It provides an expanded area for game operations; the top level houses a video booth and an observation deck.
The fieldhouse, which was the largest of its kind when it was completed in 1928, is a national historic landmark. The Butler Fieldhouse, which was renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1966, came to symbolize not only Butler athletics but also Indiana "Hoosier Hysteria." The building became the combined home of Butler basketball and the Indiana High School state tournament. The legends of Indiana basketball, from Oscar Robertson to George McGinnis to Larry Bird, all played in the Fieldhouse at one time or another. In 1954, Hinkle Fieldhouse was the site of the historic final when Milan High School (enrollment 161) defeated Muncie Central High School (enrollment over 1,600) to win the state title. The state final depicted in the 1986 movie Hoosiers, loosely based on the Milan Miracle story, was shot in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Students at Butler University participate in more than 150 student organizations and dozens of club and intramural sports, and many multi-cultural programs and services. More than 94 percent of students are involved in campus activities.
Greek life is a popular option at Butler with over 35 percent of undergraduates becoming members of social fraternities or sororities. Fraternities and sororities have long been a part of student life at Butler, with the first fraternity established in 1859, and the first sorority established in 1874. Today, representatives from each of the four active fraternities make up the Interfraternity Council (IFC), which coordinates men's recruitment and works with the Panhellenic Council to plan all-campus events. The Panhellenic Council has representatives from each of Butler's seven active sororities and women's fraternities.
Interfraternity Council chapters
- Delta Tau Delta—Beta Zeta Chapter (est. 1878)
- Phi Delta Theta—Indiana Gamma Chapter (est. 1859)
- Sigma Chi—Rho Chapter (est. 1865)
- Sigma Nu—Epsilon Mu Chapter (est. 1926)
Panhellenic Council chapters
- Alpha Chi Omega—Alpha Chi Chapter (est. 1925)
- Alpha Phi—Epsilon Beta Chapter (est. 1967)
- Delta Delta Delta—Delta Lambda Chapter (est. 1914, closed 1995, re-est. 2005)
- Delta Gamma—Alpha Tau Chapter (est. 1925)
- Kappa Kappa Gamma—Mu Chapter (est. 1878)
- Kappa Alpha Theta—Gamma Chapter (est. 1874, closed 1886, re-est. 1906)
- Pi Beta Phi—Indiana Gamma Chapter (est. 1897)
- Zeta Tau Alpha—Alpha Delta Chapter (1920–1956)
- Alpha Delta Theta—Epsilon Chapter (1923–1933)
- Delta Zeta—Alpha Nu Chapter (1924–1935)
- Alpha Delta Pi—Alpha Phi Chapter (1925–1933)
- Alpha Omicron Pi—Beta Theta Chapter (1927–1940)
- Alpha Sigma Alpha (1928–1933)
- Sigma Sigma Sigma—Alpha Eta Chapter (1928–1933)
- Pi Kappa Sigma—Alpha Iota Chapter (1929–1937)
- Kappa Delta—Alpha Omega Chapter (1931–1935)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon—Gamma Psi Chapter (1951–2012)
- Phi Kappa Psi—Indiana Zeta Chapter (1971–2014)
- Lambda Chi Alpha—Alpha Alpha Chapter (1915-2017)
National Panhellenic Council chapters
On February 14, 1920, the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha was established in Indianapolis. On Sunday, November 12, 1922, the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho was founded at Butler. In Indianapolis, most NPHC undergraduate chapters are city-wide chapters, meaning that the chapter is composed of students from more than one university. However, the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is composed only of Butler students.
** Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded November 12, 1922, at Butler University by seven school teachers. The sorority has its beginnings on the Irvington campus of Butler University. A commemorative stained glass window is located just outside the tower room at the south end of Atherton Union, as well as decorative bricks on the right side of Atherton.
Service, honorary and professional fraternities
- Alpha Kappa Psi, National Professional Business Society, Lambda Upsilon Chapter
- Alpha Phi Omega, National Coed Service Fraternity
- Alpha Psi Omega, Theatre Honorary Society, Omicron Epsilon Chapter
- Kappa Delta Pi, National Honorary Society in Education
- Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Society, Alpha Beta Chapter (est. 1929)
- Kappa Psi, National Professional Society in Pharmacy
- Lambda Kappa Sigma, International Fraternity of Women in Pharmacy
- Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honorary Society, Upsilon Delta Chapter (est. 2007)
- Mu Phi Epsilon, Professional Music Education Society
- Order of Omega, National Greek Leadership Society, Nu Upsilon Chapter (est. 1993)
- Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honorary Society, Sigma Gamma Chapter
- Sigma Alpha Iota, International Women's Music Fraternity
- Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Delta Upsilon Chapter
- Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honorary Society
- Sigma Rho Delta, National Dance Society, Alpha Chapter (est. 1967)
- Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Society, Epsilon Chapter (est. 1946)
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer and Information Honorary Society (est. 2001)
- Phi Beta Kappa Society, Academic Honor Society (est. 2009)
- Phi Delta Chi, National Professional Pharmacy Society, Alpha Phi Chapter (est. 1955)
- Phi Eta Sigma, National Honorary Society for Freshmen
- Phi Lambda Sigma, National Pharmacy Honorary Society, Pi Chapter
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Music Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Chapter
- Rho Chi, Professional Honorary Society for Students and Professors of Pharmacy, Alpha Phi Chapter (est. 1953)
- Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology (est. 1997)
The Center for Faith and Vocation (known on campus as "The Blue House") is the hub for campus faith communities. The CFV helps students connect their spiritual journeys with career goals. The CFV places students in internship experiences to help determine their vocation. The Faculty/Staff Workshop—held twice a year—trains staff and faculty on how to help students live lives of purpose and meaning.
Faith communities on campus:
- Butler Catholic Community
- Butler Meditation Group
- Campus Crusade for Christ
- Coalition for Christian Outreach (non-denominational)
- Converge (non-denominational Christian)
- Cru (evangelical Christian)
- Grace Unlimited
- Muslim Student Association
- Orthodox Christian Association
- Reclaimed (United Methodist)
- Secular Student Alliance
- Voices of Deliverance
- Young Life
- Kevin Calabro (A play-by-play announcer in basketball and Seattle sports radio host)
- Ed Carpenter (IndyCar Series Driver)
- Barry S. Collier (current Butler University Athletic Director and former Head Basketball Coach at Butler and Nebraska)
- Arthur C. Cope (American chemist and originator of the Cope reaction and Cope rearrangement)
- George Daugherty (Conductor of major American and International symphony orchestras; Emmy Winner and 5 time Emmy nominee.)
- Scott Drew (Baylor University men's basketball coach)
- Sarah Fisher (IndyCar Series Driver)
- Talitha Gerlach (1896–1995), American YMCA worker who spent most of her life as a social worker in Shanghai, China.
- Gordon Hayward (Basketball player for the National Basketball Association – Utah Jazz; IGN Proleague – Professional Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty)
- Bill Hazen (A play-by-play announcer in basketball and syndicated radio host)
- Matt Howard (LNB Pro A, France – Strasbourg IG)
- Robert M. Jacobson (Chair of Pediatrics Mayo Clinic)
- Dan Johnson (MLB – Tampa Bay Rays Infielder/ DH)
- Jim Jones (cult founder)
- David Starr Jordan (PhD, President of Indiana University and first president of Stanford University)
- Peter Kassig, aid worker, taken hostage and ultimately beheaded by The Islamic State.
- Todd Lickliter (Former University of Iowa Men's Basketball Head Coach and former Butler Basketball Head Coach)
- Peter Lupus (American bodybuilder and actor)
- Shelvin Mack (basketball player for National Basketball Association – Utah Jazz)
- Thad Matta (Ohio State Men's Basketball Head Coach and former Butler Basketball Head Coach)
- Shannon Murphy (Detroit Morning Radio Host)
- Pat Neshek (MLB – Oakland Athletics Pitcher)
- Harry S. New (U.S. Senator from Indiana and Postmaster General)
- Ronald Nored (Head coach of the NBA D-League Long Island Nets)
- Scott Overall (Olympic athlete)
- Johann Sebastian Paetsch (musician and cellist)
- Rebecca Paul (Tennessee Lottery President and CEO)
- Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States
- Bobby Plump (Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, and hero of the 1954 Milan High School team whose story provided the basis for the 1986 film Hoosiers.)
- George Ryan (former Illinois Governor)
- Chris Salvi (football player)
- Avriel Shull (architect)
- Jay Stewart (television and radio announcer)
- Ryan Ward (professional Lacrosse player for Edmonton Rush, PE & Health teacher)
- Maurine Dallas Watkins (Journalist, playwright; author of play Chicago)
- Marguerite Young (author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism)
- Igor Buketoff, conductor and teacher
- Gordon Clark, philosopher and Calvinist theologian
- Joe Franklin, 2004 NCAA Division I Cross Country Coach of the Year
- Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle, developed the orange basketball
- Henry Leck, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Indianapolis Children's Choir.
- Matt Pivec, saxophonist
- Michael Schelle, composer and teacher
- Jon Sorenson, mathematician and head of the computer science department
- Marvin Scott, professor and unsuccessful political candidate
- Brad Stevens, former head basketball coach from 2007–2013 and current head coach of the Boston Celtics
- Michael J. Colburn, 27th Director of the United States Marine Band and a colonel in the Marine Corps.
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