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Hello! I’m Blue2, the official mascot of Butler University. Just thinking back off the top of my furry head, some of the obvious things that come to mind are my appearances at Butler sporting events. Whether it's leading the football team onto the field, greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my "tricks" during a timeout at center court, or serving as the halftime entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer techniques, those are all great instances where I steal the show. Of course, there's more than athletic events, there's also the performing arts. I've been a part of the limelight at several events such as YMCA Geneva Stunts, YMCA Spring Sing and JCFA's REJOICE! where the students sang "Blue Christmas" and I came out on stage riding a sleigh with Santa Claus. I also make appearances at university/campus events for University Advancement, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. Basically, I do it all. If you are on campus, be sure to stop by my office and bring me some treats!

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Archive: May 2008

Checking In With My Parents!

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending the weekend with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark in Wabash, Ind. You see, my parents get
into this Indy 500 thing…in addition to working at Butler University,
my dad also works on a part-time basis for Vision Racing, so he’s
really busy on race day and my mom, well, she’s busy tailgating and
watching the race, so that kind of leaves me out. That’s okay, grandma
and grandpa have come to my rescue once again.

I skipped town
with the grandparents on Friday so I decided to check in yesterday and
send my parents an email to let them know what I had been up to while
in Wabash. My grandpa helped me get the message below all typed up and
sent…

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just want you to
know that things are fine here at Grandma’s house. These old folks
don’t play with me as much as I would like, but they try to make me
happy from time to time. I am not confined to the living room, but I
spend most of my time there.

Grandpa took me to the hardware
store this morning so I could meet Chris Kramer’s (Purdue University)
grandpa. People there were really impressed with me. One lady walked in
and said, “That’s the dog I see on TV all the time.” She called me a
movie star. A teenaged girl who works there said I was so ugly that I
was cute. I don’t know where she got the ugly part.

Grandma
& Papa went to some senior open houses this afternoon. One of his
football players asked Papa if he had baby-sat for me recently. Papa
said that I was at his house at that very moment. I wonder if some of
those football guys will come see me later. I liked going to their
practices with grandpa back in the fall.

I have a new trick I
like to pull on Grandpa. I acted like I need to go potty. When we get
outside I head straight for his car. Grandma thinks I’m homesick and
miss my Mommy.

By the way my barking gets an immediate response
from people around here. It is easy to get their attention and get what
ever I want.

Hope you’re enjoying your time at the track. I’ll be watching the race tomorrow in hopes I can see you.

I’ll be home Monday morning.

Love,

Blue

So
as you can see, staying with the grandparents is definitely all it’s
cracked up to be…treats, attention, car rides and getting really
spoiled. It’s a nice break from the normal routine.

I hope you
will join me in watching the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500
today. It airs live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET) and it should be a great
show. Remember to cheer on our driver, Ed Carpenter, driver of the No.
20 Menards/Vision Racing car…it’s bright yellow and easy to spot.
He’ll start 10th in his 5th Indy 500. Ed is a 2003 Butler grad and a
good friend. Go Bulldog (Ed)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!

Blue II

Graduation 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, I got to be a part
of this year’s graduation ceremony…and I don’t mean just showing up
because it’s a university event. No, thanks to Dr. Steven Vibbert, this
year’s selected faculty speaker, I was actually an integral part of the
program.

Dr. Vibbert is a professor in the Eugene Pulliam School
of Journalism and specifically teaches undergraduate courses related to
public relations. You may remember his name from my blog as Dr. Vibbert
is the only professor that invites me to pay a visit to each one of his
classes, every semester.

He’s also my dad’s favorite professor
from his undergraduate days and it’s easy to see why, especially after
I had the pleasure of hearing him “profess” to the graduating class of
2008 on Saturday.

Dr. Vibbert started his speech off with a very
valid point. He said to the graduates, “Look around you right now and
soak in the feeling that fills this field house. You know what that
feeling is? It’s accomplishment. And now look at those around you—at
your friends and family and at this proud faculty in their own very
spiffy hats behind me, look at all the people who supported you—and who
share your sense of accomplishment. Here’s the good part about
accomplishment. It is a renewable resource. You’ve earned the good
feeling—I’d say the good vibe—of this accomplishment, but you know that
having done it once, you can do it again and again. You can achieve
this feeling over and over, by doing things as you’ve done here at
Butler—the Butler Way–and by sharing in the accomplishments of others
as parents and friends in future years.”

I found that to be some
great perspective, even from my point-of-view, which is affixed on four
legs and about a foot and a half off the ground. However, the crux of
his message was based on an acronym…an old trick he uses a lot in his
classes.

He told the graduates to use the acronym BLUE to guide
them. B for “be flexible,” because “change is going to happen to you”;
L for “let someone know they made a difference to you; U for “use the
front-page test – if you’re doing something you wouldn’t want everyone
to read about on the front page of your hometown newspaper, then don’t
do it”; and E for “enthusiasm,” which they’ll need to succeed.

He
ended it with, “As I look back on the four points I’ve written: Be
flexible; Let someone know they made a difference; Use the front page
test; Enthusiasm matters…B.L.U.E. I see that they spell BLUE. I want
you to remember BLUE, Butler Blue, to do things the right way—what is
sometimes called the Butler Way.

Are these four points really
part of what it means to be Butler Blue? Can they in some way connect
you all, today and in the future? Are they worth remembering, as I
think they are? How could I prove such a statement? How could I make
your last class at Butler stay with you?

I have an idea—a friend of yours and mine whom I’ve asked to come to commencement just to make this call.”

This
is the part where I made my grand entrance and found my spot on stage
next to Dr. Vibbert and the podium, amid the cheers, laughter and
clapping. It was quite fun.

Really, I was probably on display
for a minute, but like Dr. Vibbert, I think it drove home the point and
maybe made that one of the most memorable speeches in all of Butler’s
152 commencement exercises.

In all, the University conferred
degrees on 877 students – 275 from the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, 196 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 185
from the College of Business Administration, 120 from the Jordan
College of Fine Arts and 101 from the College of Education.

Dr.
Susan Solomon, a senior scientist with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, was the keynote speaker. She was part of
the group that won the 2007 Nobel Prize for their efforts “to build up
and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to
lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such
change.”

I don’t really know anything about that, nor will I
pretend to. When it comes to climates, I just know that I’m the sort of
breed that pretty much has to live in a temperature controlled
environment, thus, I need a very mild climate…i.e. indoors.

Anyway,
Dr. Solomon got an Honorary Degree during the ceremony. I did not,
however get an Honorary Degree. That’s okay, I’m probably only
deserving of an “Ornery Degree.” I know…bad joke.

In other news, fellow Butler Bulldog and IndyCar Series driver, Ed Carpenter, did make the field for the Indianapolis 500 on the first day of qualifying this past Saturday. He will start the 92nd running from the 10th position. Go Ed!


Before I sign off on this post, I want to wish my good friend Kirby the
best of luck in Minnesota. His mom graduated on Saturday so I have to
bid farewell to my good friend. Thanks for leaving me your purple
wading pool too, Kirby! I’ll put it to good use like I did my blue one
last year.


Bye Kirby…I’ll never forget the great times we had together!

Blue II

 

Go Green with Blue!

It’s been another great spring week. I’ve continued to enjoy the
spring weather, especially the cooler temps at the start of the week.
Perfect bulldog weather!

With the end of classes and the start
of finals, things have been relatively quiet on campus. Not as quiet as
they are in the summer, but noticeably different than the normal hustle
and bustle that the school year typically provides.

However,
Tuesday was still a lively day as it began with the annual Campus Sweep
event. Campus Sweep is an event held by the Staff Assembly for faculty
and staff to join in together and help clean up the campus for the
spring. That morning you can find employees sweeping side walks,
washing windows and even spreading mulch. It’s as much about comraderie
and community as it is about cleaning the already beautiful campus.

This
year’s them was “Go Green with Blue!” so of course I was invited for
the opening ceremonies, but not so much the cleaning up part. I tend to
make more messes than I do clean them up. Nonetheless, I sported my
event t-shirt and made an appearance.

I
did help out with the cleaning a little bit…primarily in the role of
supervisor. I saw Greg Lily of the facilities staff fire up that John
Deere Gator and I helped myself to the passenger seat and off we went.
It was just like riding the tractor and four-wheeler at grandma and
grandpa’s house!

video

For more videos from the event, be sure to visit BlueTube at www.youtube.com/butlerblue2.

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After
that, we got to go to the annual faculty and staff picnic where I
managed to score a few illegal table scraps. All told, I got enough
pieces of grilled chicken to constitute a full breast, a cherry tomato,
and a couple pieces of a cookie. Not bad for a dog who’s not supposed
to receive handouts. I’ve still got it baby…suckers!

Later that
afternoon, my dad and I were out doing errands when we ran across
senior Loren Snyder and his English Bulldog, Bella. She’s a 5 year old
bullie and you may remember that she and I didn’t quite get along the
first time we met.

Well, we worked out our differences and just
had a great time out on the lawn on Tuesday. A special thanks to Bob
Marcus who came along while we were playing and snapped some pictures.
Check them out…




The layout of the pictures is to represent the nature of our playtime.
Basically we would play for 20 seconds then rest for 2 minutes. We went
on like that for quite a while until it was obvious we didn’t know when
to quit. But it was fun!

Fast forward to today and I got to
go to another Office of Admission Early Resgistration event. I always
like greeting those future bulldogs and begging for a piece of their
breakfast, so that was fun too.

Next week should be a busy week
with the Seniors participating in their last social events given that
commencement is just around the corner. I’m sure there will be some fun
stuff for me to get into.

Speaking of next week, be sure to
check your mail boxes for a piece of mail from yours truly! That’s
right, many of the Butler family will receive a letter and envelope
with my mug on it and a message from me. I talk about all the great
stuff that’s been going on around campus this year as well as ask for a
little dough too. (There’s also a cool window decal inside as well.)

So
if you get that letter, be sure to send a check back in the return
envelope that is provided! Don’t worry, the money won’t be spent on dog
bones or anything like that…I let Dr. Fong and Trustees figure out
where to spend that stuff. I just ask for it. I figure it’s just like
begging for food and as you read earlier from my faculty/staff picnic
venture, I’m pretty good at that sort of thing.

Of course, you don’t have to respond to the letter. You can give anytime at www.butler.edu/gifts. Tell ‘em Blue II sent ya!

Thanks!

Blue II