Alumni & Parent Programs

Dodie Miles Kappes '47

Butler Medal, 1999

Dodie Miles Kappes' presence at any Butler event brightens the day and boosts the Bulldogs. Dodie attended Butler in the late 1940s, where she met and later married Philip "Skip" Kappes '45. Three children and seven grandchildren later, Dodie and Skip celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998.

Dodie's leadership has extended from collegiate organizations to community and educational groups. She has served as president for the Gamma Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Indianapolis Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Benefe Guild (a philanthropic service organization), the Indiana Lawyers Auxiliary, the Children's Museum Guild and the Indianapolis Zoological Guild.

A particular advocate of children and education initiatives, Dodie enjoyed docent work at The Children's Museum as well as serving on their board of trustees. She conducted school children tours through the museum and also initiated the Haunted House fundraising project, which has become one of the most successful campaigns of any nonprofit organization in the city of Indianapolis. In 1999, Dodie celebrated her 35th consecutive year of raising funds for the museum.

Dodie has a similarly successful history with the Indianapolis Zoological Guild. When the original zoo was being built, their board of directors asked Dodie to establish a women's guild. As its founder and first president in 1964, Dodie built the foundation for a guild that is still going strong today. She also chaired a committee to raise money for the first elephant house at the zoo. Her committee sold $0.25 stock certificates to school children, raising $10,000 to fund the "Elephant Rama." She has served on the board of directors for both the Indianapolis Zoological Society and Guild.

Additionally, Dodie has served on the fundraising committees of the American Cancer Society, Mother March of Dimes, the American Red Cross and the United Way. She helped staff and manage the Duffel Bag Project of the Boy Scouts of America Crossroad Council.

Dodie has received the Spooner Award and the Brass Ring Award from The Children's Museum, the former an award to the guild member who has devoted the most hours of service to the museum. The latter is an award presented to the guild member, chosen by the museum staff, for outstanding involvement in the life of the museum. Kappa Alpha Theta awarded Dodie the Twin Star Award for her outstanding service to the Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter and the Indianapolis community.

Dodie's enthusiasm for the Butler Bulldogs is famous. She is an avid supporter of men's and women's basketball and chaired Homecoming when it was entirely sponsored and planned by alumni. She has also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Dodie's hard work, dedication and well-loved warmth and charm radiate through the Butler and Indianapolis communities.

Updated 1999