Becky Morrow came to Butler because the University offered
"everything she wanted." She enjoys the "small school in a big
city" feeling, along with the variety of activities offered to
Butler students. However, it is the relationships with her
professors and opportunities to do professional work within the
department that have caused Becky to be most happy with her
Butler's Creative Media & Entertainment Program
requires an interview before acceptance into the program, allowing
Becky to get an inside look at Butler faculty, students and
equipment. "The faculty members were so laid back and easy to talk
to, it made me want to work with them. Plus, the equipment was
better than what I had seen at the larger schools I visited
throughout the state."
Experiential learning is another feature of the program that
interested Becky. "Our program is really unique because we
have optional labs outside of our classroom time where we can
create programs that will actually air on television." Students are
encouraged to generate projects, even during their first year in
the program. "Professors like us to start producing as soon as we
can, so we have lots of years of experience by the time we
The characteristics that sparked Becky's interest in
the Creative Media & Entertainment Program during her
interview are the same ones that make her glad to be there today.
"I have a personal relationship with everyone in the department. My
professors aren't just teachers to me; they are more like friends.
Their interest in me and the experiences I have gained make me glad
I chose Butler."
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Within weeks of his arrival at Butler University, Dustin Stover
found himself working on live broadcasts. "I'll never forget it,"
he says. "The director said 'cue talent' and the little lights went
to red. We were on the air!"
As an Indianapolis resident, Dustin didn't limit himself to a
local university. As he explored his options, it was the updated
facilities that drove him to choose Butler. "When I came here and
saw the new building and met the professors, I knew right away that
it was the place for me," he says. Dustin chose the Electronic
Journalism track, which focuses on production and on-camera
Although he didn't have prior experience with production, Dustin
wasted little time before working on specific programs. "Right away
they gave me a camera and told me to go shoot," he says. As he
developed his technical skills, he continued to take every hands-on
opportunity that he could find "If you show effort, the faculty and
staff are very willing to provide more work and more
opportunities," he says.
As a student assistant for John Servizzi, Dustin worked on
projects for a variety of campus and community clients ranging from
local athletic organizations to charities. "I've done work for the
Horizon League and a variety of other clients around the city," he
says. "We'll take the equipment and relay the sets and then put
together pieces from commercials to stories. Anything you can think
of, I've had the opportunity to do here at Fairbanks."
As a student, Dustin has enjoyed the close-knit environment
found within the department. "Everyone here is both a professor and
a friend," he says. "My experience has been amazing."
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As the daughter of an accounting specialist for the U.S. Air
Force, Danielle Williams was born in Germany and attended eight
different schools from Maine to California to Texas and Ohio before
graduating from high school. But when it was time to choose a
university, the choice was simple. "I didn't choose Butler - Butler
chose me," she says. "My parents both went to Purdue, but when I
got stuff in the mail from Butler and came for a campus visit I
fell in love. This was the only place I applied and the only place
I was going to attend."
That determination is evident in the goals Danielle set for
herself as she completes her senior year while interning at
WISH-TV, the Indianapolis CBS affiliate. Through this she has
covered many sports - football, hockey, racing, baseball, but it is
basketball that captured her attention and cemented her lifelong
goals. She plans to do play-by-play reports for a basketball team
in the West with the long-term goal of becoming the first female
coach in the NBA. "I will not take 'No' for an answer."
Her love of basketball began in Lubbock, Texas when, as an
eighth-grader, Danielle began watching the games and listening to
the commentary. "I've watched every season since then and I l ove
the excitement, watching the players grow and mature and following
the teams," she says.
In the meantime, she appreciates the skills she acquired at
Butler as she prepares to hone her skills in media arts and
broadcast sports. "Butler's greatest strengths are that the
Creative Media & Entertainment Program is very hands-on,
the professionalism of our teachers, that they care about our
success and the opportunity to work with Butler's Athletic
Department. I've learned so much."
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