What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?
Or perhaps the better question would be, "what has been
Here's a list of just some of the accomplishments for Butler
- Allison Denton (2012) is an Upper School
English teacher at the International School of
- Joe Wadlington (2011) is a Search Media Author
for the Indianapolis Company, Slingshot SEO. Joe writes blog
articles for at least four different companies each day. His
prompts are fun, interesting and diverse, ranging from: "You are a
young, female fashion blogger in a Chicago Law School with a dog
named Sir Pugs-a-lot" to "Write about Grilling.
- Ros Lederman (2011) is working to complete her
first year in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia College
Chicago, where she is pursuing a degree in Non-Fiction writing. Ros
is also teaching first year writing courses as a graduate student
instructor. She has an unusual fascination with Justin Timberlake
and is hoping to fulfill her goals of one day becoming a writer and
- Ashley Caveda (2007) recently obtained her
Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction from Ohio State
University. She is currently hoping to teach in Indiana and
has worked in the past as a Writing Program Administrator in the
First-Year Seminar Writing Program at OSU. Ashley is also one
of the 2012 Embolden Enrichment Grant recipients, awarded by the
Northeast Indiana Advocacy Coalition.
- Cassandra Book (2010) has just achieved her
Masters in English with a certificate in Latin American and Latino
Studies at the University of Louisville. She will be the Director
of the Writing Center and Director of Parent Communication at
Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Ted Stone (2006) has worked for J.P. Morgan
Chase in Senior Client Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has
taught writing at Southside Community School in Tucson,
Arizona. He is now a Community Relations Manager working for
Sony Online Entertainment in Austin, Texas. He is responsible
for DC Universe Online (www.dcuniverseonline.com) and oversees all
editing tasks, writes feature articles on the team and the games,
and communicates via writing with players online through various
channels. He has also had a short story published and is
working on two novels in his spare time.
- Joe Pittman (2010) works at The Daily Journal,
a newspaper based in Johnson County, IN. Joe sells
advertising space to businesses to place ads within the paper
and special sections publications. Last year, Joe was named 2011
Hoosier State Press Association Sales Person of the Year for
- Betsy Shirley (2010) moved to Washington, DC
to work as an Editorial Assistant at Sojourner's Magazine, a
magazine of faith, culture, and social justice. Betsy has
recently been accepted to graduate programs at both Yale and
- Aaron Shackelford (2001 BA) has worked a
variety of jobs post-graduation, including social worker and EMT.
He is currently an instructor at the University of North Carolina
and teaches courses in the subjects of Film Analysis, Fiction,
Major American Authors, and Rhetoric & Composition. Aaron
believes his degree from Butler prepared him to think of education
in terms of exploration and analysis. "When I guide Carolina
students to create original works of art or participate in
workshops by world-renowned directors," he says, "it is my Butler
English degree that led me to even imagine these
- Eric Kokonas (2009) completed a
semester-long internship with Dittoe PR, and was offered a full
time position with the company. His employers at Dittoe cite Eric's
"noticeably impressive speaking and writing skills" as what make
him such a successful practitioner.
- Megan E. (2003) attended the London College of
Communications and earned a master's degree in book
publishing. She saw an ad for the CIA and applied on a whim,
six months later, Megan started her first day at the George Bush
Center of Intelligence in Washington, D.C., as Publications
- Paige McCracken (2008) works for Thoratec, a
medica device corporation focused on patients with acute to chronic
heart failure. Within Thoratec, Paige presents the HeartMate
II, a left ventricular device that keeps patients alive until heart
- Matt Yeager (2002) is a poet whose poem "A Big
Ball of Foil in a Small New York Apartment" has been published in
New York Quarterly and Best American Poetry 2005. Matt is
also an Independent Film Producer.
- Kimberly Campanello (1998) is an English
Instructor and Graduate Faculty Member at Florida Gulf Coast
University. She has served as Poetry Editor for the national
literary magazine The Black Warrior Review.
- Annie Stultz (2004) is a Central Saint Martins
M.A. fashion journalism student who recently won the Vogue.com
writing competition. She will travel to Paris to review Karl
Lagerfeld's spring/summer 2007 Chanel collection for Vogue.
- Laura Partridge (2001) works at F+W Media,
Inc. and provides content and editorial leadership to the Design
Community's online education brands. She is writing, editing, and
working with several of the country's most talented designers.
- Alisa Pykett (1997) is now Program Coordinator
for The Mountain Retreat and Learning Centers, independent
affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association located on
Little Scaly Mountain in North Carolina.
- Marshelle Dawkins Broadwell (1997) graduated
from the Indiana University School of Law and is now part of the
Litigation Section of the Office of Corporation Counsel for the
city of Indianapolis. She also worked for six years as a Deputy
- Michael Martone (1976) is Professor of English
and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of
Alabama, as well as a prolific writer. He has won multiple awards,
including AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction for The Flatness
and Other Landscapes , a collection of his own essays about
- Rob Seidler (1998) attended law school at the
University of Notre Dame, practiced with the labor and employment
department of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati for
several years, and in 2005 returned to Indianapolis to practice law
with the firm of Ogletree Deakins.
- Doug Schaak (1990) is a Professor of English
at Multnomah Bible College as well as the founder/past president of
the Evergreen Curling Club.
- Arianne Michalek Aughey (1996) is a freelance
research attorney in St. Louis, MO, after graduating from the
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
- Lori (Godich) Bievenour (2000) went on from
Butler to graduate from the Boston University School of Theology
and is now an associate pastor of United Church of Christ.
- Laura Navratil (2005) is a newly published
poet whose work has appeared in such journals as Little Red
- Lisa Battiston (2006) writes a column for
Broad Ripple Gazette and also works as an Editorial Assistant for
- Jonathan Sundheimer (2003) taught English at
Shelby High School in North Carolina and then took a job as an
exceptional children's teacher in Rosman, NC. In the fall of 2007,
he plans to attend the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill to
- Holly Flint (1999) is an Assistant
Professor of 20th-Century American Literature and U.S.
Ethnic Literature and Cultural Studies at University of Alabama in
Huntsville. Her most recent essay, "Toni Morrison's
Paradise: Black Cultural Citizenship in the American
Empire," appeared in the September 2006 issue of American
- Josh Kaminski (2004) has been accepted to the
MFA program in Poetry at Purdue University.
- Michelle Maloney (2007) has been accepted
into the Ph. D. program in English at the University of
Connecticut, Storrs with a teaching fellowship worth $19,000 a
year. Michelle is interested in pursuing her love of Irish
- Elizabeth Orr (2008) a double major in English
and Spanish language, has been offered a fellowship in Cornell
University's Masters' program. She will receive $40,000 for
attending their program. Liz will work closely with the professors
of African American literature.
- Tracy Bowling (2007) and Mike
Meginnis (2008) will be attending New Mexico State on
teaching assistantships, Tracy in rhetoric and Mike in fiction