Thinking Forward.  Butler Innovation.

Innovation Fund Grant Projects and Recipients


Development and integration of critical listening courses within Butler's curriculum - $15,000. Donald Braid (Academic Affairs).

Pilot project to upcycle campus waste vegetable oil and convert it into biodiesel for use in campus vehicles and equipment -  $30,000. Jordan Burt (student, College of Business) and Timothy Carter (Center for Urban Ecology). 

Support for Butler's inaugural (2013) ArtsFest -  $45,000. Ronald Caltabiano (Jordan College of the Arts).

"Butler's Generation Rx," an educational program for increasing public awareness of prescription medication misuse and abuse -  $6,000. Samantha Christie (student, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and Tracy Sprunger (College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences).

Establishment of The Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research $25,000. Ken Colburn (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). 

Creation of a student-led/faculty-supported Media Group to enhance students' experience with mediated communication -  $45,000. Kenneth Creech (College of Communication). 

Development of a web-based Indiana Plant Atlas utilizing botanical resources from Butler University's Friesner Herbarium -  $20,000. Rebecca Dolan (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). 

Development of the Education Provocation App, a professional development tool for those involved in P-12 and higher education.$18,000. Kelli Esteves and Arthur Hochman (College of Education).

Support for the expansion of Healthy Horizons (Butler's employee wellness program), through the use of new technology in clinical testing/laboratory monitoring and student education -  $45,000. Carrie Maffeo (College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences).

Creation of a summer program for high school students to study religion in a non-sectarian fashion to encourage their study of religion in post-secondary education -  $18,000. James McGrath (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Establishment of the Center for the Study of Ethnic Relations, Xenophobia, and Diversity -  $10,000. Antonio Menendez (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Support for new initiatives within the Center for Academic Technology including faculty stipends for developing online courses -  $55,000. Julianne Miranda (Center for Academic Technology).

New introductory research-intensive program for undergraduate science students to increase student interest and retention in science programs -  $9,000. Stacy O'Reilly (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Creation of a jazz CD featuring the Butler Jazz Ensemble and a notable guest artist. $8,000. Matt Pivec (Jordan College of the Arts). 

Creation of "Students Making Financial Decisions," a series of videos illustrating basic economic concepts and their application in everyday life.$8,000 -  William Rieber (College of Business) and Christine Taylor (College of Communication). 

Development of a program aimed at recruiting top undergraduate students through new programming and scholarships. $6,000. Doug Spaniol (Jordan College of the Arts), Donald Braid (Academic Affairs), and Judi Morrel (Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement).

Development of professional writing courses and establishment of a professional writing track within Butler's Department of English -  $22,000. William Watts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Creation of an advanced-level entrepreneurship and innovation training course for Indianapolis women business owners -  $15,000. Denise Williams (College of Business).