Ed Carpenter '03 (COB) - An IRL IndyCar Series
driver for Ed Carpenter Racing, he is also the stepson of Indy
Racing League founder Tony George.
Barry S. Collier '76 (COE)- The current Butler
University Athletic Director and former head basketball coach at
the University of Nebraska and Butler University.
Kevin Calabro '78 (JCFA) - The former voice of
the Seattle SuperSonics and nine-time winner of the Washington
Sportscaster of the Year Award; Calabro has a talk show on ESPN's
710 Seattle. He is the brother of Indianapolis' own Dave Calabro
'85 (JCFA), WTHR Channel 13's Sports Director.
George Daugherty - Emmy Award winning George
Daugherty's professional profile includes major credits as an
orchestral conductor; film and television director, producer and
writer; and a creator and director of live stage productions. Mr.
Daugherty attended Butler as a double major in music and journalism
but later transferred to Indiana University in 1977 when he was
named assistant conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Orchestra at age 20.
Sarah Fisher - A retired American professional
racecar driver who is the first and only female team owner and the
youngest owner in the IZOD IndyCar Series, she briefly attended
Butler on a part-time basis around 2002 pursuing a degree in
Dave Gunn [Gundaker] '90 (JCFA) - "Gunner" is a
radio broadcaster frequently featured on the "Bob and Tom Show" on
WFBQ/Q95 Radio Indianapolis, IN 94.7.
Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle - Legendary coach of the
Butler University Bulldogs in the sports of basketball, football,
and baseball for nearly 50 years, he is credited with inventing the
orange basketball. Hinkle Fieldhouse was named for him in 1966 and
he was awarded an honorary Butler degree in 1978.
Dan Johnson- A major league baseball first
baseman, he attended Butler in 2001 for his freshman year,
where he was named All-Conference in the Midwestern Collegiate
Conference. He is perhaps best known for hitting a dramatic
two-out, two-strike home run for the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom
of the 9th inning of the last game of the 2011 season, sending them
to the playoffs. In February 2012, Mr. Johnson signed a minor
league deal with the Chicago White Sox that included an invitation
to spring training.
Todd Lickliter '80 (COE) - Named the head coach
of the Marian University basketball team in June 2012, Mr.
Lickliter also previously served as head basketball coach at the
University of Iowa and Butler University.
Peter Lupus - As a bodybuilder, he earned the
titles of Mr. Indianapolis, Mr. Indiana, Mr. Hercules and Mr.
International Health Physique. Mr. Lupus may be best remembered as
an actor for the role of Willy Armitage on the original Mission:
Impossible television series in the 1960s. He played football while
at Butler in the mid-1950s, but did not end up graduating.
Thad Matta '90 (COE) - The current Ohio State
men's basketball head coach, Mr. Matta has led the Buckeyes to
four Big Ten Conference regular season championships,
three Big Ten Tournament titles, a runner-up finish in
the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the
2008 NIT Championship, and a second Final Four berth
in 2012. He is also a former Butler University men's basketball
Harry S. New - A U.S. Senator from Indiana from
1896 to 1900 who was a Spanish-American War veteran, Sen. New
was appointed Postmaster General in
the cabinet of President Warren G.
Harding in 1923 and was reappointed by President Calvin
Coolidge in 1925. He attended Butler University before going
to work with the Indianapolis Journal where he was a reporter,
editor, part owner, and publisher from 1878 to 1903.
Bobby Plump '58 (COE)- A member of the Milan High
School basketball team that won the Indiana High School Athletic
Association State Tournament in 1954, which provided the basis for
the 1986 film Hoosiers, (filmed partly at Butler's Hinkle
Fieldhouse), Mr. Plump was named one of the "Most Noteworthy
Hoosiers of the 20th Century" by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. He
was also one of the "50 Greatest Sports Figures from Indiana in the
20th Century", according to Sports Illustrated.
Kurt Vonnegut - An American novelist who wrote
works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction in novels
such as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of
Champions, Mr. Vonnegut attended Butler University but left in 1942
after managing no better than a "C" average in his English courses;
he was later awarded an honorary degree from Butler.
Maurine Dallas Watkins -An American journalist
and playwright who briefly attended Butler around 1919, she wrote
the play Chicago, which was later transformed into the 2002 Academy
Award-winning film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger,
and Richard Gere.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins '75 (LAS) - Dr. Watkins
serves as General Minister and President of the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She is an
inspirational preacher, teacher and facilitator who shares her
skills in a variety of religious and ecumenical settings.