Parents & Families

Parent Council Award of Excellence

The Butler University Parent Council has created the Parent Council Award of Excellence to help parents recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in their student's campus experience. The Council is accepting nominations through January 30, 2015, from families for faculty and staff who exemplify a helpful nature and concern for students and have contributed to students' learning and development. One faculty member and one staff member are selected each academic year by the Parent Council for this honor and are recognized at the Council's spring meeting.

Complete the 2014-2015 Nomination Form or submit your nomination online by January 30. 

Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs for more information at 800-368-6852, ext. 9946.

2013-2014 Award of Excellence Recipients

Faculty Honoree
Dr. Paul Valliere

Paul Valliere holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Williams College, a Master's degree in Religion from the Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary Joint Program, and a Ph. D. in Russian Ethics and Mysticism. He has close to 40 years of experience in the fields of religion and education, including teaching students, as well as coordinating, directing, and administering programs.

From 1982 to 1987, Paul served as the Dean of University College of Butler University, while directing the Butler University Honors Program from 1982 to 1989. He was the head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Butler from 1991 to 1997, and then the director for the Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization from1995 to 2003. Finally, Paul served as the coordinator for the Butler Center for Faith and Vocation from 2003 to 2009. In this capacity, he has acted as a mentor and administrator of religious studies and extracurricular activities at Butler. Prior to joining Butler, Paul worked for Columbia College in the capacity of Chair of the Humanities program and Acting Associate Dean. He taught religion there as well. Since then he has had experience as a Senior Fellow for the Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion from 2005 to 2010.

Throughout his experience in higher education, Paul has received the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Prizes and the Lifetime Professional Excellence Award from Butler University, in addition to being published in numerous books and articles on spirituality, religious thought, philosophy, and foreign studies. Throughout his professional life, he has contributed hard work and a wealth of knowledge to the field of religion in higher education.

Staff Honoree
Riki Lawrence

Riki Lawrence holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and professional certification as a National Certified Counselor.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of counseling and education, including advising, counseling, and teaching students, as well as planning, directing, and administering programs.

Since 2011, Riki has served as an academic advisor/student development specialist in Butler's Learning Resource
Center.  In this capacity, she provides academic success coaching, mentoring, and advising, coupled with teaching the Strategies for Success course and facilitating academic success and skills-based workshops.  Prior to joining Butler, Riki worked for Columbus State Community College (Ohio) in the capacity of academic advisor to Arts and Sciences, undecided, and transfer students.  Previously, Riki headed the Service Learning program at Thomas More College (Kentucky), where she managed the areas of academically based service learning and community service.  At Thomas More, she also served as campus liaison for the GEAR UP Kentucky outreach grant and adjunct faculty for a college success skills course.

Preceding her experience in higher education, Riki worked as a program director in social services and a counselor in community mental health.  Throughout her professional life, she has applied a simple philosophy to working with
students:  establish trust, respect, and a collaborative relationship; and help students to find their strengths and grow
to their potential.