Staff Assembly

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes

Clowes Memorial Hall (Attendance - approximately 81)

Tyler Johnston, Chair, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. He thanked the people at Clowes for hosting the meeting.

Committee Reports

There were no committee reports this month. Tyler introduced the new committee conveners:
Personal & Professional Development - Dick Hamm
Employment Affairs - Mary Azar Callahan
Nominations & Elections - Patti Colip
Activities & Socials - Chris Davis
Faculty Relations - Julie Schrader
Communication - Marsha Endre

The new website will be updated prior to the start of school.

Old Business

Julie Pakenham - Backpack Attack - The Backpack Attack is now going on through August 7. Collection boxes will be at Irwin Library, HRC, Jordan Hall, Holcomb Building, Atherton Union, and the Apartment Village. The items go to the IPS students from the community. The goal this year is to have enough items for 20,000 students.

New Business

Butler 101 - The Office of Admission is hosting a Butler 101 for prospective students and their families. They have invited all staff to attend to the 'meet and greet' lunch session Friday, July 24 starting at 12:15 on the quad. RSVP to Alaina Griffin.

Office 2007 - All staff is encouraged to get training and upgrade by August 1.

Clowes Presentations -
Elise Kushigian - Building usage, improvements, Broadway Across America Indianapolis

Barbara Baetzhold, Director of Community Development - Indianapolis Opera

Dr. Peter Alexander - Jordan College of Fine Arts: School of Music, Butler Ballet, Leadership through the Arts Forum

Elise Kushigian -

  • J. James Woods Lectures in the Sciences and Mathematics Thurs. March 25, 2010 Robert Frank, New York Times columnist and expert on the ways emotions, values and consumer behavior affect economics
  • Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series
    • Mon. Oct. 5, 2009 "Dialogue Among Civilizations: An Evening with Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami"
    • Wed. March 24, 2010 "Remarks by Madeleine Albright," Secretary of State (1997-2001) and Distinguished American Diplomat
    • A third event is being confirmed for February, 2010
  • Butler University Center for Faith & Vocation 4 dates in 2009-2010 season
  • Global & Historical Studies Thurs. Nov. 19
  • African-American Music Heritage Festival Sat. Feb. 6, 2010 Gospel Fest
  • Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer's Series sporadically

Cassandra Pixey and Donna Rund - Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University PreK-12 Education Programs

Joshua Lingenfelter - CMH Season (Clowes Presents) which includes Joshua Redman, Ballet Hispanico, Clint Black, Groovaloo, Béla Fleck and The Africa Project and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

All the events will be posted on-line by September 10, 2009.


The Activities & Social committee announced that copies of the Butler Perks pamphlet were on the table for staff to take as they exited the stage. There is a link to the pamphlet on the HUB.

Bob Marcus announced that the 'Who's That' program is approaching 300 entries. He still needs representatives from several areas. There is a link to the entry form on the HUB.

One new staff member was introduced and welcomed to Butler.

The next Staff Assembly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in GH108.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.

Cindi Holloway