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Class Acts

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Butler grads love seeing what their fellow Bulldogs have been accomplishing since graduation! Class Acts provides Butler alumni with a place to share information about what is going on in their lives. You can submit a Class Act by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement at or (317) 940-9946.

November 2019

Kate (Korslin) Kennedy '04

A photo of a baby in Butler gear with a stuffed bulldog next to her.Kate (Korslin) Kennedy '04 and Michael Kennedy '04 recently welcomed their daughter, Cora Evelyn Kennedy, to their family in August.








September 2019

Grace Douglass '11

Grace Douglass '11 recently joined the Maryland Department of Health as their epidemiologist.

August 2019

Joe '15 and Lindsay (Higginbotham) Anderson '14

A photo of a wedding. The bride and groom stand in the center of the aisle and are holding raised hands above their heads. Family and friends sit in chairs and are clapping.Joe '15 and Lindsay (Higginbotham) Anderson '14 were friends since Welcome Week of freshman year (2011), studied abroad together in Sydney, Australia in 2013, and married on August 24, 2019, after six years of dating.




Erin O'Neil '17

I am thrilled to inform my Butler family that I have just finished publishing my first book! I am incredibly grateful for the role Butler University played in not only preparing me for the adventures and experiences that would form the foundation for this narrative, but also for its direct impact in making this story possible in the first place. “Gui ren” is a written Chinese phrase that encompasses the synchronicity of people entering your life with purposeful timing to help guide you through difficult challenges. My book, Gui Ren: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People, is a personal narrative about my post-graduate experience living in Shanghai, China and traveling throughout Southeast Asia when my first dream job turned upside down. This book serves as a reminder that there is always a choice; that it's possible to perceive a devastating loss as an opportunity to grow. It's about the synchronicity of adventure and the people who impacted my life along the way. Throughout this experience I discovered meaningful connections and unanticipated friendships as I traveled through China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Gui Ren is about travel, love, vulnerability, and transformation. It is about the places that left me breathless and the people who changed my life forever. Check it out on Amazon, or for signed copies and pre-sale packages you can visit

Erin (Sheehan) Downey '17

Erin (Sheehan) Downey '97 was recently named the Executive Director of the Westfield Washington Library Foundation. Her mission in this role is to fundraise as well as increase awareness for the Westfield Washington Public Library.

Neil Vandegrift '01

Neil Vandegrift '01 serves as the Director of Account Management at Octane5 International, LLC with his wife, Laura, and they are grateful for the opportunity to work at Octane5 with such a great group of people. They are enjoying the move to Georgia with their two daughters, Allie (4) and Ashley (2).

Natalie (Jones) Grundy '02

Natalie (Jones) Grundy '02 is the Senior Compliance Officer and Regulatory Counsel for Guggenheim Life and Annuity. She studied spanish and political science while she was a student here at Butler.

July 2019

Peter Xander '10

A photo of a baby with a bow on its head and wearing a Butler onsie with the bulldog logo on it.Peter '10 and Sara Xander welcomed their daughter, Quinn Bea Xander, to their family on July 6, 2019.








June 2019

James "Jim" White '82

A man in a suit viewed from the chest up. He is looking at the camera and smiling.After more than 50 years of public safety service, Jim White '82 retired from the faculty of the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs on May 31, 2019.