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Staff Training & Enrichment Program

STEP (Staff Training and Enrichment Program) is an initiative established under the provost's office to provide academic staff with training and career development opportunities in support of their vital contribution to Butler University.


Support Butler's commitment to the highest quality of liberal and professional education by providing academic staff with meaningful learning opportunities that will enhance job skills, communication, collaboration, performance, and personal excellence.


A workplace culture that values and respects academic staff by providing learning and development opportunities and promoting innovation through communication and collaboration, thereby identifying Butler University as an employer of choice.

STEP Committee Members

  • Rebecca DeGrazia, Academic Affairs Assistant
  • Marie Gray, Administrative Specialist, Jordan College of the Arts
  • Beth Hospodarsky, Technical Specialist, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sonya Moore, Transfer Credit Evaluator, Registration and Records
  • Susan Morton, Academic Program Coordinator, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Mike Thomas, Career Development Consultant, Lacy School of Business

2018-19 Programming


This page is updated regularly. Please visit us again soon as additional programs are added.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia at or at 317-940-8558. Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.


End-of-Year Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social
Thursday, May 2
2:00-3:30 (arrive when you can, stay as long as you like)
Hallway outside Jordan Hall 109

All staff are invited - no RSVP necessary. In addition to ice cream novelties, fresh popcorn, and a beverage station will also be available. This year's event will also feature games, door prizes drawings, and other fun opportunities. 


Working with Different Management Styles
Led by Larry Lad, Lacy School of Business
Wednesday, April 17
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Atherton 111

What a difference a little insight into your boss's style and that of your co-workers can make in making work more satisfying and productive. Find out the questions to ask, and the things you can share to make a difference in the office.  RSVP to required. 


Magic Versus Meaning: An Unvarnished Look at Data Analytics in Practice
Led by Ali O'Malley, Lacy School of Business
Thursday, March 26
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Atherton 111

With organizations' growing appetite for analytics that "enable fact-based decision-making" and "drive measurable business results" comes the expectation that the insights delivered will generate 'shock and awe' and be immediately actionable. Ali O'Malley will discuss efforts to responsibly meet these standards with particular focus on upskilling ourselves and supporting our students as they navigate a world preoccupied with achieving impact through data. RSVP to required. 


STEP Door Decorating Contest
March 4-13

Who wants spring? You want spring! And what better way to welcome spring than with fun decor?! Join the STEP committee to decorate the campus in spring: doors, cubicles, walls, desks - any surface is eligible! Decorating begins March 4 and runs through March 13 at noon. We'll have a voting platform for staff to vote on favorites the following week, with ribbons and bragging rights for prizes! Winners will be announced March 25. Let us know if you’re interested in participating by filling out this form (be sure to login with your Butler credentials) and grab your officemates, friends, and coworkers and BU-tify your workspace!


Time Management Techniques
Ledy by staff from the Learning Resource Center (LRC)
Tuesday, March 5
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Atherton 111

Join us for a session led by Jan Ruston of the LRC to learn about some basic steps of time management that can help you use your time more effectively. RSVP to required. 

Center for Global Education (CGE) 
Learn About Butler (LAB) Session
Monday, February 25
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Atherton 111

All staff are invited to join us for a Learn About Butler session, led by the Center for Global Education. Staff from the CGE will provide an overview of how their department operates, study abroad opportunities, and international student services. If you have ever wondered how study abroad works at Butler, please join us to learn more. RSVP to required. 


STEP Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program Information Session and Mixer
Thursday, January 24
Noon-1 p.m.
Atherton 326

Staff are invited to join us for STEP's Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program information session and mixer. More information on the peer-to-peer mentoring program can be found on this webpage. Email to RSVP.


Staff Appreciation Event: Hot Cocoa Social
Wednesday, December 12
2:00-3:30 - Arrive when you can, stay as long as you like
Hallway outside JH109

All staff are invited to join us to celebrate the end of the semester. Door prize drawings! Snacks! Giveaways! No RSVP required.  


Operations and Building Services
Learn About Butler (LAB) Session
Tuesday, December 4
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Atherton 326

Who are our operations and building staff, and what do they do? All Butler staff are invited to join us for this session with Dick Hamm, Tim Downs, Amanda Doenges, Jenny Roell, and other operations representatives to learn more about Butler's operations and building services teams, and the amazing and important services they provide to campus. Space is limited. RSVP to required.

Cyber-Security Fundamentals 2018 - Faculty and Staff Lunch and Learn
Presented by Eric Schmidt, Butler's Chief Information Security Officer
Monday, December 3
Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Ford Salon, Robertson Hall

Eric Schmidt, Butler's Chief Information Security Officer, will review the current cyber threat landscape, and explain what Butler has been doing to protect you at work. He will also review updates to the credit freeze process and what you can do to safeguard the identity of protected consumers (minors and incapacitated persons), how to block e-access to your social security account, personal use of two-factor authentication outside of campus, and whether or not people can really spy on you on the web. All faculty and staff are invited, but space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Addressing Sexual Misconduct
Thursday, November 29
12:00-12:30 lunch (Market Place tickets provided)
12:30-1:30 presentation
Atherton 302

Please join us for a conversation with Maria Kanger, Butler's Title IX Coordinator, to learn more about how Butler addresses sexual misconduct. This conversation will include information about employee reporting obligations, and tips for appropriate response to a disclosure of sexual misconduct. Space is limited. RSVP to is required.


Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)
Learn About Butler (LAB) Session
Wednesday, November 14
12:00-12:30 lunch (Market Place tickets provided)
12:30-1:30 presentation
Atherton 326

Join us for a presentation by Dacia Charlesworth to learn about how CHASE assists all students on campus, and how you can help by referring outstanding students in all disciplines to CHASE faculty and staff. Attendees will be able to ask specific questions pertinent to their areas. If you have ever wanted to know about the types of research our undergraduate students conduct, what our students should do to pursue prestigious scholarships, graduate school, participate in the honors program, and the like, this session is designed especially for you. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for Staff - Focus Group Opportunity
Wednesday, October 24
12:00-12:30 lunch (provided) and community building
12:30-1:30 focus group activities and conversation
Atherton 326

STEP is working on building a peer-to-peer mentoring program for staff, and we want to hear from you! Whether you are potentially interested in serving as a mentor, as a mentee, or you just want to learn more, this focus group will help us better shape the program to be meaningful and helpful to Butler staff. We hope you can join us! Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Using Canva for Professional-Looking Marketing Materials
Friday, September 28
Jordan Hall 220
Led by Kristen Allen, Center for Academic Technology

Learn how to use Canva, a free graphic design tool, to create beautiful flyers, social media images, presentations, and more. Canva is easy to use with pre-built templates and millions of stunning images and graphics. In addition to Canva basics, this workshop will touch on important accessibility and layout considerations when designing. This session is full. Email to have your name added to the wait list.


Health and Recreation Complex: Special Tour for Staff and Services Overview
Thursday, September 27
10:30-11:30 a.m. (followed by optional lunch)
Meet in HRC lobby
Led by Nicole DeYoung, Butler Lifestyle Wellness Coach

The HRC offers many programs and opportunities for the entire campus community - are you taking advantage of them? Staff are invited to join us for this special tour, led by Nicole DeYoung (Butler's lifestyle wellness coach), to learn about HRC services - including gym facilities, nutrition counseling, wellness incentives, lunchtime fitness classes, and more! Following the tour, guests will be provided tickets to The Market Place for lunch. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Meditation: Making Friends with Change
Thursday, August 2
Presentation and meditation 11:00-12:00, lunch (provided) 12:00-12:30
Center for Faith and Vocation Blue House
Hosted by Marguerite Stanciu, Center for Faith and Vocation

Learning to meditate can help to calm the mind, and encounter life's circumstances with greater confidence. Join us for instruction and an opportunity to meditate together as we prepare for the start of the new academic year. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


STEP luncheon with Jim and Bethanie Danko
Monday, June 25
Lunch (provided) 12:00-12:30, conversation 12:30-1:30
President's residence: 525 Blue Ridge Road

Academic staff are invited to this opportunity to visit with Jim and Bethanie at their home. We'll have informal conversation about academic leadership, favorite reads, and other topics.
This event is full. Email to have your name added to the waitlist.

STEP Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

Program: This program supports Butler University Academic Staff in professional development activities or training related to their work at Butler. Academic staff may receive up to only one award (up to $500) per fiscal year. Application requests should fund related activities or training required to meet the applicant's normal job duties. Grants may provide or add to funding for travel costs to national or international meetings to present or gain professional experience.

Examples of activities that would be supported through this funding opportunity:

  • Conference or workshop attendance (**Grants will not be awarded in two consecutive years for the same conference or workshop)
  • Course registration
  • Webinar or online course registration
  • Training for a new skill or program
  • Travel related to professional development
  • Purchase of equipment or supplies to support professional development goals
  • Books, supplies, specialty, or other materials
  • Association membership if applicable

This list is not exhaustive - other ideas may be accepted.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded, provided costs meet aforementioned guidelines. As application requests should fund related activities or training required to meet the applicant's normal job duties, all efforts should be made to first receive departmental funding before applying for STEP funding. STEP can help provide bridge funding in those instances. If no departmental funding is available, written justification must be provided by the applicant's supervisor. STEP will continue to evaluate applications through the fiscal year as funding remains available.

Your application must consist of a program statement including:

  1. The nature of the program and the need for support
  2. ​Its relevance to your work at Butler or benefit to your department
  3. ​The objectives, significance, how the work will be conducted, and a time schedule for completion

Please use the form available at the STEP website to fill out a detailed budget, and also include documentation of any workshop or conference costs. The proposal form should be signed by the applicant, head of department/program, or dean of the college. Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned without evaluation. Use the form that is currently on the website.

Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, but retroactive requests will not be considered. Signed, scanned applications in a single pdf file should be sent to Decisions on applications will be communicated within 30 days. STEP will continue to evaluate applications through the fiscal year as funding remains available. 

Expense paperwork and reports: A brief report (roughly one page) reflecting on or describing the outcome of the project using these funds is due to STEP at the time reimbursement is requested.  Final reports and expense reimbursement requests must be submitted within the grant's same fiscal year deadlines. Reimbursement requests submitted without a final report will not be processed and may jeopardize eligibility for future funding.  The expenditure of STEP professional development funds requires adherence to Butler University fiscal regularions, and business office/procurement policies. Awardees should work directly with Rebecca DeGrazia regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns. 


Click here to download the STEP grant application

Celebration of Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)


Save the Date! CITL 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. in the Reilly Room (Atherton Union), and will feature peer-reviewed posters, demonstrations, and displays presented by Butler faculty and academic staff. All Butler faculty and academic staff members are invited and encouraged to attend and hear from their peers about what they are doing to foster student learning at Butler, either through a teaching strategy, an instructional approach, a class assignment or project, a method of rubric-making, or other ways of measuring student engagement or learning.  CITL is a great opportunity to discover new teaching ideas from your colleagues and to learn about the great work that is occurring across the university to ensure student success.

Visit to learn more, and to access the CITL proposal form. Questions? Contact

Staff Peer-to-Peer Co-Mentoring Program

Not a traditional mentor-mentee program! Through the STEP Peer-to-Peer Co-mentoring Program, everyone has something to offer, and everyone is supported.

Here's how it works:

Participants will be paired up with other Butler staff members to brainstorm, work on professional goals, learn more about Butler, share successes, share connections, and hopefully (and perhaps most importantly) form lasting friendships through semester-long mentoring cycles.

Interested in learning more?

Please plan to join us at the STEP Peer-to-Peer Co-Mentoring Program Mixer and Information Session on Thursday, January 24  from noon-1 p.m. (lunch provided) in Atherton 326. Though attendance at the mixer/information session is not required to participate in the program, nor does attendance at the session commit you to participating in the program, everyone is encouraged to join us. 

Register for the STEP Peer-to-Peer Co-mentoring program and/or RSVP for the January 24 session by clicking here. 

Program vision:

Peer-to-peer co-mentoring is a way for colleagues at Butler to learn from and support one another. Butler staff understand one another's challenges and successes in ways others may not. Peer-to-peer co-mentoring helps build friendships across disciplines, departments, and divisions, and creates opportunities for specific and impartial feedback. Participants may be inspired to set new goals for themselves, and be energized by new perspectives, ideas, and experiences. 


STEP into Spring Door Decorating Contest Winners

Congratulations to our STEP into spring door decorating contest winners!


1st place: Student Accounts – Jordan Hall 104 “BU-tiful Bloom”

2nd place: Student Disability Services – Jordan Hall 136 “Trip-toe through the Tulips”

3rd place: Registration and Records – Jordan Hall 180 “Hello Spring!”