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Jordan Hall
Office of the Provost

Staff Training and 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.


Have a topic to suggest for a STEP session? Interested in presenting at a STEP session? Please email with suggestions or questions.

STEP Committee Members

  • Carol Baker, Administrative Specialist, Academic Affairs
  • 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

2020-2021 Programs and Events

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


In addition to virtual STEP programs, staff are still able to participate in online professional training opportunities through InfoBase Learning Cloud (formerly Hoonuit). Training modules can be found at

The Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) is offering virtual wellness sessions, as well as online spiritual care conversations for students, staff, and faculty.  Click here to learn more or to request a conversation. 


Managing Stress and Adapting to Change
Wednesday, April 28, 2:00-3:00, via Zoom
Led by Keith Magnus and Shana Markle (Counseling and Consultation Services)

Staff are invited to join us for this active discussion- based session focused on methods of managing stress as we work through changes in our professional and personal lives brought on by the pandemic or otherwise. Participants are encouraged to submit items for discussion in advance, and time will also be provided for sharing experiences during the session. RSVP to for Zoom login details. 


Microsoft Teams/OneDrive/Office 365 Information Session
Wednesday, April 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Led by Butler's Information Technology staff Julie Hoffmann, Wade Javorsky, and Roy Weese

Have questions about the upcoming transition to Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and Office365? This session, led by Butler's Information Technology staff, will allow for as smooth a transition as possible. Prior to the program, participants are asked to watch the training videos noted below, and will then have the opportunity  to ask questions at this session  surrounding details they are still unsure of. RSVP to for Zoom login details.

Participants are asked to watch the video here, if they did not already participate in the MSTeams training session offered through IT on February 17, 2021: 

Please also review these other MSTeams resources available through Butler’s Knowledge Base: 


Upcycling - The New Cool?
Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.-noon, via Zoom
Presented by Julia Angstmann (CUES), Jamie Valentine (CUES) and Beth Lohman (Recreation and Wellness)

Upcycling – the new cool? The theory of using things again, second hand, repurposing or similar thoughts have been around for generations. This session will help you consider ways you can upcycle in many areas of your life and how impactful it can be on the environment and your finances.  Shared information will include how to upcycle different items such as clothing, furniture, and household goods, and how to properly dispose of items that cannot be upcycled like expired car seats, old paints, and more.  Experience level with upcycling – beginner to advanced. RSVP to for Zoom login details.


Outward Focus - Focus on YOU
Thursday, February 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m., via Zoom
Presented by Beth Lohman and Katie Wood (Recreation and Wellness)

In last semester's "Inward Focus" session, we focused on how to take care of ourselves. In this session, we will focus on different strategies for something equally important: supporting those around us. Join us to learn more about different well-being techniques that can help you better support your friends, family, and the Butler community. RSVP to for Zoom login details.


Introducation to Trello
Thursday, December 17, 10:00-11:00 a.m., via Zoom
Hosted by Beth Hospodarsky, COPHS

Think of Trello as an online bulletin board that lets you organize, collaborate, and sort your ideas, projects, lessons, etc. If you're looking for a new way to digitally organize your work or home life, join us for an overview to see if Trello can work for you. RSVP to for Zoom login details.


Focus Group Opportunity
Wednesday, December 16, 2:00-3:00 via Zoom will be rescheduled to spring semester

Your opinion counts, and we want to hear from you! STEP is inviting staff to participate in a focus group to provide feedback on what type of programming you would like to see offered. We look forward to having you join us! RSVP to to participate. 


Attitude of Gratitude
Thursday, November 12, 3:00-4:00, via Zoom
Conversation facilitated by Mike Thomas, Career and Professional Services

Yes, 2020 has been a heavy year for all of us in many ways, but let's try to make sure the joys and opportunities still in our lives do not get overshadowed. This STEP session will offer time to connect with friends and colleagues in guided small group discussions to focus on the positives surrounding us. Let's celebrate all we have to be grateful for. RSVP to for Zoom login details.  


STEP Halloween Decorating Contest
Registration is open through October 14. Voting will take place the last week of October.

Staff are invited to Booooo-tify Butler and register for our Halloween decorating contest. Whether you are working on campus or from home, join the STEP committee in getting into the Halloween spirit by decorating your door, cubicle, walls, desks - any surface is eligible! So that we can best be prepared and arrange for photo submissions, please let us know if you are interested in participating by emailing by Wednesday, October 14. Decorating submissions must be completed by Wednesday, October 21. We'll then upload photos to an online platform for staff to vote on favorites the following week, with ribbons and bragging rights for prizes. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE WINNING ENTRIES.


Inward Wellness
Wednesday, October 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m., via Zoom
Presented by Beth Lohman and Katie Wood (Recreation and Wellness)

Focus on taking care of YOU through various wellness techniques. We cannot help others with wellness without first taking care of our own well-being. This session will provide well-being in-the-moment options as well as long-term techniques to be your best self. RSVP to for Zoom login details.  


Social Reconnection - Online Session
Wednesday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., via Zoom
Conversation hosted by Donald Braid and Hanako Gavia (Engaged Learning Center)

Please join us for this opportunity to reconnect with your Butler coworkers via Zoom. Working in small groups, you will be prompted to tell stories as a foundation for refreshing and building community with colleagues. There will be time for private reflection, and opportunities (if you wish) to share your epiphanies or personal stories with others. There is no agenda beyond exchange, recharging, and reawakening relationships, but be forewarned that the process often leads to laughter (and sometimes warmed hearts). RSVP to for Zoom login details. 


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.


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.  

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

  • Course registration
  • Webinar or online course registration
  • Training for a new skill or program
  • 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. **Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, STEP is not currently able to offer funding for mini-grants that involve conference registration or travel. 

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 related 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, unless under special circumstances. 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 Carol Baker regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns.

Click here to download the STEP grant application

Thank-a-Colleague Program

The STEP Thank-a-Colleague Program is temporarily paused but will be returning soon! Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

STEP Spring 2021 Reading Opportunity

The Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP), in cooperation with Butler's Visiting Writers Series (VWS), offered a spring 2021 reading opportunity for academic staff. 

Books were provided for the first 50 staff to register, and distributed via campus mail.

Check back later for 2021-2022 updates. 

"Step into Spring" with STEP's Decorating Context

Congratulations to the “STEP into spring” decorating contest winners for 2021!

Voting results:

1st place – Libraries


2nd place – PA Program

3rd place – CASE Office

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Visit for more information on future opportunities through STEP.