Butler’s 90th birthday

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Cookies help celebrate 90 years of Butler. Photo by Nadine
Armstrong 

A number of events have taken place in celebration of Butler’s 90 years

by Jaycie Wunder

Butler’s 90th year of being an institution is well underway.

Butler made its debut as a college institution in 1927 with the alternative name of El Dorado Junior College.

Improvements
The school is making exciting changes at this moment, including utilization of Guided Pathways, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) and the move out of Andover High School which will take place a couple years down the road, according to President Kim Krull.

Guided Pathways are being implemented to assist in raising the number of graduates Butler produces. Certain classes are put in place to help students succeed and raise completion rates.

ALP enables students to take concurrent English classes, one they are placed in by their testing levels and then the next course in line for their level. This stimulates the learning process and helps keep students in moving forward with their peers academically.

“The continued focus on students and student’s success with Guided Pathways is going to take a huge part with everyone to make it happen,” Krull says.

Events
The festivities began on January 27 at the Fine Arts Open House and the Reception of the Faculty Biennial art exhibit. Activities will continue to take place throughout the end of the 2017 spring semester and continue into the 2017 fall semester, according to Krull.

Kelly Snedden, Director of College Relations and Marketing, discussed events that will take place throughout the end of this semester.

“It isn’t a full-blown celebration because in 10 years we will be 100,” Snedden says.

The L.W. Nixon Library hosted a free speech presentation on March 30. Stephen Wolgast, a professor of journalism and digital media at Kansas State University, discussed First Amendment rights in present day society.

“The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine the future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work,” a press release on Butler’s website says.

The 14th Annual Oyster Feed put on by Grizzly Athletics took place on March 31. Butler commemorated its 90 years at the event by serving cookies to attendees.

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