Peaceful Protesters

Peaceful protesters gathered for a second evening at the corner of Central and Arthur Street in El Dorado to show support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

El Dorado residents Anthony Long and Emma Fay sat with a sign talked with individuals who stopped by and asked questions.

Emma Fay, left, and Anthony Long, right.

Long said, “I‘m just out here because I’m tired of the social injustice that everybody is subjected to on a daily basis.” 

Fay said she is planning to attend a “Peace March” in El Dorado on Friday evening.  

The grassroots gathering is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Butler Community College and marchers are planning to walk up Haverhill to Central and then along Central to the Butler County Courthouse in Downtown El Dorado.

Butler Community College Cancels May Commencement Exercises

Butler Community College has decided to cancel its in-person commencement ceremonies which were scheduled for May 13 – 15, 2020. This includes Nurses’ Pinning, Order of the Purple and Graduation exercises.  

Regretfully, we make this announcement as the faculty and staff at Butler share in the disappointment of the current day circumstances.

Celebrating the personal growth of our students is always a highlight for us as well. Butler is reviewing alternative ways we can celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students and we will release those details at a later date.

Butler Community College Closed to the Public

Admissions, Advisors, Faculty still prepared to assist students 

EL DORADO, Kan. – As of March 18, at 5 pm, all Butler Community College locations officially closed to the public, but staff are ready to assist remotely. Butler extended its spring break another week and is set to resume classes on Monday, March 30 in a fully online format. 

Students have been sent home for the remainder of the semester or are finding alternative housing with the assistance of residence hall staff. 

“We have worked with the Grizzly Villas across the street, as well as many other area apartment complexes, who are extending special offers to our students to ensure they have a place to go that is safe and affordable, said Kelsey Reed, director of Residence Life. “Fortunately, most of our students have been able to return home.”  

With all of this, Butler Community College remains open for business as college employees have shifted to working remotely. The college is also utilizing its experience with online platforms to grow its connectivity for virtual student support services. The latest is a Facebook page called Butler Student Support Through COVID-19.  

“We are also still providing assistance to anyone who has questions about attending Butler,” said Dr. Jessica Ohman, associate vice president of Student Services. “Our assistance is just provided differently. Admissions and Advising staff are fully accessible through phone calls and emails.” 

In addition, Butler’s Critical Incident Management Team continues to meet daily to assess the latest information. Visit the latest announcements.

Anthony Marshall Exhibits “Building Utopia” at E.B White Gallery

El Dorado, Kan. – The artwork of Anthony Marshall is the highlight of this month’s art show hosted by Butler Community College’s Art Department. The show will run until February 27 in the E.B. White Gallery.

Marshall earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Kansas State University and a Master of Fine Arts in studio art with an emphasis in painting from Wichita State University. The artwork showcased in the exhibit, entitled “Building Utopia,” spans many mediums, from graphite and charcoal drawings, to watercolor and oil paintings, to mixed media sculptures and costumes. Each piece of art in the exhibit is part of a long term project called the “Eovinian Utopia Project,” based on a detailed mythology of Marshall’s own creation.

“‘Building Utopia’ houses the many projects that have manifested as the utopia has grown and transformed over the years,” said Eaton.

A gallery reception will be held on January 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the E.B. White Gallery, located in the 700 Building of Butler’s El Dorado Campus.

The E.B. White Gallery is open to the community from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admittance is free of charge.


BCC Nursing Students Pinned 

El Dorado, Kan. – The purple gowns began to flow into Butler Community College’s gymnasium to the traditional Pomp and Circumstance and the tears of joy seemed to flow instantly from family members who supported them. Sixty-five Nursing graduates filed onto the floor to take their place as Butler’s Fall Nursing Class of 2019.

The ceremony, held Thursday evening at the College’s El Dorado campus, marked the one-year anniversary of Butler and the University of Kansas Nursing celebrating dual graduates of both their programs.

This December, five graduates also received their University of Kansas BSN degree as part of a Butler associate degree in nursing (ADN) and KU Nursing partnership launched in 2016. During the ceremony, Jennifer Beall, Nathan Aung Maran, and Madison Cary of Wichita, Halie Rose Smith of Yates Center, and Melissa Wedel of Andover were presented their KU Nursing cords by Christy Streeter, Dean of Health, Education and Public Services at Butler.

Five Butler Community College nursing school graduates also received their University of Kansas BSN degrees last week during the annual pinning ceremony held at Butler’s El Dorado campus. They are pictured from left to right: Halie Smith, Yates Center; Madison Cary, Wichita; Nathan Aung Maran, Wichita; Melissa Wedel, Andover; and Jennifer Beall, Wichita. These students mark the third class of graduates under the partnership between the two nursing powerhouse institutions.

This group marks the third class of KU graduates as part of the nursing-school partnership. Students earn degrees from both institutions when they enter the Butler and KU Nursing programs at the same time and simultaneously complete face-to-face course work at Butler and online instruction through the KU Nursing program. With the aid of faculty members from each college, students receive both their associate degree in nursing and their bachelor’s degree in nursing at the same time.

The ceremony included a welcoming address from Dr. Beth Eagleton, Butler Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, and greetings from Lance Lechtenberg, Butler Board of Trustee member; Kim Krull, Ph.D., president of Butler Community College; and Lori Winningham, vice president of Academics.

Trustee Lechtenberg pointed out this class is now part of an alumni base which has graduated from a top 10 nursing program in the state as designated by In addition, he noted that 95% of the graduates already have jobs. This class is well on its way to meeting the expected Butler tradition of a 100 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation.

Pictured left to right are Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, class president, and Rachael Henry of Park City, class vice president and Butler Student Nursing Association membership chair, share a smile prior to their Nurses Pinning Ceremony held at Butler Community College last week.

Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, 2019 Class President, addressed her fellow nurses and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the class to Butler’s faculty for their dedication, commitment and patience as each of them worked to achieve this milestone. 

“Thank you doesn’t begin to scratch the surface.”

“I gained an immense amount of knowledge. . . and confidence in my abilities to critically think,” she said. She also shared moments and insight of being a nursing student and a nurse that delighted those with the professional knowledge. 

Rachael Henry of Park City, 2019 Nursing Class Vice President, lead the class in reading the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge.

Since 1965, Butler Nurses have received a pin upon graduating with an associate in applied sciences in nursing degree. The practice of pinning nurses began in the late 19th century in London. By 1880, the symbolic rite was brought to Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Since then the practice has become commonplace at nursing school graduations.

Besides receiving graduate nursing pins, the following recognitions were presented:

American Red Cross

Two graduates were recognized for volunteer efforts by members of the American Red Cross, Central Plains Blood Services Region.


Medical Reserves Corps Award

Four graduates completed an online program for Public Health Preparedness and volunteer work through the Butler County Health Department.


Mentoring Program

Nine students were commended by Butler faculty for participating in a mentoring program that enables third and fourth semester nursing students to mentor first and second semester nursing students.

Nursing Graduates by Hometown: (all awards denoted, see award legend below)

Andale: Nicole Robben

Andover: Desiree Firsching, Melissa Wedel (KU, M)

Bel Aire: Elizabeth Sells (M), Hanna Wilkinson

Clearwater: Brooke Winter (M)

Derby: Paige Adams, Charles (Brad) Bagby, Tara Greiving, Peyton Madison, Jennah McKee

El Dorado: Jessica Horner, Taylor Lawrence (MRC), Katie Schwartz, Destiny Smith

Eureka: Rebecca (Hamilton) Samuals (MRC), Kate McDonald, Halie Smith (KU)

Goddard: Morgan Bowen, Michaela Cinotto,

Halstead: Jordan White

Haysville: Jessica Warren, 

Leon: Kerri Young (M)

Maize: Ashley Lawrence

Newton: Melissa Tennyson 

Park City: Rachael Henry, Class Vice President, M, BSNA Chair

Peabody: Courtney Schmill          

Potwin: Whitney Lowmaster (MRC)

Rose Hill: Leah Smith

Towanda: Lydia Hepburn, Charity Hon

Valley Center: Julia Kuepfer, Erica Willis

Wichita: Diana Aguilar, Jennifer Beall (KU), Emma Bennett, Yasmin Bennett, Kelsey Schlageck (Class President, M), Kyle Broz, Lindsay Buckert, Madison Cary (KU), Katherine Castellanos, Skylar Downes, Cheyenne Edwards, LoRisa Fouch (+, M), Katlyn Fox, Michelle Harper (M), Briana Higgins, Monalisa, Liyumba, Nathan Aung Maran (KU), Mychala Money (MRC), Kelsey Olson, Rachel Patterson, Jennifer Roe, Ricardo Sanchez, Stephanie Schumaker (M), Sarah Shaw, Linnea Smidderks, Baylee Smith, Kayla Smith, Angela Sung, Ariel Troutman, Elayna Wall, Audrie Warnick (+)

Winfield: Leah Dunn

Yates Center: Halie Smith (KU) (formally of Yates Center, now living in Eureka)

Pictured left to right are Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, class president, and Rachael Henry of Park City, class vice president and Butler Student Nursing Association membership chair, share a smile prior to their Nurses Pinning Ceremony held at Butler Community College last week.

(KU) – Butler ASN graduate and KU Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate

(BSNA) – Butler Student Nursing Association officers

(+) – American Red Cross Recognition

(MRC) – Medical Reserves Corps Award Recipients

(M) – Mentoring Recognition