Mass Communications Faculty
Student Sports Media Advisor / Grizzly Magazine Advisor / Mass Communications Chair
Office: BOE 105
Dept. Chair Mike Swan (B.A., 1979; M.S. 1998 Journalism and Mass Communications, Iowa State) is a former newspaper sports editor, city editor and editor. He has been a teacher now for almost 30 years. Swan taught high school journalism and English in Iowa and Texas before coming to Butler. He has taught Mass Communications at Butler for 18 years, serving as Grizzly Magazine adviser for all of that time, and as Student Sports Media adviser since the inception of that scholarship program 14 years ago. The magazine was named All-Kansas by the Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) organization in 2016. His students have won numerous print and broadcast awards. Swan is also past-president of KCM.
Dr. Keith West (B.S., Business Administration Management, 1987, M.S., Mass Communications, 1991, Oklahoma State; Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy, Fine Arts -- Theatre Arts, 2007, Texas Tech) has a long history of radio and television experience. He is general manager of the college radio station, KBTL 88.1 FM. He is also adviser to BCTV 20 Student Productions. West’s students have won numerous awards for their work from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. His background includes work as an award-winning radio theatre director, writer, designer and voice artist for over 20 years. He has professional experience at radio and TV affiliate stations, and in corporate video, freelance film, stage theatre and recording studios. West has also presented academic research at state, regional, national and international meetings.
Lantern Newspaper Advisor / Associate Professor, English
Office: BOE 103B
Amy Chastain works as the adviser for the Butler Lantern newspaper, a position she has held since 2011. While working as the adviser to the student newspaper, the publication has earned numerous Kansas Collegiate Media awards for writing, photography and cartoons, and recently the silver for the All-Kansas Award. The newspaper is a biweekly 12-page newspaper, which is produced by students. On occasion, the newspaper will travel to state and national conferences. Recently, they traveled to Austin, Texas, where Amy and her staff attended the College Media Association conference in 2015. She is also an associate professor of English here. Amy has earned two awards, “Student Life Certificate of Appreciation” for Outstanding Student Advocate and Outstanding Instructor Award. She was also a nominee for the 2013 School Bell Award.
Amy graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2011 with a Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication and at the same institution she earned my Bachelor of Arts in English with a dual emphasis in Journalism and Public Relations, and a minor in Literature. While working on her bachelor’s degree, she worked as editor-in-chief, copy editor, assignment editor and staff writer for the university’s yearbook, The Griffon.
Steve Cless serves as Producer/Director and Station Manager for the college’s television station, BCTV20. He has been at Butler for 12 years and has served as an adjunct instructor for six years. As an adjunct, he teaches video production and video editing. In addition, he manages the television studio and is responsible for providing student crews for home basketball and football events.
Cless has spent his entire working life in the video production field. He worked almost 30 years at the ABC affiliate in Wichita. During that time, he served as producer/director and operations manager. Specific duties while there included commercial producer, newscast director and remote sports director. Cless has also done freelance work for various sports networks, including TVS Sports, the Missouri Valley Broadcasting Network and the Shocker Sports Network. Cless has also been involved with some freelance production work for various production companies in Wichita, specializing in lighting and post production work.