Two Baker University alumni who serve as Baker Trustees — Gordon Lansford and Brandon Scarborough — were recently recognized by Kansas City publications for their contributions in the KC business community.

Baldwin City, Kansas — Baker University will honor more than 300 undergraduates and 180 graduate students at three commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus. 

Baker University celebrated the following academic and athletic award winners for the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesday during Dialogos, a presentation of undergraduate work, on the Baldwin City campus.


Baker University student body president Rachel Haley, a senior from Lawrence, Kansas, has been selected to participate as a student lobbyist for the 2015 Fraternity and Sorority Congressional Visits April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

The Baker Orange won the All-Kansas Award as the state’s top private college newspaper during the Kansas Collegiate Media spring conference April 12-13 in Wichita, Kansas. It marked the 16th time in 18 years the Orange received the All-Kansas honor.


Baker University doctoral student Seth Kastle is receiving national attention for his new children’s book geared toward military families whose fathers battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, “Why Is Dad So Mad?” It is a narrative told from a family’s point of view of a service member who struggles with PTSD to better explain the symptoms to children.

William Miller, director of research in biology, and Baker University have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $286,285 over three years to conduct the “Tardigrades and Wheel Chairs in the Canopy” Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Three Baker University student journalists and the editorial board advanced to the Society of Professional Journalists national competition.

Baldwin City, Kan. — A photography exhibit, “A Decade Covering the Campus Community,” featuring images taken by Baker University public relations director Steve Rottinghaus in the past 10 years, will be on display April 1 through May 17 at Holt-Russell Gallery on Baker’s Baldwin City campus. It will open at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Baker's Greek community is active in the classroom, on campus and in their communities.

Retired from a career as an accountant, financial planner, controller and insurance adviser, Mike Farmer, BS ’69, is dedicated to serving God and loving his people through prison ministry.

The Student Veterans Organization assists Baker University students make the transition from military service to a successful college experience, assists students in the Guard/Reserves to continue their military service while reaching the goal of a college degree, and supports military members’ family.

John Musgrave’s “Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam Poems,” now in its ninth printing, has received attention throughout the years. The raw, emotional poetry was noticed by Ken Burns, a director and producer well known for his documentary films. PBS announced a couple of years ago production plans for a series about the history and meaning of the Vietnam War. According to PBS, the series, slated for release in 2016, will explore the military, political, cultural, social and human dimensions of what has been called “the war of lost illusions.”

Baker University's dedicated faculty and staff are active in their professional organizations and communities.


Eight faculty members on the Baldwin City campus — Molly (Hunt) Anderson, BS ’99; Michael Barbush, BS ’78; Jake Bucher, BA ’02; Martha (West) Harris, BS ’79; Gary Irick, BS ’79; Scott Kimball, BA ’99; Robyn Long, BS ’00; and Darcy Russell, BS ’80 — studied at Baker and teach at their alma mater.

Seniors Abbey Elsbernd and Brandon Haefke, both scheduled to graduate in May, are the latest in the long line of Baker students ready to embark on a science career. Both were admitted in the fall as “early decision” selections to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, which requires the students to have high scores on the MCAT as well as high grade-point averages.

Baker University’s student-run radio station and television stations, KNBU-FM and KNBU-TV, won four awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the annual student awards competition, going against colleges and universities of all sizes in the state.

Jacob Bucher, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies, has been selected as the Topeka (Kan.) Correctional Facility Volunteer of the Year for his role in the Inside-Out Exchange Program.

Baker University President Lynne Murray will join alumni in the Dallas area at an after-hours event at 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, March 19, at Gordon Biersch, 7401 Lone Star Dr., Suite B120, in Plano, Texas.

Peter Morello will work with journalists in Swaziland, a sovereign state in Southern Africa, and teach at the University of Swaziland.



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