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NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 18, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Topeka, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's School of Nursing's dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the fall 2014 semester:Nursingforweb

James Aubey, Topeka, Kan.; Katharine Baldwin, Lawrence, Kan.; Christina Beat, Topeka, Kan.; Tyler Bessey, Lawrence, Kan.; Tashe Campbell, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Janie Carman, Lawrence, Kan.; Jessica Carroll, Topeka, Kan.; Caitlin Davis, Lawrence, Kan.; Megan Decker, Topeka, Kan.; Malaya Deemer, Junction City, Kan.; Teresa Drovetta, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Lawrence, Kan.; Marci Flory, Overbrook, Kan.; Keishly Franco, Junction City, Kan.; Sarah Gregory, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Topeka, Kan.; Samantha Johnson, Lawrence, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Austin, Texas; Lauren Kauffman, Lawrence, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Topeka, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Topeka, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Topeka, Kan.; Madeline Luther, Lawrence, Kan.; Faith May, Wakarusa, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Tanner McCrary, Berryton, Kan.; Mackenzie Rex, Lawrence, Kan.; Rachel Rush, Topeka, Kan.; Holly Santee, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.; Shelbi Southworth, De Soto, Kan.; Alexandra Strange, Manhattan, Kan.; Madeline Thrasher, Topeka, Kan.; Jamie Todd, Onaga, Kan.; Gillian Trotter, Lawrence, Kan.; Rylee Uhlrich, Topeka, Kan.; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kan.; Maria Walker, Fort Riley, Kan.; Gwen Warton, Mayetta, Kan.; Amanda Welcher, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Whiteside, Overland Park, Kan.; Erika Young, Topeka, Kan.

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 18, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baldwin City, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the fall 2014 semester:Bagpipersforweb

Ryan Akin, Sedalia, Mo.; Jacqueline Albin, Wakeeney, Kan.; Charles Aldrich, Topeka, Kan.; Adam Alfaro, Overland Park, Kan.; Christian Allen, Lawrence, Kan.; Olivia Allen, Overland Park, Kan.; Sydney Allen, Lecompton, Kan.; Jarrod Altenborg, Lawrence, Kan.; Caitlin Apollo, New Rochelle, N.Y., Grayson Armstrong, De Soto, Kan.; Alexander Baird, Overland Park, Kan.; Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kan.; Brooke Barnard, Kansas City, Mo.; Haley Barnes, Hiawatha, Kan.; Nathalia Barr, Oak Grove, Mo.; Kelli Bauman, Sabetha, Kan.; Kimberly Beauchamp, Pomona, Kan.; Lauren Bechard, Gardner, Kan.; Olivia Beins, Baldwin City, Kan.; Preston Beiser, Leawood, Kan.; Savannah Bellem, Prairie Village, Kan.; Jillian Benson, Baldwin City, Kan.; Caroline Berblinger, Buhler, Kan.; Gabrielle Betsch, Olathe, Kan.; Courtney Boedeker, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Parks Boeschen, Columbia, Mo.; Craig Bolton, Drexel, Mo.; Shannon Bond, Olathe, Kan.; Callie Brabender, Lawrence, Kan.; Sloane Brady, Overland Park, Kan.; Taryn Brees, Topeka, Kan.; John Breithaupt, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Logan Brettell, Overland Park, Kan.; Kacee Britton, Sterling, Kan.; Mackenzie Brock, Dodge City, Kan.; Aaron Brooks, Meriden, Kan.; Jacob Brooks, Spring Hill, Kan.; Jordan Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Madison Brown, Tulsa, Okla.; Morgan Brown, Lawrence, Kan.; Spencer Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Bradley Burnside, Baldwin City, Kan.; Chelsee Burnside, Baldwin City, Kan.; Briona Busch, Manhattan, Kan.; Jordan Buscher, Overland Park, Kan.; Laura Bynum, Kansas City, Kan.;

Christine Caffey, Lawrence, Kan.; Stephanie Cardona, Parker, Colo.; Danielle Carlson, Olathe, Kan.; Earnest Carter, St. Louis, Mo.; Clinton Chapman, Baldwin City, Kan.; Taylor Chase, Littleton, Colo.; Austin Chisam, Parker, Kan.; Cooper Clark, Haysville, Kan.; Kendra Clark, Baldwin City, Kan.; Megan Clark, Holton, Kan.; Tanner Clark, Holton, Kan.; Jacob Cleek, Olathe, Kan.; Amanda Conrade, Topeka, Kan.; Andres Cooper, Olathe, Kan.; Britton Coppenbarger, Madill, Okla.; Michelle Critchfield, Hesston, Kan; Brittany Crittenden, LaMesa, Calif.; Mykaela Cross, Eudora, Kan.; Andrew Dare, Olathe, Kan.; Allison Davis, Waukee, Iowa; Logan DeGraeve, De Soto, Kan.; Kenneth Delaquila, Kansas City, Kan.; Adriane Dick, Lawrence, Kan.; Brittney Diehm, LaCygne, Kan.; Renata Dill, Paola, Kan.; Kaci Dillingham, Topeka, Kan.; Katelyn Doolittle, Ottawa, Kan.; Adam Downing, Valdez, Alaska; Michael Draper, Grain Valley, Mo.; Kathryn Duggan, Salina, Kan.; Kaitlyn Ebbrecht, Weatherby Lake, Mo.; Kira Eddy, Valley Center, Kan.; Barkley Edison, Salina, Kan.; Aubrey Eicher, Topeka, Kan.; Emily Elliott, Lawrence, Kan.; Grant Ellis, Broomfield, Colo.; Abbey Elsbernd, Andover, Kan.; Andrew Emanuels, Shawnee, Kan.; Kaitlyn Enochs, Olathe, Kan.; Michael Epp, Spring Hill, Kan.; Frankie Farrant, Meriden, Kan.; Kristen Finger, Lawrence, Kan.; Lora Finley, Altamont, Kan.; Kinsey Ford, Abilene, Kan.; Danielle French, Overland Park, Kan.; Brittany Friedel, Gardner, Kan.; Alexa Fryer, Fort Collins, Colo.;

Kelli Gamel, Lawrence, Kan.; BriAnna Garza, Austin, Texas; Damon Gebhardt, Sparks, Nev.; Hannah Geenens, Stilwell, Kan.; Katherine Gerlach, Overland Park, Kan.; Jake Gesling, Kansas City, Mo.; Bailey Gibson, Olathe, Kan.; Kaysha Green, Baldwin City, Kan.; Aaron Greenbaum, Prairie Village, Kan.; Gabriel Greenbaum, Mission, Kan.; Brandon Haefke, Holton, Kan.; Rachel Haley, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Hannam, Olathe, Kan.; Asher Hannon, Baldwin City, Kan.; Sydnie Hanson, Overland Park, Kan.; Drew Harbinson, Henderson, Nev.; Brittany Hardin, Flemingsburg, Ky.; Lydia Hardin, Olathe, Kan.; Heidi Hayen, Topeka, Kan.; Ethan Hays, Smithville, Mo.; Gunnar Hays, Prairie View, Kan.; Andrew Heim, Baldwin City, Kan.; Christopher Heller, Lawrence, Kan.; Jake Heller, Lenexa, Kan.; Brenna Herdman, Vassar, Kan.; Krista Hill, Round Rock, Texas; Melinda Hipple, Baldwin City, Kan.; Jami Hodge, Spring Hill, Kan.; Craig Hoeven, Olathe, Kan.; Robert Hoeven, Olathe, Kan.; Darrel Holden, Shawnee, Kan.; Sarah Hollis, Junction City, Kan.; Kendal Holloman, Grantville, Kan.; Laney Holt, Independence, Mo.; Tamara House, Atchison, Kan.; Aaron Howard, Raymore, Mo.; Jeremy Immenschuh, Perry, Kan.; Sheldon Jacks, Placitas, N.M.; Matthew Jenkins, Wichita, Kan.; Autin Johanning, Lecompton, Kan.; Ulrich Johanning, Lawrence, Kan.; Eero Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.; Lelsey Johnson, Shawnee, Kan.; Megan Johnson, Shawnee, Kan.; Parker Johnson, McPherson, Kan.; Mercedes Johnson-Ishmon, El Paso, Texas; Sydney Johnston, Overland Park, Kan.; Hannah Jordan, Leavenworth, Kan.; James Joyner, Overland Park, Kan.;

Cody Keener, Eudora, Kan.; Samuel Kendrick, Richards, Mo.; Melissa Kinzer, Olathe, Kan.; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan.; Joshua Kock, Concordia, Mo.; Sarah Lambert, Belton, Mo.; Miranda Lindmark, Overland Park, Kan.; Michael Lisher, Lawrence, Kan.; Emily Liston, Overland Park, Kan.; Adam Lomenick, Bristow, Okla.; Keith Loneker, Lawrence, Kan.; Bradley Long, Warrensburg, Mo.; Brian Loux, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Love, Lawrence, Kan.; Cambry Lynch, Lawrence, Kan.; Nia Madison, Overland Park, Kan.; Erika Mallery, Overland Park, Kan.; Carissa Martinez, Katy, Texas; Lindsey Mateer, Spring Hill, Kan.; Justin McCandless, Lawrence, Kan.; Shannon McCarty, Kansas City, Kan.; Brenda McCollum, Fall River, Kan.; Madeline McCrary, Baldwin City, Kan.; Emerson McGuire, Ashland, Mo.; Gunnar McKenna, Holton, Kan.; Andrew Meinking, Kansas City, Mo.; Ryan Merchant, Olathe, Kan.; Bradyn Meyer, Yukon, Okla.; Brock Mick, Smithville, Mo.; Jordan Miller, Ozawkie, Kan.; Luke Miltz, Lecompton, Kan.; Natalie Minchow, South Bend, Neb.; Caitlin Modesett, Friendswood, Texas; Jacob Mogle, Columbus, Kan.; Jamison Montes de Oca, Lawrence, Kan.; Andrew Morgan, Baldwin City, Kan.; Hayley Morrical, Lindsborg, Kan.; Sarah Mullins, Atchison, Kan.; Jacob Neiman, Topeka, Kan.; Mallorie Nelson, Paola, Kan.; Marilee Neutel, Lawrence, Kan.; Alexia Nyoni, Baldwin, Kan.; Diego Ordonez, Prosper, Texas; Alexandra Packard, Leavenworth, Kan.; Katelyn Palmer, Oakland, Iowa; John Patchen, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Paul, Paola, Kan.; Benjamin Pepper, Olathe, Kan.; Nils Peterit, Singen, Germany; Chad Phillips, Wichita, Kan.; Megan Pontius, Overland Park, Kan.; Cali Proctor, Olathe, Kan.; Jordan Queen, Derby, Kan.; Kristen Queen, Manhattan Kan.; Sarah Queen, Kansas City, Mo.;

Kyra Ramsey, Republic, Mo.; Darrell Randall, Overland Park, Kan.; Samuel Richards, Baldwin City, Kan.; Bryan Richardson, Lane, Kan; Nicholas Riggle, Olathe, Kan.; John Robbs, Baldwin City, Kan.; Haley Roberts, Horton, Kan.; Emily Robison, Shawnee, Kan.; Paige Rockers, Greeley, Kan.; Rick Rosas, Centennial, Colo.; Lucas Roucher, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Patrick Rydberg, Overland Park, Kan.; MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan.; Kaitlyn Saunders, Littleton, Colo.; Richard Schacher, Harrisonville, Mo.; Emily Schepker, O'Fallon, Mo.; Samantha Schroeder, Olathe, Kan.; Ryan Schugart, Olathe, Kan.; Clayton Sears, Independence, Kan.; Tiffani Sexton, Altamont, Kan.; Nicholas Shondell, Shawnee, Kan.; Autumn Sifuentes, Junction City, Kan.; Caylea Siler, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Whitney Silkey, Tecumseh, Kan.; Rebecca Simkins, Merriam, Kan.; Dante Simmons, Sublette, Kan.; Ericka Simpson, Olathe, Kan.; Sara Slater, Lansing, Kan.; Cody Sliva, Shawnee, Kan.; Tyler Sliva, Shawnee, Kan.; Christin Smith, Leawood, Kan.; Dorion Smith, Independence, Mo; Jayden Smith, Wichita, Kan.; Paige Smith, Hesston, Kan.; Benjamin Sobek, Olathe, Kan.; Lynae Soderholm, Alma, Neb.; Bailey Sosa, Emporia, Kan.; Julia Southern, Gardner, Kan.; Steven Stendebach, Olathe, Kan.; Mallory Stewart, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilee Stone, Anderson, Mo.; Kaitlyn Stout, Olathe, Kan.; Elizabeth Stover, Olathe, Kan.; Connor Stremel, Lawrence, Kan.; Amber Stubbs, Nassau, Bahamas; Katherine Stueve, Gardner, Kan.; Daniel Sumler, Anderson, Mo.; Marshall Sumwalt, Lenexa, Kan.; Grant Sundbye, Topeka, Kan.; Trevor Sutton, Wamego, Kan.; Taylor Swartzendruber, McPherson, Kan.;

Vincent Tadokoro, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Ryan Terstriep, Payson, Ill.; Rachel Theobold, Overland Park, Kan.; Emma Tinsley, Shawnee, Kan.; Myron Tipton, Overland Park, Kan.; Jacob Tompkins, Maysville, Ky.; Alen Troyer, Garnett, Kan.; Jefferson Tucker, Lamar, Mo.; Dustin Turner, Overbrook, Kan.; Kaedy Turner, Newton, Kan.; Kip Unruh, Olathe, Kan.; Amanda Vervynck, Lawrence, Kan.; Corbin Warner, Lenexa, Kan.; Birdsong Warren, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Gavin Webster, Independence, Kan.; Sydney Wedel, Minneapolis, Kan.; Peyton Weekly, Olathe, Kan.; Madison Wendt, Chanute, Kan.; Jess Westmoreland, Hutchinson, Kan.; Audrey Willis, Olathe, Kan.; Jessie Wilson, Independence, Kan.; Layne Wilson, Independence, Independence, Kan.; Brittani Wilson-Kelly, Independence, Mo.; Hali Wimbush, Paola, Kan.; Brittany Windom, Aurora, Colo.; Taylor Winkler, Overland Park, Kan.; London Wise, Lenexa, Kan.; Kyle Wittman, Lawrence, Kan.; Katelyn Wolken, Garnett, Kan.; Stephanie Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kan.; Rebecca Wood, Olathe, Kan.; Heather Wright, Independence, Kan.; Samantha Wright, Baldwin City, Kan.; Amy Wysong, Sabetha, Kan.; Kassandra Yanez-Lozano, Kansas City, Kan; Nicholas Yarbrough, Olathe, Kan.; Hillary Yoder, Lawrence, Kan.; Allie Zahn, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Nadir Zayyad, Overland Park, Kan.

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, director of public relations, (785) 594-8330, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ryan-Gibbforweb1Ryan Gibb, assistant professor of international studies and political science at Baker, has traveled four times to Uganda to volunteer with the Awava, witnessing the positive effects of the socially conscious business practices on producers in East Africa that the organization's founders intended. Gibb first went to the African county to teach at a high school before returning a couple of years later to conduct dissertation research. For his most recent trip this past summer, he traveled to Gulu in northern Uganda to complete research, deliver supplies and visit friends.

In particular, Gibb has become close to Lucy, an artisan who has benefitted from the program. He makes sure to visit with her to learn more about the success of her business. 

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baldwin City, Kan. — John Robbs, a senior from Baldwin City, Kan., has been selected for the 2015 National Small College/Community College Intercollegiate Band. Robbs is an art history major with a double minor in business and music.

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Robbs, a drummer, will perform with the band March 25-28 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he will have an opportunity to collaborate with peers throughout the United States and Canada under the direction of Ray Cramer, professor emeritus from Indiana University.

The Baker student was selected before many other highly skilled and competent performers, based on his application and his director's recommendation and evaluation.

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 15, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Since graduating six months ago from Baker University, Bryan Williams, a member of the Class of 2014, has found a place educating others on an island in the South Pacific.Bryan-Williams

Williams, an English and secondary education major at Baker, has embraced serving as a WorldTeach volunteer in American Samoa, 6,000 miles from the comfort of Baldwin City. WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote global citizenship. The organization works with the American Samoa Department of Education to place volunteers at schools that need assistance. For the first three weeks, he and 20 other volunteers lived together in a classroom for orientation.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

QuinnsforwebOverland Park, Kan. — While attending weekly classes from January 2013 through December 2014, the Quinn brothers relied on each other for inspiration to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University.

John and Ryan Quinn completed 43 credit hours at Baker's Overland Park campus, 7301 College Blvd. On Sunday, the brothers will be among 140 MBA graduates honored during a commencement ceremony at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus. Ryan (on left in photo) took the first step in applying to Baker's program, attending an information meeting two years ago. The more John heard about the coursework the more he wanted to join his sibling.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kenya-Emilie-DurganforwebTopeka, Kan. — Baker University School of Nursing faculty, alumni and students continue to assist 2008 School of Nursing graduates Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and Hottensiah Kimori in delivering on their medical mission of promoting health care in Kenyan communities through Streams of Hope International.

In July for the organization's sixth medical mission, nursing professor Ruth Ohm and assistant nursing professor Marlene Eicher, a 2005 graduate, joined a team of volunteers, including nursing students Alexandria Clark, Cierra Clark, Emilie Durgan and Erin Stephan. Two Stormont-Vail HealthCare nurses Mercedes Eicher, Class of 2012, and Lorin Feiden, Class of 2014, also made the 12-day trip, including days spent housed in living quarters with mosquito nets.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 10, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aubrey-Jamesforweb-2Topeka, Kan. — A former pastor with a background in medicine, James Aubey began thinking about pursuing a nursing degree during a faltering economy in 2008. After his first wife, a registered nurse, passed away a couple of years later, he followed his heart and enrolled in the Baker School of Nursing.

On Friday night, Aubey will join 31 classmates during a special pinning ceremony at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Two days later, he will walk across the stage at the Collins Center as a Baker nursing graduate after earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 10, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JabaraforwebBaldwin City, Kan. — Since graduating a decade ago from Baker University, the university's first recipients of the Fran Jabara Leadership Award have embodied the spirit of the honor. Christy Renyer, a 2004 graduate, and Jason Webb, a 2005 graduate, received the award during the May 2005 commencement ceremony for, as the mission of the honor states, demonstrating a capacity for future leadership based on his or her leadership in the classroom, with service clubs, on the athletic field, or in student government.

In September, the two alumni, both members of the prestigious Bronston Fellows program while undergraduates, reminisced during lunch at a restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., about life after Baker and discussed their plans.

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MBA-Leigh-YatesBaldwin City, Kan. — A lifelong learner, Leigh Yates has enjoyed developing various skills and taking risks throughout her professional career. On Sunday, Yates will be one of 140 graduates honored at the Collins Center with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Yates completed her coursework — 43 credit hours all online — in less than two years. In October, she finished her final class, strategic planning for competitive organizations. She lived in Kansas City, Mo., during the first half of the program before moving to Minneapolis, Minn.

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