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  • Office of Alumni Relations
  • P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
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  • alumni@bakerU.edu
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  • 785.594.4555
  • 800.726.1554
  • fax: 785.594.8331
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NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 19, 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. — Instructed by faculty with legal expertise and a well-rounded liberal arts education, students interested in law have thrived in small classroom settings at Baker University for more than a century. Lee Green, a faculty member for nearly 30 years, believes he knows the reason behind the success of the students before they embark on a career in the legal field.2014-Winter-PROUDcoverforweb

"The liberal arts focus on developing critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills is a big part of the reason that so many Baker graduates have had success in law school and in their careers as practicing attorneys," says Green, Juris Doctor, and professor of business and economics.

With the recent addition of a pre-law interdisciplinary minor at Baker, current students continue to be coveted by prestigious law schools as they prepare for a distinguished career. Six Baker graduates — Dale Werts, BA '84; Pat Hulla, BS '90; Anji Gandhi, BA '93; Kate (McGrath) Ellis, BS '93; Kendra Hanson, BA '10; and Katie Sellers, BS '11 — recently reflected on how their Baker experiences contributed to their success. Regardless of the stage in their profession, all of the alumni conveyed common threads leading to a gratifying career: critical thinking and excellent communication skills, inspiring faculty and valuable mentors.

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.

NursingforwebTopeka, 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:

James Aubey, Topeka, Kan.; Katharine Baldwin, Lawrence, Kan.; Christina Beat, Topeka, Kan.; Tyler Bessey, Lawrence, Kan.; Tashe Campbell-Helm, 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.

BagpipersforwebBaldwin 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:

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2014
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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.

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