Peter MorelloforwebPeter Morello, a student in Baker University’s Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education program, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of State. He will work with journalists in Swaziland, a sovereign state in Southern Africa, and teach at the University of Swaziland.

 

ParmenterDoorAGC Spring Fling approaches, Osborne Chapel to be rededicated, Harlaxton study abroad program receives top marks, and more in the February edition of the Arbor.

Teachers of PromiseforwebBaker University seniors Samantha Wright, Baldwin City, Kan., and Hannah Geenens, Stilwell, Kan., were recognized as Teachers of Promise during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network awards reception on Friday, Feb. 20, in Topeka.

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Carly Berblinger, a senior sociology and English major from Buhler, Kan., has had poetry accepted by the national editorial staff of The Rectangle, a creative writing magazine published annually by Sigma Tau Delta, the international undergraduate honor society for English.

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Feb. 18, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Nine musicians from the Baker University Symphonic Winds will perform with the Kansas Intercollegiate Band at the annual Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop Friday, Feb. 27, at Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kan.Baker musicians

The following students will represent Baker: Aubrey Eicher, flute, Topeka, Kan.; Lora Finley, alto sax, Altamont, Kan.; Chelsey Mann, clarinet, St. Joseph, Mo.; Jacob Neiman, tuba, Topeka, Kan.; Dante Simmons, trombone, Sublette, Kan.; Steven Stendebach, baritone sax, Olathe, Kan.; Bailey Stines, clarinet, Edgerton, Kan.; Mike Sturm, trombone, Eudora, Kan.; and Ian Calkins, trombone, Shawnee, Kan. They will rehearse with other collegiate musicians from across the state for two days before performing a concert at 2:45 p.m. in the Century II Concert Hall.

As part of the workshop, the Baker University Alumni Office and the Department of Music and Theatre will host an alumni reception from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in Room 101 of Century II. The event will honor Ray James, Baker’s recently retired band director, who is slated to be inducted into the Kansas Music Educators’ Hall of Fame. Gretchen (Buehler) Bixler, a 1991 Baker graduate, will be recognized as a candidate for KMEA President-Elect.

James will be introduced with Arthur Jay Steinberg, the other Class of 2015 KMEA Hall of Fame inductee, at the KMEA Presidents’ Concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Century II Concert Hall, which will feature a performance by the Boston Brass. His formal induction will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 28, at the in the Mary Jane Teal Theater. For more information about the conference, go to www.ksmea.org.

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Feb. 4, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor military members during Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Collins Center in conjunction with the Baker-Evangel men's basketball game. Tipoff is 4 p.m. All military personnel with a military ID will be admitted free.Commencement-flagforweb

Military students will present the colors and Thomas Denn, president of the Student Veterans Organization and Master of Business Administration student, will sing the national anthem. The Student Veterans Organization will have an information booth set up.

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baker archUniversity receives property, football team earns record number of Scholar-Athlete awards, and more in the January edition of the Arbor.

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Jan. 28, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Melinda Hipple, a Baker University junior from Baldwin City, Kan., won an essay prize while studying abroad at Harlaxton College during the fall semester.Melinda-Hippleforweb

Hipple, a creative writing major, was honored for her competition manuscript, "The Dust of Other Stars," which consisted of the opening chapters of a novel for young adults. The award is granted each semester to a student who has excelled in academic endeavors and produced a piece of academic work or writing worthy of celebration.

Since 1989, Baker has sent 499 students to study abroad at Harlaxton, recently ranked as the most desirable study abroad opportunity by Best College Reviews.

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Jan. 28, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University earned two top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5 competition Jan. 18-24 at Minnesota Normandale Community College, winning the Golden C Wrench as Stagecraft Showdown champions and the Stagecraft Spirit Trophy.Kennedy-Center-group2forweb

Competing against schools of all sizes, the winning technical theater team from Baker was Ryan Bearrick, Chanute, Kan., senior; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan., sophomore; Joey Majchrzak, Olathe, Kan., senior; Cheyenne Queen, Derby, Kan., senior; and MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan., junior. The competition included stage weight/furniture and prop placement, border tie and hang, costume quick-change, light hang/focus and knot tying.

Region 5 covers schools of all sizes from Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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Jan. 23, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Six Baker University students traveled to Atlanta during the holiday break to learn more about event operations and strategies connected to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and other organizations as part of an interterm course titled "Bowl Game Extravaganza: Sport Public Relations in Action."Jan15 Interterm-trip BU-at-Hall-of-Fame

Drew Huttinger, Austin Johanning, Tye Hughes, Cooper Johns, Nick Patterson and Austin Keberlin joined Ron Christian, assistant professor of sport administration, the final week of December for the weeklong trip. The course was designed to provide the students in-depth analysis of public and media relations theories, strategies and applications within the context of the sport industry. Throughout the course, the students examined and applied the concepts of public relations, communications, corporate social responsibility, and media relations strategies to the problems of sport organizations.

"The interterm experience at Baker is so unique, and that's the foundation that made this class trip possible," Christian said. "The connections we have made are opening doors to a number of opportunities. Atlanta is a model sport community with a great support system. We had quite an experience seeing the different facets of public relations and event operations. We hope to continue providing this opportunity for students."

In addition to attending the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Texas Christian and Mississippi, the group visited officials with the Atlanta Hawks, the Georgia Dome, the College Football Hall of Fame, CNN and the World of Coke.

"The Hawks welcomed us and provided an in-depth Q & A about their operations, as well as public relations and marketing strategy," the Baker professor noted.

The College Football Hall of Fame recognized Baker University, one of the winningest NAIA programs. Charlie Richard, who compiled a 123-28-1 record in 14 seasons coaching the Wildcats, was inducted posthumously into the hall in 2004.

"One of the coolest things about the trip to Atlanta was walking into the College Football Hall of Fame and seeing the Baker University helmet on the wall along with all the other college football teams in the nation," Huttinger said. "I also thought the College Football Hall of Fame was one the most incredible places I've ever been too. The virtual experience of the whole place is unreal."

The students embraced the experience to interact with professionals in sport administration.

"Hearing tips and advice from senior VP's was an amazing learning opportunity," Hughes said. "It was unbelievable to work with and be a part of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, seeing firsthand many behind-the-scenes operations and gaining work experience with such a renowned sporting event."

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