Displaying items by tag: alumni http://www.bakeru.edu Wed, 25 May 2016 02:10:48 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12065-jazz-ensemble-to-hold-memorial-concert http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12065-jazz-ensemble-to-hold-memorial-concert Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert

The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor of music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Rice Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

March 31, 2016

The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor of music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Rice Auditorium. The concert, The Blues Brothers Cruise Again!, is free and open to the public.

Donations will be collected at the door to contribute toward the Chris Grubb endowed scholarship that is presented each year to a retuning saxophonist from the ensemble. It is given in the memory of Chris Grubb, who died in an automobile accident in 1985 while a student at Baker.

Returning to the stage at Rice Auditorium are former four-year Baker Jazz Ensemble members Ken Richardson, ’91, saxophonist, and Doug Oswald, ’90, drummer. Both musicians are original members of Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, possibly Kansas City’s most popular, successful and longest-running show and party band. Founded in 1998, the Chickens have performed in a variety of venues across Kansas City. The band performs mostly music made popular by the original Blues Brothers during their appearances on Saturday Night Live and in their hit movie. The band’s name comes from a line in the movie.

Four Fried Chickens and a Coke has released two CDs, Unplucked and Poultry in Motion. Joining Richardson and Oswald will be Landon Murray, bassist with the Chickens, and special guests Jake and Elwood, Blues Brothers impersonators from the Kansas City–based band One Night Only, driving a replica Chicago police car, just as Jake and Elwood did in the movie.

After a 35-year career at Baker, this is J.D. Parr’s final concert as Director of the Jazz Ensemble. It promises to be a spirited and fun evening.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:54:00 -0500
School of Nursing dean’s list announced for fall semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11860-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list-announced-for-fall-semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11860-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list-announced-for-fall-semester School of Nursing dean’s list announced for fall semester

Baker University’s School of Nursing announces the dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the fall 2015 semester.

Topeka, Kansas — The following students were named to Baker University’s School of Nursing dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the fall 2015 semester:

Tyler Bessey, Lawrence, Kansas; Gabrielle Betsch, Olathe, Kansas; Kelsey Brown, Leawood, Kansas; Rebecca Brown, Tecumseh, Kansas; Laura Bush, Manhattan, Kansas; Lindie Caffrey, Lawrence, Kansas; Brenna Cook, Overland Park, Kansas; Megan Decker, Topeka, Kansas; Malaya Deemer, Junction City, Kansas; Jessica Dill, Topeka, Kansas; Teresa Drovetta, Gardner, Kansas; Jasmine Emerick, Topeka, Kansas; Marci Flory, Overbrook, Kansas; Keishly Franco, Junction City, Kansas; Regina Georgeson, Topeka, Kansas; Alexis Hartzog, Topeka, Kansas; Michelle Haug, Topeka, Kansas; John Herynk, Lawrence, Kansas; Kendra Jermark, Topeka, Kansas; Samantha Johnson, Lawrence, Kansas; Savannah Keller, Topeka, Kansas; Melissa Kramer, Topeka, Kansas; Sarah Ludwig-Eatmon, Topeka, Kansas; Allyson Moore, Lawrence, Kansas; Amanda Moore, Lawrence, Kansas; Katrina Morriss, Lawrence, Kansas; Ashley Mullins, Overland Park, Kansas; Andreas Munk, Overland Park, Kansas; Wakako Nakura, Kansas City, Kansas; Karen Nissen, Lawrence, Kansas; Kristen Queen, Topeka, Kansas; Rachel Rush, Topeka, Kansas; Allison Russell, Topeka, Kansas; Holly Santee, Lawrence, Kansas; Heather Smith, Topeka, Kansas; Mallory Stewart, Lawrence, Kansas; Alexandra Strange, Manhattan, Kansas; Madeline Thrasher, Lawrence, Kansas; Gillian Trotter, Lawrence, Kansas; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kansas; Maria Walker, Fort Riley, Kansas; McKenzie Walker, Harveyville, Kansas; Gwen Warton, Mayetta, Kansas

The School of Nursing, which Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail Health in Topeka, offers bachelor’s and master's degrees in nursing.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:42:07 -0600
Baker University announces dean’s list for fall semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11859-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11859-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester Baker University announces dean’s list for fall semester

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 2015 semester:

Baldwin City, Kansas — 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 2015 semester:

Ryan D. Akin, Sedalia, Missouri; Hannah N. Albright, Augusta, Kansas; Adam J. Alfaro, Overland Park, Kansas; Olivia K. Allen, Overland Park, Kansas; Caitlin L. Apollo, New Rochelle, New York; Rhonda K. Applegate, Bolivar, Missouri; Grayson L. Armstrong, De Soto, Kansas; Elizabeth C. Arnold, Prairie Village, Kansas; Keeley M. Atkin, Overland Park, Kansas; Sarah J. Baker, Wellsville, Kansas; Morgan F. Banning, Lawrence, Kansas; Brooke E. Barnard, Kansas City, Missouri; Freddie W. Barnes, Mound City, Kansas; Nathalia K. Barr, Oak Grove, Missouri; Baylee S. Bartgis, Wasilla, Alaska; Taylor M. Baum, Overland Park, Kansas; Kadie A. Baumgardner, Auburn, Kansas; Kimberly S. Beauchamp, Pomona, Kansas; Alisa A. Becker, McPherson, Kansas; Nicholas C. Becker, Eudora, Kansas; Rhianna L. Becker, Sabetha, Kansas; Olivia A. Beins, Baldwin City, Kansas; Preston E. Beiser, Leawood, Kansas; Savannah R. Bellem, Prairie Village, Kansas; Jenna E. Black, Johnson, Kansas; Parks H. Boeschen, Columbia, Missouri; Craig J. Bolton, Drexel, Missouri; Shannon M. Bond, Olathe, Kansas; Caleb M. Book, Shawnee, Kansas; Neal A. Boyce, Kansas City, Kansas; Callie K. Brabender, Lawrence, Kansas; Sloane C. Brady, Overland Park, Kansas; Jade M. Brake, Meriden, Kansas; Matthew L. Braun, Monument, Colorado; Olivia R. Brees, Topeka, Kansas; John C. Breithaupt, Lee's Summit, Missouri; Logan A. Brettell, Overland Park, Kansas; Dalton W. Brinegar, Oak Grove, Missouri; Alex E. Brivik, Overland Park, Kansas; Mackenzie N. Brock, Dodge City, Kansas; Jordan D. Brown, Overland Park, Kansas; Spencer L. Brown, Overland Park, Kansas; Tyler A. Brown, Bates City, Missouri; Destiny R. Bruno, Gardner, Kansas; Sydney R. Buchel, Katy, Texas; Jordan L. Buscher, Overland Park, Kansas; Justin S. Bye, Kansas City, Kansas; Laura G. Bynum, Kansas City, Kansas

Ian S. Calkins, Shawnee, Kansas; Stephanie J. Cardona, Parker, Colorado; Jenna L. Carducci, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Danielle M. Carlson, Olathe, Kansas; Benjamin E. Carpenter, Spring Hill, Kansas; Tyler J. Cawley, Baldwin City, Kansas; Clinton J. Chapman, Baldwin City, Kansas; Taylor M. Chase, Littleton, Colorado; Holly M. Chestnut, Prairie Village, Kansas; Houston D. Chinn, Topeka, Kansas; Austin J. Chisam, Parker, Kansas; Tanner D. Clark, Holton, Kansas; Jacob L. Cleek, Olathe, Kansas; Katherine E. Comer, Kansas City, Kansas; Bailey R. Conklin, Roeland Park, Kansas; Amanda S. Conrade, Topeka, Kansas; Kailin R. Cordes, Lees Summit, Missouri; Clarissa M. Courtney, Mc Louth, Kansas; KasiDee J. Cox, Independence, Kansas; Andrew M. Dare, Olathe, Kansas; Ethan de Leon, Prairie Village, Kansas; Adriane M. Dick, Lawrence, Kansas; Kaci D. Dillingham, Topeka, Kansas; Madison M. Dispensa, Chanute, Kansas; Erin T. Drees, Spring Hill, Kansas; Kira A. Eddy, Valley Center, Kansas; Mary-Katherine Ekins, Boise, Idaho; Emily A. Elliott, Lawrence, Kansas; Andrew F. Emanuels, Shawnee, Kansas; Michael A. Epp, Spring Hill, Kansas; Lora A. Finley, Altamont, Kansas; Morgan M. Francis, Great Bend, Kansas; Lauren E. Freking, Overland Park, Kansas; Danielle M. French, Overland Park, Kansas; Darby M. Fugitt, Prairie Village, Kansas

Cameryn J. Galvan, Baldwin City, Kansas; Kelli R. Gamel, Lawrence, Kansas; Nathaniel C. Garcia, Las Vegas, Nevada; Jake M. Gesling, Platte City, Missouri; Weston S. Gloss, Overbrook, Kansas; Alyssa J. Glover, Emporia, Kansas; Hannah I. Green, Ottawa, Kansas; Aaron J. Greenbaum, Prairie Village, Kansas; Gabriel J. Greenbaum, Mission, Kansas; Matthew J. Gruber, Stilwell, Kansas; David J. Guerrero, Keizer, Oregon; Austin S. Halsey, Topeka, Kansas; Kayla J. Hannam, Olathe, Kansas; Asher W. Hannon, Baldwin City, Kansas; Makenzie S. Hanson, Overland Park, Kansas; Sydnie M. Hanson, Overland Park, Kansas; Brittany K. Hardin, Flemingsburg, Kentucky; Jessica L. Harvey, Lenexa, Kansas; Folauhola I. Hautau, Pacific Grove, California; Heidi J. Hayen, Topeka, Kansas; Samantha J. Heck, Olathe, Kansas; Brenna K. Herdman, Vassar, Kansas; Allyson T. Hertig, Lawrence, Kansas; Kathryn C. Hibbeler, Lake Waukomis, Missouri; Melinda B. Hipple, Baldwin City, Kansas; Zachary R. Hipsher, Oak Grove, Missouri; Jaime C. Hodge, Baldwin City, Kansas; Jami R. Hodge, Spring Hill, Kansas; Robert J. Hoeven, Olathe, Kansas; Rebecca L. Holder, Silver Lake, Kansas; Sarah R. Hollis, Junction City, Kansas; Jordan M. House, Kansas City, Kansas; Tamara M. House, Atchison, Kansas; Aaron E. Howard, Raymore, Missouri; Allie D. Howland, Lawrence, Kansas; Garrett J. Howland, El Dorado, Kansas; Cody B. Hursh, Olathe, Kansas; Ethan S. Jacks, Placitas, New Mexico; Austin A. Johanning, Lecompton, Kansas; Ryenn N. Johns, Lenexa, Kansas; Eero T. Johnson, Kansas City, Missouri; Megan J. Johnson, Shawnee, Kansas; Taylor H. Johnson, Flower Mound, Texas; Trenton G. Johnson, Lawrence, Kansas; Lauren C. Jones, Greenville, Texas; James C. Joyner, Overland Park, Kansas; Brett J. Juhl, North Bend, Nebraska; Caringtyn N. Julian, Independence, Kansas

Cody L. Keener, Lawrence, Kansas; Samuel G. Kendrick, Richards, Missouri; Samuel B. Kenney, Sugar Creek, Missouri; Abigail C. Key, Louisburg, Kansas; Melissa L. Kinzer, Olathe, Kansas; Emi L. Kniffin, Wichita, Kansas; Sabrina D. Knoll, Eudora, Kansas; Joshua B. Kock, Concordia, Missouri; Kayla S. Kohn, Wellsville, Kansas; Ashley L. Kroeker, Nickerson, Kansas; McKenzie J. Kula, Lawrence, Kansas; Sarah M. Lambert, Belton, Missouri; Khadijah L. Lane, Lawrence, Kansas; Mitchell J. Lierz, Sabetha, Kansas; Miranda P. Lindmark, Overland Park, Kansas; Trevor J. Lininger, Raymore, Missouri; Adam F. Lomenick, Bristow, Oklahoma; Madison T. Lutz, Lees Summit, Missouri; Cambry T. Lynch, Lawrence, Kansas; Erika L. Mallery, Overland Park, Kansas; Chelsey M. Mann, Saint Joseph, Missouri; Gloria R. Mares, Andover, Kansas; Clae C. Martin, New South Wales, Nevada; Lindsey Mateer, Spring Hill, Kansas; Shannon L. McCarty, Kansas City, Kansas; Brenda J. McCollum, Fall River, Kansas; Madeline J. McCrary, Baldwin City, Kansas; Emerson F. McGuire, Ashland, Missouri; Sierra R. McKinney, Wellsville, Kansas; Andrew R. Miller, Overland Park, Kansas; Ilona E. Miller, Baldwin City, Kansas; Jordan E. Miller, Ozawkie, Kansas; Luke C. Miltz, Lecompton, Kansas; Natalie J. Minchow, South Bend, Nebraska; Elisabeth G. Minson, Abilene, Kansas; Cory M. Mitchell, Lees Summit, Missouri; Macy A. Mock, Dodge City, Kansas; Caitlin E. Modesett, Friendswood, Texas; Matthew J. Mogle, Columbus, Kansas; Jamison E. Montes de Oca, Lawrence, Kansas; Rachel N. Moore, Kansas City, Missouri; Hayley E. Morrical, Lindsborg, Kansas; Monica A. Morris, Overland Park, Kansas; Sarah A. Mullins, Atchison, Kansas; Jacob A. Neiman, Topeka, Kansas; Mallorie A. Nelson, Paola, Kansas; Wei Xian Ng, Shah Alam, Malaysia; Adam M. Novak, Leavenworth, Kansas; Breanna M. Nutt, Dennis, Kansas; Alexia R. Nyoni, Baldwin, Kansas; Diego F. Ordonez, Prosper, Texas; Michael J. Owen, Topeka, Kansas; Jasmine Parra, Baldwin CIty, Kansas; Matthew D. Paxton, Olathe, Kansas; Emily L. Pennington, Kansas City, Kansas; Benjamin H. Pepper, Olathe, Kansas; April J. Peters, Ulysses, Kansas; Conner C. Petty, Olathe, Kansas; Megan L. Pontius, Overland Park, Kansas; Krista L. Porter, Osage City, Kansas; Adonis L. Powell, El Paso, Texas; Alison R. Prather, Lawrence, Kansas; Dylan C. Price, Wellsville, Kansas; Cali K. Proctor, Olathe, Kansas

Darrell T. Randall, Overland Park, Kansas; Hannah M. Remick, Kansas City, Kansas; Samuel D. Richards, Baldwin City, Kansas; Bryan J. Richardson, Lane, Kansas; Emily J. Riggs, Emporia, Kansas; Jenny M. Robbs, Baldwin City, Kansas; Haley J. Roberts, Horton, Kansas; Tyson G. Robke, Lebo, Kansas; Patrick J. Rydberg, Overland Park, Kansas; MacKenzie A. Sammons, Wellsville, Kansas; Jami J. Sanborn, Independence, Kansas; Julian A. Sansano, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Kaitlyn R. Saunders, Littelton, Colorado; Mira C. Scavuzzo, Leawood, Kansas; Logan T. Schenck, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Samantha L. Schroeder, Olathe, Kansas; Tiffani D. Sexton, Altamont, Kansas; Kristen R. Shaw, Overland Park, Kansas; Austin E. Shiney, Topeka, Kansas; Sydney D. Shoemaker, Spring Hill, Kansas; Nicholas B. Shondell, Shawnee, Kansas; Austin M. Shrout, Blue Springs, Missouri; Caylea N. Siler, Bonner Springs, Kansas; Whitney A. Silkey, Tecumseh, Kansas; Rebecca L. Simkins, Merriam, Kansas; Dante J. Simmons, Sublette, Kansas; Ericka J. Simpson, Olathe, Kansas; Sara E. Slater, Lansing, Kansas; Cody W. Sliva, Shawnee, Kansas; Jayden A. Smith, Wichita, Kansas; Lynae D. Soderholm, ALMA, Nebraska; Brenna O. Sparks, Eudora, Kansas; Anna L. Staats, Paola, Kansas; Steven F. Stendebach, Olathe, Kansas; Megan E. Stephens, Tonganoxie, Kansas; Kaitlyn N. Stout, Olathe, Kansas; Elizabeth L. Stover, Olathe, Kansas; Amber M. Stubbs, Nassau, Bahamas; Collin W. Studer, Wathena, Kansas; Daniel J. Sumler, Anderson, Missouri; Emilee L. Sumler, Anderson, Missouri; Wesley L. Summers, Smithville, Missouri; Trevor W. Sutton, Wamego, Kansas; Taylor R. Swartzendruber, Hesston, Kansas

Noah J. Taylor, Parsons, Kansas; Hannah D. Thevarajoo, Eudora, Kansas; Joshua R. Thomas, Henderson, Nevada; Brenna R. Thompson, Overland Park, Kansas; Haley E. Thompson, Olathe, Kansas; Myron J. Tipton, Overland Park, Kansas; Hannah V. Tolliver, Lees Summit, Missouri; Jacob A. Tompkins, Maysville, Kentucky; Carly M. Triggs, Shawnee, Kansas; Jefferson T. Tucker, Lamar, Missouri; Danisha M. Turner, Kansas City, Missouri; Kip W. Unruh, Olathe, Kansas; James T. Valentine, Platte City, Missouri; Elizabeth S. VanLanduyt, Prairie Village, Kansas; Macy L. Wallisch, Denison, Kansas; Allyson M. Ware, Lockport, Illinois; Corbin L. Warner, Lenexa, Kansas; Gavin M. Webster, Independence, Kansas; Sydney J. Wedel, Minneapolis, Kansas; Madison R. Wendt, Chanute, Kansas; Samuel P. Wescott, Wichita, Kansas; Camden G. Wheatley, TOPEKA, Kansas; Claire H. White, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kyndall A. Williams, Kansas City, Missouri; Audrey L. Wills, Olathe, Kansas; Jessie L. Wilson, Independence, Kansas; Layne A. Wilson, Independence, Kansas; Taylor M. Winkler, Overland Park, Kansas; Stephanie E. Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kansas; Angel L. Woods, Kansas City, Missouri; Hillary A. Yoder, Lawrence, Kansas; Thomas J. York, Olathe, Kansas; Jessica L. Zweifel, Highlands Ranch, Colorado


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:51:00 -0600
Baker University announces sports management graduate program http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11822-baker-university-announces-sports-management-graduate-program http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11822-baker-university-announces-sports-management-graduate-program Baker University announces sports management graduate program

Baker University has developed a sport management degree that can give you an edge in this competitive and changing field.

Baker University has launched a Master of Science in Sports Management (MSSM) program that teaches students the skills necessary to assume a leadership position in the growing sports industry. Offered at the Overland Park campus of Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the 36-credit-hour program provides in-depth knowledge about facility planning, event management, sports marketing, sports law, and other areas integral to starting a career in a competitive field.

Baker identified graduate-level sports management education as a need within the sports industry in Kansas City, which is home to MLB and NFL teams, as well as NAIA headquarters and numerous schools participating in high school and collegiate athletics.

“We have everything in the area from high school administrators to NFL teams,” Ron Christian, assistant professor of sports administration, said. “It’s a really high-growth area.”

Students in the MSSM program attend classes one night per week while taking one course at a time and can complete the program in less than two years. View more information about the MSSM program​.

no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:00:08 -0600
Bishop Scott Jones to speak at 158th annual Founders Day celebration http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11803-bishop-scott-jones-to-speak-at-158th-annual-founders-day-celebration http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11803-bishop-scott-jones-to-speak-at-158th-annual-founders-day-celebration Bishop Scott Jones to speak at 158th annual Founders Day celebration

At 11 a.m., Feb. 11, at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Baker University will celebrate its annual Founders Day. Bishop Scott Jones will provide the keynote address.

At 11 a.m. on February 11, Baker University will celebrate its origin in an annual celebration dedicated to the school’s 1858 founding by what is now the United Methodist Church. Bishop Scott Jones will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is titled “A Faithful Legacy,” and celebrates Baker’s longstanding relationship with the church. The event will include performances from the Baker University Concert Choir.

Jones serves as the Bishop of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, presiding over Kansas and Nebraska. He was elected to this position in 2004 after spending eight years with the World Methodist Council. In addition to his position, Jones also serves as an ex-officio trustee of Baker University. He is highly revered in the area, having spent seven years preaching and teaching throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia and is a published author. Jones has been both a United Methodist pastor and university professor, and will speak about the importance of higher education in the United Methodist Church. 

The Rev. Kevin Hopkins, Minister to the University, believes Jones’ passion for the church and his background in education will reinforce the message of this year’s Founders Day ceremony — to lift up Baker’s beginnings and current relationship with the church.

Dr. Lynne Murray, university president, is looking forward to showcasing Baker University’s core values.

“We are truly blessed with a great community here at Baker University,” Murray said. “This celebration is a time to remember that, while also delving into our Methodist roots. Bishop Scott Jones will be an important part of the ceremony and we are honored to be hosting him.”

The celebration will be held at Baldwin First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City and is open to all Baker students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Lunch will be provided after the ceremony in the Susanne Teel Dining Hall.

no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:31:25 -0600
News for December http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11676-news-for-december http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11676-news-for-december News for December

My Top Ten memories, new vice president of finance, trivia answers and more in my final edition of the Arbor.

My Top Ten Memories of 36+ Years at Baker

#10…My first day, July 1, 1979

I remember it as though it were last week…the drive up I-35 to the Edgerton exit, going through Edgerton (remembering that scene from the chilling book and movie of the same name by Truman Capote “In Cold Blood” that had been filmed along the railroad crossing and other places in town), the turn off 56 Highway onto High Street, and making it to Constant Hall where my first of seven eventual campus offices was located. I also remember the quite stylish three-piece suit and the tie I wore that day. (I know, that’s weird!) Later that morning, I remember having removed the coat so I could help carry out a box or two from President Jerald Walker’s office to a car that would be transporting the contents to Oklahoma City. Dr. Walker was just leaving as I arrived (hopefully my arrival was NOT the reason for his departure); he had recently been named by Oklahoma City University as that school’s (and his alma mater’s) newest president.

#9…My night as the San Diego Chicken at a Baker basketball game

Sometime (and somehow) in the early 1980s Baker’s still new men’s head basketball coach, Rick Weaver, convinced (see also bribed, cajoled, threatened) me into thinking it would be a great idea for me to don a replica of the San Diego Chicken outfit (younger people reading this, feel free to Google anything of which you are not aware). He wanted me to then perform “San Diego Chicken like” at a home basketball game. And, of course, I did it! Thankfully, and as far as I know, no video record of this has surfaced. All I can say is that I nearly killed myself at one point that night. At the end of halftime I looked up into the stands and spied a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket in the hands of an alumnus who was pretending to eat from the bucket. Upon reacting (see also overacting) to the horrors of such a discovery, I stomped up the stairs, grabbed the bucket out of the alum’s hands, stomped it with my big chicken foot and turned to go down the stairs. Six or seven stairs from the court I tripped on same big chicken foot and ended up sliding, tumbling, crumbling all the way to the court. People thought it was a part of the act and were dying of laughter. I was stunned or dazed and was barely able to get up. Little kids came running up, grabbed my beak and opened it to ask if I was all right. I barely made it through the rest of the game and certainly at a much slower pace than the first half. When I got home, in addition to bruises and abrasions, I found that I had lost 20 pounds while in that costume! And no, I never agreed to do it again, even in light of how much Weaver begged me to and even with the potential for future weight loss!

#8…The 1986 football season and National NAIA playoffs

The 1986 football season will always top my personal chart for having been memorable. That was the year Baker made it all the way to the NAIA national finals game in Linfield, Oregon. During that season I had served as the color announcer for football broadcasts for KNBU-FM along with David Garrett, ’87, who did the play-by-play. As Heart of America Athletic Conference champions, Baker was named to the NAIA playoffs and then went on to beat both of its first two opponents, Huron College of South Dakota and the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse. The game against Huron was played at KU’s Memorial Stadium. Liston Stadium still had grass in those days and because of torrential rain followed by games played by both Baldwin High School and Baker the week following, the field was deemed unplayable.

Following the victory over Huron we learned that Baker would travel for the next game and into the northern tundra. The opponent would be the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse (enrollment of 9,000+). The game would be played on their home field, which was virtually frozen when the game began. Personally, I had been called to active duty with the USAR to run a conference at Fort Gordon, Georgia, that I had been instrumental in organizing during my normal tour of duty that August. Therefore, to be able to attend the Wisconsin game and serve as the commentator, I had to drive on Friday from Augusta, Georgia, to Atlanta, fly to Minneapolis, rent a car and drive to Lacrosse  just so I could arrive in time for our prebroadcast production meeting the night before the game.

The Wildcats prevailed in a thrilling manner as the NAIA’s top placekicker for Lacrosse was “frozen” with a time-out by Coach Charlie Richard with seconds remaining in the game. When the game continued, the kicker missed an 18-yard field goal as the clock expired, securing the victory for Baker and a trip to the National Championship game in Linfield, Oregon, the next week. Following the Wisconsin game, I reversed my order of travel, returning to one more week of duty in Georgia. Then, again on Friday the next week and, having completed my Army service obligation on Friday, I drove to Atlanta, and flew from there to Portland, Oregon. From there I rented a car and drove over to Linfield to make it in time for the pregame alumni gathering at the hotel and the broadcast on Saturday. Unfortunately, the vaunted Wildcat offense was rendered neutral during that game as the field “as I described it on the radio” looked like what a Kansas feed lot would be like following a hurricane: sloppy and mud 4 inches deep or more in places. After the game, I flew back to Georgia, recovered my own car parked at the Atlanta airport and then drove back to Kansas to make it to the office by Tuesday morning! Now that is a memory and that was total exhaustion!

#7…Driving for many famous visitors and speakers

Many of my fondest memories of my years at Baker surround the opportunity I was given to be the “trusted driver and escort” for most of the national speakers who spoke on campus, most of which were featured Dietrich Lecturers. The names of some of those to this day provide vivid memories of conversations I had with them and they with others in the car. Here are the ones I remember: Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Senator Alan Keyes, and future Vice President Dan Quayle (my conversation with him was probably longer and more memorable than his eventual speech at Baker and his subsequent political career, but, hey, he is a Quayle!). Also, I drove for theologian Peter Gomes, former Sprint CEO John Frazee, future Vice President Dick Cheney, Cokie Roberts and George Will.arbor dick chaney

Jeanne Kirkpatrick insisted on sitting up front with me and it was like we were longtime friends. When I redeposited her at MCI, I even got a hug. Alan Keyes, a longtime Civil War historian and buff asked me to stop at the Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts east of Baldwin along 56 Highway that I had pointed out on the way into town. He also enjoyed visiting the site of the Battle of Black Jack on the return trip to MCI. He was very concerned that the park was neither well advertised nor maintained. He later sent $1,000 to the Historical Preservation Committee for the park to help with signage and other park projects. George Will also sat up front and asked more questions of me than most. He followed up his visit by writing his nationally syndicated column a couple of weeks later that heralded the type of education available at a Baker University that is virtually unknown on the east coast of the United States. To this day, I truly believe that Dick Cheney, who was at that time testing the waters for a run for president in the next election, fired his New Hampshire Presidential Committee chairman from my backseat. On the way to campus, Cheney was deeply involved with conversations with said chair and some very direct instructions to him were delivered with a requirement for a report in four hours (following his Baker appearance). Following that call, he visited with me and asked for a university and area briefing. Upon reentering my car for the trip back to MCI, he called this same person and in the end angrily told him to clean out his office. The next call was to the person I believe replaced the fired committee chair! (I’ll need to further research that for my upcoming book!) 

#6…The Hoover sisters of Oklahoma City

It’s often said that stories (and jokes) all have three parts…this one certainly does as it contains three sisters and three trips to Oklahoma City…1980, 1981, 1982. During my first year in Development in 1979-80, I accompanied new President Ralph Tanner to Oklahoma City to encourage three elderly sisters (the Hoover Sisters) to establish an endowed scholarship at the university. Upon arriving at the family home, we were escorted to the bedroom of the eldest sister (Fern, class of 1912) who used a wheel chair. Her bedroom had been prepared by staff members for a "tea party," with a folding table set with tablecloth, china, silver, tea and cookies. The intended party and conversation was proceeding nicely until Fern attempted to bite into her cookie. As she did, her dentures fell from her mouth, bounced off her plate, fell upon my left knee, and then bounced farther onto the floor. As I scanned the stunned expressions of the group, I realized that because I was the youngest person by at least 35 years, it was definitely going to be my job to retrieve them! Peering beneath the tablecloth and table, I spied them as they had come to rest partially on top of Ralph’s right shoe and from there they seemed to be grinning back up at me in a surrealistic manner. I told Ralph not to move his foot, got my napkin, got down on my hands and knees and delicately lifted the teeth, emerging victorious from below. Because no washroom facility appeared to be anywhere nearby, I elected instead to cleanse the dentures by holding them over my saucer and poured hot tea from the teapot on them. After drying them with a napkin, I gently reinserted them into her mouth. With the embarrassment of the moment nearly forgotten, smiles were shared all about and the tea party continued. The $25,000 gift was secured, which funded an endowed scholarship that annually benefits Baker students to this day.

Hoover sisters, Part 2, 1981. Fern unfortunately passed away in the ensuing year and Dr. Tanner and I arranged to pick up the remaining two sisters (Maurine, ’13, and Maryann, ’19) again at the family home to take them to the alumni social in Oklahoma City. Upon arrival, Maurine, the older sister, came out of the house saying that Maryann was sick and had been on the couch for a couple of hours, and she asked us to come quick. Upon viewing Maryann, it was apparent even to my untrained eye that most likely she had passed away. Ralph and I devised a quick and quiet plan and I took Maurine into the kitchen to quietly talk and comfort her while Ralph used the family phone to call 9-1-1. The EMTs arrived in about 10 minutes and confirmed our suspicions. Together, we gently informed Maurine of Maryann’s condition, and naturally she began to cry. As we talked, she often called Dr. Tanner’s name. Upon departing with Maryann, one of the EMTs asked Dr. Tanner to sign a document. It is my firm belief that at that moment, the Baker president, Dr. Tanner, may have possibly signed the death certificate for Maryann!

Hoover sisters, Part 3, 1982. Once again I set up our annual Alumni Social for Oklahoma City and once again Dr. Ralph Tanner and I made the trip. We called the remaining Hoover sister and indicated that we would be glad to come by the house and pick her up for transport to the Alumni Social…she declined…and I never again saw her, as she passed away in 1987.

#5…Wandering Wildcats

One of the greatest pleasures (and benefits) of my years at Baker were derived from my having formed a traveling group for alumni, former students, parents and donors and, really, any friends of all the above that I later named The Wandering Wildcats. These trips were awesome opportunities for me and the president of the university to get to know well a wide range of supporters, all while traveling the world. I can easily look back and identify numerous major donors, alumni board members, Board of Trustee future members and general supporters of Baker that first developed an ongoing relationship with the school mostly through these trips.

I can count some 16 trips I arranged that had from 16 to as many as 94 travelers. The destinations remain vivid in my memory, with some of them being, but not in order New Zealand, Australia, Fiji; England and Scotland; Ireland; several Caribbean cruises; Bermuda cruise and New York visit; Hawaii and Kiribati (Christmas Island) cruise; Mexican Riviera cruise; Greek island cruise and Italy; Mediterranean cruise and French Barge Tour. These are all in addition to the four “final” trips to Vienna and Salzburg that I assisted former professor Alice Ann Callahan Russell with organizing. A 1999 Panama Canal cruise provided many fun memories but also created the largest problem I faced in all the trips. Upon arriving at the cruise debarkation port in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we were informed that our flight to Atlanta was not going to operate because of mechanical problems.

We were informed that we would be delayed many hours before they could get equipment to San Juan. That, of course, meant that none of the 49 of us would be able to make our connections in Atlanta to get back to Kansas City (and a couple of other cities from which our group had departed). Rather than stand in the line with and behind more than 150 people from our flight that had gotten the news and gotten to the Delta counter before I did, I jumped out of line and found a pay phone (younger people, just Google that term). I was able to connect to an 800# Delta agent, explain the situation and in a 30+ minute conversation was able to rebook and get tickets for every last one of our group back to the final destination on that very day...much before some in that line even got to the desk! Patti and I rode on the last Atlanta to Kansas City flight and we arrived just before midnight! Remember…just call the 800# if it ever happens to you!

Following our Wandering Wildcat cruise to Bermuda in 2014, several of the traveling group elected to remain in New York to take in a Broadway play or two and to sightsee. I set up a personal tour of the World Trade Center with alumnus Charlie Agro, ’79, an important member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who played a critical role in the aftermath of 9/11. Charlie took us to the World Trade Center site and revealed much about his role and the rebuilding of the memorial there and new Center.

The next morning, I was able to arrange a visit to the studios of ABC through a friend from Kansas City who at that time was the producer of Good Morning America (she left GMA in late 2014 to travel the world for a year with her husband). She actually allowed all of us to be on the live set of GMA. As a part of the set, we had to move from place to place as the cameras moved and were actually shown in some of the outdoor shots on weather and were standing adjacent to and actually spoke with certain members of the show (George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts)!!! Then after her postproduction meeting, my friend showed us other more restricted access areas of ABC. That was very cool!

#4…Taiwan, 1983 and 1985 (along with Japan and Hawaii in 1985)

I was asked to accompany former vice president for development, Dr. Thomas Boyd, and one other member of the Baker development staff on the initial trip in 1983 to Taiwan, where we negotiated a Letter of Articulation and Cooperation with the leadership of Ming Chuan College of Taipei. Following several days of meetings and a verbal agreement to proceed in such an arrangement between our two institutions, I remained behind for over a week to produce a film along with the staff at Ming Chuan. The film would be (and was) used to recruit Baker professors who might later teach as a part of the cooperative program on the Ming Chuan campus for a semester. What an amazing time this extra week was! My travels, some of which were taken using transportation provided by Ming Chuan and some of which I arranged myself with taxis and other conveyance, took me to virtually every region of Taiwan…and what a gorgeous country it is! I made many friends with the staff and the family that founded the college. The son of the founder of the school continues as president to this day of a much expanded Ming Chuan University! In the 1980s, Baker had numerous Ming Chuan students enroll at Baldwin City’s campus to complete their U.S. four-year degree.

As a part of the original agreement, Baker took its band and choir to Taiwan in January of 1985 for a series of performances on the Ming Chuan campus and in major performance venues in two other locations. As I organized several portions of the overall trip, I also took ultimate responsibility for the safeguarding of over 140 passports (students and traveling party) and hand carried them with me until I could get them in a safe at our hotel. Little did I know at the time that a U.S. passport on the black market carried a value of over $10,000! The total in my briefcase was about $1.4 million! I doubt the wrist strap that I wore with the briefcase would have made much difference to a thief knowing of and wanting its contents! Let’s just say, I didn’t lose my arm, any of the passports or any of our students—although that was close at our final stop in Hawaii, where the marching band opened the memorial park at Pearl Harbor with the playing of our national anthem! One of our students went out one night late without telling his roommates, and it was late the next morning before he showed up again. That episode no doubt cost me a few years of good life and, certainly, several hours of sleep that night.

It was also on this same trip that before we arrived in Hawaii, we stopped in Tokyo, Japan, where the Baker band opened Tokyo Disneyland one morning and marched into the park to perform. Later that day, after the band’s performance, everyone in our party was treated to free rides. (This was due to the efforts of Martha Doty Harwell, ’75, daughter of former Baker president James Edward Doty). Marti was with the Disney Corporation and the person I contacted to extend an invitation to the band to perform in Tokyo along with the freebies!!! Unfortunately, Patti and I elected to go on the It’s a Small World ride. While we were well inside the tunnels/cave (whatever) the ride broke down. With no way to exit the ride, we were forced to remain sitting in our boat for well over an hour, all the while listening to the song “It’s a Small World After All” over and over and over again! To this day, the thought or the sound of that song nearly makes me climb the nearest wall!

#3…Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame

For 34 of my years, I was placed in charge of administrating the annual induction of outstanding athletes and coaches into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 1977 and so it was still in its infancy when I first was hired at Baker.

I truly enjoyed all aspects of the annual event and having been given the opportunity to shape this organization through developing bylaws that specify criteria and the process by which individuals are nominated, considered and elected to the Hall, including the composition of the committee that votes annually. Baker’s Hall of Fame has been used as a model by several other schools now as they have moved to honor their own athletes and coaches. I have been told by others that Baker’s is truly one of the best (and I agree) small college halls of fame in the nation! To date only 144 individuals out of the thousands of individual athletes have been inducted.

Every year I had the pleasure of working with the individuals who were selected for induction to obtain their photographs, biographies, records, honors, and so on that would go on the induction plaques that are displayed in the rotunda of the George F. Collins Jr., Sport and Convention Center. I wrote the actual scripts for those plaques and had drawings of the photographs made by artist Thomas Young, ’81, himself along with his wife Teresa Watts Young, ’81, inductees to the Hall.

The induction ceremony changed several times through the years from campus to the Overland Park area and from Saturday to Friday of the annual Homecoming celebration. During the final 10 or so years, I had the pleasure of interviewing and visiting with the inductees on stage at the induction ceremony. I was told this was meaningful for the inductees and more enjoyable for those attending than having the inductee deliver a speech that often went well beyond the limits of time constraints! 

I trust and hope that the Athletic Hall of Fame, along with the Education Wall of Fame will remain important outreach to and honors for our graduates and former students who were deeply involved in such pursuits while in college or thereafter.

#2…Baker alumni, former students, donors…Ault, Lerner, Rhodes

In 36+ years with meetings, major campus events, travel and hundreds of other activities as major portions of my several responsibilities, I am quite certain I more than likely met several thousand people and became friends with many of these. I sincerely believe I can remember the majority of those I met or, at least, something about most of those I got to know on more than one occasion. In organizing the Annual Awards Banquet, I had a chance to meet and work with numerous people who received university honors…many of whom were familiar to me from my hometown in Kansas City. It took time to get to know members of the various Baker classes, but it was always a joy to meet someone new and hear their personal stories and how they came to study at Baker. Out of these several thousand, I could write something about hundreds of them, but for this purpose, I have selected three whom I will forever go back to and remember in great detail and with great fondness. They are Dr. Warren Ault, 1907; Dr. Julianna Lerner, FS ’47, (Jane Glass while in school) and finally, Elizabeth (Betty) Harvey Rhodes, ’42.

Warren Ault, 1907, was a Baldwin boy (one of seven in his family who attended Baker). Even though he was the first of four graduates from Baker who would later be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, to his sister Mary’s way of thinking, “he wasn’t even the smartest one in the family!” Those sibling rivalry words aside, Warren was a tremendous student and attended Jesus College at Oxford to complete his studies in the Rhodes tradition. There he was roommates with and became a close friend of T.E. Lawrence, the man who later became known simply as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence was given that name because he was a leader of several daring raids during World War I, supported by Arab and English fighters, to wrest control of much of the desert known as Arabia away from the Turks and greatly influence the outcome of the war. Books and movies have been written and filmed concerning the life of this man.

Ault completed his Oxford studies successfully and later served for more than 60 years at Boston University as Distinguished Professor of Medieval English History. Upon his retirement from Boston, he returned to Baker and spent 1969 in residence at his alma mater teaching. Upon the occasion of his 100th birthday I was asked by President Dan Lambert to conduct an interview with Ault that could be a feature of an opening convocation. I made the arrangements with a TV station in Boston who supplied my film crew and, with their help, I completed the interview of something just over an hour. An edited portion of that video was later shown during our Founders’ Day Convocation along with a live presentation from one other Rhodes Scholar from Baker, the then dean of the School of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Robert Pruitt, ’33. Ault’s memory and recall of specific times and details of events was nothing less than phenomenal for a person of his or any age! A copy of the DVD containing that interview will forever be one of my closest-held treasures of my years here.

Julianna Lerner, ’47. While making donor visits in Albuquerque in the late 1990s, I made an appointment to meet with a former student I had never met before and who was generally unknown to anyone of us at Baker. The person I met that day was in fact, and as far as I know, the only Holocaust survivor to have attended Baker in a traditional sense on campus. Through the ensuing years and in future visits I learned that Dr. Julianna Lerner (Jane Glass while here in school) had been born in Vienna, Austria, to Jewish shop owner parents. On the night now referred to as Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass), November 9-10, 1938, she watched as her parents were taken outside their shop, beaten and taken away by Nazis and Nazi sympathizers…never to be seen again. A relative came and was able to get her safely out of the city. Just a few weeks later they were also able to get her aboard a Kindertransport (children’s trains), which were organized by British Jewish Refugee Committee members to get Jewish children out of Germany and Austria and on to safety in England.

Jane had relatives already living in England and they were able to take her in for a while. There, the new family searched libraries for phone directories for New York, looking for the name Glass and the possibility of a relationship with someone living in New York. Eventually they found and were able to communicate with a cousin who agreed to accept Jane and to care for her. The English family made the arrangements and put her aboard a ship to New York and there she entered the United States through Ellis Island.

Just a year or so later the Baker part of the story begins. Jane’s U.S. family in New York looked at educational opportunities in the Midwest and somehow they came in contact with an agent for Baker who was traveling in the east (I believe this would have been Dr. Harold Guest.) Guest was at about that same time the man who was instrumental in getting a Czechoslovakian refuge, Ernest Weiner, ’42, to come to Baker. Weiner later in his career earned a PhD, was a language expert, was the chief interpreter for the Kennedy-Khrushchev debates and headed a multinational corporation. (Ernie was another person I enjoyed getting to know and learn from during my visits with him!)

Jane was accepted to Baker as a college student even though she was then only 15 years of age. She was given a scholarship and a job on campus to pay for her room and board. She told me that the students at Baker all accepted her and constantly took care of and protected her. In one of the Wildcat Yearbooks of the mid 1940s, Jane, in her own words “the little Jewish girl,” is pictured dressed as an angel surrounded by the wise men and shepherds as she was given the role and played that part in that years’ Christmas play…a fact she was so proud of and which showed just to what extent she had been accepted at Baker.

After the war was over, she transferred back to a college in New York to finish her undergraduate and later her master’s and doctoral degrees. In her final few years in Albuquerque, she lectured widely on the Holocaust and remained in close contact with other survivors of those atrocities. I filmed a one-hour interview with her at the TV studios at the University of New Mexico in which she spoke of her life and her remembrances. For several years thereafter, Dr. George Wiley of the Baker faculty used the video interview in campus classes he taught as the subject of his class turned to the Holocaust. I treasure that video as well!

Elizabeth (Betty) Harvey Rhodes, ’41. I first met Betty at her Arizona home in Mesa. There, she hosted a luncheon for area alumni, who among others included her aunt Dorothy Campbell Bronston, ’23, and another lady who would later go on to give more than $1 million to Baker, Charlotte (Lottie) Wheeler Mason, ’18. Betty was married to another Wildcat, but this one was from Kansas State University, John J. Rhodes. She had grown up with John and they dated in high school in Chanute, Kansas. If John Rhodes’ name rings a bell, it is because he was for 32 years a member of the U.S. Congress from Arizona and would at one time serve as the Minority Leader of the House. He was one of a select few Republican leaders (including the next president, Gerald Ford) that would go to the Oval Office to convince President Nixon that he must resign the office to save the party and the country due to the Watergate scandal. It was their further argument that if he did not resign, impeachment by the Senate would be shortly followed by conviction for the crimes presented. Nixon announced on live television that very night that he would resign. I had the occasion to visit firsthand with John about this momentous political episode.

Through the years I enjoyed the company of Betty and John on so many occasions. Visiting with them in their home, playing golf with them, dining at a restaurant in the Republican Club in D.C. or at their warm and wonderful club in Mesa was like visiting with your best friends or relatives…never any pretension of fame or fortune. While dining one evening at the Republican Club on Capitol Hill with them I was introduced to several of John and Betty’s friends, some of whom were in congress such as Kansas Republican Senator, Bob Dole, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Massachusetts Democrat Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, whom John referred to in his introduction as “my friend.” Later, I asked John how it was that a Democrat was at the Republican Club and how it was, that they could be friends. I was told that O’Neill was there to attend a party for Dole that the Rhodes missed because of inviting me to dinner that same evening! He went on to tell me that O’Neill and he were golfing partners at D.C.’s famous Congressional Country Club. “We only fight on the floor of the House…outside the House we are friends and don’t discuss politics.” Wouldn’t that be nice to see again in this day and age!

While Betty and John as a couple had truly been at the pinnacle of power and influence, had traveled widely representing their state and their country, and had literally walked with kings and heads of state, they were just plain wonderful people. They hosted Baker alumni events on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Building and other locales in the District of Columbia and did everything in their power to advance the cause of Baker University. Betty served as an active member of Baker’s Board of Trustees. Some years later, John endowed a chair in honor of his wife that currently funds the position of Dr. Lowell Jacobsen: the Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Chair in International Business.

In 2005, I was invited to attend the book signing party (the one in Arizona) for John’s book, “John J. Rhodes: Man of the House.” He and Betty saw to it that I received an autographed copy that day. Also, upon John’s passing, Baker President Dan Lambert and I attended his service in Mesa. Betty asked us to sit up with the family and therefore in front of many other political leaders and heads of state. This was Betty—always caring for those around her—and keeping Baker No. 1 in thoughts, words and actions!

I enjoyed further visits with Betty through the years at her new home in Tempe (just across the street from Mesa, she liked to point out) and there I had the opportunity to introduce her to Dr. Pat Long as she transitioned into the presidency at Baker. I have missed my visits with Betty since her passing, and I can’t think of or be in Arizona without remembering this lovely, gracious and stately graduate of Baker who thought and cared so much about this great school!

#1…The rededication of the Osborne Chapel and the visit of Lady Margaret Thatcher

Determining the single event that most sticks out in my mind over the course of my 36+ years at Baker was a tough decision. In my final analysis, it was the locating, acquiring, moving and reconstructing of the redundant English chapel from England on our Baldwin City campus. Dr. Dan Lambert’s vision, persistence and patience led to the reality of Baker’s Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel.

I was only superficially involved in the five-year period of activities that eventually led to the actual dedication service and all the arrangements that surrounded that single day. I was, however, ultimately charged with the major responsibilities and administrative details for operations connected to that day along with those who at that time reported to me through the University Relations, Development and Communications offices.

It has often been said that a liberal arts education doesn’t prepare a person for anything in particular. This statement, while being incorrectly but commonly held, couldn’t in my mind be further from the truth. I believe in the position as I heard it first articulated by Dr. Ault in my interview with him and later by many other noted educators that indeed, “a liberal arts education prepares a person for every type of work or endeavor.” In dealing with this one event, I conjured up lessons I had received many years previous in my own classes at Baker, all of which were steeped in nothing but the actual liberal arts!

Planning meetings were ongoing and held often for weeks in advance of the October 26, 1996, date set for the dedication service. Invitations, press releases and security issues were just a few of the most basic concerns and areas needing much attention, all of this in addition to the normal duties I performed on a more daily basis—you know, the ones called “as assigned.” Little did I realize as I began visiting by phone with colleagues across the country that had responsibilities for somewhat similar large events with heads of state and such that security issues would be as weighty and overbearing as they became.

Lady Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with the Sproxton Chapel, you may remember, came through her father, Alf Roberts. Mr. Roberts was not only the grocer in the nearby town of Grantham, but also served as a “circuit riding” Methodist preacher, who from time to time filled the pulpit at Sproxton. A picture of the Lady as a young girl at the side of her father in cleric robes following a service at the Sproxton Chapel (found I believe inside the old chapel), provided evidence that she might indeed accept Baker’s offer to deliver remarks at the Chapel dedication on campus. And, accept she eventually did!

During her political career Lady Thatcher had many proponents…but also a large share of opponents. These opponents included at least two separate factions of the IRA, who continued to shadow her every appearance long after her days as England’s Prime Minister were far behind. These groups were steadfast in following her every move just to continue to bring notice to their position with Ireland’s political situation. If they could disturb an event at which she appeared, so much the better for them and their position, they believed!

The day before the event was spent in checking and cross-checking every possible detail…looking at RSVP lists and checking the microphones inside the chapel, inside Collins Center and those that might be used outside the chapel if the threatened weather development which was forecast failed to take place. The luncheon to follow the dedication was planned weeks in advance with every possible consideration given to every possible eventuality and detail you can imagine! Seating charts were checked and then rechecked.

Meetings were held with members of campus security, the local police, county and state sheriffs departments, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the KBI, the FBI and even a representative of Scotland Yard. At these meetings we discussed the entire security plan, the areas to be roped off (such an area had to be provided for groups who would be demonstrating against Lady Thatcher) and measures not as of yet addressed. For example it was brought to my attention the day before the event that all windows of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house closest to Collins Center and the Chapel were to be closed, curtains pulled and remain that way during the entire day’s events. Rooftops of Baker buildings were scouted for the purpose of locating security details that would be responsible for observing everything from well above. A special red badge for all staff participants outside the platform parties was developed, approved and completed. A press center was organized with final plans made for all visiting members of the press. Press credentials were prepared and arranged in the press center inside Collins Center. NOTHING was left to chance…except one thing…the weather!

As you may remember, either from direct experience or having heard or read, the late afternoon and night before the dedication, the area received an unseasonable snow of 6 to 7 inches. With trees still fully dressed out with colorful leaves, the added weight of the snow caused dozens if not more midsize to large branches of the trees on the campus to snap and fall to block sidewalks and to cast a less than neatly kempt appearance on the campus. Snow piled up where hours before lay beautiful (dry) neatly trimmed grass. Temperatures dropped and hovered in the high 30s overnight and just barely into the 40s on the morning of the big day.

The buildings and grounds crew worked tirelessly through the night to cut up and haul away the limbs. Crews shoveled all sidewalks and parking venues. They accomplished every possible check of heat, water and lights along with the checking and stocking of all restrooms in all the buildings that would be used as a part of the day! They and their efforts were nothing short of amazing!!!

During the evening and finally at my home (around 8 p.m.) I had confirmation that Lady Thatcher and her traveling party had arrived at the Downtown Airport on a private flight from St. Louis. Unbeknownst to me and most others until I met with Lady Thatcher’s personal assistant and her Scotland Yard detail the next morning did I learn that the entire traveling party thought they were going to be greatly injured or perhaps die during the landing, which came near the end of the storm.

Apparently, as the plane touched down on the snow-slick runway, the plane skidded for a while and actually turned sideways during the skid. Everyone thought the plane was going to flip over! Fortunately, it did not! The personal assistant was still very shaken by the event that next morning, but the Lady never mentioned it privately or publicly during her remarks.

The morning of the event, President Lambert and I met in his office quite early to discuss options and to make a final determination whether the actual dedication service would and should be inside the Chapel where 110 to 125 people could witness it, or whether the weather at 44 degrees with a light breeze would allow for it to be held outside on the west side of the Chapel. The outside location was already set up and waiting. It was obviously the desired location as it would allow for everyone in attendance (estimated at 3,000 to 4,000) being able to at least gain a glimpse of the proceedings. Outside was the call, and it was definitely the right and only call that should have been made (even though I saw several ladies who had chosen to wear a high heel of some nature sinking in up to the sole of their shoes in the snow-softened lawn of the campus!)

The 267 security personal along with emergency medical personnel and ambulances were present. The security team represented every one of the agencies I mentioned above. They had been assigned predetermined locations and were in place all around the campus and the city. Fortunately and to everyone’s relief—no trouble was forthcoming. Two separate factions of the IRA actually demonstrated as did a “church and its members” from Topeka (who to this day are so loathsome to me personally that I refuse to use their name). They were present to voice their disdain for the proceedings and toward our then Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Kansas.

The entire day’s events went almost magically by in much the way that it was planned and intended. The Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel was dedicated and one of the most major events in the university’s 140 years of existence had come and gone.

On behalf of the entire staff and their efforts, this event and the planning, details, communications, mailings and so on were submitted to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education to be judged as a single event alongside events held by schools in the district that included the largest of the large (KU, K-State, University of Nebraska, University of Colorado and many others.) Thanks to literally hundreds of Baker staff augmented by volunteers and others in ways detailed above the event won the top (Gold Award) at the District Conference held in January of 1997. The certificate for same now is on the wall in my office in Parmenter Hall and will soon adorn one wall of my office at my home!

These are my Top Ten memories. I hope you have enjoyed reliving my 36+ years in a few minutes!

For a pictorial look at some of my fondest memories from the previous 36+ years set to music, you may watch them on YouTube

Trivia Question from November

The Question

For nearly 30 years, Baker has sent students to Harlaxton College in England. The campus for the college is in fact an 1848 English country manor known as Harlaxton Manor. Name the movie of 1990s fame that filmed numerous scenes in and around the manor.

The Answer

I received several quick, interesting and extremely good answers to this! Thanks to all who contributed thoughts and answers!

“The answer is…The second making of The Haunting. The Haunting was actually a remake of The Haunting of Hill House. The remake filmed in the spring of 1999 and starred Owen Wilson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Liam Neeson, and Lily Taylor. It also featured Bruce Dern. And during the end of the movie credits it thanked the staff, faculty, and students of Harlaxton College. I believe I still have a DVD of the movie. Not as good as you would expect with that all-star cast.

The reason I know so much about the movie is that it was filmed the spring semester we were at Harlaxton in 1999. We could stand on sidelines and watch the filming of some outdoor scenes if we were quiet once they said "action."

On the night of the Harlaxton costume ball I found myself (dressed in a Roman toga) standing next to Henry VIII and Little Bo Peep and watching Owen Wilson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Liam Neeson, and Lily Taylor running across the front drive and jumping into a supposed escape car (takes 1-8) and thinking this is the most surreal moment of my life.

That spring on our way home we stopped in NYC for a final vacation and while standing in Times Square we saw a huge electronic billboard of The Haunting. It was the ad that showed Harlaxton in the background. How do you tell the thousands of people in Times Square that we lived there? We were so excited. They didn't much care.”

—Peggy Harris, former dean of the School of Education

The following answer received “extra credit” in education parlance…

“Harlaxton Manor is a popular location for filming. Exterior and interior shots have been featured in the films The Ruling Class, The Last Days of Patton, The Lady and the Highwayman, The Haunting, and The Young Visitors. More recently, the building was used as a site in the reality television series Australian Princess.”

—From Wikipedia through the efforts of Jim Foreman, ’79

The trivia question had been presented by Lisa (Schuetz) Johnson, ’93

Responses from Previous Issues

“Hi Jerry,

I hope you are well! I wanted to write and tell you that this edition of the Arbor really struck me. As a recent graduate, I valued hearing the importance of growing our number of students on campus and dollars, and that it is our responsibility to assist in the process as graduates. Maybe I understand it better now more than ever working for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. Daily, I see the positive impact and byproduct of alumni support and cultivation. The same is true for our Alma Mater.

If our former graduates are not speaking about their experience, sharing the benefits of their education with others, then we cannot expect our University to thrive for decades to come. We need to be actively seeking out potential Wildcats that would enhance themselves as students, professionals, and as people, from a Baker education. No doubt, my cubical displays my Baker Pride! And, I make a point to always share where I am from, because I believe it is a road map to where my future is headed.

Thank you for your thoughtful reflection!

Hearts to the Orange,”

—Rachel W. Haley, ’15



“I am beyond excited to see that Baker now has an MSN track. Any plans for a PhD program in the future? I would love to get my DNP at Baker!”

—Callie Stiles Ballenger, ’02


“I always look forward to the Arbor. You likely already know that GSOE faculty are regularly engaged in the community that extends regionally in both Kansas and Missouri. We make frequent trips to area high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools and are often inside school district offices adorned in Baker clothing and bearing Baker nametags. In a relatively short number of years, we have built a reputation for providing excellent customer/student service. Not to leave out our undergraduate colleagues, many of them are directly involved in dual credit offerings in area high schools. I know that you are aware of this, but I just had to mention it. By the way, with the December commencement, the Frye-Baker U connection will have grown to 5: Carol Vaughan Frye (BSE ’66), Jeremy S. Frye (BME ’08), Erin Mehl Frye (MAEd ’14), Michelle Gailliez Frye (MAEd ’14), and Andrew S. Frye (EdD ’15). Just doing our part!”

—Harold Frye, associate professor, Graduate School of Education

Thanks for this great update on activities by our great GSOE faculty!

Hi Jerry,

“Shirley and I are in Tucson for the winter. The older I get the more I talk about Baker and how well I was prepared for my career through a strong liberal arts education. So, looks like I'm already following your recommendation. If you are ever in Tucson, let me know.”

—Dennis Domer, ’66

(Dennis…you can’t be old…you are only four years older than I am!)

New Vice President for Finance Announced

Mr. David Houchen was recently introduced to the campus as the new vice president of finance. David comes to Baker with more than 25 years of financial expertise in both the public and nonprofit sectors. For the last 18 years, David served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Children International in Kansas City, Missouri. While he served in this capacity, he helped to grow their revenue from $65 million to over $190 million and helped to create partnerships in 11 countries. Before Children International, he served as the audit manager for BKD, one of the largest CPA firms in the country. Please join me in welcoming David and his wealth of experience to BU!

December & January Activities

DEC. 6 85th Annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers 
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. | Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City
Reception held in Collins House between performances.

DEC. 8 New York and New Jersey After-Hours
6-8 p.m. | Corporate offices of Deloitte Consulting at 30 Rockefeller Center
This event is hosted by Greg Stoskopf, '86, a partner at Deloitte. We look forward to hearing your Baker story during an enjoyable evening with friends from your alma mater and from the greater NYC area. (You will also see a letterman’s jacket earned nearly 40 years ago presented to the athlete who earned it!)

JAN. 30 Alumni Advisory Council
9-11 a.m. | Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N. 1250 Road, Lawrence, Kansas
Meetings are open to all alumni. If you would like to join the Alumni Advisory Council, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@bakerU.edu or 888.781.2586.

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And in Conclusion

It’s been a true joy for me to have had the opportunity for the past 15 years to bring the Arbor to you. I hope in some ways it has enlarged your body of knowledge about both the history of our university and something more about its current operations and state of affairs. I also hope that it has in some ways engendered more interest in becoming reengaged with this great school.

I additionally hope that you will continue to seek information about Baker through any of the several sources including, but not restricted to, online information through the Baker website, additional social media outlets and through the Baker Proud.

Recently, I encountered two specific quotes that I want to leave with you. The first is what I would ask each and every one of you to do (and the rationale for doing as I request)…support Baker financially as you can and also with your time and talents as well…

“Apart from the ballot box, philanthropy presents the one opportunity the individual has to express his meaningful choice over the direction in which our society will progress.”
—George G. Kirstein

The second quote comes from a noted American philosopher, journalist and poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson (to whom my father always told me we were directly, though distantly related). It is a simple way of leaving each of you with a charge (and one that I intend to try to uphold and attain as well throughout the rest of my life).

“To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”

Jerry Weakley

As Dr. James Chubb, ’22 , used to say when he visited classmates and alumni while on the road for Baker, “Please remember to leave something for Baker in your Will!” And, if you do, send a copy of your plan or notice of your intent to the university!

Jerry L. Weakley, ’70, MBA ’92
Vice President for Endowment and Planned Giving


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) Arbor Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:08:53 -0600
Baker to host three national tournament games on Saturday, Nov. 21 http://www.bakeru.edu/athletic-department/news-archive/item/11644-championships http://www.bakeru.edu/athletic-department/news-archive/item/11644-championships Baker to host three national tournament games on Saturday, Nov. 21

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – It's championship season for fall sports and Baker is hosting three national tournament games at Liston Stadium on Saturday.

Saturday is one for the history books. For the first time in school history, Baker University will host three national tournament games — and they are all on the same day.

Come out to Liston this Saturday and support your athletic teams as they start on their journeys to the national tournament.

And on the same day, cross country runners Rosie Hollis and Jamie Steury will compete at cross country nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina.


No. 2 Baker vs No. 17 Point University (Ga.) - 12 p.m. Liston Stadium

Live Video

Live Radio

Live Stats 

Adult $12
Military/Senior 65+/College student $6
Youth 18 and under $3

Women's Soccer:
No. 11 Baker vs No. 20 Viterbo (Wisc.) - 5:30 p.m. Liston Stadium
Adult $8
Military/Senior 65+/College student $5
Youth 18 and under $2
Men's Soccer:
No. 3 Baker vs Wiley College (Texas) - 8 p.m. - Liston Stadium
Adult $8
Military/Senior 65+/College student $5
Youth 18 and under $2

no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) Athletics Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:15:38 -0600
News for November http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11625-news-for-november http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11625-news-for-november News for November

Master of Science in Nursing, economics professor honored, Baker facts and more in the November edition of the Arbor.

Baker’s Newest Online Degree Program: Master of Science in Nursing

Since the early 1990s, Baker has offered a traditional bachelor-level program in nursing through its Topeka campus in conjunction with Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Recently, the Higher Learning Commission approved the university for offering and granting nursing degrees at the master’s level as well. This robust online curriculum integrates advanced nursing theory with evidence-based nursing practices. Graduates will apply these skills to careers in nursing education and nursing administration. Students selected for this program will choose from two tracks: nursing education and nursing administration.

The nursing education track prepares nurses for the role of educator in academic or staff-development settings. This track reflects the nurse educator competencies developed by national organizations. The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses. The advanced theory and practicum-focused courses provide a strong foundation in the content areas students will teach, and the education-focused courses provide an exceptional understanding of how to teach.

The nursing administration track prepares students to serve in a variety of leadership and managerial roles within the health-care system. Students will develop skills in communication, conflict resolution, personnel development, team building, employee management, critical-situation analysis, and financial management. Graduates will be able to analyze health-care needs of groups of patients, use resources, and organize and implement the delivery of nursing services to meet the needs they have identified.

Online courses have for several years been a growing part of education delivery. Time constraints, work schedules and geographical limitations can often make it difficult to earn an advanced degree. Baker is dedicated and committed to finding innovative ways to extend quality educational opportunities to working professional adults. Online learning at Baker's School of Nursing closely aligns with the MSN mission to meet the lifelong learning needs of nontraditional students.

A 2015 study conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicated that the average age of a tenured nursing faculty member in the United States is now 57 years of age. With so many individuals approaching retirement, there exists a great opportunity for skilled practitioners to transition into education and shape the next era in nursing in this country. Baker will be there to assist in bring-ing this educational opportunity to those who may greatly benefit from successfully completing this program.

If you have an interest in gaining more specific information about this program, contact Dr. Carol Moore, associate dean at 785.354.5837 or carol.moore@bakerU.edu.

Wildcat Watch

See for yourself what is new on the Baldwin City campus. View KNBU-TV's Wildcat Watch.

Help Baker CAS Recruit Its Next Class

It's NEVER to early to start.

Please consider those among your family, friends, church or social activities groups who may have a student that would benefit from and find future success by enrolling at Baker's College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City. For more information contact Kevin Kropf, senior director of admissions, at 785.594.8327.

Trivia Question from October

The QuestionBlueprint

What was the Baker Blueprint, who designed it, and what was it used for?

The Answer

I received answers from several people. I will allow three of them to answer in the order received.

“The Baker Blueprint was Dean Ben Gessner's list of classes, days and times that we used to decide our class schedule for the semester. No computers for us!” —Jan Hoch Boyd, ’69

“I’m sure many have answered before me but here goes... When I arrived in the fall of ’58 as a freshman, there was a large (probably 36” by 36”) compilation of ALL the courses, their times and instructors given in a chart fashion. It was printed on blue paper much resembling a “blueprint.” It was easy to read as you could see the classes for each day and time period and work out your schedule for the coming semester. Each sorority and fraternity were issued one, which was posted in the house. I can remember standing in the second floor hall of the OLD Tri Delta house looking at the Blueprint which was always taped to the large mirror.” —Pat Cassity Dunnavant, ’62

“Hi Jerry: My dad always made a blueprint of the year's classes.” —Emmalie Gessner Cowherd, ’61 (Emmalie is the daughter of former Dean Benjamin A. Gessner, is a former Baker coach and professor, is serving on the university’s Board of Trustees, and was inducted into the university’s 2003 Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Reader Responses

This next response comes from nearly a year ago. It comes as a response to the request I had issued to alumni and former students to send the titles and synopses of books they had authored. At that time I received a number of replies, so add this to them!

“When I was in the active ministry I always wanted a book to use in membership training classes that would help folks understand the United Methodist Church. That’s why I wrote Tell me about the United Methodist Church: An Introduction to the United Methodist Church.

The book covers the organization of the UMC, the history of the UMC, the beliefs of the UMC following the Articles of Religion which Wesley sent over to the United States and which are found in our Disciplines, and What Must I do as a Member of the Church. After each chapter is a scripture and prayer with questions for the person to answer. The answers to these questions are in the back. Right now it is available through Amazon.com. and Cokesbury. I am a member of St. Mark UMC in Mobile, Alabama.”

Grace and Peace,
J. Robert (Bob) Ewbank, ’55

Seen on Campus Recently


More than 50 former Wildcat football players and coaches gathered for this picture at Homecoming this year. I hope this continues as a tradition for years to come! This photograph was taken by Baker student Khadijah Lane.

Professor Grant Receives Award

Baker Professor of Business and Economics Alan Grant is one of 17 college faculty members in the state receiving the Kansas Independent College Association’s Faculty of Distinction award. Grant and the other honorees were recognized at a workshop and award reception on Nov. 3 in Newton, Kansas.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction honor is awarded on the basis of faculty excellence and achievement, similar to Baker’s own Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching, which Grant received in May. KICA President Matt Lindsey specifically cited “a gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual” as key factors in determining recipients. Congratulations, Alan!

From the Baker Orange

Nearly every school district in the Kansas City metropolitan area canceled classes for Tuesday, November 3rd’s World Series parade, leading to the massive attendance. Baker didn’t cancel classes, however, causing some students to skip class to attend the celebration ceremony. Based on posts in Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, plenty of BU students were there.

Senior Megan Henry, a native of Mansfield, Texas, attended the parade and loved the entire day despite not being a Kansas Citian. “I thought it was really cool to be a part of something that you don’t know if it will ever happen again,” Henry said. Henry went on to say she was astounded at the number of people filling the lawn in front of Union Station and the Liberty Memorial. Tori Paul, a lifetime Kansas City (Blue Springs) native, put on her Royals attire and drove up I-35 for the parade and rally. For Paul, this event was way overdue.

Being from Kansas City, I’ve been a fan ever since they were horrible and losing almost every game,” Paul said. “It was good to see the team come together and come back from last year.” Paul arrived downtown around 9:15 a.m. She enjoyed the family feel of the day’s events. “It was great to see everybody come together to celebrate a team that came from nothing to now having something that they haven’t had in a long time,” Paul said.

The Wildcat Nation adds its congratulations to the World Champion Kansas City ROYALS!

Did You Know These Facts and Figures?

One hundred percent of Baker’s future teachers in 2014 were placed into school districts within six months of graduation.

Baker-educated teachers have been nominated for the prestigious Kansas Teacher of the Year Award in seven of the last nine years!

For the past four years, Baker athletes have earned the No. 1 team grade point average in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, and Baker led the NAIA in the number of athletes designated as Scholar-Athletes (the equivalent of All-American status).

Baker has a 79 percent medical school acceptance rate for the past 10 years! (The national average is 44 percent).

Baker’s nursing graduates posted the highest first-time pass rate on the NCLEX national licensure exam at 96.15 percent in 2013—well above the state and national averages!

Two classrooms in Case Hall have been converted into “Technology Heavy” classrooms.

Baker’s Instagram followers have tripled over the past six months!

Six hundred visitors registered during the  first weekend that the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center was open!

The Economist named Baker University one of the best-value universities in the nation by ranking it in the top 50 of more than 1,200 institutions.

And, finally, 98 percent of our graduates who completed the university’s postgraduation survey stated that they were either in full-time employment or in graduate school within six months of receiving their diplomas!

(These are 10 things we can ALL talk about with a prospective student!)

Maple Leaf Festival Outtakes

Festival officials estimated that nearly 40,000 people descended upon Baldwin City during the festival that was held October 17-19. If accurate, this would represent one of (if not THE) largest crowd in the festival’s nearly 60-year life. Congratulations to everyone in Baldwin City and at the university who annually cooperate to make this a true TOWN-GOWN festival of such high caliber and regard!

Trivia Question

For nearly 30 years Baker has sent students to Harlaxton College in England. The campus for the college is in fact an 1848 English country manor known as Harlaxton Manor. Name the movie of 1990s fame that filmed numerous scenes in and around the manor.

This question was inspired by Lisa Schuetz Johnson, ’93, who studied at Harlaxton in the fall of 1991.

The answer will be featured in the next issue of From the Arbor. If you have a question or a topic that you believe would make a suitable trivia question for my final Arbor next month, please send it to me at jerry.weakley@bakerU.edu.

Alumni & Campus Activities

Stay in Touch and Get Engaged with BU!

NOV. 12 Topeka After-Hours
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Blue Moose Bar & Grill, 3030 SW Wanamaker, Topeka
RSVP by Nov. 10

NOV. 12-15 “Murder in Green Meadows”
Nov. 12-14, 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 15, 2 p.m.
Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City

NOV. 17 Fall Orchestral Concert
7:30 p.m. | Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City

NOV. 19 Jazz Concert
7:30 p.m. | Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City

NOV. 21-22 Musical Theatre Workshop
Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 22, 3:30 p.m. 
McKibben Recital Hall, Baldwin City

DEC. 1 Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 p.m. | Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City

DEC. 2 Ulrich Johnanning Senior Cello Concert
7:30 p.m. | McKibben Recital Hall, Baldwin City

DEC. 4 Katherine Stueve Senior Piano Recital
7:30 p.m. | McKibben Recital Hall, Baldwin City

DEC. 6 85th Annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers 
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. | Rice Auditorium, Baldwin City
Reception held in Collins House between performances.

DEC. 8 New York and New Jersey After-Hours
6-8 p.m. | Corporate offices of Deloitte Consulting at 30 Rockefeller Center
This event is hosted by Greg Stoskopf, '86, a partner at Deloitte. We look forward to hearing your Baker story during an enjoyable evening with friends from your alma mater and from the greater NYC area. (You will also see a letterman’s jacket earned nearly 40 years ago presented to the athlete who earned it!)

JAN. 30 Alumni Advisory Council
9-11 a.m. | Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N. 1250 Road, Lawrence, Kansas
Meetings are open to all alumni. If you would like to join the Alumni Advisory Council, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@bakerU.edu or 888.781.2586.

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2015-2016 Giving Opportunities

Ways to Make a Significant Impact at Baker


I have traveled a few hundred thousand miles (probably getting close to a million) for this school, trying to advance its cause by obtaining annual fund gifts, capitol project gifts, scholarships, endowment, planned gifts and various other types of program and activity support.

During my travels it is my great joy to reconnect with alumni and friends of Baker as I try to involve each of you in activities and events, as most any other traditional university does. And although some of you joke that Baker only contacts you when we need support, I know you understand that a university must constantly find ways to support all that it is and all that it does. And more than likely, a typical person off the street is not the person who will find it in their hearts—or pocketbooks—to support our important educational mission! Therefore, that task is left to you and me, the people who love Baker and know how special it is!

So, I am taking the chance in this issue to bring to you—the more-informed and hopefully engaged alumnus or alumna, former student, friend, parent or donor—some of the ways YOU can make a difference in 2015-2016!

Here’s a list prepared by the Advancement staff of major projects that are on our radar for both immediate and future support. For more information about any of these, please contact Amy Piersol, Senior Director of Development, at 785.594.7866 or amy.piersol@bakerU.edu.

• State-of-the-art equipment and information technology for the science department and school of nursing
• Renovation and improvements for Rice Auditorium
• Athletic facility upgrades and general support for athletics in general
• Renovation of the second floor of Denious Hall (currently not being used)
• Renovation of Joliffe Hall (currently closed)
• General support of the Baker Fund for student scholarships and for study abroad and service learning
• Professorships and endowed chairs and departmental naming opportunities

You may contact me before December 31, 2015, at jerry.weakley@bakerU.edu or by phone at either 785.594.8332 or cell at 913.449.9540. I look forward to further discussing these or any planned gift with you as well!

As Dr. James Chubb, ’22, used to say when he visited classmates and alumni while on the road for Baker, “Please remember to leave something for Baker in your Will!” And if you do, send a copy of your plan to us! Or, call me to discuss the BEST way for you to achieve your goals for Baker’s future! 785.594.8332.

Thank you for your continuing support of Baker...You can and do make a difference!

Have a Great Month of November

I’ll write one final time in December.Jerry Weakley

Download the PDF: pdfNovember Arbor

Jerry L. Weakley, ’70, MBA ’92
Vice President for Endowment and Planned Giving
P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006
785.594.8332 | 913.449.9540

Baker is proud to be accredited by and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) Arbor Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:54:44 -0600
Baker lands in top 50 in The Economist rankings http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11621-baker-lands-in-top-50-in-the-economist-rankings http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11621-baker-lands-in-top-50-in-the-economist-rankings Baker lands in top 50 in The Economist rankings

Baker University was named one of the top-50 universities of economic value by The Economist.

Nov. 10, 2015

BALDWIN CITY, KANSAS — Baker University has earned a top-50 ranking for economic value from The Economist. The list announced last week was the publication’s first-ever college ranking. Baker sits 49th among 1,275 universities across the nation. The second-closest Kansas institution was ranked 130th. This distinction complements the latest U.S. Department of Education study, which stated that Baker graduates, on average, earn higher salaries 10 years after graduation than graduates from any other Kansas institution.

Universities were ranked based on their alumni earnings above expectation, what The Economist believes to be the most important factor when choosing a college. It defines the economic value of a university to be equal to the gap between graduates’ earnings and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere, or more simply, the average return on investment for graduates. More than 98 percent of Baker’s graduates are enrolled in graduate school or employed full time six months after receiving their diplomas.

The Economist factored in data such as average SAT scores, demographic information, number of students with federal Pell grants and areas of study when looking at effectors of median earnings. View the full report

“Every day it seems like Baker is recognized for another achievement,” said Baker University President Dr. Lynne Murray. “Workforce preparedness is among one of Baker’s top academic priorities, and making this list further demonstrates our dedication to shaping students in a way that extends beyond their time here.”


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:02:52 -0600
Baker SPGS graduate elected to Ottawa City Commission http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11533-baker-spgs-graduate-elected-to-ottawa-city-commission http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11533-baker-spgs-graduate-elected-to-ottawa-city-commission Baker SPGS graduate elected to Ottawa City Commission

Emily Graves, MAOL 2015, was recently elected to the Ottawa (Kansas) City Commission and is eager to support her community.

Emily Graves, who earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Baker University in 2015, was elected to the Ottawa (Kansas) City Commission. 

Graves said that, selfishly, her reasoning behind running for commissioner was for her family. She and her husband, Darek, and their two children, Carter, 7, and Kinsley, 4, have lived in Ottawa for eight years. She would like to implement family-friendly activities in the city, ones that make Ottawa an enjoyable place to grow up, for both her own children and the rest of the community. She also hopes to help establish a thriving downtown by developing current businesses and attracting new ones.

In addition to her duties as a city commissioner, Graves serves as the director of materials management at Ransom Memorial Hospital. She also is a volunteer for the Communities in Schools, president of the CASA of the 4th Judicial District board and is a member of this year’s Leadership Franklin County class. Graves feels that her position as a city commissioner will take her service to the next level.

“I get to serve and make changes that impact the community on a larger scale,” Graves said. “I figured that things are going to change whether I am a part of it or not. It just basically boiled down to if I wanted to be a part of that change or not. And I do.”

The position runs to January 2020, just enough time for Graves to make the changes she hopes to employ. And in the long run, Graves believes she can use her organizational leadership degree to support the community whenever and wherever she can.

“Baker University was part of my family for the last two years,” Graves said. “I started the program because I wanted to learn how to be a good, effective leader. This program at Baker allowed me to transition from being an aspiring leader to where I am now.”

no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:39:00 -0500