Over the years the format of From the Arbor has changed from a one-page black and white newsletter to a colorful multipage PDF. As technology changes, so does the Arbor, which is now a web page on the Baker World alumni website.
Greetings from the Baldwin City campus! Starting with this issue, I am trying something new and will provide a table of contents for your convenience, so you will know what is inside the downloadable Arbor document.
Now that classes have started on the Baldwin City campus, I enjoy seeing students gather in various locations before and after classes discussing topics that have kept students occupied for generations. And I look forward to the renovations to the Student Union lobby, which will take on an increased load of students visiting with one another.
This issue of the Arbor is dedicated to the memory of former University first lady Carolyn Lambert, who passed away in July. An innovative educator, Lambert made a significant impact on the University during her years in the Collins House.
The renovation of the dining area in the student union is underway. The revitalization of the union, one of the busiest buildings on campus, is sure to enhance student life and help Baker attract the best and brightest students.
The thermometer is just now beginning to catch up with the calendar and the tulips and other spring flowers have made their presence known throughout the flower beds that dot the beautiful Baldwin City campus. Perhaps spring is really here.
While the Baker campuses were blanketed in snow, a few staff members and administrators enjoyed the opportunity to visit alumni and former students and their guests during a series of gatherings in Green Valley, Sun City West and Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Diego and San Francisco, Calif.
March 2, a bit of Hollywood visited Baker. The 5th Annual Scholarship Gala was held in Overland Park with nearly 400 in attendance.
Usually winter is a time when we in administration can try to recover from the activities that have taken place in the fall. However, this is not such a winter. And it all has to do with an announcement Dr. Pat Long made during the Founder’s Day event on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Over the Christmas break, while tending to a stack of items on my desk, I found a copy of a Baker University News Bulletin from the fall semester of my sophomore year. I enjoyed looking back through its contents and have used some of what I read in this issue of the Arbor.