The intent of the Arbor has always been a communication tool to inform, perhaps entertain and further engage you with the University. That being said, I feel it is important here at the end of 2012 and in the face of potentially detrimental legislation to present information not only in favor of financially supporting this institution but also in favor of supporting philanthropy in general.
Every month I get a question or two about how the Arbor is produced. So I thought I would provide details about how this special newsletter comes together.
During the recent Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, I was deeply impressed and inspired by the student-athletes being honored and all they have accomplished both on and off the playing field. Eighty-two Baker students received designation as NAIA Scholar Athletes, first team all-conference in their individual sport or as NAIA All-Americans.
On the Baldwin City campus and in Topeka at the School of Nursing excitement abounds as new students arrive on campus as they have since 1858, at least in Baldwin City, to begin classes and to take the place of our former students who graduated last May.
During an extended drive after Alumni Weekend I began recounting the year in terms of contacts made with alumni and other “Bakerites.” And those who know me best know that meeting with alumni, former students, friends and donors of Baker has always been the true joy of the several positions I have held here at the University.
As the University speeds toward our two commencement weekends, our retiring faculty members will commence new starts and new beginnings at the same time as do our graduating students.
Several months ago, Executive Cabinet members as a group read five books so we could select the single book that would become the “common reading” book for our CAS freshman in the fall of 2012. We have chosen a riveting and true story, and now you can experience a reading assignment just like a current student.
On March 3, Baker hosted its fourth annual Scholarship Auction and Gala, which took a look at Baker – Behind the Scenes. The evening provided entertainment and laughter and raised more money for scholarships than any other single event in Baker’s history.
The Baker University Board of Trustees met in Baldwin City and Overland Park, which included a Faculty Recognition Dinner honoring the accomplishments of the Baker faculty.
Wins and losses are important, but a selfless act by the volleyball team will become the benchmark for student involvement and something the University can take great pride in for many years to come.