As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, much has been happening on our several campuses before we take a few blessed days off. I hope you will be able to find a few unrushed moments in which you can sit quietly and enjoy this issue of the Arbor and all the good things you enjoy in your life.
We have certainly been blessed with a number of good things coming our way over the past few months and years. I hope you will enjoy reading about those and the other articles I have written and assembled for your inspection this month.
The University has been preparing for the November visit by the Higher Learning Commission to obtain accreditation for all of its degree programs. After completing the self-study period, University leaders believe the future of Baker can only be bright.
On the Baldwin City campus and in Topeka at the School of Nursing, excitement abounds as students appear as they have since 1858 (at least in Baldwin City) to begin classes.
The Wandering Wildcats, who recently returned from Alaska, agree that the day they spent at the Hubbard Glacier was nothing less than a one-in-a-million day with flat seas, blue skies and calm winds. All in all, it was a fabulous trip and many new friendships among the group were forged.
I hope that wherever you it is as gorgeous a day as it is here . . . and, it’s about time. It seems that we have had an unusually long and severe winter, followed by a cool and overly wet spring with numerous storms and severe weather. Now at the end of the first full week, we have a full-blown heatwave!
I would like to invite you to join with the Wandering Wildcats on their next travel adventure scheduled for June 17-29, 2012. We will cruise the Adriatic and Mediterranean again…but this time with stops both in Turkey and several in Greece. The trip begins with a flight to Venice.
I usually don’t report deaths in the Arbor, but this month the Baker community experienced two sad occurrences that I’d like to bring to your collective attention.
The 2012 Wandering Wildcats trip will be a cruise of the Greek Islands and at least one stop in Turkey. Make plans to to join us on this memorable trip. Also in this issue: enrollment trends, alumni giving trends, Baker’s tie to the Super Bowl champions, wrestling update and more.
I certainly hope that each of you found time to enjoy holiday hours with friends and family this Christmas. In 2011 let’s hope for peace in our universe, some sustained growth in many of the sectors of the economy and fewer campaign ads!