From the Arbor | News for September from Jerry Weakley

On the Baldwin City campus and in Topeka at the School of Nursing excitement abounds as new students have mystically appeared 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. At CAS, students wishing to join the Greek system have gone through rush and have made their selections, and students involved in the full range of campus activities including sports, music, theater, journalism and student government, among others, are already trying to delicately balance activities with studies. As I recall from my own days as a student . . . good luck with that!

This past June, 34 former students, alumni, board members and friends of the University enjoyed a tremendous cruise adventure to Italy, Croatia and Turkey with the Wandering Wildcats. I have heard no complaints or reports that anyone was left behind, so I think I can say “a good time was had by all!” The heat we experienced in and among the ruins of Athens, Corinth and Ephesus only better prepared us for the heat wave we found waiting for us upon our return to Kansas!

Next summer, the formal Wandering Wildcat group will step aside to allow Director of Alumni Relations Doug Barth, ’91, an opportunity to organize and conduct a slightly different type of trip for the University. Doug and Professor of Business Martha Harris, ’79, who also coordinates study-abroad opportunities to Harlaxton for CAS students, are planning a trip that will be open to alumni, former students, donors, friends and relatives . . . pretty much anyone! The trip to England will focus on the sights and sounds of London, but with side trips to the English countryside and to tour and spend a night at Harlaxton Manor near Grantham. Harlaxton is the university that Baker students have had the opportunity to study at since the late 1980s. Doug and Martha are encouraging all former students who spent a semester at Harlaxton to join the tour and revisit their former English college campus, this time with friends and family. For more information on the trip, contact Doug Barth at or by phone at 785.594.4799.

The Wandering Wildcats will return in the summer of 2014 with a new travel opportunity that hopefully will be of interest and financially within reach of a wide range of Baker friends. In 1991, 94 travelers went on a seven-day cruise and I would love to top that number in 2014. The Arbor will be your prime source for information as details for the 2014 trip are developed. If you have an idea for a trip, please forward it to me at

Access the September issue of the Arbor. I hope you will find something in it that will inform, entertain or further engage you with our University. As always, I will enjoy hearing from you regarding comments, memories and stories from your days connected to our great University.

Jerry Weakley, ’70, M.B.A. ’92

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