Homecoming Weekend 2014 | September 26-27
Where the Orange Runs Deep
Each fall alumni don their orange and return to Baldwin City to stroll across campus, reconnect with old friends and cheer on the Wildcats.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction & Student-Athlete Awards Banquet | September 26
The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. Five former Baker University standouts — Robert (Bob) London, ’79; Rayburn Moore, ’94; Janet Moore Nickel, ’78; Jimmie Rose, ’94; and Michael (Mike) Stouffer, ’70 — will be inducted homecoming weekend into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
In addition to inducting new members to the Hall of Fame, we will recognize Baker’s current NAIA All-Americans, All-America Scholar-Athletes and All-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
The social begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the Induction and Awards Banquet is $40 per person. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Baker University Alumni Relations Office at 888.781.2586 or alumni@bakerU.edu.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Graceland | September 27
On Saturday, the main event is the Alumni Tailgate Luncheon and the football game at Liston Stadium, where Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime. Younger fans enjoy the Wildcat KidZone in the northeast corner of the stadium.
- Noon – Free Alumni Tailgate Luncheon Under the Alumni Tent
- Noon – Wildcat KidZone | Inflatables for the the kids to enjoy
- 2 p.m. – Kickoff | Baker Wildcats vs. Graceland
Bob London, ’79, started at right guard for the Wildcats and in his two seasons at Baker became a first-team All-Conference performer. He was a key contributor to the Wildcats’ first appearance in a Bowl game, the 1978 Boot Hill Bowl. After Baker, London began a career in coaching. He began as an assistant coach at Eastern Arizona College and later as a grad assistant at the University of New Mexico. After a stint as assistant coach at Columbus (Georgia) High School, he returned to Arizona, first at Buena High School in Sierra Vista before returning to Blue Ridge High School as an assistant football and head track coach. While at Blue Ridge, London helped lead the squad to numerous conference and state titles in both sports.
Rayburn Moore, ’94, was one of the most prolific scorers in Baker men’s soccer history. He holds the record for most goals scored in a career with 86 and was a four-time All-Conference winner. He earned NAIA honorable mention All-America honors his freshman season and NAIA third-team All-America his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. After graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average from Baker, he earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2003 from University of Texas Southwestern. He now is a private practice gastroenterologist in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Janet Moore Nickel, ’78, lettered in softball, basketball, volleyball and bowling while at Baker and was an All-HAAC first-team softball player and MVP of her softball team. In 1978, she helped lead the Wildcats to an HAAC volleyball title. She then began a career at Hallmark in Kansas City, Mo., and coached high school basketball and volleyball. She led St. Pius X High School as the junior varsity and assistant varsity basketball coach. Nickel also was the assistant varsity volleyball and assistant varsity basketball coach at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kan.
Jimmie Rose, ’94, was one of the best receivers in the history of the Baker football program, earning first team All-HAAC honors in 1992 and 1993 and was named the NAIA National Player of the Week in 1993. He also earned NAIA first-team All-America honors in 1992 and 1993. At the time, he set Baker records with most receptions in a game with 14 and most receptions in a career with 168.
Mike Stouffer, ’70, lettered all four years in football and baseball for the Wildcats. He started at left tackle and at left guard and played at defensive end at times, playing as a two-way starter. He was an honorable mention All-America offensive lineman his senior season and hit a career .344 for the Wildcat baseball program. The first baseman was twice selected an All-Conference and All-District player. He taught elementary physical education for 19 years and has been an elementary principal for 22 years. His schools have earned such honors as the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence