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.
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.
Although Zack and Kelsey (Epperson) Rockey, ’10, both planned to pursue careers in broadcasting, they have taken different paths. They credit the media skills they acquired at Baker for their success in their current careers.
Kristin Bock, ’05, has found a career in the Sporting Kansas City franchise that lets her match two of her passions: soccer and media.
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.
A 2008 graduate of the School of Nursing, Laci Lingenfelter works in the critical care unit at Stormont-Vail HealthCare and is an adjunct faculty member for Baker. The history with Stormont-Vail and the critical thinking skills acquired at Baker contribute to Lingenfelter’s work.
Laura (Driver) Peek, a 2002 Baker graduate who majored in chemistry before earning a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry, draws on her passion for science every day in her research into the early detection of tumor-forming cancers.
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.