Baker University will host a celebration and open house at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, to dedicate the $10.3 million Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education, the largest capital project in the history of Kansas’ first university. The public is invited to attend.
More than 40 years after graduating from Baker University as a physics major, Jim Allen still has fond memories of William Graziano’s work inside and outside the classrooms of Mulvane Hall. Dedicated to educating and mentoring students, the professor left a lasting impression on Allen’s career in science.
Inspired by the spirit and enthusiasm at the groundbreaking for the Mulvane Transformation in early October, Baker University’s volleyball players were convinced the moment was right to make a difference. Experiencing a thrilling season on the court, the team believed the project to enhance the longtime math and science facility was worth the team’s financial support.
Construction has been ongoing since the fall and is beginning to clearly show the framework of a spectacular addition to Baker University’s Baldwin City campus. Unseasonably warm and dry weather in January has allowed the construction of the $10.3 million Mulvane Transformation to remain on schedule as generous gifts from donors continue to support the project.
Gary Giachino, Baker University professor of chemistry, knows why some college students are intimidated by chemistry class.
Eddie King’s aha moment occurred atop a hill north of Baldwin City near Signal Oak. Through a telescope in the late 1980s, he spotted the rings of Saturn during an astronomy class at Baker University.
“I became hooked on space at that time,” said King, a 1989 graduate who had declared business and psychology as his majors before deciding on physics.
What was already set to be a historic day for Baker University turned a bit more memorable at the Mulvane groundbreaking when President Pat Long announced an anonymous donor couple had contributed $3.5 million to the project, the largest gift in Baker’s 153-year history.
The Baker community celebrated the groundbreaking for the Mulvane Transformation project on Friday, Oct. 7. During the festivities President Pat Long announced that the renovation and expansion project will be supported by a $3.5 million gift, the largest in the University’s history.