Mulvane News (18)
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.
There are confident, competent contributors to society, and then there are people like Jared Grantham.
A proud 1958 Baker alumnus, Grantham is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work in nephrology, the study of the kidney and its functions.
Even before graduating from Baker’ s elite 3+2 engineering program, Elliott Harvey was ready to enter the professional world with a splash. Literally.
Harvey, who received two diplomas in May, a Bachelor of Science from Baker and an engineering degree from the University of Kansas, was offered a full-time job in April designing water slides at Splashtacular Inc.
While her classmates spent the first few months of medical school pulling out their hair at library tables, highly stressed and heavily caffeinated, Megan Renehan was able to pause and smile and reflect on how she is well on her way to achieving her dreams.
“Baker more than prepared me for medical school,” the Baker University alumna (’10) said. “I feel as though Baker gave me a strong foundation in basic sciences, which made the first few months of medical school a little less rigorous.”
The Mulvane Transformation project has made history again.
This time, it comes in the form of a $750,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. This is the largest gift Baker has received from a foundation and one of the largest contributions to the University since its founding in 1858.