Mulvane News (18)
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.
Board of Trustees Chairman Hoot Gibson stood up, scanned the room and smiled. “I know this is a little impromptu,” he said, acknowledging the motion was out of turn according to the day’s agenda. “But I am just so excited for this. We’ve talked about this project for 10 years. I move this board passes the plans to add on to and completely renovate Mulvane.”
Glancing around the interviewee waiting room in Washington D.C., Baker mathematics major Will Duncan couldn't help but wonder how he stacked up.
Students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State and several other prominent research institutions lined the room, nervously waiting for their chance to prove to the National Security Agency that they were more qualified than the other 900 applicants for its prestigious Director’s Summer Program.
Professor of Biology Darcy Russell and a few star science students sit down to discuss the impact a renovated science center could have on Baker University's already high-achieving students and what the transformation will do for the Baker community.