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Nov. 21, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baldwin City, Kan. — Dr. Lynne Murray was officially sworn in on Friday as the 29th president of Baker University during a small ceremony in the Lincoln-Kemper Parlor at Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus.Medallion51forweb

Richard Howell, chair of Baker's board of trustees, presented Murray with the presidential medallion with several trustees and Baker academic leaders in attendance. Worn during ceremonial occasions such as commencement and convocation, the medallion signifies the official authority and responsibility of the president.

"Today's ceremony was very meaningful," Murray said. "To be presented with the presidential medallion in that intimate room — inside Baker's most iconic building – was a very special moment."

As president, Murray is responsible for providing sound and wise leadership to the university's academic and administrative government systems, reflecting the highest standard of professional and personal integrity. She is committed to raising funds to support scholarships for students and for academic and faculty excellence.

Murray earned a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet University, a master's in marketing from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor's in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Named Baker's president on Dec. 5, 2013, Murray officially took over Baker's top leadership position on July 1, 2014. She will wear the medallion while presiding over her first Baker commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Collins Center.

"The university is fortunate to have her leadership and the board is pleased with the progress she has already made since taking the helm in July 2014," Howell said.

A university-wide celebration for the campus community and the public has been set for Thursday, April 16, 2015. During the event, Murray will share her strategic vision, "Beyond the Horizon," for Baker.

Founded in 1858 and the first university in Kansas, Baker serves more than 3,200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at the College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kan.; the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, which serves adult learners at campuses in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas, and Kansas City and Lee's Summit in Missouri; the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka; and the School of Education which operates in Baldwin City, Overland Park and at sites throughout Kansas.

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University Orchestra to perform Nov. 19

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Nov. 17, 2014

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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Orchestra will perform a concert conducted by Mark Pretzel, director of orchestral activities, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free.

The concert includes the Beethoven Coriolan Overture and the Mozart Symphony No. 29.

The Baker University Orchestra is joined by members of the Johnson County Community College Chamber Orchestra for the Beethoven.

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Nov. 14, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 17-21 with various events on the Baldwin City campus.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. The week is an opportunity to share the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.International-flagsforweb

For the fall semester, Baker is represented by students and faculty from Australia, the Bahamas, Belarus, Canada, Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Guinea, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Romania, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Here is the schedule of Baker's events for next week:

Monday, Nov. 17
Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall: France Day, chicken cordon bleu wraps, Napoleans
12:30 p.m.: Study abroad and travel interterm information session, hosted by Joe Watson and Kathy Wilson, Library 115
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Spanish table, meeting room by Starbucks

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall: Canada Day, Canadian bacon and mozzarella penne, blueberry cobbler
11 a.m.-noon: Taste of Culture, exotic coffee and teas
11:30 a.m.: French table, cafeteria

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall: Caribbean Day, jerk chicken and coconut rice, grilled pineapple with caramel rum sauce
8 p.m.: Movie night, hosted by Cynthia Appl, "The Lives of Others (Das Laben der Anderen)," in German with English subtitles, Owens Audio-Visual Room

Thursday, Nov. 20
Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall: African Day, samosas and bread pudding with pineapple rum sauce

Friday, Nov. 21
Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall: Australian Day, fish and chips, chocolate crackle cookies
12:30 p.m.: Study abroad, travel interterm, Harlaxton information session, hosted by Robyn Long and Kathy Wilson, Library 115

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Symphonic Winds to perform Nov. 18

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Nov. 10, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Symphonic Winds will perform a concert, "Journeys in Song," under the baton of Frank Perez, director of bands, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free.

The concert will feature the Baker Percussion Ensemble with Perez as the guest conductor.

"Journeys in Song" features songs by Morten Lauridsen, Alfred Reed, Steve Grimo, Kevin Walczyk and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Nov. 11, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University was the lone Kansas university ranked in the 2015 Rankings of Midwestern Regional Universities by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. Baker was listed 41st in the Midwest.Parmenterfoweb

The rankings are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the factors included academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of the factors were weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.

According to its website, College Choice publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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Nov. 7, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Ryan Bearrick, a senior music education major from Chanute, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for October.Ryan-Bearrickforweb

Bearrick is active in the Zeta Chi fraternity, serves as the master carpenter for the theater department and is a drum major.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated the following:

"Ryan helped teach and lead the 100-plus high school honor band for the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead. He led the pep rally and conducted the band. Ryan also led the Baker Wildcat band during the Maple Leaf Festival parade. Ryan volunteered all day to help with the 16th annual Baker marching festival. During our first band concert at the beginning of October, Ryan went above and beyond the call of duty."

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Nov. 6, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has been named a "Top College" and the highest ranked in Kansas in the most recent Educate to Career College Rankings Index.Parmenter Hall

The ETC Index analyzes the profile of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market.

Baker was ranked 230th by ETC, placing in the top 20 percent of the College Rankings Index. The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of accredited four-year colleges, with annual enrollments with more than 1,000 students. The Index analyzes data for more than 1,200 colleges, representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges.

"The index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the 1,224 colleges ranked within our system," said Michael R. Havis, president and founder of Educate to Career. "We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to those similarly situated in other colleges. We feel that the colleges scoring in the top one-third of our index are doing a very good job on behalf of their students"

Educate to Career, a California based non-profit, provides outcome-based college and career planning tool programs. The full ETC College Rankings Index, including the methodology used to evaluate colleges, is available at http://educatetocareer.org

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Nov. 5, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker Orange student newspaper website, thebakerorange.com, placed first in the Best of Show competition for small college websites during the Associated Collegiate Press national convention Oct. 30- Nov. 2 in Philadelphia. The event was co-sponsored by the College Media Association.staff2aforweb

Senior editor Taylor Shuck, Lawrence, Kan., attended the convention along with junior Taylor Schley, Topeka, Kan., and sophomores Jessica Lane, Gardner, Kan., and Chad Phillips, Andover, Kan. Faculty members Joe Watson and Dave Bostwick accompanied the students.

In addition to the online honors, the current print edition of the Baker Orange placed second for Best of Show in the category of four-year colleges publishing less than weekly. 

In addition to the group honors, five Baker students received recognition from ACP and CMA for their work from the 2013-14 school year. Phillips finished third in sports photography. Recent graduates Sara Bell, Sean Webb and Jordan Ratterman received honorable mention for their online coverage of Baker's trip to Kentucky for the NAIA women's basketball tournament. Recent graduate Tera Lyons, who is now a web production assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, received an honorable mention award in sports photography.

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Nov. 5, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The 17th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Rice Auditorium with a free concert, led by J.D. Parr, Baker jazz ensemble director.Mike Bogart

The concert features the Baker jazz band and Mike Bogart, a guest artist and trumpeter. Bogart was the lead trumpet for two years in Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band in the late '90s before joining the Tower of Power, a legendary jazz and rock fusion band, for a nine-year stint as lead trumpet and trombone. Bogart has also appeared with such artists as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Aerosmith, and P. Diddy. His improvisational and high note skills will be showcased on both trumpet and trombone in the concert on such notable Maynard Ferguson hits as "Country Road," "Hey Jude" and "Humbug." The program will also include several other rock and Latin-influenced tunes featuring Bogart, the band, and Madison Wendt, a sophomore jazz vocalist from Chanute, Kan.

On Friday, Nov. 21, the Jazz Festival continues with competitive performances by 21 area high school jazz bands from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rice Auditorium. The bands will be rated and critiqued by Bogart and four other Kansas City area jazz musicians and educators. Award citations will be given to outstanding student soloists throughout the day and two scholarships will be presented to the exemplary individual performers.

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Oct. 28, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The National Association of Campus Activities named Randy Flowers, Baker's director of student life, as the Central Region new professional of the year during the annual conference Oct. 23-26 in Arlington, Texas.Randy-Flowersforweb

The region covered Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Flowers has been the director of student life for two years. He previously served a year as assistant director and was a graduate assistant for a year at Baker.

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