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Jan. 28, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University earned two top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5 competition Jan. 18-24 at Minnesota Normandale Community College, winning the Golden C Wrench as Stagecraft Showdown champions and the Stagecraft Spirit Trophy.Kennedy-Center-group2forweb

Competing against schools of all sizes, the winning technical theater team from Baker was Ryan Bearrick, Chanute, Kan., senior; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan., sophomore; Joey Majchrzak, Olathe, Kan., senior; Cheyenne Queen, Derby, Kan., senior; and MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan., junior. The competition included stage weight/furniture and prop placement, border tie and hang, costume quick-change, light hang/focus and knot tying.

Region 5 covers schools of all sizes from Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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Creative writing major wins award at Harlaxton

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Jan. 28, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Melinda Hipple, a Baker University junior from Baldwin City, Kan., won an essay prize while studying abroad at Harlaxton College during the fall semester.Melinda-Hippleforweb

Hipple, a creative writing major, was honored for her competition manuscript, "The Dust of Other Stars," which consisted of the opening chapters of a novel for young adults. The award is granted each semester to a student who has excelled in academic endeavors and produced a piece of academic work or writing worthy of celebration.

Since 1989, Baker has sent 499 students to study abroad at Harlaxton, recently ranked as the most desirable study abroad opportunity by Best College Reviews.

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Jan. 23, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Six Baker University students traveled to Atlanta during the holiday break to learn more about event operations and strategies connected to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and other organizations as part of an interterm course titled "Bowl Game Extravaganza: Sport Public Relations in Action."Jan15 Interterm-trip BU-at-Hall-of-Fame

Drew Huttinger, Austin Johanning, Tye Hughes, Cooper Johns, Nick Patterson and Austin Keberlin joined Ron Christian, assistant professor of sport administration, the final week of December for the weeklong trip. The course was designed to provide the students in-depth analysis of public and media relations theories, strategies and applications within the context of the sport industry. Throughout the course, the students examined and applied the concepts of public relations, communications, corporate social responsibility, and media relations strategies to the problems of sport organizations.

"The interterm experience at Baker is so unique, and that's the foundation that made this class trip possible," Christian said. "The connections we have made are opening doors to a number of opportunities. Atlanta is a model sport community with a great support system. We had quite an experience seeing the different facets of public relations and event operations. We hope to continue providing this opportunity for students."

In addition to attending the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Texas Christian and Mississippi, the group visited officials with the Atlanta Hawks, the Georgia Dome, the College Football Hall of Fame, CNN and the World of Coke.

"The Hawks welcomed us and provided an in-depth Q & A about their operations, as well as public relations and marketing strategy," the Baker professor noted.

The College Football Hall of Fame recognized Baker University, one of the winningest NAIA programs. Charlie Richard, who compiled a 123-28-1 record in 14 seasons coaching the Wildcats, was inducted posthumously into the hall in 2004.

"One of the coolest things about the trip to Atlanta was walking into the College Football Hall of Fame and seeing the Baker University helmet on the wall along with all the other college football teams in the nation," Huttinger said. "I also thought the College Football Hall of Fame was one the most incredible places I've ever been too. The virtual experience of the whole place is unreal."

The students embraced the experience to interact with professionals in sport administration.

"Hearing tips and advice from senior VP's was an amazing learning opportunity," Hughes said. "It was unbelievable to work with and be a part of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, seeing firsthand many behind-the-scenes operations and gaining work experience with such a renowned sporting event."

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Jan. 22, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Best College Reviews has compiled a list of the most desirable study abroad opportunities, and the British campus of the University of Evansville, Harlaxton Manor, a popular destination for Baker students, tops the rankings.Harlaxtonforweb

Since 1989, Baker has had 499 students study abroad at Harlaxton, including nine students this semester. The students abroad for the spring are Keaton Anchors, Kansas City, Mo.; Laura Price, Frisco, Texas; Paige Meader, Waverly, Kan.; Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kan.; Brianna Garza, Austin, Texas; Shannon Bond, Olathe, Kan.; Hali Wimbush, Paola, Kan.; Stephanie Skedel, Garnett, Kan.; and Kaysha Green, Lawrence, Kan. Dave Bostwick, associate professor of mass media, is the faculty member at Harlaxton.

The rankings were based on the following criteria:

• The program is open to a limited number of students, 500 or less, providing a more intimate experience while abroad.

• The program is at least a semester long.

• Faculty from the university are involved with the students internationally, either traveling with the students, teaching abroad, or overseeing the program in the country.

• The university has a specific location internationally, students are not simply enrolling at international universities.

"This has been a life-changing experience for an entire generation of Baker students," said Martha Harris, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of business and economics. "This program's ranking is an indication of the quality of instruction and experience that our students have enjoyed and helps to explain why our students are such enthusiastic supporters of the program when the return. It has been a privilege to be associated for this program for over 25 years."

The Victorian manor house with over 100 rooms in the picturesque English countryside is located just one hour north of London. Students spend a semester studying an interdisciplinary introduction to British life and culture, including literature, art history, economics, history, and political science. Each course contains a combination of lectures, seminars and travel.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Community Choir to begin spring season

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Jan. 21, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsals for its spring season on Thursday, Jan. 29. The weekly rehearsals are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at McKibbin Recital Hall in the Owens Musical Arts Building, 408 Eighth St., on the Baldwin City campus.Community-Choir

New members are welcome, and no audition is required. A $20 semester participation fee is charged for all non-Baker students.

Cathy Crispino, interim director of choral activities, directs the community choir, which was formed in 2010. The ensemble performs repertoire from the history of all choral traditions and selections from contemporary composers.

On May 1, the University Community Choir will join other Baker choirs to present Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem." The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St.
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Baker graduate receives Horizon Award

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Jan. 15, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Spring Hill Elementary School teacher Haley Epperson, a 2013 Baker graduate, has been recognized as a Horizon Award recipient for her first-year teaching excellence.Haley-Eppersonforweb

The Kansas State Department of Education annually recognizes 32 educators — 16 elementary teachers and 16 secondary teachers — in the state. Four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers are selected for the award from each U.S. Congressional District.

Epperson, a fourth-grade teacher, joined the Spring Hill district in 2013-2014.

In a release posted on the Spring Hill website, Epperson said of her students, "My goal is to keep their curiosities high and create fun, hands-on experiences for them so they learn concepts. I hope that all of them maintain a desire for learning as they grow."

As a district-level winner, Epperson has the opportunity to compete in the Kansas State Department of Education's 2015 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award Program. The initiative provides each Kansas school district with the opportunity to encourage, recognize and reward new members of the profession. The mission of the program is to honor exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

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Jan. 15, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life and special assistant to the president for community outreach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., will be the guest speaker at Baker University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event, part of Baker's first worship service of the spring semester, is set for 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus.

Pleas-Bailey coordinates year-round partnerships with middle schools, high schools, community colleges and nonprofit organizations in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., to provide college preparatory training for students from first generation, ethnic minority and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

With a natural affinity for college students, she has served in various capacities at the college for the past 20 years, including roles as the dean of students, associate dean and assistant dean of students before being promoted to her current post. She has twice been named Southwestern College Student Government Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

Pleas-Bailey has spoken extensively regarding leadership development, conflict resolution, individual motivation, academic success, female empowerment and faith-based learning to organizations and educational institutions. She has done extensive research on the first African-American graduates of the college.

She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the higher education management. She received her master's in education from Newman University in Wichita and bachelor's degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Mungano, Baker's student-run diversity organization, assisted in the planning of the MLK Jr. celebration.

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Dec. 19, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Instructed by faculty with legal expertise and a well-rounded liberal arts education, students interested in law have thrived in small classroom settings at Baker University for more than a century. Lee Green, a faculty member for nearly 30 years, believes he knows the reason behind the success of the students before they embark on a career in the legal field.2014-Winter-PROUDcoverforweb

"The liberal arts focus on developing critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills is a big part of the reason that so many Baker graduates have had success in law school and in their careers as practicing attorneys," says Green, Juris Doctor, and professor of business and economics.

With the recent addition of a pre-law interdisciplinary minor at Baker, current students continue to be coveted by prestigious law schools as they prepare for a distinguished career. Six Baker graduates — Dale Werts, BA '84; Pat Hulla, BS '90; Anji Gandhi, BA '93; Kate (McGrath) Ellis, BS '93; Kendra Hanson, BA '10; and Katie Sellers, BS '11 — recently reflected on how their Baker experiences contributed to their success. Regardless of the stage in their profession, all of the alumni conveyed common threads leading to a gratifying career: critical thinking and excellent communication skills, inspiring faculty and valuable mentors.

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Dec. 18, 2014
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BagpipersforwebBaldwin City, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the fall 2014 semester:

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Dec. 18, 2014
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NursingforwebTopeka, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's School of Nursing's dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the fall 2014 semester:

James Aubey, Topeka, Kan.; Katharine Baldwin, Lawrence, Kan.; Christina Beat, Topeka, Kan.; Tyler Bessey, Lawrence, Kan.; Tashe Campbell-Helm, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Janie Carman, Lawrence, Kan.; Jessica Carroll, Topeka, Kan.; Caitlin Davis, Lawrence, Kan.; Megan Decker, Topeka, Kan.; Malaya Deemer, Junction City, Kan.; Teresa Drovetta, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Lawrence, Kan.; Marci Flory, Overbrook, Kan.; Keishly Franco, Junction City, Kan.; Sarah Gregory, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Topeka, Kan.; Samantha Johnson, Lawrence, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Austin, Texas; Lauren Kauffman, Lawrence, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Topeka, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Topeka, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Topeka, Kan.; Madeline Luther, Lawrence, Kan.; Faith May, Wakarusa, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Tanner McCrary, Berryton, Kan.; Mackenzie Rex, Lawrence, Kan.; Rachel Rush, Topeka, Kan.; Holly Santee, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.; Shelbi Southworth, De Soto, Kan.; Alexandra Strange, Manhattan, Kan.; Madeline Thrasher, Topeka, Kan.; Jamie Todd, Onaga, Kan.; Gillian Trotter, Lawrence, Kan.; Rylee Uhlrich, Topeka, Kan.; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kan.; Maria Walker, Fort Riley, Kan.; Gwen Warton, Mayetta, Kan.; Amanda Welcher, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Whiteside, Overland Park, Kan.; Erika Young, Topeka, Kan.

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Dec. 16, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — John Robbs, a senior from Baldwin City, Kan., has been selected for the 2015 National Small College/Community College Intercollegiate Band. Robbs is an art history major with a double minor in business and music.

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Robbs, a drummer, will perform with the band March 25-28 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he will have an opportunity to collaborate with peers throughout the United States and Canada under the direction of Ray Cramer, professor emeritus from Indiana University.

The Baker student was selected before many other highly skilled and competent performers, based on his application and his director's recommendation and evaluation.

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Professor reflects on participating with Awava

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Dec. 16, 2014
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Ryan-Gibbforweb1Ryan Gibb, assistant professor of international studies and political science at Baker, has traveled four times to Uganda to volunteer with the Awava, witnessing the positive effects of the socially conscious business practices on producers in East Africa that the organization's founders intended. Gibb first went to the African county to teach at a high school before returning a couple of years later to conduct dissertation research. For his most recent trip this past summer, he traveled to Gulu in northern Uganda to complete research, deliver supplies and visit friends.

In particular, Gibb has become close to Lucy, an artisan who has benefitted from the program. He makes sure to visit with her to learn more about the success of her business. 

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Dec. 15, 2014
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Since graduating six months ago from Baker University, Bryan Williams, a member of the Class of 2014, has found a place educating others on an island in the South Pacific.Bryan-Williams

Williams, an English and secondary education major at Baker, has embraced serving as a WorldTeach volunteer in American Samoa, 6,000 miles from the comfort of Baldwin City. WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote global citizenship. The organization works with the American Samoa Department of Education to place volunteers at schools that need assistance. For the first three weeks, he and 20 other volunteers lived together in a classroom for orientation.

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Dec. 12, 2014
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Kenya-Emilie-DurganforwebTopeka, Kan. — Baker University School of Nursing faculty, alumni and students continue to assist 2008 School of Nursing graduates Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and Hottensiah Kimori in delivering on their medical mission of promoting health care in Kenyan communities through Streams of Hope International.

In July for the organization's sixth medical mission, nursing professor Ruth Ohm and assistant nursing professor Marlene Eicher, a 2005 graduate, joined a team of volunteers, including nursing students Alexandria Clark, Cierra Clark, Emilie Durgan and Erin Stephan. Two Stormont-Vail HealthCare nurses Mercedes Eicher, Class of 2012, and Lorin Feiden, Class of 2014, also made the 12-day trip, including days spent housed in living quarters with mosquito nets.

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Dec. 12, 2014
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QuinnsforwebOverland Park, Kan. — While attending weekly classes from January 2013 through December 2014, the Quinn brothers relied on each other for inspiration to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University.

John and Ryan Quinn completed 43 credit hours at Baker's Overland Park campus, 7301 College Blvd. On Sunday, the brothers will be among 140 MBA graduates honored during a commencement ceremony at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus. Ryan (on left in photo) took the first step in applying to Baker's program, attending an information meeting two years ago. The more John heard about the coursework the more he wanted to join his sibling.

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Dec. 10, 2014
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JabaraforwebBaldwin City, Kan. — Since graduating a decade ago from Baker University, the university's first recipients of the Fran Jabara Leadership Award have embodied the spirit of the honor. Christy Renyer, a 2004 graduate, and Jason Webb, a 2005 graduate, received the award during the May 2005 commencement ceremony for, as the mission of the honor states, demonstrating a capacity for future leadership based on his or her leadership in the classroom, with service clubs, on the athletic field, or in student government.

In September, the two alumni, both members of the prestigious Bronston Fellows program while undergraduates, reminisced during lunch at a restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., about life after Baker and discussed their plans.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Former pastor inspired to earn nursing degree

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Dec. 10, 2014
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Aubrey-Jamesforweb-2Topeka, Kan. — A former pastor with a background in medicine, James Aubey began thinking about pursuing a nursing degree during a faltering economy in 2008. After his first wife, a registered nurse, passed away a couple of years later, he followed his heart and enrolled in the Baker School of Nursing.

On Friday night, Aubey will join 31 classmates during a special pinning ceremony at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Two days later, he will walk across the stage at the Collins Center as a Baker nursing graduate after earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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Dec. 9, 2014
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MBA-Leigh-YatesBaldwin City, Kan. — A lifelong learner, Leigh Yates has enjoyed developing various skills and taking risks throughout her professional career. On Sunday, Yates will be one of 140 graduates honored at the Collins Center with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Yates completed her coursework — 43 credit hours all online — in less than two years. In October, she finished her final class, strategic planning for competitive organizations. She lived in Kansas City, Mo., during the first half of the program before moving to Minneapolis, Minn.

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Baker University announces Class of 2014

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Dec. 8, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor more than 240 undergraduates and more than 250 graduate students with two commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Collins Center.Class-of-2014forweb

New president Lynne Murray will preside over her first commencement ceremonies at Baker. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 1 p.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education. Graduate degrees will be conferred at 4 p.m. for the School of Education and School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

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Dec. 8, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. – Baker University's men's athletic program finished the 2013-14 academic year with the highest overall GPA of all 10 institutions in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, announced by the conference office.

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Dec. 5, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Delta Pi chapter inducted seven students and a faculty member into Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, during a ceremony on Thursday at the Alumni Center on the Baldwin City campus.Phi-Beta-Delta-A-new-inducteesforweb

The students inducted were Zach Aldrich, Brad Burnside, Laura Bynum, Abbey Elsbernd, Katelyn Morris, Chris Tuso and Lexi Nyoni. Nicholaus Pumphrey, assistant professor of religious studies, was inducted as a faculty member. Baker student Morgan Banning, studying in Belgium for the fall semester, was selected as the recipient of the Eliot S. Berkley Prize in International Studies. Baker President Lynne Murray was recognized as an honorary member.

Since 1999, Delta Pi has grown to more than 240 members, including 170-plus students.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

Senior, sophomore honored as student leaders

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Dec. 2, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — A senior and sophomore have been recognized as Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for November and December.Student-Leadersforweb

Peyton Weekly, a senior sociology major from Gardner, Kan., and Lucy Staats, a sophomore sports administration and business major from Paola, Kan., were selected for their recent contributions to the campus community. Both students play for Baker's softball team.

The nomination for the leadership honor for Weekly stated the following:

"In the philosophy class that we had together, she was instrumental helping to organize study groups to help student prepare for midterms, unit tests and the final. She assumed a great deal of responsibility in organizing the study group sessions, and coordinating a time that would work for all the students, as well as preparing notes and study materials for all the students. She displays confidence in her ability to accomplish the most demanding tasks, even under intense deadlines."

The nomination for the leadership honor for Staats stated the following:

"She has battled through injuries during her time with the Baker softball team, yet she has not allowed her support for her teammates or her commitment to herself to waiver. Her support for other student athletes, programs and students in general is inspirational."


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Dec. 1, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's 84th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free.2014-Vespers-Facebookforweb

The Baker University brass ensemble, concert choir, brass quartet, chamber singers, percussion ensemble, percussion ensemble, orchestra, speech choir, jazz ensemble, string quartet and community choir will perform. The audience will be welcomed to sing along for "Silent Night."

Baker President Lynne Murray is scheduled to read "Sitting on the Hillside" from "Kneeling in Bethlehem."
Here is the list of performers for Vespers:

Brass Quintet
Trevon Waddle, Katherine Stueve, Frank Perez, Micheal Sturm and Jacob Neiman

Concert Choir
Kelli Bauman, Ryan Bearrick, Jacob Brooks, Laura Bynum, Mykaela Cross, Adriane Dick, Aubrey Eicher, Emily Elliott, Carson Ferren, Lora Finley, Morgan Giudicessi, Brandon Haefke, Kristina Heinrich, Allissa Houchin, Brian Loux, Chelsey Mann, Jillian Miller, Luke Miltz, Jacob Neiman, Kayla Paul, Zach Pryor, Chelsie Pyatt, Sarah Queen, Hannah Remick, Bryan Richardson, Haley Roberts, Emily Robison, MacKenzie Sammons, Tyler Sams, Dante Simmons, Collin Studer, Katherine Stueve, Anna Stumpf, Trevon Waddle, Bethany Warrick, Madison Wendt, Taylor Winkler and Amy Wysong

Chamber Singers
Laura Bynum, Jacob Cleek, Aubrey Eicher, Emily Elliott, Lora Finley, Morgan Giudicessi, Brandon Haefke, Chelsey Mann, Kayla Paul, Zach Pryor, Joshua Seybert, Dante Simmons, Trevon Waddle, Madison Wendt and Taylor Winkler

Percussion Ensemble
Emily Elliott, Greg Henning, Becca Holder, Brian Loux, John Robbs, Stephanie Skedel

Orchestra
Violin I
Sam Kendrick, Allissa Houchin, Marshall Sumwalt, Thomas York

Violin II
Olivia Allen, Tyler Sams, Austin Harshaw, Hannah Remick

Viola
Audrey Willis, Amanda Conrade, Khadijah Lane

Cello
Ulrich Johanning, Brittany Gapter, Brian Loux

Bass
Jacob Brooks

Speech Choir
Brittany Friedel, Brittney Harmon, Cody Keener, Emi Kniffin, Jesse Miller, Logan Pope
Dory Smith, Marissa Smith, Jerome Washington

Jazz Ensemble
Alto Saxophone
Lora Finley, Amanda Love

Tenor Saxophone
Jacob Brooks, Bailey Stines

Baritone Saxophone
Steven Stendebach

Trumpet
Trevon Waddle, Grant Ellis, Katherine Stueve

Trombone
Dante Simmons, Micheal Sturm, Corey Matteson, Collin Studer

Rhythm
Brian Loux, bass; John Robbs, drums; Tyler Sams, guitar; Taylor Winkler, piano

University Community Choir
Briana Aeschliman, Rachel Ash, Jordan Brown, Victoria Cantrell, Jacob Cleek, Samuel Clemens, Kathryn Cooper , Frankie Farrant, Taylor Files, Lauren Freking, Mark Harman, Jessica Harvey, John Henderson, Kelli Higgins, Emily Hilton, Jessica Holmes, Michael Kunard, Taylor McDowell, Elisabeth Minson, Alexandra Packard, Victoria Paul, Mariah Quinn, Joshua Seybert, Bailey Stines, Angelica Wade, Jenna Warmund, Erin Wesselowski

Buel A. Hill String Quartet
Sam Kendrick, Marshall Sumwalt, Audrey Willis, Brian Loux

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

Baker seniors honored as Teachers of Promise

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Nov. 25, 2014
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teachersfall2014Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University seniors Renata Dill and Cooper Clark were honored on Nov. 21 as Teachers of Promise at the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Awards Banquet in Wichita. The award salutes aspiring educators to recognize, recruit and retain the best Kansas teachers for Kansas children.

Dill, of Manhattan, Kan., is an elementary education major. Clark, of Haysville, Kan., is a middle level science major. The two seniors will graduate during commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Abby Hedrick, a 2008 Baker graduate, was a finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year honor. She is a math teacher at Paola (Kan.) Middle School.

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Nov. 21, 2014
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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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