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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Fall concert set for Friday

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Oct. 20, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University choirs will present a concert, "Wanderers Upon This Moment," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St. Admission is free and open to the public.Fall-color6forweb

The concert title is taken from a text by Lawrence lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, who recently visited Baker to work with the Baker Concert Choir. Silvestri and composer Dan Forrest were commissioned by a Japanese choir to write "Himenami" in honor
of the victims lost in the 2004 tsunami. The concert will also include music of Josquin des Prez, Robert Schumann, Howard Helvey and Jake Runestad.

Cathy Crispino will conduct the concert with Nanette Kraus serving as the accompanist.

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

Inaugural celebration set for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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Oct. 7, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The inaugural celebration of Dr. Lynne Murray as the 29th president of Baker University will take place Oct. 26-Nov. 1, with the inaugural ceremony set for Thursday, Oct. 30. The public is welcome at all events.lynne murrayforweb

Various events, including a jazz performance, academic lecture and chapel rededication ceremony, will take place during the weeklong celebration.

Dr. Murray's inauguration will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Rice Auditorium. In addition to an inaugural address by President Murray, the ceremony will include remarks from Dr. I King Jordan, president emeritus of Gallaudet University. Jordan was the first deaf president to lead Gallaudet, serving the world's only university for deaf or hard of hearing people from 1988 to 2006. In 2010 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Dr. Murray, who has been the Baker president since July 1, 2014, previously served as vice president of development, alumni and international relations at Gallaudet. As vice president she was instrumental in setting the strategic direction for the university, fiscal management and securing private support to advance the institution.

She earned her Ph.D. in special education administration from Gallaudet University, her M.S. in marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and her B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Baker, the first university in Kansas, educates more than 3,000 students annually. Baker encompasses four schools and offers associate through doctoral degrees. The traditional College of Arts and Sciences campus is located in Baldwin City, Kan., and offers degrees in more than 40 areas of study. The School of Education houses its undergraduate students in Baldwin City and its graduate degree programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area and campuses around the state. In 2006, the School of Education launched its Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, which includes a specific track for individuals pursing leadership positions in higher education. The School of Nursing, which Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers bachelor's degree in nursing.

Here is the inaugural celebration schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 26
Jazz Performance
Rice Auditorium
7 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, a 1981 Baker graduate, will return to the Baldwin City campus for a free concert. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of canned goods, clothing or funds to benefit the Baldwin City Emergency Relief Fund.


Tuesday, Oct. 28
Charles Kopke Lecture
Rice Auditorium
9 p.m.
Darcy Russell, professor of biology, will focus on heroes and role models as part of Baker's Student Activities Council's Last Lecture Series. Charles Kopke is a longtime supporter of Baker University and created the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching in honor of his late mother and late wife.


Thursday, Oct. 30
Chapel Rededication
Outside Clarice L. Osborne Chapel
9:30-10 a.m.
Originally constructed in 1864 in Sproxton, England, the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel has served as the spiritual center of Baker since 1996. The chapel, moved brick by brick to Baldwin City, was dedicated on the Baldwin City campus in 1996 by Lady Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, whose father had preached in the building. Robert R. Osborne, of Olathe, Kan., generously provided the funding to dismantle, ship and rebuild the chapel, which was renamed to honor his wife, Clarice. The celebration will honor the sesquicentennial of the chapel.

Inaugural Address
Rice Auditorium, 11 a.m.
President Lynne Murray will reflect on Baker's history, share her vision for the university and affirm Baker's commitment to academic excellence.


Saturday, Nov. 1
Football Tailgate
Liston Stadium, 11 a.m.
The public is welcome to a tailgate before the Wildcats play at 1 p.m. against Culver-Stockton.


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Oct. 6, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Michaela Jamison, a sophomore history and communication major with a pre-law minor from Shawnee, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for September.Michaela-Jamisonforweb

Jamison is active in Delta Delta Delta, Student Activities Council and College Republicans. She is also a student orientation leader, resident assistant at the New Living Center and team chairman for Party on the Lawn 'Til Dawn.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated:

"She was an amazing orientation leader this summer. She always showed up with a positive attitude and showed that she could work with anyone no matter who they are. Michaela deserves this award for her continual efforts across the university with residence life, dance team, Delta Delta Delta and orientation. I look forward to seeing where Michaela goes."

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

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Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Marching Festival set for Oct. 15

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Oct. 6, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Fifteen bands, four drum lines and three color guard units will participate on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the 16th annual Baker University Class 1A-5A Marching Festival at Liston Stadium on the Baldwin City campus. The public is welcome.

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Oct. 1, 2014
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Topeka, Kan. — The Kansas Independent College Association proudly announced the selection of 18 college faculty members, including Baker University Assistant Professor of English Marti Mihalyi, to receive the association's inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka on Oct. 21.

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Sept. 29, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Frank Perez, director of bands, will make his debut performance conducting the Baker University symphonic winds concert at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Santa Fe Trail exhibit to open on Museum Day

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Sept. 24 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Old Castle Hall on the Baker's Baldwin City campus will be open on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the Smithsonian Magazine's 10th annual Museum Day. Admission is free.

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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University was the highest-ranked Kansas university in the Midwest Universities Regional category in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, released on Tuesday.

Baker, listed 44th in the Midwest, was among the universities ranked in the 12-state region in the latest edition. Regional universities were defined as schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. The region covers schools from Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Tree planting to honor a Baker founder

Baldwin City, Kan. — A bur oak tree will be planted at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, in front of Old Castle, 511 Fifth St., in honor of Henry Barricklow, one of the founders of Baker University. The public is welcome to attend.

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The program, now in its third year, is designed to assist students in their academic transition from high school to college. It provides students the opportunity to share in intellectual exploration through discussion, curricular assignments, reflection and cocurricular programming based on a single book. This year's common book is "This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women" by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

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