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Oct. 10, 2011

Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations, (785) 594-8330

University to recognize Taft’s appearance on campus

Baldwin City, Kan. — Marking the 100th anniversary of U.S. President William Howard Taft’s visit to the Baldwin City campus, Baker University will celebrate its fall convocation at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Rice Auditorium. The public is invited to the annual event.Baker-0964

Taft, president of the United States from 1909 to 1913, delivered a speech on world peace on Sept. 24, 1911, as part of the inaugural ceremony for Baker President Wilbur Nesbitt Mason. Taft spoke at Taylor Hall, now known as Mabee Hall.

Baker’s Department of History, Culture and Society, featuring John Richards, assistant professor of history, and Leonard Ortiz, assistant professor of history, will be speak at the event. Twelve members of Baker's Speech Choir will perform, focusing on Taft’s speech.

Baker President Pat Long and Student Senate President Caleb Watts will deliver remarks at convocation, which will also recognize the university faculty.

The Baker University Brass Quintet and Baker University Concert Choir will perform at the event.


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