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NEWS RELEASE
April 10, 2012
Contacts: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kansas Private College Week April 16-22

Baldwin City, Kan. — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared April 16-22 Kansas Private College Week.

Baker University and the other 17 member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association are the beneficiaries of the governor’s proclamation, which urges “all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges in the state.”Parmenter_Hall

In addition to Baker, other KICA institutions are Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Hesston College, McPherson College, Friends University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College and University of Saint Mary.

Kansas Private College Week is a perfect time to visit a campus. To schedule a visit to Baker's Baldwin City campus, go to http://www.bakeru.edu/baldwin/prospective-students/visit-campus or call 800-873-4282 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About 22,000 students enroll each year for undergraduate or graduate study at one of Kansas’ private colleges, which award 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 29 percent of master’s degrees in the state.

These institutions support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $120 million annually in institutional grants and scholarships to supplement grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments.

Kansas private colleges have more than 200,000 living alumni, half of whom live and work in Kansas – among them some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders.

For more information on Kansas private colleges or on Kansas Private College Week, contact Mark Millikan at (785) 235-9877 or visit www.Proud2BPrivate.com. The site is designed to assist students and their parents in choosing the right college by acquainting them with the Kansas private colleges and by assisting them in finding programs and campus settings that match their interests and preferences.

Here is the official proclamation:

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, There are 18 private non-profit colleges in Kansas, enrolling 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year; and there are over 200,000 living alums—half of whom live and work in Kansas; and among these alums are some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges award over $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students annually; and 20% of the state’s bachelor's degrees and 29% of the state’s master's degrees are awarded to students attending private colleges; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges are major employers in many smaller communities and enrich those communities with an array of cultural and community education events, contributing significantly to the quality of life; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges routinely invest significant financial resources in the economies of their local communities and the state through annual budgets and major construction projects; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges promote civic engagement and leadership development of student through extensive community service and internship/work study programs, and provide educational programming and campus culture that places a priority on the development of personal character and ethical practice;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SAM BROWNBACK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim April 16 - 22, 2012, as

KANSAS PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK

in Kansas and urge all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges in the state.

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