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Nov. 19, 2013
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Baker to honor director of student health services on Dec. 2

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor longtime director of student health services Ruth Sarna during an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at the Collins House, 505 Eighth St. The public is welcome.Ruthforweb

Sarna, who has served more than 15,000 Baker students, faculty and staff since 1989, will retire from the university at the end of the fall semester in December.

"She has treated each student with competence and caring," Baker President Pat Long said. "I hear nurse Ruth stories often from our students and alumni, and when her name is mentioned it is always done with a smile. She has made countless hospital visits, and our parents rely on her compassionate nature to care for their sons and daughters."

Earlier this year Sarna received the Piper Rainen Outstanding Staff Award. The honor recognizes and encourages extraordinary efforts of staff in their dealings with Baker students.

In 2010, Sarna was honored with the national Ollie B. Moten Award, which recognizes American College Health Association members who have made a significant impact at their university.

Sarna spearheaded efforts for the Community Wellness Festival, a free health fair held annually since 2002 at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

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