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March 17, 2014
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Senior represents United States at international leadership conference

Baldwin City, Kan. — Katie Thurbon, a Baker University senior from Topeka, Kan., has been selected to be the U.S. female representative for student-athletes at the International University Sports Federation forum this week in South Korea.Katie-Thurbon-3forweb

Thurbon is a former student senate president and All-America performer in the pole vault for Baker. She is Baker's first Capital One Academic All-American and is a member of parMentors, a student organization that represents the university at various events.

Thurbon, an economics and international students major, studied abroad in fall 2013 in Granada, Spain.

Formed in 1949, the biennial International University Sports Federation forum was created as a global governing body of national sports organizations. This year's theme is "a networking platform to advance the technical, social and cultural skills of young leaders."

Earlier this month, Thurbon was named the 2013 Dr. LeRoy Walker Character Award winner by the national NAIA office. The award annually recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition.

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