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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.

Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Tree planting to honor a Baker founder

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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.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

Projects planned for 9/11 Week of Service

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NEWS RELEASE

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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August 28, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Common Reading Book program on the Baldwin City campus continues to increase in popularity.

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.

"The common book is definitely becoming a fabric of the first-year experience," said Cassy Bailey, dean of students at Baker. "Every year we receive more nominations and more interest in the chosen book. I hear students identify their year by what the common book was their first year."

Students receive a free copy of the book during summer orientation and enrollment days. They arrive on campus in August prepared to discuss the book.

The program immediately connects students to faculty, staff members and peers while allowing the students to reflect on personal experiences that are connected to the book. "This I Believe" was selected primarily because of the arrival of new Baker president Lynne Murray.

"Dr. Murray will share with the freshman class her answer to what she believes," Bailey said. "The stories share values and guiding principles of the famous and common people. Freshman students will be asked to answer the question of what they believe, which is such an important developmental question."

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Baker recognized as College of Distinction

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Baldwin City, Kan. — Colleges of Distinction, a guidebook highlighting four-year colleges and universities that are considered "hidden gems," has recognized Baker University in its 2014-2015 publication.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Community choir to begin rehearsals

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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsing on Thursday, Aug. 28, for the fall season. The weekly rehearsals are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at McKibbin Recital Hall in the Owens Musical Arts Building, 408 Eighth St., on the Baldwin City campus.

The site selected Baker for its dedication to “refining their undergraduate accomplishments” and accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It also noted Baker’s concentration programs meeting the various professional standards for study in professional disciplines.