Displaying items by tag: News http://www.bakeru.edu Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:46:47 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker is top-ranked Kansas university in U.S. News & World Report's Midwest Regional category http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10244-baker-is-top-ranked-kansas-university-in-u-s-news-world-report-s-midwest-regional-category http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10244-baker-is-top-ranked-kansas-university-in-u-s-news-world-report-s-midwest-regional-category

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.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 10, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

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.Parmenter Hall

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.

The regional universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four regions — North, South, Midwest and West — because, in general, they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to the U.S. News & World Report's website.

"I have learned quickly of Baker's reputation as one of the premier private universities in the region," said new Baker President Lynne Murray. "The latest ranking reveals once again Baker's longstanding commitment to the students and the university's mission to provide a well-rounded education. We will continue to offer high-quality programs that will lead to enriching personal and professional lives for our graduates."

The U.S. News & World Report's rankings are based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. The magazine collects its data from the universities and several other sources.

Baker's alumni giving rate of 16 percent was No. 1 among the Kansas universities in the category.

"Our generous alumni remain committed to supporting our academic programs," Murray said. "They continue to look out for the best interests of our students."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Tree planting to honor a Baker founder http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10237-tree-planting-to-honor-a-baker-founder http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10237-tree-planting-to-honor-a-baker-founder Tree planting to honor a Baker founder

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.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 8, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

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.Old Castle

The event will include a performance by Baker's Speech Choir, directed by Susan Emel, professor of communication studies. The group's performance will be based on one of the family's historic letters recounting events and conditions relative to the founding of the University in 1858. Members of the University administration also will participate in the program.

Barricklow made exploratory trips to northeastern Kansas from his home in southern Indiana throughout the early 1850s. Determined to help establish Kansas as a free state, he moved his family in 1855 to a homestead near the small settlement of Palmyra, the predecessor of present-day Baldwin City. It was in Barricklow's home, known as the Kibbee/Barricklow Cabin, where a group of Methodist ministers met to form Baker.

Tammy Silva, a Barricklow descendant, has partnered with Roger Boyd, director of natural areas at Baker, to organize the tree planting. Silva said she hoped many Barricklow descendants and their families would attend the event. A plaque will be placed at the site to commemorate the dedication.

For more information, contact Tammy Silva at tahampt17@gmail.com


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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Common Reading Book program increases in popularity http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10223-common-reading-book-program-increases-in-popularity http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10223-common-reading-book-program-increases-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.

 

NEWS RELEASE
August 28, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

 

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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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker recognized as College of Distinction http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10180-baker-recognized-as-college-of-distinction http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10180-baker-recognized-as-college-of-distinction

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.

NEWS RELEASE
August 13, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baker recognized as College of Distinction

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.

"Baker has earned a strong reputation for its outstanding faculty and stellar students who are connected to their professors, eager to excel in the classroom and in the campus community," said Brian Posler, executive vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker.

Founded in 1858 and the first college in Kansas, Baker was selected "for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing their graduates for real-world success.
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Colleges of Distinction recognized Baker for demonstrating their dedication to the publication's core values: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Community choir to begin rehearsals http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10173-community-choir-to-begin-rehearsals http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10173-community-choir-to-begin-rehearsals

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.

 

NEWS RELEASE
August 12, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

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.

New members are welcome and no audition is required. A $20 semester participation fee is charged for all non-Baker students.

Cathy Crispino, interim director of choral activities, directs the community choir, which was formed in 2010. The ensemble performs repertoire from the history of all choral traditions and selections from contemporary composers.

The choir will participate in two musical events this semester. The fall concert, titled "Wanderers Upon This Moment," will be 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at First United Methodist Church. The Candlelight Vespers will be 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, at Rice Auditorium.

For more information, contact Crispino at cathy.crispino@bakeru.edu

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Master of Liberal Arts program ranked fifth nationally http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10130-master-of-liberal-arts-program-ranked-fifth-nationally http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10130-master-of-liberal-arts-program-ranked-fifth-nationally

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.

NEWS RELEASE
July 21, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330, steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Master of Liberal Arts program ranked fifth nationally

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Master of Liberal Arts online degree program has been ranked fifth nationally by the wordfocus.com website.Parmenter Hall

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.

The MLA program, provided at Baker since the mid-1970s, is known for customizing its curriculum for students with an emphasis on creative arts, history and ideas, and natural and social sciences.

“For nearly 40 years, Baker University has been at the forefront of educating adult learners,” said Brian Messer, vice president and dean of Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. “The latest honor highlights the importance of our well-rounded degree program and how the vast learning opportunities at Baker prepare our students for a rewarding career.”

For more on the Baker MLA program, go to www.bakeru.edu/spgs-prospective2/degrees-and-programs/mla

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500