Displaying items by tag: News http://www.bakeru.edu Sat, 28 May 2016 02:52:06 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb McCarthy wins Baker’s Kopke Award for Teaching http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12136-mccarthy-wins-baker-s-kopke-award-for-teaching http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12136-mccarthy-wins-baker-s-kopke-award-for-teaching McCarthy wins Baker’s Kopke Award for Teaching

Known for his ability to translate complex business analytics concepts into real-world application, Kevin McCarthy was awarded the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching.

May 27, 2016

Dr. Kevin McCarthy was awarded the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching on Sunday, May 22, during the commencement ceremony in Baldwin City.

The award annually recognizes a Baker faculty member who has a record of excellence in teaching and in transforming students into scholars, who brings honor to the university, and who exhibits good moral character. McCarthy also received a $5,000 cash award and a crystal apple trophy.

“It’s humbling to realize that I’m part of the great tradition of Kopke-recognized faculty dating back to 1998 and into the future as well,” McCarthy said. “I’m proud to share in that heritage. Some of those faculty colleagues have served as role models and mentors in various ways.”

McCarthy has taught an array of business and economics courses during his 23 years at Baker University. This spring McCarthy taught Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics II, Quantitative Methods in Decision Making, and Business Analytics. McCarthy's students appreciate his ability to translate complex business analytics concepts into real-world application.

“Their learning and growth is so much of what sparks and fuels our efforts as professors,” McCarthy said.

The Kopke award was established in 1998 by Charles Kopke, a longtime supporter of Baker. It is named in honor of his late mother, Jennie Howell Kopke, a 1921 Baker graduate, and his late wife, Verda.

Previous winners of the award are Karen Exon (1998), Anthony Brown (1999), Lee Green (2000), Rand Ziegler (2001), Inge Balch (2002), Darcy Russell (2003), Tracy Floreani (2004), John Richards (2005), Ryan Beasley (2006), J.D. Parr (2007), Cynthia Appl (2008), Cal Cink (2009), Jacob Bucher (2010), Martha Harris (2011), Susan Emel (2012), Sara Crump (2013), Joe Watson (2014), and Alan Grant (2015).

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Fri, 27 May 2016 09:40:02 -0500
School of Nursing dean’s list announced for spring semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12135-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list-announced-for-spring-semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12135-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list-announced-for-spring-semester School of Nursing dean’s list announced for spring semester

Baker University’s School of Nursing announces the dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the spring 2016 semester.

The following students were named to Baker University’s School of Nursing dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the spring 2016 semester:

Cody T. Barger, Lawrence, Kansas;  Gabrielle F. Betsch, Olathe, Kansas; Rebecca S. Brown, Tecumseh, Kansas; Laura B. Bush, Topeka, Kansas; Tiffany M. Clark, Lawrence, Kansas; Brenna Cook, Overland Park, Kansas; Megan E. Decker, Topeka, Kansas; Malaya R. Deemer, Junction City, Kansas; Jessica Dill, Topeka, Kansas; Teresa E. Drovetta, Lawrence, Kansas; Addison M. Dunlap, Overland Park, Kansas; Abbigail J. Eisenhut, Topeka, Kansas; Jasmine M. Emerick, Topeka, Kansas; Kaitlyn M. Enochs, Lawrence, Kansas; Amanda L. Gromer, Topeka, Kansas; Baleigh Haag, Wichita, Kansas; Alexis D. Hartzog, Topeka, Kansas; Michelle M. Haug, Topeka, Kansas; Morgan L. Hofmeister, Topeka, Kansas; Katelynn S. Hoobler, Topeka, Kansas; Lakisha F. Irwin, Raytown, Missouri; Kendra L. Jermark, Topeka, Kansas; Samantha M. Johnson, Lawrence, Kansas; Savannah L. Keller, Topeka, Kansas; Amanda R. Lasswell, Topeka, Kansas; Sarah J. Ludwig-Eatmon, Topeka, Kansas; Katrina M. Morriss, Lawrence, Kansas; Ashley Mullins, Overland Park, Kansas; Andreas Munk, Overland Park, Kansas; Rachel N. Myers, Lawrence, Kansas; Wakako Nakura, Kansas City, Kansas; Kristen N. Queen, Topeka, Kansas; Allison M. Russell, Topeka, Kansas; Holly Santee, Lawrence, Kansas; Grace M. Sexton, Abilene, Kansas; Molly E. Thomas, Lawrence, Kansas; Madeline Thrasher, Lawrence, Kansas; Brady S. True, Topeka, Kansas; Samantha L. Twenhafel, Nortonville, Kansas; Maria I. Walker, Fort Riley, Kansas; Joshua M. Witt, Topeka, Kansas

The School of Nursing, which Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail Health in Topeka, offers bachelor’s and master's degrees in nursing.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Fri, 27 May 2016 09:25:28 -0500
Baker University announces dean’s list for spring semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12134-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12134-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester Baker University announces dean’s list for spring semester

Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences announces the dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the spring 2016 semester.

Baldwin City, Kansas — The following students were named to Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the spring 2016 semester:

Seth M. Ahart, Leavenworth, Kansas; Ryan D. Akin, Sedalia, Missouri; Adam J. Alfaro, Overland Park, Kansas; Asail A. Aljmeeli, Lawrence, Kansas; Abdullah Alrashed, Manhattan, Kansas; Rebecca A. Antes, Edgerton, Kansas; Caitlin L. Apollo, New Rochelle, New York; Rhonda K. Applegate, Bolivar, Missouri; Elizabeth C. Arnold, Prairie Village, Kansas; Jesse R. Austin, Baldwin City, Kansas; Alexander D. Baird, Overland Park, Kansas; Sarah J. Baker, Wellsville, Kansas; Brooke E. Barnard, Kansas City, Missouri; Nathalia K. Barr, Oak Grove, Missouri; Brittany F. Bartak, Lawrence, Kansas; Baylee S. Bartgis, Wasilla, Alaska; Maxwell R. Baum, Overland Park, Kansas; Taylor M. Baum, Overland Park, Kansas; Alisa A. Becker, McPherson, Kansas; Nicholas C. Becker, Lawrence, Kansas; Rhianna L. Becker, Sabetha, Kansas; Savannah R. Bellem, Prairie Village, Kansas; Gonnie Ben-Tal, Trenton, New Jersey; Jenna E. Black, Johnson, Kansas; Parks H. Boeschen, Gladstone, Missouri; Craig J. Bolton, Drexel, Missouri; Shannon M. Bond, Olathe, Kansas; Callie K. Brabender, Lawrence, Kansas; Sloane C. Brady, Overland Park, Kansas; Jade M. Brake, Meriden, Kansas; Olivia R. Brees, Topeka, Kansas; John C. Breithaupt, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Logan A. Brettell, Overland Park, Kansas; Dalton W. Brinegar, Oak Grove, Missouri; Mackenzie N. Brock, Dodge City, Kansas; Jordan D. Brown, Overland Park, Kansas; Spencer L. Brown, Overland Park, Kansas; Destiny R. Bruno, Gardner, Kansas; Sydney R. Buchel, Katy, Texas; Jordan L. Buscher, Overland Park, Kansas; Justin S. Bye, Kansas City, Kansas; Laura G. Bynum, Kansas City, Kansas; Stephanie J. Cardona, Parker, Colorado; Jenna L. Carducci, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Danielle M. Carlson, Olathe, Kansas; Benjamin E. Carpenter, Spring Hill, Kansas; Tyler J. Cawley, Baldwin City, Kansas; Clinton J. Chapman, Baldwin City, Kansas; Taylor M. Chase, Littleton, Colorado; Holly M. Chestnut, Prairie Village, Kansas; Houston D. Chinn, Topeka, Kansas; Austin J. Chisam, Parker, Kansas; Alicia M. Clark, Shawnee, Kansas; Ryan M. Clark, Holton, Kansas; Katherine E. Comer, Kansas City, Kansas; Bailey R. Conklin, Roeland Park, Kansas; Amanda S. Conrade, Topeka, Kansas; Kailin R. Cordes, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Clarissa M. Courtney, McLouth, Kansas; KasiDee J. Cox, Independence, Kansas; Colby D. Crank, Lawrence, Kansas; Michelle E. Critchfield, Hesston, Kansas; Mykaela L. Cross, Eudora, Kansas

Andrew M. Dare, Olathe, Kansas; Ethan de Leon, Prairie Village, Kansas; Kenneth J. Delaquila, Kansas City, Kansas; Amer Didic, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada; Brittney R. Diehm, Parker, Kansas; Kaci D. Dillingham, Topeka, Kansas; Michael J. Draper, Grain Valley, Missouri; Erin T. Drees, Spring Hill, Kansas; Emily M. Easum, Lawrence, Kansas; Blake K. Edwards, Liberal, Kansas; Aubrey L. Eicher, Topeka, Kansas; Anna M. Eichten, Topeka, Kansas; Mary-Katherine Ekins, Boise, Idaho; Andrew F. Emanuels, Shawnee, Kansas; Michael A. Epp, Spring Hill, Kansas; Taylor R. Ficke, Olathe, Kansas; Kristen F. Finger, Lawrence, Kansas; Lora A. Finley, Altamont, Kansas; Sarah A. Fritz, Topeka, Kansas; Darby M. Fugitt, Prairie Village, Kansas; Cameryn J. Galvan, Baldwin City, Kansas; Nathaniel C. Garcia, Las Vegas, Nevada; Jake M. Gesling, Kansas City, Missouri; Weston S. Gloss, Overbrook, Kansas; Alyssa J. Glover, Emporia, Kansas; Hannah M. Grasser, Overland Park, Kansas; Hannah I. Green, Ottawa, Kansas; Aaron J. Greenbaum, Prairie Village, Kansas; Gabriel J. Greenbaum, Mission, Kansas; Matthew J. Gruber, Stilwell, Kansas; David J. Guerrero, Keizer, Oregon; Erin M. Gutierrez, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Mykaela D. Hagen, Topeka, Kansas; Austin S. Halsey, Topeka, Kansas; Makenzie S. Hanson, Overland Park, Kansas; Sydnie M. Hanson, Overland Park, Kansas; Caitlin N. Hardgrove, Torrance, California; Brittany K. Hardin, Maysville, Kentucky; Brittney L. Harmon, Americus, Kansas; Jessica L. Harvey, Lenexa, Kansas; Folauhola I. Hautau, Pacific Grove, California; Heidi J. Hayen, Topeka, Kansas; Ethan C. Hays, Smithville, Kansas; Gunnar C. Hays, Prairie View, Kansas; Samantha J. Heck, Olathe, Kansas; Megan J. Henry, Arlington, Kansas; Michelle D. Henry, Louisburg, Kansas; Brenna K. Herdman, Vassar, Kansas; Allyson T. Hertig, Lawrence, Kansas; Matthew R. Hess, Olathe, Kansas; Kathryn C. Hibbeler, Lake Waukomis, Missouri; Kelli B. Higgins, Wellsville, Kansas; Zachary R. Hipsher, Grain Valley, Missouri; Jami R. Hodge, Spring Hill, Kansas; Robert J. Hoeven, Olathe, Kansas; Sarah R. Hollis, Junction City, Kansas; Kendal L. Holloman, Grantville, Kansas; Krista L. Hooper, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Tamara M. House, Atchison, Kansas; Aaron E. Howard, Raymore, Missouri; Allie D. Howland, Lawrence, Kansas; Tye R. Hughes, Lawrence, Kansas; Michael K. Igwe, Houston, Texas

Anna R. Ikenberry, Olathe, Kansas; Ethan S. Jacks, Placitas, New Mexico; Austin A. Johanning, Lecompton, Kansas; Sydney C. Johnson, Kansas City, Kansas; Taylor H. Johnson, Flower Mound, Texas; Oaklee R. Jones, Salt Lake City, Utah; Raymond W. Jones, Tecumseh, Kansas; James C. Joyner, Overland Park, Kansas; Brett J. Juhl, North Bend, Nebraska; Caringtyn N. Julian, Independence, Kansas; Cody L. Keener, Lawrence, Kansas; Samuel B. Kenney, Sugar Creek, Missouri; Abigail C. Key, Louisburg, Kansas; Melissa L. Kinzer, Olathe, Kansas; Emi L. Kniffin, Wichita, Kansas; Sabrina D. Knoll, Eudora, Kansas; Joshua B. Kock, Concordia, Kansas; Kayla S. Kohn, Wellsville, Kansas; McKenzie J. Kula, Lawrence, Kansas; Mikayla Lady, Topeka, Kansas; Sarah M. Lambert, Belton, Missouri; Jessica M. Lane, Gardner, Kansas; Khadijah L. Lane, Omaha, Nebraska; Kelsey J. Larson, Colony, Kansas; Mitchell J. Lierz, Sabetha, Kansas; Miranda P. Lindmark, Overland Park, Kansas; Trevor J. Lininger, Raymore, Missouri; Adam F. Lomenick, Bristow, Oklahoma; Maurice L. Loridon, Shawnee, Kansas; Madison T. Lutz, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Cambry T. Lynch, Lawrence, Kansas; Erika L. Mallery, Overland Park, Kansas; Chelsey M. Mann, St. Joseph, Missouri; Gloria R. Mares, Andover, Kansas; Clae C. Martin, New South Wales, Nevada; Lindsey Mateer, Spring Hill, Kansas; Matthew L. Maumalanga, Andover, Kansas; Brenda J. McCollum, Fall River, Kansas; Madeline J. McCrary, Baldwin City, Kansas; Logan A. McDowell, Abilene, Kansas; Emerson F. McGuire, Ashland, Missouri; Sierra R. McKinney, Wellsville, Kansas; Andrew C. Meinking, Kansas City, Missouri; Connor C. Middleton, Olathe, Kansas; Andrew R. Miller, Overland Park, Kansas; Ilona E. Miller, Baldwin City, Kansas; Jordan E. Miller, Ozawkie, Kansas; Samantha A. Mitchell, Auburn, Kansas; Macy A. Mock, Dodge City, Kansas; Matthew J. Mogle, Columbus, Kansas; Jamison E. Montes de Oca, Lawrence, Kansas; Andrew J. Moore, Olathe, Kansas; Rachel N. Moore, Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson K. Moormeier, Olathe, Kansas; Monica A. Morris, Stilwell, Kansas; Sarah A. Mullins, Atchison, Kansas; Mallorie A. Nelson, Paola, Kansas; Wei Xian Ng, Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia; Adam M. Novak, Leavenworth, Kansas; Breanna M. Nutt, Dennis, Kansas; Christopher J. Oetken, Olathe, Kansas; Diego F. Ordonez, Prosper, Texas; Michael J. Owen, Topeka, Kansas

Jasmine Parra, Baldwin City, Kansas; Victoria K. Paul, Blue Springs, Missouri; Matthew D. Paxton, Olathe, Kansas; Jennie C. Payne, Washougal, Washington; Emily L. Pennington, Kansas City, Kansas; Benjamin H. Pepper, Olathe, Kansas; Chad W. Phillips, Wichita, Kansas; Billi L. Pipes, Salado, Texas; Krista L. Porter, Oasge City, Kansas; Alison R. Prather, Lawrence, Kansas; Cali K. Proctor, Olathe, Kansas; Darrell T. Randall, Overland Park, Kansas; Samuel D. Richards, Baldwin City, Kansas; Nicholas J. Riggle, Olathe, Kansas; Emily J. Riggs, Emporia, Kansas; Jenny M. Robbs, Baldwin City, Kansas; Haley J. Roberts, Horton, Kansas; Tyson G. Robke, Lebo, Kansas; Lucas R. Roucher, Rancho Santa Fe, California; MacKenzie A. Sammons, Wellsville, Kansas; Anastasia L. Samsonov, Wellsville, Kansas; Julian A. Sansano, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Kaitlyn R. Saunders, Littleton, Colorado; Patrick I. Schultz, Paola, Kansas; Clayton T. Sears, Independence, Kansas; Deeva Sharma, Leawood, Kansas; Kristen R. Shaw, Overland Park, Kansas; Nicholas B. Shondell, Shawnee, Kansas; Austin M. Shrout, Blue Springs, Missouri; Caylea N. Siler, Bonner Springs, Kansas; Whitney A. Silkey, Tecumseh, Kansas; Rebecca L. Simkins, Merriam, Kansas; Ericka J. Simpson, Olathe, Kansas; Sara E. Slater, Lansing, Kansas; Dorion L. Smith, Kansas City, Missouri; Jayden A. Smith, Wichita, Kansas; Gregory W. Snell, Eudora, Kansas; Ashley R. Sparks, Wellsville, Kansas; Anna L. Staats, Paola, Kansas; Steven F. Stendebach, Olathe, Kansas; Megan E. Stephens, Tonganoxie, Kansas; Kaitlyn N. Stout, Olathe, Kansas; Elizabeth L. Stover, Olathe, Kansas; Collin W. Studer, Wathena, Kansas; Micheal A. Sturm, Eudora, Kansas; Daniel J. Sumler, Anderson, Missouri; Emilee L. Sumler, Anderson, Missouri; Cody T. Sunderland, Pleasanton, Kansas; Trevor W. Sutton, Wamego, Kansas; Taylor R. Swartzendruber, Hesston, Kansas; Maxwell J. Taulbee, De Soto, Kansas; Hannah D. Thevarajoo, Eudora, Kansas; Joshua R. Thomas, Henderson, Nevada; Michael B. Thomason, Independence, Kansas; Brenna R. Thompson, Overland Park, Kansas; Haley E. Thompson, Olathe, Kansas; Myron J. Tipton, Overland Park, Kansas; Hannah V. Tolliver, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Jacob A. Tompkins, Marysville, Kentucky; Danisha M. Turner, Kansas City, Missouri; Christopher S. Tuso, Overland Park, Kansas; Mary E. Tusten, Ulysses, Kansas; Rene E. Vasquez, Perry, Kansas; Kelsey A. Vollenweider, Exeter, Missouri; Allyson M. Ware, Lockport, Illinois; Corbin L. Warner, Lenexa, Kansas; Gavin M. Webster, Independence, Kansas; Madison R. Wendt, Chanute, Kansas; Samuel P. Wescott, Wichita, Kansas; Camden G. Wheatley, Topeka, Kansas; Audrey L. Willis, Olathe, Kansas; Jessie L. Wilson, Independence, Kansas; Layne A. Wilson, Independence, Kansas; Nicholas W. Wilson, Paola, Kansas; Hali L. Wimbush, Paola, Kansas; Brittany E. Windom, Aurora, Colorado; Stephanie E. Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kansas; Anna M. Wright, Lawrence, Kansas; Nicholas B. Yarbrough, Olathe, Kansas; Thomas J. York, Olathe, Kansas; Hunter R. Young, Baldwin City, Kansas; Nadir N. Zayyad, Overland Park, Kansas; Jessica L. Zweifel, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Fri, 27 May 2016 09:20:19 -0500
Student-run radio, TV stations win state honors http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12080-student-run-radio-tv-stations-win-state-honors http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12080-student-run-radio-tv-stations-win-state-honors Student-run radio, TV stations win state honors

Baker University’s student-run radio and television stations, won seven awards, including four top honors, from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the annual student awards competition, going against colleges and universities of all sizes in the state.

April 6, 2016

Baker University’s student-run radio and television stations, KNBU-FM and KNBU-TV, won seven awards, including four top honors, from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the annual student awards competition, going against colleges and universities of all sizes in the state. The students were presented their awards on April 5 in Emporia.

KNBU-TV staff placed first in complete taped newscast for “Wildcat Watch.”

The other awards were for radio programming.

KNBU-FM swept the complete news feature category. Victoria Bostic, Harrisonville, Missouri, finished first for “Coca-Cola Ads.” Second-place honors went to Bailey Conklin, Roeland Park, Kansas, for “Athleisure,” and Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kansas, received honorable mention for “Burns Night at Harlaxton.”

Jim Joyner, Overland Park, Kansas, picked up two first-place awards: “Searching for Ghosts” in the enterprise news package category and sports play-by-play.

Victoria Bostic received honorable mention for her complete sports feature “Volleyball Spiking Out.”

Joe Watson, associate professor of mass media, is the adviser to the radio station and TV station.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:04:28 -0500
Baker junior wins undergraduate award for summer research http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12075-baker-junior-wins-undergraduate-award-for-summer-research http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12075-baker-junior-wins-undergraduate-award-for-summer-research Baker junior wins undergraduate award for summer research

Junior Andrew Emanuels, won the undergraduate poster division at the 148th Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting held April 1-2, 2016, at McPherson College.

April 5, 2015

Baker junior Andrew Emanuels, won the undergraduate poster division at the 148th Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting held April 1-2, 2016, at McPherson College. His poster, Tardigrades in the Canopy: Living With Red Tree Voles in Oregon, is based on research he did during the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program last summer at Baker University.

During the summer program on tardigrades, Emanuels and other REU participants studied the nests of red tree voles. The voles build their nests on the branches of the Douglas fir and secure them using strands of lichen, the tardigrade’s habitat.

“This poster was by no means a one-person project. The researchers at the Biodiversity Research Collective in Oregon provided us with samples and data from the trees they had climbed, I processed all of the samples and mounted all of the tardigrades on slides, Dr. Miller [REU principal investigator and coordinator of student research in biology at Baker University] and I identified each of the 167 specimens and did simple statistical analysis, and Jessie Miller of the University of Wisconsin at Madison helped us put together more complex statistical analyses,” Emanuels said.

The research documents 12 species of tardigrades in the nests, seven of which are new to Oregon, and documents the highest a tardigrade has been recorded above the ground: more than 120 feet. "It’s a real testimony to what can be accomplished in just a few short months when researchers collaborate,” he added.

“I knew that my collaborators and I had done some really interesting and impressive work; however, there were many other posters that had very interesting information as well,” Emanuels said. “It felt amazing to be recognized for the work that my collaborators and I had done. Many times, the research that is done on tardigrades and other microorganisms is overlooked when compared to genetic or medical research, and it’s an honor to have our research held in high esteem.”

Another of the REU students, Laura Tibbs from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, finished second in the undergraduate oral presentation competition using data generated last summer during the program.

“It was a good day for tardigrades and for Baker,” Miller said.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:47:45 -0500
Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12065-jazz-ensemble-to-hold-memorial-concert http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12065-jazz-ensemble-to-hold-memorial-concert Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert

The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor of music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Rice Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

March 31, 2016

The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor of music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Rice Auditorium. The concert, The Blues Brothers Cruise Again!, is free and open to the public.

Donations will be collected at the door to contribute toward the Chris Grubb endowed scholarship that is presented each year to a retuning saxophonist from the ensemble. It is given in the memory of Chris Grubb, who died in an automobile accident in 1985 while a student at Baker.

Returning to the stage at Rice Auditorium are former four-year Baker Jazz Ensemble members Ken Richardson, ’91, saxophonist, and Doug Oswald, ’90, drummer. Both musicians are original members of Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, possibly Kansas City’s most popular, successful and longest-running show and party band. Founded in 1998, the Chickens have performed in a variety of venues across Kansas City. The band performs mostly music made popular by the original Blues Brothers during their appearances on Saturday Night Live and in their hit movie. The band’s name comes from a line in the movie.

Four Fried Chickens and a Coke has released two CDs, Unplucked and Poultry in Motion. Joining Richardson and Oswald will be Landon Murray, bassist with the Chickens, and special guests Jake and Elwood, Blues Brothers impersonators from the Kansas City–based band One Night Only, driving a replica Chicago police car, just as Jake and Elwood did in the movie.

After a 35-year career at Baker, this is J.D. Parr’s final concert as Director of the Jazz Ensemble. It promises to be a spirited and fun evening.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:54:00 -0500
Baker senior wins regional undergraduate research paper award http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12052-baker-senior-wins-regional-undergraduate-research-paper-award http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12052-baker-senior-wins-regional-undergraduate-research-paper-award Baker senior wins regional undergraduate research paper award

Michelle Critchfield is the third Baker student in five years to win the best undergraduate paper at the Missouri Valley History Conference.

Senior Michelle Critchfield, Hesston, Kansas, won Best Undergraduate Paper at the 59th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha on March 4 and 5. Her paper, Identity and Ethnicity in Late Medieval Britain, was one of 50 undergraduate papers presented at the conference.

Three other Baker seniors presented papers: Anna Hobbs, Leavenworth, Kansas; Sam Kendrick, Richards, Missouri; and Collin Studer, Wathena, Kansas. Alumni John Patchen, ’14, and Andrew Woodworth, ’12, and Nicholaus Pumphrey, assistant professor of religious students, and John Richards, associate professor of history, also presented papers.

This year’s conference drew participants from 70 universities and 24 states. In five trips to the conference, Baker has won the best undergraduate paper three times. Baker alumnus Andrew Woodworth won the best graduate student award in 2012 and 2013.

“The remarkable thing for me has been the change that occurs in students after they have attended and presented," Richards said. "It’s an intimidating experience to present your research in front of strangers, to have professors from other schools evaluate your work before the audience, and then to field questions from the members of the audience. The wonderful thing is that students want to return every year. This was Michelle’s second year and the difference in her confidence and professionalism was evident.”

Undergraduate papers are submitted to the conference by sponsoring faculty, who submit an abstract of the paper, the student’s resume and a letter of support. After a paper has been accepted, the student submits the completed paper to the conference coordinator for review. The winner is announced at the luncheon on the first full day of the conference.

“I am extremely grateful to have received this award from the Missouri Valley History Conference. It is wonderful to get recognition for all of my hard work and many hours spent on this paper. I am thankful to the professors that have encouraged me to become a better writer throughout my time at Baker,” Critchfield said.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:45:01 -0500
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges recognizes Baker students http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12046-whos-who http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/12046-whos-who Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges recognizes Baker students

Seventy-five Baker University students have been recognized by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2015.

March 25, 2016

Baldwin City, Kansas — Seventy-five Baker University students have been recognized by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2015.

The students were honored for their grade point average, campus involvement and leadership as well as personification of Baker's mission and vision.

Here are the Baker students recognized:

Ryan D. Akin, Taylor M. Baum, Olivia A. Beins, Preston E. Beiser, Shannon M. Bond, Callie K. Brabender, Sloane C. Brady, Spencer L. Brown, Laura G. Bynum, Danielle M. Carlson, Clinton J. Chapman, Taylor M. Chase, Amanda S. Conrade, Michelle E. Critchfield, Andrew M. Dare, Andrew F. Emanuels, Lora A. Finley, Danielle M. French, Jake M. Gesling, Aaron J. Greenbaum, David J. Guerrero, Jessica L. Harvey,
Heidi J. Hayen, Ethan C. Hays, Gunnar C. Hays, Brenna K. Herdman, Robert J. Hoeven, Sarah R. Hollis, Aaron E. Howard, Eero T. Johnson, Taylor H. Johnson, Melissa L. Kinzer, Emi L. Kniffin, Kayla S. Kohn, Sarah M. Lambert, Miranda P. Lindmark, Cambry T. Lynch, Lindsey Mateer, Shannon L. McCarty, Brenda J. McCollum, Jordan E. Miller, Luke C. Miltz, Natalie J. Minchow, Matthew J. Mogle, Jamison E. Montes de Oca, Rachel N. Moore, Sarah A. Mullins

Mallorie A. Nelson, Jasmine Parra, Benjamin H. Pepper, Andrew C. Poindexter, Megan L. Pontius, Darrell T. Randall, Jenny M. Robbs, Haley J. Roberts, Patrick J. Rydberg, MacKenzie Sammons, Samantha L. Schroeder, Caylea N. Siler, Rebecca L. Simkins, Ericka J. Simpson, Cody W. Sliva, Lynae D. Soderholm, Steven F. Stendebach, Kaitlyn N. Stout, Collin W. Studer, Daniel J. Sumler, Jacob A. Tompkins, Danisha M. Turner, Gavin M. Webster, Madison R. Wendt, Audrey L. Willis, Layne A. Wilson, Taylor M. Winkler, Hillary A. Yoder

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

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:40:00 -0500
Wysong earns February Student Leader of the Month http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11991-wysong-earns-february-student-leader-of-the-month http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11991-wysong-earns-february-student-leader-of-the-month Wysong earns February Student Leader of the Month

‘Rising star’ Amy Wysong, a sophomore from Sabetha, Kansas, earns February Student Leader of the Month for her involvement across campus.

March 8, 2016

For some, it takes time to find their place during college, but sophomore Amy Wysong made her mark on Baker University quickly by participating in campus activities and athletics, all the while exhibiting a combination of maturity and enthusiasm that has earned her recognition as February’s Student Leader of the Month.

A graduate of Sabetha High School, Wysong majors in pre-med and competes on the women’s tennis team. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Wysong’s nominator stated, “Amy is a fearless leader that is on a mission to better Baker University. She is currently serving as Wildcat Welcome student coordinator, University Admissions Assistant and Greek Week executive director, while serving as vice president of philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega. On top of all of this, she is a collegiate tennis star and brings success throughout all these roles. She manages it all while doing great in school. Amy is a rising star at Baker.”

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:37:58 -0600
Director of student life wins award for orientation programming http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11969-director-of-student-life-wins-award-for-orientation-programming http://www.bakeru.edu/show/item/11969-director-of-student-life-wins-award-for-orientation-programming Director of student life wins award for orientation programming

The NODA Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education honored Randy Flowers, Baker's director of student life, with the Outstanding New Orientation, Transition and Retention Professional Award during its Region IV conference Feb. 26-28 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

March 2, 2016

The NODA Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education honored Randy Flowers, Baker University's director of student life, with the Outstanding New Orientation, Transition and Retention Professional Award during its Region IV conference Feb. 26-28 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“This award encompasses not only the work I do, but also the work Baker and its entire campus does to promote orientation, transition and retention,” Flowers said. “These three pillars of NODA are found throughout all efforts we as a university work towards daily.”

NODA Region IV includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Dean of Students Cassy Bailey said that this award comes as no surprise to anyone who works with Flowers.

“Randy is such an asset to the Student Affairs division and the campus. His job touches the lives of students in so many ways from orientation to campus activities to leadership to intramurals,” Bailey said. “He is a one-man shop and does amazing work. He is so deserving of this spotlight and achievement.”

Flowers is looking forward to expanding orientation programming over the next year.

“This next year we plan to increase international student outreach efforts and because of that, we plan to launch our first international student orientation program,” Flowers said. “We cannot, and will not, accept the status quo of today, but rather continue building to create a brighter future.”

Flowers has been the director of student life for three years and was previously recognized as the Central Region new professional of the year by the National Association of Campus Activities in 2014. Before being named director, he served a year as assistant director of student life and before that was a graduate assistant in Student Affairs at Baker for one year.

“From the minute I was hired, this university has strived to provide excellent orientation and transition services that grow each year. It takes an entire campus to do this, not just me,” Flowers said. “As a university, we must continue to unite and work as one campus to welcome every student to Baker and make this campus their new home. It’s an honor to be part of a family that cares so much about the development and future of each student and its employees.”

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Annette Pierce) News Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:29:07 -0600