Displaying items by tag: News http://www.bakeru.edu Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:06:49 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Students experience behind-the-scenes look at Chick-fil-A Bowl http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10666-students-experience-behind-the-scenes-look-at-chick-fil-a-bowl http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10666-students-experience-behind-the-scenes-look-at-chick-fil-a-bowl

NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 23, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Six Baker University students traveled to Atlanta during the holiday break to learn more about event operations and strategies connected to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and other organizations as part of an interterm course titled "Bowl Game Extravaganza: Sport Public Relations in Action."Jan15 Interterm-trip BU-at-Hall-of-Fame

Drew Huttinger, Austin Johanning, Tye Hughes, Cooper Johns, Nick Patterson and Austin Keberlin joined Ron Christian, assistant professor of sport administration, the final week of December for the weeklong trip. The course was designed to provide the students in-depth analysis of public and media relations theories, strategies and applications within the context of the sport industry. Throughout the course, the students examined and applied the concepts of public relations, communications, corporate social responsibility, and media relations strategies to the problems of sport organizations.

"The interterm experience at Baker is so unique, and that's the foundation that made this class trip possible," Christian said. "The connections we have made are opening doors to a number of opportunities. Atlanta is a model sport community with a great support system. We had quite an experience seeing the different facets of public relations and event operations. We hope to continue providing this opportunity for students."

In addition to attending the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Texas Christian and Mississippi, the group visited officials with the Atlanta Hawks, the Georgia Dome, the College Football Hall of Fame, CNN and the World of Coke.

"The Hawks welcomed us and provided an in-depth Q & A about their operations, as well as public relations and marketing strategy," the Baker professor noted.

The College Football Hall of Fame recognized Baker University, one of the winningest NAIA programs. Charlie Richard, who compiled a 123-28-1 record in 14 seasons coaching the Wildcats, was inducted posthumously into the hall in 2004.

"One of the coolest things about the trip to Atlanta was walking into the College Football Hall of Fame and seeing the Baker University helmet on the wall along with all the other college football teams in the nation," Huttinger said. "I also thought the College Football Hall of Fame was one the most incredible places I've ever been too. The virtual experience of the whole place is unreal."

The students embraced the experience to interact with professionals in sport administration.

"Hearing tips and advice from senior VP's was an amazing learning opportunity," Hughes said. "It was unbelievable to work with and be a part of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, seeing firsthand many behind-the-scenes operations and gaining work experience with such a renowned sporting event."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Popular study abroad choice named No. 1 by Best College Reviews http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10663-popular-study-abroad-choice-named-no-1-by-best-college-reviews http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10663-popular-study-abroad-choice-named-no-1-by-best-college-reviews

NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 22, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Best College Reviews has compiled a list of the most desirable study abroad opportunities, and the British campus of the University of Evansville, Harlaxton Manor, a popular destination for Baker students, tops the rankings.Harlaxtonforweb

Since 1989, Baker has had 499 students study abroad at Harlaxton, including nine students this semester. The students abroad for the spring are Keaton Anchors, Kansas City, Mo.; Laura Price, Frisco, Texas; Paige Meader, Waverly, Kan.; Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kan.; Brianna Garza, Austin, Texas; Shannon Bond, Olathe, Kan.; Hali Wimbush, Paola, Kan.; Stephanie Skedel, Garnett, Kan.; and Kaysha Green, Lawrence, Kan. Dave Bostwick, associate professor of mass media, is the faculty member at Harlaxton.

The rankings were based on the following criteria:

• The program is open to a limited number of students, 500 or less, providing a more intimate experience while abroad.

• The program is at least a semester long.

• Faculty from the university are involved with the students internationally, either traveling with the students, teaching abroad, or overseeing the program in the country.

• The university has a specific location internationally, students are not simply enrolling at international universities.

"This has been a life-changing experience for an entire generation of Baker students," said Martha Harris, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of business and economics. "This program's ranking is an indication of the quality of instruction and experience that our students have enjoyed and helps to explain why our students are such enthusiastic supporters of the program when the return. It has been a privilege to be associated for this program for over 25 years."

The Victorian manor house with over 100 rooms in the picturesque English countryside is located just one hour north of London. Students spend a semester studying an interdisciplinary introduction to British life and culture, including literature, art history, economics, history, and political science. Each course contains a combination of lectures, seminars and travel.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Community Choir to begin spring season http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10655-community-choir-to-begin-spring-season http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10655-community-choir-to-begin-spring-season

NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 21, 2015
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 rehearsals for its spring season on Thursday, Jan. 29. The weekly rehearsals are held 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.Community-Choir

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.

On May 1, the University Community Choir will join other Baker choirs to present Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem." The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St.
For more information, contact Crispino at cathy.crispino@bakeru.edu


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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Baker graduate receives Horizon Award http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10629-baker-graduate-receives-horizon-award http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10629-baker-graduate-receives-horizon-award

NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 15, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Spring Hill Elementary School teacher Haley Epperson, a 2013 Baker graduate, has been recognized as a Horizon Award recipient for her first-year teaching excellence.Haley-Eppersonforweb

The Kansas State Department of Education annually recognizes 32 educators — 16 elementary teachers and 16 secondary teachers — in the state. Four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers are selected for the award from each U.S. Congressional District.

Epperson, a fourth-grade teacher, joined the Spring Hill district in 2013-2014.

In a release posted on the Spring Hill website, Epperson said of her students, "My goal is to keep their curiosities high and create fun, hands-on experiences for them so they learn concepts. I hope that all of them maintain a desire for learning as they grow."

As a district-level winner, Epperson has the opportunity to compete in the Kansas State Department of Education's 2015 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award Program. The initiative provides each Kansas school district with the opportunity to encourage, recognize and reward new members of the profession. The mission of the program is to honor exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
University to celebrate MLK Jr. during worship service http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10630-university-to-celebrate-mlk-jr-during-worship-service http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10630-university-to-celebrate-mlk-jr-during-worship-service

NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 15, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.eduMLK-speaker

Baldwin City, Kan. — Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life and special assistant to the president for community outreach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., will be the guest speaker at Baker University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event, part of Baker's first worship service of the spring semester, is set for 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus.

Pleas-Bailey coordinates year-round partnerships with middle schools, high schools, community colleges and nonprofit organizations in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., to provide college preparatory training for students from first generation, ethnic minority and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

With a natural affinity for college students, she has served in various capacities at the college for the past 20 years, including roles as the dean of students, associate dean and assistant dean of students before being promoted to her current post. She has twice been named Southwestern College Student Government Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

Pleas-Bailey has spoken extensively regarding leadership development, conflict resolution, individual motivation, academic success, female empowerment and faith-based learning to organizations and educational institutions. She has done extensive research on the first African-American graduates of the college.

She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the higher education management. She received her master's in education from Newman University in Wichita and bachelor's degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Mungano, Baker's student-run diversity organization, assisted in the planning of the MLK Jr. celebration.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Undergraduate experience leads to successful law careers http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10580-undergraduate-experience-leads-to-successful-law-careers http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10580-undergraduate-experience-leads-to-successful-law-careers

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Instructed by faculty with legal expertise and a well-rounded liberal arts education, students interested in law have thrived in small classroom settings at Baker University for more than a century. Lee Green, a faculty member for nearly 30 years, believes he knows the reason behind the success of the students before they embark on a career in the legal field.2014-Winter-PROUDcoverforweb

"The liberal arts focus on developing critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills is a big part of the reason that so many Baker graduates have had success in law school and in their careers as practicing attorneys," says Green, Juris Doctor, and professor of business and economics.

With the recent addition of a pre-law interdisciplinary minor at Baker, current students continue to be coveted by prestigious law schools as they prepare for a distinguished career. Six Baker graduates — Dale Werts, BA '84; Pat Hulla, BS '90; Anji Gandhi, BA '93; Kate (McGrath) Ellis, BS '93; Kendra Hanson, BA '10; and Katie Sellers, BS '11 — recently reflected on how their Baker experiences contributed to their success. Regardless of the stage in their profession, all of the alumni conveyed common threads leading to a gratifying career: critical thinking and excellent communication skills, inspiring faculty and valuable mentors.

Dale Werts, '84
A double major in business administration and political science with a minor in religion, Dale Werts came to Baker from a small high school in Grain Valley, Mo. He was familiar with Baker through his older sister and believed the College of Arts and Sciences was the right size for him.
Werts valued the faculty-student relationship in the small classes, saying all of his professors were great in their own way. He remembered Karen Horvath pushing him to think hard about philosophical topics, and being challenged by Preston Fambrough, Donald Hatcher and Ron Geenans.

After doing well on the GMAT and LSAT, Werts decided after graduating to pursue a joint degree in law and business administration at Washington University in St. Louis. He soon realized that as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer he immediately could be "in the thick of things" in business, dealing with corporate leaders. "I opted for the legal career over the business career," Werts says. "Really, I'm still in a business career helping businesses accomplish their goals, avoid problems and resolve problems."

He also credits Baker for enhancing his writing skills, leading to a smooth transition in law school.

"I thought my writing was good coming out of Baker, but law school taught me how to be very precise with language and not verbose – great training for a contract lawyer," he notes.

After graduating from law school and serving a five-month fellowship with Senator Kit Bond in Washington, Werts joined the Gage and Tucker law firm in Kansas City. Gage and Tucker merged with another firm in 1996 and is now known as Lathrop and Gage LLP. Werts, who served seven years as the chairman of the firm's corporate and general business department, focuses on corporate and general business, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, technology licenses and insurance operations and transactions.

"I have represented both public and private clients in connection with their finance, operational and transactional needs in many different industries, including manufacturing, retail, agribusiness, transportation, financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, religious and educational institutions, travel and tourism, food products, entertainment, e-commerce, technology, human resources and advertising," he explains. "I have represented both buyers and sellers in connection with their purchases and sales of both stock and assets in many different industries, both regulated and unregulated."

Werts also has assisted clients with the structuring, negotiating, implementing and managing operational and special purpose joint ventures, key supplier and vendor relationships and domestic and foreign sales and distribution arrangements, including those involving enterprise software and essential technology.

Werts is active in his community and enjoys giving back with his civic and charitable contributions. He is a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program and the Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge leadership program. He serves his church as congregation president, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Boy Scouts of America in many capacities. He also helped found the Northland Lutheran School Association and served as board president for seven years.

The knowledge gained from Baker's liberal arts curriculum, Werts says, continues to factor in his decision making.

"My experiences in Baker's liberal arts curriculum help me see the big picture," Werts says. "As a lawyer, I am basically a problem solver. My broad background and experiences help me view situations without prejudice or a narrow perspective."

Pat Hulla, '90
A co-leader of the Class Action Defense Group at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, Pat Hulla has built a career representing employers who have been sued by current and former employees. A liberal arts education with an emphasis on critical thinking has benefited Hulla's concentration on complex employment litigation.

Throughout his career, Hulla has represented multiple Fortune 100 companies in various industries, such as petro-chemical, power, retail, health care, food manufacturing, long-term care, transportation, gaming, financial services, professional services, security, pharmaceutical, medical, real estate, information technology, health insurance and telecommunications.

"Not being so honed in to one particular discipline gives you the opportunity to be able to understand situations on multiple levels, how businesses work, how to ask questions," says Hulla, a business major who was exposed to economics, accounting, theology and sociology. "A liberal arts education helps you truly understand your clients and businesses. You have to dig a lot deeper, think critically and think on your own. The broader educational experiences at Baker served me well getting to understand a broader swath of clients."

A mentorship from Richmond Enochs, '60, contributed to launching Hulla's career. "I got to know Rich well, ask him questions before I graduated and decided to go to law school at the last minute," says Hulla, friends of the Enochs family for more than 30 years. "He was an incredible mentor and a real stand-up human being. From him, I realized you could be a lawyer and a decent person."

Enochs, whose son, Rick, BS '91, was a Kappa Sigma fraternity brother and soccer teammate of Hulla's, passed away in October 2013. Hulla played club soccer for Richmond and eventually worked for his law firm for 4 ½ years after graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. In more than 20 years practicing law, Hulla has learned the importance of being a "stand-up" human being. He realized early that to sustain a career one must be moral and ethical.

"Ethics are mandated by the state and from a broader perspective morality is incredibly important in terms of longevity for the career," says Hulla, who has worked in his current position for nine years. "You won't make it very long if people don't trust you."

Anji Gandhi, '93
A dedicated student from Topeka, Kan., during her time on the Baldwin City campus, Gandhi triple-majored in mass communication, philosophy and speech communication. She fell in love with the campus after joining friends for Baker Weekend and an overnight stay at the Delta Delta Delta sorority house.

Two professors, in particular, Donald Hatcher, professor of philosophy, and Ken Sibert, assistant professor of mass communications, helped prepare Gandhi for law school and a career as a prosecuting attorney."Dr. Hatcher's critical thinking curriculum helped me on both the LSAT and the bar exam," Gandhi recalls. "Professor Sibert was my Baker Orange advisor, where I spent most of my time as editor my last year in Baldwin City."

Gandhi went on to the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated in 1996, ready to make a difference.

"While law school is grueling, the skills I learned at Baker, specifically writing, critical thinking and public speaking, were essential to getting through it," says Gandhi, who while in law school began her career in prosecution with a clerkship with the Jackson County prosecuting attorney in Kansas City, Mo. "Through my work there in the violent crimes unit I knew I wanted to devote my career to prosecution. I saw the real-world difference that a skilled prosecutor can make in the lives of victims of crime and I could think of no better way to use my law degree."

Since law school, Gandhi has worked in Missouri in Jackson County, Boone County and Cole County. She has handled approximately 50 felony jury trials, including several murders. In the fall, she ran for election as an independent candidate for Prosecuting Attorney for Cole County in Jefferson City, Mo.

Kate (McGrath) Ellis, '93
The small campus and scholarship opportunities in the late 1980s attracted Kate (McGrath) Ellis to the Baldwin City campus from nearby Overland Park, Kan. Inspired in the classroom by professor Roger Boyd, '69, she decided to major in biology while envisioning a career working at national parks.

"I did not attend Baker with the slightest intention of becoming a lawyer," says Ellis, an associate attorney for the law firm of Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan and Alke PLLP in Helena, Mont. "I started writing extensively in a different style at Baker than I was used to, and I am sure that the exposure to topics other than biology helped me adjust to law school and its demands."

Deciding to pursue a career in law 10 years after graduating from Baker, Ellis earned a Master of Science in environmental biology from Emporia State University. She then worked 10 years for the National Park Service in Grand Teton, Hawaii Volcanoes and Rocky Mountain National Parks as an interpretive ranger, a ranger/EMT and a law enforcement ranger.

Eventually, Ellis combined her biology background and law enforcement duties as a ranger into a new career, practicing civil litigation, mostly in employment and insurance law.

"My duties as a park ranger triggered my interest in the law through my training at the Law Enforcement Academy," Ellis remembers. "My initial desire to go to law school was to become a criminal prosecutor. The reason I wanted to take the next step and become a prosecutor was that it would give me the opportunity to educate officers on proper search and seizure techniques, while understanding the unique and stressful decisions that officers have to make in the field. My hope was that if officers were able to perform their duties without some of the negative press that sometimes happens when an officer steps over the line, officer safety would be served because citizens would have a more positive view of law enforcement."

Realizing she wanted to change careers and living in a small town in Colorado, Ellis contacted Baker professor Karen Exon to guide her in preparation for the LSAT and application to law schools. Exon, who never taught Ellis, willingly took the time to assist the Baker graduate.

"Not only did Professor Exon patiently walk me through this process, she edited the essays for my application and helped me get recommendation letters," says Ellis, who graduated from the University of Montana School of Law. "Professor Exon, a complete stranger, went out of her way to help me because I was a Baker alum. While I was inspired by other circumstances to go into law, Professor Exon certainly helped me realize that the choice I was making was the right one. I cannot say enough good things about Professor Exon and the invaluable help she provided to me."

Kendra Hanson, '10
Originally from Salina, Kan., Hanson embraced the undergraduate experience on the Baldwin City campus as a political science major and Spanish minor. She earned Baker's most prestigious scholarship — the Harter — and was active in the Student Activities Council, parMentors, University Admissions Assistant program and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

"When I visited Baker, I fell in love with campus and the people," Hanson recalls. "I knew I would be happy for the four years there. I felt at home there."

Hanson thrived in the classroom, especially with the personal attention from faculty such as Bruce Anderson, an associate professor of political science.

"It was a really challenging program," Hanson said. "The professors saw me going on to do bigger things than I saw myself doing. I received encouragement and support from all of them."

While at Baker, she knew in the back of her mind she would eventually attend law school.

"I knew my skills and background in political science would translate into several careers," Hanson said. "I developed skills in research, analysis and writing. Those skills are essential in a lot of careers, especially law. You have to do a lot of prep work to get there."

Hanson went on to the Washburn University School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class and earned a Juris Doctor in 2013. Shortly after graduation, Hanson began working as an attorney for Seigfried Bingham.

"We pride ourselves in being a general business practice firm, most often working on issues in employment, contracts, transportation and estate litigation," Hanson said. "It's a great fit for me because I can be involved in different and challenging issues, and I don't have to pigeonhole myself."

Hanson is beginning to do more work in the courtroom, meet with clients, draft pleadings and draft briefs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

"My favorite part of the job is getting to learn about the different businesses," she said. "I am not ready to narrow my niche right now."

Hanson feels comfortable knowing Baker prepared her well, no matter her future path in law.

"The academic programs were critical in helping with research and writing," she said. "I didn't feel like I had to make up ground once I was in law school. I had to learn to write in legal style rather than academic style. It was important to network and develop relationships to prepare for law school."

Katie Sellers, '11
As a sociology major with an emphasis in criminal justice, Katie Sellers was inspired in the classroom by Jake Bucher, BA '02, associate professor of sociology. She became acquainted with Bucher during the second semester of her freshman year, when she enrolled in an introduction to sociology and a juvenile delinquency course. After the semester was under way, she asked the professor if he would be her advisor.

"From that point on, he challenged me academically and encouraged me to pursue my goals," Sellers says. "He helped me become a better student, guided me in a course of study that I truly loved, and supported me through every phase of the law school application process. I am forever grateful that I had an opportunity to study from Professor Bucher, his continued support, and for always believing in me."

Having a family connection to Baker, visiting the Baldwin City campus when the leaves were turning colors and receiving dance and academic scholarships influenced Sellers' decision to attend Baker. A meeting with Professor Green "sealed the deal."

"I knew I wanted to go to law school, so I was considering a degree in business," remembers Sellers, originally from Salina. "When my family met with Professor Green, he told us about his legal career, his decision to stay at Baker to teach, and more about life as a member of the Baker community. Then when he went on to tell me about Harlaxton College, I turned to my parents and said, 'I'm going!'"

Sellers has long wanted to pursue a legal career. She always knew she wanted to help people.

"Becoming an attorney seemed like the perfect career choice that would combine my academic strengths and personality traits with the ability to help others," she says.

Sellars graduated in 2014 with a Juris Doctor from the Creighton University School of Law with a concentration in international and comparative law. Since graduating from Baker, she has worked as a legal assistant and law clerk. She worked nearly 18 months with Stommes Patil LLP in Omaha, Neb., before moving back to the Kansas City area, providing legal work as an independent contractor for Cutone and Associates, a law firm in Fresno, Calif.

"Law school was a very challenging experience, but I received an excellent undergraduate education that was well rounded and taught me to take charge of my own education," she says. "What I believe most prepared me for law school was the research and writing skills I developed as part of my sociology education. Researching and writing skills are maybe the most important skills one can have in law school and are highly valued in the legal community. I was very thankful that these were skills I developed before law school, as it led me to having an article published and becoming the editor-in-chief of the International and Comparative Law Journal."


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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker University announces dean's list for fall semester http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10577-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10577-baker-university-announces-dean-s-list-for-fall-semester

NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 18, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

BagpipersforwebBaldwin City, Kan. — 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 fall 2014 semester:

 

Ryan Akin, Sedalia, Mo.; Jacqueline Albin, Wakeeney, Kan.; Charles Aldrich, Topeka, Kan.; Adam Alfaro, Overland Park, Kan.; Christian Allen, Lawrence, Kan.; Olivia Allen, Overland Park, Kan.; Sydney Allen, Lecompton, Kan.; Jarrod Altenborg, Lawrence, Kan.; Caitlin Apollo, New Rochelle, N.Y., Grayson Armstrong, De Soto, Kan.; Alexander Baird, Overland Park, Kan.; Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kan.; Brooke Barnard, Kansas City, Mo.; Haley Barnes, Hiawatha, Kan.; Nathalia Barr, Oak Grove, Mo.; Kelli Bauman, Sabetha, Kan.; Kimberly Beauchamp, Pomona, Kan.; Lauren Bechard, Gardner, Kan.; Olivia Beins, Baldwin City, Kan.; Preston Beiser, Leawood, Kan.; Savannah Bellem, Prairie Village, Kan.; Jillian Benson, Baldwin City, Kan.; Caroline Berblinger, Buhler, Kan.; Gabrielle Betsch, Olathe, Kan.; Courtney Boedeker, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Parks Boeschen, Columbia, Mo.; Craig Bolton, Drexel, Mo.; Shannon Bond, Olathe, Kan.; Callie Brabender, Lawrence, Kan.; Sloane Brady, Overland Park, Kan.; Taryn Brees, Topeka, Kan.; John Breithaupt, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Logan Brettell, Overland Park, Kan.; Kacee Britton, Sterling, Kan.; Mackenzie Brock, Dodge City, Kan.; Aaron Brooks, Meriden, Kan.; Jacob Brooks, Spring Hill, Kan.; Jordan Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Madison Brown, Tulsa, Okla.; Morgan Brown, Lawrence, Kan.; Spencer Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Bradley Burnside, Baldwin City, Kan.; Chelsee Burnside, Baldwin City, Kan.; Briona Busch, Manhattan, Kan.; Jordan Buscher, Overland Park, Kan.; Laura Bynum, Kansas City, Kan.;

Christine Caffey, Lawrence, Kan.; Stephanie Cardona, Parker, Colo.; Danielle Carlson, Olathe, Kan.; Earnest Carter, St. Louis, Mo.; Clinton Chapman, Baldwin City, Kan.; Taylor Chase, Littleton, Colo.; Austin Chisam, Parker, Kan.; Cooper Clark, Haysville, Kan.; Kendra Clark, Baldwin City, Kan.; Megan Clark, Holton, Kan.; Tanner Clark, Holton, Kan.; Jacob Cleek, Olathe, Kan.; Amanda Conrade, Topeka, Kan.; Andres Cooper, Olathe, Kan.; Britton Coppenbarger, Madill, Okla.; Michelle Critchfield, Hesston, Kan; Brittany Crittenden, LaMesa, Calif.; Mykaela Cross, Eudora, Kan.; Andrew Dare, Olathe, Kan.; Allison Davis, Waukee, Iowa; Logan DeGraeve, De Soto, Kan.; Kenneth Delaquila, Kansas City, Kan.; Adriane Dick, Lawrence, Kan.; Brittney Diehm, LaCygne, Kan.; Renata Dill, Paola, Kan.; Kaci Dillingham, Topeka, Kan.; Katelyn Doolittle, Ottawa, Kan.; Adam Downing, Valdez, Alaska; Michael Draper, Grain Valley, Mo.; Kathryn Duggan, Salina, Kan.; Kaitlyn Ebbrecht, Weatherby Lake, Mo.; Kira Eddy, Valley Center, Kan.; Barkley Edison, Salina, Kan.; Aubrey Eicher, Topeka, Kan.; Emily Elliott, Lawrence, Kan.; Grant Ellis, Broomfield, Colo.; Abbey Elsbernd, Andover, Kan.; Andrew Emanuels, Shawnee, Kan.; Kaitlyn Enochs, Olathe, Kan.; Michael Epp, Spring Hill, Kan.; Frankie Farrant, Meriden, Kan.; Kristen Finger, Lawrence, Kan.; Lora Finley, Altamont, Kan.; Kinsey Ford, Abilene, Kan.; Danielle French, Overland Park, Kan.; Brittany Friedel, Gardner, Kan.; Alexa Fryer, Fort Collins, Colo.;

Kelli Gamel, Lawrence, Kan.; BriAnna Garza, Austin, Texas; Damon Gebhardt, Sparks, Nev.; Hannah Geenens, Stilwell, Kan.; Katherine Gerlach, Overland Park, Kan.; Jake Gesling, Kansas City, Mo.; Bailey Gibson, Olathe, Kan.; Kaysha Green, Baldwin City, Kan.; Aaron Greenbaum, Prairie Village, Kan.; Gabriel Greenbaum, Mission, Kan.; Brandon Haefke, Holton, Kan.; Rachel Haley, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Hannam, Olathe, Kan.; Asher Hannon, Baldwin City, Kan.; Sydnie Hanson, Overland Park, Kan.; Drew Harbinson, Henderson, Nev.; Brittany Hardin, Flemingsburg, Ky.; Lydia Hardin, Olathe, Kan.; Heidi Hayen, Topeka, Kan.; Ethan Hays, Smithville, Mo.; Gunnar Hays, Prairie View, Kan.; Andrew Heim, Baldwin City, Kan.; Christopher Heller, Lawrence, Kan.; Jake Heller, Lenexa, Kan.; Brenna Herdman, Vassar, Kan.; Krista Hill, Round Rock, Texas; Melinda Hipple, Baldwin City, Kan.; Jami Hodge, Spring Hill, Kan.; Craig Hoeven, Olathe, Kan.; Robert Hoeven, Olathe, Kan.; Darrel Holden, Shawnee, Kan.; Sarah Hollis, Junction City, Kan.; Kendal Holloman, Grantville, Kan.; Laney Holt, Independence, Mo.; Tamara House, Atchison, Kan.; Aaron Howard, Raymore, Mo.; Jeremy Immenschuh, Perry, Kan.; Sheldon Jacks, Placitas, N.M.; Matthew Jenkins, Wichita, Kan.; Autin Johanning, Lecompton, Kan.; Ulrich Johanning, Lawrence, Kan.; Eero Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.; Lelsey Johnson, Shawnee, Kan.; Megan Johnson, Shawnee, Kan.; Parker Johnson, McPherson, Kan.; Mercedes Johnson-Ishmon, El Paso, Texas; Sydney Johnston, Overland Park, Kan.; Hannah Jordan, Leavenworth, Kan.; James Joyner, Overland Park, Kan.;

Cody Keener, Eudora, Kan.; Samuel Kendrick, Richards, Mo.; Melissa Kinzer, Olathe, Kan.; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan.; Joshua Kock, Concordia, Mo.; Sarah Lambert, Belton, Mo.; Miranda Lindmark, Overland Park, Kan.; Michael Lisher, Lawrence, Kan.; Emily Liston, Overland Park, Kan.; Adam Lomenick, Bristow, Okla.; Keith Loneker, Lawrence, Kan.; Bradley Long, Warrensburg, Mo.; Brian Loux, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Love, Lawrence, Kan.; Cambry Lynch, Lawrence, Kan.; Nia Madison, Overland Park, Kan.; Erika Mallery, Overland Park, Kan.; Carissa Martinez, Katy, Texas; Lindsey Mateer, Spring Hill, Kan.; Justin McCandless, Lawrence, Kan.; Shannon McCarty, Kansas City, Kan.; Brenda McCollum, Fall River, Kan.; Madeline McCrary, Baldwin City, Kan.; Emerson McGuire, Ashland, Mo.; Gunnar McKenna, Holton, Kan.; Andrew Meinking, Kansas City, Mo.; Ryan Merchant, Olathe, Kan.; Bradyn Meyer, Yukon, Okla.; Brock Mick, Smithville, Mo.; Jordan Miller, Ozawkie, Kan.; Luke Miltz, Lecompton, Kan.; Natalie Minchow, South Bend, Neb.; Caitlin Modesett, Friendswood, Texas; Jacob Mogle, Columbus, Kan.; Jamison Montes de Oca, Lawrence, Kan.; Andrew Morgan, Baldwin City, Kan.; Hayley Morrical, Lindsborg, Kan.; Sarah Mullins, Atchison, Kan.; Jacob Neiman, Topeka, Kan.; Mallorie Nelson, Paola, Kan.; Marilee Neutel, Lawrence, Kan.; Alexia Nyoni, Baldwin, Kan.; Diego Ordonez, Prosper, Texas; Alexandra Packard, Leavenworth, Kan.; Katelyn Palmer, Oakland, Iowa; John Patchen, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Paul, Paola, Kan.; Benjamin Pepper, Olathe, Kan.; Nils Peterit, Singen, Germany; Chad Phillips, Wichita, Kan.; Megan Pontius, Overland Park, Kan.; Cali Proctor, Olathe, Kan.; Jordan Queen, Derby, Kan.; Kristen Queen, Manhattan Kan.; Sarah Queen, Kansas City, Mo.;

Kyra Ramsey, Republic, Mo.; Darrell Randall, Overland Park, Kan.; Samuel Richards, Baldwin City, Kan.; Bryan Richardson, Lane, Kan; Nicholas Riggle, Olathe, Kan.; John Robbs, Baldwin City, Kan.; Haley Roberts, Horton, Kan.; Emily Robison, Shawnee, Kan.; Paige Rockers, Greeley, Kan.; Rick Rosas, Centennial, Colo.; Lucas Roucher, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Patrick Rydberg, Overland Park, Kan.; MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan.; Kaitlyn Saunders, Littleton, Colo.; Richard Schacher, Harrisonville, Mo.; Emily Schepker, O'Fallon, Mo.; Samantha Schroeder, Olathe, Kan.; Ryan Schugart, Olathe, Kan.; Clayton Sears, Independence, Kan.; Tiffani Sexton, Altamont, Kan.; Nicholas Shondell, Shawnee, Kan.; Autumn Sifuentes, Junction City, Kan.; Caylea Siler, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Whitney Silkey, Tecumseh, Kan.; Rebecca Simkins, Merriam, Kan.; Dante Simmons, Sublette, Kan.; Ericka Simpson, Olathe, Kan.; Sara Slater, Lansing, Kan.; Cody Sliva, Shawnee, Kan.; Tyler Sliva, Shawnee, Kan.; Christin Smith, Leawood, Kan.; Dorion Smith, Independence, Mo; Jayden Smith, Wichita, Kan.; Paige Smith, Hesston, Kan.; Benjamin Sobek, Olathe, Kan.; Lynae Soderholm, Alma, Neb.; Bailey Sosa, Emporia, Kan.; Julia Southern, Gardner, Kan.; Steven Stendebach, Olathe, Kan.; Mallory Stewart, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilee Stone, Anderson, Mo.; Kaitlyn Stout, Olathe, Kan.; Elizabeth Stover, Olathe, Kan.; Connor Stremel, Lawrence, Kan.; Amber Stubbs, Nassau, Bahamas; Katherine Stueve, Gardner, Kan.; Daniel Sumler, Anderson, Mo.; Marshall Sumwalt, Lenexa, Kan.; Grant Sundbye, Topeka, Kan.; Trevor Sutton, Wamego, Kan.; Taylor Swartzendruber, McPherson, Kan.;

Vincent Tadokoro, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Ryan Terstriep, Payson, Ill.; Rachel Theobold, Overland Park, Kan.; Emma Tinsley, Shawnee, Kan.; Myron Tipton, Overland Park, Kan.; Jacob Tompkins, Maysville, Ky.; Alen Troyer, Garnett, Kan.; Jefferson Tucker, Lamar, Mo.; Dustin Turner, Overbrook, Kan.; Kaedy Turner, Newton, Kan.; Kip Unruh, Olathe, Kan.; Amanda Vervynck, Lawrence, Kan.; Corbin Warner, Lenexa, Kan.; Birdsong Warren, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Gavin Webster, Independence, Kan.; Sydney Wedel, Minneapolis, Kan.; Peyton Weekly, Olathe, Kan.; Madison Wendt, Chanute, Kan.; Jess Westmoreland, Hutchinson, Kan.; Audrey Willis, Olathe, Kan.; Jessie Wilson, Independence, Kan.; Layne Wilson, Independence, Independence, Kan.; Brittani Wilson-Kelly, Independence, Mo.; Hali Wimbush, Paola, Kan.; Brittany Windom, Aurora, Colo.; Taylor Winkler, Overland Park, Kan.; London Wise, Lenexa, Kan.; Kyle Wittman, Lawrence, Kan.; Katelyn Wolken, Garnett, Kan.; Stephanie Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kan.; Rebecca Wood, Olathe, Kan.; Heather Wright, Independence, Kan.; Samantha Wright, Baldwin City, Kan.; Amy Wysong, Sabetha, Kan.; Kassandra Yanez-Lozano, Kansas City, Kan; Nicholas Yarbrough, Olathe, Kan.; Hillary Yoder, Lawrence, Kan.; Allie Zahn, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Nadir Zayyad, Overland Park, Kan.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker University announces School of Nursing dean's list http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10578-baker-university-announces-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10578-baker-university-announces-school-of-nursing-dean-s-list

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Dec. 18, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

NursingforwebTopeka, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's School of Nursing's dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the fall 2014 semester:

James Aubey, Topeka, Kan.; Katharine Baldwin, Lawrence, Kan.; Christina Beat, Topeka, Kan.; Tyler Bessey, Lawrence, Kan.; Tashe Campbell-Helm, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Janie Carman, Lawrence, Kan.; Jessica Carroll, Topeka, Kan.; Caitlin Davis, Lawrence, Kan.; Megan Decker, Topeka, Kan.; Malaya Deemer, Junction City, Kan.; Teresa Drovetta, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Lawrence, Kan.; Marci Flory, Overbrook, Kan.; Keishly Franco, Junction City, Kan.; Sarah Gregory, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Topeka, Kan.; Samantha Johnson, Lawrence, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Austin, Texas; Lauren Kauffman, Lawrence, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Topeka, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Topeka, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Topeka, Kan.; Madeline Luther, Lawrence, Kan.; Faith May, Wakarusa, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Tanner McCrary, Berryton, Kan.; Mackenzie Rex, Lawrence, Kan.; Rachel Rush, Topeka, Kan.; Holly Santee, Lawrence, Kan.; Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.; Shelbi Southworth, De Soto, Kan.; Alexandra Strange, Manhattan, Kan.; Madeline Thrasher, Topeka, Kan.; Jamie Todd, Onaga, Kan.; Gillian Trotter, Lawrence, Kan.; Rylee Uhlrich, Topeka, Kan.; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kan.; Maria Walker, Fort Riley, Kan.; Gwen Warton, Mayetta, Kan.; Amanda Welcher, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Whiteside, Overland Park, Kan.; Erika Young, Topeka, Kan.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker senior selected for national intercollegiate band http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10555-baker-senior-selected-for-national-intercollegiate-band http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10555-baker-senior-selected-for-national-intercollegiate-band

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Dec. 16, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — John Robbs, a senior from Baldwin City, Kan., has been selected for the 2015 National Small College/Community College Intercollegiate Band. Robbs is an art history major with a double minor in business and music.

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Robbs, a drummer, will perform with the band March 25-28 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he will have an opportunity to collaborate with peers throughout the United States and Canada under the direction of Ray Cramer, professor emeritus from Indiana University.

The Baker student was selected before many other highly skilled and competent performers, based on his application and his director's recommendation and evaluation.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Professor reflects on participating with Awava http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10556-professor-reflects-on-participating-with-awava http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10556-professor-reflects-on-participating-with-awava

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Dec. 16, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, director of public relations, (785) 594-8330, steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Ryan-Gibbforweb1Ryan Gibb, assistant professor of international studies and political science at Baker, has traveled four times to Uganda to volunteer with the Awava, witnessing the positive effects of the socially conscious business practices on producers in East Africa that the organization's founders intended. Gibb first went to the African county to teach at a high school before returning a couple of years later to conduct dissertation research. For his most recent trip this past summer, he traveled to Gulu in northern Uganda to complete research, deliver supplies and visit friends.

In particular, Gibb has become close to Lucy, an artisan who has benefitted from the program. He makes sure to visit with her to learn more about the success of her business. 

 

"I helped Awava by acting as a courier for the goods that women in northern Uganda made for their online marketplace," Gibb says. "I traveled up to Uganda to greet friends, talk with them about their U.S. marketing strategies, and deliver goodies that I brought from the United States. They really love American chocolate and Nutella, and the kids especially love glow stick bracelets and games. I can't bring them enough money or supplies to live on, but I can bring some treats to lighten up their sometimes desperate situations."

Lucy has benefited from Awava. According to its website, the organization teaches women such as Lucy new artisanal skills. It also helps them improve on existing skills, teaches women how to cost products and keep books and provides additional technical skills such as computer and Internet use.

"Seeing Lucy's face again is always the best part of visiting," Gibb proudly exclaims. "She is like an aunt to me, and she always receives me so warmly to her house and business. Meeting her reminds me of her daily struggles, and her work makes me remember how lucky we are in the U.S., that our American struggles, inconveniences and arguments are petty and slight in comparison to what so many in the third world face every day."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600