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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 20, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University choirs will present a concert, "Wanderers Upon This Moment," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St. Admission is free and open to the public.Fall-color6forweb

The concert title is taken from a text by Lawrence lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, who recently visited Baker to work with the Baker Concert Choir. Silvestri and composer Dan Forrest were commissioned by a Japanese choir to write "Himenami" in honor
of the victims lost in the 2004 tsunami. The concert will also include music of Josquin des Prez, Robert Schumann, Howard Helvey and Jake Runestad.

Cathy Crispino will conduct the concert with Nanette Kraus serving as the accompanist.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Inaugural celebration set for Oct. 26-Nov. 1 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10320-inaugural-celebration-set-for-oct-26-nov-1 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10320-inaugural-celebration-set-for-oct-26-nov-1

NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu


Baldwin City, Kan. — The inaugural celebration of Dr. Lynne Murray as the 29th president of Baker University will take place Oct. 26-Nov. 1, with the inaugural ceremony set for Thursday, Oct. 30. The public is welcome at all events.lynne murrayforweb

Various events, including a jazz performance, academic lecture and chapel rededication ceremony, will take place during the weeklong celebration.

Dr. Murray's inauguration will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Rice Auditorium. In addition to an inaugural address by President Murray, the ceremony will include remarks from Dr. I King Jordan, president emeritus of Gallaudet University. Jordan was the first deaf president to lead Gallaudet, serving the world's only university for deaf or hard of hearing people from 1988 to 2006. In 2010 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Dr. Murray, who has been the Baker president since July 1, 2014, previously served as vice president of development, alumni and international relations at Gallaudet. As vice president she was instrumental in setting the strategic direction for the university, fiscal management and securing private support to advance the institution.

She earned her Ph.D. in special education administration from Gallaudet University, her M.S. in marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and her B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Baker, the first university in Kansas, educates more than 3,000 students annually. Baker encompasses four schools and offers associate through doctoral degrees. The traditional College of Arts and Sciences campus is located in Baldwin City, Kan., and offers degrees in more than 40 areas of study. The School of Education houses its undergraduate students in Baldwin City and its graduate degree programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area and campuses around the state. In 2006, the School of Education launched its Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, which includes a specific track for individuals pursing leadership positions in higher education. The School of Nursing, which Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers bachelor's degree in nursing.

Here is the inaugural celebration schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 26
Jazz Performance
Rice Auditorium
7 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, a 1981 Baker graduate, will return to the Baldwin City campus for a free concert. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of canned goods, clothing or funds to benefit the Baldwin City Emergency Relief Fund.


Tuesday, Oct. 28
Charles Kopke Lecture
Rice Auditorium
9 p.m.
Darcy Russell, professor of biology, will focus on heroes and role models as part of Baker's Student Activities Council's Last Lecture Series. Charles Kopke is a longtime supporter of Baker University and created the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching in honor of his late mother and late wife.


Thursday, Oct. 30
Chapel Rededication
Outside Clarice L. Osborne Chapel
9:30-10 a.m.
Originally constructed in 1864 in Sproxton, England, the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel has served as the spiritual center of Baker since 1996. The chapel, moved brick by brick to Baldwin City, was dedicated on the Baldwin City campus in 1996 by Lady Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, whose father had preached in the building. Robert R. Osborne, of Olathe, Kan., generously provided the funding to dismantle, ship and rebuild the chapel, which was renamed to honor his wife, Clarice. The celebration will honor the sesquicentennial of the chapel.

Inaugural Address
Rice Auditorium, 11 a.m.
President Lynne Murray will reflect on Baker's history, share her vision for the university and affirm Baker's commitment to academic excellence.


Saturday, Nov. 1
Football Tailgate
Liston Stadium, 11 a.m.
The public is welcome to a tailgate before the Wildcats play at 1 p.m. against Culver-Stockton.


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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Shawnee sophomore named Student Leader of Month for September http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10317-shawnee-sophomore-named-student-leader-of-month-for-september http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10317-shawnee-sophomore-named-student-leader-of-month-for-september

NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu


Baldwin City, Kan. — Michaela Jamison, a sophomore history and communication major with a pre-law minor from Shawnee, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for September.Michaela-Jamisonforweb

Jamison is active in Delta Delta Delta, Student Activities Council and College Republicans. She is also a student orientation leader, resident assistant at the New Living Center and team chairman for Party on the Lawn 'Til Dawn.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated:

"She was an amazing orientation leader this summer. She always showed up with a positive attitude and showed that she could work with anyone no matter who they are. Michaela deserves this award for her continual efforts across the university with residence life, dance team, Delta Delta Delta and orientation. I look forward to seeing where Michaela goes."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Marching Festival set for Oct. 15 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10314-marching-festival-set-for-oct-15 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10314-marching-festival-set-for-oct-15

NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Fifteen bands, four drum lines and three color guard units will participate on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the 16th annual Baker University Class 1A-5A Marching Festival at Liston Stadium on the Baldwin City campus. The public is welcome.


The Jeremy Frye grand championship trophy will be awarded to the highest-scoring band at the festival, sponsored by the Baker University band department and Meyer Music. The Baker University Dance Team will perform at 8:15 p.m.Baker-U-Marching-Festival-10

The judges will be Robert Dingus, educator and freelance musician, Ottawa, Kan.; John Kieffer, retired, Olathe (Kan.) South High School; Brett Martinez, director of bands, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kan.; and Bill Thomas, director of bands, Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park, Kan.

Here is the performance schedule:

2 p.m. — Midway High School Viking Marching Band
2:15 p.m. — Prairie View High School Marching Buffalos
2:30 p.m. — Sabetha Bluejays Marching Band
2:45 p.m. — Perry–Lecompton High School Marching Kaws
3 p.m. — Osage City High School Marching Band
3:15 p.m. — Mid-Buchanan Marching Dragons
3:30 p.m. — Iola High School
3:45 p.m. — Pride of Paola Panther Marching Band
4 p.m. — St. Thomas Aquinas High School The Saints Brigade
4:15 p.m. — Ottawa High School Marching Cyclones
4:45 p.m. — Afternoon Session Awards
5:40 p.m. — Mid-Buchanan High School Color Guard
5:50 p.m. — Bonner Springs High School Color Guard
6 p.m. — Louisburg High School Jazzy Cats Color Guard
6:10 p.m. — Tonganoxie High School Marching Chieftain Drum Line
6:20 p.m. — Spring Hill High School Bronco Drum line
6:30 p.m. — Louisburg High School Drum Line
6:40 p.m. — De Soto High School Wildcat Drum Line
6:50 p.m. — judges break
7 p.m. — Tonganoxie High School Marching Chieftains
7:15 p.m. — Bonner Springs High School The Pride of Wyandotte County
7:30 p.m. — Spring Hill High School Marching Broncos
7:45 p.m. — Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band
8 p.m. — De Soto High School Wildcat Band
8:30 p.m. — Evening Session Awards


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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker English professor honored with inaugural Faculty of Distinction award http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10298-baker-english-professor-honored-with-inaugural-faculty-of-distinction-award http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10298-baker-english-professor-honored-with-inaugural-faculty-of-distinction-award

NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2014
Contact: Matt Lindsey, (785) 235-2377 or matt@kscolleges.org

Topeka, Kan. — The Kansas Independent College Association proudly announced the selection of 18 college faculty members, including Baker University Assistant Professor of English Marti Mihalyi, to receive the association's inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka on Oct. 21.


The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates' lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees exemplify this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.Marti-Mihalyiforweb

"It's inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges," said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA. "A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described: they 'have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.'"

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the chief academic officer of each KICA member institution. This year's recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, business, history, and theology, as well as auto restoration, music, and others. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction are Marti Mihalyi, Baker University, English; Christine Glenski, Benedictine College, accounting; Aaron Yoder, Bethany College, health and physical education; Allen Jantz, Bethel College, education; Larry Anderson, Central Christian College, ministry and theology; Karen Judy, Donnelly College, natural sciences; Jennifer Jay, Friends University, family and marriage therapy; Kevin Wilder, Hesston College, Bible and ministry; Michael Russell, Kansas Wesleyan University, history; Greg Delort, Manhattan Christian College, family studies; Ed Barr, McPherson College, auto restoration; Mark Hamilton, MidAmerica Nazarene University, communication; Kelly McFall, Newman University, history; Steven Foulke, Ottawa University, history; Tamara McEwen, Southwestern College, biology; Erin Laudermilk, Sterling College, athletic training; Jesse Schumacher, Tabor College, accounting; William Krusemark, University of St. Mary, music.


For more information, visit www.kscolleges.org/faculty-of-distinction.

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The Kansas Independent College Association, founded in 1976, is a 501(c)4 organization that works to provide support and services to the independent colleges of the state. The member institutions are Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary. For more information, visit www.kscolleges.org.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Symphonic winds, jazz ensemble to perform on Oct. 5 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10291-symphonic-winds-jazz-ensemble-to-perform-on-oct-5 http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10291-symphonic-winds-jazz-ensemble-to-perform-on-oct-5

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu


Baldwin City, Kan. — Frank Perez, director of bands, will make his debut performance conducting the Baker University symphonic winds concert at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu


Baldwin City, Kan. — Frank Perez, director of bands, will make his debut performance conducting the Baker University symphonic winds concert at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The symphonic winds will be joined by the Baker University jazz ensemble, under the direction of J.D. Parr, and the Baker University percussion ensemble, under the direction of Steve Riley. The symphonic winds will perform music by composers Malcolm Arnold, Yo Goto, Frank Ticheli and others.Jazz-ensemble2forweb

The jazz ensemble will perform during the second half of Sunday's concert. Performing in the Big Band style, the jazz ensemble will play a variety of pop, fusion and swing tunes. Soloists will include Mike Sturm, trombonist, Baldwin City, Kan.; Tyler Sams, guitarist, Basehor, Kan.; Steven Stendebach, bari-saxophone, Olathe, Kan.; and Jacob Brooks, tenor saxophonist, Spring Hill, Kan. The featured soloist for the concert will be singer, Madison Wendt, Chanute, Kan., performing Burt Bacharach's hit standard, "The Look of Love."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Santa Fe Trail exhibit to open on Museum Day http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10281-santa-fe-trail-exhibit-to-open-on-museum-day http://www.bakeru.edu/news/item/10281-santa-fe-trail-exhibit-to-open-on-museum-day

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 24 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Old Castle Hall on the Baker's Baldwin City campus will be open on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the Smithsonian Magazine's 10th annual Museum Day. Admission is free.

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 24 2014
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or steve.rottinghaus@bakeru.edu

Baldwin City, Kan. — Old Castle Hall on the Baker's Baldwin City campus will be open on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the Smithsonian Magazine's 10th annual Museum Day. Admission is free.

Built in 1857-1858, Old Castle Hall, 511 Fifth St., is the first college building in Kansas and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now a museum, Old Castle houses artifacts from early Kansas, Methodist, and Baker history.

Its hours for are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The Santa Fe Trail exhibit, sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society, will open on Saturday.

For more information, contact Jen McCollough, director of the museum, at jen.mccollough@bakerU.edu or (785) 594-8380.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Steve Rottinghaus) News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
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