Tree Campus USAforwebThe Arbor Day Foundation has announced that Baker University is a Tree Campus USA this year for its commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The first university in Kansas to be recognized with the distinction, Baker has been honored five consecutive years by the foundation.

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Teachers of PromiseforwebBaker University seniors Samantha Wright, Baldwin City, Kan., and Hannah Geenens, Stilwell, Kan., were recognized as Teachers of Promise during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network awards reception on Friday, Feb. 20, in Topeka.

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Emerging LeadersTwenty-eight freshmen and seven student facilitators participated during the weekend in Baker University’s annual Emerging Leaders Summit at Camp Chippewa in Ottawa, Kan.

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Carly Berblinger, a senior sociology and English major from Buhler, Kan., has had poetry accepted by the national editorial staff of The Rectangle, a creative writing magazine published annually by Sigma Tau Delta, the international undergraduate honor society for English.

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Eighty-one Baker University students have been recognized by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2014.

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Baker musiciansBaker musicians join other collegiate musicians from across the state to perform in the Kansas Intercollegiate Band concert in Wichita. 

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The week of Feb. 9-13 has been declared as Kansas Private College Week throughout the state by Gov. Sam Brownback. The proclamation urges "all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private college in the state."

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NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor military members during Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Collins Center in conjunction with the Baker-Evangel men's basketball game. Tipoff is 4 p.m. All military personnel with a military ID will be admitted free.Commencement-flagforweb

Military students will present the colors and Thomas Denn, president of the Student Veterans Organization and Master of Business Administration student, will sing the national anthem. The Student Veterans Organization will have an information booth set up.

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NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Jordan Buscher, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., was named the Baker University Student Leader of the Month for January. Buscher, president of the Baker Ambassadors and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, is an elementary education major with a minor in church service and leadership.Jordan-Buscherforweb

The nomination for the leadership honor stated the following:

"I am impressed with her dedication to the position of president of Ambassadors. She is a great communicator and is always seeking ways to get more people involved in campus ministry activities. I know Jordan has many other leadership roles on campus, and she has the ability to juggle many different activities and her academic schedule. She multitasks with a very positive attitude. I believe she is an inspiration and role model for the Ambassadors and the entire Baker campus."

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NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 2, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University music department will host the 18th annual Baker High School Honor Band Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free.bandforweb

The honor band will include more than 100 student musicians from 12 area high schools for a day of rehearsals and clinics. Michael Eckerty, director of bands at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, will serve as the guest conductor.

The Baker University Symphonic Winds will also share the stage during the evening concert and perform a few selections. Frank Perez, director of bands, will serve as the honor band director and will conduct "Home on the Range" during the event.

Here is a list of high school students scheduled to perform:

Atchison
Blake Fultz, sophomore; Mercedes Giles, junior; Teagan Hansan, freshman; Sam Harper, junior; Stormy Knott, sophomore; Andrew Lowe, junior; Matt Spurlock, junior; Katelyn Truman, sophomore; Renee Zwahl, junior; Steven Zwahl, junior

Baldwin
Emma Bailey, sophomore; Libby Brungardt, sophomore; Elizabeth Christener, junior; Shelby Clark, sophomore; Chelsey Curtis, senior; Cameron Elphick, freshman; Brennan Fletcher, sophomore; Rachael Fritzsche, freshman; Kedzie Hopkins, junior; Chris Jackson, sophomore; Megann Lawrenz, junior; McKinley Markley, freshman; Colton Schell, senior; Kymbr Simmons, senior; David Wallace, sophomore

De Soto
Liza Elwell, sophomore; Gabbi Juarez, senior; Erick Sherman, senior; Jessica Stanton, senior

Eudora
Halee Darling, junior; Diego Munoz, sophomore; Ian VanDusen, sophomore

Holton
Michaela Adcock, freshman; Madison Beightel, junior; Jacob Gillie, freshman; Beth Mandala, senior; Trent Milburn, junior; Cassidy Smith, senior; Draven Wahwassuck, junior

Jefferson West
Keenan Bair, senior; Makayla Greene, junior; Tana Pearson, junior; Stacy Putthoff, senior; Wynne Taylor, senior; Laura Taylor, freshman

McLouth
Luke Berry, junior; Jake Copeland, senior; Olivia Coulter, senior; Tristan Funk, junior; Anna Moore, junior; Kaitlin Oliff, senior; Joe Raya, junior; Callie Rice, senior

Olathe Northwest
Aaron Clark, junior; Ryan Devers, sophomore; Zack Hoar, sophomore; Kurtis Huff, senior; Julian Huynh, senior; Taylor Latham, senior; Austin Latham, sophomore; Kenji Llewellyn, junior; Jordan Richardson, senior; Jarrett Richardson, senior; Heather Smith, junior; Jazmine Snow, senior; Sophie Solomonson, junior Ronnie Whyrick, senior; Bayu Wilson, senior

Osawatomie
Nichole Butler, sophomore; Celsea Butler, freshman; Gastaun Castel, senior; Tiffanie Duncan, sophomore; Tim Duncan, sophomore; Noah Jordan-Stoner, freshman; Tanner Loveland, senior; Hunter Poage, senior; Bailey Poage, senior

Royal Valley
Brandon Broxterman, senior; Delaney Dugger, senior; Jack Kutina, senior; Eugene Masquat, senior; Brennah Wahweaotten, senior; John Burnworth, junior; Skylor Criqui, junior; Aubrey Willis, sophomore

Spring Hill
Lynsey Akin, sophomore; Kaitlyn Churchill, senior; Mikaela Crotchett, junior; Kira Hephner, junior; Lucy Kuhn, freshman; Malorie Kuker, freshman; Ethan Martin, junior; Virginia Perkins, junior; Andy Pilgrim, senior; Zach Shields, senior; Sam Spellman, sophomore; Riley Waddle, senior

Wellsville
Wyatt Campbell, sophomore; Marisa Carman, sophomore; Shelbie Corwine, junior; Landon Cunningham, sophomore; Ryleigh Gibbs, senior; Amanda Haangansen, junior; Garrett Kleitz, junior

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 28, 2015
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University earned two top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5 competition Jan. 18-24 at Minnesota Normandale Community College, winning the Golden C Wrench as Stagecraft Showdown champions and the Stagecraft Spirit Trophy.Kennedy-Center-group2forweb

Competing against schools of all sizes, the winning technical theater team from Baker was Ryan Bearrick, Chanute, Kan., senior; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan., sophomore; Joey Majchrzak, Olathe, Kan., senior; Cheyenne Queen, Derby, Kan., senior; and MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan., junior. The competition included stage weight/furniture and prop placement, border tie and hang, costume quick-change, light hang/focus and knot tying.

Region 5 covers schools of all sizes from Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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Melinda-HippleforwebEnglish major wins essay prize during study abroad semester in England.

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Jan15 Interterm-trip BU-at-Hall-of-FameStudents traveled to Atlanta to learn more about event operations and strategies connected to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and other sport organizations.

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 22, 2015
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 21, 2015
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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Haley-EppersonforwebHaley Epperson, 2013, fourth-grade teacher in Spring Hill, Kan., receives award for first-year teaching excellence.

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