Seniors Abbey Elsbernd and Brandon Haefke, both scheduled to graduate in May, are the latest in the long line of Baker students ready to embark on a science career. Both were admitted in the fall as “early decision” selections to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, which requires the students to have high scores on the MCAT as well as high grade-point averages.

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Eight faculty members on the Baldwin City campus — Molly (Hunt) Anderson, BS ’99; Michael Barbush, BS ’78; Jake Bucher, BA ’02; Martha (West) Harris, BS ’79; Gary Irick, BS ’79; Scott Kimball, BA ’99; Robyn Long, BS ’00; and Darcy Russell, BS ’80 — studied at Baker and teach at their alma mater.

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

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Jacob Bucher, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies, has been selected as the Topeka (Kan.) Correctional Facility Volunteer of the Year for his role in the Inside-Out Exchange Program.

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Two months shy of graduating from Baker University, Alexa Fryer has spent the spring semester as an intern at the Priority Research Centre of Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle in Australia. 

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Baldwin City, Kan. — The 14th annual Community Wellness Festival, sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 18, at the Collins Center, Sixth and Fremont streets, on the Baldwin City campus.

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Peter Morello will work with journalists in Swaziland, a sovereign state in Southern Africa, and teach at the University of Swaziland.

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Six members of Mungano, Baker University’s longtime student-run diversity organization, joined more than 600 other elite student leaders last week at the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in Stillwater, Okla.

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Baker University’s next student theater production, the musical “Working” from the book by Studs Terkel and adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, will open on March 5 at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Performance times are 7:30 p.m., March 5-7, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8. Admission is free.

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The 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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Baker 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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Twenty-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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Melinda Hipple, a Baker University junior from Baldwin City, Kan., won an essay prize while studying abroad at Harlaxton College during the fall semester.

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