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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 6, 2014
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 has been named a "Top College" and the highest ranked in Kansas in the most recent Educate to Career College Rankings Index.Parmenter Hall

The ETC Index analyzes the profile of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market.

Baker was ranked 230th by ETC, placing in the top 20 percent of the College Rankings Index. The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of accredited four-year colleges, with annual enrollments with more than 1,000 students. The Index analyzes data for more than 1,200 colleges, representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges.

"The index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the 1,224 colleges ranked within our system," said Michael R. Havis, president and founder of Educate to Career. "We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to those similarly situated in other colleges. We feel that the colleges scoring in the top one-third of our index are doing a very good job on behalf of their students"

Educate to Career, a California based non-profit, provides outcome-based college and career planning tool programs. The full ETC College Rankings Index, including the methodology used to evaluate colleges, is available at http://educatetocareer.org

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2014
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. — The Baker Orange student newspaper website, thebakerorange.com, placed first in the Best of Show competition for small college websites during the Associated Collegiate Press national convention Oct. 30- Nov. 2 in Philadelphia. The event was co-sponsored by the College Media Association.staff2aforweb

Senior editor Taylor Shuck, Lawrence, Kan., attended the convention along with junior Taylor Schley, Topeka, Kan., and sophomores Jessica Lane, Gardner, Kan., and Chad Phillips, Andover, Kan. Faculty members Joe Watson and Dave Bostwick accompanied the students.

In addition to the online honors, the current print edition of the Baker Orange placed second for Best of Show in the category of four-year colleges publishing less than weekly. 

In addition to the group honors, five Baker students received recognition from ACP and CMA for their work from the 2013-14 school year. Phillips finished third in sports photography. Recent graduates Sara Bell, Sean Webb and Jordan Ratterman received honorable mention for their online coverage of Baker's trip to Kentucky for the NAIA women's basketball tournament. Recent graduate Tera Lyons, who is now a web production assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, received an honorable mention award in sports photography.

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Nov. 5, 2014
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. — The 17th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Rice Auditorium with a free concert, led by J.D. Parr, Baker jazz ensemble director.Mike Bogart

The concert features the Baker jazz band and Mike Bogart, a guest artist and trumpeter. Bogart was the lead trumpet for two years in Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band in the late '90s before joining the Tower of Power, a legendary jazz and rock fusion band, for a nine-year stint as lead trumpet and trombone. Bogart has also appeared with such artists as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Aerosmith, and P. Diddy. His improvisational and high note skills will be showcased on both trumpet and trombone in the concert on such notable Maynard Ferguson hits as "Country Road," "Hey Jude" and "Humbug." The program will also include several other rock and Latin-influenced tunes featuring Bogart, the band, and Madison Wendt, a sophomore jazz vocalist from Chanute, Kan.

On Friday, Nov. 21, the Jazz Festival continues with competitive performances by 21 area high school jazz bands from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rice Auditorium. The bands will be rated and critiqued by Bogart and four other Kansas City area jazz musicians and educators. Award citations will be given to outstanding student soloists throughout the day and two scholarships will be presented to the exemplary individual performers.

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 28, 2014
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. — The National Association of Campus Activities named Randy Flowers, Baker's director of student life, as the Central Region new professional of the year during the annual conference Oct. 23-26 in Arlington, Texas.Randy-Flowersforweb

The region covered Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Flowers has been the director of student life for two years. He previously served a year as assistant director and was a graduate assistant for a year at Baker.

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Oct. 27, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The National Association of Campus Activities honored Baker University's 2014 Last Lecture series, featuring the Rev. Ira DeSpain, as the program of the year at the NACA Central Regional Conference Oct. 23-26 in Arlington, Texas.

The region covered Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Baker competed against more than 60 schools of all sizes at the conference.

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by Baker's Student Activities Council. DeSpain, a 1970 Baker graduate, spoke at the series in March, three months before he retired after serving as an ordained minister for 42 years, including 22 years as minister to Baker University. A third-generation minister, DeSpain's address at the series focused on living a life of moderation and balance.

"This is truly a university award as many departments have worked together to create such a strong university tradition," said Randy Flowers, director of student life.

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Oct. 6, 2014
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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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Oct. 1, 2014
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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.

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Santa Fe Trail exhibit to open on Museum Day

NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 24 2014
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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.

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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.

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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.

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