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
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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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Jan. 15, 2015
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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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Dec. 19, 2014
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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.

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Dec. 18, 2014
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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:

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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.

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JohnRobbsforwebBaker drummer will perform with the 2015 National Small College/Community College Intercollegiate Band.

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Ryan-Gibbforweb1International studies and political science professor traveled to Uganda to complete research and aid organization that promotes socially conscious business practices and online marketplace. 

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Bryan-WilliamsBryan Williams, a 2014 graduate and secondary education major, has embraced serving as a WorldTeach volunteer in American Samoa, 6,000 miles from of Baldwin City.

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Baker University School of Nursing faculty, alumni and students continue to assist 2008 School of Nursing graduates Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and Hottensiah Kimori in delivering on their medical mission of promoting health care in Kenyan communities through Streams of Hope International.

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Dec. 12, 2014
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QuinnsforwebOverland Park, Kan. — While attending weekly classes from January 2013 through December 2014, the Quinn brothers relied on each other for inspiration to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University.

John and Ryan Quinn completed 43 credit hours at Baker's Overland Park campus, 7301 College Blvd. On Sunday, the brothers will be among 140 MBA graduates honored during a commencement ceremony at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus. Ryan (on left in photo) took the first step in applying to Baker's program, attending an information meeting two years ago. The more John heard about the coursework the more he wanted to join his sibling.

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JabaraforwebThe university's first recipients of the leadership award have taken their Baker experiences and forged successful careers.  

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A former pastor with a background in medicine, James Aubey began thinking about pursuing a nursing degree during a faltering economy in 2008. After his first wife, a registered nurse, passed away a couple of years later, he followed his heart and enrolled in the Baker School of Nursing.

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