NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 11, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University was the lone Kansas university ranked in the 2015 Rankings of Midwestern Regional Universities by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. Baker was listed 41st in the Midwest.Parmenterfoweb

The rankings are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the factors included academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of the factors were weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.

According to its website, College Choice publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 7, 2014
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Ryan Bearrick, a senior music education major from Chanute, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for October.Ryan-Bearrickforweb

Bearrick is active in the Zeta Chi fraternity, serves as the master carpenter for the theater department and is a drum major.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated the following:

"Ryan helped teach and lead the 100-plus high school honor band for the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead. He led the pep rally and conducted the band. Ryan also led the Baker Wildcat band during the Maple Leaf Festival parade. Ryan volunteered all day to help with the 16th annual Baker marching festival. During our first band concert at the beginning of October, Ryan went above and beyond the call of duty."

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 6, 2014
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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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The Baker Orange website won Best of Show for small-college websites in national competition. The print edition of the newspaper and five students were also recognized during the Associated Collegiate Press national convention.

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2014
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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
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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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NEWS RELEASE
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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NEWS RELEASE
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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English professor Marti Mihalyi was honored with an inaugural Faculty of Distinction award, which celebrates excellence among faculty at private colleges and universities in Kansas.

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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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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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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.

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Baldwin City, Kan. — Colleges of Distinction, a guidebook highlighting four-year colleges and universities that are considered "hidden gems," has recognized Baker University in its 2014-2015 publication.

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Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsing on Thursday, Aug. 28, for the fall season. The weekly rehearsals are 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.

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