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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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Baker University's Common Reading Book program on the Baldwin City campus continues to increase in popularity.

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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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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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