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NEWS RELEASE
March 20, 2014
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Baker Wetlands public access areas closed because of construction

Baldwin City, Kan. — With construction crews beginning work on the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands, the Baker Wetlands areas are closed to the public until further notice, according to Jon Boyd, Baker Wetlands refuge manager.

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NEWS RELEASE
March 17, 2014
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Senior represents United States at international leadership conference

Baldwin City, Kan. — Katie Thurbon, a Baker University senior from Topeka, Kan., has been selected to be the U.S. female representative for student-athletes at the International University Sports Federation forum this week in South Korea.Katie-Thurbon-3forweb

Thurbon is a former student senate president and All-America performer in the pole vault for Baker. She is Baker's first Capital One Academic All-American and is a member of parMentors, a student organization that represents the university at various events.

Thurbon, an economics and international students major, studied abroad in fall 2013 in Granada, Spain.

Formed in 1949, the biennial International University Sports Federation forum was created as a global governing body of national sports organizations. This year's theme is "a networking platform to advance the technical, social and cultural skills of young leaders."

Earlier this month, Thurbon was named the 2013 Dr. LeRoy Walker Character Award winner by the national NAIA office. The award annually recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition.


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NEWS RELEASE
March 11, 2014
Contact: Tyler Price, Baker University assistant director of athletics/communications, (785) 594-8495 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baker senior named Dr. Leroy Walker Character Award Winner

Kansas City, Mo. – Katie Thurbon, a track and field student-athlete at Baker University, has been named the 2013 Dr. LeRoy Walker Character Award winner, the national NAIA office announced Tuesday.Katie-Thurbonforweb

Created in honor of Dr. LeRoy Walker, former NAIA president and president emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee, this award annually recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition.

Thurbon, a senior from Topeka, Kan., will be formally recognized at the 73rd Annual NAIA Convention Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 12, in Kansas City, Mo. A seven-time Heart of America Athletic Conference champion and seven-time national qualifier in the pole vault, Thurbon has certainly achieved athletic success at Baker.

She has finished as the national runner-up twice at the NAIA Outdoor national championships and has earned NAIA All-America honors on four occasions.

But, as Baker Professor of Economics Alan Grant states, "Katie is a scholar-athlete, but it is clear that she is a scholar first."

She has accumulated a 3.95 grade-point average while double majoring in international studies and economics with a minor in Spanish.

"Katie's deep involvement in academics and athletics, and her ability to achieve balance in her life is clear evidence that she understands the importance of developing her whole person — that her academic growth is fueled by her physical development, and her physical development is fueled by her intellectual growth," Grant said. "Intercollegiate athletics has been a wonderful vehicle to overall success for Kate, and I can testify that she is a better student in my classroom because of the things she learns in athletics — discipline, and teamwork, and most of all, how to manage success with humility."

Thurbon's success both on the track and in the classroom has enabled her to earn three NAIA Scholar-Athlete Awards and to be named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in 2013.

Thurbon has served on the Baker student senate, including a term as student government executive president, and has also written for the student newspaper, The Baker Orange. She has played both a "vital" and "inspirational" role on the Baker campus, according to Baker track and field coach Zach Kindler.

Thurbon has spoken at numerous elementary schools about the true definition of a student-athlete and the importance of this distinction.

"I am very honored to be selected as the 2014 Dr. Leroy Walker Award Winner because this award encompasses more than just academic and athletic results," said Thurbon. "While good grades and high rankings are certainly something to strive for, I have found that involvement in things outside of the usual student-athlete responsibilities, and your attitude throughout it all, is what makes a college experience special. I have been extremely lucky to have had ample opportunities at Baker University to demonstrate this and am very grateful that the Dr. Leroy Walker Award recognizes it."

-NAIA Sports Information contributed to this release

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NEWS RELEASE
March 11, 2014
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IraforwebMinister to deliver 'Last Lecture'

Baldwin City, Kan. — Ira DeSpain, the Minister to Baker University since 1992, will deliver his "Last Lecture" at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at Rice Auditorium. The event is part of a series hosted by Baker's Student Activities Council. The public is welcome to attend.

DeSpain, a 1970 Baker graduate, is retiring at the end of June after serving as an ordained minister for 42 years. A third-generation minister, DeSpain, 65, began his career in ministry at Edgerton United Methodist Church. His retirement will mark the first time in more than 100 years in which there isn't a DeSpain clergy.

DeSpain's lecture will focus on living a life of moderation and balance.

"The life you live will not be the life you plan," he said. "Balance and moderation will help you navigate uncharted waters."


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