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NEWS RELEASE
March 5, 2014
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Senior places third in creative nonfiction essays at national event

Baldwin City, Kan. — Katelin Colby, a Baker University senior from Paola, Kan., placed third in creative nonfiction essays at Sigma Tau Delta International 2014 on Feb. 26-March 1 in Savannah, Ga. More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the English honors society event featuring the best student writers in the country.Katelin-Colbyforweb

Colby is majoring in English and sociology. Her concentrations are creative writing and literature.

The third-place finish comes a year after two Baker students — Teresa Morse and Parker Roth — placed first and second, respectively, in the poetry division.

"The odds against any school winning multiple awards in two consecutive years are astronomical," said Marti Mihalyi, the Sigma Tau Delta chapter sponsor for Baker and manuscript adviser. "The odds against a school the size of Baker are even greater."

Multiple rounds of national judges worked for months to select the three top creative nonfiction essays. In the end, Colby was awarded third place for "It Began with a Car." The essay, written for a creative nonfiction class and later revised for competition, chronicles the early relationship of her father and mother by focusing on another subject entirely: her father's cherished Chevy.
Other students who represented Baker at the convention were Carly Berblinger, Lauren Jaqua and Morse.

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. With more than 850 active chapters in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.


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NEWS RELEASE
March 4, 2014
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Kansas City junior named Student Leader of Month

Baldwin City, Kan. —
 Tyler Sloan, a junior exercise science major from Kansas City, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for February.Tyler-Sloanforweb

Sloan serves as president of Mungano, a student-run diversity organization, and is the treasurer of the Pi Sigma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She also performs as a praise dancer during university worship services at Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus.

A standout track and field performer, Sloan was a three-time All-American at the 2013 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Marion, Ind., where she placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, third in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 4x100-meter relay.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated: "Tyler is an awesome Baker Wildcat who enjoys helping others, and by doing so she is a already a successful, confident, competent and responsible contributor to our community."


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NEWS RELEASE
March 4, 2014
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Baker's Jaqua, Welch-Ward honored as Teachers of Promise

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Lauren Jaqua and Nicole Welch-Ward were recently honored as Teachers of Promise in a recognition ceremony at Capitol Plaza in Topeka, Kan.Teachersforweb

Jaqua, a senior from Lansing, Kan., is majoring in English and secondary education. Welch-Ward, of Gardner, Kan., is completing her teacher certification licensure through Baker's elementary education program.

The Teachers of Promise award is presented by the Kansas State Department of Education to recognize, recruit and retain the best Kansas teachers for Kansas children. Teacher education students are selected by their respective Kansas college or university education faculty for the prestigious designation.

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NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 25, 2014
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Baker senior named Region IV Student Leader of Year

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University senior Lauren Williams, an elementary education major from Olathe, Kan., has been chosen as the NODA Region IV Student Leader of the Year.Lauren-Williamsforweb

The regional student leadership award recognizes students for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and outstanding abilities to enhance successful and dynamic orientation programs. To be considered, the nominee must have been involved in orientation between May 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014. Region IV encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Williams was the lone student selected from a four-year institution in the region.

NODA-the Association for Orientation Transition and Retention provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.

Williams served for three years as the student director of Emerging Leaders Summit, an overnight leadership experience for 30 to 40 first-year and transfer students. She improved summit attendance from previous year through increased marketing while also enhancing student satisfaction. Along with directing the transition and retention program, she served as a first-year seminar student leader.

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

 
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