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NEWS RELEASE
May 2, 2014
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Veteran is strong advocate for education, earns master's degree late in his career

Baldwin City, Kansas — As the state command chief warrant officer for Kansas, Hector Vasquez is a strong advocate for lifelong learning.

Vasquez, who has served 34 years in the military with plans to retire in three years, earned a master's degree in management from Baker University, consistently recognized as a military friendly school. He will join eight of his classmates during a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.State-Command-Chief-Warrant-Officer-Vasquez 2011-CW5forweb

Starting in May 2012, Vasquez, 55, traveled from his home in Perry, Kan., every Tuesday to Baker's Overland Park campus — two hours round trip — before completing his coursework in early January 2014.

"One of my top goals for warrant officers is to increase their education," said Vasquez, the first in his family to serve in the military and first in his family to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree. "I inform them how important it is to continue not only their military education but also their civilian education. I also tell them they are never too old to go back to school and learn. I wanted to complete my master's degree to show that I'm serious about education."

In his current military role, Vasquez's duties are related to warrant officer education, management, recruiting and career enhancement. He also formulates and executes policies and procedures that determine how warrant officers of the Kansas Army National Guard are appointed, assigned, evaluated, trained and promoted.

Vasquez, a resident of Perry, Kansas, joined the military in 1980 because he was interested in electronics. He became a member of the guard to learn how to repair radios and teletype equipment before going into radar system repairs.

During his career, he has served Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Mosul, Iraq, in 2004-2005 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo in 2008. He has also been deployed to Armenia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Korea, Macedonia, Switzerland and Thailand. He was present for the first elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq, and watched Kosovo citizens celebrate their independence.

"Helping people gain their freedom and protecting American soldiers by sending counter-fire missions have been among the most rewarding experiences," he said.

Often after a weekly class, Vasquez headed late those nights or early in the morning to visit a unit in Kansas or out of state to conduct annual training in South Dakota, Wyoming and Washington state.

"I love my job," he said. "I enjoy getting out and talking to warrant officers to see how they are doing and if there is anything I can do to help them with their career."

Vasquez managed his military obligations while earning 36 credit hours at Baker. Courses in the well-rounded Baker's master's program included project management, information systems, organizational culture and dynamics, finance, marketing, human resources, innovative business thinking, legal and ethical environment of business, international business and business strategy.

"I enjoyed my classmates who had a wide spectrum of occupations and were very professional," he said. "They all brought their experiences to the classroom, which made it more interesting and encouraged dialog."

Throughout the program, Vasquez had to care for his ailing parents. His mother, Maria, died in September 2013 at age 83, and his father, Jose, died six months later at age 92. The couple, who came to the United States from Mexico, had been married for 62 years.

Vasquez completed a final for instructor Shoula Romano Horing's business ethics class the night before his mother passed away from a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

"Shoula was so supportive because her mother had passed away with the same disease," he said. "She told me I could make up the final, but I knew my mother would have wanted me to finish school and stay on schedule with my coursework. My parents have always been very supportive, no matter what I did."

For the remainder of the program, his father became increasingly ill and was placed in the hospital for a couple of months and a rehabilitation facility. Jose died in March 2014, aware of his son's latest accomplishment.

"When I started at Baker, my mom was already fighting Alzheimer's, but I know she would have been extremely happy," Vasquez said. "Even though they won't be with me physically when I graduate, I know my parents will be with me in spirit and watching me walk across the stage to receive my master's degree. They would be very proud of my achievement."

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NEWS RELEASE
April 25, 2014
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School of Nursing appoints Fetterolf as new dean

Topeka, Kan. – Baker University has appointed Dr. Bernadette M. Fetterolf to serve as dean of the School of Nursing at its partner hospital, Stormont-Vail HealthCare. fetterolf20bernadette 304

Selected after a nationwide search, Fetterolf will succeed Dr. Kathy Harr on July 28. Harr, Baker's nursing dean since 1997, announced last fall her plans to retire after the 2013-2014 academic year.

Fetterolf arrives at Baker after serving seven years as the associate dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Newman University in Wichita. In addition to her educational leadership, Fetterolf brings a 39-year career in clinical nursing and management experience, including 22 years teaching nurses in the classroom. She will inherit a nursing program that boasts the highest first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam in the state at 96.15 percent. The average score for Kansas nursing programs in 2013 was 79.27 percent.

"I was drawn to the job because it is a great nursing program," Fetterolf said. "I am very attracted to the relationship between Baker and Stormont-Vail; it's an excellent set-up for education in nursing."

Dr. Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs, was delighted by the selection committee's strong choice.

"Her extensive expertise, teaching distinction and administrative experience will ensure our top-performing nursing program continues on its positive trajectory," he said.

Born in Topeka, Kan., and raised in Hutchinson, Kan., and Wichita, Kan., Fetterolf comes from a family of nurses. Her mother and two of her sisters are nurses.

Fetterolf earned a doctorate in life span and human development from Kansas State University. After receiving a nursing diploma from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Wichita State University.

Fetterolf and her husband, Don Fetterolf, have two grown sons, Jared and Ryan, and three grandchildren, Tristan, Seth and Caylie.

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NEWS RELEASE
April 25, 2014
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Students win top research paper awards from Kansas Association of Historians

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Department of History, Culture, and Society has announced that Baker students — Michael Preut (shown on right) and John Patchen — recently won the top research paper awards, sweeping the undergraduate categories, at the Kansas Association of Historians annual conference in Wichita.John-Patchen-and-Michael-Preutforweb

They become the third and fourth Baker students to win the statewide award.

In Category I (papers produced in a senior seminar level course), Preut, of Baldwin City, Kan., won for "Hungary in Crisis: The Making and Breaking of Eastern Europe in the Post-War Era."

In Category II (papers produced in a class where the paper is not the focus of the course), Patchen, of Lawrence, Kan., won for "Surviving The Dirty Thirties: A Story of Kansas Farm Families and Survival in the 1930s."

"The Kansas Association of Historians undergraduate writing awards are quite prestigious as our students compete against students from every college or university in Kansas," said Leonard Ortiz, associate professor of history.

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NEWS RELEASE
April 22, 2014
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Irish musicians to visit Baker

Baldwin City, Kan. — Seven Irish musicians from the Dundalk Institute of Technology will visit Baker University in early May and perform at concerts with Baker musicians. ERR8290forweb

The musicians plan to perform a few traditional Irish music sessions for Baker students and travel to area high schools for workshops. They will attend the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Concert on May 1 at Rice Auditorium and the Baker choral concert on May 2 at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, where they plan to lead an Irish dancing session. On May 4, the musicians will perform at the Symphonic Winds Guest Artist concert at Rice.

At the May 4 concert, the Irish group will premiere "Crossroads," a piece written in honor of retiring Baker University assistant professor of music Ray James. Crossroads are an iconic symbol in the social history of Ireland as places where people met together to share friendships, news, song and dance. The work evokes the busy and colorful scene at a crossroads where people gradually congregate, with men arguing, women laughing, dances continually starting and stopping and eventually a band marching through on the way to the All-Ireland final in Croke Park before the crowd dissipates and moves on. The work is marked by the use of a woodblock which calls attention to the crowd to start the dancing and the use of the repeated chords throughout imitate the chordal repetition synonymous at the opening of Irish dances.

Music schedule
April 27: Erin Wilson and Xiomara string recital, 3:30 p.m., McKibbin Recital Hall
April 28: Percussion ensemble concert featuring director Steve Riley and student musicians Greg Henning, Becca Holder, Brian Loux, John Robbs and Stephanie Skedel, 7:30 p.m., McKibbin Recital Hall
April 29: String chamber music concert featuring instructor Erinn Renyer and the Buel A. Hill String Quartet, Cello Choir and Jubilate String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., McKibbin Recital Hall
May 1: Chris Chubb Memorial Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium
May 2: Spring Sing, 7:30 p.m., Baldwin First United Methodist Church
May 4: Symphonic Winds Guest Artist Concert, 3:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium
May 7: Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium

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