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NEWS RELEASE
April 22, 2014
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University announces Harter Scholars

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has selected two Kansas high school seniors as recipients of the 2014 Harter Scholarships, the university's most prestigious academic scholarship.

The scholarships were awarded to Brenda McCollum, a Bluestem High School senior from Fall River, Kan., and Amy Wysong, a senior at Sabetha (Kan.) High School.
As Harter Scholars, the students will receive full tuition for four years at Baker and will have the opportunity to spend a semester of study abroad at Harlaxton College in England. Harter Scholars are selected from among high school graduates with ability and exceptional leadership potential.Brenda-McCollum

To be considered for the Harter, students must meet two of the following guidelines, a GPA of at least 3.85, an ACT score of 30 or higher, or a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class. To retain the scholarship, winners must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

"Brenda and Amy were among several talented candidates who competed for Baker's premier scholarship," said Kevin Kropf, Baker's director of enrollment management. "The two high school seniors show tremendous scholarly promise and are extremely deserving of this honor."

McCollum is a race walker, an honor roll student and member of the Academic All-State cross country team. Ranked No. 1 in her class, McCollum is also a member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has qualified to be a member of the USA Track and Field Team in the race walk event. McCollum and the rest of the United States team are scheduled to compete in the 2014 World Cup in Taicang, Chinga May 3-4, 2014.

Wysong, a Kansas Honor Scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society, forensics team and student council. She is a state qualifier in tennis and participates in school plays and is a photographer for her student publications. The Sabetha student volunteers at the local hospital and is the secretary for the school's Grains for Hope organization, which provides nutritional products and services to populations in need throughout the world while empowering youth to become universal learners and leaders.Amy-Wysong

A generous gift from the estate of Edward and Sylvia Harter of Bryan, Texas, covers the scholarship. The $2.7 million gift, in the form of a trust fund, still honors the Harters today. Graduates of Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron, Mo., the husband and wife wanted to contribute to Baker after the University maintained Missouri Wesleyan's records and held alumni reunions after the college closed in 1930.


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NEWS RELEASE
April 21, 2014
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Memorial jazz concert set for May 1

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Baker Professor of Music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus.jazzforweb

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be collected at the door to support the Chris Grubb endowed scholarship, presented annually to a returning saxophonist from the Jazz Ensemble. It honors the memory of Grubb, who died in an automobile accident in 1985 while a student at Baker.

Guest artist and trombonist Harry Watters, making his fourth appearance in 12 years at Baker, will perform at the concert. Watters is a highly sought-after soloist, who was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland and the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He performs with the Washington, D.C., Army Ceremonial Band and is a Summit recording artist and clinician for the Jupiter Instrument Company. In addition to Mr. Watters' appearance, the concert will feature mostly pop, rock, and funk tunes from repertoire made famous by the Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan.

Featured vocalists for the concert are Baker students Madison Wendt and Morgan Giudicessi.

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NEWS RELEASE
April 17, 2014
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Student newspaper, website earn national, state honors

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker Orange newspaper and its accompanying website, thebakerorange.com, recently earned several national and state honors.

The print version of the Orange received a 2014 Apple Award from the College Media Association as the best newspaper among four-year schools with an enrollment under 5,000 students. Apple Award winners were announced in New York in mid-March. All colleges nationwide were eligible to enter.editorsforweb

On April 14 at the Kansas Collegiate Media spring conference in Wichita, Kan., thebakerorange.com won the All-Kansas Award from Kansas Collegiate Media as the top collegiate news website among all colleges in the state. This award was presented in Wichita during KCM's spring conference. One judge's feedback noted that "this is an engaging, visually attractive site that delivers on its mission to provide relevant content to keep the university community informed while giving students practical mass media experience."

The print version won the Kansas Collegiate Media's All-Kansas Award as the top private-college newspaper in the state. One judge wrote that "several articles told a story beyond a simple interview. It's obvious the reporters have spent time with their subjects."

Seniors Sara Bell and Tera Lyons serve as this year's editors. In addition to the group honors, Bell received $100 as runner-up for the four-year newspaper Journalist of the Year Award.

In individual KCM contests, Lyons led Baker by placing first in three categories: illustration, photo essay and feature photography. She also placed second in page design, ad design and sports photography. Bell had two separate entries that took first and second place in sports writing.

Other Baker students who earned individual honors:

Freshman Chad Phillips, Wichita, Kan. — first in sports photography; second in news photography.

Sophomore Taylor Schley, Topeka, Kan. — first in infographics.

Junior Lauren Bechard, Gardner, Kan. — second in sports feature writing; second in column writing; third in feature writing.

Senior Jenna Stanbrough, Emporia, Kan. — second in feature writing; second in news writing.

Junior Abbey Elsbernd, Andover, Kan. — second in illustration.

Senior Callie Paquette, Ottawa, Kan., and sophomore Jordan Ratterman, Overland Park, Kan. — second in photo essay.

Sophomore Jordan Ratterman, Overland Park, Kan. — third in feature photography.

Senior Katie Thurbon, Topeka, Kan. — third in news writing.

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NEWS RELEASE
April 14, 2014
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Baker junior receives scholarship from National Federation of the Blind

Baldwin City, Kan. — Dustin Turner, a Baker University junior from Overbrook, Kan., has been awarded a scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind based on his performance in the classroom, an essay competition and campus activities.Dustin-Turnerforweb

Turner is on the dean's list and a member of Baker's wrestling team. He serves as a resident assistant and is a peer tutor for Student Academic Services. Turner also has volunteered for the Numana Swipe Out Hunger event on campus and at The Big Event, an annual national one-day community service project.

"I am really glad that my work had finally paid off in a big way," said Turner, majoring in business management and computer science. "For me it is all about staying positive and focusing on what I can do rather than the things that I can't. Spending time focusing on things I cannot do leaves me feeling helpless and defeated. I work much better staying positive and doing the best I can. Everything else will take care of itself.

"My Baker experience has been great. The small campus, friendly students, and helpful staff and faculty have made it easy for me to work at my best even if I have to do things a little bit differently than others. Baker started to feel like a family from the very beginning. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything."

Turner, who has 20/400 vision, suffers from congenital nystagumus, a condition that causes his eyes to shake rapidly and uncontrollably in the presence of light, causing blurred vision at distances as close, in his case, as 5 to 10 feet. The condition also causes his eyes to be extremely light sensitive and frequent headaches. Despite the vision impairment, the legally blind student has thrived in the classroom, on the wrestling mat and in student activities on the Baldwin City campus.

"At first it was about finding my limits and range of abilities," Turner said of adjusting to college life. "After that it was about talking to the instructors and figuring out ways to bridge any otherwise unfilled gaps between what was expected and what I could do. This is where Baker really shined for me because the instructors were so accepting and helpful with suggestions and possibilities. Once those two pieces came together it was about working as hard as I could to get the job done in the classroom or on the mat."

Technology is invaluable to the Baker student. He relies on magnifiers, audio recorders, laptops and tablets for taking notes and completing his assignments.

"These keep me from falling behind with lectures as well as keeping my notes, assignments, and other media in formats that can be easily manipulated to get larger fonts and screen readings," he said. "Without these tools I would fall well behind my classmates and spend all my time catching up instead of focusing on my work."

Turner enjoys being involved on campus as an RA and competing for the Wildcat wrestling team.

"Wrestling is a very demanding sport," he explained. "It requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice. It has also given me a smaller subset of the Baker family to belong to. I am closer to other wrestlers just because I see them more and talk to them more often. Wrestling gives me a great outlet for my work ethic as well as personal growth. Being an RA has been a phenomenal experience as well. It allows me the opportunity to interact with other students on a more personal level and help them to become successful and have a good college experience. It also gives me the chance to use my disability to connect with and understand others' points of view, and that has been crucial to my development as a student and as a person."

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