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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2014
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Topeka junior named Student Leader of the Month for December, January

Baldwin City, Kan. — Zach Aldrich, a junior business finance, economics and math major from Topeka, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for December and January.

Aldrich is a member of Baker's tennis team and has been recognized on the dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester. He also was the student representative on the presidential search committee.Zach-Aldrichforweb

The nomination for the leadership honor stated:

"Zach is a potential triple major and is highly regarded as a student member of the presidential search committee. He is a natural as a Salon 101 leader. He presented some of his research at a regional economics conference. I wish we had dozens more like him."


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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 27, 2014
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University honored again as a Tree Campus USA

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Baker University as a 2013 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.Flowerforweb

To be honored, Baker met the five-core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

'Trees are a vital component of campus infrastructure and landscaping," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, based in Lincoln, Neb. "First, properly-placed trees create a welcoming space for students, staff and alumni, providing much-needed relief from heat and a quiet place to reflect or study. Second, trees keep our air and water clean and remove harmful pollutants. Third, trees, save money by reducing energy use and improving storm-water management."

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Baker was the first university in Kansas to be honored as a Tree Campus USA. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Steve Wright and his ground crew we are in the process of maintaining the beauty of the trees on campus and replacing those that have been loss because of the drought over the past several years," said Roger Boyd, Baker University's director of natural areas. "We take pride in managing our resources to reflect a welcoming environment to our students and visitors."

The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, established on the Baldwin City campus in 1978, has approximately 450 trees on the main campus and 114 species. The University annually adds species to the arboretum.

Members of the Arboretum Committee are Boyd; Katelyn Doolittle, student representative; Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman; Maurice McClure, groundskeeper; Nate Poell, technical services librarian; Jeremy Portlock, director of the physical plant; and Steve Wright, Baker grounds-crew member.


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NEWS RELEASE
January 23, 2014
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Senior pastor at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church named Minister to University

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Rev. Kevin Hopkins has been named Minister to the University at Baker University, Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs, announced Thursday.Kevin-Hopkinsforweb

Hopkins, the senior pastor at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church since 2009, will succeed the Rev. Ira DeSpain, who announced last year his plans to retire after the 2013-2014 academic year. DeSpain, a 1970 Baker graduate, has served as his alma mater's minister since 1992. Hopkins will officially assume his duties at Baker on July 1.

Hopkins has extensive experience in higher education, serving from 2004 to 2009 as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, Kan., which is on Southwestern College's campus, and also from 1998 to 2004 as Dean of Students/Campus Pastor at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan. Hopkins held faith-based leadership positions at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. from 1991 to 1997.

"I have been affiliated with several other small private colleges in Kansas, and Baker has always been the premier campus to which others look up," Hopkins said. "There is tremendous respect for the institution."

Posler said Rev. Hopkins emerged from a strong field of candidates after a national search.

"I greatly look forward to watching Rev. Hopkins connect with our students," Posler said. "This university has a great history of outstanding ministry, and I am confident Rev. Hopkins will continue that tradition."

Hopkins said he felt a calling to return to campus ministry.

"The campus environment provides learners with the freedom to ask questions and expand their faith," Hopkins said. "It is the optimal place for future leaders of our society and church to become passionate servant leaders."

Hopkins, originally from Hutchinson, Kan., earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1988 and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

Among Hopkins' many responsibilities is leading weekly student worship services from the famed Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel.

Baker was founded by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858 as the first university in Kansas, and was named for Osmon C. Baker, the Kansas-Nebraska bishop of the MEC in 1856.

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 17, 2014
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Second Baptist Church pastor to speak at MLK celebration

Baldwin City, Kan. — Vernon Percy Howard Jr., senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., will be the keynote speaker at Baker University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event is set for 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Osborne Chapel during the first worship service of the spring semester on the Baldwin City campus.Vernon-Percy-Howardmug

Howard, a Kansas City native, was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother. Several aunts, uncles, an elder sister and brother helped guide him through a fatherless childhood into the man of God he is today. His early spiritual formation took place during his elementary years through the St. Joseph's Catholic diocese. By his senior year of high school in 1981, he became interested in deeper spiritual groundings with strong interests in poetry, literature, speech and drama.

Howard is a graduate of William Jewell, where he was the starting point guard and captain of the basketball team and voted the senior "most likely to succeed."

In 1991, he enrolled at Central Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity, and began serving on the pastoral staff of the St. Stephen Baptist church in Kansas City, Mo. Howard earned a Doctorate of Ministry at the University of Arizona, where he began his teaching career as an adjunct lecturer within Arizona's African American Studies department and published his first book, "The Way of an Eagle."

He returned to Kansas City in 2005 to join the pastoral staff of the St. James United Methodist Church after the election of Emanuel Cleaver II to the U.S. Congress. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of homiletics at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and adjunct instructor in cultural studies at William Jewell since his return.

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