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NEWS RELEASE
April 26, 2010
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

University presents Greek awards

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University presented its annual Greek awards on Sunday at Rice Auditorium, concluding Greek Week on the Baldwin City campus.

During the week, Baker fraternities and sororities donated more than 2,500 items to the Community Food Pantry in Baldwin City and donated more than $400 to Haiti relief during Penny Wars.

Here are the award winners:

5 Star Chapters of the Year

Delta Delta Delta

Delta Tau Delta

Greek Man of the Year

Zack Rockey, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Greek Woman of the Year

Alli Lewis, Zeta Tau Alpha

New Members of the Year

Aaron Caldwell, Delta Tau Delta

Milan Piva,  Zeta Tau Alpha

Chapter Presidents of the Year

Katelyn Brewer, Zeta Tau Alpha

Jeff Skillman,  Delta Tau Delta

Advisers of the Year

Bob Andrews,  Delta Tau Delta

Elaine McCullough,  Alpha Chi Omega

House Director of the Year

Ron Holden, Delta Tau Delta

Spirit of Service Award

Cassy Bailey,  nominated by Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding Alumnae Relations

Outstanding New Member & Member Education

Outstanding Risk Management

Outstanding Scholarship

Delta Delta Delta

Outstanding Community Service & Philanthropy

Outstanding Public Relations

Delta Tau Delta

Outstanding Alumni Relations

Outstanding Community Service and Philanthropy

Outstanding New Member and Member Education

Outstanding Programming

Outstanding Public Relations

Outstanding Risk Management

Kappa Sigma

2010 Greek Week Overall Winners

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Campus Involvement

Outstanding Recruitment & Retention

Zeta Chi

Outstanding Scholarship

Zeta Tau Alpha

Outstanding Campus Involvement

Outstanding Programming

Outstanding Recruitment & Retention

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NEWS RELEASE
April 26, 2010
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Ballard_at_chamber

New basketball coach to be guest at chamber event

Baldwin City, Kan. — New Baker University men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard will be the featured guest at the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Lodge. The public is invited to the event.

Ballard was named the Wildcats head coach in March. Before Baker, Ballard served as the director of basketball operations at the University of Kansas from 2008 to 2010 after being the administrative assistant/video coordinator with the KU basketball staff for four years. In 2003-04, Ballard was a student assistant for the Jayhawks.

Ballard oversaw the academic progress of the Jayhawks, working closely with the off-season strength and conditioning program, assisting with on-campus recruiting, team travel and team video. Ballard was also the camp director for the Bill Self Basketball Camps. Ballard organized and directed over 2,500 campers each summer and also coordinated and directed the Coaches Clinic, the Winter Clinic and the Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic. He also was heavily involved with all day-to-day operations of the program.

As a part of the Kansas basketball program, the Jayhawks won the 2008 national championship, advanced to three NCAA Tournament Elite Eights, won the past six Big 12 regular-season championships and claimed the past four of five conference postseason tournaments.

Ballard played two years for the Jayhawks -- 2001 and 2002 -- after transferring from Hutchinson Community College in his hometown of Hutchinson, Kan. A guard, Ballard played in 56 career games, scoring 59 points and dishing out 32 assists. KU went a combined 59-11 in his two seasons as a Jayhawk, including appearing in the 2001 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the 2002 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, Ga. He was named an Academic All-Big 12 selection as a senior for his efforts in the classroom.

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NEWS RELEASE
April 23, 2010
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Pat-and-JCCC

University partners with community colleges

Overland Park, Kan. — Baker University has partnered with several community colleges and a private college in Kansas to assist students continuing their education.

Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies has signed articulation agreements with the following community colleges: Allen County, Cloud County, Butler County, Hutchinson, Coffeyville, Dodge City, Garden City, Independence, Labette, Neosho County, Pratt, Seward County, Johnson County, Hesston College and the Metropolitan Community Colleges. In photo at right (Baker President Pat Long, left, and Johnson County CC President Terry Calaway sign an agreement).

The partnership is designed to improve the transition process for students from community colleges and other universities while transferring to Baker. Through the agreement, Baker waives the course-by-course evaluation of the general education requirements. Students earning an Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution will have met the general education requirements at Baker.

“The community colleges and technical schools have responded very positively to our articulation initiative,” said Marvin Hunt, vice president and dean of Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. “This initiative helps the community colleges to create more opportunities for their students, and helps make the students aware of what Baker has to offer them as a next step.”

Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies has campuses in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas, and Lee’s Summit and North Kansas City in Missouri.

For more information about Baker’s partnership with the colleges, contact Connie Beene, director of professional and experiential learning, at (913) 491-4432 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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NEWS RELEASE
April 22, 2010
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Students, Baker Orange, Baker Online honored at collegiate conferenceChrisSmith

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s mass media and communication department received top honors April 18-19 at the annual Kansas Associated Collegiate Press conference in Wichita.

The Baker Orange received the All-Kansas Award, recognizing the top student newspaper for a four-year private college in Kansas. The Orange has captured the honor 11 times in 13 years.

The Orange Online site was awarded a gold medal.

Chris Smith, editor of the Orange for the fall 2009 semester, was honored as Journalist of the Year for four-year colleges and universities in Kansas.

The Orange won 25 individual awards in the newspaper competition, including six first-place honors.

First-place winners from the Baker Orange were Amanda Helm, single ad design; Cate Richards, cartoons; Baker Orange staff, illustration; Lauren Anderson, interior page design; Chris Smith, sports features; and Reina Murphy, Chris Smith, Alesha Miller and Kelsey Epperson, multimedia story telling.

Gwyn Mellinger, professor and chair of mass media and communication department, and Dave Bostwick, assistant professor of mass media and communication, serve as faculty advisers to the Baker Orange and Orange Online.

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