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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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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 15, 2014
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Community Choir to begin rehearsals

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsals for the spring season from 6 to 7:50 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at McKibbin Recital Hall in the Owens Musical Arts Building, 408 Eighth St., on the Baldwin City campus.

New members are welcome and no audition is required. A $20 participation fee is charged for all non-Baker students.

Cathy Crispino, interim director of choral activities, directs the choir, which was founded in 2010. The ensemble performs repertoire from the history of all choral traditions as well as selections from contemporary composers.

The choir will perform at two events this spring. The Masterworks Concert, featuring the combined choirs of Baker University and the Johnson County Community Chorus, will be April 4 at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. The Midwest premiere of Mark Hayes' "Requiem" with the chamber orchestra and a baritone soloist is the centerpiece of this performance. The season will conclude with Spring Sing on May 2 at Baldwin First United Methodist Church.

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 2, 2014
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University announces CAS, SOE undergraduate dean's list for fall semester

Baldwin City, Kan. — The following students were named to Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher and at least 12 credit hours for the fall 2013 semester:Flagbearers2forweb

Ryan Akin, Sedalia, Mo.; Jacqueline Albin, Wakeeney, Kan.; Charles Aldrich, Topeka, Kan; Christian Allen, Lawrence, Kan.; Callene Anderson, Agency, Mo.; Dylan Arnall, Little Rock, Ark.; Elizabeth Arnold, Prairie Village, Kan.; Alexander Baird, Overland Park, Kan.; Sarah Baker, Wellsville, Kan.; Morgan Banning, Lawrence, Kan.; Brittany Barker, Olathe, Kan.; Everett Basham, Aurora, Mo.; Taylor Baum, Overland Park, Kan.; Kelli Bauman, Sabetha, Kan.; Kimberly Beauchamp, Pomona, Kan.; Lauren Bechard, Gardner, Kan.; Nicholas Becker, Eudora, Kan.; Olivia Beins, Baldwin City, Kan.; Preston Beiser, Leawood, Kan.; Sara Bell, Green Ridge, Mo.; Jessica Benner, Winchester, Kan.; Jillian Benson, Lenexa, Kan.; Caroline Berblinger, Buhler, Kan.; Gabrielle Betsch, Olathe, Kan.; Courtney Boedeker, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Parks Boeschen, Columbia, Mo.; Craig Bolton, Drexel, Mo.; Shannon Bond, Olathe, Kan.; Callie Brabender, Lawrence, Kan.; Sloane Brady, Overland Park, Kan.; John Breithaupt, Overland Park Kan.; Mackenzie Breithaupt, Lawrence, Kan.; Kyle Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Lindsey Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Morgan Brown, Lawrence, Kan.; Stephanie Brown, Overland Park, Kan.; Bryan Burdette, Leavenworth, Kan.; Kayla Burns, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Briona Busch, Manhattan, Kan.; Jordan Buscher, Overland Park, Kan.; Laura Bynum, Kansas City, Kan.; Bailey Cain, Kansas City, Mo.; Alan Callahan, Baldwin City, Kan.; Caitlin Campbell, Topeka, Kan.; Kelsey Campbell, McLouth, Kan.; Danielle Carlson, Olathe, Kan.; Earnest Carter, St. Louis; Joshua Chalker, Overland Park, Kan.; Clinton Chapman, Baldwin City, Kan.; Stephanie Chappell, De Soto, Kan.; Taylor Chase, Littleton, Colo.; Caitline Christenson, Westmoreland, Kan.; Amanda Ciambrone, Baldwin City, Kan.; Kendra Clark, Emporia, Kan.; Megan Clark, Holton, Kan.; Tanner Clark, Holton, Kan.; Ronnie Clemens, Enid, Okla.; Katelin Colby, Paola, Kan.; Amanda Conrade, Topeka, Kan.; Finola Corley, Little Wenlock, England; Michelle Critchfield, Hesston, Kan.;

Andrew Dare, Olathe, Kan.; Allison Davis, Waukee, Iowa; Alyssa Davis, Hutchinson, Kan.; Dyson Dechant, Pittsburg, Kan.; Logan DeGraeve, De Soto, Kan.; Nancy Delgado, Emporia, Kan; Brett Delich, Shawnee, Kan.; Adriane Dick, Lawrence, Kan.; Kaci Dillingham, Topeka, Kan.; Katelyn Doolittle, Ottawa, Kan.; Kelli Doolittle, Ottawa, Kan.; Teresa Drovetta, Gardner, Kan.; Kathryn Duggan, Minneapolis, Kan.; Kathryn Duroe, Olathe, Kan.; Alexandria Eckert, Leavenworth, Kan.; Barkley Edison, Salina, Kan.; Blake Edwards, Liberal, Kan.; Kyrstie Ehm, Baldwin City, Kan.; Aubrey Eicher, Topeka, Kan.; Shalynn Eldredge-McMillan, Eldridge, Iowa; Paul Eltschinger, Lawrence, Kan.; Andrew Emanuels, Shawnee, Kan.; Megan Emas, Overland Park, Kan.; Shelby Equels, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Frankie Farrant, Meriden, Kan.; Sheldon Farrell, St. Joseph, Mo.; Kristen Finger, Lawrence, Kan.; Lora Finley, Altamont, Kan.; Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Olathe, Kan.; Devin Freeman, Overland Park, Kan.; Lauren Freking, Overland Park, Kan.; Danielle French, Overland Park, Kan.; Matthew Fry, Emporia, Kan.; Alexa Fryer, Fort Collins, Colo.; BriAnna Garza, Austin, Texas; Hannah Geenens, Stilwell, Kan.; Devin Glasgow, Enid, Okla.; Tyler Glatczak, Centralia, Kan.; Ryan Gleue, Lawrence, Kan.; Aaron Greenbaum, Prairie Village, Kan.; Gabriel Greenbaum, Mission, Kan.; Sercan Gunbatar, Baldwin City, Kan.; Allison Haddad, Frisco, Texas; Brandon Haefke, Holton, Kan.; Rachel Haley, Lawrence, Kan.; Asher Hannon, Baldwin City, Kan.; Lydia Hardin, Olathe, Kan.; Jessica Harvey, Lenexa, Kan.; Ethan Hays, Smithville, Mo.; Samantha Heck, Olathe, Kan.; Andrew Heim, Leavenworth, Kan.; Kristina Heinrich, Wilson, Kan.; Jake Heller, Lenexa, Kan.; Kathryn Hibbeler, Lake Waukomis, Mo.; Kelli Higgins, Wellsville, Kan.; Lindsay Hill, Kansas City, Mo.; Melinda Hipple, Baldwin City, Kan.; Michael Hobbs, Olathe, Kan.; Robert Hoeven, Olathe, Kan.; Kendal Holloman, Grantville, Kan.; Allissa Houchin, Gypsum, Kan.; Aaron Howard, Raymore, Mo.; Cody Hursh, Olathe, Kan.;

Ethan Jacks, Placitas, N.M.; Sheldon Jacks, Lakeside, Ariz.; Lauren Jaqua, Lansing, Kan.; Ulrich Johanning, Lawrence, Kan.; Wolfang Johanning, Lawrence, Kan.; Lesley Johnson, Shawnee, Kan.; Sydney Johnston, Overland Park, Kan.; Abigail Jones, Plainville, Kan.; Hannah Jordan, Leavenworth, Kan.; James Joyner, Overland Park, Kan.; Samuel Kendrick, Richards, Mo.; Lisa Kent, Baldwin City, Kan.; Bryan Kindle, Eudora, Kan.; Richard Klein, Prince George, British Columbia; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan.; Jana Koegel, Stuttgart, Germany; Kayla Kohn, Wellsville, Kan.; Madison Kristoffersen, Baldwin City, Kan.; Ashley Kroeker, Nickerson, Kan.; Sarah Lambert, Belton, Mo.; Samantha Landgrebe, Lawrence, Kan.; Peter Lasneske, Leavenworth, Kan.; Brett Leichien, Emporia, Kan.; Owen Lewis, Basehor, Kan.; Michael Lisher, Lawrence, Kan.; Emily Liston, Overland Park, Kan.; Adam Lomenick, Bristow, Okla.; Brian Loux, Lawrence, Kan.; Tera Lyons, Strasburg, Colo.; Justin Madsen, Independence, Mo.; Erika Mallery, Overland Park, Kan; Chelsey Mann, St. Joseph, Mo.; Katelin Masters, Paola, Kan.; Lindsey Mateer, Spring Hill, Kan.; Justin McCandless, Lawrence, Kan.; Taylor McDowell, Abilene, Kan.; Zachary McElmurry, Baldwin City, Kan; Amber Mechtley, Emporia, Kan.; Andrew Meinking, Kansas City, Mo.; Alyse Menghini, Lincoln, Neb.; Ilona Miller, Topeka, Kan.; Jordan Miller, Ozawkie; Luke Miltz, Lecompton, Kan.; Breana Mogle, Columbus, Kan.; Jacob Mogle, Columbus, Kan.; Jamison Montes de Oca, Lawrence, Kan.; Andrew Morgan, Baldwin City, Kan.; Teresa Morse, Gardner, Kan.; Sarah Mullins, Atchison, Kan.; Joseph Naughton, Troy, Mo.; Mallorie Nelson, Paola, Kan.; Stephanie Nelson, Kansas City, Kan.; Robert O'Neill, Randolph, Kan.; Samantha Oehlert, Baldwin City, Kan.; Chad Orum, Henderson, Nev.; Katelyn Palmer, Oakland, Iowa; Kyle Pattrick, Baldwin City, Kan.; Alyssa Paul, Paola, Kan.; Adrian Pearson, Topeka, Kan.; Chad Phillips, Wichita, Kan.; Andrew Poindexter, Raymore, Mo.; Megan Pontius, Overland Park, Kan.; Michael Preut, Baldwin City, Kan.; Jordan Queen, Derby, Kan.;

Darrell Randall, Overland Park, Kan.; Dominick Reiske, Lawrence, Kan.; Samuel Richards, Baldwin City, Kan.; John Robbs, Baldwin City, Kan.; Priscilla Roberts, Auburn, Kan.; Megan Rosa, Olathe, Kan.; Rick Rosas, Centennial, Colo.; Laura Ruhnke, Topeka, Kan.; Martin Salvador, Kansas City, Mo.; MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan.; Jami Sanborn, Independence, Kan.; Miles Sanderson, Leawood, Kan.; Richard Schacher, Harrisonville, Mo.; Shelby Schiraldi, Shawnee, Kan.; Valentine Schirmer, Overbrook, Kan.; William Schowalter, Spring Hill, Kan.; Samantha Schroeder, Olathe, Kan.; Ryan Schugart, Olathe, Kan.; Tiffany Shaheen, Manhattan, Kan.; Deeva Sharma, Leawood, Kan.; Caylea Siler, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Rebecca Simkins, Merriam, Kan.; Crystal Simon, Leavenworth, Kan.; Ericka Simpson, Olathe, Kan.; Christopher Sipe, Clyde, Kan.; Sara Slater, Overland Park, Kan.; Cody Sliva, Shawnee, Kan.; Jayden Smith, Wichita, Kan.; Marissa Smith, Springfield, Mo.; Paige Smith, Hesston, Kan.; Benjamin Sobek, Olathe, Kan.; Lynae Soderholm, Alma, Neb.; Bailey Sosa, Emporia, Kan.; Jenna Stanbrough, Emporia, Kan.; Ben Steinlage, Corning, Kan.; Maranda Stendebach, Olathe, Kan.; Steven Stendebach, Olathe, Kan.; James Steury, Olathe, Kan.; Emilee Stone, Anderson, Mo.; Kaitlyn Stout, Olathe, Kan.; Connor Stremel, Lawrence, Kan.; Taylor Stuart, Lawrence, Kan.; Collin Studer, Wathena, Kan.; Daniel Sumler, Anderson, Mo.; Marshall Sumwalt, Mequon, Wis.; Grant Sundbye, Topeka, Kan.; Trevor Sutton, Wamego, Kan.; Vincent Tadokoro, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Stephanie Taylor, Sedalia, Mo.; Haleigh Tenpenny, Topeka, Kan.; Ryan Terstriep, Payson, Ill.; Amanda Tesson, Shawnee, Kan.; Michael Thomason, Independence, Mo.; Emma Tinsley, Shawnee, Kan.; Krystina Townsend, Gardner, Kan.; Alen Troyer, Garnett, Kan.; Perri Tucker, Wichita, Kan.; Dustin Turner, Overbrook, Kan.; Jasmyn Turner, Lawrence, Kan.; Rebecca Uhrig, Woodbury, Minn.; Cody Viergever, Mayetta, Kan.; Sierra Wallace, Baldwin City, Kan.; Macy Wallisch, Denison, Kan.; Ciarra Washington, Gardner, Kan.; Sean Webb, Wamego, Kan.; Gavin Webster, Independence, Kan.; Amanda Welcher, Lawrence, Kan.; Madison Wendt, Chanute, Kan.; Ashley Werner, Pittsburg, Kan.; Samuel Wescott, Wichita, Kan.; Erin Wesselowski, Independence, Kan.; Frank Whittier, Topeka, Kan.; Madelyne Wilcox, Shawnee, Kan.; Bryan Williams, Baldwin City, Kan.; Lauren Williams, Olathe, Kan.; Audrey Willis, Olathe, Kan.; Erin Wilson, Overland Park, Kan.; Brittani Wilson-Kelly, Independence, Mo.; Brittany Windom, Auroa, Colo.; Taylor Winkler, Overland Park, Kan.; London Wise, Lenexa, Kan.; Katelyn Wolken, Garnett, Kan.; Stephanie Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kan.; Heather Wright, Independence, Kan.; Nicholas Yarbrough, Olathe, Kan.; Hillary Yoder, Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Zach, Overland Park, Kan.; Nadir Zayyad, Overland Park, Kan.; Alex Zuzelski, Syracuse, Kan.

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