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Mark.BandreNEWS RELEASE
March 9, 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 names vice president of enrollment management and student development

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University President Patricia N. Long today announced the appointment of Mark Bandré (pronounced Ban-dray) to the position of vice president of enrollment management and student development at Baker University. In his new role, Bandré will provide leadership for the areas of admissions, financial aid and student development.

“I am pleased Mark has decided to join the Baker University administrative team,” Long said. “With an extensive background in strategic enrollment management, Mark will be focused on our Baker students from the time they apply until they graduate. I know Mark from my time working in enrollment management in the state of Kansas and his role as a Baker alumnus. I have confidence in his ability to develop a comprehensive and robust plan for all four of our schools.”

Bandré, who has more than 20 years experience in higher education after graduating from Baker University, is currently associate vice president for enrollment and director of financial aid at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. He has been at Hendrix since August 2005 and oversees all phases of a financial aid operation that annually manages more than $35 million in federal, state, private and institutional funds.

He will work closely with Dr. Long in the coming months to establish specific enrollment management goals before officially beginning his new duties at Baker on June 1.

“I plan to devote my first 60 days at Baker listening to the University community to learn more about the Baker culture of 2010 and where we are headed,” Bandré said.  “I look forward to teaming with Dr. Long, the rest of the administrative personnel and faculty to form a vision that includes working to unify all parts of the University toward enrolling qualified students and retaining as many as possible of these individuals through graduation. We will work to maintain appropriate average class sizes, make maximum use of the residence hall facilities in Baldwin City and classroom space on all campuses. The most effective enrollment management programs literally include every member of the community.”

Bandré said it was vital to establish a plan and vision for all four schools — the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education.

“Reaching a ‘one-Baker’ mindset across all phases of the University makes the most sense for Baker’s future,” Bandré said. “This position has a unique opportunity to help with reaching that vision. With all Baker people working together, including employees, current students, alumni and friends, we can collectively attract the appropriate type and number of future students who will succeed here.”

Before joining Hendrix, Bandré was the associate director of financial aid at Ohio Wesleyan University and the director of student financial assistance at Tabor College.

"I am thrilled to be reunited with Mark as he joins our Baker team," said Cassy Bailey, dean of students. "I worked closely with him at Hendrix before coming to Baldwin City and I know he is highly respected in his field."

Bandré, a 1989 graduate of Baker University, started his career in higher education as an admissions counselor at his alma mater the year he received his bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. He has a master’s degree from Friends University and is completing coursework on a Doctor of Education in higher education administration at George Fox University.

Bandré has been active in several professional organizations, including the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Trish Bandré also will return to her alma mater as a faculty member at Baker University’s Graduate School of Education. She will join the Baker faculty on July 1 after completing her assistant professor responsibilities at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Trish, a 1990 Baker graduate, has a master’s degree from Kansas State and a doctorate from The Ohio State University. She was a classroom teacher at Salina Public Schools and Marion Public Schools before pursuing a career in higher education. Peggy Harris, dean of the School of Education, will introduce Trish to the University community upon her arrival in July.

The Bandrés have been connected to Baker University for 25 years.

“Appropriately Baker has changed in many ways over the years, but the historical perspective adds value for us,” Mark said. “ As career-long educators, we value a liberal arts perspective very much and believe Baker serves a unique place in the educational system. The opportunity to serve this special place in professional areas we have spent the last twenty years exploring, in addition to moving our children (Mason, 15, and Ethan, 11) closer to family, combine to make this move a most exciting opportunity.”

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NEWS RELEASE
March 8, 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

Wellness Festival set for March 27

Baldwin City, Kan. — The annual Community Wellness Festival, a collaborative effort between the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is set for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 27, at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

Approximately 70 exhibitors are expected to participate in the free health fair, which annually attracts more than 300 people.

A 5-kilometer run/walk will kick off the festival at 8 a.m. at the Collins Center. The entry fee is $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The deadline to register for the race is March 22 at Baldwin City Recreation Office, 715 High Street, or online at www.baldwinrec.org

The festival will provide free screenings for blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, lung volume vision and dental.

Through Lawrence Memorial Hospital, additional screenings are available, including a total lipid profile with a prostate specific antigen test and several other blood tests to assess healthy body functions. If you pre-register by Friday, March 12, the lab tests are available for $30 ($40 with PSA test). Lab tests will be $40 ($50 with PSA test) the day of the festival. Anyone interested in the tests should not eat or drink anything — water and medications are exceptions — after midnight prior to having blood drawn.

Registration forms for lab tests are available at Baldwin City Recreation Office, Baldwin Athletic Club, Santa Fe Market, Baldwin City Market and Baker University Student Health Center.

There will be drawings for prizes, including bicycles for an adult and two children. Free T-shirts will be provided to the first 150 attendees. All children will receive a free bicycle helmet as long as supplies last.

For more information, contact Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, or Debbie Guenther, coordinator of health and counseling services, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (785) 594-8409.


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NEWS RELEASE
March 8, 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

Tornado drill for March 9 canceled

Baldwin City, Kan. — Citing the threat of actual severe weather Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Kansas has canceled the statewide tornado drill scheduled for March 9. Baker University will also cancel its tornado drill for the Baldwin City campus that day.

The statewide drill is rescheduled for Thursday, March 11, and tornado sirens are expected to sound at 1:30 p.m. Baker University plans to test its B-Alert Safety Notification System on that day.

Baker students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of the designated storm shelter areas in each building. If the designated area is unknown, go to the basement or interior walls of the lower floors.

Listed below are the designated shelter areas by building:

Bennett Art: relocate to Mulvane Hall — basement interior hallways near classrooms

Case Hall: basement hallway

Osborne Chapel: lower level

Collins Center: hallway areas — preferably north and racquetball courts

Constant Hall: lower level — west end of hallway

Harter Union: basement

Health Center: relocate to Collins Gym

Library: basement hallway — north and south

Mabee Hall: ground floor — interior hallway, west of weight room

Mulvane: basement — interior hallways near classrooms

Owens Musical Arts Building: basement — interior hallway

Rice Auditorium: main floor — under balcony

Parmenter Hall: basement – interior hallway

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NEWS RELEASE
March 3, 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

Assistant professor receives teaching award

Baldwin City, Kan. — Jacob Bucher, assistant professor of sociology, was presented the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award at last week’s Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in San Diego.

The award recognizes promising young faculty who bring innovation and challenges to the criminal justice classroom.

To be eligible for an award, applicants must have received their most recent graduate degree within the past five years; have taught full time for less than five years; be currently teaching in a criminal justice/criminology program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; and be an untenured faculty member or doctoral level teaching assistant.

Bucher received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker University in 2002.

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