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NEWS RELEASE
March 3, 2010
Contacts: 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

The Princeton Review, Leah M. Pennino, Executive Director / Communications, (508) 663-5133, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

University listed on Princeton Review's “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs”

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University is one of the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and Canada to study game design, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies.

The Princeton Review developed its “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” list – the first project of its kind – in partnership with GamePro, one of the most respected brands in the video game industry, reaching more than 3 million gamers a month.

The list is reported in GamePro’s April 2010 issue and on the websites of The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) and GamePro (www.gamepro.com).  It names eight programs for top honors as the best of the best.  They are identified in rank order, one to eight (list follows).  The remaining 42 programs are listed in alphabetical order and not ranked.

Of the roughly 500 programs at which students can study game design in the U.S. and Canada, The Princeton Review selected these 50 programs based on a survey it conducted in 2009-10 of administrators at institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees.   The comprehensive survey numbered more than 50 questions and covered areas from academics and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and career achievements.   Criteria included the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure.  The Princeton Review also looked at data on scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.

“It is a great honor,” said Val Kolesnikov, assistant professor of computer science at Baker University. “It is no small thing to rank among the 50 best programs nationally. I consider it to be a great impetus for laying down the foundation for a great computer science program with several concentrations here at Baker. I also expect to have outstanding applicants and grow in the number of computer science students in general as a result.”

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher, “We salute Baker University the other outstanding institutions on our list for their exemplary work in game design education.   It has long been our mission at The Princeton Review to help students research and get in to the education programs best for them.  We are also committed to helping them carry that training to rewarding careers in fields they are passionate about.   For the burgeoning numbers of students aspiring to careers in the rapidly growing field of game design and the companies that will need their creative talents, we hope our list will inspire many wonderful candidates to apply to these programs.”

Franek acknowledged the assistance The Princeton Review received on this project from the ten-member national advisory board it formed to help design the survey instrument and methodology.   Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs, and professionals from some of the top gaming companies.

The top eight programs on The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” list — and the only schools ranked on the list — are profiled in the GamePro April issue feature about the list.  In order, they are:  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles); 2. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, Wash.); 3. Drexel University (Philadelphia). 4. Becker College (Worcester, Mass.); 5. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), 6/ The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC (Canada); 7. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Mass.), and 8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass).   The remaining programs are from 27 states in the U.S.


Web sites:
http://www.princetonreview.com/gamedesign
http://www.gamepro.com

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Tom_PeardNEWS RELEASE
March 2, 2010
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Professor to address moral duty to aid the hungry

Baldwin City, Kan. — Thomas Peard, associate professor of philosophy at Baker University, will deliver the Milford White Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Mabee Hall 100 as part of Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series.

His lecture will focus aiding the hungry and is titled “World Hunger and the Moral Requirements of Self-Sacrifice.”

In Peter Singer’s "Famine, Affluence and Morality," the Princeton professor endorses a position concerning the moral requirements of self-sacrifice in famine relief cases. Singer believes there are circumstances in which morality requires affluent individuals to make extreme sacrifices to prevent the suffering or death of those who are starving or malnourished. Peard, in his lecture, will defend Singer’s view.

Admission to the lecture for Baker faculty, staff and students is free. General admission tickets are available for $15 for adults and $10 for youths.

The lecture is named after Milford White, a professor of chemistry at Baker from 1962 to 1982. In 1978, White began Baker’s science, technology and human values program.

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NEWS RELEASE
March 2, 2010
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Delta Tau Delta receives award for chapter excellence

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity was awarded the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, recognizing the top 10 chapters in the nation, at the Western Plains Division Conference on Feb. 26 in Houston.Delta Tau Delta

The Gamma Theta chapter on the Baldwin City campus is one of 116 Delta Tau Delta chapters nationally. It marked the fourth time in the 44-year history of the award that the Delts have received the Hugh Shields honor.

“The Hugh Shields Award is very highly coveted among all chapters of Delta Tau Delta fraternity because it is the most prestigious distinction that can be bestowed upon an undergraduate chapter of Delta Tau Delta,” said Delta Tau Delta president Bradford Oliva, a sophomore from Topeka, Kan. “The award symbolizes our ability to come together as brothers and focus our efforts on the betterment of our members and community.”

The award recognizes chapters who complete the fraternity awards/accreditation report, which is based on excellence in academics, financial viability, recruitment, membership education, chapter operations, campus leadership/involvement, community service and philanthropy, alumni relations and chapter programming.

Also at the conference, Baker’s Delta Tau Delta chapter received honors as the most improved chapter for the second consecutive year, court of honor award for chapter programming, excellence in Adopt-A-School award, excellence in recruitment award, recognition of 25 percent growth in recruitment award and recognition of meeting or exceeding recruitment goals.

“We take an extreme amount of pride in the work that we were able to accomplish over this past year in order to win the Hugh Shields Award,” Oliva said.

The chapter’s philanthropic and community service efforts the past two years include the following: volunteering countless hours through Adopt-A-School at Marion Springs Elementary School and Baldwin Intermediate Center, raising $365 for Bleed Purple, participating in canned goods drives, contributing $404 by sponsoring children for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree ad, participating in Up ’Til Dawn for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and serving the community at the Baldwin City Theatre’s Terror Tracks.

“As a house we take a great deal of pride in our philanthropy and community service,” Oliva said. “Philanthropy and community are one of our chapters strongest areas, and we enjoy the help that we are able to provide to others. It demonstrates our togetherness and how we come together as brothers to strengthen our community.”

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NEWS RELEASE
March 1, 2010
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Baker University to test B-Alert, participate in tornado drill

Baldwin City, Kan. — In conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week March 8-12, Baker University plans to test its B-Alert Safety Notification System and participate in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 9.

The B-Alert test will precede the sirens, scheduled to sound at 1:30 p.m. on March 9 in Baldwin City.

After the sirens sound, the University will stage a tornado drill exercise at Mabee Hall. Baldwin City emergency officials plan to participate in the exercise.

If there is a threat of severe weather on March 9, the drill we be canceled.

Baker students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of the designated 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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