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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 2, 2014
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School of Nursing dean's list announced

Topeka, Kan. — The following students were named to the Baker University School of Nursing dean's list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the fall 2013 semester:International-plege-for-nurses2forweb

James Aubey, Topeka, Kan.; Katharine Baldwin, Lawrence, Kan.; Christina Beat, Topeka, Kan.; David Beaver, Tecumseh, Kan.; Helen Benefiel, Lawrence, Kan.; Kaylene Bonjour, Formoso, Kan.; Stephanie Bruggeman, Oberlin, Kan.; Richelle Burgess, Junction City, Kan.; Tashe Campbell, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Jennifer Cantillon, St. Marys, Kan.; Jessica Carroll, Topeka, Kan.; Jeffrey Bradford Enriquez Casperson, Southlake, Texas; Tisha Chavez, Topeka, Kan.; Madeline Curry, Topeka, Kan.; Shelby Dorris, Lawrence, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Newton, Kan.; Sarah Ernst, Kansas City, Mo.; Kaylyn Ferrera, Lawrence, Kan.; Jamie Fischer, Wheaton, Kan.; Sarah Gregory, Topeka, Kan.; Monica Gumley, Lawrence, Kan.; Leslie Hart, Topeka, Kan.; Alicia Haverkamp, Topeka, Kan.; Elyse Hawthorne, Soldier, Kan.; Kate Hennessy, Manhattan, Kan.; Maggie Holmberg, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Topeka, Kan.; Lauren Kauffman, Lawrence, Kan.; Olivia Kennedy, Auburn, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Topeka, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Topeka, Kan.; Shasta Long, Manhattan, Kan.; Madeline Luther, Lawrence, Kan.; Holly Martinez, Lawrence, Kan.; Faith May, Wakarusa, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Emily McGinnis, Tecumseh, Kan.; Sarah Mead, Topeka, Kan.; Melissa Naff, Lawrence, Kan.; Sarah Nichols, Lawrence, Kan.; Emily Padilla, Topeka, Kan.; Shelbi Petty, De Soto, Kan.; Kaitlin Pukach, Topeka, Kan.; Randi Richards, Silver Lake, Kan.; Natasha Ross, Lawrence, Kan.; Brittni Sayers, Centerville, Kan.; Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.; Sarah Sexton, Lawrence, Kan.; Breann Sherbert, Junction City, Kan.; Ashley Srna, Manhattan, Kan.; Sharon Tarbutton, Topeka, Kan.; Jamie Taylor, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Tofflemire, Topeka, Kan.; Madelyn Tong, Ogden, Kan.; Mackenzie Turner, Topeka, Kan.; Rylee Uhlrich, Topeka, Kan.; Kristina Vazquez, Goddard, Kan.; Amanda Whiteside, Overland Park, Kan.; Auston Whitmer, Lawrence, Kan.; Erin Whittington, Lawrence, Kan.

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NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 20, 2013
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University launches accounting, mass media degree programs

Overland Park, Kan. — Baker University has announced the start of two new degree programs — the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Online Bachelor of Science in Mass Media. The projected start date for the accounting program at the Overland Park campus, 7301 College Blvd., is Feb. 25, 2014. The online mass media program is scheduled to begin on Feb. 24, 2014.

The 58-credit-hour Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) program prepares students to enter the field of public accounting or for a career in today's business environment. Students will learn to analyze, interpret and communicate financial information that can be applied in any organization with an emphasis on financial, managerial and tax accounting, auditing and systems, change management, ethical decision making and effective communication.

The 44-credit-hour Bachelor of Science in Mass Media (BMM) program offers students a comprehensive introduction to traditional and alternative media, including print and online journalism, publishing, web design, social media, television and radio. The broad-based program prepares graduates for various career options, including traditional media, public relations, corporate communications, sales, advertising and Web content management.

For more information and to apply, go to http://www.bakeru.edu/spgs-prospective2/degrees-and-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-accounting or http://www.bakeru.edu/spgs-prospective2/degrees-and-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-mass-media Also, prospective students are welcome to call (913) 491-4432.


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NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 18, 2013
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Nursing students, alumnae inducted into honor society

Topeka, Kan. — The Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing, recently inducted 14 Baker School of Nursing graduates and two Baker alumnae.Baker-SONforweb

Undergraduate students must have a 3.0 grade-point average and rank in the top 35 percent of their class to qualify for membership.

Baker students inducted were Jennifer Andrews, Sara Busby, Allison Decker, Sarah Ernst, Shannon Good, Leslie Hart, Johna Herrera, Sarah Keenan, Olivia Kennedy, Haley Knowland, Jessica Luvisi, Paula Mattern, Emily McGinnis, Kristina Vazquez and Stephanie Walters. Good received the chapter scholarship at the pinning ceremony on Dec. 13 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral.

Alumnae Amy Kincaid, '93, and Elizabeth Deng, '11, were inducted as community members.

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NEWS RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2013
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Nursing graduate overcomes hearing impairment to earn degree

Topeka, Kan. — Diagnosed with conductive hearing loss as a toddler that required a dozen surgeries by the time she was in a middle school, Kristina Vazquez admired the work of health professionals throughout her childhood. The connection she developed between doctors and nurses during those years inspired her to pursue a career in health.Vazquez-Kristinaforweb

"I had a lot of the same nurses and developed relationships with them," Vazquez said. "I remember how comfortable they made me and my family feel by the they explained how ears worked and what the procedures would do for me."

On Friday, Dec. 13, Vazquez will join 42 Baker School of Nursing classmates at the traditional pinning ceremony at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka, Kan. Two days later, she will become the first in her family to graduate from college when she receives her Bachelor of Science in Nursing during commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center on Baker's Baldwin City, Kan., campus.

Six weeks before graduating, Vazquez accepted a position working as a medical-surgical nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kan. She begins her new job on Jan. 6.

"I have always been interested in the nursing field after spending so much time in hospitals," said the 25-year-old Vazquez. "I liked how the nurses interacted with me. I knew when I grew up I wanted to care for patients like that."

After graduating from Manhattan (Kan.) High School and completing her prenursing requisites at Kansas State, Vazquez enrolled in Baker's two-year nursing program at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kan., in January 2012. She didn't allow her hearing impairment to prevent her from completing her coursework or clinicals with the rest of her classmates.

"I was able to get an amplified stethoscope through the school and that helped me tremendously," she said. "It gave me more confidence that, 'Yes, I can do this.' When I eventually received my own stethoscope, I realized I could do what everybody else could and that there were no limitations."

In addition to adapting to the stethoscope, Vazquez went through a divorce during nursing school, worked two jobs and raised her daughter, Cambria, who turns four later this month.

"It's been a long, hard road to get to this point but well worth it," Vazquez said. "My family is very close and they have helped me a lot, especially my parents (Wesley and Bren)," she said. "There were times when they came to Topeka to stay with me and help care for my daughter. I would not have been able to do this without their help. I have been very blessed."

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