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NEWS RELEASE
March 31, 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

Summer orientation, enrollment dates set

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s summer orientation and enrollment dates are set.

During summer orientation and enrollment, new students will meet with an academic adviser, register for fall courses and learn their way around campus.

Parents, family members and guests are also invited to attend the parent and family orientation, which will be in conjunction with the summer orientation and enrollment student schedule.  Parent and family orientation will introduce families to the academic programs and services available at Baker.

Here are the orientation and enrollment dates:

Wednesday, May 26
Friday, May 28
Friday, June 11
Friday, June 25
Friday, July 16
Friday, July 30

To learn more about the summer orientation and enrollment program, view the student and parent/family schedules, and meet the summer orientation staff at www.bakeru.edu/orientation

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

 

NEWS RELEASE
March 25, 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

Baker music department to sponsor event at First United Methodist Church

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two guest musicians — Hannah Holman and Réne Lecuona — will perform on Tuesday, March 30, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert, sponsored by Baker University’s music department, is free.

Holman, a cellist, began her professional career in England playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and later with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. After returning to the United States, she became principal cello of the Jackson Symphony and assistant principal with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, which performed recitals around the United States and England, and was also a founding member of Quadrivinium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has an active solo career, performing with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, Georgia and Iowa. Additionally, Holman participated in the Pablo Casals Cello competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile. Holman has served on faculties of the Worcester College, Michigan State University Community School and Virginia Union University. Ms. Holman is a lecturer at the University of Iowa.

Lecuona, a pianist, has been praised for her chamber music interpretations and solo performances.  She has performed throughout South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall with mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle and in the Goodman Hall at Lincoln Center with soprano Rachel Joselson. Her playing has been featured on many compact discs, including a recording of the music of Margaret Brouwer, which won the 2000 Contemporary Art Music Burton Award. Lecuona is on the faculty of The University of Iowa. She resides in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Sebastian.

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Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

 

NEWS RELEASE
March 25, 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 DSC_RuthSarna

Sarna honored by American College Health Association

Baldwin City, Kan. — Ruth Sarna, director of student health services at Baker University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Ollie B. Moten Award, which recognizes American College Health Association members who have made a significant impact at their university.

Sarna, who has served Baker since 1989, was honored because of her longstanding dedication to Baker University and its students. She will be recognized during the awards and fellows dinner at the ACHA’s annual meeting on June 3 in Philadelphia.

Since its inception in 1920, the American College Health Association has been the principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. The association provides advocacy, education, communications, products and services, as well as promotes research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members’ ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
March 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 or Kevin Kunde, Baker University sports information director, (785) 594-8495 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Brett Ballard named head basketball coach at Baker UniversityBallard_Brett_08272009

Baldwin City, Kan. — Brett Ballard, director of basketball operations at the University of Kansas, has been selected as the head men’s basketball coach at Baker University, President and Interim Athletic Director Patricia N. Long announced today.  Dr. Long will introduce Ballard during a news conference at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the Collins House on the Baldwin City campus.

“I am confident Coach Brett Ballard is an excellent fit for Baker and the NAIA,” Long said. “His values are in line with the NAIA’s Champions of Character, which emphasizes integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.”

Ballard succeeds Rick Weaver, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2009-2010 season after guiding the Wildcats for 25 years.

Ballard, a 2003 graduate of KU, was a backup point guard for the Jayhawks in 2000-2002 after transferring from Hutchinson Community College. He was a member of KU’s Sweet Sixteen team in 2001 and Final Four team in 2002, earning academic all-Big 12 honors his senior year.

“Brett is coming from one of the most highly regarded basketball programs in the nation with a history of winning titles and graduating athletes as the recent Inside Higher Ed academic performance report confirms,” Long continued. “We know Brett is committed to the success of our student-athletes in the classroom and on the court.”

Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, Ballard has worked seven seasons with the Kansas basketball program. Before being named director of basketball operations, Ballard served as the administrative assistant/video coordinator for four years and was a student assistant prior to that.

“As an integral member of the Jayhawk basketball program for 10 years, Coach Ballard has been preparing every day for this moment to become a head coach and guide a program,” said Theresa Yetmar, associate director of athletics who led the search for the basketball coach. “He is known for his strong work ethic and being involved with every detail of the KU basketball program.  Coach Ballard is well connected to high school basketball coaches in the area because of all the major off-season camps he organizes in the summer. We are extremely pleased that Coach Ballard will be a member of our staff and welcome him, his wife Kelly, and sons Kaden and Brooks to our university family.”

At the University of Kansas, Ballard oversaw the academic progress of Jayhawks, worked closely with the off-season strength and conditioning program, assisted with on-campus recruiting, team travel and team video. He also was director of the Bill Self Basketball camp and coordinated and directed the Coaches Clinic, the Winter Clinic and the Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic.

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