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NEWS RELEASE
March 17, 2010
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University to be host to Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce event

Lee’s Summit, Mo. — Baker University will be host to the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce at Business Before Hours at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the Lee’s Summit campus, 1278 Windsor Drive.

Baker has campuses in Baldwin, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; and in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, Missouri.

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NEWS RELEASE
March 16, 2010
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Memorial service planned for former faculty member

Baldwin City, Kan. — A memorial service to honor Robert Kahle is set for 2 p.m., Friday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church.

Kahle, a member of Baker’s faculty from 1963 to 1995, passed away on Feb. 28, 2010.

At Baker, Kahle taught German, English, Senior Seminar and introduction to computing courses in addition to stints as the acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. He also helped establish the Artist and Lecture Series and develop the Baker Faculty Hall of Fame. For several years, Kahle was the resident housefather at Sigma Phi Epsilon.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
March 10, 2010
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Alternative spring break: Doctoral student to focus on early childhood education in Kenya

As a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Woodland Elementary in Olathe and in her 12th year in education, Jonann Ellner always seizes an opportunity to enrich her professional and personal paths.

For spring break next week, Ellner will join nine other colleagues for a trip to Africa to assist with the HOPE Kenya preschool. The group will represent educators from Kansas working in collaboration with the Kenya American Institute of Education to continue to develop the Children Helping Children program to enhance, improve and facilitate early childhood education in Kenya.

“The HOPE program is under the Free the Children campaign, and the message is powerful,” said Ellner, an adjunct instructor at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies and also a doctoral student at Baker’s School of Education. “It allows young people to connect globally and have a voice in social injustice surrounding education, health care, human rights and environmental needs.”

Ellner’s group will begin the weeklong trip in Nairobi before spending most of its time in Machakos, a poor, rural community outside the city where residents speak the local tribal languages of Kiswahili and Kikamba.

In preparation for the Kenyan trip, the group has received immunizations and met monthly since September, aligning its mission and vision as well as becoming familiar with customs and foreign affairs. In addition to holding informal meetings, the group has read “a ton of literature” on the schools in Kenya and focused on the six essential characteristics of the Professional Learning Communities — common mission, vision, values and goals; collaborative culture; collective inquiry; action orientation; focus on results; and continuous improvement.

“There has been a lot of planning to ensure our safety, to preserve our mission and sacred understandings of trust,” Ellner said. “We have to know each member of our group really well to embark on this type of journey.”

Ellner enjoys working at Woodland, a new school that opened in 2008, after working eight years at another elementary school in Olathe. Stacy Shipley, the principal at Woodland, will also travel to Kenya.

“Stacy’s vision and dedicated leadership to serve all children is a professional dream come true,” she said. “The diversity of education is fascinating if you allow yourself to truly believe that a school's role is to ensure ‘everyone learns,’ both students and staff.”

At Baker, Ellner teaches speech communication and hopes to eventually teach a writing course.

“SC115 is about all forms of communication, which gives me the opportunity to connect adults with the importance of continued learning,” she said. “Adult learners are amazing; they bring a wealth of experience to the academic setting.  They also remind me that public education impacts peoples’ lives long past the grade level you teach.  After completing my Ed.D., I would love to become a permanent part of higher education.”


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Mark.BandreNEWS RELEASE
March 9, 2010
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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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