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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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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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