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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2009
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MBA student receives prestigious scholarship

Baldwin City, Kan. — Kay Thomas, a student in Baker University’s Master of Business Administration program at the Lee’s Summit, Mo., campus, has received a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarship provides up to $50,000 annually for up to six years to students pursuing graduate or professional degrees.

Thomas is one of only 49 graduate students to be awarded a scholarship this year from the foundation. Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on their academic achievement, critical thinking ability, unmet financial needs, will to succeed and breadth of interests and activities.

“The foundation has provided more than a scholarship, but also a rich experience as they bring scholars together every July and August for a scholars weekend in the Washington D.C. area,” Thomas said. “This has helped me to connect with other students, providing motivation for school, a desire to learn, and a desire to do my part to make the world a better place in which to live.”

A registered nurse at DaVita Dialysis Clinic in North Kansas City, Mo., Thomas is pursuing an MBA to be in a position to provide improved quality health care with a cost effective strategy. She hopes to work in corporate settings to provide education for employees to work toward fitness goals in a holistic model, caring for the physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, social, and psychological needs of people.

“My passion has been to strive to have a positive impact on the world,” said Thomas, who lives in Independence, Mo. “Witnessing the suffering of people and not having adequate resources to do something to end that suffering gave me the incentive to go to nursing school.”

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NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2009

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Guitar orchestra to perform on Baker campus

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Carl-Maria von Weber Guitar Orchestra from Eutin, Germany, will perform as part of Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, at McKibbin Recital Hall on the Baldwin City campus. Tickets are $15.

Andreas van Zoest will conduct the orchestra. He received his master's degree in music education specializing in guitar at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany and teaches guitar and ensemble performance at the Musikschule Ostholstein in Eutin. His students are among the most talented in Germany, having frequently won first prizes in the Jugend Musiziert competition.

Tickets for the Artist and Lecture Series event may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the performance. Tickets also are available at the Baker University business office at Constant Hall.

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NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 22, 2009
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University enrollment at 3,853 students; more than 300 new students on Baldwin City campus

Baldwin City, Kan. — As of Sept. 22, Baker University’s overall enrollment for the fall 2009 semester is 3,853 students, according to figures released today from all four of its schools — College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education.

The Baldwin City campus, which serves College of Arts and Sciences students and School of Education undergraduates, reported an enrollment of 992 students, six fewer than reported last fall. The enrollment figure includes non-degree seeking students. The on-campus population totals 929 students. Of that number, there are 308 new degree-seeking students — 257 freshmen and 51 transfers. That represents the highest total of new students at Baker since that number was first tracked in 1986.

“We are encouraged by the continued confidence families and their students have shown in our excellent undergraduate programs at the College of Arts and Sciences,” President Pat Long said. “Our new students have energized the Baldwin City campus through their participation in the classroom and university activities.”

Operating at maximum capacity, the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka has 162 students enrolled.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the School of Education graduate programs, which serve working adults at locations in Kansas and Missouri, have ongoing enrollment throughout the year. Current enrollment at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies is 1,789 students, consisting of 934 undergraduates and 855 graduate students. Baker’s School of Education graduate programs currently have 910 students.

At this time in 2008, Baker’s official fall enrollment was a record-high 4,112.

“After decades of steady increase and a year after setting a record enrollment for Baker University, we were aware of the potential for decline in our adult student population this fall because of challenges to our national economy,” Long said. “The adjustments to our budget over the past year were in anticipation of the economic concerns faced by working adults and their families. Our faculty and staff at all four of our schools remain steadfast in their recruiting and retention efforts.”

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


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NEWS RELEASE

Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

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

Exhibit to open Thursday at Quayle Bible Collection

Baldwin City, Kan. — A Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled “The Bible — Acted, Sung and Given” will open from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Collins Library on the Baldwin City campus.

The exhibit will celebrate how the Bible has been made beautiful through the ages by illumination, decoration and the singing of the psalms.

Lee Mann, professor and chair of art department, inspired the exhibit after teaching marbling last year and noticing approximately 100 marbled pieces in the collection.

Marbled endpapers, a “Book of Hours” and several Psalters will be on exhibit for the first time.

Contemporary marbled papers created by Susan Pogany, of Lawrence, will also be on display.

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