Dec. 12, 2013
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Graduating senior follows her passion at Baker

Baldwin City, Kan. — Gloria Atanmo arrived on the Baldwin City campus in August 2008 as a basketball player and pre-medicine major from La Joya High School in Avondale, Ariz. Throughout her time at Baker University, the budding entrepreneur developed a passion for photography before transitioning to mass media and art as her majors before she founded her own company, GLOTOGRAPHY.glo-8218forweb

"People try to tell you what they think you are good at and you try to fulfill that," Atanmo recalled of her first year studying science at Baker. "I gave it a good year and tried to satisfy what everybody thought my life should be about. People always say college is about finding yourself. But the reality is that it's about creating yourself. And I'm living proof."

At 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Collins Center, Atanmo will join 100 of her classmates for the traditional College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony. The daughter of two immigrants from Nigeria and sister to five siblings, Atanmo will celebrate the moment this weekend with her mother, Esther, two of her sisters, a brother, and one uncle in attendance.

Atanmo became connected to Baker through John Jacobs, a 1998 Baker graduate who coached baseball and football at her high school. The former Wildcat standout persuaded Atanmo to head to the Midwest, assuring that Baker would be a good fit.

"In June (of 2008) I still had no idea where I was going to college," she said. "John told me I would love it at Baker. I sent the basketball coach, Susan Decker, some game film and she flew my mom and I out for a visit, and it felt so right that I signed my letter of intent that same night."

More than a thousand miles from home, Atanmo experienced some growing pains her first two years in Baldwin City. Cassy Bailey, Baker's dean of students, and weekly worship services at the Osborne Chapel helped ease Atanmo's transition to Baker.

"Dean Bailey helped me adjust to college," she said. "She got me through some rough times, and she always saw the potential in me. She really does care about all of the students' well-being. Chapel gave me a better sense of community and belonging. What I love about chapel is that I can sit in any row and feel welcomed."

Bailey is proud to call Atanmo friend and a Baker alumna.

"There is that saying, 'Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same,'" Bailey said. "I cannot imagine a more true example of this than Gloria. I remember Glo as a freshman – shy, tough, vulnerable. Look at her now: she is the definition of blossom. I love that Glo never had one clique or one way. She was open to new opportunities, friends and experiences."

A self-taught photographer, Atanmo bought her first camera in 2010, built a portfolio, and developed a website before launching her business a year later after receiving encouragement from friends, faculty and staff at Baker. She enjoys helping people see "the natural beauty that lives inside us all through the vivid art of photography."

"I started realizing my purpose in life at Baker," she said. "I got into graphic design and photography as ways to express myself. I feel like I have so much to say and so much to give, and through those mediums, I've been able to share pieces of life through other people."

She put her creative skills to use during the fall 2012 semester studying at Harlaxton Manor in Grantham, England. Through her outgoing personality and photography, she made an immediate connection to students, faculty and staff at the popular study abroad destination. Later this month, Atanmo will return to England to begin working as an intern for Harlaxton, utilizing her photography and design skills.

"The study abroad experience completely changed my life and it happened during a very trivial period," said Atanmo, who traveled overseas shortly after her father, Vincent Atanmo Sr., passed away. " I came to Baker for basketball and an education, and I didn't think about going to Harlaxton until my fifth year here. If I never picked up photography, they would not have seen the skills I had or needed me. I was able to develop a lot of my skill sets later in college, which is why timing can be everything."

Atanmo credits her professors, coaches, faculty and staff at Baker for taking her as their own for the past 5 ½ years.

"I accepted that I had a long way to go and would need help from the supportive Baker family around me," Atanmo said. "Where I'm at today and the things I know my future has in store is a direct reflection of the nurturing, overgenerous and amazing community here. The slogan at Baker is to 'Own Confidence', and because of my time here, I not only own it, I carry it with me everywhere in my back pocket."

"It may have taken me a little bit longer to graduate, but every year was a new chapter of my book being written. And had I graduated any earlier or any later, my story wouldn't be complete. I always think that I've overstayed my welcome, but the truth is, Baker has overwelcomed my stay."

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


Dec. 9, 2013
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Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 14-15

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's fall commencement ceremonies will be Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 at the George F. Collins Sports and Convention Center on the Baldwin City campus. Nearly 300 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students are candidates for degrees.Class-of-2013 1forweb2

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies undergraduate students will be honored at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. The ceremony for graduate degree students from the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the School of Education will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The ceremony for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Nursing will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15.

Dr. Patricia N. Long, the 28th president in Baker's 155-year history, will be the keynote speaker at all three commencement ceremonies.

Receptions will be held both days to honor graduates, their families and friends at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union on the Baldwin City campus, at Sixth and Dearborn streets.

Here is Baker's Class of 2013:

Bachelor of Arts

Kelli Shae Doolittle, middle level English and education; Lindsay Leibach, international studies; Anna Jane Richards, biology; William Joseph Schowalter, English and secondary education; Maranda Stendebach, middle level English and education; Ryder Lee Werts, sociology; Victoria May Whitebread, English.

Bachelor of Music Education

Paul Leonard Eltschinger, Priscilla S. Roberts

Bachelor of Science

JaNay Adgers, mass media; Garrett Lee Andersen, sociology; Gloria Atanmo, interdisciplinary major in mass media and art; Christopher Atlakson, sociology; Brittany Ann Barker, elementary education; Samantha K. Brandt, psychology; Kyle C. Brown, business; Lindsey Marie Brown, mathematics and secondary education; Kaitlyn A. Butler, biology; Caitlin Campbell, business; Alexa Clark-Clements, business and accounting; Finola Emily Corley, sociology; Blaine K. Crow, physics; Daniel L. Davis, computer science; Joshua Amos Fairley, business; Devin A. Freeman, health/physical education and secondary education; Donald Terence George, biology; Jordan Ausar Honore, business; Madeline K. Imlay, business; Kelley L.J. Jenkins, business; Bethany Lee Kempher, economics; Bryan William Kindle, mathematics and secondary education; John Patrick King, theatre, music and business; Richard Laszlo Klein, exercise science; Eldina Kunic, sociology; Hannah Kathleen Miller, business; Previn Moore, business; Jacob S. Morse, physical education; Joseph M. Naughton, sports administration; Joel E. Olivas, sociology; Lucas Roepke, business; Miles R. Sanderson, biology; Colter Lane Scott, sports administration; Darrick Vester Smith, business; Seth Gabriel Snavely, interdisciplinary major in sociology and religion; Amanda Renee Tesson, mathematics and secondary education; Consuelo Salyna Webber, business; Jeremiah Zaccheus White, exercise science; Frank R. Whittier, economics; Nicholas A. Williams, mass media.

School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jennifer Andrews, Sara Pantos Busby, Tisha Helen Chavez, Christi Leann Colley, Allison M. Decker, Suzanne L. Duckworth, Michelle Lynn Eitel, Sarah Elizabeth Ernst, Morgan DelRae Flewelling, Shannon Renee Good, Katelyn Renee Goodman, Monica Renee Gumley, Leslie Christina Hart, Johna Lea Herrera, Saige Renee Huninghake, Mary Patricia Jones, Sarah Elizabeth Keenan, Olivia Louise Kennedy, Haley Marie Knowland, Amanda Nicole Loner, Shasta Lee Long, Jessica Luvisi, Paula Jean Mattern, Emily Marie McGinnis, Sarah Nicole Mead, Britanny Nicole Miller, Sarah Ann Nichols, Cynthia Ai Orser, Parth S. Panchal, Kelsey R. Pearson, Alyssa LeAnne Phillips, Melanie Lynn Rettele, Natasha Ross, Stephanie Lynn Samson, Kristen Rene Skillin, Demetria Mikcael Swindell, Elizabeth Leigh Taylor, Jamie Lee Taylor, Kristina Nicole Vazquez, Stephanie A R Walters, Rebecca Jeanette Wharton, Beth Whitworth, Melanie Rae Wiens-Kind.

Associate of Arts in Business

Peggy Brooks Akers, Cheryl D. Alvarado, Anita Renee Bean, Tamra La"Ra Beatty, Jessica A. Billings, Chapin Bohnert, Carmelita Brooks, Michelle Lee Chalkley, Timothy S. Conely, Craig James Cozadd, Lisa Darleen Dale, Angela M. Dalrymple, Justin Damian Esquivel, Kristi Lynn Flaming, Pamela K. Frederickson, Beth French, Justin Garner, Jason Gonzalez, Tina Marie Graham, Ryan Zachary Hale, Heather Dawn Haney, Justin Joseph Hoge, Marquita Rae Hutchinson, Justin Glen Hutton, Gary T. Irvin II, Lucas D. Jackson, Melissa D. James, Mary Frances Kalous, Francis W. Kelly, Ronda Kirk, Sheila R. Leach, Wayne Leak, Brandon Michael Lee, Lanea Dawn Losson, Barry James Mathia, Daniel J. McConnell, Julie K. Munker, Justin P. Nichols, Pamela L. Opoka, April G. Ornelas, Anthony Ortega Jr., Quanli C. Redick. A.R. Reynolds, Jennifer Kaye Rose, Marilyn L. Rose, Alexandra M. Schlegel, Kyle Grant Schooley, Treva D. Smith, John Duane Stithem, Vicki Stranathan, Jenna J. Stum, Cynthia Rae Tompkins, Holly Leigh Waugh, Misti R. Wright.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Lyndse Leigh Adams, Brooke Renee Alexander, Quinton S. Alexander, Mark James Allen, Bradley Joseph Amaro, Aaron G. Austin, Sarah Marie Ayler, Josie L. Baker, Andrew Balaun, David Matthew Barbour, Erin Bargmann, Karen J. Berwind, Michael Scott Blakeman, Wade E. Bruendl, Jeremy Buss, Matthew G. Cady, Adam Gene Call, William L. Carroll, Britanny Lynn Carter, Johnathan E. Cheek, Ayana T. Chism, Kristin M. Chooncharoen, Jason Cloud, DeShonte R. Cobin, Stewart Morton Cockrell, Donna Y. Collie, Jeffrey Jayde Allen Corwin, Amanda Crutchfield, Jodi Lynn Cunningham, Patrick Edward Daly, Michael Shawn Denton, Rod Thomas DeWinkler, Maureen A. Ditto, Corey A. Epping, Natalie J. Flood, Andrea Gambill, Carol Gannaway, Joshua Gardner, Ashley N. George, Janice Gilmer-Gentry, Patrick Lewis Golden, Brian Luis Gomez, Sarah N. Gray, Adriene Guillemette, Edwin G. Hailey, Luke J. Hillin, Heather L. Ramsey Hoffmans, Michael J. Hogg, Donald R. Hughes Jr., Gina Hunter, Priscilla A. Janas, Jason Gabriel Jennings, Dayshafawn Carmen Gwen Johnston, Kelly Lynne Laffere, Michael A. Langley, Denise C. Lantz, Alejandro Lozano, David Luther, Jeffrey Alan Maples, Chelsie Jean McCullough, Jamie Rae McKnight, Petros Mekonnen, Joshua C. Morris, Charles Raymond Mounkes, Jason James Norris, Korey L. Parker, Laura Kathleen Penhallow, Anna M. Perina, Joseph Robert Poole, Todd Patrick Preston, Colleen Jackloski Price, M.H. Ramsey, Roy L. Reardon, Amanda Reynolds, Kelly R. Rhea, Dave F. Rice, Melody A. Richard, Sophea S. Rodriguez, Kristy A. Rubio, Nicole A. Salazar, Shannon Sanders, Courtney Sands, Donald R. Sherman, Barbara A. Shields, Erin Dell Shuford, Tami Diane Smith, Kelsey A. Stecher, Sergei Sukiasyan, Jennifer M. Szekely, Adam Lenox Taylor, Nancy Tellez, Niel A. Temples, John R. Thomas, Kareem G. Thomas, Alan W. Thompson, Shawn Robert Tiemann, Reginald D. Townsend, Danielle Marie Trout, Paul C. Vera, Brandon Christopher Vogts, Blair Welsh, Maureen Claire Werner, Craig West, Roy S. Wheeler, Michael Anthony White II, Mathew Benjamin Wooddell, Daniel J. Yoger.

Bachelor of Science in Management

Victoria Norine Anderson, Tiffany Cornley, John Dempsey, Crystal Dixon, Paula D. Duckett, Lucas Scott Eiman, Kelly Lynn Farr, Anthony William Green, Brandi Elaine Houck, Adrienne Y. Johnson, Charles Wade Land, Benjamin D. Melton, Cary Ann Moody, Michael Moody, Farooq Nawaz, Phillip Wayne Oliver, Carla Elizabeth Perkins, Craig Warren Perkins, John Lewis Rawlston, Sandra D. Robinson, Travis N. Sill, Nicole Shirann St. John, Dorothy P. Traylor, Jeffrey A. Wells, Darryl Lynn Williams, Kelli J. Woolsey.

Bachelor of Business Information Systems

Gregory Marshal Bickel Sr., Carmen Joy Campbell, Stephen Frederick Jordan, Darren Knopp.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership

Tara Collet, Hinano J. DeBarthe, Brandon J. Foresee, Jeremiah Brandon Krieg, Ricky D. McGowan, Keith Rackley, Gigi D. Woodard.

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Jill Marilyn Kenton Bergerhofer, Tamekia N. Brown-McCauley, Kristen Annette Childers, Kathleen Marie Collier, Jennifer Rae Dancer, Britton Nathaniel Hart, Jessica Marie Kyanka-Maggart, Leigh Anne Neal, Rebecca Lynn Presley

Master of Arts in Education

Erin Elizabeth Angles, Kellie R. Atkinson, Vanessa Lynn Ayers, Amanda J. Backhus, Mary Suzanne Beck, Allison Whitney Black, Carol Jean Blackburn, Lisa Michelle Boone, Michelle Borger, Charlotte Anne Brickman, Georgia Bridges, Ruana Brock, Amy Michelle Calhoun, Chelsea Carver, Kara Alison Chastain, Melisha Colon-Ramos, Abby Diane Cunningham, Kenneth Wayne Driskill, Anna Elizabeth Falls, Erica Florez, Amanda Kay Fogelman, Lacey LeAnn Ford, Cathy L. Foster, Margene Olaug Kehr Furnell, Rebecca Giggy, Kayla Rachelle Guenther, Elizabeth A. Harding, Ashley Hersh, Anthony Hile, Anya Carrae Holland, Allison Hoyt, Michelle Nicole Hunt, Jenny Lea Hurlbut, Beth Ann Johnstone, Todd Junker, Alyssa N. Kelly, Michelle Ann Kern, Keith Joseph Kerschen, Rachel Jean Kerschen, Cody Layne Kitzke, Stacy L. Lee, Megan Anne Litchkowski, Julia Malmquist, Jordan Ryan Martin, Emily Martinez Izquierdo, Brian J. Means, Amy Jo Moore, Meredith Elizabeth Morris, Brett Allen Mowry, Kelli Ann Neal, Natalie Lynne Nelson, Paul Niland, Jennifer Elaine Nixon, Annett S. O'Hara, Jessica L. Oliver, Joni Marie Peterson, Ryan Douglas Pfeifer, Amanda S. Pope, Tamar Ann Pratt, Gentry Mae Sauder, Sara Seeman, Tina M. Shaginaw, Rebecca Erin Shore, Andrea Meli Smith, Megan Nicole Smith, Troy Allen St. Clair, Andrea Stauch, Kimberlee Stiffler, Emily Rose Storck, Jennifer Storey, Amanda Evonne Sweet, Jennifer Decker Taylor, Lauren McCord VanDyke, Callie Weitzel, Melissa Lou Yochum-Green.

Master of Science in School Leadership

Nathan E. Bauman, Polly A. Blum, Justin E. Bode, John Glenn Cox Jr., Galen Craghead, Rosemarie Dicus, Brian David Driskell, Deborah Leann Ebbert, Kyle John Ellis, Cassie J. Gorman, Jennifer Louise Hastings, Johannah Jocene Hein, Ashley R. Humiston, Sherry D. Jackson, Jay R. Johnston, Tamera Kay Jordan, Abigail Margaret Knoblauch, Eileen Lorraine Lee, Terah C. Leepers, Eric Dion Lolar Sr., Bruce Lee Lolling, Michael A. Magness, Jennifer N. Maleta, Brooke Renee McDonald, Chad Ryan McFarland, Ruth E. Mott, Kristen Leigh Potter, Darla Sue Raile, Melinda Kay Rangel, Edward Vance Raschen, Vicki Lynn Schmidt, Garrett W.L. Scritchfield, Kayla Ann Scritchfield, Leslie Irene Simons, Loren Boone Smith, Stacey Lynn Sperry, Devon Rafael Teran, Clayton D. Urbanek, Jonathan S. Wiebe, Shalon Worcester.

Master of Science in Special Education

Timothy Coleman, Kaleigh N. Cook, Sara Joan Cosse, Angie D. Courtney, Nicole Renee DeJongh, Christine H. Edmundson, Courtney Laci Heigel, Laura Elaine Henry, Tiffany Jaye Rose Hopkins, Teresa Kelley, Mary Jean Larson, Jaclyn Marie Sanders, Tamara Lynn Zillig.

Master of Science in Teaching

Andrew Thomas Gower, Reed Howard, Sarah Killenberg, Robert Thomas Sack.

Master of Business Administration

Christopher Matthew Able, Jeanne Rene Ainsworth, Leslie G. Alzaiti, Cori Snider Anderson, Dagninet Getaneh Ayele, Jodi Michelle Bachelor, Matthew Patrick Baird, Justin Bealhen, Christopher Ryan Benson, Angela Marie Bethel, Brandi Michelle Bobo, Nicholas Bralley, LaShonda Janae Brown, Stephanie Rae Brown, Thomas Leighton Broxterman, Elisia L. Bryant, Brett Edward Cahill, Todd A. Calhoun, Chyanne Lockhart Cardarella, Christopher M. Coffey, Angela S. Collum, Christopher Adam Correll, Michael Christopher Davis, Megan Deines, Sheyvette Denise Dinkens, Gayle Donaldson, Johnathan K. Doyle, Alex Saichiro Dunn, Andrea Ferro, Teresa Darlene Flournoy, Kevin E. Foth, Heidi R. Gilges, Andrew S. Gillies, Tina Marie Hollister Gimbert, Jennifer Diane Goetz, Elisha Lynn Gorup, Andrea Jean Hasenauer, Jason Eugene Lee Hawkins, Karree Ann Hedden, Richard Frederick Hinkle, Kimberly Hoiting, Lance Holaday, Tiffany A. Hood, Adam Wayne Howell, Christopher Michael Hubbell, Jennifer R. Hurst, Antonia R. Jackson, Gregory Demeterce Jackson, Brandon Terrell Kendrick, Nathaniel King, Adam J. Koontz, Jason LaRue, Tracy Donald Laughery, Margaret Long, Deborah Mutheu Maingi, Joshlin Martinez, Danielle Mayer, Daniel Walter Meyer, Sarah E. Neff, Kevin L. Nelson, Christopher L. Noel, Mark William Patek, Sheena Marie Payne, Mario Enrique Pereira, Felice Pope, Jason Prestridge, James Daniel Pugh, Patrick Alan Riley, Eperanza M. Roberts, Nicole Messiter Rodricks, Frank J. Scheck, Jennifer Lynn Schmidt, Kenneth Ryan Scott, Vaurn Sharma, Heidi Linn Shelton, Jocelyn Cavalles Shute, Amanda M. Siler, Justin L. Smith, Troy L. Stanton, Brandon S. Stec, Tricia Ann Steel, Walter W. Steimeil, Bradley Scott Stephenson, Adam Michael Symanski, Michael Ray Taylor, Candace D. Temple, Teesha A. Thomas, J.P. Tiengo, Donna L. Tilden, Kaitlyn Michelle Tribble, Jonathan M. Uhart, Bufford Walker, Ashley Margaret Warren, Dustin Alan Washam, Mark R. Watson, Coy Wayne Weege, Taylor Suzanne White, Davette L. Whitney, Brandon Keith Wilson, Antwan De'Andre Winkfield, Erin E. Wold, Brent K. Woods, Andrew Eric Wright, Xiang Feng Zhang, Anthony Zucco.

Master of Science in Management

Hophine O. Bwosinde, Chris DeForest, Sara Lynn Dilks, Nilo Aristion Landeo Espinoza Fanska, Kathryn Godsey, Tammy Jo Johnson, Jennifer J. Keffer, Gerri Lynn McQueen, Matthew M. Mitchell, Pedro P. Ortiz, Jeannie Lyn Shrankler, James P. Wareham

Master of Liberal Arts

Samad Joel Ahmadian, Tishana L. Alexander, Ona Ashley, Shannan Denise Barnes, Shawn M. Barry, Matthew E. Bays, Sheila Marie Bays, Tina Nicole Beal, Michael Coldwell, Alisha Beth Cox, Ryan Andres Harrison, Philip W. Kinney, Jeanette Maria Lamb, Joshua Holt Larson, Kevin W. Lyon, Michael B. McDonald, Amy Asiu McGonigle, Michael David McMaster, Peggy Monsees-Hill, Ryan L. Pappan, Antoinette C. Pickett, J. Noell Riley, Jeremy Simmons Cope, Taryn Joy Temple, Jessica L. Uhler, Matthew Wolfe.

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


Dec. 9, 2013
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Two seniors honored as Teachers of Promise

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two Baker University School of Education students — Lindsey Brown and Bryan Kindle — were honored as Teachers of Promise on Nov. 23 at Wichita. Brown, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., and Kindle, a senior from Eudora, Kan., are both majoring in secondary education and mathematics. The two seniors will graduate this weekend.Bryan-Kindle-and-Lindsey-Brownforweb

The Teachers of Promise award is presented by the Kansas State Department of Education to recognize, recruit and retain the best Kansas teachers for Kansas children. Teacher education students are selected by their respective Kansas college or university education faculty for the prestigious designation.

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


Dec. 3, 2013
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Holton junior named Student Leader of the Month

Baldwin City, Kan. — Brandon Haefke, a junior biology major from Holton, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for November.Brandon-Haefkeforweb

Haefke is president of Zeta Chi fraternity, vice president of the Baker concert choir, vice president of marketing for the Student Activities Council and a member of the student leadership organization parMentors. He also performs with the praise band at the weekly worship service at the Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated:

"Brandon has a humble but steady confidence that enables him to do incredible things. One area that distinguishes Brandon from other students is his exceptional commitment to philanthropy and service. Brandon is an enthusiastic energizer to the student body to get involved and make a difference. From his work with SAC, to assisting the university in hosting alumni and distinguished guests with parMentors, to playing in the praise band at chapel every Thursday, Brandon goes above and beyond to contribute to our community. Brandon's word is golden, and when Brandon says he will do something, one can already consider it done."

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

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