Oct. 13, 2009

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Orchestras to perform at fall concert

Baldwin City, Kan. —  The Baker University Fall Orchestra Concert will be 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free.

The concert will open with “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” by J.S. Bach, featuring student soloists Sarah Shipley (violin), Olivia Hernandez (flute) and Adrienne Barclay (harpsichord).

The String Orchestra will perform “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst and “It Takes Four to Tango” by 21st century American composer Daniel Dorff.

The Symphonic Orchestra selections include “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46” by Edvard Grieg and two movements of “Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Lori McKinney will conduct the orchestras.



Oct. 9, 2009
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Electrifying Baldwin City documentary to premiere

Baldwin City, Kan. — The documentary “Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City: Electrifying a Small Town’s Identity” will premiere at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at The Lodge, 502 Ames St.

A grant from the Kansas Humanities Council supported the project as part of its Kansans Tell Their Stories Program. The Lodge and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will serve as host of the screening.

The eight-minute documentary captures the story of Professor W.C. Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City being forever linked in 1906 when the young academic electrified the university and then the entire town.

“The documentary focuses on the impact an innovative chemistry and physics professor had on the Baldwin City community at the turn of the century,” said Joanne Tolkoff, project director and the director of marketing and communications at Baker. “Professor Bauer provided a service, encouraging the community to be independent and not to cave in to the corporate power utilities at work at that time.”

A research paper by a Baker University student last year inspired the documentary. Tracy Light, a senior history and secondary education major, conducted all of the primary-source research associated with the story.

“Her paper allowed us to realize there was a good story, something that had some depth and a story worth telling,” Tolkoff said. “We were one of the first communities in the area to install an electric grid system to bring electricity into the city limits. It was so unusual that we became a model for other towns.”

A panel discussion, led by John Richards, assistant professor at Baker, will follow the documentary. He will be joined by Light; Loren Litteer, former Baldwin City mayor; Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council; Brad Roszell, of Hometown Collaborations; and Susan Emel, professor of communication at Baker.

“The collaborative effort with Baldwin City residents in the production of the project has resulted in an informative and enlightening documentary,” Tolkoff said.


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.”


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



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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