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.



Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

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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.


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


Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
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Baker University to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will induct four alumni and a former athletic director into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park.

The inductees will be Charlotte Lewis Piper, Class of 1943; Jerry Steele,’53; Clarence Hawk, ’63; David Johnson, ’85; and Dan Harris, who retired in 2009 after serving 14 years as the Wildcat athletic director. Lewis Piper will be inducted posthumously.

The inductees will be recognized during halftime of the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3, against Culver-Stockton. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Their Hall of Fame plaques will hang in the Hall of Fame rotunda at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

Here are the Hall of Famers at a glance:

Charlotte Lewis Piper, 1943

Charlotte Lewis Piper majored in physical education before beginning a career in education and coaching swimming at the University of New Mexico. She was also active in the AAU and associations for women’s athletics and swimming in New Mexico. Lewis Piper was author of the Official Swimming and Diving Rules for the National Association for Water Sports. Lewis Piper traveled internationally as a member of the U.S. swim team staff and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. (She will be inducted posthumously).

Jerry Steele, 1953

Jerry Steele was a four-year letter winner in basketball and a three-year letter winner in football for the Wildcats. He served as a teacher and coach at schools in Valley Falls, Blue Rapids and Chanute before becoming superintendent of schools in Chanute and Pittsburg. In 1982, he was honored as the Outstanding Superintendent in Kansas by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Clarence Hawk, 1963

A four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection in basketball, Clarence Hawk set a Baker school record with 28 rebounds in a game. After graduating from Baker in 1963, the Atchison native obtained a law degree from UMKC in 1969. He was a prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, Mo., for six years and a municipal attorney in various cities. He continues to practice law in Osage Beach, Mo.

David Johnson, 1985

David Johnson was a conference singles and doubles tennis champion in 1982-1985 for the Wildcats. He also was crowned District 10 singles champion in 1984-85 and District 10 doubles champion in 1982-85. The team captain in 1984-85, Johnson was an NAIA All-American in 1985 when he posted a 27-4 singles record and 27-3 doubles record. Johnson, who received a bachelor’s degree in administration, is Executive Vice President and a Corporate Officer of Anchor Packaging Inc. of St. Louis.

Dan Harris

Dan Harris retired at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year after serving as a coach and administrator at Baker for 26 years. He was assistant football coach from 1983 to 1994 and head baseball coach from 1983 to 1995 before being named athletic director in 1995, a position he held for 14 years. His honors include conference baseball coach of the year in 1992 and 1993; HAAC athletic director of the year in 2002; NAIA Region V athletic director of the year in 2002; NAIA Co-National Athletic Director of the Year in 2002; and National Association of Collegiate Directors Central Division Athletic Director of the Year in 2003 and 2009. He was inducted in 2007 into the NAIA Hall of Fame for meritorious service.



Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

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Tom Chapin and Friends to open Series

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series opens with Tom Chapin and Friends at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at Rice Auditorium.

Chapin is known for his musicianship and songwriting. His family albums have been recognized with awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the New York Music Awards, the National Association of Parenting Publications and Parents Magazine. Five of his family recordings have received Grammy nominations for Best Musical Album for Children.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for youths.

Season tickets for the series are $45 for adults and $25 for youths. For more information, go to

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