June 25, 2009


McCarthy, Packers make donation to University

Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers organization have partnered to make a $100,000 donation to Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., it was announced Thursday. This is the second year McCarthy and the Packers have made a donation to the university.

“It’s an honor to be able to continue this support of Baker University,” said McCarthy. “To this day I continue to apply what I learned there, both in the classroom and in the college’s community. The lifelong lessons have been invaluable.”

McCarthy, now in his fourth season as head coach of the Packers, earned a degree in business administration from the school and was an all-conference tight end and senior captain in 1986, helping lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish. He was inducted to the school’s hall of fame Oct. 20, 2007.

The donation to Baker University will continue to aid the football program through its support of an endowment for a football scholarship in McCarthy’s name. The scholarship, first established last year, specifically will go to an incoming junior college athlete, like McCarthy was, who demonstrates the potential to make a meaningful impact on the program.

Players on last year’s team who were junior college transfers and benefitted from the contribution were Tyrell Spain, Charleston Dela Cruz and Kyle Rooks. Transfers for 2009 that will benefit are Brandon Hill and Verlain Betofe.

Additionally, portions of the funds will go to current scholarship funding, as well as into a budget for enhancements to the football program, such as facility improvements.

“The Green Bay Packers’ and Mike's yearly contribution has allowed us to improve in many areas,” said Mike Grossner, Baker University’s head coach. “It also allowed us to purchase some much needed weight equipment last summer for the George Shore Weight Room on the Baldwin City campus, which benefited the university as a whole.”

This is the third such donation this year for McCarthy and the Packers. Previously, a $100,000 donation was made to the Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin (ASNEW) and to the Greenfield Neighborhood in McCarthy’s native Pittsburgh.

In 2008, in addition to Baker University, McCarthy and the Packers teamed up to make $100,000 donations to Pittsburgh’s Greenfield Neighborhood and to the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.


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June 19, 2009

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Baker University receives conservation bookshelf

Baldwin City, Kan. – Treasured objects and artifacts held by Baker University will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the IMLS. The institute has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History.

“The collection will help us plan and execute preservation activities in the Quayle Collection and Collins Library as a whole,” said Nate Poell, technical services librarian at Baker.

Said Anne-Imelda Radice, director of IMLS, “When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries and archives nationwide. We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”

Baker University will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study it released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections. The multifaceted, multiyear initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. Click here for more information on the Connecting to Collections initiative.

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June 15, 2009
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Former chair of music department to be honored

Baldwin City, Kan. — John Buehler, who recently retired as a Baker University professor and chair of the university’s music department after 25 years of service, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Harry Robert Wilson Award.

The award is presented annually to a Kansas choral director who has demonstrated a high level of commitment and contribution to the choral art in Kansas.

Buehler will receive his award at the Kansas Choral Directors Association Summer Convention July 9-11 in Topeka.


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



June 9, 2009

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Baker University alumnus honored

Baldwin City, Kan. — Dr. Jared Grantham, a 1958 Baker University graduate, was recently honored in Milan, Italy, with the International Society of Nephrology Jean Hamburger Award for outstanding contributions to nephrology with a clinical emphasis.

Grantham is a recognized leader in kidney disease research, clinical care and teaching, particularly in the area of polycystic kidney disease. He joined the University of Kansas Department of Internal Medicine in the Nephrology Division in 1969 and became director of the division the following year. Grantham, who helped establish the Kidney Institute at the Medical Center, teamed with Joseph Bruening in 1982 to create the PKD Foundation, a foundation that supports research in polycystic kidney disease headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

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