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NEWS RELEASE

May 8, 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

Olathe student selected as McGowan Scholarship recipient

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has selected Jeff Skillman as the recipient of the prestigious William G. McGowan Scholarship, which will provide the Baker student $18,000 for his senior year in 2009-10.

thumb_JeffSkillman“Overall, I'm very excited about the prospect of pushing myself to new heights in terms of educational enrichment and I hope that I can leave a lasting impression on Baker's campus, much like the impression Baker has left on me,” said Skillman, of Olathe.

As part of the selection process for the scholarship, Skillman submitted essays addressing the contributions of William McGowan to the business world and telecommunications field. Skillman also demonstrated his potential and aspirations to transfer his academic knowledge into today’s business world. In addition to the essays, McGowan Scholar applicants must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average, have completed their junior year and be majoring in business or economics.

“Jeff is an outstanding individual who exemplifies the spirit of the McGowan Program and will grow the McGowan Scholar tradition at Baker started last year,” said Gary Irick, assistant professor of business and economics. “In addition to an impressive academic record Jeff's commitment to service and maintaining high ethical standards separated him from the other candidates.”

As part of the scholarship program, Skillman will be enrolled this fall in an independent study class, where he plans to study corporate governance. It will provide an opportunity for him to actively participate in collaborative learning experiences with peers and faculty.

“The idea behind the McGowan research project is to make a potential curricular impact on the business curriculum,” Skillman said. “I plan to try and come up with the basis for a corporate governance course that can be added to the Baker business and economics department. This is a very fundamental and essential idea that needs to be covered more thoroughly during our time at Baker.”

The McGowan Scholars program recognizes the academic achievements and excellence of students pursuing a major offered by an accredited business school. It is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills, and a significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities. It also recognizes excellence of character, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

The McGowan Charitable Fund has established the McGowan Scholar program to provide selected colleges and universities with scholarships to help students who wish to pursue a business education. It is based on the experience of William G. McGowan during his college days. Though admitted to Harvard Business School to study for a Master of Business Administration degree, he did not have sufficient funds to complete his studies. However, he won Harvard's Baker Scholars award that provided the funds necessary for him to earn his degree and launch a successful business career.

Rand Ziegler, vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Joe Watson, assistant professor of mass media; Alan Grant, associate professor of business and economics; and Irick served on the selection committee.

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NEWS RELEASE
May 4, 2009
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Baker University to honor graduates

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor more than 900 spring graduates with four commencement ceremonies at the George F. Collins Sports and Convention Center on the Baldwin City campus.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies undergraduate students will be recognized at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Lewis W. Diuguid, an editorial board member and columnist for The Kansas City Star, will deliver the keynote address. He is the author of the 2004 award-winning book, “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education.”

The ceremony for the graduate students in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies will be at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Toni H. Blackwood, an attorney with Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP and a former member of the Baker University Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, Baker University will recognize undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing. Dave Stewart, senior anchor at Metro Sports TV-Kansas City, will deliver the keynote address.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, Baker will honor School of Education graduate students. Dale Dennis, deputy commissioner of education in the division of fiscal and administrative services, will deliver the keynote address.

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

 

 

 
NEWS RELEASE
May 1, 2009
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Memorial service for archivist set for May 6

Baldwin City, Kan. - A memorial service to celebrate the life of Brenda Day, Baker University archivist and curator of Old Castle Museum, will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, outside Old Castle. The museum is on Elm Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.

Day died on April 25 after a three-year bout with cancer.

During Baker's sesquicentennial celebration in 2007-2008, Day shared several stories on the university's history. To learn more, go to www.bakeru.edu/in-memory.

In case of inclement weather, the Wednesday service will be moved to Mabee Gym.


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NEWS RELEASE
April 29, 2009
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Greek Awards presented

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University capped Greek Week with Greek Awards Night on Monday at Rice Auditorium.

During Greek Week, the fraternities and sororities donated 436 food items to the food pantry and donated $421 to the Baldwin City Emergency Fund. Also, the greek organizations raised $13,000 in March at the Up Til Dawn event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Here are the award winners:

Five-Star Chapter Award

Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Tau Delta

 

Greek Man of the Year

Jeff Skillman, Delta Tau Delta

Greek Woman of the Year

Brantley Bennett, Alpha Chi Omega

Greek New Member of the Year

Lauren Nelson, Alpha Chi Omega
Blake Stanwood, Delta Tau Delta

Chapter President of the Year

Darcey Nance, Alpha Chi Omega
Chad O’Bryhim, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Adviser of the Year

Lindsay Vise and Leigh Guetterman, Alpha Chi Omega
J.J. DeSimone, Sigma Phi Epsilon

House Director of the Year

Kathleen Thomas, Alpha Chi Omega

Spirit of Service Award

Cassy Bailey

Outstanding Alumni Relations Award

Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Tau Delta

Outstanding Campus Involvement Award

Delta Tau Delta
Zeta Tau Alpha

Outstanding Community Service and Philanthropy Award

Delta Tau Delta
Zeta Tau Alpha

Outstanding New Member/Member Education Award

Delta Delta Delta
Delta Tau Delta

Outstanding Programming Award

Delta Delta Delta
Sigma Epsilon

Outstanding Public Relations Award

Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Tau Delta

Outstanding Recruitment and Retention Award

Alpha Chi Omega
Sigma Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Risk Management Award

Sigma Phi Epsilon
Zeta Tau Alpha

Outstanding Scholarship Award

Alpha Chi Omega
Kappa Sigma

2009 Greek Week Winners

Kappa Sigma
Phi Mu

 
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