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NEWS RELEASE
April 17, 2009
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Justine Greve
Justine Greve, Fulbright Scholarship winner.
Baker University senior receives Fulbright Scholarship

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University student Justine Greve, a senior from Topeka and a 2005 Shawnee Heights graduate, has received a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year to Germany, where she will serve as an English teaching assistant at a German school.

Greve, a German, English and history major, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree on May 17 on the Baldwin City campus. She will be in Germany from September 2009 to June 2010.

“Justine is an exceptional student with strong academic achievement and broad interests in the humanities and fine arts,” said Lucy Price, professor of English at Baker. “As a Fulbright English teaching assistant, she will have many opportunities to share her knowledge and experience of America with her German students and community. At the same time, she will live as a fully integrated member of the German culture. This is cultural exchange between peoples at its very best.”

Greve studied abroad in Germany in spring 2008 and also visited the country for three weeks as a high school student.

“I have always found linguistics and word origins interesting,” said Greve, who also is involved in music, having played the violin in Baker’s orchestra. “I enjoy learning about different cultures and the relationships between different words and languages. I am looking forward to sharing the American culture with the students in Germany.”

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while enhancing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

“You could sense from the beginning Justine’s enthusiasm for German language, literature and culture by her insightful contributions to class discussions and the attention to detail she gave to her written work,” said Cynthia Appl, associate professor of German and chair of Baker’s language and literature department. “She certainly has a gift for language learning. She possesses, I believe, true intellectual curiosity and her student career is not merely a means to an end. She has a passion for learning and has made the most of every educational opportunity Baker has offered.”

Greve is the daughter of Robert and LaVerta Greve, of Topeka.

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NEWS RELEASE

April 13, 2009

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Franklin to speak at weekly worship service

Baldwin City, Kan. — Bernard Franklin, Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Entrepreneurship and President of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, will speak at Baker University’s weekly worship service at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus. The title of his sermon will be “I Was Created To Do Good Work,” based on Ephesians 2:10.

A 1976 graduate of Kansas State University, Franklin was one of the first African-Americans to be elected student president on a predominantly white major campus in the United States. He later became the youngest person ever appointed to the Kansas State Board of Regents at age 24 and the youngest Chair of the Board at 28. He has served on an advisory commission to the Carter Administration with Martin Luther King III and other prominent young African-Americans. 

In 1984, he began his career in higher education at the University of South Alabama as director of student activities and minority student affairs and followed with a similar position at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.  From 1990 to 1996, he served as assistant dean of student life and director of leadership development programs at his alma mater, Kansas State University.  He has also served as director of Kansas City Outreach and adjunct professor of leadership studies at K-State. 

At the National Center for Fathering, Franklin served as Vice President and Urban Director from 1996 to 1999, where he directed education efforts to urban men. He traveled to West Africa to research the fathering heritage of African-American men for an unpublished book. Franklin recently published a chapter in the book, “The Faith Factor in Fatherhood: Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering.”  His chapter is titled “Fatherhood in the African-American Church.”

Franklin in 2001 served as assistant to the president at Donnelly College. From 2003 to 2005, Franklin was executive director of Kauffman Scholars, a unique $70 million, 20-year initiative funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to guide and support urban Kansas City seventh-graders to high school graduation, and then support them in college.

Franklin was the 1992 recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s Roberta Christie Essay Contest with a topic of “Teaching, Educating and Developing Men:  The Missing Piece in Student Development Education in Colleges and Universities.”

Franklin has advised and worked with undergraduate men’s fraternities and other male organizations for more than 20 years. He coordinated the annual African-American Male Symposium at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1996.

In 1994, he participated in “Empowering the Next Generation: New Approaches to Leadership and Leadership Development.”  The group of seven faculty and student affairs professionals was charged with coordinating a prototypic leadership development program for undergraduate students that could be adopted by other institutions.

In 1998, Franklin was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Kansas City, and the Morehouse College Research Institute presented him the Vision Award for his “pioneering work in the area of educating men on the importance of fatherhood.” Franklin was appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Kan., to co-chair the Mayors Task Force on Race and the Latin American Community.

Franklin has a master’s degree in counseling and behavioral studies from the University of South Alabama and a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology with an emphasis in family studies from K-State.

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


 

NEWS RELEASE

April 3, 2009

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BU Junior Visit Day set for April 18

Baldwin City, Kan. — High school juniors interested in Baker University are welcome to attend BU Junior Day Saturday, April 18, on the Baldwin City campus as part of Kansas Private College Week April 13-19.

During the day, students will have an opportunity to sit in on classes, meet professors and activity sponsors, and tour campus.

“Visiting a college campus really provides students and parents with an opportunity to begin connecting with the institution they are visiting,” said Louise Cummings-Simmons, vice president for enrollment and financial aid. “It is the perfect opportunity for families to begin understanding the application process, learning more about scholarship opportunities, and most importantly understand the academic programs and meet faculty members and current students.”

Baker recently combined resources with 17 other Kansas private colleges in the Kansas Independent College Association to launch a new Web site, Proud2bPrivate.com. The site is designed to assist students and their parents in choosing the right college by acquainting them with the Kansas private colleges and by assisting them in finding programs and campus settings that match their interests and preferences.

Though the Web has become a primary tool aiding in narrowing down choices and ultimately selecting a college, finding specific information hasn’t always been easy. The goal of Proud2bPrivate is to centralize and simplify that process.

Proud2bPrivate.com addresses topics ranging from college prep information to the benefits of private colleges to help in finding financial aid and applying for scholarships. It also boasts a useful tool that allows students and parents to focus their search based on available majors, sports and activities as well as a tool that helps in planning school visits to coincide with campus events.

The Kansas Independent College Association provides a range of support services for its 18 member independent, nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities. Together with its members, the KICA strives to assure opportunity, access and choice in higher education for all students.


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NEWS RELEASE
April 1, 2009
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Students among top placers in creative writing at Sigma Tau International

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two Baker University students were among the top placers over the weekend in creative writing at Sigma Tau Delta International 2009 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ashley Sims, Meade, and Brianna Lichtenauer, Shawnee, placed second and third, respectively, in original poetry.

There were more than 800 participants from 167 colleges and universities at the event.

Additionally, the Baker chapter was presented with an award honoring its 25th year. Lucy Price, professor of English, is the Baker sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta. Marti Mihalyi, adjunct instructor, English, accompanied the students to Minneapolis.

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