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NEWS RELEASE
March 13, 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

Baker students to take civil rights tour for spring break

Baldwin City, Kan. — Eight Baker University students will visit several historical sites as part of a civil rights tour during spring break.

The trip will begin on Friday, March 13, and continue through March 22. The students will visit Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Montgomery, Ala.; Selma, Ala.; Tuskegee, Ala; Birmingham, Ala.; and Atlanta.

Highlights include the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tuskegee Institute and the Rosa Parks Museum, Library and Historic Site.

Students participating in the trip are Nicole Baumgartner, Jessica Beckem, Shavon Brown, Alyse Cook, Di-Tu Dissassa, Katie Mercer, Stephen Webb and Robert Woodall. Ron Holden, director of multicultural affairs, coordinated the tour and will be joining the students.

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NEWS RELEASE
March 6, 2009
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Symphonic winds students selected for intercollegiate band

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University symphonic winds students Michael Stickelman, a junior from Maryville, Mo., and Christy Taylor, a senior from Edgerton, have been selected to perform March 24-28 with the National Small College Intercollegiate Band at the University of Texas at Austin. The band will perform for the College Band Directors National Association national conference on March 27 in Austin.

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NEWS RELEASE

Feb. 26, 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

Community Wellness Festival planned for March 28

Baldwin City, Kan. — The seventh annual Community Wellness Festival, a free health fair for the Baldwin City community, is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 28, at the Collins Center.

Approximately 70 exhibitors are expected to participate in the festival, which annually attracts more than 300 people.

The festival will provide free screenings for blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, lung volume and vision.

There will be drawings for prizes, including bicycles for an adult and two children. Free T-shirts will be provided to the first 150 attendees. All children will receive a free bicycle helmet.

For more information, contact Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, or Debbie Guenther, coordinator of health and counseling services, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 594-8409.

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Baker senior Tracy Light and John Richards, assistant professor of history, are working on a documentary.
Baker senior Tracy Light and John Richards, assistant professor of history, are working on a documentary.
NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 24, 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

 

University begins production on documentary

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University is beginning production on a documentary titled “Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City: Electrifying a Small Town’s Identity” after receiving a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council as part of its Kansans Tell Their Stories program.

The funding was made possible in part by a contribution from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative.

The short, five-minute digital documentary will tell the story of how Professor W.C. Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City were forever linked in 1906 when the young academic electrified the university and then the entire town. Baker’s collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council will help spread the story of electricity’s arrival in Kansas, and how the acquisition of technology helped Baldwin residents become models of independence and self-sufficiency.

Tracy Light, a Baker senior from Naples, Italy, majoring in history and secondary education, conducted all of the primary-source research associated with the project. She will serve as the project researcher for the documentary.

“I found Professor W.C. Bauer inspiring,” Light said. “The fact that he came to Baker University and worked to update not only the University, but Baldwin City really says something about how special Professor W.C. Bauer was. He has made a lasting impression on the campus with all the work he accomplished.

“For a professor to take time, not only to educate students but take a personal interest in the University and town which he is working for, really shows the dedication and passion that he had toward his interests. I personally believe that Professor W.C. Bauer was one of the best things that could have happened to our University and city.”

John Richards, assistant professor of history, supervised Light’s original investigations during his laboratory course in historical methods. Susan Emel, professor of mass media and communication, will write the script for the documentary. Richards and Emel are both serving as humanities consultants for the project.

The university plans to premiere the documentary in the fall 2009 at Mabee Hall.

“The most rewarding thing for me by doing this project was that Professor W.C. Bauer's story will be heard and never forgotten,” Light said. “I hope that some day the Baker University campus tour guides will include his story in their trek across campus.

Principal funding for the project is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape lives and build community.

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