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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 13, 2013
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University announces Emerging Leaders Class of 2013-2014

Baldwin City, Kan. — Twenty-five first-year and transfer students from Baker University participated in the annual Emerging Leaders Summit at Camp Chippewa in Ottawa. The event is designed for the students to enhance their leadership skills, enable other students to act, establish values and respect and develop teamwork.Emerging-Leaders-Summitforweb

Summit graduates have gone on to hold significant campus leadership positions, including serving as orientation team members, resident assistants, Student Activities Council executive board members, student organization presidents, Baker ambassadors and student body presidents.

"These sessions help leaders identify their leadership style, values, and what tools are essential to teamwork such as communication and cooperation," said Randy Flowers, director of student life. "The weekend experience also allows students to become familiar with other students and create friendships to help develop the bonds that are essential in team success."

Baker's Emerging Leaders Summit Class of 2013-2014 is the following:

Bree Busch, Manhattan; Jordan Buscher, Overland Park, Kan.; Amanda Conrade, Topeka; Kaci Dillingham, Topeka; Kristina Heinrich, Wilson, Kan.; Jaime Hodge, Ottawa; Allisa Houchin, Gypsum; Ryenn Johns, Lenexa, Kan.; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan.; Sione Maumau, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Luke Miltz, Lecompton; James Newton, DeSoto, Kan.; Heather Nichols, Lecompton, Kan.; Logan Pope, Republic, Mo.; Darrell Randall, Overland Park, Kan.; Jami Sanborn, Independence, Kan.; Caylea Siler, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Rebecca Simkins, Merriam, Kan.; Elizabeth Stover, Olathe, Kan.; Kiana Turner, Tatum, Texas; Evelyn Vila, Overland Park, Kan.; Zach Vredenburg, Olathe, Kan.; Madison Wendt, Chanute, Kan.; Steph Woltkamp, Overland Park, Kan.; and Anna Wright, Lawrence, Kan.

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 8, 2013
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Leavenworth senior named Student Leader of Month

Baldwin City, Kan. — Liz Jordan, a senior from Leavenworth, Kan., has been named Baker University's Student Leader of the Month for October.Liz-Jordanforweb

Jordan, an art history major, is a resident assistant at Irwin Hall, an active member of Baker Rallies Against Violence, a manager for the men's and women's cross country teams, and the residence life representative for student senate.

The nomination for the leadership honor stated:

"She is organized, reliable, responsible, and trustworthy. She seeks feedback and self-assesses to find areas of improvement. If she sees something that needs done, she takes care of it. She supports and encourages her colleagues to do their best, and has inspired two first-year residents to pursue being an resident assistant next year because she loves what she does."

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

 

NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 6, 2013
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'Standout jazz vocalist' to perform at Jazz Festival

Baldwin City, Kan. — Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, a 1981 Baker University graduate, will return to the Baldwin City campus at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, to perform in the 16th annual Baker University Jazz Festival at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.Kevin Mahoganyforweb

As a student, Mahogany formed a jazz choir and other music groups on the Baldwin City campus. He was a drum major, part of the jazz ensemble and sang opera before developing into what Newsweek called "the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." Fresh off a monthlong tour of Europe, Mahogany will sing standard favorites with the band, including "Satin Doll," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and "A Foggy Day in London Town." He will also be joined for a special combo set of some of his most popular tunes with Kansas City artists Ben Leifer (bass), Ryan Lee (drums) and Matt Hopper (guitar).

Led by J.D. Parr, professor of music, the Baker University Jazz Ensemble will be featured on Nov. 21, performing various big band swing, fusion, Latin and standard selections.

During the week of Nov. 18-22, Mahogany will serve as an artist in residence, working with Baker students focusing on jazz education, the life of a professional musician and rehearsing with the Jazz Ensemble. On Friday, Nov. 22, Mahogany will be the head adjudicator for a high school jazz band competition. Twenty-two bands from northeast and central Kansas will perform on the stages of Rice Auditorium and McKibbin Recital Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Friday performances is free and open to the public.

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2013
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Baker alumnus enjoys role educating students in developing country

Baldwin City, Kan. — As a country director for WorldTeach volunteers in Namibia, Africa, Baker University alumnus Bret McSpadden told Baker students about the rewards of educating students in a developing country during a recent visit to the Baldwin City campus.Bret-McSpaddenforweb

"It is exciting to gain a better cultural understanding and be able to work independently in a challenging environment," said McSpadden, who received in 2008 a bachelor's degree in international studies while minoring in English, French and philosophy. "We are in a unique position to share skills, knowledge and life experiences with students. WorldTeach Namibia has been an amazing volunteer experience for me and I'm looking forward to doing what I can to ensure the continued success of volunteers."

The volunteers McSpadden oversees teach various subjects, including English, math and science, to students from elementary age to high school. English is the official language but the first language of only 7 percent of the population. Afrikaans, McSpadden said, is the most common language spoken by Namibians. The sparsely populated country with 2.1 million residents in southern Africa borders the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its deserts and average 90-degree temperatures.

McSpadden discovered WorldTeach during an Internet search between jobs and volunteering. He has worked with the nonprofit organization since January 2011, serving in the director's role since November 2012. Some of the children that McSpadden and the volunteers teach walk three to six miles, oftentimes barefoot, to school.
"It feels like you are a part of something much bigger," McSpadden said of the experience.

McSpadden has always had a passion for traveling, especially after studying abroad in France during his time at Baker.

"From a confidence factor, the more you travel the more you believe you can go anywhere and figure things out," he said. "In Namibia, I have been stranded out in nowhere, got a hike, got a hot meal and have never slept on the ground. It always seems to work out."

McSpadden fondly reflected on his Baker days and believed his time on the Baldwin City campus prepared him well.
"Baker always felt so welcoming to me," he said. "My studies helped me for my current job, where I handle finance and administrative duties, opening up more opportunities for me. I plan to stay in nonprofit organizations. I think I would enjoy a career in international development with a focus on IT and working for a master's degree that would enable me to advise countries and help schools deploy IT."


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