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NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 3, 2013
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National Communication Association honors Baker alumna with outstanding doctoral dissertation award

Kendra Knight, a 2004 Baker University graduate and assistant professor in Christopher Newport University's Department of Communication, has been awarded the 2013 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). The Miller Award is presented to most outstanding dissertations completed in the field during the previous academic year. A maximum of three awards are given per year.Kendra-Knight-Headshotforweb

Knight, who majored in speech communication at Baker, completed her Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2012, where her doctoral research centered on dynamic communication systems in the context of work and family "balance." Her dissertation focused on marital division of household labor, and her research showed that the negotiation of household labor is largely a function of each spouse's response threshold, or the point at which a person is so bothered by a mess that he or she feels compelled to address it. This research helps explain why two spouses who aim for an egalitarian sharing of housework often find that one person comes to "own" some or all of the household chores.

Knight will be presented the Miller Award at the 99th NCA convention in November in Washington, D.C. The NCA advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. For more information, visit natcom.org.

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NEWS RELEASE
Aug. 30, 2013
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Woodcuts, engravings exhibit to open at Quayle Bible Collection

Baldwin City, Kan. — A Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled "Illuminating the Bible : Woodcuts and Engravings" will open at Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Helen Foresman Spencer wing of the Collins Library on the Baldwin City campus. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 2014. A reception for the event is planned for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

Since ancient times, book texts were made more vivid and engaging with miniature paintings, pen-and-ink drawings, gold leaf and even doodles. Handwriting and illustrating were time-consuming processes resulting in unique books. With the advent of the printing press, illustrations could be mass produced along with texts using woodcuts and engravings. Some of the finest artists of every era were engaged in book production. "Illuminating the Bible" shows how artists through the ages have interpreted and supplemented the biblical text.

The exhibit is organized by illustrations of the creation of the world, wicked women, miracles, plagues and maps. The Quayle collection's Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493 will be turned to a page showing the creation of the world.

To arrange a tour, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (785) 594-8414.


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NEWS RELEASE
Aug. 26, 2013
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Theater production to honor first responders, law enforcement

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Theater Department will open the fall season with "New York," a play originally written to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping patients who were psychologically affected by 9/11. The 16-scene play follows 14 individuals on their journey to come to terms with the events of 9/11.Baker-arch1

The Baker production, dedicated to first responders, police officers and firefighters, will open at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Rice Auditorium. Other performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Sept. 13, Sept. 14 and 2 p.m. Sept. 15.

Money donations will be accepted on all four dates. The money raised from the production will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association to be donated in the name of the firefighters and also the Cy Middleton Memorial Fund, which aids police officers and their families who are stricken with illness or death. The fund supports members of police departments across Kansas.

Here is the "New York" cast for the Baker production:

Taylor Winkler, sophomore, music and psychology major, Overland Park, Kan.; Billy Wicks, senior, music education major, Ottawa, Kan.; MacKenzie Sammons, sophomore, theater major, Wellsville, Kan.; Kyle Richardson, senior, theater major, Lane, Kan.; Cheyenne Queen, junior, theater major, Derby, Kan.; Jillian Miller, junior, theater major, Lenexa, Kan.; Katie Masters, sophomore, pre-nursing, Paola, Kan.; Joey Majchrzak, junior, theatre major, Olathe, Kan.; Dustin Keen, sophomore, music education major, Holton, Kan.; Abigail Jones, senior, art history major, Plainville, Kan.; Ryan Bearrick, junior, music education major, Chanute, Kan.; Jesse Miller, sophomore, theatre major, Olathe, Kan.; Kelly Braud, alumnus, Baldwin City, Kan.

After the opening night production, Tim Hodges, director of the counseling center, will lead a discussion on how communities deal with terrorist attacks. All first responders, police chiefs and fire chiefs from the area are welcome to attend and be recognized.

Patti Heiman is directing "New York." For more information, contact Heiman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 785-594-7859.

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NEWS RELEASE
Aug. 23, 2013
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Out-of-staters program connects students

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Office of Student Affairs has created the Out-of-Staters program to connect with the more than 100 students from outside of Kansas who call Baldwin City home.

Students from as far away as California and Florida are enrolled at Baker. Other states represented are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

"Every connection is important for retention efforts," said Cassy Bailey, dean of students. "Out-of-state students may feel out of place, especially on a long weekend or typical times of homesickness when other students can just go home."

The program relies on faculty and staff to reach out to students once during the summer and throughout the students' time at Baker.

"Volunteers are encouraged to share their connection to the students' home state," Bailey said. "For some, relationship blossoms and they share a meal or coffee or assist the student in some way. For others, the connection is based more on email communication and as a campus resource. The program offers flexibility in that way. Additionally, this year students will have a door sign with a picture of their home state and new "home" state with information about the out-of staters program.

Bailey can relate to the challenges out-of-state students face when transitioning to a new environment. During her undergraduate years, she attended college in Washington after coming from Texas.

"Everyone is proud of their home state and no matter how far you travel, it is always a part of your identity," Bailey said. "Not all students are alike. Some students are homesick no matter if they are from New Jersey or Overland Park. We know that students who are connected to the campus are happier and more successful inside and outside the classroom. The feedback we have received has been positive."

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