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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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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2013
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Percussionist recital set for Saturday

Baldwin City, Kan. — Mai Tadokoro, an active percussionist and educator in the Kansas City area, will perform at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at McKibbin Recital Hall on Baker University's Baldwin City campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

A native of Nara, Japan, Tadokoro moved to the United States in 2002 and is an active percussionist and educator in the Kansas City area. She is a founding member of the Ad Astra Percussion quartet. She also has played timpani with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and percussion with the Northland Symphony Orchestra.

Her performance will feature music by J.S. Bach, Askell Masson, Minoru, Miki, Astor Piazzolla, Frederic Rzewski and Joseph Schwantner.

Special guest performers at the recital include Kanako Chikami, Kathryn Irwin, Colby Snider and Tommy Strauser.

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NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 1, 2013
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Media students place first at national competition

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University students Kayla Infanti and Lauren Bechard, members of the Baker Orange staff, placed first in the multimedia sports category at the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association national convention on Oct. 26 in New Orleans.Kayla-Infanti-and-Lauren-Bechardforweb

Competing against schools of all sizes across the nation, Bechard and Infanti were recognized for their multimedia package on athletes and injuries in "High Risk Sports." Infanti, a junior from Olathe, Kan., is majoring in public relations and behavioral psychology. Bechard, a junior from Gardner, Kan., is majoring in mass media with an emphasis in public relations.

Baker also received three honorable mentions at the national event. Tera Lyons, a senior from Strasburg, Colo., and Xiomara Nunez, a senior from Dallas, received honorable mention in multimedia sports for their package on roller derby. 

Taylor Shuck, a junior from Lawrence, received honorable mention in multimedia feature for interterm 2013.

Baker's other honorable mention came in multimedia news for the staff's election 2012 coverage.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 31, 2013
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Networking event set for Nov. 7

Overland Park, Kan. — Baker University's School of Professional and Graduate Studies will host an after hours networking event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at The Burg & Barrel, 7042 W. 76th St., Overland Park, Kan. The event, a follow-up to a recent networking workshop, is free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be provided.

The event will give SPGS students, alumni and other business professionals an opportunity to network in a casual environment. Door prizes will be given out, and attendees who bring a friend will be entered twice for the prizes. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards.

To register, go to www.bakerU.edu/careerworkshop. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (913) 491-4432 or (800) 955-7747.

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