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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 31, 2013
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Mehring named Baker University School of Education interim dean

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has appointed Dr. Tes Mehring to serve as interim dean of School of Education for the 2014-15 school year. Dr. Peggy Harris, the current dean of SOE, announced her upcoming retirement to the university community last weekTesforweb.

Baker hired Mehring in August 2012 as associate dean and chair of the Graduate School of Education. During her time at Baker, Mehring has been instrumental in guiding the development of the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program, a distinction for the first university in Kansas.

"I am delighted that Dr. Mehring has agreed to serve Baker University as the interim dean," said Dr. Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs. "She is an experienced, accomplished administrator who is a truly gifted academic leader."

Mehring said her first goal is to continue the superb leadership provided by Harris, who first joined the university faculty in 1984. Additionally, she plans to launch a master's degree program in student affairs administration and prepare SOE for two key reaccreditation processes – the Kansas State Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

"I have found Baker to be a very welcoming place," Mehring said. "The faculty and staff continually go above and beyond their day-to-day work expectations to pursue and sustain excellence, and the students are loyal and engaged."

Mehring's new position is effective July 1.

Mehring arrived at Baker after serving in several roles at Emporia State University for 33 years, including most recently the provost position. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 23, 2013
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School of Education, School of Nursing deans to retire at end of year

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two longtime Baker University administrators — Vice President and Dean of the School of Education Peggy Harris and Vice President and Dean of the School of Nursing Kathy Harr — recently announced their plans to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

"Dr. Harr and Dr. Harris have been cornerstones of this institution for many years," Baker President Pat Long said. "Their leadership will be dearly missed. Kathy and Peggy are wonderful embodiments of the Baker mission, and will always remain a part of our Baker family."Peggy-Harrisforweb

Under Harris' guidance, the School of Education earlier this year celebrated its 100th Master of Arts in Education cohort. Harris, who joined the Baker faculty in 1984, has overseen the growth of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, which in 2012 surpassed the University of Kansas for the highest-enrolled Doctorate of Education program in the state with 92 students. Harris remains active in ensuring Baker's new higher education Ed.D. track becomes its own separate degree.

"Peggy brought a calm and determined attitude to the deanship," Long said. "In making decisions, she looked at all options and then with commitment and confidence moved forward. She made sure her presence was felt on all campuses and clocked countless hours on the road between Baldwin and Overland Park."

In 16 years at Baker's School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Harr has developed one of the highest quality programs in the region. She guided the school through accreditation processes by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education in 2001 and 2011. Under her leadership, students' first-time pass rates of the National Council Licensure Examinations were consistently at or above national levels; and employers have always reported Baker nurses to be among the most competent and work-ready professionals in the area.

"I particularly appreciate her commitment to academic integrity and insistence on maintaining our strong reputation," Long said. "The international mission work the SON students, faculty and alumni created, and continue to participate and support, exemplifies Dr. Harr's commitment to her profession and the University's values. She Kathy-Harr1forwebhas been a sound leader with a thoughtful approach in decision-making and guidance."

Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs, and Susan Lindahl, executive vice president for administrative affairs, will work together in the coming months to develop a succession plan for the School of Nursing and School of Education.

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 21, 2013
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Baker's Theater Department to perform 'God's Favorite'

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University's Theater Department will perform "God's Favorite," a play written by Neil Simon that takes a comedic look at the Book of Job set in a wealthy New York suburb.

The Baker student production will open at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Rice Auditorium. Other performance times are 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Admission is free.

The "God's Favorite" cast is Jesse Miller, Olathe, Kan., as Joe; Kayla Burns, Lee's Summit, Mo., as Rose; Dante Simmons, Sublette, Kan., as Ben; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan.; as Sarah; Joey Majchrzak, Olathe, Kan., as David; MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan., as Mady; and Kyle Richardson, Lane, Kan., as Morris.

Tom Heiman, associate professor of theater, is the director and in charge of scene design and light design. Patti Heiman, instructor of theater, is the stage manager and costumer.

Other students involved in the production are Cheyenne Queen, Derby, Kan., assistant stage manager and props mistress; Patrick King, De Soto, Kan., sound design; Jillian Miller, Lenexa, Kan., make-up, hair and poster design; Maggie Thyr, Ottawa Kan., Lenexa, Kan., lightboard operator; Taylor Winkler, Overland Park, Kan., soundboard operator; and Ryan Bearrick, Chanute, Kan., house manager. Queen, Miller, Abby Jones, Plainville, Kan., Chelsie Pyatt, Hartville, Mo., Dustin Keen, Rio Rancho, N.M., and Katie Masters, Paola, Kan., are on the backstage crew.

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 21, 2013
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Baker University choirs to perform at fall concert

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University choirs will present a fall concert, "This Shining Night," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St. Admission is free.

The performance will feature the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and University Community Choir. Selections by contemporary composers Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, and Dan Forrest will be performed, as well as pieces from the traditional choral repertoire.

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