STUDENT LIFE | Express Yourself

Students who transfer from large universities marvel at the number of ways to get involved at Baker. Here, our central midfielders ace exams in the morning, write columns for The Baker Orange in the afternoon, and raise money for children’s hospitals with their sorority sisters at night. We’ve seen it. The Office of Student Life provides endless ways to get involved and make friends early in your college career. Baker freshmen can lead student groups—even start their own—the minute their parents pull out of the parking lot. Who said you had to wait your turn?

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

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RESIDENCE HALLS

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ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACTIVITY

JIM

“The biggest advantage Baker has given me with broadcasting is the ability to actually do it. I know several people that go to bigger schools with ‘better’ journalism programs, but they don’t get to actually practice. I’ve been able to broadcast games, host radio shows, and gain tons of experience since the day I walked on campus. There aren’t many places in the area where that is possible.”

KATIE

“Nine years ago I had my own campus visit. Since then, I joined a sorority, lived in a castle, skied for the first time, met some of my best friends, been a bridesmaid in three college friends’ weddings, saw the original site of the chapel, won a national dance championship, graduated with honors, went to law school, traveled to 12 countries, ran a half marathon, became an attorney, and advised and taught students at the place where it all began.”

JESSE

“I chose theatre as my minor because I love doing theatre and it’s this creative outlet that keeps me mentally healthy. And studying at Baker, I was able to take a lot of courses outside of just theatre and had so many more opportunities here than I would have gotten at a large school.”

DANTE

“When I first visited, everyone on campus would say hi to me and it was so friendly. It was the community that brought me here, and that includes the music faculty. They really do a lot to try and prepare you for life after graduation because they generally care so much about every student. They work hard to make me the best musician I can be.”

MICHAELA

“Everything fell into place when I became involved at Baker. I found my niche. I know everyone says it, but it’s so true that there really is a place for everyone here. I love everything I do because I get to influence people’s experience at Baker and help them love it as much as I have learned to. I get to see the direct results of my hard work and see how it affects the students around me.”

LUKE

“Someday, I’ll tell my children about how Baker has given me the world and a place I will always call home. Baker is 158 years old, and here’s to 158 more years worth of lives changed and memories made.”

FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE

In 2015, Best Colleges ranked Baker University No. 3 in the nation for the quality of its Greek life. Our eight fraternities and sororities are known for being safe and inclusive communities that produce lifelong friendships. If you’re looking to make fast friends, give back to your community, and join a large family with more than 100 years of history at Baker University, a sorority or fraternity would be a great fit.

STUDY ABROAD

“That semester changed my life” is the constant refrain heard among students who take advantage of Baker’s many study abroad opportunities. Baker’s mission is to create effective global citizens capable of effecting change worldwide, and we believe that starts with an understanding. Our Office of Study Abroad is proud to offer programs in more than 20 countries worldwide. In 2015, Baker’s chief partner, Harlaxton College, in Grantham, England, was named the No. 1 study abroad destination in the world by Best College Reviews.

HOUSING

Our on-campus residence halls and apartments are the social epicenter of Baker University. All of our campus housing is suite-style—no communal restrooms here. And you’ll be living very close to campus, never more than a five-minute walk to any of the academic buildings.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

At Baker University learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. With more than 75 student activities and organizations from which to choose, you’ll have no trouble finding your place, making friends, and creating a memorable college experience. Learn a little bit about Baker through these photos and videos, but check us out on social to see what it’s like every day for a Baker Wildcat.

STAFF

Cassy BaileyDr. Cassy Bailey | Dean of Students

I love my job as the Dean of Students! I feel so honored to work with our students through their formative time in college. Students can often be found in my office chatting about life, love, loss, or other.  Professionally, I have been at Baker since 2007 and earned my Ed.D. through the university in 2012.  Personally, I am married to Erik Bailey, 1991 Baker alum, and we have two wonderful kids and four dogs.

cassy.bailey@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8431
Long Student Center 200

 

Dr. Teresa Clounch 
Associate Dean of Students, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Teresa, a Kansas native, oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, student life, fraternity and sorority life, and judicial affairs at Baker. Teresa holds four degrees from area universities. She is no stranger to Baker; her first visit was as a sister watching her brothers play football for the Wildcats.

teresa.clounch@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8473
Long Student Center 205

Randy FlowersRandy Flowers | Director of Student Life

The Buhler, Kansas, native received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. He enjoys working with many different students through his roles in orientation, intramurals, student leadership groups and activities, and fraternity and sorority life. Randy makes it his personal mission to help students pursue opportunities that create lasting memories at Baker University.

randy.flowers@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8403
Long Student Center 18

Josh Doak | Assistant Director of Student Life 

josh.doak@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8443

Long Student Center

MIchael StockertMichael Stockert
Graduate Assistant & Area Coordinator of Residence Life

My life is all about Residence Life! It brings me a lot of joy to work with student leaders like resident assistants as well as build connections with other students living in the halls. I have worked in Residence Life for five years total, four of those at my previous institution in South Dakota and this last year at Baker. I am a master's student studying higher education administration at KU.

michael.stockert@bakerU.edu | 785.594.4792
Long Student Center 202

 

Susan England | Department Assistant

I have been a lifelong resident of Baldwin City and love my hometown and the fact that Baker is such a huge part of our community! I live outside of Baldwin with my husband, and for the last 16 years I owned a medical transcription business, which allowed me flexibility to raise our three children. Baker University has been the perfect place for me to start a new career now that my kids are grown.

susan.england@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8382
Long Student Center

Susan WadeSusan Wade | Director of Career Services

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Career Counseling from the University of Missouri. Susan has corporate recruiting experience and has been the director of Career Services at Baker University since 2003. “My best days are those where I help students identify and claim their career aspirations and dreams. Then we create and implement practical avenues to reach those goals through internships, alumni, and corporate relationships."

susan.wade@bakeru.edu | 785.594.8435
Long Student Center

Sherri PahcoddySherri Pahcoddy
Coordinator, Student Health & Counseling Center

Sherri is a native of Kansas and a Southwestern College graduate. She began serving as the coordinator of the Student Health and Counseling Center in 2011. Sherri enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, their four children and three grandchildren.

sherri.pahcoddy@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8409

Tim HodgesDr. Tim Hodges
Director of Student Health & Counseling Center

I am honored to serve Baker students as the director of the Health Services and Counseling Center. I graduated from KU, and I’m a lifelong KU basketball fan. I’m a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology and a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Mental health issues are a common struggle for college students, so I appreciate the wise quote  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

tim.hodges@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8409