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Office of Residence Life

  • Kelly Burns, Coordinator
    of Student Affairs – Residence Life
  • 785.594.8382
  • fax: 785.594.4568
  • Location & Hours
  • Student Union, second floor
  • Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    (closed holidays)
  • Office of Residence Life
  • Baker University
  • P.O. Box 65
  • Baldwin City, KS 66006

Gessner Hall

  • 513 Dearborn St.
  • Houses 152 residents
  • Room size: 10' 6" x 17'
  • Floor-to-ceiling height: 9'
  • Window size: 47" high x 68" wide
  • Bed size: twin extra long
  • Closet dimensions: 22.5" deep, 35" wide, 68" tall
  • Dresser: three drawers, 2'6" tall, 2'6" wide, 2' deep
  • Desk: 4'10" tall, 3'8" wide, 2' deep

Rooms in Gessner Hall are arranged in suites. Two rooms with a connecting bathroom house four people. If you have questions about what to bring and what the halls have, the links on the left will assist you.

Meet the Gessner Hall Staff

1jessieriggsJessie Riggs is a second-year graduate student at the University of Kansas where he studies higher education administration. He is the area coordinator for Gessner, the NLC and the Apartments. During his undergraduate experience he was involved in a variety of sports and on-campus groups. He loves bowling, collects pens and loves Baker because he enjoys helping and advising students as they develop professionally. Jessie is originally from Wellington, Kan., and attended Southwestern University where he studied liberal arts and sciences, law and legal studies, political science, and leadership studies.

1danielsumlerDaniel Sumler is the senior resident assistant for Gessner Hall. He is junior physical education and health major at Baker. He is from Anderson, Mo., and came to Baker to play football and meet new people. He loves hunting, fishing, Nacho Cheese Doritos and the color blue. He looks forward to being an SRA and helping residents.


1jarretthobbyJarrett Hobby is a sophomore psychology major from Osage City, Kan. He participates in Baker Serves and the Psychology Club, and he chose Baker because of the interactions between students and faculty. Jarrett is ambidextrous, and he loves being an RA because he likes hanging out with new people.


Gessner-Dustin-TurnerDustin Turner is a senior computer science and business management major from Overbrook, Kan. He is involved in wrestling, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma. He decided to come to Baker because of the wrestling program and the close-knit campus life. He enjoys video games, agriculture, working on tractors and being outdoors. He looks forward to being able to be a resource to any and all students.

1jamesnewtonJames Newton is a sophomore computer science major from DeSoto, Kan. He enjoys reading, Speech Choir, being part of the tennis team, and eating pie. He chose Baker because he really enjoyed the atmosphere. He is looking forward to the learning experiences being an RA will bring.



1treymcguireEmerson "Trey" McGuire is a sophomore sociology major with an emphasis in criminal justice from Ashland, Mo. He enjoys ultimate Frisbee, fishing, and Butterfingers when he is not playing BU football. He chose Baker because he has always wanted to be a BU Wildcat. He is looking forward to meeting new residents and having a key to the toilet paper storage room.

Floor Plan

View Room Layout 

Mailing & Shipping Address for Students

Baker University
Student Name
618 Eighth Street
MB ## (obtained at Mail & Copy Center)
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006

2014 – 2015 Housing Dates

Thanksgiving Break

Halls Close 5 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 25

Halls Open, 5 pm. | Sunday, Nov. 30 

Winter Break

Halls Close 5 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 12

Halls Open for Interterm, 5 p.m. |
Sunday, Jan. 4

Halls Open for Spring, 3 p.m. |
Thursday, Jan. 22

Spring Break

Halls Close 5 p.m. | Thursday, March 13

Halls Open, 5 pm. | Sunday, March 22

Final Close

Halls Close 5 p.m. | Friday, May 15