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April 24, 2012
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Ribbon cutting planned for May 4

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will host a ribbon cutting for the Janice and David von Riesen Welcome Center and Donald R. and Martha Hardy Mather Admission and Financial Aid Suite at 1:15 p.m., Friday, May 4 on the Baldwin City campus. The public is invited to the event, which will be held at the renovated Denious Hall, 718 Dearborn.welcome

The center and financial aid suite are part of the recently completed renovations to the lower level of Denious Hall, which provides professional space for the recruitment and retention of students.

Janice and David von Riesen Welcome Center | Janice von Riesen was a member of Baker’s Class of 1946. Janice was an English major and a Phi Mu and a resident of Manhattan, Kansas. She passed away in October 2009 and was predeceased by her husband, David von Riesen. Janice made provisions in her estate for a generous unrestricted contribution to Baker University. In consultation with Baker President Pat Long, members of the family approved that the gift be used toward the renovation of Denious. The University recognizes the lead gift for this project through the naming of the Janice and David von Riesen Welcome Center.

Donald R. and Martha Hardy Mather Admission and Financial Aid Suite | Martha (“Marty”) Hardy Mather is a member of Baker’s Class of 1949.  Her husband, Donald, is deceased. Marty was a sociology major and a member of Phi Mu sorority while attending Baker. A current resident of Overland Park, Kansas, Marty made a generous gift to the renovation project in 2011.

Denious Hall | Dedicated on Feb. 11, 1959 as a new dormitory for women and named in honor of benefactor Wilbur F. Denious, an 1898 Baker graduate and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Denious was a successful lawyer and businessman in Denver from 1902 until his death in 1957.


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