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?







“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“During the involvement fair at the beginning of my freshmen year, I ran into the choir director and she encouraged me to go to the concert choir’s first rehearsal. At first, I was uncertain because I didn’t audition or enroll in the course, but I went anyway. On that same day, I landed my first ever collegiate choir solo. This was a shocker because I hadn’t sung in a choir since the 8th grade! Now singing has become a huge part of my daily life and I am forever grateful to Baker for helping me find this gift of music that I didn’t even know I had.”


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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. | 785.594.8431
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Samantha Cheek | Department Assistant

My family moved to Baldwin City in December 2005 from Dallas, Texas. We have enjoyed being active in the Maple Leaf Festival and with the Lumberyard Arts Center. I previously worked in Student Academic Success here at Baker. I love working with the students!  I enjoy board games, movies, and spending time with friends. My family includes my son, Drew, my daughter, Sydney, my husband, Doug, and a menagerie of pets. | 785.594.8382
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Josh DoakJosh Doak | Assistant Director of Student Life 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He oversees fraternity and sorority life, Student Senate, and community service initiatives at Baker. He enjoys helping students find their passion through on-campus and off-campus opportunities and his personal mission is to help students experience everything that Baker has to offer in hopes they'll create a lifetime of rewards. | 785.594.8443
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Randy FlowersDr. Randy Flowers | Assistant Dean of Students & 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, and student leadership groups and activities. Randy makes it his personal mission to help students pursue opportunities that create lasting memories at Baker University. | 785.594.8403
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Nick Goodman, Director of Residence LifeNicholas Goodman | Director of Residence Life

Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Washington State University in 2013 and then a master’s in 2015 in higher education and student affairs from Fort Hays State. As the director of residence life, he brings with him several years of paraprofessional and professional experience advocating for student needs and growth as a resident advisor, conference coordinator, resident director, and many other positions. He enjoys helping students navigate life skills and looks forward to advising students in tackling and excelling in life’s everyday challenges. | 785.594.4792
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Head shot of Gary HandyGary Handy | Director of Career Services & Community Outreach

Originally from Mission, Kansas, Gary earned bachelor of science degrees in social science and political science from Emporia State University in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. He serves as president of Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers. Gary is driven to serve and guide students through the collegiate experience and provide opportunities for them to identify and claim their next steps. | 785.594.8435
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Tim HodgesDr. Tim Hodges | Director of Counseling Center

I am honored to serve Baker students as the director of the 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.” | 785.594.8409


Sherri PahcoddySherri Pahcoddy
Counseling Center Coordinator | Residence Life Department Assistant

Sherri is a native of Kansas and a Southwestern College graduate. She began serving as the coordinator of the Counseling Center in 2011. Sherri enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, their four children and three grandchildren. | 785.594.8409

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