Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

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February 16, 2000

Two professors chosen for faculty Hall of Fame

Two former Baker professors, whose combined teaching careers span 40 years at the university, will be inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Collins House.

John Wesley Heaton, who will be inducted posthumously, and Thomas Russell will join 17 Baker professors in the Hall of Fame, which is located in the upper level of Constant Hall.

Heaton was a member of the Baker faculty for 21 years, from 1942 to 1963, serving as professor and chair of the department of history and political science. Heaton earned his bachelor's degree from Baker in 1915, his master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1923, followed by his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1935. During his tenure, Heaton served on numerous faculty committees including the Lyceum Committee from 1942-59. The Lyceum Committee was the predecessor of the Cultural Events and Co-Curricular Activities Committees.

Russell was a member of the Baker faculty for 19 years, serving from 1963 to 1982, and is a well-known professional artist. He began his service to Baker as an assistant professor of art in 1963, was promoted to associate professor in 1969, and earned full professor status in 1979. Russell served as chair of the department of art from 1963 through 1971. He earned his diploma from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1939, his bachelor of fine arts degree from Bethany College in 1947, followed by his master's of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1948. In May 1982, Russell was named Professor Emeritus of Art. He has been honored twice by the American Architects Association for the murals in the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and for the Rice Auditorium lobby at Baker. The Holt-Russell Gallery at Parmenter is named in his honor as well.

Art show focuses on torment, terror and tragedy

The art exhibit "Facing Torment, Terror and Tragedy The Struggle to Survive" is on display at the Holt-Russell Gallery in Parmenter Hall at Baker University. The show runs through Feb. 25.

The show consists of paintings and sculptures produced by artists who have chosen to give visual form to unfathomable human experiences such as war, genocide and famine.

"This is an exhibition of several mediums, including paintings, sculptures and photographs," said Walter Bailey, professor of art. "These artists have chosen to use the language of their art in addressing recurring, perplexing questions about incomprehensible acts."

Bailey said that by creating this art, the artists have enabled their audience to see more completely and understand more fully the impact of these acts on humankind.

"Words too often fall short," said Bailey. "Words simply cannot describe the incomprehensible and undeniable capacity for humans to act in inhumane ways."

The exhibit is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Admission is free.

Farmers Insurance provides money for Baker students

Farmers Insurance Group has given $6,600 to Baker University for student scholarships.

"Farmers employs graduates from many colleges and we have long recognized the outstanding job these institutions have done in preparing their students for responsible citizenship and for rewarding professional business careers," said Martin Feinstein, president and chief executive officer of the company.

The money is given in the names of 11 Baker graduates who work for the company.

Ann LaBuda, Baldwin City, graduated from Baker in 1997 with a bachelor of science in management degree and has been with Farmers since 1982. She recently presented the $6,600 check to Baker president Dan Lambert.

"Baker and Farmers work well together to get students into the workplace and keep them there," said LaBuda. "Since the School of Professional and Graduate Studies was close to my office, it was much easier for me to work full time while earning my degree."

The money is awarded to Baker business students with a strong interest in the insurance industry.

Contest raises $2,500 for diabetes foundation

Baker University students, staff and faculty showed they had heart this Valentine's Day by raising more than $2,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Cardinal Key, a scholastic honorary society, sponsored a King and Queen of the Court contest at Baker Feb. 7-11. Each candidate represented a campus organization. During the contest, people voted for their king and queen choices by placing pennies in a bucket featuring a candidate's photo. The candidates with the most spare change would win.

The catch? For every dollar bill each candidate received they would lose 100 votes.

"It was quite a race," said Darcy Russell, associate professor of biology and Cardinal Key sponsor. "The whole campus really pitched in. We usually expect between $200 and $1,000. I was overwhelmed when I saw how much we earned this year."

Russell said the contest collected so much spare change she could barely get it to her car.

"I was so astounded when I saw how much we had raised I hugged the bank teller," she said.

A bulk of the money will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Some of the money will be used for local projects Cardinal Key supports including trick or treating with Baldwin children, sending Christmas cards and baked goods to the nursing home, and adopting a family for the holidays.

Mindi Eisele, Olathe, was crowned queen, and A.J. Kirkpatrick, Wichita, was named king, during the Feb. 12 basketball game.

Last year's contest raised $850.

Stephen Salters kicks off spring performances at Baker

Stephen Salters, first place winner in the Walter W. Naumburg 1999 vocal competition, will kick off the spring semester performances, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth.

The 29-year-old baritone has won many awards since graduating from Boston University. His broad repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music and he has performed across the United States and Europe including a European debut with the National Opera of Paris. Other notable achievements include national winner of the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition, national finalist of the 1996 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, first place winner of the 1996 International Puccini-Licia Albanese Competition, and first place winner of the 1996 Queen Elisabeth International Competition of Singing.

A native of Milford, Conn., and a graduate of Boston University where he completed his bachelor of music with Joan Heller and his artist diploma with Phyllis Curtin, Salters will continue to study with Gary Race, Marlena Malas, and Victor de Maiffe.

Salters enjoys an extensive performing schedule, having given recitals and concert performances in Boston, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Brussels, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Milan, Bonn, and Aldeburgh. He has performed at festivals in Edinburgh, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Chatauqua, and has collaborated with Seiji Ozawa and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra for the 50th anniversary of the American premiere of Peter Grimes. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor under Will Crutchfield, the Opera Theater of St. Louis under Robert Spano, and the Boston Lyric Opera under Stephen Lord. He made his European operatic debut with the National Opera of Paris and performs frequently in other French houses with leading conductors and directors.

His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music and includes the great Mozartian roles such as Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva and Guglielmo as well as roles in works by Bellini, Donizetti, Gluck and Handel.

An advocate of community participation, Mr. Salters conducts master classes for young singers and takes part in community and school based outreach programs.

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