Archive for Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Baker briefs

February 23, 2000

Three faculty members at Baker University have received promotions or tenure for the 2000-01 school year. Promotions and tenure announcements were approved by the Baker University Board of Trustees during its winter meeting Feb. 11.

Susan Redding Emel was promoted to associate professor of speech communication and awarded tenure. Emel earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Besides teaching, she is adviser to Baker's forensics program.

Robert Fraga, professor and chair of the mathematics department, was awarded tenure. Fraga earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He was instrumental in developing Baker's dual degree program in engineering with the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Karen Exon was promoted to professor of history and political science. Exon earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She also coaches Baker's women's golf team.

"Our goal is to field the best teaching faculty in the region and these three are outstanding examples of teaching excellence and campus leadership," said Stuart Dorsey, vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Each of these professors is a strong attraction for bright and talented students."

Read Across America set at Baker March 2

The Baker University Student Education Association (BUSEA) is hosting a Read Across America event on March 2 in Collins Gymnasium at Baker University. The event celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and dedication to children's literature with the help of Baldwin City Education Association and Baldwin City Recreation.

BUSEA hopes to promote reading by uniting students of USD 348, preschool through fifth grade, to cooperatively celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. The Read Across America event will provide an opportunity for students to meet the Cat in the Hat, as well as Baker University's Wildcat. Students will hear a variety of stories read by community leaders and Baker University students.

The Read Across America event will last from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents are asked to bring their children no earlier than 6:45 p.m. and are encouraged to stay for the event. The Cat in the Hat and the Baker University Wildcat will be available for pictures with the children, so be sure to bring a camera. BUSEA would also like each child to bring a new or used book to donate to needy children in Pittsburg, Kan., as a community service project sponsored by Kansas National Education Association Student Program.

Sign up forms will be distributed at your child's school or can be picked up at the Baldwin City Recreation office. Please return the forms by Thursday. For more information, contact the Baker Education office at 594-4502 or Baldwin Recreation at 594-3670.

Baker students getting taste of British life

A group of Baker University students and a professor are spending the spring semester living, studying and learning in a 100-room Victorian manor in the British East Midlands.

The students, along with Rand Ziegler, professor of psychology, are participating in the university's study-abroad program at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. Located about 100 miles north of London, Harlaxton offers students the opportunity to study English customs and culture. Baker started participating in the program in 1989.

Baker students at Harlaxton this semester are: Inga Nordstrom, Colby; Michelle Coulter, Collinsville; Moira Ozias, Downs; Erin King, Howard; Eryn Myrick and Aaron Roberts, both of Kansas City, Mo.; Laura Rose, Lawrence; Jeffrey Bradshaw, Leawood; Nicole Kaszar, Lenexa; Bryan Johnson, Overland Park; Jennifer Windler, Overland Park; Melissa Roberts, Parsons; Maxwell Dodge, Prairie Village; Leah Watkins, Shawnee; Elizabeth Evans, Tonganoxie; Anna McCullough and Jason Schnellbacher, both of Topeka; and Daisy Burns, Westwood Hills.

The liberal arts curriculum at the college includes a course in British studies covering art history, literature, history and political theory. Students select an additional two or three courses to complete their academic schedule.

Students also are matched with a local family to increase their contact with British culture. The college offers weekend excursions to London, Ireland, Scotland and other places of interest in Europe.

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.

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