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March 29, 2000

Downs student wins scholarship to Baker

Victor Doane, of Downs, has been chosen as the recipient of Baker University's top academic scholarship. Doane is the son of Gary and Glennys Doane. He will graduate from Downs High School this spring.

The Harter Scholarship, established in 1990, covers the entire cost of four years of education at Baker tuition, fees, books, room and board. The additional cost of study abroad for a semester at Harlaxton College, Baker's campus in England, also is provided. The Harter Scholarship is awarded every other year.

Doane was one of four finalists chosen from high school applicants across the country. Applicants must meet high standards for test scores and grade point averages, demonstrate school and community involvement, and provide clear evidence of leadership. A written essay also is required.

"The Harter competition was especially keen this year and all of the finalists were excellent candidates," said Baker President Daniel Lambert. "Each far exceeded the minimum requirements."

Doane is currently ranked first in his graduating class. His dedication to academics and athletics was rewarded when he was named the Twin Lakes League Scholar Athlete for four years in a row. Doane also was president of the Francis Roe Honor Society during his senior year.

"Here is a young man who achieved all-state honors in eight-man football and who also captained his school's scholar bowl team." Lambert said. "This is a remarkable combination of intellectual ability and strong leadership we look for in the Harter scholar."

He performed in several high school theatre productions including lead roles in "Lil' Abner" and "Oklahoma." He was editor of his high school yearbook, and sang in the Jubilation Singers. Doane also is active in the Rose Valley United Methodist Church.

Doane is interested in pursuing a degree in mass communication while at Baker.

Baker to honor Lawrence leaders

Baker University will honor three Lawrence business leaders and a coaching legend at its annual Partners-In-Progress Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Lawrence Holidome.

This year's honorees are Bill and Marlene Penny, co-owners of Penny Concrete, Lawrence Business Persons of the Year Award; Art Wolf, co-founder Centron Films, Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Business Award; and Bob Timmons, legendary track coach, Humanitarian Award.

Baker sponsors the Partners-in-Progress breakfast annually to honor individuals who work to assure continued economic vitality in Lawrence and Douglas County.

The Pennys have always worked to balance business with civic responsibilities and family. Although they have expanded their concrete company to include seven plants and have both worked on the boards of several local groups including Lawrence Parks and Recreation and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, they consider their greatest achievement to be the success of their five children.

Wolf began his career in filmmaking during his college years at Kansas University in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In 1947, he, along with Russell Mosser and Fred Montgomery, began Centron Corporation to produce educational, government and industrial motion pictures. Wolf has been a member of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce since 1947.

Timmons taught track and field to a generation of KU athletes. But he's also coached high school and junior high school students, often as a volunteer. He plans to return to South Africa this summer to coach track and volleyball. His other volunteer activities include the Salvation Army, the Red Cross Disaster Program and the Topeka Youth Center.

Baker computers arrive in Nicaragua

The efforts of Baker University professor to provide computers to a Nicaraguan university have led to a computer center being named in his honor.

Last fall Bob Fraga, professor and chair of the mathematics and computer sciences department, coordinated an effort by Baker University and the Charles F. Curry company of Kansas City, Mo., to donate 20 computers to the University of Nicaragua in Leon. The university had been devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and lost most of its equipment to water damage.

"I heard they were in need of assistance, and I knew we could provide some help," said Fraga. "We sent 20 older model computers, 10 from us and 10 from the Curry company. These were older models, destined for a landfill."

The computers arrived in Leon in December and have now been released from Nicaraguan customs and installed in a room known as the El Centro de Computadores de Familia Fraga at the university.

"They are incredibly grateful for all of our help and the computers," Fraga said. "I hope to visit Nicaragua next fall and see for myself."

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