Baker in brief
Baker plans MLK
service on Thursday
Baker University will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King on Thursday at 11 a.m., with a service of celebration at Osborne Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Saundra McFadden Weaver, pastor of Community Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ in Kansas
City, Mo., will present the keynote address.
Baker traditionally honors King late in January when the students return for spring semester classes, which begin on Monday. The event also kicks off the university's February celebration of Black History Month.
The Rev. Ira DeSpain, minister to the university, said the King
Celebration brings outstanding African American voices to campus as the university remembers the Civil Rights struggles of the past and dedicates its students, faculty, and staff to the cause of racial
harmony and equality. He said the celebration will include music,
poetry, and dramatic readings presented by Baker students. The public is welcome to attend.
Gift provides match
for fund-raising effort
Thanks to a $200,000 anonymous gift, pledges made up to that amount during Baker University's telephone fund-raising
campaign that begins next month will be matched dollar for dollar.
In announcing the gift, Bill McCollum, vice president of university relations, said funds from the February "phonathon," in which Baker students call alumni and friends of the University, will benefit the Greater University Fund, which supports Baker's programs and general operation.
"The university has received a remarkably generous gift, but at the same time a significant challenge," McCollum said. "If our alumni and friends support the University as they have in the past, the gift essentially doubles."
McCollum said the donor requested to remain anonymous.
The phonathon begins Feb. 4 and runs through the end of the month. Baker students who are selected for the program make calls at night.