BU's Hubbel, Weaver
are at Harlaxton
Special to the Signal
Baker University sophomores Kyrstan Hubbel and Becky Weaver are spending the spring 2005 semester living and studying in a picturesque British college. Weaver transferred to Baker specifically to take part in the study-abroad program.
Hubbel, a biology major, and Weaver, an art/business major, are among 11 Baker students participating in the university's study-abroad program at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. The school is housed in a 19th-century Victorian manor in the British East Midlands.
All students take required core classes in British studies art history, literature, history and politics and choose additional elective courses. Many optional travel opportunities throughout Britain and Europe are also available. Baker began participating in the program in 1989.
The university was recently listed as a top tier school in the Midwest in the annual college ranking released by U.S. News and World Report. Baker was one of only two Kansas schools recognized in the top tier for Midwest universities offering master's degrees.
Hamilton among choir
members on England tour
Jake Hamilton of Baldwin City is among 42 members of the Baker University choir touring England and Italy during the university's Interterm Performance Tour.
The choir left Baldwin City on Jan. 6 for the 14-day tour, which
features performances in Grantham, England, Camigliano, Italy, and the Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia, Italy. Other highlights include a choral workshop with the Welsh National Opera, and guided tours of such sites as Cambridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sistine Chapel.
John Buehler, chair of the Baker music department, is leading the tour. Interterm, the three-week period between winter break and the spring semester at Baker, allows students to expand their education through travel opportunities and creative, often nonconventional courses.
During Interterm, students select one class that meets for a minimum of three hours every day. Students can also opt to take internships to better prepare them for career opportunities after graduation.
Students must complete Interterm classes/internships during three of the four years they're at Baker, with at least one being graded. Students earn three credit hours during that time.
Baker senior has
work in encyclopedia
Editors of the upcoming reference book, Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural and Economic History, have accepted a chapter written by Baker University senior Zachary Baumann.
Baumann's work was in collaboration with R. Bruce Anderson, associate professor of history, political science and sociology.
The book is to be published this summer by ME Sharp, Inc. The publishing firm, based in Armonk, N.Y., produces books and journals in the social sciences and humanities, including titles in economics, political science, management and public administration, and history.
Baumann is the son of Jim and Roxann Baumann of Grafton, Neb.
Thompson is listed
on Baker honor roll
Baker University has recognized students whose academic excellence has earned them spots on the Fall 2004 Honor Roll. Among those were Jaime Thompson of Baldwin City.
The honor roll includes students from the School of Nursing, located on the Stormont-Vail Regional HealthCare campus in Topeka. The students earned a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Baker University has been listed as one of the top schools in the Midwest in the annual college-ranking by U.S. News & World Report, and selected as a top school in the Midwest by the Princeton Review. Baker is also the oldest and one of the most respected four-year schools in the state.
The University serves more than 2,500 students through the College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City; the School of Nursing in Topeka; and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita and Lee's Summit, Mo.
Harr gains new
title at Baker U.
Kathleen Harr, dean of the Baker University School of Nursing, has received a new title.
Harr is now vice president and dean of the School of Nursing under a title change that became effective Jan. 1.
Daniel M. Lambert, Baker president, said the new title was bestowed in appreciation of the outstanding leadership shown by Harr as the top administrator for the Topeka-based School of Nursing. Harr's duties have not changed, nor has the University's administrative structure.
"Dr. Harr has made profound contributions to the School of Nursing and to the University as a whole," Lambert said. "She clearly is one of those people her faculty respect and are willing to follow."
During Harr's eight years with the School of Nursing, the school has posted steady enrollment increases. In each of the past five years, 100 percent of the school's graduates have been employed within three months of receiving their diplomas, with most being offered jobs while they are still in school.
In its 12th year, Baker's School of Nursing is a four-year program in which graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is located on the Stormont-Vail HealthCare campus.