Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Baker’s 150th celebration to begin

August 16, 2007

Baker University's yearlong 150th birthday celebration should have something for everyone.

"There's going to be so much variety throughout the year," said Joanne Tolkoff, the 150th communications coordinator. "We're going to celebrate so many different aspects of Baker and it's going to be much more than just our history. We've been here for 150 years and still going strong."

One of the premier events for Baker's sesquicentennial is the Sept. 18 University Convocation with political analyst Cokie Roberts, the featured speaker in the Loreine Collins Dietrich Distinguished Lecture Series.

"Cokie Roberts is a perfect fit because of her extensive experience in journalism and our student newspaper, The Baker Orange, is receiving national awards," Tolkoff said.

In October, the Baker Sesquicentennial Reading Series will feature local novelist Laura Moriarty. She will discuss her novels "The Center of Everything" and "The Rest of Her Life" on Oct. 18 at the Owens Audio-Visual Room.

"She has received a lot of accolades for her novels," Tolkoff said.

Another event for the reading series is BU Creative Nonfiction on Sept. 27, when Baker students will showcase their personal essays. The series will conclude with Donald Levering, a 1971 Baker graduate and winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship in Poetry, reading from selected works on Feb. 28 at Owens Audio-Visual Room.

A celebration of Baker's history will be a common theme in 2007-2008. Throughout the year, there will be seven portable displays on campus and at various Baker events. The displays, 33 ½ inches by 79 inches, will highlight the university's history, student life, athletics, School of Nursing and School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

The public also will have more access to Old Castle, the first college building in the state. Located on the east edge of campus, Old Castle houses artifacts from early Kansas, Methodist and Baker history. FANs, the newly-formed community volunteer organization, will be staffing the museum during expanded hours. The hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

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