Archive for Thursday, February 14, 2008

Baker celebrates 150th birthday

At long last, Baker University celebrated its 150th anniversary Tuesday with the traditional singing of Happy Birthday and blowing out candles on the cake. Joining Baker President Pat Long, foreground, were Baker students, from left, senior Michelle Burton, senior Kelly Vaughan, freshman Hannah Bausch, junior Chris Smith, freshman Carly Dickens and freshman Erin Ford. The event was in Harter Union and capped off almost a year-long celebration by the oldest university in Kansas.

At long last, Baker University celebrated its 150th anniversary Tuesday with the traditional singing of Happy Birthday and blowing out candles on the cake. Joining Baker President Pat Long, foreground, were Baker students, from left, senior Michelle Burton, senior Kelly Vaughan, freshman Hannah Bausch, junior Chris Smith, freshman Carly Dickens and freshman Erin Ford. The event was in Harter Union and capped off almost a year-long celebration by the oldest university in Kansas.

February 14, 2008

Observing Baker University's Founders Day, students, faculty and staff celebrated with an all-campus luncheon on Tuesday at the Harter Union cafeteria.

February 12 marked the 150th birthday for Baker University, the first college in Kansas. The Baker University charter was signed on Feb. 12, 1858.

The luncheon included Happy Birthday singalongs, prize giveaways and an appearance by WOWzer, Baker's new mascot.

The U.S. Postal Service also participated in the sesquicentennial celebration by issuing a commemorative postmark, featuring the university's seal circled by the words Sesquicentennial Celebration. Baldwin City Postmaster Joan Welch imprinted approximately 200 postmarks on pre-stamped envelopes. After Tuesday, the postmark becomes a collector's item and cannot be used for postage.

Students celebrated the university's rich heritage. Claire Norland, a junior history major from Lindsborg, portrayed Haddie Osbourne in her history of the American West class. Osbourne was the first curator of the Quayle Bible Collection.

Also in the classroom, Marc Carter, assistant professor of psychology, referred to Joseph Haven's book "Mental Philosophy" during his psychology class. According to Baker's first course catalogue in 1862-63, "Mental Philosophy" was a required book for a course.

Comments

p_zinzer 6 years, 2 months ago

Nice attribution there. More names than people in the photos. That's the ticket to a Pulitzer, Mr. Jimmy.

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oldschool 6 years, 2 months ago

If you click on the picture, it expands out to include the other gal.

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