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2009-2010 year in review at Baker University

Osborne Chapel.

Osborne Chapel.

August 26, 2010

AUGUST 2009

Assistant women’s basketball coach Richard Ebel is honored by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association with the Don Jones Memorial Coaches Courage Award. …

U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges in 2001 lists Baker as one of the top-ranked private liberal arts colleges in Kansas. …

Forty candidates, the largest in the program’s history, begin coursework for their doctoral degree in educational leadership. …

SEPEMBER 2009

Baker’s sustainability efforts are showcased at the University’s opening convocation at Rice Auditorium, featuring speakers Steve Troester, of PGAV Architects; Roger Boyd, director of natural areas at Baker; Randy Miller, assistant professor of biology; and State Representative Tony Brown. …

The Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled “The Bible — Acted, Sung and Given” opens. …

University fall enrollment is at 3,853 students, including 308 new students on the Baldwin City campus, the highest total of newcomers at Baker since that number was first tracked in 1986.

OCTOBER 2009

Baker inducts four alumni — Charlotte Lewis Piper, ’43; Jerry Steele, ’53; Clarence Hawk, ’63; and David Johnson, ’85 — and former athletic director Dan Harris into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. …

Kay Thomas, a student in the Master of Business Administration program, receives a prestigious scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. …

Supported by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, the documentary “Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City: Electrifying a Small Town’s Identity” premieres at the Lodge in Baldwin City. …

Wrestling and women’s bowling, the newest additions to the Wildcat athletic program, open their seasons.

NOVEMBER 2009

Highlighted by a challenge gift of $50,000 from Panda Restaurant Group Owners Andrew Cherng and Peggy Cherng, both Baker alums, the University raises more than $135,000 for general scholarships at “The Baker Magic” annual gala and auction at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. …

The Wildcat volleyball team sets a school record for victories in a season after finishing 32-4. …

Wildcat junior outside hitter Brooke Pryor is honored as the Heart of America Athletic Conference volleyball player of the year, and sophomore Brooke Allen is selected as conference libero of the year. …

DECEMBER 2009

Matthew Potterton, Baker’s new director of choral activities, leads the 79th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers at First United Methodist Church. …

Nearly 600 graduates — 321 graduate students and 275 undergraduate students — are honored at fall commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center. The Rev. Ira DeSpain, minister to the University, delivers the keynote address at the undergraduate ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Education students; Dr. Teresa M. Wesley addresses students at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies graduate degree ceremony; and Andy Tompkins, dean of Pittsburg State University’s College of Education, speaks at the School of Education graduate degree ceremony. …

Rick Weaver, the Wildcats’ men’s basketball coach for the past 25 years, announces his plans to retire from coaching at the end of the 2009-2010 season. …

JANUARY 2010

With 641 students, the Master of Business Administration program is ranked No. 1 in fall enrollment for Kansas City area universities, according to a survey released by the Kansas City Business Journal. …

Theater students Bob Linebarger and Denver Little advance to the semifinals of the Region V Irene Ryan acting competition. …

Baker University contributes $1,770 to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to assist in distributing lifesaving bed nets in African countries. …

School of Nursing instructor Libby Rosen is honored as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Clementine Prim Martin Community Service Award winner. …

Soccer standout Matt Griffin is named to the Adidas-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics third team….

FEBRUARY 2010

Seventy-five Baker students are recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2010. …

Baker University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity is awarded the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, recognizing the top 10 chapters in the nation. …

The largest crowd of the season at the Collins Center pays tribute to Rick Weaver, who finished with 358 career victories as men’s basketball coach. …

Junior Christine Janssens, a pre-medicine major and Wildcat soccer standout, is selected to represent the HAAC for the prestigious A.O. Duer national award. …

The University announces the promotion of four faculty members effective for the 2010-11 academic year: Wendi Born to associate professor of psychology; Erin Joyce to professor of French and the first assistant dean of Liberal Studies; Libby Rosen to associate professor at the School of Nursing; and Jeanne Mann to assistant professor at the School of Nursing. …

MARCH 2010

The University is regarded as one of the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and Canada to study game design, according to The Princeton Review. …

Mark Bandre, a 1989 Baker graduate, is named vice president of enrollment management and student development. ...

Brett Ballard, director of basketball at the University of Kansas, is named head men’s basketball coach at Baker. …

Jake Bucher, assistant professor of sociology, is presented with the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences…

Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, is selected as the 2010 recipient of the Ollie B. Moten Award, which recognizes American College Health Association members who have made a significant impact at their university. …

The eighth annual Community Wellness Festival features more than 60 exhibitors and more than 300 attendees. …

The Rev. Ira DeSpain leads a group of students, faculty and staff on a spring break trip to Alabama to work on a wildlife refuge for butterflies and build a home for a habitat and restoration project. …

Baker is host to an open house and ribbon cutting for its newest campus in North Kansas City, Mo. …

Emily Gibson, a junior standout, received honorable mention for the NAIA All-America basketball team.

APRIL 2010

The Faculty Senate endorses the new liberal arts students program. …

A new FieldTurf, used for football and soccer, is installed at Liston Stadium. …

Junior Aaron Hannon became the first Wildcat athlete to win an event at the Kansas Relays since 1951, capturing the decathlon title with a career-best 6,948 points. …

The Baker Orange wins the All-Kansas Award for four-year private colleges newspapers during the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press annual conference, and former editor Chris Smith is named journalist of the year.

MAY 2010

Baker University baseball program partners with the National Negro League Baseball Museum to showcase the traveling exhibit “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Baseball Leagues” at Parmenter Hall. …

Two School of Education alumni — Abby Burnett, BS ’08, and Bradley Nicks, MASL ’04 — are inducted into Baker University’s Wall of Honor during the alumni luncheon at Harter Union. …

Baker University honors more than 900 students — 530 graduate students and 430 undergraduate students — at spring commencement. President Pat Long delivered the keynote address to the School of Professional and Graduate Studies undergraduates and the undergraduates from the College Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Education. Executive Vice President and Provost Randy Pembrook addressed the graduate students, and Susanne Richardson Teel, chairwoman of Baker’s Board of Trustees, addressed the School of Education graduate students. …

The university recognizes three longtime supporters — JJ Lanning, Susanne Richardson Teel and Charles Kopke — for their commitment to higher education with honorary doctorates during May commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

Jacob Bucher, an assistant professor of sociology at Baker, receives the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching. …

The School of Education achieves accreditation under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.

JULY 2010

Baker’s Alpha Chi Omega Omicron chapter was named the National Housing Corporation Board of the Year at the weekend Alpha Chi Omega national convention.

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