Baker University news

Baker campus minister notes positive changes in student body attitudes as he nears retirement
May 9, 2014
The Rev. Ira DeSpain will start a difficult two years beginning June 30. That’s the date DeSpain will relinquish the position he’s occupied since 1992 as Baker University campus minister. It also will be his last day as a full-time United Methodist Minister.
Baker University Orchestra to perform Beethoven tonight
May 7, 2014
The Baker University Orchestra under the direction of conductor Mark Pretzel will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major
Longtime Baker band director busy as he nears retirement
April 30, 2014
As Baker University band director, Ray James can’t go out quietly. The end of the semester is always a busy time for the school’s music department, and this year is no different. There’s a concert every day this week as James prepares to retire from Baker after 17 years.
Baker Spring Sing to be May 2
April 22, 2014
The choral division of Baker University’s Department of Music and Theatre will present Spring Sing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Baldwin First United Methodist Church.
Baker journalism students collect state, national honors
April 22, 2014
The Baker Orange newspaper and its accompanying website,, recently earned several state and national honors.
BU memorial jazz concert May 1
April 22, 2014
The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Baker Professor of Music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Rice Auditorium.
Baker junior receives scholarship from National Federation of the Blind
April 16, 2014
Dustin Turner, a Baker University junior from Overbrook, has been awarded a scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind based on his performance in the classroom, an essay competition and campus activities.
Boardway at Baker registration starts
April 10, 2014
Registration is being accepted through June 1 for the Broadway at Baker and Music Theatre for Young People summer camps. The camps will be from July 6 through 13 and July 20 through 27. Students 13 to 18 years of age will gain stage skills during weeklong intensive preparation, which end with theater performances.
Community Wellness Festival returns for 13th year Saturday
April 9, 2014
Although she’s new to her position as Baker University health and counseling service coordinator, Sherri Pahcoddy is aware of the potential life-saving importance of the Community Wellness Festival she is organizing. The past two years, she helped her predecessor Ruth Sarna organize the health fair, Pahcoddy said.
Baker, Johnson County choirs to present Midwest premiere of ‘Requiem’
April 2, 2014
The Baker University Choirs (Cathy Crispino, conductor) will join voices with the Johnson County Chorus (Anita Cyrier, conductor) for the Midwest premiere of Mark Hayes’ “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth St. on Baker’s Baldwin City campus.
Folk, jazz singer to perform at Baker
March 28, 2014
Folk and jazz singer Erin Bode will return to the Baldwin City campus for a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, at McKibbin Recital Hall. Joined by Adam Maness (keyboards and guitar), Syd Rodway (bass) and Tara Santiago (cello), Bode will sing many songs from her latest and recent album, “Be Still, My Soul.”
Community Wellness Festival returning April 12 to Baldwin City
March 28, 2014
The 13th annual Community Wellness Festival, sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.
Former Baker AD floats indoor activities center
March 20, 2014
As the longtime former Baker University athletic director, Dan Harris knows how busy the Collins Center is. Collins is not only the home for Baker’s winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling, but the school’s baseball, softball, soccer and track teams use the facility for their preseason or off-season conditioning, Harris said.
Baker campus minister to give last lecture
March 11, 2014
Ira DeSpain, the minister to Baker University since 1992, will deliver his “Last Lecture” at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at Rice Auditorium. The event is part of a series hosted by Baker’s Student Activities Council. The public is welcome to attend.