Baker University news

Student center dedication, wedding vow renewal among Baker alumni weekend highlights
May 17, 2014
Among the 35 couples to gather Saturday for a wedding vow renewal ceremony outside Baker University’s Osborne Chapel was a pair months away from their 50th anniversary of tying the knot and another barely two weeks removed from their wedding day.
Baker University to dedicate new student center Saturday
May 15, 2014
ker University’s Board of Trustees will dedicate the Dr. Patricia (McCaslin) Long Student Center at noon Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Baldwin City campus.
Father, daughter make Baker spring graduation a family affair
May 14, 2014
A father and daughter from Gardner are sharing in the joy of earning degrees from Baker University in this spring. Dave Drovetta, director of quality management and compliance for Physicians Reference Laboratory, earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. His ceremony was May 10. Teresa Drovetta, Dave’s youngest of four children, will receive a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at the Collins Center.
Baker online enrollment explodes under President Pat Long’s leadership
May 12, 2014
The presidents of large state universities are usually lucky to get to know even a small fraction of their many thousands of students. On the other side of things, Baker University President Patricia Long estimates she knows about 90 percent of the names of her students graduating this summer.
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.