The Maples

A Message from President Lynne Murray
August 26, 2015, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

Dear Baker University faculty and staff,Lynne 2

As I see students strolling through the Baldwin City campus bright and early this morning, I am reminded again how much I am looking forward to another outstanding academic year at Baker University. We greeted more than 220 new students to the College of Arts and Sciences this semester. More than 160 School of Nursing students began classes early last week in Topeka. Classes for our School of Professional and Graduate Studies and Graduate School of Education programs are always under way, and we recently celebrated our first Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership cohort who completed their coursework.

In this time of transition for most of our students, we sincerely appreciate your efforts to make all of them feel welcome, and thank all of you who went above and beyond with the “heavy” lifting during all the move-in days. I know you will continue to embrace our students as they adjust to becoming a part of the Baker community.

Speaking of moves, earlier this summer our administrative offices for SPGS and GSOE transitioned from the former location at 8001 College Boulevard to 7301 College Boulevard in Overland Park to be closer to the students. Everyone came together enthusiastically, often times coming in early and leaving late hauling truckloads of boxes, furniture and miscellaneous items. Our students and faculty will be the biggest benefactors of all this work.

Once again I enjoyed leading our students through campus during the Traditions Walk last weekend with the bagpiper playing. I especially enjoyed the energy on campus at the opening picnic a couple of weeks ago as we celebrated the beginning of another academic year. It was a perfect time for students, faculty, staff and their families to come together. Make plans to join us again on Tuesday, Sept. 1, for the traditional convocation at Rice Auditorium. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m., and we will share our faculty and student success stories.

Baker University must remain steadfast in providing a quality education at all of our schools and creating a positive experience. Because of your commitment, I know 2015-2016 will be a year filled with noteworthy achievements.

Thanks again for all you do.

Baker Proud,

Dr. Lynne Murray

Opening convocation set for Sept. 1
August 25, 2015, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

The university community is welcome to attend the opening convocation at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Rice Auditorium. President Lynne Murray, Provost Brian Posler and 2015 Kopke Award winner Alan Grant will speak at the event, which will feature a special presentation, “The Faces of the Class of 2019.”Martha Harris leads bagpipers

University featured on front page of Monday’s Kansas City Star
August 25, 2015, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

Baker University was featured prominently on the front page of the Kansas City Star as part of a story titled “Small colleges get creative to lure new students”. Star enterprise reporter Rick Montgomery and photographer Rich Sugg were on the Baldwin City campus during a visit day in July. The online version can be found at It includes a slideshow and video interview with Kevin Kropf, senior director of admissions.


Community Choir to begin rehearsals on Thursday
August 25, 2015, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

You’ve got talent, and the Baker University Community Choir wants you to showcase it. Rehearsals for the 2015-16 season begin on Thursday, Aug. 27. Membership is open to singers 15 and older. No audition is required.Kauffman

Fall performances include “In Nature Renewed” on Friday, Oct. 23, and the annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 6. Both events will be held at Rice Auditorium on the Baker University campus. Cathy Crispino, Director of Choral Ensembles, conducts the group.

Weekly rehearsals are 6 to 8 p.m. at the McKibbin Recital Hall in the Owens Musical Arts Building, 408 Eighth Street, Baldwin City. A $20 participation fee is charged per semester.

For more information, e-mail or call (785) 594-4504.

What did you do this summer?
August 25, 2015, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

How did you spend your summer?

Karen Exon along the Missouri River in Jefferson City.

Karen Exon along the Missouri River in Jefferson City.

Karen Exon, head men’s and women’s golf coach, completed her fourth Missouri River 340 kayak race, which started in Kansas City, Kansas, and ended in St. Charles, Missouri. She finished in a tie for second in the women’s solo division, clocking in at 56 hours and 54 minutes for the 340-mile race. For more on the experience, check out the Journal-World story at

Frank Perez, director of bands, was part of a trombone quartet that played the national anthem before the Kansas City Royals game on June 6. Other quartet members were Will Biggs, band director at Gardner Edgerton High School; Brian Fibelkorn, band director at Trail Ridge Middle School; and Bo Dingus, a freelance trombonist from Ottawa. Here is a clip of the performance

By the way, Perez also won a pie eating contest in the 13-and-over division during the Fourth of July at Enchanted Oaks, Texas.

Frank Perez and his pie eating contest certificate

Frank Perez and his pie eating contest certificate

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Nicholaus Pumphrey

Nicholaus Pumphrey, assistant professor of religious studies, worked at an archaeological excavation in Israel, including six weeks at a site called Tel Akko. It was the sixth season he had excavated there, and he is a area supervisor.

Joe Watson, associate professor of mass media, completed a bucket list with a trip to Montana, the last of 50 states he has visited.

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Joe Watson and family in Montana

First MAOL cohort completes coursework
August 25, 2015, 8:09 pm
Filed under: School of Professional and Graduate Studies
First MAOL cohort

Baker’s first MAOL cohort, Lucas Eimen, Nyala Bulock, Erica Seals, Kari Hess, Cassie Jackson and Christine Carroll.

Baker University’s first Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership cohort completed its coursework earlier this month at the Overland Park campus.

Jake Bucher, associate dean at the School of Professional Graduate Studies, congratulated the students before the final class.

Speech Choir available for performances
August 25, 2015, 7:57 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

The Baker Speech Choir is available to perform for various university events. If you would like to Speech choir5have the choir prepare a custom program for an event, theme, discussion topic or entertainment, please contact Susan Redding Emel, professor of communication studies, with date and time of event, place of the performance, theme, and any other details the group should know. A large group is expected this fall and the goal is to provide them with multiple real-audience experiences.  For more information, contact Emel at or at 785.594.8457


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