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Student body president to participate as lobbyist at Congressional Visits
April 24, 2015, 7:10 pm
Filed under: College of Arts and Sciences

Baker University student body president Rachel Haley, a senior from Lawrence, Kansas, has been selected to participate as a student lobbyist for the 2015 Fraternity and Sorority Congressional Visits April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

Rachel Haley

Rachel Haley

While in Washington, she will participate in training sessions, leading up to a day of meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff on April 29. The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee will also host a dinner on Wednesday where numerous Congress members attending. Haley is a student trustee for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.

As a participant, she has engaged in various activities, such as garnering support for legislation that impacts student housing and college affordability by getting letters of support from your university leaders and working with your student government organizations.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to represent Alpha Chi Omega alongside many other collegiate National Panhellenic Conference sorority women and National Intrafraternity Council men on Capitol Hill in the coming week,” said Haley, majoring in psychology while minoring in church service and leadership, religion and English. “Being able to impact the future of Greek organizations for the better is what I am must enthused about. I am able to be a catalyst for change and contribute in raising the status quo for its members. I strongly believe in the true merit and value of fraternity and sorority and I am proud to be able to contribute in this way.”

Student selected for international achievement award
April 24, 2015, 7:08 pm
Filed under: College of Arts and Sciences

Alexi Nyoni, a member of the Delta Pi chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 David Merchant International Student Award for Achievement. Nyoni, originally from Zimbabwe, receives a $500 cash prize and a customized plaque. The award will be presented today at the conference in San Bernadino, California.

Alexi Nyoni

Alexi Nyoni

Faculty celebrate published scholarly works
April 24, 2015, 7:08 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

Baker University faculty celebrated their published scholarly works with a tea at the Collins Library on Tuesday.Publication4

Here’s the list of Baker faculty scholarly publications:

Chappell, B.M., Parry, D. Miller, W.R. & Lowman, M.D. (2015). Tardiegrades of the canopy: Dorphoribius gibber Beasley and Pilato, 1987 (Eutardigrada: Parachela: Hypsibiidae) new records from eastern Kansas, U.S.A. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 118(1-2), 48-52.

Cushenberry, V. (2015). Next generation DC: Back to the future with LDI powered defined contribution plans. Retrieved from

Ghent, L.S. & Grant A.P. (2014). Concealed carry in the show me state: Do voters in favor of right-to-carry legislation end up packing heat? Social Science Quarterly 96(1), 191-201.

Gross, V. Miller, W.R. & Hockbert, R. (2014). A new tardigrade, Mutaparadoxipus duodigifinis gen. nov., sp. Nov (Heterotardigrada: Arthrotardigrada) from the southeastern United States. Sootaxa 3835(2), 263-272

Haefke, B. & Miller, W.R. (2014). Tardigrades of Kansas: Indentification and classification. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117(1-2),119.

Haefke, B.J., Spiers, A.I., Miller, W.R., & Lowman, M.D. 2014. Tardigrades of the canopy: Doryphoriibius elleneddiei nov. sp. (Eutardigrada, Parachela, Hypsibiidae), a new species from eastern Kansas, U.S.A Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117(3-4), 299-304.

Hatcher, D. (2014). Should religious believes be exempt from the duty to think critically? INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 29(3), 17-31.

Jacobsen, L.R. (2014). Coase and the theory of the firm: Guest editor’s introduction. Managerial and Decision Economics 36, 2-5.

Jacobsen, L.R. (2015). On Robinson, Robertson, and the industrial organization view. History of Political Economy 47(1), 41-89.

Trudeau, L.J. (2015). Nineteenth-century literature criticism (Vol. 301). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning. (Joanne Janssen Volume Advisor)

Miller, W.R., Johansson, C. & Adams, B. (2014). Tardigrades of North America: First pacific records of marine tardigrades from Santa Cruz Island, California. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117(3-4), 281-286.

Patterson, E.L. & Mula, D.M. (2014). What motivates employees to resign and the effects of turnover. In C. Lentz (Series Ed.), The Refractive Thinker Series: Vol.8. Effective business practices for motivation and communication (pp. 185-204).

Perry, E. & Miller, W.R. (2015). A new species of Echniscoides from Maine, U.S.A.: Echnischoides wyethi nov. sp. (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscoidea: Echiniscoididae). The Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

Perry, E.S. Miller, W.R. and Lindsay, S. (2015). Looking at tardiegrades in anew light: using epifluorescence to interpret structure. Journal of Microscopy 257,117-122. Doi: 10.1111/jmi.12190

Schukei, R., Sumwalt, M., Wilson, E.E., Haefke, B., & Miller, W.R. (2014). Tardigrades in the canopy: The development of a smart phone app for data collection. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117(1/2),134

Sivron, R. & Miller, W.R. (2014). Tardigrades in Space: Facts & Fiction. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117(1-2), 134.

Greek Week winners announced
April 24, 2015, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

Baker University greek organizations have announced the winners of Greek Week 2015:Greek

5 Star Chapters
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega

Advisors of the Year
Kevin McCarthy, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Jennifer Bruse, Delta Delta Delta; Katie Glasscock, Delta Delta Delta

Outstanding Scholarship
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Zeta Tau Alpha

Outstanding Risk Management
Delta Tau Delta, Delta Delta Delta

Outstanding Recruitment and Retention
Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding Public Relations
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Delta Delta

Outstanding Programming
Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding New Member/Member Education
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding Community Service and Philanthropy
Zeta Chi, Delta Delta Delta

Outstanding Campus Involvement
Zeta Chi, Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding Alumni/Alumnae Relations
Zeta Chi, Delta Delta Delta

Spirit of Service Award – Sigma Phi Epsilon
Cassy Bailey

House Director of the Year
Lynette Lloyd, Delta Delta Delta

Greek New Member of the Year
Jace Hale, Delta Tau Delta
Amy Wysong, Alpha Chi Omega

Greek Woman of the Year
Callie Barbender, Delta Delta Delta

Greek Man of the Year
Benjamin Sobek, Zeta Chi

Chapter Presidents of the Year
Andrew Heim, Delta Tau Delta
Ty Sloan, Zeta Phi Beta

University to honor retired faculty on Arbor Day
April 24, 2015, 7:04 pm
Filed under: College of Arts and Sciences

Baker University will celebrate Arbor Day at 3:30 p.m. today by planting trees in honor of retired faculty members. The event will start at the Osborne Chapel with a presentation from the Speech Choir. Trees will be planted in honor Marc Carter, west of Mabee Hall, Tom Peard, east of Case Hall and Kay Bradt, west of the Collins Library.

Arbor Day2Arboretum Committee members are Steve Wright, Tom Kennedy, Nate Poell, Katie Doolittle, Sam Richards, Jeremy Portlock, Chris Hamill and Roger Boyd.

Art history conference set for weekend
April 24, 2015, 7:03 pm
Filed under: College of Arts and Sciences

The sixth annual undergraduate art history conference is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25 in the Owens Audio-Visual Room at Baker University. Undergraduates from across the country will present, including Baker student Liz Jordan. Speakers from Dartmouth, Temple, the University of Missouri- St, Louis, the University of Iowa, Kenyon College, Brigham Young University, the University of Minneapolis, the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin will also present. In addition to the speakers, the Baker Speech Choir will perform and a number of Baker students will read poetry inspired by works of art.  Admission is free.

Symphonic Winds to perform on April 28
April 24, 2015, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Universitywide

The Baker University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Frank Perez, will present its spring concert, “Musings in Electro Acoustics,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at Rice Auditorium. The concert will feature electro acoustic music for wind ensemble. A lecture is planned at 6:30 p.m. During the lecture, Perez will discuss how technology and electronic sounds are incorporated into traditional band music. The lecture is open to the public and will give listeners an insight into the music performed at the concert.

That evening representatives from iCan Bike will be accepting donations for their summer camp that will be held in Baldwin City June 22-26. For more information on the camp, go to


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