Inspired by her 11-year-old daughter’s passion for a sport that lacked sporting gear for girls, Deb Tompkins North, ’93, was on a mission to create a company to empower young female athletes brave enough to compete in male-dominated sports. A year ago during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 1993 Baker University graduate founded YES! Athletics primarily to ...

May – August 1950s Don Nutt, ’50, turned 100 years old on May 30, 2021. Don and his lovely wife, Ruth Ann, ’50, celebrated this milestone with their family members. Dr. Richard Soulen, ’54, hosts a podcast called On Theology and Scripture for the Inquiring Mind and can be found at soulenandsoulen.com. 1960s Carol (Mandernack) Bartlett, ’65, recently retired as ...

May – August Caleb D. Addington, former student, Delta Tau Delta, 21, Aug. 12, 2021, Lenexa, Kansas. Survivors include mother, Jeanette Addington, ’06. Wendy L. Banks, ’06 MAED, 48, June 21, 2021, Overland Park, Kansas. Betty Barker-Smith Bashaw, MD, former chair of the Baker University Board of Trustees, 91, June 25, 2021, Lenexa, Kansas. Dr. Barker Bashaw was a member ...

In 2019, the interterm course Coloring Our World, taught by Dean of Students Cassy Bailey, included a final project of designing a mural. “The students and their energy are the best part of teaching any course,” Dr. Bailey said. “Also, I loved seeing their creativity. For students who do not consider themselves to be an artist, they have so much ...

Before joining the faculty at Baker University, Narbeli Galindo spent most of her working life in the corporate world. She most recently served as the director of international affairs and trade for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, appointed by then-Mayor Sly James to promote the city as an economic development player worldwide. She also worked nationally and ...

A longtime advocate of creating opportunities for faculty members to enhance their educational and leadership skills, former Baker University School of Nursing Dean Kathleen L. Harr has established an endowed fund for SON faculty development.   Harr, the school’s nursing dean from 1997 until her retirement in 2015, contributed $13,000 for the fund that will provide resources that ensure faculty members continue to grow in academic nursing.   ...

Baker University recently received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will not only provide direct benefits to BU students and faculty but also brings the Baker experience full circle for several alumni leading schools in Baldwin City and the Kansas City area. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant will provide students planning to become secondary educators ...

For the thousands of student-athletes who have worn Baker Orange, collegiate athletics is more than competition. It provides lessons in discipline, teamwork, perseverance, accountability, and fair play. It builds relationships with teammates and coaches that contribute to success and self-confidence. (Read about current student-athlete Amy Kamtio’s Baker experience.) As the university begins a three-phase $17 million capital project to enhance ...

Patrick Mirch, ’12, was taking cover in his apartment complex’s tornado shelter on May 28, 2019, when an EF-4 tornado tore through Linwood, Kansas. He was watching news coverage and was set to go into work at KMBC9 Kansas City a few hours later. “The storm skipped over us and after it passed, my attention turned to work and making ...

Doug Barth, ’91, loves getting different generations of Baker University alumni together. In his role as director of alumni relations, it’s one of his favorite parts of his job. But Barth wanted to expand that interaction to include current students, too. He recently found a way to do that through volunteer days at Harvesters in Kansas City, Missouri. Harvesters is ...