May 20-22: Log On and Zoom In Calling all Wildcats! After having to cancel last year because of the pandemic, this year we’re excited to offer Alumni Weekend with a twist. Baker graduates of all ages and from across the country can safely engage with each other by logging on and Zooming in. We’ve planned a handful of traditional and ...

On a bookshelf in Jeff Auslander’s office sits a copy of First, Break All the Rules. But it’s not just any copy. It’s the same copy he received while working on his Master of Business Administration degree at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. For Jeff Auslander, ’07 MBA, that book—combined with Baker’s courses—changed the way he thought ...

Rhianna Becker, ’19, is a self-described adventure seeker. She loves hiking and exploring the outdoors. She spent a weekend in late March seeking out and observing alligators in the swamps along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s only natural that, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baker, she would pursue a career as a travel nurse. “My first ...

A lifelong learner who valued the outdoors, Kenneth Head, ’53, always enjoyed exploring the Baker Wetlands as it continued to expand, creating more educational resources for Baker students and Douglas County residents. To honor his legacy after he passed away in September, the Head family requested memorial gifts to help support the Baker University Wetlands. Contributions from friends and family, ...

Ross, ’70, and Christine Hartley have a passion for supporting higher education in Kansas. Although the couple retired to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, their Kansas roots run deep. Both grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Ross earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Baker University in 1970 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas in 1974. Christine earned ...

When Mungano, Baker’s student-run organization for diversity and inclusion, initiated a pair of programs this fall—My Brother’s Keeper and My Sister’s Keeper—they called on alumni to share their experiences and expertise in a series of panel discussions. The in-depth discussions among students and alumni focused on becoming young adults and approaching adult life in ways that champion diversity and inclusion. ...

November 2020 – April 2021 1950s W. Gordon Clay, ’58, was appointed by the state to the executive committee of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide. He serves as founding chair of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council of Curry County, Oregon. Donna (Lidikay) Kempin, ’56, wrote her first mystery novel, Revenge in Venice. It can be purchased on Amazon.com. ...

Dear Alumni, It has always been true that you can’t keep Wildcats apart, and that was reinforced this year when we had to cancel or hold our annual events online and find new, creative ways to gather. Over the past year, alumni from across the country have logged on to virtual events to catch up, laugh, and raise funds. We ...

Honors & Awards Ms. Kelly Chanay, Assistant Professor of Applied Health Sciences, was appointed to the position of president-elect of the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (KSAND). Dr. Marcus Childress, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was a “Breakfast With Champions” Honoree at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention. The breakfast allows convention attendees to engage ...

November 2020 – May 2021 Football With a strong 19-6 win over Benedictine on Thanksgiving Day, the Wildcats won their sixth consecutive Heart of America South Division Conference Championship and earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Football Championship Series, which was moved to April this year. Running back JD Woods was named the Heart of America South Division Player ...