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 ...

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 ...

Combining his passion for basketball and numbers, Samer Jassar, ’13, has had an up close and personal view of the Milwaukee Bucks’ run to the NBA championship. The Baker University graduate and former Wildcat basketball player is in his second season as director of basketball strategy and analytics for the NBA champions. The Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game ...

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.   ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...