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BAKER PROUD | Spring 2015 Campus News for everybody to see," said Tom Heiman, associate professor of theater. "We will defend the trophy next year and see if we can hold on to them." Harlaxton popular study abroad destination Nearly 500 Baker alumni already know what Best College Reviews announced in the fall. Ryan Bearrick, Cheyenne Queen, Emi Kniffin, Joey Majchrzak and MacKenzie Sammons display the trophies Baker won at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 5 competition. Theater students capture top prize at regional event Hanging lights, tying knots, making costume changes. Five Baker students mastered those crafts to earn top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5 competition in January in Minnesota. The group, competing against schools of all sizes, won the coveted Golden C Wrench as the Stagecraft Showdown champions and also claimed the Stagecraft Spirit Trophy. The winning team consisted of Ryan Bearrick, Chanute, Kan., senior; Emi Kniffin, Wichita, Kan., sophomore; Joey Majchrzak, Olathe, Kan., senior; Cheyenne Queen, Derby, Kan., senior; and MacKenzie Sammons, Wellsville, Kan., junior. Baker, under the name The Majchrzaks for a team member, competed in the Stage Crew Showdown in which 14 teams from Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa tested their technical skills. Scoring was based on how quickly and accurately each task was completed. The group returned home with two traveling trophies. "We are buffing up the trophies The publication compiled a list of the most desirable study abroad opportunities, and the British campus of the University of Evansville, Harlaxton Manor, a popular destination for Baker students, tops the rankings. Since 1989, Baker has had 499 students study abroad at Harlaxton, including nine students this semester. The rankings were based on the following criteria: * The program is open to a limited number of students, 500 or less, providing a more intimate experience while abroad. * The program is at least a semester long. * Faculty from the university are involved with the students internationally, either traveling with the students, teaching abroad, or overseeing the program in the country. * The university has a specific location internationally; students are not simply enrolling at international universities. "This has been a life-changing experience for an entire generation of Baker students," said Martha Harris, BS '79, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of business and economics. "This program's ranking is an indication of the quality of instruction and experience that our students have enjoyed and helps to explain why our students are such enthusiastic supporters of the program when they return. It has been a privilege to be associated with this program for over 25 years." Student's poetry accepted by national writing magazine Baker students continue to shine on the national stage. Carly Berblinger, a senior sociology and English major from Buhler, Kan., had her poetry recently accepted by the national editorial staff of The Rectangle, a creative writing magazine published annually by Sigma Tau Delta, the international undergraduate honor society for English. Work showcased in the magazine has been selected through a highly competitive process as it is judged against all creative works submitted by student writers across the United States. "Root," one of the poems Berblinger wrote for BU's advanced poetry workshop, will appear in the 2015 issue of the magazine. Berblinger also has been invited to present two of her poems at this year's Rectangle Publication Reading, a major event marking the rollout of this year's issue. She will read later this March for a national audience on opening night of Sigma Tau Delta International 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M. Junior claims award for best essay Melinda Hipple, a Baker University junior from Baldwin City, Kan., won an essay prize while studying abroad at Harlaxton College during the fall semester. Hipple, a creative writing major, was honored for her competition manuscript, "The Dust of Other Stars," which consisted of the opening chapters of a novel for young adults. The award is granted each semester to a student who has excelled in academic endeavors and produced a piece of academic work or writing worthy of celebration. 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Baker Proud Spring 2015

Campus News
Alumni Faculty
Thirst for Knowledge
Mungano Momentum
Alumni Notes
Finding His Calling
Let Thy Praises Ring
Vietnam Documentary
Alumni Weekend
Prison Fellowship
Anatomy of a Student
100th Doctoral Graduate
Sports Highlights
Event Calendar

Baker Proud Spring 2015