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BAKER PROUD | Spring 2015
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
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
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
* 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
* Faculty from the university are involved
with the students internationally, either
traveling with the students, teaching
abroad, or overseeing the program in
* 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
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
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
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Baker Proud Spring 2015
Thirst for Knowledge
Finding His Calling
Let Thy Praises Ring
Anatomy of a Student
100th Doctoral Graduate
Baker Proud Spring 2015