February 10, 2016

Pickett to play golf at Baker University

With pen in hand, Zach Pickett signs a national letter of intent to play golf at Baker University this fall. Standing (left to right): Paul Young, Rick O’Neil, Karen Exon, David Londene and Wil Meier. Seated: Deanne Pickett, Bob Pickett, Zach Pickett and Cindy Gretencord. Submitted photo

After a stellar career at Spring Hill, Zach Pickett will play golf at Baker University this fall.
Pickett made it official May 25, signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s library.
“I really liked the school’s academic and athletic programs,” said Pickett, who also received a business scholarship. “It’s close to home and seemed like a good fit.”
Pickett excelled in four sports at Spring Hill. After lettering in soccer his freshman year, he earned four letters on the basketball and baseball field. He was a two-year letterwinner in golf and state qualifier in 2010.
“Zach can really play golf,” Coach Rick O’Neil said. “He has had a great career at Spring Hill and I’m real proud to have him going to my alma mater.”
Baker Coach Karen Exon was on hand and offered words of encouragement.
“We are so excited to get Zach in our program. He is a well-rounded kid who will do well in our academic and athletic programs,” Exon said.
Pickett recently closed his athletic career at Spring Hill as the winning pitcher in the Broncos’ opening 6-1 state win versus Wichita Trinity. He hurled a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts.
“Zach has been a big part of our baseball success the past four years,” Coach David Londene added. “He improved each year and really was a leader.”
Academically, Pickett held a cumulative 3.54 grade point average and ranked 32 out of 131 in his class. He achieved the ‘A’ honor roll four years and was a member of the Natural Helpers and a nominee for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.


  1. Here are the costs to attend Baker University. Even with a scholarship I would think a family would be facing huge costs just for one child. The Picketts are fortunate to be able to afford this school for their child.

    2011-2012 Education Costs for the Baldwin City Campus
    College of Arts & Sciences | Undergraduate School of Education

    Year Per
    Full-time undergraduates (12-18 hours) $23,310 $11,655
    Part-time undergraduates (1-11 hours) $705 per c/h
    Overload (over 18 hours) $395 per c/h
    Summer school $395 per c/h
    Interterm session only $395 per c/h
    Summer internship – first 3 hours
    $200 per c/h
    Summer internship – over 3 hours $395 per c/h
    High school tuition $100 per c/h
    High school concurrent credit
    $100 per c/h

    Irwin/Gessner double occupancy $3,420 $1,710
    Irwin/Gessner single occupancy $4,830 $2,415
    New Living Center double $4,380 $2,190
    New Living Center single $5,100 $2,550
    Apartments $5,360 $2,680
    Apartments – summer $170 per week


    14-meal flex plan (14 meals per week plus $150 per semester on declining-balance card) $3,920 $1,960
    10-meal flex plan (10 meals per week plus $125 per semester on declining-balance card) $3,720 $1,860
    10-meal plan (10 meals per week)
    $3,500 $1,750
    Commuter plan (75 meals) renewable card

    New Students

    Confirmation deposit (collected from all new students) $100
    Matriculation fee (collected first semester of enrollment) $80

    Other Fees

    Graduation fee charged when senior status attained $75
    Music private lesson fee – NONREFUNDABLE $200 per half-hour lesson
    Advanced placement fee $35
    Returned-check charge $25
    Student ID card – replacement fee $15 each
    Student-teaching fee $15 per c/h
    Transcript request $10 each
    Instructional Fees – NONREFUNDABLE

    Interest charged on late payments 1% per month


    Of course, on top of all of these costs you have to pay for a vehicle and its costs, more than likely, the cell phone, pocket money, clothes, insurance costs and on and on.

  2. Judith, some of us that had a student go to Baker did not pay their way. We are far from rich, our student got scholarships, grants and loans to attend. She completed in 5 years with a good degree and has a job. The college was close to home and had the small class feel some students like and need. I don’t know what the larger state schools cost, but this was a good pick for us. She is paying for her own education and will continue to do so.We like Baker University.

  3. I think Baker is a great school, much like most private schools are and most families need all of the help they can get plus hard work from scholarships that the kids earn are life savers. I just cannot get over the costs and hate to think of all of the kids coming out of college with huge debt which could very well take them years and years to pay off and in some instances cause them some huge financial problems just like Gardner’s huge debt has caused the citizens problems. Joan, you also mention your student completed college in 5 years – why is this happening so often now and why can’t the kids get their degree in 4 years, especially considering the high price tag. We have much that needs to be done on the education front in my opinion.

  4. The reason our student took 5 years was a double major with conflicting classes the 4 th year. I believe students that foot the bill for themselves are much more accountable for their future. They also seem to make really good decisions regarding work and spending….

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