Baker University
More than 500 undergraduate and graduate students at Baker University received their degrees during commencement ceremonies Dec.14 at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.
Graduates from Gardner include : Carolyn Francis, master of arts in education; Brittany Friedel, bachelor of arts; Stephanie Gootee, bachelor of science in management; Kimberly Harrington, master of business administration; Anita McDaniel, bachelor of arts in business leadership; and Abigail Reddish, bachelor of business administration. Graduates from Spring Hill include: Bryan Horne, bachelor of business administration; Mark Stirling, associate of arts in business; and Amity Webb, bachelor of business administration.
Baker, the first university in Kansas, has been listed among the top schools in the Midwest in the annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report, and selected as a top school in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. Baker has the top four-year graduation rate in Kansas for private and public institutions, according to rankings in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The University serves nearly 3,200 students through the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate programs in Baldwin City; the School of Nursing in Topeka; the School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Overland Park, Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.; and Kansas City, Mo.; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and the School of Education in various locations in the area.
Lauren Bechard, Brittany Friedel, Julia Southern, and Katherine Stueve of Gardner; Jacob Brooks, Michael Epp, Jamie Hodge, and Lindsey Mateer of Spring Hill; and Sarah Baker and MacKenzie Sammons of Wellsville were named to Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduate dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during the fall 2014 semester.

Baylor University
Sarah Grace Russell, Gardner, has been named to the 2014 fall semester Dean’s Academic Honor Roll at Baylor University. Russell studies in the college of arts and sciences.
She joins more than 3,200 Baylor students on the fall list. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.  A private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, Baylor is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This blends with Baylor’s international reputation for educational excellence built upon the faculty’s commitment to teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary research to produce outstanding graduates.

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Several MidAmerica Nazarene University students from Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill have been named to the 2014 fall semester dean’s list and honor roll at MANU.
To be named to the dean’s list, full-time students had to earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99. To earn a spot on the honor roll, full-time students had to earn grade point averages above 3.2.
Local students named to the dean’s list include: Peyton Kuhn and Alexis Pacheco, of Edgerton; Carley Armato, Michelle Cox, Chelsea Dodgin, Michael Force, and Nathanial Miller, all of Gardner; and Miranda Miller, Tyler Sparks, Cameron VandeVelde, and Amber Zeller, all of Spring Hill.
Students listed on the honor roll include Rachel Weber of Gardner, and Jamie Shaffer of Spring Hill.
MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university of more than 1860 students. Offering 40 plus traditional undergraduate majors, the university is also known for its accelerated professional and graduate programs. Study abroad as well as service-learning experiences are encouraged through MNU’s Go Global, MNU Europe and ServiceCorps programs. The campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for professional and graduate programs. More information may be found at