Archive for Monday, May 17, 1999


May 17, 1999


— About 385 students graduated from Baker University on Sunday. Two commencement ceremonies were held to accommodate students, families and friends.

Citing a recent news story about Americans working more than ever, the keynote speaker at Baker University commencement ceremonies told graduates to strike a balance.

"Stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles," said William Hines, dean of the law college at Iowa University. "Walk more in your bare feet. " Spend more time fishing."

Hines addressed 131 graduates Sunday afternoon during one of two commencement ceremonies at Baker University.

He spoke at the ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hines told graduates they should strike a balance between short-term gain and long-term goals.

"Savor life as it unfolds before you," he said. "Do more than stop and smell the roses."

Following the 90-minute ceremony, graduates said one of the biggest challenges facing their class is leadership in the new millennium.

"It will probably be setting the tone for the next century," said Ben Abbo of Topeka, who graduated with degrees in biology and environmental chemistry. "The world's completely different from when I was born 23 years ago."

Jennifer Dix, a Lawrence resident who graduated with degrees in psychology and English, said she thought her class would be challenged "to achieve the things we can do well -- not to lose sight of our goals."

Also during the ceremony, the Kopke Teaching Award winner was announced.

Tony Brown, associate professor of psychology, is this year's winner. He is the second recipient of the award, which is given for distinguished teaching.

Brown won a $5,000 cash award for the honor. He has taught at Baker since 1990.

A second commencement ceremony was held later for about 250 graduates of the School of Nursing and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Kansas first lady Linda Graves was the keynote speaker at that event.

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