Elvyn Jones

Elvyn Jones is the community reporter for the Baldwin City Signal.

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Baker University graduates told they are part of the ‘Will Generation’
May 17, 2015
The Baker University Class of 2015 was sent off Sunday with a new name for its generation provided courtesy of commencement speaker Aaron North, vice president of education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Former Baker University president honored for role in bringing chapel from England
May 16, 2015
No less an authority than Robert Osborne, the man who made it financially possible, initially thought it an impractical undertaking to bring a 19th century English village church to the Baker University campus to serve as the school’s chapel. By Elvyn Jones
Baldwin City High School graduates celebrate year of strength
May 16, 2015
In her commencement address, Corey Valentine said she could make the customary argument that the Baldwin High School Class of 2015 was the best ever at the school, but opted instead for a different distinction.
Summer Travel Preview: Baldwin City
May 10, 2015
Baldwin City celebrates its roots, which extend back to the breaking of the Santa Fe Trail in 1824. It was on the trail that the settlement of Palmyra sprang up on a watering hole with a hotel, harness shop, tavern, blacksmith and two doctors serving the needs of those making the long trip back and forth to New Mexico. A post office was recognized in 1857.
Baker Orange, website win awards
04:38 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Baker University student newspaper was recognized with two contest awards in the past week. The Baker Orange won the All-Kansas Award as the state’s top private college newspaper at the Kansas Collegiate Media spring conference in Wichita. The Tulsa Press Club named the Orange website the Great Plains Journalism Student Website.
Baldwin police department warns of counterfeit money
12:57 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The Baldwin City Police Department is warning residents, especially those at local businesses, look over paper currency after several counterfeit bills have been passed in the community.
Baker biology professor’s tree climbing summer research program funded for another 3 years
03:50 p.m., April 13, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A research inspiration Baker University professor William Miller discovered while watching the Travel Channel has paid off with a $286,285 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a three-year summer undergraduate research opportunity.
Baldwin district having sale at Vinland school on Saturday
10:45 a.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:35 p.m.
Those looking for a small desk or a “cute” little chair are invited to shop Saturday morning at the old Vinland Elementary School.
Construction to close CR 1055 on March 23 north of Baldwin City
March 8, 2015
Some, and at times all, of the popular route to Lawrence through Vinland will be closed for much of the coming construction season as Douglas County Public Works undertakes a three-phase improvement of the road.
Wetlands fans anticipate Baker discovery center opening
February 22, 2015
A feathered visitor to the Baker Wetlands had Roger Boyd puzzled last week. The newcomer glided among trees and shrubs, ignoring a kestrel’s feigned attacks and cries. As he watched, Boyd, director of natural areas for Baker University and a lifelong birdwatcher, was much more thrilled about the unidentified raptor’s presence than was the upset kestrel. “I don’t know what it is, and that disturbs me,” Boyd said. “It’s black. It’s not a red tail. I need to get my binoculars out and see.” Right now, wetlands visits are pretty much limited to wildlife. But later this year, the 11,000-square-foot Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center will open. By Elvyn Jones

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Baker University Class of 2015 members move their tassels at the end of Sunday's graduation ceremony, symbolizing their change in status from students to alumni of the school.

Baker University School of Nursing graduate Shelby M. Riley accessorizes appropriately for the school's 2015 commencement. Riley and the other about 300 students in the class ended the traditional march across campus by walking between rows of the school's faculty before taking their seats for the commencement.

Baldwin City High School Class of 2015 members Sierra McKinney, left, and Corey Valentine pose following Saturday's commencement ceremony in Baldwin City.

A research inspiration Baker University professor William Miller discovered while watching the Travel Channel has paid off with a $286,285 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a three-year summer undergraduate research opportunity.

Liz Granberg, left, looks on as Quilts of Valor club members Karen Kohn, with granddaughter Audrey Kohn, and Jo Carnelius piece together blocks for a quilt, such as the one displayed on the table, to be given to a local veteran. The group will meet at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Quliter's Paradise in downtown Baldwin City.

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