Open to the public, participants will purchase their own lunch in Post 95 in the student center and then gather at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and fellowship. The lecture, which begins at 12:15 p.m., will focus on the initiatives, challenges and responses during the first 150 days of the administration of America's 44th president. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Baker, who holds a bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, has been a member of Wittenberg's faculty since 1987. He teaches a variety of political science courses, including American National Government, State and Local Government, Urban Politics, Public Administration, and Local Government Administration. He also has organized an innovative and award-winning internship program for Wittenberg students to gain valuable experience working for local governments around the country.
Recipient of Wittenberg's Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, Central Methodist College's Young Alumni Award in 1994 and an Outstanding Service to Springfield Award in 2004, Baker is currently involved in research projects examining the origin and effectiveness of neighborhood organizations in Springfield. In addition, he is involved in a multi-state study of community volunteerism, and the second edition of his widely adopted textbook on state and local government is due out in July.
Locally, Baker recently chaired the Clark County Steering Committee on the Federally Qualified Health Care Center, and he is president of the board of trustees for Rocking Horse Center, a comprehensive health care center providing care to children and adults regardless of their ability to pay. He is also a candidate for Springfield City Commission in 2009.
The final Noon Lunch and Lecture Series event is part of Wittenberg's 2009 Campus Alumni College, which is scheduled for June 10-14. Themed "The Nature of Rivers," Professor of Geology John Ritter and Associate Professor of English Rick Incorvati will lead lectures and discussions, local field trips, fly fishing and photography to illustrate the connection between humans and rivers, used metaphorically to characterize life experiences.
There is no charge for Noon Lunch and Lecture Series events. For additional information and to make reservations, contact Linda Himes, events planner for advancement, at (937) 327-7432.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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