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02/08/08

After months of preparation and celebration, the big day is almost here. Tuesday marks the exact 150th anniversary of Baker University’s founding day.

In addition to the various activities held throughout the year, Baker will continue its self-thrown celebration with a commemorative postmark and an all-campus lunch Tuesday in Harter Union.

Joanne Tolkoff, communication coordinator for the 150th steering committee, said the Baldwin City post office would set up a table in the union to offer students the postmark, which includes Baker’s seal with embellishments depicting the milestone.

Tolkoff said the postmark would only be effective Tuesday.

Baldwin City Postmaster Joan Welch said students who want the postmark only have to purchase a stamp. The stamp will be available for 30 days.

She said any organization that wants one could get a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service any time. She said the postmark will mostly appeal to stamp collectors.

“It’s mostly just to create something to commemorate the day,” Welch said.

Sophomore Hillary Farmer said she probably wouldn’t save a postmark.

“It’s a good idea. It’s just not something I’d want to spend money on,” she said.

Along with the postmark, Tolkoff said at least three of the university locations would be hosting a meal of some sort, including the all-campus lunch at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tolkoff said students would be able to take pictures with Wowzer, look at the 150th displays and will also have a chance to win prizes such as T-shirts and Wildcat Café gift certificates.

Tolkoff said she also asked some of the professors around campus to add context to the milestone by incorporating its historical significance.

Farmer said this is a chance to realize and be a part of the history of the school.

“(It’s interesting) thinking about how many students have been through Baker and knowing you’re a part of that,” she said.

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