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Chesapeake Recognizes Pride of Peake Winners

Baker, Landon to be honored at fundraiser

Friday, April 01, 2011

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College is recognizing two local men who make significant contributions to both the college and surrounding community. The college will honor Dr. Edward S. Baker of Ridgely and Lt. Col. W.F. "Pete" Landon of Chestertown at the first Pride of the Peake banquet on Thursday, April 28.

"This evening will be a tribute to these two extraordinary community servants," said Chesapeake President Barbara A. Viniar. "Both men have used their experiences at Chesapeake College, one as a faculty member and one as a student, to touch the lives of others and give back to their communities. It has been a privilege to get to know them both."

The banquet is also an inaugural fundraising event for the Chesapeake College Alumni and Friends Association.

"We are very excited to be launching this new association after some years of dormancy," said Lauren Halterman, director of development for Chesapeake College. "Our goal is to reconnect with alumni, whether they earned a degree or certificate, or just took one class. We are very inclusive and welcome all friends of the college."

As a Chesapeake College instructor for 40 years, Dr. Baker has taught generations of Eastern Shore residents. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Western Maryland College and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. A professor of kinesiology and wellness, Dr. Baker works to give students the skills to be both mentally and physically healthy. He emphasizes stress management and uses classroom lessons to help students cope with life’s challenges. The professor’s work with students extended beyond the classroom as he served as an athletic coach and conditioning trainer.

"Dr. Baker has dedicated most of his life to the students of Chesapeake College. Not only is he a teacher, but he’s also their counselor, advisor, mentor and friend," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "Dr. Baker goes the extra mile to assist students with their academic and personal issues. He also helps them with their hopes and dreams. His commitment and loyalty to his students and Chesapeake College is impeccable."

Lt. Col. Landon is the chief of field operations bureau for the Maryland State Police. A proud Chesapeake College alumnus, he earned an associate’s degree in 1980 and went on to finish a bachelor’s degree at Towson University. A member of Chesapeake’s Foundation Board, Lt. Col. Landon is a volunteer with the U.S. Special Olympics and a yearly participant in the Polar Bear Plunge.

"Lt. Colonel Pete Landon defines leadership through his energy, enthusiasm, expertise, and most importantly, his example," Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. "He is a leader who leads from the front. Although his promotions have taken him to the pinnacle of State Police leadership, his attitude toward his fellow troopers and his commitment to helping others has never changed. He still brings the vitality of youth and the wisdom of experience to each assignment, whether it is protecting the people of Maryland or helping to raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics."

Tickets for the Pride of the Peake event are $50 per person, with tables of eight available. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chesapeake College Alumni and Friends Association. There are also sponsorship opportunities for the event. For more information, please contact Lauren Halterman at 410.827.5818 or lhalterman@chesapeake.edu.

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