Dustin Baker was recognized as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Senior of the Year at Michigan State University. Photo By MSU
CANR recognizes Baker Senior of the Year
Many young boys dream of becoming a superhero, an astronaut, or cowboy. Dustin Baker's goal: become a Spartan.
As he walked across the stage during his commencement ceremony at Michigan State University (MSU) on May 5, he spoke to his classmates and faculty members as an accomplished, talented, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) student. Baker was recognized earlier as the CANR Senior of the Year.
For Baker, though, the award represents his hard work over four years. His 4.0 GPA - that was just the cherry on top. Baker says that maintaining at 4.0 was not necessarily a goal of his as an MSU freshman, even as a member of the Honors College and majoring in agribusiness management.
"My main goals were to become as involved as possible and hold leadership positions in campus organizations, to attend as many MSU sporting events as possible, take advantage of the opportunities a big campus has to offer, and to have fun," he says.
The son of Jim and Lori Baker from St. Louis, MI, still had intentions of doing well in school, when he realized that he was maintaining a 4.0. After that, Baker decided to keep moving forward. He thought, if nothing else, it would look nice to have a 4.0 on grad school applications.
A Spartan work ethic, great public speaking skills, and charismatic personality has helped him gain experience with many opportunities.
He served as a legislative intern for the Office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in Washington D.C., a trading floor intern for the Newedge Group of Chicago, State President of Michigan FFA Association, and a member of the Michigan State University Homecoming Court.
However, Baker says his hard work shouldn't reflect anything but a well-rounded Spartan.
"I am very into MSU sports," he says. He attends all the home men's and women's basketball games and football games, as well as baseball, field hockey, etc. Last year, he also went to all 14 football games, both home and away.
It doesn't end there. He also enjoys skiing, running, and enjoys hanging out with fellow brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
When asking Baker how much this award means to him, he says: "It means that my time here at MSU has really come full circle. A goal when I came to Michigan State was to get involved in as much as possible and try to leave my mark on campus. It is humbling to have others recognize my contributions to the campus and the college, and it is an exciting opportunity to speak at graduation to the Class of 2012."
At the late April 13 Board of Trustees meeting, 37 students - the most in recent history - received Board of Trustees' Awards for having the highest scholastic average at the close of his or her last semester of attendance at Michigan State University. These students earned a 4.0 GPA and were recognized at their spring commencements.
Baker was one of 617 undergraduate students graduating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources this year. During graduation, the CANR awarded 57 doctoral degrees and 121 master's degrees.