Lawrence Baden, Webster University, is the associate professor in the School of Communications, and he knows there is a critical connection between academics and student development. He is described as a community builder who understands that advancing campus community occurs inside and outside the classroom. Baden's enthusiasm for learning and seeing others learn is contagious. In addition to teaching, he advises student organizations, collaborates on the development of residential learning communities, and serves as a faculty NCAA liaison. Baden is seen in the University Center almost every day, meeting with one or more students to review a class assignment, a newspaper article, or material for an upcoming test.