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Baylor Theatre to Present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2016) — Baylor University Theatre will present a classic musical to kick off its 2016–17 season.
New Smithsonian museum features music from Baylor’s Black Gospel Restoration Project
In less than a decade, Baylor professor Robert Darden’s mission to preserve black gospel music for future generations has grown from the basement of Moody Memorial Library to the Smithsonian Institution. This Saturday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum’s anticipated 20,000+ visitors this […]
Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on presidential rhetoric
With Election Day fast approaching, millions of Americans are focused on what the presidential candidates have to say — but few are listening with as much insight as Baylor professor Martin Medhurst. Dr. Medhurst is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on presidential rhetoric. After teaching at UC-Davis and Texas A&M, Medhurst came to Baylor […]
Good Relationships with Parents May Benefit Children’s Health Decades Later
WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2016) — Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor University Hosts Big 12 Water Conference to Address Water Resource Issues and Collaborate on Research
WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Baylor University’s department of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting a select group of scientists at the second annual Big 12 Water Conference Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
Enrollment Nears 17,000; Retention Increases; Baylor Rises in U.S. News Rankings
WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2016) – Baylor University topped milestones for overall, graduate and undergraduate enrollment and again improved its freshman fall-to-fall retention and graduation rates, according to statistics from Baylor’s Office of Institutional Research and Testing (IRT).
Baptist News Global: Baylor professor’s quest to preserve golden age of black gospel lands in Smithsonian
Sept. 14, 2016
An interactive display from Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project will be included in a permanent music exhibit when the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C., opens Sept. 24. The project was begun a decade ago by Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in the College of Arts & Sciences. Since then, with the aid of Baylor Libraries’ Digital Projects Group, thousands of loaned or donated records and cassettes have been digitized and are available online. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of media communications, covers JPRNM faculty and research.)
Dr. Michael Korpi Awarded the SMPTE Excellence in Education Medal
WACO, Texas (Aug. 29, 2016) – Michael Korpi, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, has been awarded the first Excellence in Education Medal Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Three Baylor Professors Designated Master Teachers
WACO, Texas (Aug. 26, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland has announced the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, College of Arts & Sciences; T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education, School of Education, and associate dean of graduate studies and professional development, Graduate School; and Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
Sub-Saharan Africans Satisfied with Their Sex Lives, with 18 Percent Rating Them a Perfect 10, Baylor Researcher Finds
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WACO, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) — People in Africa’s Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating — reported by 18 percent of respondents — being a perfect “10,” according to Baylor University research presented Monday at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Musical Tastes Are Cultural in Origin, Not ‘Hard-wired’ in the Brain, Study Suggests
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) — Scientists previously thought musical preferences are “hard-wired” in the brain, but a new study of a remote Amazonian farming and foraging community suggests that musical tastes are cultural in origin. One of the study’s authors, published in the journal Nature, is Alan Schultz, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
"Multiplicity" Exhibit Features the Elegance of Math at Martin Museum of Art
WACO, Texas (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will host a gallery talk with the artists of its new exhibit, Multiplicity, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Multiplicity will run from Aug. 23 through Sept. 25 and demonstrates how art can use math to create beauty and elegance.
Chubby Chums vs. Petite Pals: Heavy People More at Ease Socializing with Stocky Folks, but It Can Hinder Weight Loss, Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) — People trying to shed pounds — but who hang out with heavier pals regularly — are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
Employers Who Promote Ethics Should Reward Workers Who Exhibit Them, Baylor Study Suggests
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2016) — Building a business reputation from the inside out — with employees giving a company high marks as an ethical place to work — is increasingly being hailed as a way to get a leg up on the competition, right alongside customer service and quality products.
Baylor Student Art Project Raises More Than $45K for Zambian Children
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2016) —Orphans in Zambia left their fingerprints — literally — on an art project by two Baylor University studio art majors on a women’s leadership mission trip this summer to the southern African country. The students’ paintings of trees – featuring brightly colored leaves made by the children’s fingertips – eventually raised nearly $45,000 to help children living in extreme poverty become leaders for change.
Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized mosquito expert
When confronted with mosquitos while playing outside as a child, did you: A) swat at them, B) put on more mosquito repellant, or C) become fascinated by them and write a 7th-grade research paper on the buzzing, biting creatures? You can probably guess which of those Baylor’s resident mosquito expert chose. Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, associate professor […]
Baylor Professor Helps Discover The Secrets Of The Philistines
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2016) — Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, was part of the discovery and excavation of a Philistine cemetery outside Ashkelon, an ancient city in Israel that was occupied for more than 3,000 years.
Baylor prof, students help discover ancient Biblical mosaics in Israel
For 1,500 years, elaborate mosaics depicting Bible stories like Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea were buried in the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Israel. But this summer, a team that included two Baylor students and Dr. Nathan Elkins, a Baylor art history professor and coin specialist, uncovered this stunning artwork while […]
Former Lady Bear point guard among the Dallas PD officers responding to last week’s attack
Many Baylor fans remember Chelsea Whitaker, BA ’05, as the gutsy point guard for the 2005 Lady Bears team that won the program’s first national championship. After playing overseas for a couple of years, today Whitaker is a detective and a nine-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) — one of the many officers who […]
Baylor grad traveling the world to serve
Brianna Childs, BA ’16, has only been a college graduate for two months. Most of her peers are just starting their first “real job” or are in the midst of applying for one, or they’re headed to graduate school. But not Brianna — because since high school, she’s had her eyes set on the World […]
Baylor University Hosts Hong Kong Students, Professors
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — In a two-week exchange program, 22 students and four faculty members from Hong Kong traveled to Baylor University to interact with students and faculty from Baylor’s environmental science department and to learn about the culture and environment in Texas.
Baylor Graduates Win Prestigious Rotary Global Grants
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — Prashant (Sunny) Appikatla, Brianna Williams and Jonathan Tingle, recent Baylor University graduates, were awarded Rotary Global Grants this spring. They plan to use the grants to earn master’s degrees at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine next year.
Eight ways Baylor researchers are fighting cancer
For most of us who are not scientifically-inclined, it’s easy to focus more on the beautiful exterior of the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) than to think about what goes on inside. But what’s going on inside the BSB could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Teams of Baylor professors and students are […]
Baylor EVP/Provost Greg Jones Announces Leadership Additions
WACO, Texas (July 1, 2016) – Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., has announced three leadership appointments in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Divisional Dean Robyn Driskell Named Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2016) — Robyn L. Driskell, Ph.D., Divisional Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff by Baylor University Interim President David Garland, Ph.D. In this role, Driskell will be responsible for strategic communications from the President’s Office, collaboration on leadership initiatives, coordination of Board relations and representing the President in a variety of official capacities.
Baylor couple’s ‘Fixer Upper’ spin-off to debut on DIY Network
Building on the success of Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines, yet another Baylor couple is getting their own show on HGTV. Fans of the network’s popular “Fixer Upper” show are already familiar with Clint Harp, BBA ’00, co-founder of Harp Design Co. and a frequent supplier of furniture for the Gaineses’ remodeled homes. Now, Clint […]
Baylor junior designs 5,000-piece LEGO Pat Neff Hall
As a native Wacoan, Stanton Bain grew up planning to attend at Baylor. And like kids everywhere, he grew up piecing together LEGO blocks. “Even though I was very young at the time, I was able to build even the most difficult sets that the LEGO company had,” says Bain, now a junior at Baylor. “I have […]
Baylor alum finally gets his commencement ceremony — 50 years after graduating
The end of spring means graduation season. Future Bears are preparing to transition into college life, and our newest alumni are preparing for life in the “real world.” But there’s another group of Bears who also participate in commencement ceremonies: the Baylor Heritage Club. Every year, the newest members of the Heritage Club are welcomed on […]
Baylor Photographer Featured in Boulder Weekly
Karen Price Named Fellow of the ASA
University Scholar Wins Boren Scholarship to Tanzania
WACO, Texas (June 2, 2016) — Chase Gottlich, a junior pre-medicine University Scholar from Ormond Beach, Florida, has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania for the 2016-17 academic year.
A New Season in the Life of Baylor University
We have entered a new season in the life of Baylor University. It is a season that calls for clarity, compassion and collective action as a Christian academic community and as a body of Baylor alumni that spans multiple generations, often within individual families. It is a season that calls for Baylor to stand together and speak as one voice, resolute in our shared commitment to student welfare and safety and to our institutional values.
Dr. Johnny Henderson Honored as Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
WACO, Texas (May 27, 2016) – Johnny L. Henderson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored as the 2016 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year during the University’s Academic Convocation on April 15.
Mother Nature and the Spiritual Side: Do Lovely Weather and Scenery Matter?
WACO, Texas (June 1, 2016) — June is national Great Outdoors Month, and that may have religious implications as people spend more time outside — in particular if they live in counties with beautiful weather and scenery. Such areas have lower rates of membership with religious organizations.
Baylor professors of the year represent sciences, math, arts and education
Each spring, Baylor honors professors with three major awards based on slightly varying criteria. The first to be announced is the Collins Outstanding Professor Award, voted on each year by the outgoing senior class. Past Collins Professors include Dr. Randall O’Brien (1996), Dr. Tom Hanks (1998), Rachel Moore (1999) and Dr. Robert Packard (2002). Dr. […]
Faith and ‘The Facebook Effect’: Young Social Media Regulars Less Committed to One Religion, Baylor University Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 16, 2016) — Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor lab studies the value of a good night’s sleep
How does sleep impact your memory, creativity or ability to function at work or in class? Baylor researchers are studying these very questions at the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. There, you’ll often find student research subjects settling into one of the lab’s private bedrooms for the night, while electrodes attached around the dome of […]
New Disney castle in Shanghai designed by a Baylor grad
There’s a new kingdom coming to China: Disneyland Shanghai. Opening in June, the park features six different lands, including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland. But the crown jewel of the park? The Enchanted Storybook Castle (pictured above) — which, as it so happens, was designed by a Baylor Bear. That […]
Another Baylor alum’s short film earns Cannes screening
Cannes. For filmmakers, there’s an aura in its very name. Earning a spot on a Cannes Film Festival screen is an incredible honor that only a select few achieve — which makes it all the more incredible that, for a second consecutive year, a Baylor filmmaker will see his work screened there. “Stray,” a short film […]
Baylor professor uncovers wildebeest-like species with unique adaptation
For the last 50,000 years, ancient creatures with a unique nose have been buried in the soil of Kenya’s Rusinga Island. These wildebeest-like animals provide insight into how different species can adapt and evolve in similar ways — but their secrets were kept hidden until they were recently uncovered by a Baylor professor and his research […]
Congregations Striving for Racial and Ethnic Diversity May Shrink, Baylor University Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 9, 2016) — Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study.
Groundbreaking Bear was Houston paper’s first female reporter
The year 1915 was a time of great change all across the globe. World War I had broken out in Europe a year earlier, and while the United States had not yet officially entered the conflict, the move began to seem inevitable that summer when the Germans began attacking American and British civilian ships. At the time, […]
‘Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song’ Wins First Place in the 2016 Press Women of Texas Communications Contest, Competes for National Awards
WACO, Texas (April 19, 2016) – “Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song,” an anthology edited by Baylor faculty and alumni, recently won first place in the 2016 Press Women of Texas Communications Contest in the edited work category and is now entered in the national contest.
Baylor Historian Gives Thumbs-Up after Call with Treasury Officials about Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2016) — Moments after she got off the phone Wednesday with U.S. Treasury officials, Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Baylor University’s history department, said she was “excited and appreciative” about the announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s portrait will replace former President Andrew Jackson's on the front of the $20 bill.
Baylor Student Publications Continue to Earn Best in Texas and National Awards
WACO, Texas (April 22, 2016) – The Baylor Lariat newspaper, Focus magazine, Roundup yearbook and the baylorlariat.com website recently won another round of state and national awards.
Pre-med Student Jennifer Teague Reports on Baylor Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic (Part Two)
Baylor pre-med student Jennifer Teague provides the second part of her account of a Spring Break 2016 medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic taken by members of the Baylor pre-med honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta.
Pre-med Student Jennifer Teague Reports on Baylor Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic (Part One)
Each year at Spring Break, hundreds of Baylor University students travel around the world on University-sponsored mission trips. In the first of two blog posts, junior Jennifer Teague, a member of the Baylor pre-med honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, tells about that group's medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Baylor Student Wins Scholarship to Study Swahili in Africa
Baylor student Chase Gottlich, a junior University Scholar major from Ormond Beach, Fla. will use a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania, Africa.
Senior Class Honors Chemistry Lecturer With Collins Outstanding Professor Award
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2016) – There are hundreds of professors at Baylor University, but each year only one is chosen by the senior class to receive the Collins Outstanding Professor Award. Bruce Hodson, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, is this year's winner.
Baylor Student Wins Scholarship Named for Renowned Female Journalist Bess Scott
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2016) – Rae Jefferson, a senior journalism major from Houston, recently was awarded the Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship by the Austin Community Foundation. Jefferson, who also is earning a minor in film and digital media, has worked as copy desk chief for The Baylor Lariat and as a staff writer at the San Antonio Express-News. After graduation this spring, she plans to pursue a career in public relations for a nonprofit.
Baylor alum directed Louisiana’s documentary of the year for 2016
It wasn’t that long ago that Chris Charles Scott, BA ’04, might never have imagined the words “award-winning director” being used to describe him. After all, he had only begun to dabble in filmmaking two years ago when he was invited to join a production team making a documentary about the history of Shreveport, La. Scott directed […]
Baylor senior wins Texas collegiate Japanese speech competition
In February, Baylor sent four students to the Dallas Regional Japanese Speech Contest — and swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In March, Baylor sent two of those students to the Texas State Japanese Speech Contest — and one of them won it all. That one was Sean Nixon, a senior from Eagle, Idaho. Not […]
Rockin’ for Research: Baylor University Psychologist Uses His Music to Teach Statistics
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2016) — Couples’ romances, marriages and conflicts are favorite research subjects of Baylor University psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D. But he deals with other relationships in a rock music video he wrote to help his students as they wrestle with statistics.
Spring Break Mission Trips Focus on Students Gaining Experience in their Fields of Study
WACO, Texas (April 7, 2016) – This spring break, Baylor Missions sent 10 teams of 138 Baylor students, faculty, staff and alumni to four countries, including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Haiti, along with domestic trips in Texas and Alaska. Each team had a discipline-specific focus to their projects, actively integrating their faith with service and learning.
Baylor journalism’s back-to-back ‘triple crowns’ top a slate of recent honors
You’re likely familiar with Baylor’s three major student-run publications: the Lariat newspaper, the Round Up yearbook, and Focus Magazine. But did you know they win armfuls of local and national awards nearly every year? Most recently, Baylor was the only university in the country to earn Crown Awards for overall excellence in all three major print categories (newspaper, yearbook and magazine) […]
Baylor name stands strong in the world of healthcare
If you’ve spent much time in Texas, you know that Baylor University isn’t the only prominent organization using the Baylor name. Most notably, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, treating 5 million patients a year, while the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is annually among the nation’s very best […]
Baylor Lariat | Winners of 2016 Baylor Art Student Exhibition Announced
By Jacquelyn Kellar
The Martin Museum of Art is displaying the work of art students completed within the past year. The show opened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a reception in the Martin Museum, and it will run through April 17. Guest juror Clint Willour, curator of the Galveston Art Center, presented awards and monetary prizes to the selected students.
Baylor grad launches ministry to provide health care to Amarillo’s underserved
All kinds of people come to Heal The City in Amarillo, Texas: A mother who brought her son because she couldn’t afford the shots needed to keep him in school. A woman with arthritis and nerve damage who waited nearly two hours in the cold for the doors to open. A man who came shortly […]
Baylor Students Excel in Japanese Language Competition
Baylor students taking part in Japanese language competition across Texas are taking top honors, with senior Sean Nixon winning first place at the state meet.
The Humble (TX) Observer: Women’s History Month: Humble educator has lasting community impact
March 12, 2016
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Humble Observer profiles longtime resident and educator Mary Layton-Taylor, B.A. ’45, who is described as an active community member with a life history reflecting that of the city of Humble. “She took an active interest in her students and helped us get a good start in our education. We were lucky that she decided to come back to our little school to teach. It was a big deal to have a teacher like her who was not only exceptionally smart but who knew how to teach,” said Doak Wilson, who was among Layton Taylor’s first class of students.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor green science workshop open to applications
March 14, 2016
This summer, Baylor scholars with the university's Center for Reservoir & Aquatic Systems Research will offer a two-week program for teachers selected from across the country to spend a week in a lab studying ways to reduce the negative effects of chemicals on the environment and another week developing lesson plans on environmental science with Educational Service Center Region 12 in Waco. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is only open to high school educators teaching chemistry, biology and environmental science.
Baylor Mourns Passing of Beloved English Professor
WACO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2016) - Baylor University is mourning the passing of James E. Barcus Jr., Ph.D., retired professor of English and former longtime department chair, who passed away Feb. 20 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 515 Columbus Ave. in Waco, with Bishop Rayford High officiating.
Baylor grad named president of influential Christian publisher
A Baylor alum who started in the stockroom of a growing company in the 1980s is now the president and COO of that same company — which just so happens to be the largest private publisher of Christian books in the world. Last month, Jeff Johnson, BS ’85, was named president and chief operating officer of […]
Baylor prof researches how algae can clean water — and generate the power to do so
When most people look at algae, they see an icky, slippery green patch — something that is either an inconvenience or easily ignored. But when Dr. Scott James sees algae, he envisions the future — a future where cities save energy and money as they harness the power of algae to provide clean water. James, […]
Baylor Lariat Broadcast Students Earn National, International Awards
Baylor Lariat broadcast student journalists have picked up 25 national, international and state awards in the last year, including both a first and second place national award, an international gold and platinum award, and seven first place Texas awards.
Baylor Theatre Presents ‘Mary Stuart: Historical Revival of Power and Passion’
WACO, Texas (Feb. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Theatre will begin the spring 2016 season with Friedrich Schiller’s "Mary Stuart," the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her sudden incarceration and pending execution at the hands of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
More BaylorProud artists & bands who have made names for themselves
Last summer, we compiled this list of 14 BaylorProud artists you should be listening to — singers and bands who have made names for themselves in recent years, and who, just like you, are Baylor Bears. Since then, you’ve brought to our attention eight more names that to check out. Here’s a quick rundown, starting with our updated Spotify playlist: Two former Uproar […]
Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Feb. 9, 2016) — As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor Model UN team represents five countries at conference
Baylor students represented the countries of China, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Vietnam at the second annual Texas Model United Nations conference held recently in Austin.
Baylor Geology Department Changes Name
The name of Baylor University’s geology department has changed to reflect recent developments in the field. The former Department of Geology will be known as the Department of Geosciences.
2016 Baylor Department of Art Faculty Exhibition and Art History Lectures
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature the biennial Baylor Department of Art Faculty Exhibition from January 21 through February 28, 2016. Baylor Art History Faculty Lectures will be on Thursday, January 21, at 4:30 pm, and a reception for the Faculty Exhibition will follow from 5:30-7 pm.
Baylor Researcher Studies Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms on Water Quality
WACO, Texas (Jan. 6, 2016) – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur naturally, but their outbreaks are influenced by climate change and droughts and manmade factors, such as contaminants from sewage and stormwater discharge, natural resource extraction and agricultural runoff. HABs represent another challenge to water quality and are of increasing concern to scientists.
Baylor University: 2015 in Review
For the third year in a row, the College of Arts & Sciences offers a look back at some of the more memorable events that took place at Baylor University during the previous year — 2015.
Reading Don Quixote on its 400th Anniversary
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, considered the world's first modern novel, is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. The epic story that follows the exploits of Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, is one of the all-time favorites of Baylor Spanish professor Paul Larson. For those who want to read the book for the first time -- or read it again after many years away -- Dr. Larson says he believes setting aside time for this comic masterpiece will be well worth it.
University of New Hampshire Names Bostic as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Heidi L. Bostic, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences, has been named the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
Baylor senior 1 of 32 nationwide to win prestigious Marshall Scholarship
Just how big a deal is the Marshall Scholarship? Created in 1953 by an Act of the British Parliament, the program brings up to 40 talented young Americans each year to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Prominent former Marshall Scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; New York Times writer Thomas Friedman, a three-time […]
Baylor alum tests pioneering device for heart transplant patients
Heart patients and their families are keenly aware of the passing of time as they await a life-saving transplant. Each second is vital; even when a heart becomes available for transplant, doctors have only four to six hours to transport it from the donor to the patient. That short window forces a carefully-choreographed series of events that can be […]
Students on Baylor Model UN Team Shine at National Conference
Baylor undergraduates recently competed in Chicago at the American Model United Nations Conference, an annual event that brings together 1,500 university students from around the world to participate in a simulation of the United Nations. The Baylor team served as diplomats represented Slovakia in simulated UN sessions.
Baylor Mourns Passing of Professor Emeritus of Religion
WACO, Texas (Dec. 3, 2015) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of C.W. (Wally) Christian, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religion, who taught generations of students as a member of the religion faculty for more than 40 years. A memorial celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Seventh and James Baptist Church, 602 James Ave. in Waco.
Baylor Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Initiates 26 New Members
Baylor University’s Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 26 new members during a ceremony on Dec. 1, including honorary member Dr. William H. Bellinger, chair and professor of religion and The W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chair in Bible.
Gaps in Advertising and Public Relations Education Are Due to New Roles in Social Media, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015) – Blurred boundaries between advertising and public relations professions due to new roles in social media raise the question of whether educators can adequately prepare their students for a career in those growing fields, according to a Baylor study.
Baylor Senior Awarded Prestigious British Marshall Scholarship
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015) – Jacob Imam, a senior University Scholar at Baylor University, has been selected as one of 32 American university students – and the only student from a Texas university – to receive the prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarship. The announcement of the award was made today by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which includes eight regional committees who select the recipients.
Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art Will Showcase Student Works in B.F.A. Senior Exhibition
WACO, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) – Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art and the department of art in the College of Arts & Sciences will host their biannual Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Exhibition from Thursday, Nov. 19, to Tuesday, Nov. 24. To kick off the exhibition, a reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Martin Museum of Art.
Baylor Student Publications Receive Top National Honors
WACO, Texas (Nov. 18, 2015) – Baylor Student Publications was chosen for 18 national awards last week, receiving five best-in-the-nation awards for individual Baylor journalists. The Baylor Lariat, Focus Magazine, Baylorlariat.com and Roundup Yearbook were recognized as top news outlets in their fields for the 2014-2015 school year.
Looking Back at Masterful Teacher Ann Miller
The late Ann Miller was one of Baylor's first two Master Teachers, and her influence has led to countless Baylor students nurturing a love of literature and poetry. The latest issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine takes a fond look back at Miller's life and enduring legacy.
The Life-changing Legacy of James Vardaman
During his more than 30 years teaching at Baylor, Dr. James Vardaman gave countless students a love for history and introduced many of them to the wonders and pleasures of world travel. In an article in the latest issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine, Dr. Vardaman talks about his path to Baylor, his undiminished love of reading, and how the relationships he fostered with his students remain one of his most treasured legacies.
Joanna Gaines: Magnolia Blossoming
Baylor Arts & Sciences alumna Joanna Gaines has transformed herself from a Baylor communication student into a television star on HGTV's "Fixer Upper."
Prison Camp Liberators of WWII: Baylor University Finds New Way to Pay Tribute to Texas Heroes
WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2015) — The firsthand accounts of 19 Texas veterans who helped liberate World War II Nazi concentration camps now can be seen and heard on Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History (IOH) website using a new video indexing tool that allows a rare type of access to their compelling stories.
Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine Fall 2015
The Fall 2015 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences, the official magazine of the College of Arts & Sciences, is available online. The issue's cover story is a look at A&S alumna Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's "Fixer Upper," that examines her time at Baylor and what lessons she learned there. Also included in the fall issue are a look at faculty and students doing research into oil exploration, an overview of how a timely gift will enable the Department of Film and Digital Media to thrive and expand, and profiles of emeritus professor James Vardaman and the late Ann Miller.
Baylor Celebrates Dedication of Rosenbalm Fountain, Fifth Street Thoroughfare
WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2015) – Heavy rain on the Baylor University campus did not dampen the spirits of those who gathered Friday to celebrate the dedication of the Rosenbalm Fountain, the centerpiece of a beautification and improvement project that has revived a part of campus central to many of Baylor’s great traditions.
ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ judges bite on Baylor alum’s sock subscription service
In 2010, Matt McClard graduated from Baylor with a degree in graphic design. Two years later, he was selling socks with a group of Dallas dads. And three years after that, he and the group were leaving ABC’s Shark Tank with a $250,000 investment offer. [Click here to watch the episode; the Foot Cardigan segment begins around […]
Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences Announces Inaugural Group of William Hillis Scholars
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2015) – Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences announced the inaugural group of 12 students named to the William Hillis Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program today.
Baylor’s Department of Physics Will Welcome Distinguished Scholar to Semester Colloquium
WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences will welcome distinguished physicist Christopher Pope, Ph.D., as a guest speaker at the 2015 Fall Physics Colloquium Series at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Baylor Sciences Building Room E. 125.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor art exhibit opens window to Latino culture
Oct. 8, 2015
Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art just unveiled its latest exhibit, “Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection with work by Luis Jimenez,” which offers a unique look at Latino and Hispanic culture. Jimenez’s large, colored lithographs prominently feature Mexican symbols that capture the subcultures of the country. The exhibit will run through Nov. 15.
Baylor grad running ‘MADD miles’ to honor mother, fight drunk driving
Over the course of 1,000 miles, a runner has plenty of time to think — about her life, about the people who mean the most, about what motivates someone to run a distance equal to a trip from Waco to the outskirts of Chicago. As Emily Guberman, BS ’15, runs 1,000 miles over the course […]
Baylor grad turns double-decker bus into rolling fundraiser for orphans’ needs
There’s a big, red, double-decker bus on campus today that has traveled to dozens of college campuses across the country over the last three years. At each stop, the bus galvanizes college students to raise money to serve orphans using items they have in their closets and drawers. Each campus contributes something that makes a […]
People with Higher ‘Intellectual Arrogance’ Get Better Grades, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2015) — People who think they know it all — or at least, know a lot — may be on to something, according to a Baylor University study.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor grads head art consultant reality show ‘Art Breakers’
Sept. 25, 2015
Baylor alumnae Miller Gaffney, B.A. (Journalism) ’02, and Carol Lee Pryor Brosseau, B.A. (Art History) ’03, will debut a new cable television reality show, “Art Breakers.” The show will reveal their world as art brokers, the people who navigate the tricky connections between an art buyer, collector and artist. The show will premiere at 7 p.m. CST Oct. 4 on Ovation TV.
Baylor neuroscience alumna passes LSAT — then chooses Air Force career
Maggie Courtney, BA ’11, could have been a scientist — perhaps a neurosurgeon. She also could have been a lawyer, a judge or a politician. But she wanted an even bigger challenge — so she became an Air Force navigator instead. 1st Lt. Margaret Courtney, as she should properly be addressed, got her bachelor’s in neuroscience from Baylor in 2011. […]
Martin Museum of Art to Feature Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection including work by Luis Jiménez
The Martin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of selections from the Joe A. Diaz Art Collection from October 6 through November 15. For over 30 years, San Antonio art collector, Joe Diaz, has been collecting contemporary Latino art focusing on emerging and mid-career artists. The selections from the collection include work by Gaspar Enriquez, Cesar Martinez, and Gloria Perez. The exhibition features a gallery of work by the renowned artist, Luis Jiménez (1940-2006), known for his colorful fiberglass sculptures and lithographs.