Alumni, Parents and Friends

Baylor alumni, parents and friends share a family bond rooted in over 170 years of rich history. Whether you enjoy connecting with other Baylor alumni and parents through Baylor Alumni Network and other events in your area or through publications like Baylor Magazine, social media tools, or campus events like Family Weekend and Homecoming, your role in the family is a vital one. From young grads to members of the Heritage Club and from first-generation parents to those whose Baylor legacies go back many years and to friends new and old, this page provides you with important resources and reminders to make your Baylor connections even more meaningful.

W. Volleyball. VB Holds Successful Green & Gold Scrimmage

Baylor volleyball played its annual Green & Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday evening at the Ferrell Center, giving fans a preview of the 2016 team, set to open its 2016 season on Friday with the Hampton Inn North Baylor Invitational.

Football. McLane Stadium Honored For Safety, Security

Baylor’s McLane Stadium was recently honored with the Facility of Merit for Safety and Security Award by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

Football. Football Places Five On Senior Bowl Watch List

Five Baylor football players, Kyle Fuller, Shock Linwood, Ryan Reid, Seth Russell and Orion Stewart, were named to the watch list for the 2017 Senior Bowl, bowl officials announced Tuesday.

W. Volleyball. VB Hosts Annual Green & Gold Scrimmage

Baylor volleyball will have a final preseason tune-up, hosting its annual Green & Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.

Diabetes.co.uk (United Kingdom): Being friends with thin people could help weight loss efforts, study reports

Aug. 24, 2016
A study by Baylor researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., found that people may be more likely to lose weight if they socialize with thinner people. Obesity significantly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and people who develop Type 2 are often urged to lose weight, according to this article. The study by Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, was published in the journal Obesity. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Health Medicine Network: Sub-Saharan Africans satisfied with their sex lives, with 18 percent rating them a perfect 10

Aug. 22, 2016
Article about research presented at the American Sociological Association meeting by lead author Stephen Cranney, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and lecturer of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, about sex life satisfaction in Africa’s Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology and ISR research and faculty.)

KWBU Radio (NPR affiliate): Why U.S. Parents Aren’t as Happy as Non-Parents

Aug. 23, 2016
AUDIO: This interview with Baylor researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., explores why parents in the United States are less happy than those without children. Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, said this country ranked at the bottom of 22 industrialized countries he studied when it came to providing workplace “policy packages” such as flexible hours, paid parenting leave, paid vacation and paid sick time. “Putting people in a situation where they have time and space to negotiate being a parent and being an employee seemed to matter a lot more to closing the happiness gap than any kind of short-term financial transfer incentive,” Andersson said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally and arranged this interview. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Dr. Garland’s Commencement advice exemplifies the need for Christian universities

Baylor posted President Garland’s Summer 2016 Commencement address online earlier this week, and if you haven’t heard it yet, I encourage you to check it out. (Watch the video or read the complete transcript here.) In his speech, Dr. Garland gives an excellent explanation of what excellence looks like in a Christian context, and particularly at a Christian university. […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “Get involved right away.”

[What advice would you give to new students?] “Just get involved right away. Find something that you think might be interesting and give it a shot… I’m part of the Swing Dance Society. It’s really great. I came in as a freshman, second semester, never had danced at all. I came in, just started showing […]

Missions Line Camp student: ‘It’s not about whether they know who to thank’

While most Baylor Line Camp participants took part in a camp on the Baylor campus, two special Line Camps took place far from Waco. One of those took incoming freshmen to Guatemala, where they not only got to know Baylor and one another, but served local children through an organization known as Orphan’s Heart. Garrett Burton, a freshman biology […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “There are a lot of hidden treasures around here.”

“I’ve lived in Waco my whole life, and [coming to Baylor] has been something I’ve been looking forward to… Waco is a great town. It’s easy to get involved, and it’s a great community. Explore as much as you can. It’s really easy to get rides, everyone is really friendly, so if someone has a […]

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.

This Week at Baylor - Aug. 22

WACO, Texas (August 23, 2016) — This week, Baylor will be hosting several notable speakers, actors and theatre professionals through multiple events. Baylor Student Activities is also reinitiating its Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome beginning next week.

Sub-Saharan Africans Satisfied with Their Sex Lives, with 18 Percent Rating Them a Perfect 10, Baylor Researcher Finds

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).

Baylor University and Ken Starr Issue Joint Statement Regarding Their Employment Relationship

WACO, Texas (Aug. 19, 2016) – Effective today, Judge Ken Starr will be leaving his faculty status and tenure at Baylor University’s Law School.