Lori Baker believes all the dead deserve dignity, including those who die while trying to cross the border into Texas illegally. That’s why the forensic scientist spent this year digging in the South Texas dirt and sorting bones in a Baylor University science lab. It was to bring closure to the families of those who died in search of a better life.
May you be wrapped in His peace and warmed by His presence at Christmas and always.
WACO, Texas (Dec. 17, 2014) – “A Baylor Christmas,” an hour-long program created from the performances of the orchestra and combined choirs of the Baylor University School of Music, will air on television during the Christmas holidays.
Imagine you’re cruising around, cranking up the radio, when something even more familiar than the top 20 starts to play: your own voice. That was reality for country singer and Baylor grad Sarah Elizabeth Swagerty, a.k.a. SaraBeth, when she recently heard her single “Nowhere With You” on the radio for the first time. “What am I […]
Dec. 19, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)
Dec. 17, 2014
The holiday season can be difficult for those who are grieving. Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Social Work and an expert on grief, provides tips on how to interact with those grieving the loss of loved ones during the Christmas season. “It is OK to say, ‘I don’t know what to say but I want you to know that I care,’” Harris said. “It is a better choice than saying nothing, or saying things that judge and marginalize.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the School of Social Work and pitched and placed this story nationally.)
Dec. 19, 2014
Opinion blogger and Baylor alumna Sharon Grigsby, B.A. ’78, explains why Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was selected as a finalist for Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year. For more than a decade, Baker has worked to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This past summer, she traveled to Brooks County, Texas with her forensic anthropology team and exhumed 52 remains and transported them to her lab at Baylor to conduct DNA analysis for identification purposes. Grigsby wrote that Baker is “the best of what The Baylor Nation is all about. Sic, ‘em.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
Dec. 18, 2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
Every fall semester as Christmas draws near, large boxes begin appearing in the corners of the Baylor campus. Just as quickly, they begin to fill with toys donated by Baylor students, faculty and staff for local children. [SEE PHOTOS of the 2014 Santa’s Workshop] It’s all part of Baylor’s annual Santa’s Workshop. Earlier this month, […]
Over the years, Baylor has been a launching pad for some pretty business-savvy entrepreneurs. Some are names you know — accomplished individuals such as Clifton Robinson, BBA ’63, a successful entrepreneur in the insurance industry; Paul Foster, BBA ’79, founder and chairman of the board of Western Refining; and of course our stadium’s namesake, Drayton McLane […]
Something about the sound of the McLane Carillon bells, chiming from atop Pat Neff Hall, elevates even the most routine strolls across campus into something more. They’ve provided the soundtrack to daily life here at Baylor for generations, having played their first hymn (“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”) 75 years ago this month, in […]
This (above) is how we decorate our home for campus. What about you? Check out these Bears (below) who have covered their homes in green and gold for Christmas; maybe they’ll spark some ideas for your own home! [View the story “Bears everywhere celebrate #BaylorChristmas” on Storify] So, how does Baylor show up in your home’s Christmas […]
WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) – Baylor University faculty experts are available to work with media to take a look back at 2014 and discuss a number of key happenings, including the events in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, the Ebola outbreak, ISIS attacks, legal cases, sports stories, consumer behavior, immigration and events in Ukraine.
WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) — <i>Christianity Today</i> has given a 2015 Award of Merit to Baylor scholar Philip Jenkins for his book “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade” (HarperOne).
The southbound lane of Third Street on the Baylor campus is scheduled for closure between Bagby Avenue and the East Campus Parking Facility from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, through Friday, Dec. 19.
WACO, Texas (Dec. 11, 2014) – Many Americans already have enough “stuff,” and the gift-giving season sometimes adds to that collection of things we really don’t need. Instead of always receiving, how can we resolve to be more generous in the New Year?