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.

General News. BU Leads Conference in Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Baylor had a school-record and league-high 56 student-athletes named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday.

M. Basketball. Taurean Prince Drafted 12th By Utah, Traded to Atlanta

Taurean Prince was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

General News. Baylor University Grants Releases To Five Football Signees

Baylor University has granted a release from the National Letter of Intent to the five members of the Bears’ 2016 football recruiting class who formally requested such release prior to May 31.

Track. Four Athletes Competing At USATF Junior Championships

The Baylor track and field team is slated to have four athletes in action at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, which start Friday and continue through Sunday, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

Infection Control Today: Baylor Biologist Shares Update on Zika Tracking Efforts, Prevention Tips

June 23, 2016
Zika virus Q&A with Richard Duhrkopf, PhD, associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that carry Zika are different from others, Duhrkopf explained. “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites, as do long pants,” he said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story.)

KNVN-TV (Chico, CA/NBC): Study shows amount of time on cell phone affects behavior

June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Roberts’ research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Palestine Herald-Press: Palestine High School Graduate Wins Big

June 21, 2016
Incoming Baylor University freshman Briana Minter was awarded the gold medal for her service with the Sea Scouts. She spent three years amassing 400 service hours and 200 physical fitness and personal development hours in order to win the award. Minter will attend Baylor in the fall and plans to major in pre-business with the intent to move into accounting.

Science Codex: Lack of transportation hampers hungry children from getting free summer meals, study finds

June 13, 2016
Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. Partnering with local public transportation and communities in innovative and alternative ways to provide awareness of and access to the meals sites might increase participation, suggested Kathy Krey, THI research director and study co-author. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally.)

Baylor’s Prince the No. 12 overall pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Taurean Prince, BSED ’16, came to Baylor four years ago with little acclaim or notice. He leaves with his degree in hand as one of the highest draft picks in program history. Thursday night, the Utah Jazz selected Prince with the the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft; once paperwork is complete, he will reportedly […]

Dr Pepper’s history preserved by a long line of Baylor grads

You know how much Baylor Bears love Dr Pepper. For years, we’ve served it all over campus, mixed it with ice cream every Tuesday, and even popped them open at weddings. Some even joke that the real reason Baylor moved to Waco was because administrators had heard about the drink’s invention the year before! But what […]

Groundbreaking World War II pilot was a Baylor Bear first

More than 70 years have passed since World War II ended, but the inspiring stories of more than 1,000 women who served U.S. war efforts as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) are still new to many. The WASPs were trained pilots who flew in World War II, making the same types of sacrifices, flying the same airplanes […]

A journey of friendship for 2 Baylor profs, from the Middle East to Texas

What are the odds that a teacher and student at a Syriac Orthodox seminary in Damascus, Syria, would someday end up as colleagues in Texas at the world’s largest Baptist university? The likelihood was so small, they say, it can only be God’s direction that brought them here. Dr. Abdul Saadi and Dr. Abjar Bahkou — […]

Baylor University Opens Campus for Summer Programs

WACO, Texas (June 22, 2016) — Far from quieting down for the summer, Baylor University’s campus is teeming with elementary, middle and high school students attending Baylor’s many summer programs.

United States Parents Not as Happy as Those without Children, Baylor University Researcher Says

WACO, Texas (June 23, 2016) — Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University.

Zika Mosquitoes Differ From West Nile Mosquitoes, ‘Bite At All Times Of The Day,’ National Expert Says

WACO, Texas (June 21, 2016) – The nation is on high alert for the Zika virus – and rightfully so, said Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes.

Baylor Graduate Wins Fulbright Grant to Turkey

WACO, Texas (June 16, 2016) — Courtenay Klauber, a recent Baylor University graduate, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright grant to serve as an English teaching assistant in Turkey for the 2016-17 year.