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. Tennis. Women's Tennis Adds Three For 2015-16 Campaign

Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the addition of three student-athletes, Gabriela Ferreira, Rhiann Newborn and Elizabeth Profit to his 2015-16 roster Wednesday.

W. Soccer. Soccer’s Annual Meet The Bears Event set for Aug. 10

With the 2015 season quickly approaching, Baylor soccer will host its annual Meet The Bears event Monday, August 10, as BU faces Samford in an exhibition match at 6 p.m. CT.

W. Basketball. WBB's Wallace and U19 Teammates Claim Bronze Medal

The Australian Gems’ U19 team, claimed the bronze medal in the FIBA Under 19 Women’s World Championships on Sunday. The Gems defeated Spain, 69-62, to earn third place.

W. Basketball. WBB's Kristy Wallace Leads Australian U19 Team

Kristy Wallace led the Gems in both scoring and rebounding against the more experienced Russian team. She tallied 15 points and eight rebounds.

Biblical Recorder (N.C.): U.S. needs 'interagency strategy' for global freedom

July 24, 2015
The "tragic, global crisis in religious persecution, violence, and terrorism" requires America to greatly strengthen its strategies, a letter to top congressional leaders declares, signed by a diverse group of religious, academic and public policy figures, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr. The signers endorse H.R. 1150, named the "Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015" for the retired Virginia congressman and longtime champion of global religious freedom. Wolf now serves as The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor.

Cayman Island iNews: Creepy or Cool? Your Phone knows when you’re depressed

July 21, 2015
In a Baylor study last June, researchers analyzed 346 college students’ use of their smartphones along with their mental health on a daily basis. Those who used their phones most were “more prone to moodiness, materialism and temperamental behavior” and “less able to focus their attention on the task at hand.” Researcher Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, says that a moody person is more likely to be addicted to the cellphones than more stable individuals. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

Philanthropy News Digest: Baylor University Receives $10 Million for Communications Sciences

July 26, 2015
Baylor has announced an anonymous alumni gift of $10 million in support of its department of communication sciences and disorders, which provides services to people with speech-language needs. "There is very high demand for skilled healthcare professionals with expertise in communication sciences and disorders," said Baylor executive vice president and provost Edwin Trevathan. "The need for superior research and scholarship in disorders of the ear and brain that impact speech, understanding and hearing has never been greater. Baylor’s department of communication sciences and disorders exemplifies Baylor's Christian commitment to preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders, serving those who are in need, and creating new knowledge that benefits humanity."

Psychology Today: Why Do We Love Humble Leaders But Promote Narcissistic Ones?

July 28, 2015
Americans are ambivalent about the leaders they like, with a case in point being outspoken billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose personality is a good match for what psychiatrists/psychologist refer to as narcissistic personality disorder. Some research, including a Baylor study, shows that the honesty/humility job trait is a unique predictor of job performance, particularly for occupations and organizations that require special attention and care for products or clients. But narcissists, who generally lack humility and are exploitative and selfish, would probably be better at jobs that require self-promotion. Quoted are researcher Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and Megan Johnson, a Baylor doctoral candidate. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty. She pitched the Baylor research nationally in 2011 and covers Baylor research and faculty in the department of psychology and neuroscience.)

Recent grads give their Baylor experience high marks

We brag a lot about Baylor on this blog; after all, our name is “BaylorProud.” We believe that Baylor is a truly special place, where excellent teaching and advanced research takes place within a caring, Christ-focused community. Of course, we also believe you should be able to back up your bragging points. That’s one reason why Baylor […]

Baylor Film and Digital Media now its own department, thanks to transformative gift

For years, Baylor’s Film and Digital Media (FDM) program has been a well-respected part of the university’s Department of Communication. The program’s long line of successful graduates includes such notable names as John Lee Hancock, BA ’79, JD ’82 (director of The Blind Side, The Rookie and and Saving Mr. Banks), and 2014 Baylor Alumni of the […]

Devoted alumna Sue Getterman honored as ‘Regent Emerita’

Over the years, Ted (BBA ’49, JD’ 51) and Sue (BA ’50) Getterman’s support of Baylor has impacted virtually every area of campus. The Getterman name might stand out most for its connection to Baylor softball, where their lead gifts helped turn Getterman Stadium and the Getterman Indoor Softball Facility from dreams into realities, but the couple has also […]

President Starr joins group in urging Congress to act on worldwide religious persecution

In a 1920 sermon delivered on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., the legendary George W. Truett, AB 1897, proclaimed the historic Baptist emphasis on the need for religious liberty. “This is the chiefest contribution that America has thus far made to civilization,” the Baylor graduate and longtime pastor of First Baptist Dallas told […]

Baylor Civics Engagement Camp Offers Multi-faceted Learning

WACO, Texas (July 29, 2015) – More than 120 fifth- through ninth-graders are learning about civics and providing a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute. Running from Aug. 3-7, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Professional Selling Program Named One of Nation’s Best

WACO, Texas (July 29, 2015) – The Baylor Professional Selling program (ProSales) in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business was named to the Sales Education Foundation list of top university sales programs for the sixth year in a row.

Q&A with Baylor University Fulbright Recipient Jake Surges

WACO, Texas (Jul. 28, 2015) – Baylor University alumna Jake Surges is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Surges is a University Scholar and a Crane Scholar, an arm of the Institute for Faith and Learning. He received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and will spend the 2015-2016 academic year teaching English in Taiwan.

Baylor Mourns Passing of Incoming Freshman

WACO, Texas (July 27, 2015) - Baylor University is mourning the tragic passing of incoming freshman Alger Ben Baker III, who died in a car accident July 25 in Plano.