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. Volleyball’s Staiger Earns First Team All-Region

Baylor volleyball’s Katie Staiger was voted to the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Southwest Region First Team, announced Tuesday morning by the AVCA and voted on by the region’s head coaches.

Football. Baylor Hires Matt Rhule as Head Football Coach

Baylor University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades IV announced today the appointment of Matt Rhule as the 27th Baylor Head Football Coach.

W. Basketball. No. 3/4 Baylor Hosts Texas State Tuesday

After handing No. 22/25 Tennessee its worst defeat in Thompson-Boling Arena, the No. 3/4 Baylor Lady Bears return to the Ferrell Center for a matchup against Texas State on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).

M. Basketball. Lecomte Named Big 12 MBB Co-Player of the Week

Baylor junior guard Manu Lecomte has been voted Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball co-Player of the Week for the first time, the league office announced Monday.

Baptist News Global: Time to re-friend social media adversaries, expert says

Dec. 5, 2016
It’s time to re-friend and unblock those people you unfriended and blocked on social media before and after the election, says Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University, in this Q&A. “We have to find some type of mutual understanding,” she said. The path to healing, in a social media context, begins with having friends who have a variety of viewpoints, she said. (Kalli Damschen, student newswriter for Baylor Media Communications, interviewed Moody-Ramirez for an expert pitch to national media.)

C-Ville Weekly (Charlottesville, VA): Jay Hunter Morris’ search for vocal perfection

Nov. 30, 2016
Feature on renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris, B.M.Ed. (Choral Music) ’86, who grew up the son of a preacher in a small East Texas town. “Many of us grew up singing in church and in choir and it makes you want to study voice,” he says. “Once you get exposed to (singing), it’s easy to catch the fever.”

Carlisle Wellness Network: Marriage to Soul Mate May Reduce Altruism

Nov. 30, 2016
Wives who have a romantic view of marriage are less likely to do volunteer work, leading their husbands to volunteer less as well, according to a Baylor University study published in Sociological Perspectives journal. Lead author Young-Il Kim, Ph.D., research assistant professor in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), set out to test the claim of a study done more than 40 years ago that marriage is a “greedy institution” that makes it harder for couples to spend time and money on other people and institutions. The Baylor study also found that time spent solely with their wives was positively associated with husbands' reports of their own volunteering.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Central Texas house turned into neighborhood social hub

Dec. 4, 2016
Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership, Master Teacher and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University, has renovated and opened a North Waco home once green-tagged as unsafe for habitation. Now it is a neighborhood social hub aimed at breaking down prejudices, separation and fear. Many residents no longer know their neighbors, which includes people several streets over, not just in the immediate surrounding area, Scales said. “We don’t have that opportunity unless we have a space where we can gather and meet,” she said.

Christmas on 5th signals the start of #BaylorChristmas

When there are camels and kangaroos on campus, a Christmas tree lighting and concerts, you know it must be Christmas on 5th Street, the official kickoff to the Christmas season at Baylor. The much-loved Baylor tradition was renewed Thursday night, with thousands of members of the Baylor family coming together to pause from the busy-ness of […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “Basically the entire Christmas break, we have a giant sleepover.”

“My best memory of the holidays, in general, is that every year we always — my extended family — all get together at my aunt’s house and basically, the entire Christmas break, we have a giant sleepover. We’re all on break and everyone’s visiting, so we all stay at my aunt’s house. There’s like 15-18 […]

Why I’m looking forward to Baylor’s bowl game

Sunday, we learned that Baylor football will face Boise State in the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in Phoenix (Dec. 27, 9:15 p.m. CT, ESPN). Over the last couple of weeks, some questioned whether or not Baylor should accept this bowl bid, wondering aloud if we might be better off just moving our focus on to other […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “It’s a very impressive accomplishment… He’s our only son, so I had to see it.”

Him: “I’m a biology major and then a great texts minor, so I’m kind of all over the place… I got inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, so I’m here for the induction ceremony. My mother came down from Wichita to be a part of it.” Her: “It’s a very big deal — a classics honors […]

Jason D. Cook Appointed Vice President for Marketing and Communications

WACO, Texas (Dec. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland today announced the appointment of Jason D. Cook as vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer. Cook comes to Baylor from Texas A&M University and will begin a transition to Baylor in mid-December.

‘How Long Does Grief Last?’ Expert Shares Ways to Interact with Those Who’ve Lost Loved Ones This Christmas

WACO, Texas (Dec. 2, 2016) – Chances are high that you will encounter someone who’s grieving the loss of a loved one this Christmas.

‘Low-Tech Terror’: Researcher Says Attack with a Car and Butcher Knife at Ohio State Shows Evolving Forms of Terrorism

WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2016) — The attack at Ohio State University on Nov. 28, when a student rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and began stabbing them with a butcher knife — wounding 11 — illustrates a crucial fact about mass violence, says a Baylor University researcher on terrorism.

Baylor Theatre to Put on CaBEARet: An Evening of Tony Award-Winning Musical Theatre

WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2016) — The fall 2016 CaBEARet, an evening of Tony Award-winning musical theatre featuring Baylor University theatre arts students, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.