June 27, 2005
Except for allergy sufferers, most people in Central Texas love springtime. The roadways and hillsides burst with the oranges, purples, pinks and yellows of native wildflowers, making all things new again.
Certainly this spring was a season of making all things new at Baylor. In early April, the Lady Bears basketball team and coach
Kim Mulkey-Robertson brought back to campus the Big 12 Conference's first national basketball championship trophy (stories begin page 16). It sits next to the national championship trophy the Baylor men's tennis team won last year and came within one point of repeating this year. Two years ago, when the Athletics Department was dealing with tragedy and controversy, no one could have imagined two national championships in two sports. Now the question has become, "Which team is next?" It's a great place to be!
There was more good news. Two Baylor alumni received unprecedented recognition and honor. Baylor music graduate Steve Stucky, BM '71, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for composition (Music Alum Wins Pulitzer
), and Mark Hurd, BBA '79, was named chief executive officer and president of HP, the international technology services and research corporation (HP Names Alumnus CEO
And, for the first time, admissions had to halt applications in mid-April for the incoming freshman class. Applications were up by more than 40 percent compared to the previous year. Evidently lots of people agree that Baylor is a great place to be.
On June 2, William D. Underwood, Baylor's new interim president, held a campuswide meeting at Waco Hall in which he called for reconciliation and healing. The previous day, Underwood had announced three administrative changes (Underwood Takes the Reins
Nothing is more certain - in nature and in life - than the steady march of the seasons. This spring ushered in celebrations and optimism at Baylor, and it was a new season most gladly welcomed.
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