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Aug. 21, 2007

In late July, our director of photography, Robbie Rogers, and a small army of assistants and creative personnel descended on the Los Angeles home of 1994 Baylor grad Angela Kinsey -- better known as the straight-laced Angela Martin on NBC's hit comedy The Office.

After a warm welcome, Rogers and crew quickly transformed Kinsey's back yard into a fully functioning photo set, complete with red carpet, velvet rope and enough portable power to light a small suburb. The energetic Kinsey is the polar opposite of her onscreen alter ego, bringing plenty of spark to the mix, and was happy to cheese it up for our cameras with her shiny new Emmy. She shares her journey from Baylor freshman to the bright lights of L.A. on page 20 of this issue.

On the other side of the camera, a growing number of Baylor's own are also venturing into the world of film production thanks to the education and internship opportunities of the University's film and digital media program. Providing individual attention and hands-on experience to our students, Baylor is preparing graduates who are well-trained in both the latest technology and equipment and in considering the greater impact of the messages they are sending. "Making movies" on page 24 discusses how Baylor's film and digital media program prepares students to become "people of influence" in one of the most powerful mediums of our time.

On May 25, the Baylor community was saddened to learn of the sudden death of former President Herbert H. Reynolds. Baylor's 11th president, Reynolds led the university from 1981 to 1995, and his commitment to academic excellence and the Baptist faith and heritage continues to define Baylor to this day. A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Waco on May 30. Longtime friend and former dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary Paul Powell shared his memories of Reynolds' life and service to Baylor University, which we record for you in this issue beginning on page 44.

One of the legacies that marked Reynolds' tenure at Baylor was the establishment of Truett Seminary. We were already preparing a story highlighting Truett's growth and impact across the state and around the world when President Reynolds passed, but it seems quite fitting that this story comes at a time of when we are reflecting on the contributions of his life. "The seminary was born in the heart and mind of Herbert H. Reynolds," says Powell, and we are pleased to bring you an update 10 years after its first graduating class.

Great teaching was also a priority to the Reynolds administration. It was during Reynolds' tenure that Texas attorney Robert Foster Cherry provided gifts to the University that would endow what is today known as the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The largest teaching award in the English-speaking world, the Cherry Award brings gifted instructors from a variety of fields to campus every two years. The 2006 recipient, Anton Armstrong, is featured on page 30, as he finished out his time at Baylor during this past spring.

As a side note, you might notice some new names on our staff in this issue. Though I've served as Baylor Magazine's art director since its first issue in July 2002, this is my first issue as director. As a staff, we'll continue to bring you stories like these about the programs, people and progress at Baylor. We hope to hear from you. Let us know what you think, and thanks for reading.

Randy Morrison

Director, Baylor Magazine

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