Baylor Alumni & Friends News

Dec
19
2014

W. Basketball. Baylor, Syracuse Postgame Notes

Baylor 74, Syracuse 72

Dec
19
2014

W. Basketball. No. 9/9 WBB Holds Off No. 19/22 Syracuse, 74-72

Niya Johnson made the go-ahead basket with a minute left as No. 9 Baylor defeated No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 Friday night, giving coach Kim Mulkey the win in her 500th game.

Dec
19
2014

Baylor welcomes local children for annual Santa’s Workshop

Every fall semester as Christmas draws near, large boxes begin appearing in the corners of the Baylor campus. Just as quickly, they begin to fill with toys donated by Baylor students, faculty and staff for local children. [SEE PHOTOS of the 2014 Santa’s Workshop] It’s all part of Baylor’s annual Santa’s Workshop. Earlier this month, […]

Dec
19
2014

KXXV-TV (Waco, ABC): Baylor gets $2 million gift for endowed chair in religious freedom

Dec. 19, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

Dec
19
2014

The Baptist Standard: Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Dec. 17, 2014
The holiday season can be difficult for those who are grieving. Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Social Work and an expert on grief, provides tips on how to interact with those grieving the loss of loved ones during the Christmas season. “It is OK to say, ‘I don’t know what to say but I want you to know that I care,’” Harris said. “It is a better choice than saying nothing, or saying things that judge and marginalize.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the School of Social Work and pitched and placed this story nationally.)

Dec
19
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Big-hearted forensic sleuth and unsung Baylor Nation hero Lori Baker

Dec. 19, 2014
Opinion blogger and Baylor alumna Sharon Grigsby, B.A. ’78, explains why Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was selected as a finalist for Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year. For more than a decade, Baker has worked to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This past summer, she traveled to Brooks County, Texas with her forensic anthropology team and exhumed 52 remains and transported them to her lab at Baylor to conduct DNA analysis for identification purposes. Grigsby wrote that Baker is “the best of what The Baylor Nation is all about. Sic, ‘em.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Dec
19
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year finalist: Lori Baker

Dec. 18, 2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Dec
19
2014

The Gospel Coalition: An Interview with Thomas Kidd on George Whitefield

Dec. 16, 2014
VIDEO: Thomas S. Kidd, history professor and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion discusses his new book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” Kidd says Whitfield, an 18th century evangelist, was “uniquely anointed and powerful about his preaching” based on the many testimonies from those that experienced the “power, thunder and lightning of Whitefield’s preaching.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)

Dec
19
2014

The Houston Chronicle: Pair that tweets together, stays together?

Dec. 18, 2014
Article originally published Dec. 3 in the New York Times about the negative effects that technology can have on interpersonal relationships references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,” Roberts said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor media communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business. Dr. Roberts’ initial research was pitched and placed in numerous national media outlets by Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications.)

Dec
19
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: “A Baylor Christmas” to air on KWTX

Dec. 19, 2014
Waco television station KWTX-TV, Channel 10, will air “A Baylor Christmas” five times between Sunday and Christmas Day with additional broadcasts on KWTX-TV-CW, Bryan-College Station’s KBTX and stations in Laredo plus Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana. The one-hour special was recorded Dec. 4-5 at this year’s “Christmas at Baylor” concerts, a nearly 50-year-old tradition featuring performers from Baylor’s School of Music.

Dec
19
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor to create religious freedom chair with $2 million gift from Dallas couple

Dec. 18, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

Dec
18
2014

W. Basketball. No. 9/9 WBB Hits Road to Face Two Ranked Teams

The ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will hit the road for the third time this season and will face two ranked opponents, 19th-ranked Syracuse and 18th-ranked Michigan State, in the Rollins College-hosted Florida Sunshine Classic in Winter Park, Fla.

Dec
18
2014

Budding Baylor entrepreneurs following in footsteps of giants

Over the years, Baylor has been a launching pad for some pretty business-savvy entrepreneurs. Some are names you know — accomplished individuals such as Clifton Robinson, BBA ’63, a successful entrepreneur in the insurance industry; Paul Foster, BBA ’79, founder and chairman of the board of Western Refining; and of course our stadium’s namesake, Drayton McLane […]

Dec
18
2014

Baylor University Experts Available to Comment on 2014 Year-in-Review Topics

WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) – Baylor University faculty experts are available to work with media to take a look back at 2014 and discuss a number of key happenings, including the events in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, the Ebola outbreak, ISIS attacks, legal cases, sports stories, consumer behavior, immigration and events in Ukraine.

Dec
18
2014

C-SPAN3 American History TV: Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library

Dec. 6, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: Rita Patteson, associate professor and director of Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor, shows viewers some of the library’s collection that includes letters, books and ephemera of English poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Patteson’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched Patteson as a source to C-SPAN producers and facilitated the interview. Fogleman and Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, worked with producers to set up interviews with Baylor authors and experts, as well as with special collections.)

Dec
18
2014

Christianity Today Gives a Book Award of Merit to Baylor Scholar and Author Philip Jenkins

WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) — <i>Christianity Today</i> has given a 2015 Award of Merit to Baylor scholar Philip Jenkins for his book “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade” (HarperOne).

Dec
18
2014

Dallas Morning News: Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year finalist: Lori Baker

Lori Baker believes all the dead deserve dignity, including those who die while trying to cross the border into Texas illegally. That’s why the forensic scientist spent this year digging in the South Texas dirt and sorting bones in a Baylor University science lab. It was to bring closure to the families of those who died in search of a better life.

Dec
18
2014

Herald Democrat (Sherman/Denison, TX): Senate confirms three Texas judicial nominees

Dec. 16, 2014
Amos Mazzant III, J.D. ‘90, of Sherman has been appointed a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Texas by President Obama. Since 2009, he has served in Sherman as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Dec
18
2014

Merry Christmas from Baylor University

May you be wrapped in His peace and warmed by His presence at Christmas and always.