Baylor Alumni & Friends News

Jul
30
2015

Another sneak peek at Baylor’s Class of 2019

Last month, we shared a first look at at some of the freshmen who will be joining the Baylor family this fall. Judging from comments and shares on social media, it proved popular, so here we go with a few more fresh faces you might see more of over the next four years: * Best friends since […]

Jul
30
2015

Advance Healthcare Network: MedRisk Names ISAB Panel Member

July 23, 2015
Matthew Walsworth, M.P.T Physical Therapy ’97, has joined MedRisk International Scientific Advisory Board, an elite panel of specialists in physical medicine, diagnostic imaging and electrodiagnostics. Walsworth is an interventional and diagnostic radiologist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor in Health Sciences at UCLA

Jul
30
2015

American Bar Association: ABA honors contributions to volunteer legal services with 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards

July 28, 2015
Baylor Law School will be honored at the 33rd annual Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon for its
“exceptional commitment to volunteer legal services for our most vulnerable citizens.” Baylor Law School has developed several pro bono clinic opportunities for law students and recently established Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic to assist undocumented young people with deportation relief. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Baylor School of Law.)

Jul
30
2015

Myinforms.com: Improved Mental Health is Found Through Greater Spiritual Awareness

July 27, 2015
Article about celebrities who have experienced depression cites Wave III of the Baylor Religion Survey and quotes Paul Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Froese, part of the research team that studied the connection between mental health and spirituality, said that respondents who have strong beliefs about their relationship with God have significantly better mental health, and that those who attend religious services regularly have the lowest reported number of mental health issues. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
30
2015

Point of View: Point of View for July 28, 2015: Thomas S. Kidd, Dr. Albert Reyes

July 28, 2015
AUDIO LINK INLCUDED: Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses his book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father,” which explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity. Kidd’s interview begins at the 3:15 mark.

Jul
30
2015

San Angelo Live!: Congressman Mike Conaway Visits San Angelo Aug. 4

July 24, 2015
Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative will host Congressman Mike Conway, who will visit one of San Angelo’s Kids Eat Free sites on Aug. 4. Conway chairs the House of Agriculture Committee, where one of his top priorities is to ensure implementation of the new farm bill, which includes nutrition assistance programs. Kids Eat Free offers free lunch at 10 sites, sponsored by churches in Tom Green County. The Texas Hunger Initiative is headquartered at Baylor and has 12 regional offices across Texas.

Jul
30
2015

The Washington Post: Why Mike Huckabee probably won’t be the evangelical darling this time around

July 29, 2015
In this opinion piece, Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses why former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not an evangelical favorite as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in ISR and history.)

Jul
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Whitaker: Duncans’ faith in local youths’ potential, dreams has proven wildly contagious with neighbors, friends

July 26, 2015
Opinion piece about the 20th anniversary of the Waco Foundation’s MAC College Money Program, which was established by a Waco couple to ensure that every student in McLennan County with the grades, yet of limited means, is able to receive two years at McLennan Community College or Texas State Technical College. It has expanded to help students with their third and fourth years of college as well, assuming they have at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their first years of college. Baylor University has contributed greatly to this phase, annually offering full tuition to three such students.

Jul
29
2015

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.

Jul
29
2015

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 […]

Jul
29
2015

Baptist World Alliance: Going through the door of opportunity

July 27, 2015
Each person has a unique door through which God is leading him or her, said Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching and The George W. Truett Chair of Preaching and Evangelism at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, as he delivered the keynote address at the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Gregory called on the gathering of more than 2,500 Baptist Christians from more than 80 countries to make a commitment to discover the door of opportunity that God has opened for them.

Jul
29
2015

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.

Jul
29
2015

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.

Jul
29
2015

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.)

Jul
29
2015

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."

Jul
29
2015

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.

Jul
29
2015

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.)

Jul
29
2015

The American Conservative: Disciplinary Bulverism

July 11, 2015
Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor's Honors Program, who examines "disciplinary Bulverism" — determining what penalties should be administered to those people whom others believe to be wrong. It is the second stage of Bulverism, the first being the "explanatory stage," in which people believe they already know who is right, so all they need to debate is why people get things wrong. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers Honors Program research and faculty.)

Jul
29
2015

The Chattanoogan: Chris Steger Sworn In As New Federal Magistrate in Private Ceremony

July 27, 2015
Baylor alumnus Christopher Steger, B.A. ’79 and J.D. ’83, was sworn in Friday in a private ceremony as new federal magistrate for Chattanooga. He was selected from a list of five names by the judges of the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Jul
29
2015

The Glen Rose (TX) Reporter: Holmes joins Glen Rose band program

July 19, 2015
Ben Holmes, B.M.Ed. ’15, has been named the new assistant band director at Glen Rose High School and Junior High campuses.