Alumni, Parents & Friends News

Jul
27
2017

Tickets on sale Tuesday for Homecoming, Family Weekend 2017 events

Get ready — tickets for #BaylorHomecoming and #BaylorFamily Weekend events go on sale — online only — at 10 a.m. this Tuesday, Aug. 1. Returning to Waco for Homecoming (Oct. 19-21)? Visit www.baylor.edu/homecoming/buy to get your tickets for the football game against West Virginia, Pigskin Revue and the Class Reunion Gatherings, hosted by the Baylor Alumni Network for those who […]

Jul
27
2017

iEngage Civics Camp Teaches Students How to be Engaged, Active Citizens

WACO, Texas (July 27, 2016) – More than one hundred fifth- through ninth-graders will learn about civics and provide a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute. Now in its fifth year, running from July 31 - Aug. 4, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Jul
27
2017

President Livingstone to Speak at Summer 2017 Baylor Commencement

WACO, Texas (July 27, 2017) – Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., will address Baylor University graduates for the first time as University president during summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 12. The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Ferrell Center, 1900 S. University Parks Drive.

Jul
26
2017

Baylor prof receives international honor for research on psychology of religion

Every four years, the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) chooses one scholar whose impact on the field is most deserving of their biggest honor. This year, a Baylor professor earned that honor. Dr. Wade Rowatt, a Baylor psychology since 1997, was honored with the 2017 IAPR Godin Prize for the Scientific Study […]

Jul
26
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “I’m going to try to separate myself from [my parents] as much as I can…”

[What brought you to Baylor?] “My father works here and my sister goes here, so I’m just continuing the tradition… I’m excited to get here, meet some friends, start feeling comfortable, find my way around.” [With your parents so close, does it still feel like you’re going away to college?] “Yeah. I mean, if I […]

Jul
26
2017

Fox 19 Now: OneBeacon Insurance Awards Sixteen College Scholarships

July 25, 2017
Garrett McCullum, an incoming Baylor freshman, was one of 16 students to receive a $2000 scholarship from OneBeacon Insurance Group this year. Since 2003, the company has awarded scholarships to children of their employees and children of the company’s distribution partners based on their academic performance and extracurricular activities.

Jul
26
2017

Globe Newswire: Nasdaq Elects New Board Member

July 26, 2017
John Rainey, B.B.A. (Management) ’93 and M.B.A. ’95, was elected to the Nasdaq Board of Directors this week. Rainey is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and previously held the same title at United Continental Holdings, Inc.’s United Airlines.

Jul
26
2017

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Hot Beds of Gospel Music

July 23, 2017
AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden features the Indiana Wonders, a gospel group that started creating great music in 1952, touring and recording into the 1990s. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.

Jul
26
2017

Newsdog: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Psych Central: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Times Telegram (Herkimer, NY): Local organist, 12, to play in NYC cathedral

July 12, 2017
Twelve-year-old Dominic Fiacco received a scholarship to attend Baylor’s Summer Organ Institute this year because of his remarkable musical talent. He regularly plays the organ at festivals in his hometown of Utica, New York, and will play next year at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest churches in the world.

Jul
26
2017

USA Radio Network: Older People Securely Attached to God Have Greater Sense of Well-being

June 28, 2017
AUDIO: As people grow older, those who have an attachment to God are more likely to have a better sense of well-being, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. Interviewed is researcher Blake Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology, who says that “the way you feel about God and the way that you think he feels about you is a pretty important factor to take into account when you’re looking at the effectiveness of prayer and these outcomes of psychological well-being.” The study’s lead author was Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
26
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco police hire crime analysts in proactive policing effort

July 23, 2017
Former Waco police crime scene technician Angie McCallister, B.S. (Forensic Science) ’03, is now one of two certified crime analysts, who will research and use historical and real-time crime data to identify trends and find “hot spots” of crime to inform proactive approaches to policing. “I wanted a new challenge, and this was a great opportunity to still help our community,” McCallister said. “This is just a different way to bring crime down in a new approach.”

Jul
25
2017

Cross Country. Cross Country Announces 2017 Meet Schedule

Baylor cross country head coach Todd Harbour announced the release of his team's 2017 schedule Tuesday.

Jul
25
2017

General News. 2017 Hall of Fame Class Announced

Highlighted by NCAA champions Benjamin Becker, Steffanie Blackmon and Jennifer Jordan Washington, Baylor's 2017 Hall of Fame class includes eight outstanding former student-athletes representing six different sports.

Jul
25
2017

Baylor Arts and Sciences Magazine: On Any Given Day at Baylor

May 9, 2017
Elizabeth Vardaman, senior lecturer and associate dean for Engaged Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences, describes the little moments that remind her of Baylor's mission in this first-person essay. She said she feels that her calling as a Baylor faculty member is to help students find themselves by exploring their passions. “As a dean, I’ve had too many privileged moments to count with students. In fact, I imagine almost all of us here have had such interactions that adhere to our souls, too, as students think, pray, wrestle, meditate, contemplate, push again, deny failures, weep, startle to attention with epiphanies, embrace success and jump with joy,” Vardaman said.

Jul
25
2017

Baylor Launches Online Ticket Sales Aug. 1 for Major Fall Events

WACO, Texas (July 25, 2017) – In a continuing effort to provide alumni, parents and the general public with a convenient online ordering system for Family Weekend and Homecoming special events, Baylor University will launch event ticket sales at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Jul
25
2017

Baylor Update from the Chairman and President

Last week the Baylor University Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting, which included an orientation for seven new Regents, a new committee structure and implementation of a comprehensive slate of governance reforms aimed at making our University even better.