Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Dec
17
2014

Happy 75th birthday, Pat Neff bells!

Something about the sound of the McLane Carillon bells, chiming from atop Pat Neff Hall, elevates even the most routine strolls across campus into something more. They’ve provided the soundtrack to daily life here at Baylor for generations, having played their first hymn (“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”) 75 years ago this month, in […]

Dec
16
2014

What does #BaylorChristmas look like in your home?

This (above) is how we decorate our home for campus. What about you? Check out these Bears (below) who have covered their homes in green and gold for Christmas; maybe they’ll spark some ideas for your own home! [View the story “Bears everywhere celebrate #BaylorChristmas” on Storify] So, how does Baylor show up in your home’s Christmas […]

Dec
12
2014

Baylor grad SaraBeth making waves in country music

Imagine you’re cruising around, cranking up the radio, when something even more familiar than the top 20 starts to play: your own voice. That was reality for country singer and Baylor grad Sarah Elizabeth Swagerty, a.k.a. SaraBeth, when she recently heard her single “Nowhere With You” on the radio for the first time. “What am I […]

Dec
11
2014

Christmas gift ideas for the Baylor Bears in your life

This Christmas, give your loved ones something that comes from the heart. Something that is near and dear to you, something they’ll really love: Baylor swag. If your parents are Baylor Proud and love to cook, you can’t go wrong with a Baylor-themed cutting board, engraved with the family name. Or, if their living room […]

Dec
10
2014

Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium dedicated to honor legendary coach

Say hello to the newest “jewel on the Brazos” — the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, dedicated last week. The new facility includes not only a new track, but also the 13,500-square-foot Lewis A. and Mary Woodall Training Center (which includes an indoor practice facility), a 6,000-square-foot team facility (which includes the Winston Wolfe Clubhouse), a […]

Dec
9
2014

Baylor senior travels to Peru for International UN Climate Conference

After Thanksgiving break, most Baylor students returned to campus to complete their final days of classes in advance of finals. Senior Barry Hartweg, however, spent the first week of December in Peru as a student ambassador to a UN climate conference. Hartweg arrived in Lima Nov. 29 as one of eight college students from across the U.S. chosen […]

Dec
7
2014

Cotton Bowl-bound: Baylor to face Michigan State on New Year’s Day

Saturday night, Baylor football became back-to-back champions of one of the nation’s top two conferences. Sunday, we learned that the Bears are headed to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, where No. 5 Baylor will face No. 8 Michigan State on New Year’s Day (11:30 a.m. CT, ESPN). The Bears’ resume was enough to convince Associated Press members that Baylor belonged […]

Dec
7
2014

Baylor Football: Back-to-Back Big 12 Champs!

The Bears did what they needed to do on the field Saturday night, claiming a decisive victory over No. 9-ranked Kansas State to become just the second back-to-back Big 12 champions in league history. Baylor took a 7-0 lead just 95 seconds into the game and led the rest of the way, beating the Wildcats 38-27 in the regular […]

Dec
5
2014

#BaylorChristmas begins with Christmas on 5th Street

Last night, the Baylor campus hit “pause” on all the commotion surrounding football — GameDay, Big 12 talk, playoffs — to celebrate a cherished Baylor tradition: Christmas on 5th Street. [SEE PHOTOS of Christmas on 5th Street] Thousands of students, alumni and Wacoans filled the campus for Christmas fun. Organizations decorated individual trees with not just ornaments, but […]

Dec
4
2014

Baylor alumni (now profs) get the band back together as ColorBox

Seeing your professor outside of class in “the real world” can be a little weird. Seeing them on stage in a rock band? That’s just too much. But that’s what you’ll see with ColorBox: a band with a name “so hipster, even the band doesn’t know what it means,” according to the drummer — who’s […]

Dec
3
2014

Incredible gift from anonymous source makes a Baylor dream come true

Over and over, people told Rebekkah Wallin that her dream of attending Baylor was just not likely to happen. With no mother or father to pay for school, she could easily have believed them. Short on resources but long on determination, Rebekkah never gave up on the Baylor dream — but she never dreamed just […]

Dec
2
2014

College GameDay coming to Waco as Bears aim for 2nd straight Big 12 title

What does Saturday mean for Baylor football? A chance to win back-to-back Big 12 titles — something that’s only been done by one other school in the league’s 19-year history (Oklahoma, 2006-07-08). The Bears have never before won consecutive conference championships, and would be the first Texas school to win back-to-back league titles in a Power […]

Dec
1
2014

Decorating your home — #BaylorChristmas style

Deck the halls with boughs of sic ‘ems! Sure, everyone thinks of red and green as the traditional Christmas colors — but green and gold makes for a pretty sharp look this time of year, too. Take a look at how some of your fellow Bears are incorporating their Baylor pride into their holiday decor. For […]

Nov
26
2014

So much to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we stop and count our blessings — and Baylor has a lot to be thankful for! Another outstanding year of academics. This year, Baylor achieved its highest-ever U.S. News ranking. This is in no small part thanks to our outstanding faculty, many of whom have received prestigious awards […]

Nov
25
2014

Business school construction reaches midway point

Last Friday, Baylor Nation got its first peek inside the $100 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. As work continues, the final steel beams signed by students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends will soon be fitted into place at the top of the Foster Campus structure. The Hankamer building that current houses […]

Nov
24
2014

Waiting and hope at the heart of Giglio’s new Advent devotional

What does the Christmas season have to do with our hopes and desires — the things we wait on and pray for? And how can Advent, the days leading up to Christmas, help us better learn about God, promise and fulfillment? “This season leading up to Christmas builds in us the hope that God is […]

Nov
21
2014

Baylor alum wins national award for research on racial segregation in public schools

Imagine being in elementary school and unable to communicate with teachers and students. You’re alienated, confused and unable to keep pace with your peers. This was Roy Castañeda’s children in the 1970s. Castañeda, whose household (pictured above) spoke primarily Spanish, brought a lawsuit against his local Texas school district, which he believed was allowing racial […]

Nov
20
2014

President Starr welcomes “The Blind Side” couple for “On Topic” conversation

If you’ve seen The Blind Side, you know the story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and how two words — “Turn around” — changed their lives forever. (If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a quick rundown.) The Tuohys were the latest guests in President Ken Starr’s ongoing series of “On Topic” conversations, […]

Nov
19
2014

#EveryoneInBlack set for Saturday

Forget the rankings, the controversy, the fact that the Big 12 could be left out entirely from the first College Football Playoff. All Baylor football can do now is just keep winning. Asked how he would lobby for the No. 7-ranked Bears with the playoff committee on Monday, head coach Art Briles had a pretty pointed […]

Nov
18
2014

School of Ed dean wins Texas lifetime achievement award

The dean of Baylor’s School of Education, Dr. Jon Engelhardt, will retire in May after 36 years in higher education (including the last eight at Baylor). But before he goes, he’s got at least one more honor coming his way. Engelhardt is the newest recipient of the rarely-given Robert B. Howsam Award, a lifetime achievement award from […]