Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Jan
30
2015

Happy 170th birthday, Baylor University!

It’s a phrase that fills every Texas-born Baylor Bear (and even many from outside the Lone Star state as well) with pride. It’s a simple phrase, found on the Baylor seal, that tells of Baylor’s beginnings: “Chartered in 1845 By The Republic Of Texas.” While Texas was still an independent nation, the vision for Baylor […]

Jan
29
2015

Three Baylor staffers picked to work Super Bowl as ‘Wi-Fi Coaches’

Fans attending games at McLane Stadium last fall enjoyed not only a slate of Baylor wins, but also perhaps the best-connected stadium in college football, thanks to a robust Wi-Fi network and a custom app that provided all fans with in-game replays from multiple angles — a first at the collegiate level. The same company that […]

Jan
28
2015

More sleep now means better memory later, says Baylor research

It might be time for you to turn out the lights and hit the sack. Dr. Michael K. Scullin, a Baylor professor and director of the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, has linked lack of sleep to a poorly-functioning memory, and says a good night’s sleep will help with memory not only tomorrow, but also 40, […]

Jan
27
2015

Happy Birthday, Joy and Lady!

Can you believe it? Baylor’s beloved campus mascots, Joy and Lady, are now teenagers! Judge Joy Reynolds (“Joy”) was born on this date in 2001, and her sister, Judge Sue Sloan (“Lady”), was born a year and four days later (Jan. 31, 2002). The bears came to the Baylor campus from a private Oregon ranch when they were each […]

Jan
26
2015

Former Baylor football player restores 1950 ‘Floyd Casey Tribute’ Chevy truck

Brace yourself; this may be the most BaylorProud vehicle you’ve ever seen. Former Baylor football player Klayton Shoals, BA ’07, found a unique way to honor his alma mater — by taking a Chevy truck from 1950 (the year Floyd Casey Stadium opened) and remodeling it to honor his former program and the Bears’ longtime home. The 1950 “Floyd […]

Jan
23
2015

Baylor scientist is a Washington regular for U.S. veterans

Dr. Lea Steele, research professor of biomedical studies and Director of the Baylor Veterans Health Research Program, is no stranger to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. In the past few weeks alone, Steele — a neuroepidemiologist and recognized expert on the complex health conditions affecting American veterans — has been to the nation’s capital for scientific […]

Jan
22
2015

Happy 75th birthday, Alexander Hall!

In 1939-40, while the Great Depression was still deeply felt across the country, Baylor University faced the kind of “problem” that many would love to have; the University was growing so quickly that it was hard to keep up. In fact, more than 100 deserving female students were turned down for admission in 1939 simply […]

Jan
21
2015

Former U.S. Congressman named Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom

In December, Baylor announced a $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson to endow a chair in religious freedom, in support of the university’s educational mission and its Institute for Studies of Religion. It didn’t take long for the chair to be filled; Monday, longtime U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf was announced to fill the role. […]

Jan
20
2015

Forbes '30 Under 30' list includes 2008 Baylor grad

Less than a year ago, Baylor alum Brennan Potts, BBA '08, joined two oil and gas veterans in co-founding Titanium Exploration Partners from his Dallas home, investing the first $20 million off his kitchen table. Now, Potts is on Forbes' 2015 "30 Under 30" list of up-and-comers in the energy field. Since the 29-year-old Potts co-founded the company in […]

Jan
16
2015

Baylor tennis dynasty opens 2015 season Sunday

The Baylor tennis dynasty begins its spring schedule in earnest this weekend, looking to continue a run that has seen the Bears and Lady Bears combine for 37 Big 12 trophies and 24 Sweet 16 appearances over the last 15 years. The No. 15-ranked Baylor women open the season by hosting No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. Head coach […]

Jan
15
2015

Baylor celebrates 100 years of Student Government

“But as we see it, self government is the inevitable trend of the progressive student life; it is a proven success beyond question in the largest and smallest schools of the country; it is not a moment fad, but a fundamental and logical principle of the American universities and American life.” — The Baylor Lariat, […]

Jan
14
2015

Football earns best-ever final ranking; what will 2015 hold?

After back-to-back 11-win seasons and Big 12 titles, Baylor football finished the 2014 season ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll — the program’s best-ever finish in each poll. To find the last time Baylor finished in the top 10, you have to go all […]

Jan
13
2015

Neurologist, dean, CDC officer — and now Baylor provost

Just before Christmas, President Ken Starr announced the appointment of Dr. Edwin Trevathan as executive vice president and provost — essentially, Baylor’s chief academic officer. Trevathan will follow interim provost David Garland, who has filled the post since Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA ’84, left last June to become president of Furman University. Trevathan will certainly bring […]

Jan
12
2015

In midst of cancer fight, 71-year-old checks Baylor graduation off his bucket list

If you attended December’s commencement ceremony, you might remember the extended standing ovation given for one graduate in particular: a dimpled, white-haired, 71-year-old man. But why was this septuagenarian crossing the stage with a bunch of 22-year-olds? Ted Carroll first came to Baylor from Dallas as a wide-eyed freshman in 1961. He had been working all summer to […]

Jan
9
2015

Christianity Today names Baylor prof’s book one of 2015’s best

In his book The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, Baylor professor and author Philip Jenkins paints a picture of the religious zeal that shaped the first world war — a collection of dozens of nations, each one sure that their cause was favored by God, while their enemies […]

Jan
8
2015

Baylor prof a finalist for ‘2014 Texan of the Year’

Dr. Lori Baker, BA ’93, MA ’94, a Baylor alumna and assistant professor of anthropology, could have spent every day of 2014 teaching in her classroom, grading in her office, relaxing in her home, and nothing more. But she knew there was work to be done outside the university walls. Instead, Baker used her free […]

Jan
7
2015

What you should know about Baylor basketball so far in 2015

With most eyes focused on Baylor football’s run to a second straight Big 12 title and then the lead up to the Cotton Bowl, it’s understandable if a few of you need some catching up when it comes to the 2014-15 Baylor basketball teams. So here you are, as we join the Bears’ and Lady Bears’ […]

Jan
6
2015

Reflecting on a historic four years for Baylor football

Now that we’ve had a few days to reflect on Baylor football’s Cotton Bowl loss, it’s a little easier to put the game in perspective. After all, a one-point defeat to a top-10 team shouldn’t completely tarnish our memories of the 2014 season — or all that this year’s outgoing seniors accomplished in their four years […]

Dec
30
2014

12 things you should know before the Cotton Bowl kicks off

In two days, No. 5-ranked Baylor and No. 8 Michigan State will square off in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. But before the two teams kick off (11:30 a.m. CT, ESPN), here are 12 things you should know — about the teams, the game, and everything surrounding it: 1. As Bryce Petty prepares for his last […]

Dec
23
2014

Rounding up all the #BaylorChristmas 2014 cheer

With December commencement ceremonies and Baylor football’s final Waco practice of 2014 both complete, campus is quiet now. This blog will be quiet for the next few days, as well, as we celebrate Christmas before moving into bowl-game mode and then the return of school in the new year! In the meantime, enjoy this round-up […]