Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jun
29
2015

BPFNA (Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America): CBF offers prayer, solidarity and action in the wake of Charleston violence

June 22, 2015
In the wake of the racially motivated killings at a South Carolina church, this article offers suggestions for achieving solidarity in a time of grief. One resource mentioned is “Racism,” a publication by The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.

Jun
29
2015

Business Standard: Students learn better in informal environment

June 28, 2015
Students tend to learn and perform better in an informal environment, says Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who reshaped "test days" in his class into “learning celebrations.” Students scored better during the celebrations — which included balloons, streamers, treats, music and multiple-choice questions featuring other students — than did students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty’s essay was published in “Teaching/Learning Matters.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
29
2015

CNN: Trayvon Bromell: Teen U.S. sprinter makes Usain Bolt look lethargic in 2015

Bolt's indifferent season so far -- the Jamaican sprinter's best time in the 100 meters is 10.12 seconds -- was put into stark perspective when 19-year-old college student Trayvon Bromell ran 9.84s at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Oregon on Thursday.

Jun
29
2015

ESPN: How Austin has brought attention to Marfan syndrome

June 28, 2015
VIDEO: Former Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin, who is completing his degree at the university, looks back at the magnitude of the moment when he was drafted by the NBA in 2014 for “something much bigger than basketball.” That “something bigger” is bringing attention to Marfan syndrome and particularly to the family of Owen Gray, a young man who was watching the draft with his father and was diagnosed the next day with an enlarged heart.

Jun
29
2015

ESPN: Isaiah Austin's Mother Helps Guide Her Son from Devastation To Hope

June 29, 2015
VIDEO: Feature that recalls the moment when NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Isaiah Austin’s name during last year’s NBA draft. It made the former Baylor basketball player’s dream come true – but not in the way he expected. "His purpose now is much more meaningful than if he was just a basketball player," Isaiah’s mother Lisa Green says. "He understands he is still a role model. People still look up to him even more so than before but it is definitely a greater purpose."

Jun
29
2015

Killeen Daily Herald: Professor focuses on ‘Price of Valor’

June 24, 2015
David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, spoke about World War II hero Audie Murphy at a meeting of the Central Texas chapter of Military Officers Association of America. Smith, author of “The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II,” said that after the war, Murphy struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media communications, covers history research and faculty.)

Jun
29
2015

KLBJ-AM (Austin): Baylor Professor Discusses Threat of Dengue Fever in Texas

June 28, 2015
AUDIO: Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, said the lack of stagnant water due to the recent rains may lessen the threat for West Nile but raises the potential threat for tropical mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and coordinated the interview. She covers research and faculty in the biology department.)

Jun
29
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Applause

June 26, 2015
Kermit Ward, B.B.A. Accounting ’92, recently was promoted to principal of Pflugerville ISD’s Connally High School. Ward began his career in Waco ISD as a teacher and administrator. He served as a principal of a middle school in Pflugerville ISD for three years prior to this promotion and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jun
29
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor building boom: Top-notch facilities reflect Bears’ surging success

June 28, 2015
Article about Baylor’s rise to becoming one of the nation’s top athletic programs powered in part by a massive expansion of its facilities over the past 16 years. “One of the Big 12 athletic directors that was here a couple of weeks ago for NCAA tennis said you have the best athletic facilities in the country,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said. “I think that’s exactly right.”

Jun
29
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Right at home: Baylor introduces exclusive locker room for Bears in NFL

June 20, 2015
Baylor recently dedicated the Charline Dauphin Pro Locker Room in the Simpson Center, which offers an exclusive refuge for former Baylor football players currently playing professionally and training in Waco. Twelve lockers are reserved for current NFL players, including Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. “It’s always a great sign when former players come back because that means they felt great about the experience they had at Baylor and they still have a bond with the coaching staff,” said Ian McCaw, vice president and director of athletics.

Jun
26
2015

CNN: Genetic disease shatters NBA career dreams

June 2, 2015
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revisits the story of Isaiah Austin, former Baylor student-athlete, who discusses his diagnosis with Marfan syndrome, which ended his promising professional basketball career before it began. In this interview, Austin discusses his desire to impact and inspire others. In his book, “Dream Again,” Austin shares his personal journey in hopes of encouraging others. “My new passion is to inspire people with my story,” Austin said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, helped coordinate this interview in April.)

Jun
26
2015

Fredericksburg (TX) Standard: ‘Fredericksburg Buildings’ author to attend Friday book-signing event

June 24, 2015
Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., associate professor and chairman of museum studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, will sign his book, “A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County,” June 26 at an even in Fredericksburg. His book “allows readers to walk down the streets of Fredericksburg and see the layers of Texas history on display — everything from a pioneer log cabin to an art deco courthouse.”

Jun
26
2015

KCEN-TV (Waco, NBC): Baylor Registers Highest Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Finish in School History

June 25, 2015
Baylor registered its best finish ever at No. 23 in the final 2014-2015 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Baylor totaled a school-record 767.75 points in the all-sports sweepstakes, ahead of its 25th-place finishes in both 2004-05 and 2011-12.

Jun
26
2015

KWBU-FM (Waco, NPR): New Mayborn Museum Director Announced

June 25, 2015
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: Baylor has announced Charlie Walters will become the new director of the Mayborn Museum in August. Walters, who’s had decades-long experience with museums, told KWBU he loves the museum experience: “It’s their nature of first-hand learning and the idea that really, over our whole lives they’re institutions you could walk into as a toddler or as a 100 year old and you can have a very powerful experience.” (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers university administration.)

Jun
26
2015

KWTX-TV (Waco, CBS): Baylor Registers Highest Directors' Cup Finish In School History

June 25, 2015
A strong closing kick from its spring programs propelled Baylor to its highest-ever finish at No. 23 in the final 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Baylor totaled a school-record 767.75 points in the all-sports sweepstakes, ahead of its 25th-place finishes in both 2004-05 and 2011-12, and ranked third among Big 12 institutions.

Jun
26
2015

ScienceDaily: Women on the U.S. $10? These eight women could fill the bill

June 25, 2015
Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill. Kimberly R. Kellison, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the history department in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, compiled a list of remarkable but maybe less familiar women who meet the Treasury's criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Kellison’s list to media outlets. Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers history research and faculty.)

Jun
26
2015

The Christian Post: Questions That Faith Asks Science

June 17, 2015
The research of Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is cited in this opinion piece on the relationship between faith and science. Stark said, “That of the 52 leading scientists in 17th century Europe, 62 percent were devout believers, 34 percent were conventionally religious, and only two of them were skeptics.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)

Jun
26
2015

The Dallas Morning News: Valedictorians and salutatorians, Dallas County private, charter schools

June 21, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Luke Mackinnon was named salutatorian at Covenant School of Dallas and plans to major in film and digital media. Incoming Baylor freshman Bryce Couch was named salutatorian at Trinity Christian Academy and is undecided on a major. Incoming Baylor freshman Jeremy Philip was named co-valedictorian at Trinity Christian School and plans to major in biology. Raquel Amador-Ponce was named valedictorian at Tyler Street Christian Academy and will study biology.

Jun
26
2015

The Dallas Morning News: Valedictorians and salutatorians, Tarrant County schools

June 21, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Danielle Jacobs was named valedictorian of Haltom High School in Haltom City and will major in biomedical engineering. Incoming Baylor freshman Catherine Cleworth was named valedictorian of Western Hills High School in Fort Worth and will be part of the University Scholars program. Incoming Baylor freshman Jenna White was named valedictorian of Keller High School and is undecided on a major. Incoming Baylor freshman Angelique Dockendorf was named valedictorian at Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth and plans to major in biomedical engineering. Incoming Baylor freshman Caleb Calabrese was named salutatorian of Covenant Christian Academy in Hurst and will major in engineering.

Jun
26
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor names new director of Mayborn Museum

June 25, 2015
Baylor University has recruited veteran museum executive Charles Walter, a top leader of the San Antonio children’s museum, to serve as the newest director of the Mayborn Museum. “I really just appreciate the wholeness of the Mayborn Museum,” Walter said. “It’s a natural history museum, it’s a children’s museum, it’s a historic complex, and all of that is within the setting of Baylor University, where young people are coming to transform their lives. . . . The idea that here’s this amazing museum in an amazing university, it just drew me to it.” Also quoted is Tiffany Hogue, chief of staff to Provost Edwin Trevathan who chaired the search committee for the Mayborn director. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers university administration.)