Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Dec
19
2014

KXXV-TV (Waco, ABC): Baylor gets $2 million gift for endowed chair in religious freedom

Dec. 19, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

Dec
19
2014

The Baptist Standard: Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Dec. 17, 2014
The holiday season can be difficult for those who are grieving. Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Social Work and an expert on grief, provides tips on how to interact with those grieving the loss of loved ones during the Christmas season. “It is OK to say, ‘I don’t know what to say but I want you to know that I care,’” Harris said. “It is a better choice than saying nothing, or saying things that judge and marginalize.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the School of Social Work and pitched and placed this story nationally.)

Dec
19
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Big-hearted forensic sleuth and unsung Baylor Nation hero Lori Baker

Dec. 19, 2014
Opinion blogger and Baylor alumna Sharon Grigsby, B.A. ’78, explains why Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was selected as a finalist for Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year. For more than a decade, Baker has worked to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This past summer, she traveled to Brooks County, Texas with her forensic anthropology team and exhumed 52 remains and transported them to her lab at Baylor to conduct DNA analysis for identification purposes. Grigsby wrote that Baker is “the best of what The Baylor Nation is all about. Sic, ‘em.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Dec
19
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year finalist: Lori Baker

Dec. 18, 2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Dec
19
2014

The Gospel Coalition: An Interview with Thomas Kidd on George Whitefield

Dec. 16, 2014
VIDEO: Thomas S. Kidd, history professor and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion discusses his new book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” Kidd says Whitfield, an 18th century evangelist, was “uniquely anointed and powerful about his preaching” based on the many testimonies from those that experienced the “power, thunder and lightning of Whitefield’s preaching.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)

Dec
19
2014

The Houston Chronicle: Pair that tweets together, stays together?

Dec. 18, 2014
Article originally published Dec. 3 in the New York Times about the negative effects that technology can have on interpersonal relationships references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,” Roberts said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor media communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business. Dr. Roberts’ initial research was pitched and placed in numerous national media outlets by Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications.)

Dec
19
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: “A Baylor Christmas” to air on KWTX

Dec. 19, 2014
Waco television station KWTX-TV, Channel 10, will air “A Baylor Christmas” five times between Sunday and Christmas Day with additional broadcasts on KWTX-TV-CW, Bryan-College Station’s KBTX and stations in Laredo plus Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana. The one-hour special was recorded Dec. 4-5 at this year’s “Christmas at Baylor” concerts, a nearly 50-year-old tradition featuring performers from Baylor’s School of Music.

Dec
19
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor to create religious freedom chair with $2 million gift from Dallas couple

Dec. 18, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

Dec
18
2014

C-SPAN3 American History TV: Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library

Dec. 6, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: Rita Patteson, associate professor and director of Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor, shows viewers some of the library’s collection that includes letters, books and ephemera of English poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Patteson’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched Patteson as a source to C-SPAN producers and facilitated the interview. Fogleman and Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, worked with producers to set up interviews with Baylor authors and experts, as well as with special collections.)

Dec
18
2014

Herald Democrat (Sherman/Denison, TX): Senate confirms three Texas judicial nominees

Dec. 16, 2014
Amos Mazzant III, J.D. ‘90, of Sherman has been appointed a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Texas by President Obama. Since 2009, he has served in Sherman as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Dec
18
2014

The Irish Times: Are technology-free bedrooms key to a successful relationship?

Dec. 17, 2014
Article on smartphone usage within a romantic relationship mentions a 2012 Baylor study, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,” he said. (Dr. Roberts’ research was pitched and placed nationally by Baylor Media Communications in November 2012.)

Dec
18
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Arts: Some do not go with the flow

Dec. 18, 2014
In his latest column, David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, remembers Jane Freilicher, an American painter, who went against the grain of one of the most dominant artistic movements of the 20th century. She passed away last week at 90 years old.

Dec
18
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: EDITORIAL: Baylor’s unique ‘philanthropy lab’ raises awareness of this community’s needs

Dec. 18, 2014
In writing about Baylor’s Philanthropy Lab course, in which 30 students learned the history and philosophy of philanthropy and also awarded $100,000 in grants to deserving local nonprofits, the editorial board of the Waco Tribune-Herald asked: Will up-and-coming generations demonstrate as much charity, thought and good will to causes big and small as Americans have for more than a century? “The real payoff is teaching the next generation to be smarter and more prudent with the dollars they give to charities and nonprofits, whether it involves $5 or $5 million. More of us could benefit from such a class.”

Dec
18
2014

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Houston-based law group offering free legal clinic at Waco Veterans One Stop

Dec. 17, 2014
The Baylor Law School is among the group of service providers that offer a free legal clinic for veterans at the Veterans One Stop on the second Friday of each month. The Veterans One Stop, located on Austin Avenue, provides multiple services for veterans such as educational, employment, legal and mental health services in one location. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty, programs and research at Baylor Law School.)

Dec
18
2014

The Washington Post: 300 years after his birth, Whitefield has staying power with evangelicals

Dec. 16, 2014
Thomas S. Kidd, history professor and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion is quoted on his new book “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” Kidd says of Whitfield, an 18th century evangelist, that “A major part of his success is that he mastered the new media of his day.” Whitfield made his journals public, which was unheard of at the time. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)

Dec
18
2014

Vice: Dead Migrants Are Vanishing at the Texas Border

Dec. 16, 2014
In this article, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, describes some of the challenges she faces identifying immigrants that died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, such as dealing with numerous county officials and improper interment of remains. Baker also discusses how a positive identification—although difficult—provides families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial and “a place to pray.” In 2003, Baker began the Reuniting Families Project, in which her team of forensic anthropologists and students work to recover and identify remains to return them to the deceased’s family. She continues her identification efforts throughout the year and travels to Brooks County, Texas each summer to exhume remains. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the anthropology department and has placed numerous national media stories since 2012 about Dr. Baker’s DNA project.)

Dec
17
2014

BBC Earth: How predators changed the world

Dec. 16, 2014
Article on how predators may have played a big role in many of the biggest leaps forward in the history of life, from the origin of animals to the evolution of skeletons to humans becoming more intelligent, quotes Joseph Ferraro, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. Ferraro’s research in Kanjera, Kenya, found how a change in diet 2 million years ago due to predation by early humans may have affected the growth of larger brains. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in anthropology and originally pitched Dr. Ferraro’s research to national and international media in May 2013.)

Dec
17
2014

C-SPAN3 American History TV: Texas Collection at Baylor University

Dec. 7, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: John Wilson, professor and director of The Texas Collection at Baylor University, shows viewers some of the special collections’ holdings, including maps, early postcards of the Waco Suspension Bridge, the archive of Waco native, Baylor and Baylor Law graduate and well-known prosecutor Leon Jaworski (war crimes trials, Warren Commission and Watergate) and the archives of another Waco native, Jules Bledsoe, the first African-American to sing on Broadway. The Texas Collection provides specialized published and primary materials for research into all phases of life in Texas. Wilson’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched Wilson as a source to C-SPAN producers and facilitated the interview. Fogleman and Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, worked with producers to set up interviews with Baylor authors and experts, as well as with special collections.)