Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jun
28
2017

Houston Chronicle: Kingwood High names Top 10 graduates

June 1, 2017
Top 10 Kingwood High School graduate and incoming Baylor freshman Sarah Antrich plans to study biology at the University.

Jun
28
2017

KWKT-TV (Waco/FOX): Baylor names interim provost

June 27, 2017
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone named Dr. Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the university's interim provost. McLendon has been serving as the dean of the School of Education since July 2015.

Jun
28
2017

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Baylor names interim provost

June 27, 2017
Baylor President Linda Livingstone has named Dr. Michael K. McLendon to serve as the school’s interim provost effective July 1, the university announced Tuesday.

Jun
28
2017

KXXV-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/ABC): Baylor University names new interim provost

June 27, 2017
Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the university's interim provost. “We are blessed to have such a noted higher education scholar on the Baylor campus who can immediately step in and serve the University as interim provost during this important time of transition,” Livingstone said.

Jun
28
2017

Religion News Service: Baylor’s first woman president brings fresh start to Baptist university

June 27, 2017
Feature on Baylor President Linda Livingstone about her Christian faith and important leadership traits as she begins her presidency at Baylor. “I don’t view my job as coming in to fix the problems of the university,” Livingstone said. “I view my job as coming together with the people already here working on the issues that caused the problems we had, while also saying that’s a piece of who we are and a piece we have to deal with and do better at. While we do that, we also have to make sure we’re keeping our academic focus as a university, our Christian mission as a university and continuing to make progress on our aspirations to be a pre-eminent research university that’s unapologetically Christian.” RNS is an independent, nonprofit source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics that is distributed to more than 170 media outlets.

Jun
28
2017

Study Finds: Praying Regularly, Having Firm Belief In God Improves Well-Being, Study Finds

June 27, 2017
Older adults who believe God will be there to protect and comfort them in late life are more likely to pray — and the more they pray, the greater their sense of well-being, according to a Baylor study by Baylor sociologists Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., and Blake Kent. Those who are not confident of God’s care may pray, but they may feel estranged and even experience a decline in mental health. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
28
2017

The Baptist Standard : McLendon named interim provost at Baylor

June 27, 2017
Baylor President Linda Livingstone has named Michael McLendon interim provost, effective July 1. McLendon has been dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, while also holding a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. He has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States.

Jun
27
2017

American Psychological Association: Psychologists in the news

June 22, 2017
The International Association for the Psychology of Religion has presented its Godin Prize for the Scientific Study of Religion to Wade C. Rowatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Rowatt's research focuses on the connections between religion, pro-sociality and prejudice.

Jun
27
2017

Baylor Business Review: Alumni Profile: Wren Brothers

March 9, 2017
Jackson Wren, B.B.A. (Entrepreneurship and Management) ’15, started the clothing company “Dapper Bear” with several classmates as part of a two-semester accelerated venture class when he was a student in the Hankamer School of Business. He and his twin brother Eric Wren, B.A. (Speech Communication) ’14, manage the growing business, selling ties, scarves, socks, shirts and more featuring a distinctive green-and-gold plaid pattern.

Jun
27
2017

CKHZ-FM (Halifax, Nova Scotia): Trouble Remembering? These Tips Will Help You

June 26, 2017
Research by Melanie Sekeres, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is mentioned in this report on tips to aid memory. She found that students who receive information and then re-tell it to someone else immediately are able to recall the details better and longer than if they just re-read it in a textbook — a strategy that could pay off at test time.

Jun
27
2017

Medical Health News: Baylor Graduate Awarded Rotary Global Grant to University of Westminster

June 26, 2017
Story about Baylor University graduate Mima Fondong, B.S.Ed. (Health Science Studies/Pre-med) ’17, who was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship from the trustees of The Rotary Foundation. She will attend the University of Westminster in London, England, to pursue a master’s degree in global public health and nutrition. “My goal is to continue learning and investing in my education so that I can use all of what I've learned to one day invest in the lives of my future patients,” Fondong said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story.)

Jun
27
2017

People: Chip and Joanna Gaines Step Up to Help Paralyzed Waco Firefighter: 'The Positive Impact They Are Making Is Immeasurable'

June 26, 2017
The Baylor softball team is among more than 70 groups and businesses who have offered to contribute services and supplies to build a handicapped-accessible home for a paralyzed Waco firefighter, who along with his wife, also cares for the couple’s son, who was born without a portion of his brain. Chip, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’98, and Joanna Gaines, B.A. (Communication Specialist) ’01, also contributed the lumber to ensure construction could move forward.

Jun
27
2017

The Cross Timbers Gazette (Flower Mound, TX): Taking a leap of faith into business

June 22, 2017
Flower Mound freshman Ryan Vosburg discusses his passion for faith, business and basketball. He plans to double major in economics and entrepreneurship at Baylor and has gotten a head start in the business world by selling basketball shoes at his high school.

Jun
27
2017

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN): Minimum wage an issue of satisfaction

June 27, 2017
Article co-written by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who conducted research which found that people in states that raised their minimum wage between 2010 and 2013 were more likely to be satisfied with their lives than in those states that did not raise the minimum. Besides helping people to better meet their basic needs, the higher wage has the potential to make them feel more politically effective.

Jun
27
2017

The Texas Standard: Why Is Waco’s ‘Flying W’ so Popular?

June 23, 2017
AUDIO: Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is interviewed about Waco’s “Flying W” logo and how it’s become so popular that the City of Waco is having to turn down requests to use it out of fear of diluting the city’s brand. “Sometimes you don’t realize you’ve got a good thing until everybody tells you that you do,” Darden said. The logo was created by Darden’s Baylor colleague Carol Perry, senior lecturer in journalism, public relations and new media, who designed the logo when she was the communications officer with the city.

Jun
27
2017

Thrillist: iPhones Have Changed the Way We Poop... For The Worse

June 25, 2017
Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about how smartphones have “imperiled one of the universal rituals of the human race: bathroom time.” Roberts, who has written extensively about phone addiction and its impact, said, "The bathroom used to be a place free of distraction and technology. It's not like that anymore. And it's certainly not great for our mental clarity. When we take our phones away, we get stressed, and anxious, and irritable. We get FOMO. Nowadays, people have trouble being alone with their thoughts, because they usually don't have to."

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Fred Gehlbach: Take time to appreciate nature's gifts

June 23, 2017
Column by retired Baylor University research biologist Fred Gehlbach about the importance of recognizing outdoor nature and what its history tells us. “Nature supports life all over Earth, so let us protect native flowers, shrubs, trees, animals and clean air and water where we live,” Gehlbach writes.

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Livingstone picks education dean as interim Baylor provost

June 27, 2017
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone made her first major administrative announcement on Tuesday, selecting Michael McLendon, dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, to serve as interim provost, effective July 1.

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: STAYING SHARP IN SUMMER: Baylor starts Freedom School focused on avoiding summer learning loss

June 27, 2017
Feature article on Waco’s first Freedom School, sponsored by Baylor’s School of Education and the Children’s Defense Fund, a summer learning program held at Cesar Chavez Middle School through July 28. The program has deep ties to the 1960s civil rights movement and allows children to tackle controversial — though culturally relevant — topics through debate and book discussions. “Freedom Schools served as a way to teach people who maybe were not literate how to read, so they could become registered voters,” said Lakia M. Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. “But the other piece about Freedom Schools historically was this power of knowing that ultimately youth shaped our future. This idea is that if we really empowered our youth — even if they’re 10 or 12, to help them understand civil rights, help them to understand the power in knowing how to read — then we can change our future.”

Jun
26
2017

Art Daily: Griot Museum presents "Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad"

June 22, 2017
Robert Darden, author and professor of journalism, public relations, and new media at Baylor, wrote an essay for a book that accompanies “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad,” a traveling exhibition now open at the Griot Museum of Black History in St. Louis.