Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jul
27
2015

Baptist News Global (Washington, D.C.): Baptists join call for national strategy on religious persecution

July 22, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is among a bipartisan group of more than 30 religious leaders, scholars and public policy analysts who have joined a call for a national strategy addressing “international religious persecution that threatens people of faith worldwide.” The letter, delivered July 16 to House and Senate leaders, urges Congress to give greater authority to the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Jul
27
2015

Houston Public Media: The Impact of Bystander Video from Smartphones

July 27, 2015
Story about people using cellphones to record such events as shootings and arrests quotes Baylor University researcher Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Roberts says a new social trend is that people are choosing to record provocative events rather than intervene. “We’re going beyond one step of being just apathetic bystanders . . . to what I call ‘cruel voyeurs,’” Roberts says. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Roberts as an expert to the reporter and arranged the interview. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

Jul
27
2015

KIPP Blog: Before You Start an Internship – Know This!

July 21, 2015
Sydnie Thomas, a freshman pre-biology major from Oakland, California, is one of 16 KIPP alumni from across the nation who are interning this summer at the KIPP Foundation. Thomas joined her fellow interns to develop seven tips to help future interns thrive in a professional environment. KIPP Through College (KTC) is a part of the broader KIPP approach that helps to eliminate the opportunity gap between students from high- and low-income communities.

Jul
27
2015

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): BU Regents OK $26 Million Renovation Of Old Business School

July 24, 2015
Article on action taken by Baylor’s Board of Regents last week, including approving a $26 million renovation of the original Hankamer School of Business to house other growing programs and setting tuition and fees for 2016-2017. “The board remains very sensitive to access and affordability while maintaining the distinctiveness and high quality of a Baylor education. Our Regents are committed to reducing tuition increases, growing our endowment and doing everything they can to limit the financial burden on families and students who wish to pursue a Baylor degree,” said Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr.

Jul
27
2015

South Coast Today (New Bedford, MA): Sleep and Alzheimer’s: Better sleep may stave off memory loss

July 24, 2015
Sound sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning, but as people hit their seventh, eighth and ninth decades — and generally don’t sleep as much or as well — sleep is not linked so much to memory, according to Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. “If sleep benefits memory and thinking in young adults but is changed in quantity and quality with age, then the question is whether improving sleep might delay — or reverse — age-related changes in memory and thinking,” Scullin said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Scullin’s research nationally in January. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)

Jul
27
2015

The Dallas Morning News: RISD Teacher Named Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year

July 23, 2015
Austin Aeschbacher, B.M.E. '13, an elementary music specialist at Skyview Elementary School in Richardson Independent School District, has been named the Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year. He graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Golden Wave Marching Band, Baylor Drumline, Baylor Wind Ensemble and the Baylor Percussion Group.

Jul
27
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor museum studies scholar finds history in houses

July 25, 2015
Article about Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of museum studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and how he “reads” houses, examining design, building materials, age, location and owners for clues that add up to a broader history of a neighborhood, a town or a region. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers museum studies research and faculty.)

Jul
27
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor regents OK tuition hike, $26M renovation

July 24, 2015
Article on action taken by Baylor’s Board of Regents last week, including setting tuition and fees, appointing Sue Getterman as Regent Emerita and approving a $26 million renovation of the original Hankamer School of Business to house other growing programs as the business school moves into the new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. “We need additional space for our academic programs, and so the opening of the Paul Foster Campus will be enormously helpful,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. “It will be helpful not only to the departments that will be able to move in, but also indirectly for everyone, providing much needed space. There will be over 150,000 square feet that will become available, and we’re very thankful.”

Jul
27
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Sheriff’s captain nabs new Baylor PD post

July 24, 2015
The growing Baylor Police Department will soon welcome a new captain, Capt. John Kolinek, a nearly 25-year veteran of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re always growing in all areas, and one of the areas we’re growing is in our safety and security program,” said Mark Childers, associate vice president of campus safety and security for Baylor. “We put it out to anybody in the United States, and of all the candidates we looked at, he stood out in terms of his experience and his wanting to work at Baylor because of our servant mentality, like he’s been doing for so long — serving the citizens of McLennan County.”

Jul
27
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mike Copeland: New La Bella spa; Baylor ‘elite’; low inflation in Waco

July 26, 2015
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Baylor University a great place to work for the fifth straight year. Baylor also received the “elite honor roll” status in the publications survey of 281 colleges and universities. No other university in the poll’s eight-year history has earned that distinction more than Baylor. “Baylor’s mission states clearly the priority we attach to the caring nature of our community,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. “That commitment is reflected in a deep respect for shared governance; appreciation and support for work-family balance; a spirit of generosity in our daily work together; and a firm belief in the value and significance of the contribution of every Baylor colleague. These abiding attributes continue to make Baylor a ‘great college to work for.’ ”

Jul
24
2015

Baptist Press: U.S. needs 'interagency strategy' for global freedom

July 23, 2015
The "tragic, global crisis in religious persecution, violence, and terrorism" requires America to greatly strengthen its strategies, a letter to top congressional leaders declares, signed by a diverse group of religious, academic and public policy figures, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr. The signers endorse H.R. 1150, named the "Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015" for the retired Virginia congressman and longtime champion of global religious freedom. Wolf now serves as The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor.

Jul
24
2015

Black Christian News: Russell Moore, Rick Warren and Ken Starr Among 31 Leaders Calling for Strengthened U. S. Response to Persecution and Terrorism

July 23, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is among a bipartisan group of more than 30 religious leaders, scholars and public policy analysts who have joined a call for a national strategy addressing “international religious persecution that threatens people of faith worldwide.” The letter, delivered last week to House and Senate leaders, urges Congress to give greater authority to the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Jul
24
2015

Books & Culture: A Christian Review: Man in Crisis

July 24, 2015
Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor's Honors College, reviews the book “The Age of the Crisis of Man” by Mark Greif. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers Honors Program research and faculty.)

Jul
24
2015

eScience News: Study: Why social workers aren't discussing religion and spirituality with clients

July 9, 2015
New research the journal Social Work by Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, shows that licensed clinical social workers believe that discussions about their clients' religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions. "It's that big elephant in the room," Oxhandler said. "If we ignore it, we're ignoring a huge component of their lives that may be tied to the clinical issue." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, placed this story. He covers faculty and research in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.)

Jul
24
2015

Grind TV: Texas teen drags hammerhead shark onshore to save its life

July 23, 2015
Marcus Lakos, B.A. Film and Digital Media ’15, of Austin, Texas, filmed his brother Logan saving a hammerhead shark’s life in Destin, Florida. The video went viral and has since been seen more than 330,000 times.

Jul
24
2015

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Good Foods for Healthy Skin

July 23, 2015
Janelle Walter, Ph.D, professor of nutrition science in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, was a guest on KWTX'TV's 3 p.m. news to discuss food with vitamins A, C and E, all of which promote healthy skin. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, arranged this interview. She covers family and consumer sciences research and faculty.)

Jul
24
2015

Raytheon: Robert Beauchamp Elected to Raytheon Board of Directors

July 24, 2015
The Board of Directors of Raytheon Company has elected Robert "Bob" Beauchamp as a director. A member of Baylor’s Board of Regents, Beauchamp is chairman, president and CEO of BMC Software Inc., a global provider of business service management software. "Bob's extensive leadership experience and deep understanding of today's digital technology markets strongly align with the business focal points of our Board and our Company," said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Company Chairman and CEO.

Jul
24
2015

The Reporter (Vacaville, CA): The Reporter names new Managing Editor

July 23, 2015
Matt Miller, B.A. Journalism ’87, was named the new managing editor of the Reporter in Vacaville, California. In his new position, Miller oversee local news writers and content but will also take on managerial duties. Miller recently served as assistant sports editor.

Jul
23
2015

Cleburne Times-Review: Best friends receive Ball Scholarships to Baylor

July 17, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshmen Erica Bonham and Kayla Johnson were named co-recipients of the Ball Scholarship, established 50 years ago by Dr. W.P. Ball, who “loved Cleburne High School, Baylor University and First Baptist Church.” Both honorees have had Baylor at the top of their lists from childhood. Bonham plans to study accounting, while Johnson will study pre-med at Baylor.

Jul
23
2015

Houston Newcomer Guide: Klein ISD News

July 20, 2105
Baylor graduate Curtis Simmons, B.S. education ’00, has been named the new school principal at Schindewolf Intermediate School in Spring, Texas. Simmons previously served as assistant principal and has been with Klein ISD for 15 years.