Each year, the University recognizes the extraordinary contributions faculty and staff make to the lives of our students and to the operation of the University. A ceremony, held in February, acknowledged individuals with 5 to 45 years of service to Baylor University.
Over Spring Break, Baylor Missions sent 10 teams of 138 Baylor students, faculty, staff and alumni to five different countries where they integrated their faith with service and learning on discipline-specific missions projects.
Student Foundation has been giving back to the Baylor community since 1969 when 13 junior men and women received notification from President Abner V. McCall that they had been selected to serve as charter members of the organization’s Steering Committee. These students were the beginning of a new model with a novel goal – students serving students – and Bearathon is vital to the group’s ability to continue providing scholarships for current students.
On Feb. 12, Baylor University’s Board of Regents approved an administrative
action plan, supported by $5 million in funding, to prevent acts of interpersonal violence on campus and to improve treatment and services for those impacted by interpersonal violence. In March, Baylor announced progress on these initiatives and additional actions to advance this important work.
Baylor University is committed to helping students attain their degrees in the context of the exceptional Baylor experience. Two of the University’s most recent initiatives, First In Line and Baylor Summer, are doing just that – helping students find success by providing support that meets the diverse needs of the student body.
A love for the University and a passionate belief in the Institution’s mission define Baylor faculty and staff. For the fifth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has awarded Baylor University with Honor Roll status as one of the country’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” This is Our Baylor, and faculty and staff are proud to give generously of their time, talent and treasure to support the programs that stir the University community’s passion.
This column highlights books recommended by Baylor’s school/college deans. Challenging, compelling and thought- provoking, these literary
selections are meant to inspire new ideas and encourage the Baylor community to invest in the habit of reading.
Baylor University welcomed noted author and political analyst David Brooks to campus on March 2 for a conversation as part of the ongoing On Topic series with Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr.
Dr. Elizabeth Palacios, dean for student development in the Division of Student Life and a Baylor faculty member, has been named as the special assistant to the President on diversity. With 35 years in higher education, Dr. Palacios has been instrumental in collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community on a variety of diversity-related advancements.
Arguably one of the most compelling benefits offered by Baylor to its employees is the Tuition Remission Program. In addition to remission for spouses and children, full-time Baylor faculty and staff can receive a 100 percent tuition remission benefit for two courses (no more than eight
hours) during any semester that would apply to an undergraduate and/or graduate degree. This program has opened the door for Baylor employees to complete past, unfinished goals and also to pursue new dreams and career ambitions.
In June 2015, the Department of Labor announced proposed changes to the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These projected shifts in legislation will affect the exempt status and overtime pay requirements for employees nationwide. Baylor Human Resources is working proactively to remain informed of and prepared to implement these changes upon approval from the Department of Labor.
The department of Spiritual Life exists to nurture theological depth, spiritual wholeness and missional living in the lives of students, staff and faculty at Baylor University. From corporate prayer services to discipline-specific mission trips, the resources and opportunities available to the University community through Spiritual Life are numerous.
In March 1991, then Baylor University president Herbert H. Reynolds described the establishment of George W. Truett Theological Seminary as “a declaration of faith which seeks to bring the truth and power of the gospel to bear upon a diverse and broken world.”
Recently, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognized Baylor University as one of the top performing colleges and universities in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.
In the coming issues of BaylorNews, we will highlight books recommended by Baylor’s school/college deans. Challenging, compelling and thought provoking, these literary selections are meant to inspire new ideas and encourage the Baylor community to invest in the habit of reading.
Baylor University proudly recognizes the following members of Old Main Society who currently or formerly served on Baylor’s faculty or staff. Baylor will be forever grateful for their decision “to light the ways of time” for future generations of Baylor students.