As work continues on-schedule and on-budget for $200 million in capital projects under way at Baylor, the institution has taken another step to enhance the value of the long-term indebtedness used to finance some of the projects.
Baylor had one of the most successful years ever for gifts to the University, despite a recovering economy and other challenges faced by the institution during 2003. Baylor received $45,489,886 in gifts during 2003 -- the fourth-largest amount ever given to the University during a calendar year.
The space shuttle will be returned to service, according to Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor's vice provost for research and director of the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), despite the Columbia accident one year ago. The shuttle's breakup as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003, compelled NASA to re-evaluate the space program, which Hyde said it needed to do anyway.
Baylor Provost Dr. David L. Jeffrey has joined the ranks of distinguished scholars, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners and acclaimed writers who have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Read the story from the latest issue of Baylor Magazine.
The Baylor Rural Health Clinic in Itasca celebrated its first six months of operation in January. Local leaders say the new clinic is necessary because many residents are elderly and no longer drive. To express the community's appreciation for the clinic, the Itasca Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 22.
Baylor has named a philosophy professor at Saint Louis University as the recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the single largest award given to an individual for great teaching. Dr. Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, will receive $200,000 plus $25,000 for her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during the 2005 spring semester.
Baylor will honor legendary Texas playwright Horton Foote at the inaugural Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival, scheduled for March 3-6 on the Baylor campus. Sponsored by the Department of Theater Arts, the festival will include a wide range of events, including a question/answer session with Foote, anticipated appearances by actors Robert Duvall, Estelle Parsons and Ellen Burstyn and the 50th anniversary production of Foote's play 'The Traveling Lady."
Baylor/Waco Foundation, a partnership between Baylor and the Central Texas community, has announced its officers and board of directors, as well as four projects that enhance quality of life in Central Texas.
Belton residents and Baylor graduates Dr. and Mrs. William Long were presented with their alma mater's most distinguished award -- the Founders Medal -- during the 2004 Founders Day celebration in Waco Hall. The Founders Medal is given to those men and women whose service and contributions have been significant to the University's growth and prosperity.
The 23 Baylor faculty members who traveled to northern Iraq in December 2003 were not the only ones to contribute to the effort to assist Dohuk University and other Iraq universities in rebuilding their higher education system. Dr. Rene Massengale said her colleagues in the biology department spent many hours helping her prepare and assemble the materials she took with her to Iraq. "I felt as if I were an ambassador on their behalf," she said.
Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. has announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas Henry, assistant professor of philosophy in the Honors College, as director of Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning. Henry, who has been serving as acting director, was recommended by a search committee after an extensive national search.
One of Baylor's recently completed buildings, the Dutton Avenue Office and Parking Facility, is winning industry raves for excellence in design and construction. The $10 million, 400,000-square-foot facility was recognized by Texas Construction magazine with two awards: the Best of 2003 Award in the educational (college/university) category and the Best of 2003 Merit Award for Architectural Design.
The Baylor University Alumni Association's Board of Directors has unanimously accepted the recommendation of its search committee to name Jeff Kilgore, former University Host, as executive vice president of the Association. He will begin his duties on Feb. 9.
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The book The Baptist and Christian Character of Baylor, edited by Donald D. Schmeltekopf and Dianna M. Vitanza with Bradley J.B. Toben, contains the proceedings of the April 2003 colloquy of the same name held at the University. All Baylor faculty and staff will receive a copy of the book. Additional information and links to synopses and excerpts are available here.
Scholar's Day at Baylor provides faculty, graduate students and some undergraduate honors students an opportunity to present their research to colleagues and sample the variety of scholarship being conducted on campus. This year's event on March 8 also will include a special presentation by Dr. Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor of Social Science.