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Baylor's Brooks College Honored With 2010 NASPA Excellence Award
Baylor University's Brooks Residential College has been recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the nation's top honoree in the organization's annual Excellence Awards competition. The awards recognize the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration.

Bears For Life wins Group of the Year at national conference
Bears for Life, Baylor's student anti-abortion organization, was named "Group of the Year" by the Students for Life of America and awarded $1,000 Saturday at the Students for Life of America National Conference in Washington D.C.

Student tells of lessons learned
The worst thing they could do was say no. Thus, Emanuel Gawrieh, a sophomore at the time, plunged into two lengthy internship applications, one to the Supreme Court and one to the White House.

Lariat Letters: Associate professor of philosophy agrees CLs need single room, encourages Baylor 2012
Since I began partnering in an intentional, significant way with my student life colleagues a few years ago, I have learned a great deal that most faculty members simply don't know about students' out-of-class experiences.

Mind & Soul: How Baylor Fosters an Intellectual Community of Faith for Students
It's 10 p.m. on a Tuesday in November, and about seven Baylor University students are sitting quietly in the Robbins Chapel of Brooks Residential College. After a few minutes, a faculty member who lives in Brooks stands to lead the evening prayers. The worship service of prayers and psalms lasts only about ten minutes, but it's a welcome respite for those who gather. Held every weekday night at 10 and every weekday morning at 9, the short services are designed to create a spiritual rhythm to life and to offer an opportunity for quiet reflection and spiritual growth.

Faces of Baylor: Andrea Peña
As a Baylor student who grew up in Waco, sophomore Andrea Peña is part of two families: her natural one, and the Baylor family. They just happen to overlap.

Faces of Baylor: Rachel Wilkerson
Junior Rachel Wilkerson knew her family had Baylor ties, starting with her parents, Gordon, BBA '82, and Lori (Reid) Wilkerson, BBA '83, who led Welcome Week together in the early 1980s. But until she asked her mother and grandmother for a list of Baylor relations recently, she had no idea how deep those ties went.

Former Brooks College President Starts Youthfest
The Atlanta-fest Christian concert brings in thousands of people each year, but Bryan Watt says everyone can't make the trip up north. That's why event planners decided to hold a Christian concert in Southwest Georgia. "We really believe this is the start of something," said Youthfest coordinator Bryan Watt.

S.P. Brooks' Address to 1927 Waco Citizens' Banquet
Fairness to history will place on a pedestal of praise President Rufus C. Burleson and William Carey Crane. The men laid foundations upon which others have built. They worked for the most part as teachers and preachers for promises that were never filled. They endured the hardships of the Civil War and those of the Reconstruction period. They lived in the hearts of their students. Their faults are now forgotten; their virtues will never die.

Master Advocates New Residential Project at Baylor
In short, we must not let failure of nerve or confusion about our vision stand in the way of what will serve Baylor's students now and for generations to come. Imperative II calls for a third major residential project. It is past time to act so as to make it a reality before 2012 arrives.

Five Alive
Five students. One bicycle. No money.
And a plan to bike from Waco to Anchorage in three months. This is a story of true friendship, of determination, of doing whatever it takes to encourage a friend that life is worth living.

Students To Begin 4,500-Mile Bike Trek From Baylor To Anchorage To Bring Awareness To Suicide Prevention
On Thursday, May 15, five Baylor University students, who created the Alive Campaign after a close friend attempted suicide, will make good on their promise to him - and to more than 277,000 Facebook friends - as they begin a 4,500-mile bike journey over 83 days from Waco, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Baylor Students Receive 'Critical Language Scholarships' to Study in Russia
Three Baylor University students - including one who has been awarded the prestigious honor for the second consecutive year - have received Critical Language Scholarships to study in Russia during a two-month intensive program this summer.

Five Baylor Students Raising Awareness Of Suicide Prevention On 4,500-Mile Bike Trek From Texas To Alaska
Five Baylor University students, who created a group called the Alive Campaign after a close friend confessed a suicide attempt, are making good on their promise to him - and to more than 277,000 Facebook friends - as they ride 4,500 miles over 83 days from Waco, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Making His Mark
Now headed to Harvard Law, James Nortey has worn many hats during
his time at Baylor; from the last one swings a tassel.

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Waco Tribune Herald: 5 plan to pedal from Waco to Alaska to stop suicides
Five Baylor students bring attention to suicide prevention by starting the Alive Campaign and planning an ambitious bike ride to Alaska next summer.

Baylor Homecoming Includes Friday Dedications of Immortal Ten Memorial, Brooks Village
On Friday, Baylor University will formally dedicate two significant projects - one that memorializes a fateful and tragic day in Baylor history and the other that celebrates the university's commitment to creating a truly residential campus.

Brooks Village Dedication
With the opening of Brooks Village increasing the number of Baylor students living on campus to more than 40 percent, Baylor's newest residential community places the university significantly closer to its Baylor 2012 goal of housing half of Baylor's students on campus.

The Brooks Legacy Continues
A look inside the first semester at the new Brooks Residential College

Faith, social justice central themes of lecture
Dr. Charles Marsh, professor of religion at the University of Virginia, lectures Tuesday about the way faith shapes social justice. Marsh focused on modern applications of the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marshall speaks on community involvement at tea time
Over afternoon tea at Brooks College today, Baylor alumnus Allan Marshall returns to speak as director of community development for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Brooks CL accepted to Harvard Law
Cedar Park senior and Brooks CL James Nortey was accepted to Harvard Law School.

Browsing Brooks
The fall 2007 Baylor Line featured a story about the newly dedicated Brooks Village. If you haven't seen it in person, here's your chance for a virtual tour of the Residential College.

Mayor speaks at Brooks Tea
While students helped themselves to brownies, fruit and iced tea, multiple conversations flowed. Suddenly, the sounds of "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" erupted. This is the normal scene at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Faculty Master's Residence at Brooks College.

Edwards lectures on leadership
Edwards was invited to speak as part of the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement's Leadership Lecture Series. The lecture was a question-and-answer session led by Arlington senior Gary Guadagnolo. An open forum followed.

Brooks Village opens as scheduled for fall
Seven hundred students majoring in everything from engineering to music call Brooks home. Approximately half of them are upperclassmen living in Brooks Flats, similar in style to the North Village apartments. The other half live in Brooks Residential College. Each student applied with an essay giving reasons for wanting to live in the residential college. The residential college also houses offices and classrooms.

Baylor to Hold Move-In Day Events Aug. 15-16
For the first time, Baylor University will welcome more than 2,700 freshmen to campus over two days, Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Thursday, Aug. 16. Because of the addition of the new Brooks Village residential community, students will now be assigned a day and time to move to campus.

Highest-Achieving Freshman Class Arrives As Baylor Attains Its Highest-Ever Ranking In U.S. News
As Baylor University begins a new academic year, thousands of Baylor University students - including the highest-quality freshman class ever - are back on campus amid a lot of excitement - from the opening of Brooks Village to more national recognition for the substantial progress the university has made over the past five years.

Baylor's ever-bizarre Brooks Hall is reborn ... as Brooks Village
Former residents of old Brooks Hall returning to visit Baylor won't recognize the buildings that have replaced it beyond stones used for archways and inlays that were preserved from the original building. Brooks Village is now actually two buildings: Brooks College, with dormitory-style housing, and Brooks Flats, which allows students to enjoy all the amenities of apartment-style living while remaining on campus. Encompassing 252,163 square feet and built for $42.8 million, the newly opened complex will house 682 students -- 370 in Brooks College and 312 sophomores, juniors and seniors in Brooks Flats.

Photo Feature--Baylor Move-In Day
Baylor University welcomed more than 2,700 freshmen to campus over two days, Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Thursday, Aug. 16. A record-setting volunteer crew of more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff and community members moved the freshmen and all of their belongings into residence halls in less than 30 hours.

Baylor 'Tops Out' Brooks Village
Although cold, wet weather forced the ceremony indoors, Baylor University celebrated reaching the midpoint of construction on Brooks Village, its newest residential community, with a traditional "Topping Out" ceremony on Jan. 19 in Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Baylor Announces Gift For Brooks Village Chapel
Baylor University has announced a gift from William and Mary Jo Robbins of Houston, Texas, to construct The Robbins Chapel in Brooks Village. Mr. and Mrs. Robbins are longtime supporters of Baylor. The new Chapel will provide students a place for everyday prayer, meditation and worship.

Brooks Brothers
Spirit of old hall draws students back

Brooks College will help bridge campus divisions
Of the 142 students who have already applied for admission to Brooks, one will find freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. This initial group of applicants represents more than 59 majors across all schools and colleges. There will be men and women representing a rich variety of races and ethnicities. As part of this environment, there also will be faculty, staff and students who live, work and eat together as part of their living community.

Henry to be First Master of Brooks College at Baylor
Baylor has today announced that Prof. Douglas Henry of Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning will be Brooks College's first master.

Henry Named 'Faculty Master' For Brooks College
Dr. Randall O'Brien, provost and executive vice president, and Dr. Dub Oliver, vice president for student life, have announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas V. Henry, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University, as "faculty master" for Brooks Residential College, which will open in fall 2007.

The Future of Brooks Village Begins
Baylor University's newest residential community, Brooks Village, took a major step toward becoming reality Monday, June 19, as construction crews began taking down Brooks Hall.

Brooks Village Webcam
A live webcam is available for you to view the construction progress of the Brooks Village. Every 5 minutes, a new image will be available and will automatically refresh inside the viewing window.

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