Apply Now for Texas Hurricane Relief Mission Trips over Fall Break, Spring Break

Starting this fall break and again during spring break, Baylor Missions will be sending teams of Baylor students, faculty and staff to work on various relief projects in south Texas communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Baylor Missions teams will be partnering with various community groups and relief efforts, who are already mobilizing, identifying needs and sharing hope as they help communities rebuild their lives. For more information or to apply, go to:

Response to Harvey Update

Our hearts ache for those impacted by the unprecedented devastation from Hurricane Harvey along the Texas coast and in Houston and southeast Texas. Many among our Baylor Family -- alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff -- have been personally affected by this catastrophic storm. While in Waco, we have been spared any storm damage, we are ever mindful of the needs of those in the storm's path.

Responding in Prayer

In these days, as we begin another school year and especially do so as our nation is struggling with a darkness upon us, we are called again to be faithful and “light the ways” of our time. Dr. Livingstone is challenging us to respond prayerfully this Friday. As individuals, as small groups, and as a gathered faith community, we are invited to pray.

Summer dining, fun, fitness

Things may be different on campus during the summer, but that doesn't mean you don't have access to fun and fitness as you attend summer classes. Here you will find summer hours of operation for dining, the McLane Student Life Center, the Pullin Family Marina, and the Game Room at the Bill & Vera Daniel Student Union Building.

Football. Return of Arnold, Sells, Williams Will Help Bears

Watching helplessly from the sidelines, Terence Williams, Grayland Arnold and Taion Sells couldn't do anything to change Baylor's frustrating 0-3 start with losses to Liberty, UTSA and Duke.

Football. Bears in the NFL Week Two Update

Week Two update on how the current Bears in the NFL have played as Baylor has 10 active guys on the league's rosters.

Football. Football Opens Big 12 Play Against No. 3 Oklahoma

Baylor opens Big 12 play against No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. The Bears have won four consecutive Big 12 openers dating back to 2013.

Football. Meet the Press: #SicOU

Coach Rhule met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the Bears' upcoming game against Oklahoma.

One month to Homecoming 2017!

The nation’s oldest collegiate Homecoming celebration returns exactly a month from today: Baylor Homecoming 2017! If you haven’t already, it’s time to make your plans for Homecoming. Clear your calendar for Oct. 19-21 and schedule your visit now; a limited number of tickets are still available for some of the weekend’s main events, including a few for the Baylor-West Virginia football […]

Happy 130th Birthday, Old Main!

For 130 years now, the spires of Old Main towering above campus have been a signature image of Baylor University. In fact, it was 130 years ago this week — Sept. 19, 1887 — that Old Main opened and held classes for the first time. The building — originally known simply as “Main Building” — was […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “I’m very passionate about joining the military.”

“I’m very passionate about joining the military. My dad was in the Air Force, and I’ve seen all of the benefits that he’s been able to have and how he’s passed them along to us. “I moved around a lot, and I got to meet a lot of different people. I’m a very social person, […]

Baylor again among Big 12’s top 2, Texas’ top 5 in U.S. News rankings

For the sixth straight year, Baylor has been ranked by U.S. News as one of the top two universities in the Big 12 Conference and one of the top five in Texas, alongside Rice, UT, SMU and Texas A&M. Overall, Baylor is ranked No. 75 in the U.S. among national universities. For context, that puts BU just […]


Jorge Carmona Reyes

Congratulations to staff member Jorge Carmona Reyes, Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research, and spouse Amparo, on the birth of their daughter, Itzayana, on September 8, 2017.

Michael Whitenton

Congratulations to faculty member Michael Whitenton, religion, and spouse Rachel, on the birth of their son, Reece Wilson Whitenton, on September 6, 2017.

Marilyn Pierce

Congratulations to staff member Marilyn Pierce, chemistry and biochemistry, and spouse Andre, on the birth of their son, Zyre Stone Pierce on August 25, 2017

Wilson Law

Congratulations to faculty member Wilson Law, economics, and spouse Michelle, on the birth of their daughter Anna Everiene Law on July 10, 2017.

With Sympathy

Brayden Dyson

Sympathies to Baylor student, Brayden Dyson, on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Kristen Dyson, on April 7, 2017.

Ray and Vicki Nazzario

Sympathies to Ray Nazzario, Senior Analyst Programmer in the ITS/Technology/Libraries and Mrs. Vicki Nazzario, part-time Student Athlete Support Academic Support Services in the Student Athlete Support Services Department, on the passing of their father and father-in-law, Mr. Raymond Nazzario, on April 13, 2017.

Lee Lowe

Sympathies to Lee Lowe, BSB Animal Facility Supervisor, on the passing of her father Bill (William James) Harlan, a Baylor retiree, on April 7, 2017.

Melinda Oliver

Sympathies to Melinda Oliver, Assistant Director of Scholarships in the Student Financial Aid Department, on the passing of her father, Mr. James Hallum, Jr., on April 8, 2017.

Baylor Lariat: Baylor faculty recount their experiences in Iraq

Sept. 18, 2017
Baylor faculty who traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan at the start of the Iraq war in 2003 reunited last week for a Baylor Libraries panel discussion about their experiences presenting higher education workshops to professors and students who remained in the war-torn region. “I’m proud to be a part of the Baylor family who walk the talk and help our neighbors in need,” said retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Baylor Professor Emeritus of Political Science William A. Mitchell, whose new book documents five educational missions into the region. Other panelists were Cindy Fry, senior lecturer of computer science; Mark Long, Ph.D., director of Middle East Studies and associate professor of BIC; Brad Owens, Ph.D., senior lecturer of journalism, public relations and new media; and Lyn Prater, Ph.D., clinical professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Baylor Lariat: Bear2Bear program aids struggling elementary school

Sept. 18, 2017
Mansfield senior Luke Walker began a program called Bear2Bear, which invites Baylor students to partner with the J.H. Hines elementary school to aid students and support education.

Popular Science: All the ways hurricanes can harm—and help—the ecosystems they hit

Sept. 18, 2017
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about how Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can impact the ecosystem. “With extreme events like this, we need to understand what’s happened, we need to learn from it, and hopefully that will help us when we face future scenarios to be more resilient,” Brooks said. He and his colleagues have tested water quality on Dickinson Bayou southeast of Houston to examine the environmental impact of elevated floodwaters. (Tonya B. Hudson, director of Baylor Media Communications, arranged for the reporter to interview Dr. Brooks. She covers environmental science research and faculty at Baylor.)

Religion News Service: Sociologist Rodney Stark gets cranky about the nature of religion. It’s both illuminating and hilarious.

Sept. 18, 2017
Religion News Service senior columnist Jonathan Merritt conducted a Q&A with Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, about his new book, “Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena.” Stark explains why faith is a universal feature of human societies, and he argues against emerging theories that any system of belief about the meaning of life can be considered “religion.”

Voters Reward — or Punish — Incumbent School Board Members Based on White Students’ Achievement, Not that of Hispanics and African-Americans

WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2017) — Voters reward or punish incumbent school board members based on the achievement of white students in their district, while outcomes for African-American and Hispanic students get relatively little attention at the ballot box, according to a study co-authored by a Baylor University scholar.

Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion will Host Author Paul Marshall on Sept. 19

WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) –The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion will host author Paul Marshall, Ph.D., the Baylor University holder of the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), on Tuesday.

Baylor University Receives Department of Education Grant for TRIO McNair Program

WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) – Baylor University has been awarded an annual grant of $232,265 for five years to implement the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

This Week At Baylor-Sept. 17-23, 2017

WACO, Texas (Sept. 15, 2017) – This week at Baylor will be filled with multiple opportunities to hear phenomenal speakers and see profound films.

Acts of Love

Truett graduate Jeremy Courtney (MDiv ’04) was recently named Baylor University’s Young Alumnus of the year. Courtney cofounded Preemptive Love Coalition, a global coalition of peacemakers changing the way we engage the world’s most polarizing conflicts by confronting fear with acts of love.

Baylor and Xavier University of Louisiana

Baylor signed its first ever exchange program with an HBCU on Thursday, October 20th.

Engineers in the Field

Supported by a Missions Research grant from Baylor Missions, students and faculty from the organization Engineers with a Mission travelled to Laredo, Texas in July 2016 to drill a water well. Despite being only 15 miles outside of Laredo, the people that live in the Las Lomas colonia do not have running water in their homes.…

Remembering our Hope

In the midst of the challenges we are facing at Baylor, it is important for us to remember “the hope to which we have been called” (Eph. 1:18).  In a reflection this past summer for Baylor Magazine (, I note that the virtue of hope enables us to face the brokenness of our lives and…