Open Enrollment is Just Around the Corner

November 1 - 18, 2016 is Baylor's Open Enrollment for benefits that will be in effect for 2017. If you have been considering a change in plans for medical, dental or vision, or want to continue your Flexible Spending Account, you can do so during Open Enrollment.

Baylor Pledges Cooperation with OCR Review

WACO, Texas (Oct. 19, 2016) – On Tuesday evening, the University received notice from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that it will investigate a complaint filed by Baylor’s former Title IX Coordinator. An OCR review of this nature results in a broad, comprehensive look at policies, procedures and practices for a specified number of years: in this case, from the Fall of 2014 to the present. Interim President David E. Garland immediately assured OCR the University will cooperate fully with the investigation.

Outstanding Staff

Have you submitted a nomination for a staff member you believe is outstanding? Honor a staff member for their contribution to Baylor's students, community members, and colleagues!

Memorial service for David Grotberg Wednesday

Baylor University will hold a memorial service for David Grotberg, a sophomore University Scholar from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Powell Chapel at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Football. Russell’s Recovery from Neck Injury a 'God Thing'

In 33 years with the fire department, Ronald Russell had extracted people with neck injuries from vehicles, only to never see them walk again. Some of them “never walked away, period.”

W. Basketball. Lady Bears at No. 4 in USA TODAY Coaches Poll

The Baylor women’s basketball team is ranked fourth and received two first place votes in the USA TODAY Sports Preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday.

Cross Country. Cross Country Set For Big 12 Championship

The Baylor men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 21st-annual Big 12 Cross Country Championship Saturday at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas.

Football. Can't Make It To Austin?

Connect and share in the experience of Baylor Football by following the action on our social media platforms.

#BearsOfBaylor — “We made a rule early on… In Waco, the kids wear green and gold.”

Her: “I’m a fifth-generation Baylor Bear! I have always loved Baylor, and the decision was made a little easier when I got some great vocal music scholarships. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated from undergrad, so I decided to stay and continue graduate school. I love my alma mater for […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “We’re roommates!”

“We’re roommates!” “We just lived super well together [as freshmen], so we were like, let’s do it again!” [What’s it like living off-campus versus on-campus?] “It’s super different. [On campus,] I feel like you’re just constantly forced to be social, and when you’re in your apartment, you can decide what you want to do. So I […]

Big 12 schools aren’t just rivals — they’re partners, too

The popularity and frequency of college athletic contests often lead us as fans to think of other Big 12 Conference schools as our opponents, someone we must fight against and try to beat, at all costs. But outside of the world of athletics, Baylor partners with other Big 12 schools (yes, even Texas and TCU) on a regular basis; it just […]

Unique class hymns welcome Baylor freshmen to campus each fall

While it’s common for incoming freshmen to be welcomed to college by campus leaders, it’s not so common for that encouragement to come in the form of a hymn — but that’s what we do at Baylor. Since 2008, each class of freshmen has received its own unique message of encouragement and hope written by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, […]


Rebekah Johnson

Congratulations to staff member Rebekah Johnson, Truett Seminary, and spouse Junius, on the birth of their daughter Sophie on September 10, 2016.

Ed Rogers

Congratulations to staff member Ed Rogers, counseling services, and spouse Elizabeth, on the birth of their son, Joseph David Rogers, on August 27, 2016.

Cameron Talley

Congratulations to Cameron Talley, university libraries, and spouse Megan, on the birth of their son Samuel Walden Stewart, on September 2, 2016.

Joshua Ogden

Congratulations to staff member Joshua Ogden, ITS Client Services, and spouse Krista, on the birth of their son Cooper on August 30, 2016.

With Sympathy

Dr. William Jensen

Sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. William Jensen, Professor Emeritus of Art, who passed away on October 10, 2016.

Donna Powell

Sympathies to Donna Powell, Senior Lecturer in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department, on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Linda Caton, on October 12, 2016.

Ashlyn Gill

Sympathies to Baylor student, Ashlyn Gill, on the passing of her father, Mr. Charles Gill, who passed away on October 8, 2016.

Emma Gotcher

Sympathies to Baylor student, Emerson "Emma" Gotcher, on the passing of her father, Mr. Jeffrey Gotcher, who passed away on October 8, 2016.

Baylor Lariat: Baylor Bound expands transfer agreement

Oct. 26, 2016
Baylor University and South Texas College announced the creation of a Baylor Bound transfer agreement on Monday, which allows students to transfer easily to Baylor. “For students who live in that area, I think they should be excited that now they’ve been handed an opportunity to follow a pathway that is without any ambiguity as far as what courses they’ll have transfer to Baylor,” said Wesley Null, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate education at Baylor. “They’ll know from the beginning and can start planning before they start their first semester.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Prison Seminaries Offer Genuine Rehabilitation and Lower Costs

Oct. 26, 2016
This column about inmate-run churches, prison seminaries and faith-based volunteers in under-resourced prisons quotes Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and author of “The Rise of Christianity.” The article was written by criminologist Michael Hallett, Ph.D., a non-resident scholar for ISR.

KLTV-TV (Tyler/ABC): UT Tyler Art Exhibition

Oct. 27, 2016
VIDEO: The art of three Baylor faculty members is being displayed at Meadows Gallery at the University of Texas-Tyler. The artists are Robbie Barber, an associate professor of art, who is exhibiting sculpture; Berry Klingman, professor of art, who will display his works of printmaker; and Paul McCoy, Ceramicist-in-Residence, professor and director of Baylor’s Allbritton Art Institute.

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: What are Spirituals?

Oct. 25, 2016
AUDIO: On this episode of “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments,” Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden explores what spirituals could have sounded like in the 1800s as they were sung in the 20th century. Darden is founder of Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.

Hunger Expert Discusses USDA Report Showing Significant Drop in Household Food Insecurity

WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2016) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its report, “Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2015.” The report shows a significant decline in the national food-insecurity rate, from 14 percent to 12.7 percent in one year, which means that millions more people throughout the nation now have access to food.

Speakers to Address Challenges, Transformations in ‘Higher Learning’ Symposium Hosted by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning

WACO, Texas (Oct. 25, 2016) — The 2016 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will focus on “Higher Learning” with nearly 200 presenters exploring the promise and challenges in contemporary colleges and universities.
Each year, the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture,

Baylor University and South Texas College Announce Partnership on New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement

WACO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) – Baylor University and South Texas College today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.

Baylor Mourns Passing of Distinguished Alumna Alma Rohm, Retired Southern Baptist Missionary

WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2016) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of Distinguished Alumna Alma Hazel Rohm, a beloved Southern Baptist emeritus missionary who served for more than half a century in Nigeria. Rohm finished her mission on Oct. 17 at the age of 90, when she went to spend eternity with her God and Savior. Services will be held Dec. 8 and 9 in Iwo, Nigeria, where she will be buried.

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.…

Baylor and Xavier University of Louisiana

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

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.

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…