Baylor University Names Task Forces to Act Upon 105 Recommendations and Implement Improvements to Address Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

WACO, Texas (June 10, 2016) – Baylor University has actively launched groups to lead the implementation of recommendations made by Pepper Hamilton, LLP following its independent investigation into the University’s handling of sexual assault. Two complementary executive-level task forces have been named to efficiently implement change that leads to improved processes, communication, training and response and that cultivates a culture of respect and character that reflects Baylor’s mission.

UPDATE: Addressing Sexual Violence at Baylor

Last week I shared with you information concerning the high priority we have placed on implementing improvements across campus to increase the safety of students at Baylor University. We have committed to doing all we can to implement change based on the recommendations of Pepper Hamilton, LLP following their independent review of the University’s response to reports of sexual violence.

ID Office temporarily moving to Foster for New Student Orientation

The Baylor ID Office will be temporarily located in Foster 123 from June 8 through July 1 to facilitate New Student Orientation.

Faculty & Staff: Let Us Join Together to Serve Our Students

As we begin a new summer academic term and a challenging journey together, I am honored and humbled that the Regents have asked me again to serve as interim president of Baylor University. Our work to pursue collectively Baylor’s distinctive mission requires our fervent prayers and a trust in God as the ultimate source of mercy, strength and guidance.

General News. BU Leads Conference in Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Baylor had a school-record and league-high 56 student-athletes named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday.

M. Basketball. Taurean Prince Drafted 12th By Utah, Traded to Atlanta

Taurean Prince was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

General News. Baylor University Grants Releases To Five Football Signees

Baylor University has granted a release from the National Letter of Intent to the five members of the Bears’ 2016 football recruiting class who formally requested such release prior to May 31.

Track. Four Athletes Competing At USATF Junior Championships

The Baylor track and field team is slated to have four athletes in action at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, which start Friday and continue through Sunday, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

Baylor’s Prince the No. 12 overall pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Taurean Prince, BSED ’16, came to Baylor four years ago with little acclaim or notice. He leaves with his degree in hand as one of the highest draft picks in program history. Thursday night, the Utah Jazz selected Prince with the the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft; once paperwork is complete, he will reportedly […]

Dr Pepper’s history preserved by a long line of Baylor grads

You know how much Baylor Bears love Dr Pepper. For years, we’ve served it all over campus, mixed it with ice cream every Tuesday, and even popped them open at weddings. Some even joke that the real reason Baylor moved to Waco was because administrators had heard about the drink’s invention the year before! But what […]

Groundbreaking World War II pilot was a Baylor Bear first

More than 70 years have passed since World War II ended, but the inspiring stories of more than 1,000 women who served U.S. war efforts as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) are still new to many. The WASPs were trained pilots who flew in World War II, making the same types of sacrifices, flying the same airplanes […]

A journey of friendship for 2 Baylor profs, from the Middle East to Texas

What are the odds that a teacher and student at a Syriac Orthodox seminary in Damascus, Syria, would someday end up as colleagues in Texas at the world’s largest Baptist university? The likelihood was so small, they say, it can only be God’s direction that brought them here. Dr. Abdul Saadi and Dr. Abjar Bahkou — […]


Addie Woods

Congratulations to staff member Addie Woods, Texas Hunger Initiative, and spouse James on the birth of their son Asher on April 23, 2016.

Drew Triplett

Congratulations to staff member Drew Triplett, Mayborn Museum Complex, and spouse Eleanor, on the birth of twin sons Bowie and Moses Triplett on May 17, 2016.

Kristen Pond

Congratulations to faculty member Kristen Pond, English, and spouse Justin on the birth of their daughter Elizabeth on March 6, 2016.

Leslie Hahner & Scott Varda

Congratulations to faculty member Leslie Hahner, communications and her husband, faculty member Scott Varda, communications, on the birth of their daughter Annika E. Varda, on April 29, 2016.

With Sympathy

Barry Hopper

Sympathies to the family, friends, and students of retired School of Music faculty member Barry R. Hopper on his death June 15, 2016.

Allene Lummus

Sympathies to the family, co-workers and friends of retired staff member Mrs. Allene Lummus, Ministries Department, on her death June 10, 2016.

Glenn O. Hilburn

Sympathies to the family, friends and students of retired faculty member Dr. Glenn O. Hilburn, who passed away on June 7, 2016.

Alan LeFever

Sympathies to faculty member Alan LeFever, Truett Seminary, on the death of his mother, Mrs. Jacqueline LeFever, on June 2, 2016.

Infection Control Today: Baylor Biologist Shares Update on Zika Tracking Efforts, Prevention Tips

June 23, 2016
Zika virus Q&A with Richard Duhrkopf, PhD, associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that carry Zika are different from others, Duhrkopf explained. “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites, as do long pants,” he said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story.)

KNVN-TV (Chico, CA/NBC): Study shows amount of time on cell phone affects behavior

June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Roberts’ research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Palestine Herald-Press: Palestine High School Graduate Wins Big

June 21, 2016
Incoming Baylor University freshman Briana Minter was awarded the gold medal for her service with the Sea Scouts. She spent three years amassing 400 service hours and 200 physical fitness and personal development hours in order to win the award. Minter will attend Baylor in the fall and plans to major in pre-business with the intent to move into accounting.

Science Codex: Lack of transportation hampers hungry children from getting free summer meals, study finds

June 13, 2016
Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. Partnering with local public transportation and communities in innovative and alternative ways to provide awareness of and access to the meals sites might increase participation, suggested Kathy Krey, THI research director and study co-author. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally.)

Baylor University Opens Campus for Summer Programs

WACO, Texas (June 22, 2016) — Far from quieting down for the summer, Baylor University’s campus is teeming with elementary, middle and high school students attending Baylor’s many summer programs.

United States Parents Not as Happy as Those without Children, Baylor University Researcher Says

WACO, Texas (June 23, 2016) — Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University.

Zika Mosquitoes Differ From West Nile Mosquitoes, ‘Bite At All Times Of The Day,’ National Expert Says

WACO, Texas (June 21, 2016) – The nation is on high alert for the Zika virus – and rightfully so, said Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes.

Baylor Graduate Wins Fulbright Grant to Turkey

WACO, Texas (June 16, 2016) — Courtenay Klauber, a recent Baylor University graduate, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright grant to serve as an English teaching assistant in Turkey for the 2016-17 year.