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.

Haley Alloway

Sympathies to student Haley Alloway, Truett Seminary and resident chaplain, on the death of her father, Mr. John Loffer on June 21, 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.

Focus Daily News (Dallas, Texas): Experts examine West Nile vs Zika Virus carriers

June 24, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story about mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Zika viruses. Of Zika mosquitoes, he said: “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." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert.)

HealthZette: Snubbed by a Smartphone

June 23, 2016
Article cites a 2015 study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that cellphones and smartphones are actually damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. The study was conducted by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing. Researchers surveyed 453 adults, and they confirmed that when someone even perceived that their partner phubbed – “phone snubbed” – them, it created conflict and led to lower levels of satisfaction with the relationship. Poor relationship satisfaction led to lower levels of satisfaction in life — and higher levels of depression. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this research nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Science Codex: New Baylor research identifies keys to managing innovators

June 21, 2016
This story highlights a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City): American parents have biggest happiness gap of 22 countries, but employers could change that

June 23, 2016
American parents are less happy than their childless counterparts. And the parenthood "happiness gap" is greater in the United States than in 21 other countries studied, according to a briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families. Researchers wrote they were astonished to discover "the negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations." One of the researchers is Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

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.