QEP Proposal Feedback

Baylor is entering our decennial reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and one aspect of the process is the creation of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Over the past academic year, a group of faculty, staff, and student representatives have worked to create a draft proposal for the QEP, which is entitled <em>Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing</em>. A copy of this draft is available at <a href="http://www.baylor.edu/qep">www.baylor.edu/qep</a>, and your comments on any aspect of this proposal are invited.

New Parking Options

Parking and Transportation Services has made some parking modifications that will take effect this fall.

Campus Carry Law

Last spring, Baylor completed a deliberative process outlined by Texas Senate Bill 11 through which private universities could opt out of what is known as the “campus carry law.” After robust conversations, Baylor determined that it would continue to prohibit license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the Baylor University campus, on any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by Baylor University is being conducted or in a passenger transportation vehicle owned by Baylor University.

Northbound I-35 lane closures in Waco start Tuesday night

All Interstate 35 northbound lanes in Waco will be closed overnight from 7 PM Tuesday to 7 AM Wednesday as crews shift the work zone for bridge repairs to the outside two lanes.

Football. Football Completes Final Scrimmage of #CampBU

With an emphasis on keeping players healthy, the Baylor football team went through limited scrimmage situations and capped off Thursday’s session with the first-team units going against the scout team.

W. Volleyball. Baylor Volleyball Opens Season with Baylor Invitational

Baylor volleyball begins the second season under head coach Ryan McGuyre on Friday, hosting the 2016 Hampton Inn Waco North Baylor Invitational.

Football. Football Has Quartet Make Rotary Lombardi Watch List

Baylor football had four players, Kyle Fuller, Shock Linwood, Seth Russell and Taylor Young, make the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award for the 2016 football season, the honor’s committee announced Thursday.

W. Soccer. Soccer Faces Purdue, Incarnate Word in Home Opening Weekend

Baylor soccer begins its 2016 home season by taking on Purdue at 7 p.m. CT on Friday and Incarnate Word at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.

#BearsOfBaylor — “55 is just an age. I can still hang with the students.”

“My title is assistant director of wellness, and my responsibilities are I get to come to work — according to my husband, I get to come play every day — and I’m in charge of the group exercise classes, all the 40- to 50-person classes of zumba, yoga, pilates, cycling that we have. “I just […]

Hankamer/Cashion complex and Penland Hall debut new looks

A new school year means the start of a new era for the Hankamer/Cashion complex and Penland Hall, which both reopened for the 2016-17 school year to rave reviews after spending the past year undergoing massive makeovers. New labs and academic units at Hankamer/Cashion and updated residential units, community kitchens and more at Penland were […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “It is juggling.”

Him: “I’m a student [doctoral candidate] here, and I work here. People talk about balance, and I’ve gotten over that idea. It is juggling.” Her: “Juggling the kids is real hard. We’re just getting used to that. … I just had a baby, so stuff I’m dealing with is mostly just trying to raise three […]

Dr. Garland’s Commencement advice exemplifies the need for Christian universities

Baylor posted President Garland’s Summer 2016 Commencement address online earlier this week, and if you haven’t heard it yet, I encourage you to check it out. (Watch the video or read the complete transcript here.) In his speech, Dr. Garland gives an excellent explanation of what excellence looks like in a Christian context, and particularly at a Christian university. […]


Erica Ellis

Congratulations to Erica Ellis, Constituent Engagement, and husband Karl on the birth of their daughter, Piper Henley Ellis, on July 24, 2016.

Lindsey & Joe Rogers

Congratulations to Lindsey & Joe Rogers, Baylor police department, on the birth of their second daughter, Delaney Kate, on August 17, 2016.

George Thornton

Congratulations to staff member George Thornton, construction services, and wife Blaire, on the birth of their daughter, Madeline Camille on December 17, 2015. Our apologies for the delay in recognizing this blessed event.

Alex Vaughan

Congratulations to faculty member Alex Vaughan, modern languages and cultures, and her spouse Robert on the birth of their daughter Margie Lucille on January 28, 2016.

With Sympathy

Carey Ann Smith

Sympathies to the family, friends, and students of retired Assistant Dean for Student Services in the School of Nursing Carey Ann Smith on her death August 13, 2016.

Dr. John Olson

Sympathies to the family, friends, and students of Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. John Olson on his death August 16, 2016.

Darren Frame

Sympathies to Baylor professor Darren Frame on the death of his son and Baylor student, Jared Frame, on August 4, 2016.

Nicole (Niky) McCafferty

Sympathies to Baylor student Nicole McCaffety on the death of her father, John D. McCaffety, on June 16, 2016.

Healthcare Daily: As Healthcare Execs Stress Over ‘Competition From Other Providers,’ A Remedy For ‘Cognitive Tunneling’

Aug. 25, 2016
Gary Carnini, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate business programs in the Hankamer School of Business, wrote this article about how employees in the healthcare industry can avoid cognitive tunneling, a deep focus on one thing while avoiding everything else, by combining stretch goals and smaller objectives.

KXXV-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/ABC): Baylor Law grad raises money for scholarship in her name

Aug. 19, 2016
VIDEO: Allison Dickson, J.D. ’07, was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy called Werding-Norman, but she has not let that stop her from achieving her dreams, including earning her degree from Baylor Law School where she graduated No. 1 in her class. “(The scholarship) is kind of a way for me to, I wouldn't say mentor, but hopefully be possible influence (on students) in their life," Dickson said. "I hope they’re proud to say I'm a recipient of the Allison Dickson scholarship and be able to kind of spread my story on and say what that means. Hopefully, it means something to them.”

The Baptist Standard: 2nd Opinion: You need Someone greater than you to guide your life

Aug. 24, 2016
VIDEO INCLUDED: The Baptist Standard features the summer commencement address delivered by Baylor Interim President David E. Garland. His words of biblical wisdom not only apply to university graduates, but also to students at all points on the academic spectrum as they begin the 2016-17 school year.

The Waco Tribune: Panel to discuss arts, cultural diversity at Baylor

Aug. 25, 2016
A multiethnic panel of actors, directors and writers will be moderated by Sam Henderson, theater arts lecturer in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The panel will discuss cultural diversity in theater at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Mabee Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

Musical Tastes Are Cultural in Origin, Not ‘Hard-wired’ in the Brain, Study Suggests

WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) — Scientists previously thought musical preferences are “hard-wired” in the brain, but a new study of a remote Amazonian farming and foraging community suggests that musical tastes are cultural in origin. One of the study’s authors, published in the journal Nature, is Alan Schultz, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

This Week at Baylor - Aug. 22

WACO, Texas (August 23, 2016) — This week, Baylor will be hosting several notable speakers, actors and theatre professionals through multiple events. Baylor Student Activities is also reinitiating its Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome beginning next week.

Sub-Saharan Africans Satisfied with Their Sex Lives, with 18 Percent Rating Them a Perfect 10, Baylor Researcher Finds

WACO, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) — People in Africa’s Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating — reported by 18 percent of respondents — being a perfect “10,” according to Baylor University research presented Monday at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Baylor University and Ken Starr Issue Joint Statement Regarding Their Employment Relationship

WACO, Texas (Aug. 19, 2016) – Effective today, Judge Ken Starr will be leaving his faculty status and tenure at Baylor University’s Law School.