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. Part 2: Seth's Road to Recovery

Like a wild horse cramped by the confines of a corral, Seth Russell wanted to break loose and run free.

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.

#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.

Australian Network News: Weight Gain Related to Stress, New Study

Oct. 27, 2016
Article about a new study that found that stress can lead to weight gain also mentions recent research by Meredith E. David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. David’s research, published in the journal “Psychology & Marketing,” suggested that instead of creating rules to avoid one’s favorite treats, dieters should focus on eating healthy foods that they enjoy include more foods they actually enjoy eating.

Business Insider: Chip Gaines of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ explains how to know when it’s a ‘no-brainer to buy’ in real estate

Oct. 27, 2016
Chip Gaines, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’98, talks about the appropriate time to buy real estate in an interview with Business Insider. If the assets are going to depreciate, “it’s generally not worth purchasing,” but if it’s going to appreciate in value, “it’s a no-brainer to buy,” he said.

Christianity Today: Does America’s History Justify Rigged Election Fears?

Oct. 27, 2016
AUDIO: Elesha Coffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of American intellectual history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is interviewed about Trump’s declaration that the election could be “stolen” from him by voter fraud. Many Americans agree with his assessment, polls show, but “Claims require evidence . . . and in this case, the evidence is not there,” Coffman said. “Yes, there are probably millions of people still on voter registration lists who are ineligible to vote, especially because they are dead, but unless people show up at the polls purporting to be them (the ineligible people), that’s not fraud. That’s clerical error.”

This Week at Baylor—Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2016

WACO, Texas (Oct. 28, 2016) — This week, Baylor University will host several notable speakers, lectures, concerts and events, including Festival of Faiths at the Mayborn.

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.

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…