Switching to the High Deductible Health Plan?

If you elected to enroll in the HDHP for 2017 and currently have a balance in your PPO healthcare Flexible Spending Account, you must spend the remaining dollars and have a ZERO balance as of December 31, 2016.

Need eyeglasses or contacts before the new year?

If you currently subscribe to Baylor's supplemental vision insurance, National Vision Administrators (NVA), you may wish to consider an appointment with your provider before the end of the year, especially if you need to exhaust your Flexible Spending Account balance.

Payroll Year-End Reminders

If your income tax filing status, number of exemption allowances or exempt status has changed, complete a new form W-4 and submit it to the Payroll Office.

Registration Reminder for Faculty and Staff Conversations with Regents

A reminder to encourage faculty and staff to register for one of the conversations the Faculty Senate and Staff Council are hosting with President Garland and Baylor Regents.

M. Basketball. Baylor Hall of Famer Bill Menefee Passes Away at Age 95

Bill Menefee, a Baylor Hall of Fame inductee and former Baylor basketball coach and athletic director, died Thursday in Waco at the age of 95.

W. Soccer. Soccer Adds Two Players for 2017 Roster

Baylor soccer added midfielder Emily Bunnell (Cottage Grove, Minnesota) and goalkeeper Jen Wandt (Brookfield, Wisconsin), head coach Paul Jobson announced Thursday.

Football. Matt Rhule Era Begins in Waco

Decked out in a slick gray suit and a new green tie, Matt Rhule looked more like an evangelical preacher than the new Baylor football coach.

Football. Coach Matt Rhule Introductory Press Conference Quotes

New head football coach Matt Rhule met with the media for the first time Wednesday afternoon.

Make a difference this Christmas; give the gift of Baylor

Last week, we gave you Christmas gift ideas for the Baylor Bears in your life. But if your loved one already has all the green-and-gold t-shirts, coffee mugs and office decor they can handle, then you might take a look at the Baylor Christmas 2016 Gift Catalog. The gifts in this catalog aren’t things you can wrap […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “Then I heard, ‘Representing Pi Kappa Phi…’ and I was like, ‘Wait, what was that?!’”

“I’m here for the Phi Beta Kappa induction. It’s the oldest honors society in the country, founded in 1776. … I’m in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society. I’m in a couple different honors programs, the general honors program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. … I’m on the club volleyball team. I’m in Pi […]

Why I’m excited about Baylor’s new football coach, Matt Rhule

Once upon a time, Baylor hired a new head coach — a young man from the midwest who wasn’t even on most fans’ radar — to head a program still reeling following a devastating scandal. That coach would go on to become the winningest coach in program history, leading his team to new heights — […]

Christmas on 5th signals the start of #BaylorChristmas

When there are camels and kangaroos on campus, a Christmas tree lighting and concerts, you know it must be Christmas on 5th Street, the official kickoff to the Christmas season at Baylor. The much-loved Baylor tradition was renewed Thursday night, with thousands of members of the Baylor family coming together to pause from the busy-ness of […]

Congratulations

Amos Barker

Congratulations to Amos Barker, student financial aid, and spouse Alisha, on the birth of their daughter Juliana Alexa on November 21,2016.

Kimo Cummings

Congratulations to staff member Kimo Cummings, academic integrity, and spouse Joanna on the birth of their son, James Walker Cummings on November 2, 2016.

Julia Daniel

Congratulations to faculty member Julia Daniel, English department, and spouse John, on the birth of their daughter Joy on September 16, 2016.

Monique Marsh-Bell

Congratulations to staff member Monique Marsh-Bell, counseling services, and spouse Brandon, on the birth of their son Braylon Jay on October 5, 2016.

With Sympathy

Chase Cantrell

Sympathies to Mrs. Cantrell on the death of her son and Baylor student, Chase Cantrell, on December 6, 2016.

Douglas Crow

Sympathies to the family, friends and students of Douglas Crow, Professor Emeritus of German and Sculptor-in-Residence, on his death December 2, 2016.

John Lowe

Sympathies to John Lowe, University Libraries, and family on the death of his father in law, Douglas Crow, on December 2, 2016.

Mike Nolen

Sympathies to Mike Nolan, Computer Communications Tech in the Casey Computer Center of the Hankamer School of Business, and family on the death of his mother, Mrs. Veneta Nolen, on December 4, 2016.

Baptist News Global: To help someone grieving at the holidays, avoid platitudes, experts say

Dec. 8, 2016
Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is a featured expert in this story. Harris, who is an expert on grief and bereavement, said the grieving process is connected to a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual makeup. “Give people permission to acknowledge that they are grieving and that that doesn’t make you a bad Christian or a weak person to wish things were different,” Harris said. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Harris as an expert. He covers faculty and research in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.)

Colorado State Source: Baylor organist helps realize donors’ musical dream

Dec. 1, 2016
Organist Isabelle Demers, assistant professor of keyboard studies in Baylor’s School of Music, will perform Dec. 9 at Colorado State University as part of the Cavarra Organ Series. “I am so excited to be hosting Isabelle Demers at CSU,” said Joel Bacon, Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies. “She is one of the most amazing organists I have ever heard in performance — breathtaking virtuosity, beautiful musicality and always a fascinating choice of repertoire.”

KDFW-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth/FOX): Richardson ISD Nurses Praised For Saving Lives

Dec. 7, 2016
VIDEO: Richardson ISD is praising the quick-thinking of two school nurses – both Baylor Nursing alumni – for saving two lives over the past month. On Nov. 28, Annie Young, B.B.A. (Human Resource Management) ’01, B.S.N. (Nursing) ’06, a school nurse at Lake Highlands Junior High, used her AED/CPR training to help save the life of a 13-year-old student who had collapsed on the school track. Two weeks earlier, Jessica Haas, B.S.N. (Nursing) ’97, a school nurse at Wallace Elementary, also used an AED to save the life of a student’s mother who had collapsed outside the school.

KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth/CBS): School nurse, PE coach save 13-year-old's life

Dec. 7, 2016
VIDEO: Richardson ISD is praising the quick-thinking of two school nurses – both Baylor Nursing alumni – for saving two lives over the past month. On Nov. 28, Annie Young, B.B.A. (Human Resource Management) ’01, B.S.N. (Nursing) ’06, a school nurse at Lake Highlands Junior High, used her AED/CPR training to help save the life of a 13-year-old student who had collapsed on the school track. Two weeks earlier, Jessica Haas, B.S.N. (Nursing) ’97, a school nurse at Wallace Elementary, also used an AED to save the life of a student’s mother who had collapsed outside the school.

Baylor University Seeks Nominations for Youth Entrepreneur Award

WACO, Texas (Dec. 7, 2016) – Do you know a high school student who is a budding – or maybe already successful – entrepreneur?

Jason D. Cook Appointed Vice President for Marketing and Communications

WACO, Texas (Dec. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland today announced the appointment of Jason D. Cook as vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer. Cook comes to Baylor from Texas A&M University and will begin a transition to Baylor in mid-December.

‘How Long Does Grief Last?’ Expert Shares Ways to Interact with Those Who’ve Lost Loved Ones This Christmas

WACO, Texas (Dec. 2, 2016) – Chances are high that you will encounter someone who’s grieving the loss of a loved one this Christmas.

‘Low-Tech Terror’: Researcher Says Attack with a Car and Butcher Knife at Ohio State Shows Evolving Forms of Terrorism

WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2016) — The attack at Ohio State University on Nov. 28, when a student rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and began stabbing them with a butcher knife — wounding 11 — illustrates a crucial fact about mass violence, says a Baylor University researcher on terrorism.

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.

Baylor and Xavier University of Louisiana

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

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.…

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 (www.baylor.edu/alumni/magazine/1403/index.php?id=934251), I note that the virtue of hope enables us to face the brokenness of our lives and…