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.

W. Basketball. Women’s Hoops Finalizes 2016-17 Non-Conference Slate

Baylor women’s basketball has finalized its 2016-17 non-conference slate, 17th-year head coach Kim Mulkey announced on Monday, June 27.

W. Tennis. Women’s Tennis Welcomes International Standout

Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the signing of Jessica Hinojosa Gomez of Guadalajara, Mexico, to a National Letter of Intent Monday.

Track. London Claims USATF Junior 400-Meter Crown

Baylor track and field freshman Wil London captured the 400-meter event title in 45.61 Sunday at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Veteran's Memorial Stadium.

Track. Bennett, London Make USATF Junior Championships Finals

Baylor track and field athletes Taylor Bennett and Wil London both won their heat in preliminary races Saturday at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Veteran's Memorial Stadium.

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.

Business Standard: US Diplomat’s Wife Wowing Audience with Rabindrasangeet

June 24, 2016
Meeryung Hall, M.M. (Performance) ’92, the wife of U.S. Consul General Craig Hall, Ph.D. (Religion) '94, is a well-known Western classical singer who makes a point to learn the local music of each country she lives in. As she performs Rabindrasangeet songs in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Meeryung Hall hopes to build lasting ties between people in Kolkata and the United States through her renditions of Bengali lyrics sung in a Western style.

Extra Credit Newsletter (American Institute of CPAs): 4 Tech Tools for the Accounting Classroom

June 14, 2016
Article about new apps and tech tools that make classes truly mobile includes a demonstration of how Gia Chevis, Ph.D., clinical professor, graduate accounting programs director and holder of the Price Waterhouse Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, uses Educreations, a whiteboard and screencasting app, to create short instructional videos that include writing, audio and graphics. These videos “help students prepare for class better and be more active and engaged versus just reading the chapter,” Chevis said.

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Central Texas Leadership Series: Eric Shephard

June 17, 2016
In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series is Eric Shephard, M.F.A. (Directing) ’99, executive director of the Waco Civic Theater, discusses the importance of an active arts community and future plans for the theater.

Baylor University and Art Briles Issue Joint Statement Regarding Their Employment Relationship

WACO, Texas (June 24, 2016) – Baylor University and Art Briles have mutually agreed to terminate their employment relationship, effective immediately. Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program. Baylor is addressing these shortcomings and making ongoing improvements.

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.