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.

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.

Football. Football Places Four on Coaches All-Big 12 Teams

With three first-team and a second-team selection, Baylor football had four players honored on the All-Big 12 teams, the league announced Wednesday.

#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 […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “Basically the entire Christmas break, we have a giant sleepover.”

“My best memory of the holidays, in general, is that every year we always — my extended family — all get together at my aunt’s house and basically, the entire Christmas break, we have a giant sleepover. We’re all on break and everyone’s visiting, so we all stay at my aunt’s house. There’s like 15-18 […]


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.

Education News: Author discusses new book on how arrival of women in higher education changed colleges’ sense of mission

Dec. 6, 2016
Question-and-answer with Andrea L. Turpin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Baylor University, about her book. In “A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917,” Turpin explores how the entrance of women into U.S. colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the moral and religious purposes of higher education in unexpected ways and profoundly shaped American culture.

KLTV (Palestine, Texas): Securus Technologies Commits To Five Year Funding For Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Dec. 6, 2016
Securus Technologies, a provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) jointly announced today a five-year funding commitment by Securus to PEP and an exclusive agreement to expand the rehabilitation and reentry support to more inmates and their families. Baylor students volunteer as Business Plan Advisors to teach inmates the skills needed to prepare a business plan.

KWKT-TV (Waco/FOX): Baylor Student Donation; $54,000 to Local Nonprofits

Dec. 7, 2016
VIDEO: Ten local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $54,000 that were presented yesterday by students in Baylor University’s “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course. Interviewed for this story was Rebecca Voth, a junior University Scholar.

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Baylor Philanthropy Students Donate Thousands to Charities

Dec. 7, 2016
VIDEO: Ten local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $54,000 that were presented yesterday by students in Baylor University’s “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course. Each fall and spring semester since fall 2014, and in partnership with dozens of inspiring social sector organizations, the students participating in this unique and transformational learning environment have stewarded and given away a total of $331,835 in grants to local nonprofits.

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…