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. Basketball. Baylor, Texas State Postgame Quotes

Postgame quotes from Baylor's 90-24 win over Texas State on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Ferrell Center at Waco, Texas.

W. Basketball. No. 3 Lady Bears Roll Past Texas State, 90-24

Natalie Chou, Kalani Brown and Alexis Prince each scored 15 points, and No. 3 Baylor routed Texas State 90-24 on Tuesday night.

W. Basketball. Baylor, Texas State Postgame Notes

Postgame notes from Baylor's 90-24 win over Texas State on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Football. Baylor To Welcome Matt Rhule in Wednesday Ceremony

Baylor will formally introduce new head football coach Matt Rhule to the Waco community at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Ferrell Center.

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 […]

Why I’m looking forward to Baylor’s bowl game

Sunday, we learned that Baylor football will face Boise State in the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in Phoenix (Dec. 27, 9:15 p.m. CT, ESPN). Over the last couple of weeks, some questioned whether or not Baylor should accept this bowl bid, wondering aloud if we might be better off just moving our focus on to other […]

Congratulations

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.

Tao Mei

Congratulations to faculty member Tao Mei, mathematics, and spouse Yan, on the birth of their daughter Eleanor on October 28, 2016.

With Sympathy

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.

Bethany McCraw

Sympathies to Bethany McCraw, Associate Dean in the Student Conduct Administration Department, on the passing of her father, Mr. Olan McCraw, Jr., on November 15, 2016.

Chris Terry

Sympathies to Mrs. Chris Terry, Assistant Director of Nurses in the Health Services Department, on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Betty Jean Godfrey, on November 6, 2016.

Baptist News Global: Time to re-friend social media adversaries, expert says

Dec. 5, 2016
It’s time to re-friend and unblock those people you unfriended and blocked on social media before and after the election, says Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University, in this Q&A. “We have to find some type of mutual understanding,” she said. The path to healing, in a social media context, begins with having friends who have a variety of viewpoints, she said. (Kalli Damschen, student newswriter for Baylor Media Communications, interviewed Moody-Ramirez for an expert pitch to national media.)

C-Ville Weekly (Charlottesville, VA): Jay Hunter Morris’ search for vocal perfection

Nov. 30, 2016
Feature on renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris, B.M.Ed. (Choral Music) ’86, who grew up the son of a preacher in a small East Texas town. “Many of us grew up singing in church and in choir and it makes you want to study voice,” he says. “Once you get exposed to (singing), it’s easy to catch the fever.”

Carlisle Wellness Network: Marriage to Soul Mate May Reduce Altruism

Nov. 30, 2016
Wives who have a romantic view of marriage are less likely to do volunteer work, leading their husbands to volunteer less as well, according to a Baylor University study published in Sociological Perspectives journal. Lead author Young-Il Kim, Ph.D., research assistant professor in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), set out to test the claim of a study done more than 40 years ago that marriage is a “greedy institution” that makes it harder for couples to spend time and money on other people and institutions. The Baylor study also found that time spent solely with their wives was positively associated with husbands' reports of their own volunteering.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Central Texas house turned into neighborhood social hub

Dec. 4, 2016
Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership, Master Teacher and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University, has renovated and opened a North Waco home once green-tagged as unsafe for habitation. Now it is a neighborhood social hub aimed at breaking down prejudices, separation and fear. Many residents no longer know their neighbors, which includes people several streets over, not just in the immediate surrounding area, Scales said. “We don’t have that opportunity unless we have a space where we can gather and meet,” she said.

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.

Baylor Theatre to Put on CaBEARet: An Evening of Tony Award-Winning Musical Theatre

WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2016) — The fall 2016 CaBEARet, an evening of Tony Award-winning musical theatre featuring Baylor University theatre arts students, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

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…