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.

Football. Rhule Announces First Five Hires to Baylor Football Staff

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule announced the first five members of his new football staff Friday, with the addition of Francis Brown, Evan Cooper, Sean Padden, Mike Siravo and David Wetzel to the Bears’ football program.

Football. Football Signs Pitre To Financial Aid Agreement

Baylor football has signed Jalen Pitre (Stafford, Texas) to a financial aid contract that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester, acting head coach Jim Grobe announced Friday.

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.

Rand Paul and Bill Murray just the latest among notable Baylor visitors this year

One of the great things about life on campus is access to extraordinary people. Baylor students are blessed, year in and year out, with opportunities to learn from and interact with some of the most accomplished and influential figures in a variety of fields. This isn’t a new thing; a photo from the 1971 yearbook shared […]

#BearsOfBaylor — “Seeing others come together as a community — that’s what Baylor’s about…”

“The Multicultural Greek Council [MGC] is basically where people of different multicultural backgrounds can come together and form a community. All of our organizations within the MGC are historically ethnic-related. So the one I’m part of, Delta Epsilon Psi, is historically a South Asian interest fraternity. It’s kind of a good way for us to […]

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 […]


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.

Jacksboro (TX) Herald-Gazette: Mason Spiller Returns To Jacksboro to Practice Law

Nov. 18, 2016
Mason Spiller, B.A. (Biology) ’11, J.D. ’16, received his license as an attorney and counselor at law from the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas and has returned home to join the law firm of Spiller & Spiller in Jacksboro. While at Baylor Law School, Spiller was inducted into the Baylor Law School Order of Barristers – a society for top advocates at Baylor.

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Aretha Franklin's Inspiration

AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden takes a look at the Davis Sisters, who specialized in “hard gospel” and inspired music icon Aretha Franklin. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.

Mic: What your smartphone addiction is doing to your brain

Dec. 7, 2016
This article cites 2014 research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The research found that male and female college students spend an average of eight and 10 hours per day on their smartphones, respectively. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Baylor Law School Helps Bring 41 Children into Forever Homes in Annual Adoption Day

WACO, Texas (Dec. 9, 2016) – A record-breaking 41 children were adopted into their forever homes during Baylor Law School’s annual Adoption Day.

Give the Gift of Family Leisure for Christmas

WACO, Texas (Dec. 9, 2016) — While some people rely on gift cards or certificates — perhaps even for a family getaway — it might be that creating a homemade “certificate” and committing to a pleasant evening at home with family could be a great alternative.

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.

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…