Faculty & Staff News

Jun
27
2017

W. Tennis. Kraus Joins WT Roster

Baylor women’s tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the addition of Livia Kraus to the fall roster on Tuesday afternoon.

Jun
27
2017

M. Tennis. More Branches on the Tree

Matt Knoll hasn’t quite reached the level of Louisville’s Rick Pitino in basketball or Alabama’s Nick Saban in football when it comes to coaching trees. But, Baylor’s 21-year head men’s tennis coach added two more branches earlier this month and might have the most impressive coaching tree in the smaller world of men’s college tennis.

Jun
27
2017

A Baylor love story creates a Baylor legacy

Early this month, incoming freshman Collin Enright finished his Baylor Orientation. He registered for his first semester of college classes, signed up for a meal plan, and got his official Baylor ID card. And his parents? They took selfies at the most memorable spots from when they were Baylor students themselves. Heather and Chris Enright […]

Jun
27
2017

American Psychological Association: Psychologists in the news

June 22, 2017
The International Association for the Psychology of Religion has presented its Godin Prize for the Scientific Study of Religion to Wade C. Rowatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Rowatt's research focuses on the connections between religion, pro-sociality and prejudice.

Jun
27
2017

Baylor Business Review: Alumni Profile: Wren Brothers

March 9, 2017
Jackson Wren, B.B.A. (Entrepreneurship and Management) ’15, started the clothing company “Dapper Bear” with several classmates as part of a two-semester accelerated venture class when he was a student in the Hankamer School of Business. He and his twin brother Eric Wren, B.A. (Speech Communication) ’14, manage the growing business, selling ties, scarves, socks, shirts and more featuring a distinctive green-and-gold plaid pattern.

Jun
27
2017

Baylor Proud: Ben Franklin’s Faith the Subject of Baylor Prof’s New Book

What the Founding Fathers believed about God and religion has long been a subject of debate and fascination, and Franklin’s beliefs in particular may have the widest variety of interpretations among his peers.

Jun
27
2017

CKHZ-FM (Halifax, Nova Scotia): Trouble Remembering? These Tips Will Help You

June 26, 2017
Research by Melanie Sekeres, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is mentioned in this report on tips to aid memory. She found that students who receive information and then re-tell it to someone else immediately are able to recall the details better and longer than if they just re-read it in a textbook — a strategy that could pay off at test time.

Jun
27
2017

McLendon Named Baylor Interim Provost

WACO, Texas (June 27, 2017) – Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the institution’s interim provost, effective July 1. McLendon has served as dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, while also holding a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

Jun
27
2017

McLendon Named Baylor Interim Provost

WACO, Texas (June 27, 2017) – Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the institution’s interim provost, effective July 1. McLendon has served as dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, while also holding a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

Jun
27
2017

Medical Health News: Baylor Graduate Awarded Rotary Global Grant to University of Westminster

June 26, 2017
Story about Baylor University graduate Mima Fondong, B.S.Ed. (Health Science Studies/Pre-med) ’17, who was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship from the trustees of The Rotary Foundation. She will attend the University of Westminster in London, England, to pursue a master’s degree in global public health and nutrition. “My goal is to continue learning and investing in my education so that I can use all of what I've learned to one day invest in the lives of my future patients,” Fondong said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story.)

Jun
27
2017

People: Chip and Joanna Gaines Step Up to Help Paralyzed Waco Firefighter: 'The Positive Impact They Are Making Is Immeasurable'

June 26, 2017
The Baylor softball team is among more than 70 groups and businesses who have offered to contribute services and supplies to build a handicapped-accessible home for a paralyzed Waco firefighter, who along with his wife, also cares for the couple’s son, who was born without a portion of his brain. Chip, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’98, and Joanna Gaines, B.A. (Communication Specialist) ’01, also contributed the lumber to ensure construction could move forward.

Jun
27
2017

The Cross Timbers Gazette (Flower Mound, TX): Taking a leap of faith into business

June 22, 2017
Flower Mound freshman Ryan Vosburg discusses his passion for faith, business and basketball. He plans to double major in economics and entrepreneurship at Baylor and has gotten a head start in the business world by selling basketball shoes at his high school.

Jun
27
2017

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN): Minimum wage an issue of satisfaction

June 27, 2017
Article co-written by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who conducted research which found that people in states that raised their minimum wage between 2010 and 2013 were more likely to be satisfied with their lives than in those states that did not raise the minimum. Besides helping people to better meet their basic needs, the higher wage has the potential to make them feel more politically effective.

Jun
27
2017

The Texas Standard: Why Is Waco’s ‘Flying W’ so Popular?

June 23, 2017
AUDIO: Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is interviewed about Waco’s “Flying W” logo and how it’s become so popular that the City of Waco is having to turn down requests to use it out of fear of diluting the city’s brand. “Sometimes you don’t realize you’ve got a good thing until everybody tells you that you do,” Darden said. The logo was created by Darden’s Baylor colleague Carol Perry, senior lecturer in journalism, public relations and new media, who designed the logo when she was the communications officer with the city.

Jun
27
2017

Thrillist: iPhones Have Changed the Way We Poop... For The Worse

June 25, 2017
Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about how smartphones have “imperiled one of the universal rituals of the human race: bathroom time.” Roberts, who has written extensively about phone addiction and its impact, said, "The bathroom used to be a place free of distraction and technology. It's not like that anymore. And it's certainly not great for our mental clarity. When we take our phones away, we get stressed, and anxious, and irritable. We get FOMO. Nowadays, people have trouble being alone with their thoughts, because they usually don't have to."

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Fred Gehlbach: Take time to appreciate nature's gifts

June 23, 2017
Column by retired Baylor University research biologist Fred Gehlbach about the importance of recognizing outdoor nature and what its history tells us. “Nature supports life all over Earth, so let us protect native flowers, shrubs, trees, animals and clean air and water where we live,” Gehlbach writes.

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Livingstone picks education dean as interim Baylor provost

June 27, 2017
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone made her first major administrative announcement on Tuesday, selecting Michael McLendon, dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, to serve as interim provost, effective July 1.

Jun
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: STAYING SHARP IN SUMMER: Baylor starts Freedom School focused on avoiding summer learning loss

June 27, 2017
Feature article on Waco’s first Freedom School, sponsored by Baylor’s School of Education and the Children’s Defense Fund, a summer learning program held at Cesar Chavez Middle School through July 28. The program has deep ties to the 1960s civil rights movement and allows children to tackle controversial — though culturally relevant — topics through debate and book discussions. “Freedom Schools served as a way to teach people who maybe were not literate how to read, so they could become registered voters,” said Lakia M. Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. “But the other piece about Freedom Schools historically was this power of knowing that ultimately youth shaped our future. This idea is that if we really empowered our youth — even if they’re 10 or 12, to help them understand civil rights, help them to understand the power in knowing how to read — then we can change our future.”

Jun
26
2017

Six-man football star, Big 12 starting lineman — and Baylor MBA graduate

Quincy Jenkins came to Baylor in 2003 from tiny Trinidad, Texas (population 1,091), as a pre-med major. After walking on to the football team under head coach Guy Morriss, Jenkins went on to earn a scholarship and appear in 40 games as a defensive tackle for the Bears — all while earning his degree in biology. […]