Faculty & Staff News
One month from today, Baylor football will kick off the 2015 season at SMU (6 p.m., ESPN). The Bears’ No. 4 ranking in the preseason coaches poll is the best in program history, and of course Art Briles’ squad is coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles. If all that’s somehow not enough to get you excited for the […]
Aug. 3, 2015
In a new book, two Baylor professors write that for all Baptists’ diversity and predisposition to dissent, they are “well-positioned to thrive” as outsiders in America’s increasingly pluralistic, secular culture. Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, are authors of “Baptists in America: A History.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers history research and faculty.)
WACO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2015) - In a continuing effort to provide alumni, parents and the general public with a convenient online ordering system for Family Weekend and Homecoming special events, Baylor University will launch event ticket sales at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.
All day Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5 the Baylor Bookstore and McLane Shops will give faculty and staff a 20% in-store discount.
July 24, 2015
Michael Scullin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and the director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, found in a study that “maintaining good sleep quality, at least in young adulthood and middle ages, promotes better cognitive functioning and serves to protect against age-related cognitive declines.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Scullin’s research to national outlets in January. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
July 31, 2015
This article focuses on the growing trend of voice and audio messages – in lieu of traditional texting – that people are adopting around the world. The story cites research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which revealed that college students spend an average of eight to 10 hours per day on their cellphones. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business. Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Roberts’ cellphone research to media in 2014.)
July 31, 2015
Baylor senior Erin Gaddis is mobilizing youth in Texas to push for reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and the End Racial Profiling Act. Gaddis, a communication specialist major, is the Texas NAACP Youth and College Division president. She said millennials play an important role in shaping collective action on these issues.
July 31, 2015
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this story about managing Social Security funds. Specifically, he addresses how spouses should manage their Social Security money. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers business research and faculty.)
July 30, 2015
David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of American history in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, writes about a museum dedicated to the long roster of famous Texas musicians. The museum has found a permanent home in Irving and will highlight more than 100 musicians ranging from Buddy Holly to Beyoncé.
Aug. 4, 2015
Ahead of Thursday’s first presidential debate, Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and coauthor of the book “Baptists in America: A History” with fellow Baylor historian Thomas Kidd, is quoted in this article about Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore interviewing former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in front of 13,000 evangelicals at a missions conference. “Russell Moore talks about congregations as doing God’s work,” Hankins said. “You have to have a grassroots conservatism in churches as opposed to going to Washington and speaking to subcommittees about what needs to change in America.”
Aug. 2, 2015
A bipartisan group of national thought leaders, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, has called upon Congress to take action to develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious freedom. With the catastrophic state of international religious persecution, violence and terrorism, a deficient foreign policy will have dire consequences for religious minorities worldwide as well as for U.S. national security.
July 30, 2015
Bob E. Parsons III, M.B.A. ’98, joined the board of directors of the Green Beret Foundation. Parsons is currently the president of Ronin Leadership and has served in the Green Berets. The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance and advocacy to those Green Berets injured in the line of duty, to their families and to the families of Green Berets killed in action.
If you’re a fan of roller coasters, water parks, musicals or aquariums, you should be a fan of Michael Jenkins. Many of the DFW area’s family entertainment options — and even some around the world — can be traced back to this Baylor alum, dubbed the “Walt Disney of Dallas.” A 17-year-old Jenkins first stepped into […]
Aug. 1, 2015
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., exhorted lawyers to do more pro bono work and to help finance free legal services provided by others in his keynote address Saturday at the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Baylor Law School was presented with one of the awards for its impactful pro bono work, including working on foster-care adoptions and finalizing them with a celebration at the school in which students participate and a Serving Those Who Served program that provides a monthly legal advice clinic to help military veterans navigate various legal problems.
Aug. 3, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989-1993, was among the distinguished panelists who took part in a discussion “Supreme Advocate: Solicitors General Reflect on the Supreme Court As It Was, Is, and Will Be” at the American Bar Association meeting in Chicago. The article reports on the topics of discussion, including how the panelists became the U.S. government’s top courtroom lawyer, day-to-day duties of the office and maintaining independence, when formulating government positions.
Aug. 3, 2015
Pam Durso, B.A. Religion ’83, Ph.D. Religion ’92, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM), accepted a lifetime achievement award from Christians for Biblical Equality July 25 in Los Angeles. Durso, who has led the Atlanta-based BWIM since 2009, was among nine individuals and one organization honored at this year’s CBE annual meeting. The award, established in 2005, recognizes “those who exhibit a lifetime of courage, sacrifice and vision in advancing the biblical basis for gift-based ministry.”
Aug. 3, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989-1993, joined current and former solicitors general for a panel discussion on practicing before the Supreme Court Aug. 2 at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. During the session, “Supreme Advocate: Solicitors General Reflect on the Supreme Court As It Was, Is, and Will Be,” Judge Starr explained his “call to service” and how he discovered that Thurgood Marshall — who served as solicitor general under President Lyndon B. Johnson before joining the Supreme Court — was right about the position. “It is the best legal job in the world,” Starr said.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2015) – Allison Chew Syltie has been named the new director of Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art, effective Aug. 3. Syltie will succeed Karin Gilliam, who has served as the director of the Martin Museum of Art for the past 10 years. Gilliam will serve as the museum’s Director Emeritus and will work on special outreach projects in a part-time capacity.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2015) – Baylor University junior Tim Campbell of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, was honored recently as one of 10 students nationwide selected to attend the prestigious Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute.
San Antonio Magazine: Becky Dinnin, Alamo director helps shape the future of Texas’ historic landmark
Aug. 1, 2015
Becky Dinnin, B.A. Journalism ’88, knew the weight of her role when she became director of the Alamo nearly six months ago. But, she says, it’s a responsibility she’s reminded of anew each weekday. “Every morning when I drive in, I think, ‘Gosh, this is exciting,’” she says. “To be a part of the master plan and rethinking of how we tell the story of the Alamo… This is a once-in-at-least-several-generations opportunity.”