Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Oct
23
2014

NBA Bear’s book club builds community online and in-person

If you watched NBA games in the 1990s or early in the millennium, you couldn’t miss the old PSAs featuring NBA stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller encouraging young basketball fans to read, all with the tagline, “Reading is Fundamental.” Had former Baylor star and current Los Angeles Clipper forward Ekpe Udoh, BSEd ’11, […]

Oct
22
2014

How Baylor researchers (and students) are fighting breast cancer

Seeing a lot of pink lately? That’s probably because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many organizations take this to mean they should turn their product pink for 31 days. Here at Baylor, however, we prefer a more direct approach. Thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, […]

Oct
21
2014

Homecoming at Baylor isn’t just about football; it’s a family reunion

Why is Homecoming such a big deal at Baylor? Because it’s not just a visit to campus for a football game; it’s a weekend-long family reunion. Here’s how Kathleen Elliott, BA ’95, described it in a note to the university last fall: “My husband and I met at Baylor in 1992. We dated until 1999 […]

Oct
20
2014

Just how healthy is that pumpkin scone, latte or pie?

It’s everywhere during the fall, almost singlehandedly taking over the food industry. It’s in bread, pie, lattes, cookies, ice cream, coffee creamer – and tomorrow, Oct. 21, is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Pumpkin. With its numerous nutritional benefits – filling fiber, eyesight-improving nutrients, and immune system-boosting minerals – it could probably be considered a super fruit (yes, pumpkin is […]

Oct
17
2014

What this year’s Reunion Classes experienced as seniors at Baylor

As part of Homecoming, Baylor’s Reunion Classes — those who graduated in years ending in 4 or 9 — will be honored in a series of events over Homecoming weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1). On Friday, the 50-Year Alumni Reunion (Class of 1964) will be honored with a dinner in Barfield Drawing Room from 4-7 p.m., while […]

Oct
16
2014

Baylor Entrepreneurship entrenched among nation’s elite, ranked No. 3 nationally

It’s been five years since Baylor’s entrepreneurship program first ascended to a top-5 Princeton Review national ranking, and the Hankamer School of Business program that’s shaping the next generation of business visionaries, innovators and creators has never looked back. Each fall, Princeton Review releases its list of the top 25 colleges for entrepreneurship in Entrepreneur Magazine, and […]

Oct
15
2014

For this U.S. Naval commander, service began at Baylor

As part of their retirement, U.S. Navy servicemen and women get to select national monuments and other meaningful landmarks over which their Navy ensign (the U.S. flag) will fly. After the flag has flown over those landmarks, it is returned to the Navy, where it is presented to the retiring service member at his/her retirement ceremony. Navy Commander […]

Oct
14
2014

Baylor professors’ research targets neglected tropical diseases

More than 3 billion people worldwide are at risk from tropical diseases that spread easily and contribute to a repeated cycle of poverty in nations across the globe. Thousands of miles away from the epicenters of these diseases, in labs here at Baylor, those 3 billion people have allies in Baylor professors and their students, who right now are […]

Oct
13
2014

Professors as mentors — a Baylor tradition since 1845

Last month, we shared the story of the latest two Baylor professors to be honored for excellence in teaching and mentoring. When the story was posted to Facebook, this question was posed: “Which Baylor professor(s) made an impact in your life?” In no time at all, you responded with almost 175 different names — including more […]

Oct
12
2014

Miracle comeback over TCU solidifies Baylor football at No. 4 in the nation

With 10 minutes to go Saturday, Baylor football trailed a top-10 team by 21 points. ESPN says the Bears’ chances of winning at that point were less than 2%. What came next was, to quote a friend, “unbelievably believable.” Baylor scored 24 unanswered points against a nationally recognized TCU defense, capped off by a game-winning field […]

Oct
10
2014

The ‘Revivalry’ — Baylor vs. TCU — pits two top-10 teams in Waco

McLane Stadium will host the biggest game in its young life Saturday, as No. 5-ranked Baylor returns home to host No. 9 TCU in a top-10 matchup some have dubbed “the Revivalry.” The Bears are 21-1 at home since 2011 and come in riding the nation’s second-longest active home win streak. That streak includes six […]

Oct
9
2014

Fortune 500 companies among dozens of organizations visiting campus to Hire-A-Bear

What do AT&T, Oracle, Halliburton and ExxonMobil have in common? Yes, they’re all influential international corporations. They’re also all on the Baylor campus this week looking to hire a few good Bears. And they aren’t the only ones who know they can find talent at Baylor. Bank of America, Hershey, Goldman Sachs, Allstate and Accenture are also among the […]

Oct
7
2014

Texas Supreme Court Justice, Baylor alum — and social media savant

“Only one justice is bold enough to snap a selfie while being interviewed on national TV about tweeting…” That justice is Texas Supreme Court Justice (and Baylor alumnus) Don Willett. Willett (pictured above with Robert Griffin III) graduated from Baylor in 1988 having triple-majored in finance, economics and public administration. He was appointed to the […]

Oct
6
2014

Baylor Law again named a Best Value Law School

For the second year in a row, Baylor Law School has been ranked one of the nation’s top two “best values” when it comes to private law schools — beating out such high-end names as Notre Dame, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Yale. Even when one takes both public and private law schools into account, Baylor still holds a […]

Oct
3
2014

Baylor sophomore named Sports Illustrated's Cheerleader of the Week

Having been named Sports Illustrated’s Cheerleader of the Week, complete with a detailed photo spread on the SI website, it would be easy to stereotype Casey Dervay. But you’d be underestimating this Baylor sophomore — by a mile. Sure, Dervay is a songleader. But that’s just one of the hats she wears; she’s also a philanthropist, multi-linguist, Tri […]

Oct
2
2014

Texas Hunger Initiative hosting hunger & poverty summit at Baylor

Ending world hunger is a daunting and overwhelming task, to say the least. But like they say, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. With that in mind, the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), housed in Baylor’s School of Social Work, does whatever it can to end hunger in Texas and beyond. Right now, THI […]

Oct
1
2014

Showing off Baylor pride, at home or in the office

One of the fun things about social media is seeing all the ways Baylor Bears show their love for their alma mater. Our family of more than 165,000 living alumni is Baylor Proud, and likes to show it. Over the last couple of years, we’ve shared examples of how Bears fling their green and gold at home and […]

Sep
30
2014

Peers honor Briles as college football’s best offensive head coach

ESPN asked 128 current head football coaches this question: “Who is the nation’s best offensive head coach?” The clear winner? Baylor’s Art Briles, with 22% of the vote. And it really shouldn’t be any surprise, looking at the numbers the Bears have put up during Briles’ tenure: Through four games this season, Baylor leads the nation in points and yards per […]

Sep
29
2014

Bestselling author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’ to speak today at Baylor

Amy Tan has been a fixture on The New York Times bestseller list over the last 25 years, with five bestselling novels to her credit, plus a hit movie, a memoir and two children’s novels. Today, she’s sharing her story on campus with the Baylor community. “An Afternoon with Amy Tan” is the featured lecture of Baylor’s […]

Sep
26
2014

‘Believe Me': Alum’s thought-provoking film now in theaters

One of the last people you might expect to see in a Christian comedy would be Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But Believe Me (in theaters today) isn’t what you’d expect from a Christian film, either. Co-written and directed by Baylor alumnus Will Bakke, BA ’10, Believe Me is a film that playfully […]