Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Jun
28
2016

Eight ways Baylor researchers are fighting cancer

For most of us who are not scientifically-inclined, it’s easy to focus more on the beautiful exterior of the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) than to think about what goes on inside. But what’s going on inside the BSB could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Teams of Baylor professors and students are […]

Jun
24
2016

Baylor’s Prince the No. 12 overall pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Taurean Prince, BSED ’16, came to Baylor four years ago with little acclaim or notice. He leaves with his degree in hand as one of the highest draft picks in program history. Thursday night, the Utah Jazz selected Prince with the the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft; once paperwork is complete, he will reportedly […]

Jun
23
2016

Dr Pepper’s history preserved by a long line of Baylor grads

You know how much Baylor Bears love Dr Pepper. For years, we’ve served it all over campus, mixed it with ice cream every Tuesday, and even popped them open at weddings. Some even joke that the real reason Baylor moved to Waco was because administrators had heard about the drink’s invention the year before! But what […]

Jun
22
2016

Groundbreaking World War II pilot was a Baylor Bear first

More than 70 years have passed since World War II ended, but the inspiring stories of more than 1,000 women who served U.S. war efforts as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) are still new to many. The WASPs were trained pilots who flew in World War II, making the same types of sacrifices, flying the same airplanes […]

Jun
21
2016

A journey of friendship for 2 Baylor profs, from the Middle East to Texas

What are the odds that a teacher and student at a Syriac Orthodox seminary in Damascus, Syria, would someday end up as colleagues in Texas at the world’s largest Baptist university? The likelihood was so small, they say, it can only be God’s direction that brought them here. Dr. Abdul Saadi and Dr. Abjar Bahkou — […]

Jun
17
2016

Baylor students create album cover art inspired by black gospel music

For years now, Baylor professor and alumnus Robert Darden, BSED ’76, has been working with the Baylor Libraries’ Digital Projects Group to lead a search-and-rescue mission for music from the Golden Age of black gospel. This effort — dubbed the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project — has uncovered some truly moving songs, hidden social messages, and beautiful album covers. […]

Jun
16
2016

A sneak peek at Baylor’s Class of 2020

Every summer, we take a look at some of the freshmen who will be joining the Baylor family come fall. The three new Bears featured here were each the valedictorian of his/her class, but come to Waco from homes as near as Houston and as far as Virginia. Here’s your first look at Baylor’s Class of 2020: * Third-degree black […]

Jun
15
2016

Baylor junior designs 5,000-piece LEGO Pat Neff Hall

As a native Wacoan, Stanton Bain grew up planning to attend at Baylor. And like kids everywhere, he grew up piecing together LEGO blocks. “Even though I was very young at the time, I was able to build even the most difficult sets that the LEGO company had,” says Bain, now a junior at Baylor. “I have […]

Jun
14
2016

Baylor couple’s ‘Fixer Upper’ spin-off to debut on DIY Network

Building on the success of Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines, yet another Baylor couple is getting their own show on HGTV. Fans of the network’s popular “Fixer Upper” show are already familiar with Clint Harp, BBA ’00, co-founder of Harp Design Co. and a frequent supplier of furniture for the Gaineses’ remodeled homes. Now, Clint […]

Jun
9
2016

Baylor alum finally gets his commencement ceremony — 50 years after graduating

The end of spring means graduation season. Future Bears are preparing to transition into college life, and our newest alumni are preparing for life in the “real world.” But there’s another group of Bears who also participate in commencement ceremonies: the Baylor Heritage Club. Every year, the newest members of the Heritage Club are welcomed on […]

Jun
7
2016

Baylor alum uses class photo day to teach her pre-K students a powerful lesson on caring

Without any context, Corinne Stephenson’s pre-K class photo looks pretty normal — three rows of smiling, bright-eyed children lined up alongside their teacher. But the lesson Stephenson, a 2012 Baylor grad, taught her class on photo day is anything but normal. Look at the photo a little closer, and you’ll notice that one smile is bigger than the rest. […]

Jun
6
2016

Baylor prof uses her OCD journey to inspire others battling mental illness

Elizabeth McIngvale was 12 years old when her battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) began. At first, it was asking her mother repeatedly if she was okay; then, it was seeking reassurance about other normal things. Before long, she was washing her hands hundreds of times a day, and eventually she became completely homebound. Seemingly overnight, she went […]

Jun
3
2016

“Camille’s Big Girl Swing” — A Baylor engineering student project with heart

When 7-year-old Camille Whitt sat in her motorized swing for the first time, she paused for a brief second. Camille had long ago physically outgrown her old infant swing, but an undiagnosed neurological disorder has limited her development to the level of a 4- to 6-month-old — the age many children enjoy swings the most. As Camille sat […]

Jun
1
2016

Baylor professors of the year represent sciences, math, arts and education

Each spring, Baylor honors professors with three major awards based on slightly varying criteria. The first to be announced is the Collins Outstanding Professor Award, voted on each year by the outgoing senior class. Past Collins Professors include Dr. Randall O’Brien (1996), Dr. Tom Hanks (1998), Rachel Moore (1999) and Dr. Robert Packard (2002). Dr. […]

May
28
2016

What it means to be BaylorProud, even in disappointment

If this week’s Baylor news has left you shaken, you’re not alone. How, you may wonder, can we ever be proud of Baylor when the university has fallen so far short of the standards it sets for itself? A little history… Almost nine years ago, this blog was started to show the many reasons why […]

May
23
2016

For these father-daughter Baylor grads, protecting the environment is a family affair

Greer Tidwell, BSES ’85, and his daughter Brittainy, BSME ’15, have a lot in common. For starters, they’re both Baylor engineering graduates; they also both love the outdoors. It’s a love that came naturally. Greer grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, where his father, Greer Tidwell Sr., was an early environmental engineer. He passed on […]

May
20
2016

Baylor School of Social Work names new dean

It’s official: Dr. Jon Singletary, BA ’93, is the new dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. And it won’t take Singletary long to get up to speed; neither the position nor the school is entirely new to Singletary. He’s been interim dean since June 2015, when he succeeded the late Dr. Diana Garland. […]

May
19
2016

New Disney castle in Shanghai designed by a Baylor grad

There’s a new kingdom coming to China: Disneyland Shanghai. Opening in June, the park features six different lands, including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland. But the crown jewel of the park? The Enchanted Storybook Castle (pictured above) — which, as it so happens, was designed by a Baylor Bear. That […]

May
18
2016

Baylor marina update one of many campus projects underway this summer

It’s amazing to think that it’s only been in the last 20 years or so that Baylor has begun to really utilize the campus’ unique riverfront setting. The push that began with Baylor Ballpark and the rest of the Turner Riverfront Athletic Complex in 1999 has been followed by the Umphrey Law Center in 2001, Mayborn Museum Complex in 2004, […]

May
17
2016

Baylor lab studies the value of a good night’s sleep

How does sleep impact your memory, creativity or ability to function at work or in class? Baylor researchers are studying these very questions at the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. There, you’ll often find student research subjects settling into one of the lab’s private bedrooms for the night, while electrodes attached around the dome of […]