Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Aug
28
2015

Big dreams, bigger talent: No. 4-ranked Baylor football set to open 2015 season

One week from today, Baylor football will kick off the 2015 season at SMU (6 p.m., ESPN). Coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles, the Bears will begin the year ranked No. 4 in the nation — the program’s best-ever preseason ranking. Why so high? For starters, Baylor returns 17 of 22 starters from last year’s […]

Aug
27
2015

Brad Paisley to headline Traditions Rally 2015

For several years now, Baylor students and the Waco community have celebrated the start of football season with a combined pep rally and concert known as Traditions Rally. In 2012, Texas country artist Cory Morrow headlined the event; in 2013, it was singer-songwriter Ben Rector; and last fall, it was former American Idol winner Phillip […]

Aug
26
2015

Baylor grads serve ISIS refugees in northern Iraq

Not many Americans would willingly uproot their family to move to one of the world’s more dangerous and remote corners. But, Billy (BA ’95) and Dawn (BSEd ’98) Ray feel their calling so deeply that they couldn’t imagine not living in northern Iraq, where they have served with World Orphans since 2008. The Rays — Billy, […]

Aug
25
2015

New Foster Campus impresses in its debut

The start of classes Monday also meant the debut of Baylor’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the new home for the Hankamer School of Business. Built just down Third Street from the President’s Albritton House and across Bagby Avenue from East Village (map), the new facility offers 40% more square footage for business school students […]

Aug
24
2015

Top 10 words of wisdom from alumni for Baylor freshmen

On Facebook this morning, Baylor asked a simple question of the university’s 155,000+ followers: What one piece of advice would you share with ‪#‎Baylor‬ freshmen today on their first day of college? In just a few hours, Baylor alumni and others shared more than 4,000 words worth of wisdom. Feel free to read through all […]

Aug
21
2015

Faculty, staff & students pitch in to welcome Baylor’s Class of 2019

If you’ve never experienced a Baylor Move-In Day, we have to tell you — there’s nothing quite like it. After the newest group of students and their parents make the usually long and exhausting trip to Baylor, they pull up to their child’s residence hall and are greeted by a very welcome surprise. Dozens of […]

Aug
20
2015

Air Force recognizes Baylor professor for actual rocket science

It’s just physics-based hypersonic boundary-layer stability and transition prediction — it’s not rocket science. Okay, it is rocket science. That the subject of Baylor professor Joseph Kuehl‘s research — for which he has earned a large research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program. Dr. Kuehl, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering […]

Aug
19
2015

How God made His plans for one Baylor student ‘clear as concrete’

Some students arrive at Baylor having dreamed of being a Bear for years. Others just sort of find themselves at Baylor, without much forethought. And then there are those who don’t plan on becoming Bears at all, but who are seemingly led here directly by God. Amber Katynski, an incoming transfer student, admits to having spent […]

Aug
18
2015

Anonymous gift to transform Baylor communication sciences & disorders department

Big things are happening in Baylor’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Last year, CSD became part of the new Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. And now, a $10 million gift from anonymous donors will give the program a significant boost moving forward. While the donors’ names will remain unknown — all we know is […]

Aug
17
2015

New website designed specifically for Baylor alumni, parents & friends

Chances are good that, if you’re reading this blog, you’re either a Baylor graduate, parent, or a friend of the university. If so, this post is for you. (And you current students? You’ll be alumni soon enough, so consider this a taste of what’s ahead for you.) The portion of Baylor’s website designed for alumni, […]

Aug
14
2015

Baylor alum named CFO of PayPal

With digital payment company PayPal separating from longtime partner eBay to become a separate company this summer, the newly independent company needed the right leader to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Their search led them to a Baylor grad. John D. Rainey, BBA ’93, MBA ’95, was named PayPal’s new CFO earlier this month, positioning him to […]

Aug
13
2015

Murphy becomes 1st Baylor big leaguer to 100 home runs

Given his pedigree, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that David Murphy has staked a strong claim as the best major league position player in Baylor history. The 2003 first-team All-American was a first-round pick in that summer’s MLB draft, going 17th overall to the Boston Red Sox. Since then, he has played almost 1,100 games in the big […]

Aug
12
2015

#FiveStarr: How we’ve gotten to know President Starr in his 5 years at Baylor

From the moment he was announced as Baylor’s 14th president, we all knew Ken Starr was not your average college president. We hoped that his national profile would help shine a spotlight on Baylor, but only in our wildest dreams did we imagine the success we’ve seen over the last five years, from academics and athletics […]

Aug
11
2015

Tickets on sale Wednesday for Homecoming, Family Weekend events

Get ready — tickets for #BaylorHomecoming and #BaylorFamily Weekend events go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Returning to Waco for Homecoming (Oct. 22-24)? Get your tickets for Pigskin Revue and the Class Reunion Gatherings, hosted by the Baylor Alumni Network for those who graduated in 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and […]

Aug
10
2015

Are you #BaylorProud? Show us!

Friday, September 4 — the start of the first weekend of college football for 2015 — will be celebrated nationwide as “College Colors Day.” Fans all over the country will wear their team’s colors to show their school pride on the opening weekend for college football. But at Baylor, we’ve got too much to be excited about […]

Aug
7
2015

14 BaylorProud artists who you should be listening to

If you’re on the lookout for some new music, why not check out some artists who have something in common with you? These singers and bands are fellow Bears who have made names for themselves in various genres in recent years. If you love country music, Holly Tucker, BA ’15, and SaraBeth Swagerty, BBA ’09, are your girls. Holly competed on […]

Aug
6
2015

Who was Penland Hall named for?

Penland Residential Hall welcomed its first students 55 years ago this September. Since 1960, it has served as a major anchor of campus and as home to generations of Bears. But why do we even call it Penland? As you might have guessed, “Penland” is an important figure in Baylor history: George Harvey Penland, to be precise. Harvey […]

Aug
4
2015

Get hyped — just one month to Baylor football

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

Six Flags designer — the ‘Walt Disney of Dallas’ — is a Baylor alum

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 […]

Jul
31
2015

#FiveStarr: Celebrating fundraising highlights of President Starr’s 5 years at Baylor

Five years ago this summer, Ken Starr took office as Baylor’s 14th president. Since those early days, when he challenged Baylor Nation to join together to support student scholarships, Baylor has responded in record-setting numbers, providing for increased scholarships, game-changing facilities and more. “The momentous outpouring of generosity that, remarkably, continues unabated is really a story […]