Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Feb
11
2016

Baylor prof researches how algae can clean water — and generate the power to do so

When most people look at algae, they see an icky, slippery green patch — something that is either an inconvenience or easily ignored. But when Dr. Scott James sees algae, he envisions the future — a future where cities save energy and money as they harness the power of algae to provide clean water. James, […]

Feb
11
2016

Baylor softball opens 2016 ranked 16th nationally

Friday will mark the fifth straight Opening Day in which Baylor softball has ranked among the nation’s top 25. This year’s squad opens the season at No. 16 in the polls, pegged by league coaches to finish second in the Big 12. In a sport that demands excellent pitching to be successful, the Lady Bears feature one of […]

Feb
10
2016

Baylor grad named president of influential Christian publisher

A Baylor alum who started in the stockroom of a growing company in the 1980s is now the president and COO of that same company — which just so happens to be the largest private publisher of Christian books in the world. Last month, Jeff Johnson, BS ’85, was named president and chief operating officer of […]

Feb
5
2016

More BaylorProud artists & bands who have made names for themselves

Last summer, we compiled this list of 14 BaylorProud artists you should be listening to — singers and bands who have made names for themselves in recent years, and who, just like you, are Baylor Bears. Since then, you’ve brought to our attention eight more names that to check out. Here’s a quick rundown, starting with our updated Spotify playlist: Two former Uproar […]

Feb
1
2016

Is Baylor the oldest university in Texas?

In the fall of 1844, when Texas was still its own country, the Texas Baptist Education Society petitioned the Republic of Texas to charter a Baptist university. And on Feb. 1, 1845, Baylor University was established in Independence, Texas. Today, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. That’s not to say Baylor is without […]

Jan
29
2016

Baylor alum receives Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor

The ties between Baylor and the healthcare industry are almost too long to cover in a single blog post. Connections to Baylor College of Medicine and the Baylor Scott & White Health system provide excellent starting points for Baylor graduates, who benefit as students from multiple highly ranked programs that prepare them for careers in the field. […]

Jan
28
2016

Undaunted by disability, Baylor Law valedictorian inspires all who know her

You may not know Allison Dickson, but many at the Baylor Law School do. In 2007, Allison graduated No. 1 in her class from Baylor Law, despite a daily battle with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a type of spinal muscle atrophy. Allison’s parents learned their daughter had the disease when she was just 15 months old — […]

Jan
27
2016

How to be BaylorProud on social media

You love Baylor. We know you do. Why else would you be on the BaylorProud blog? You talk us up to your friends and family, and you post online for your followers to see your love. But, thanks to social media, there are even more ways you can tell the world about Baylor! Statistics tell […]

Jan
26
2016

Baylor named nation’s top collegiate orchestra for second straight year

For the second year in a row, the nation’s top collegiate orchestra hails from right here at Baylor. The Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Stephen Heyde, once again beat out bigger, better known programs to win first place in The American Prize competition’s orchestra division for universities and colleges. Founded in 2009, The American Prize is an […]

Jan
22
2016

Remembering the Immortal Ten

January 22 will forever be a day when the Baylor family stops to reflect, for it was on this day in 1927 that we lost 10 of our own — the students we remember as the Immortal Ten. Every Bear knows the basics of the story: Coach Ralph Wolf was taking his very first Baylor basketball team to […]

Jan
21
2016

What does your Baylor diploma mean to you?

In one respect, a diploma is just a sheet of paper. But in a deeper way, that little paper carries a lot of weight. 2007 Baylor graduate Amanda Bray published the short note below earlier this week on Instagram as she proudly hung her diploma for the first time. It sums up what so many of us feel about graduating from Baylor and earning […]

Jan
20
2016

Nation’s largest award for top teaching brings Rice psychology prof to Baylor

Every two years, Baylor’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching brings one of the nation’s best professors not already here at Baylor to Waco for a semester, allowing BU students to benefit from his or her excellence in the classroom. First awarded in 1991, the award remains our country’s only national award presented by a college or university […]

Jan
19
2016

Once helped by a benefactor, Baylor alum dedicates his career to paying that help forward

When Neal Emmons was a teenager, college seemed pretty much out of the question. His parents had divorced when he was 10, and growing up, his mother had worked days, nights and weekends as a transcriptionist for three separate medical practices just to provide the basics for him and his older sister. “She did it on her […]

Jan
15
2016

Ann Richards: Governor, trailblazer and Baylor legend

It’s been 25 years to the day since trailblazing Baylor alumna Ann Richards, BA ’54, was sworn in as the 45th governor of Texas (with the Baylor Golden Wave Band leading the inauguration parade!). And although a quarter-century has passed since that day, her legacy as an iconic Texas figure lives on in a variety of ways. […]

Jan
14
2016

Lady Bears’ Johnson now among NCAA’s top 20 all-time for career assists

At any level, there’s one skill a point guard must have to succeed: the ability to get the ball to a teammate who can score. As the recordbooks now show, the Lady Bears’ Niya Johnson does exactly that — better than almost anyone in women’s college basketball history. Tuesday night, the senior from Florida tied the Big 12 […]

Jan
13
2016

Lady Bears leave softball field for the mission field over Christmas break

When the Baylor softball team opens the 2016 season next month, they’ll do so a very different team than last year — and not just because of graduation and newcomers. Head coach Glenn Moore’s squad spent Christmas break sharing their game and the Gospel in Ghana, and what took place there was life-changing for everyone involved. […]

Jan
12
2016

Baylor alums fling their green and gold in Canadian consulates

Baylor graduates often find themselves in interesting places, whether displaying worldwide leadership in countries around the globe, or in unique jobs or industries closer to home. Two Baylor grads, Lauren (Sellers) Simpson (BA ’05) and Colt Currie (BA ’08), have found a way to combine elements of both. Each day they leave their homes in […]

Jan
11
2016

Bearathon, ‘the toughest half-marathon in Texas,’ returns to raise scholarship funds

Registration for the Bearathon is officially open, and you know what that means: time to start training! But before you hop on the treadmill, you should know a bit about why this half-marathon is such a big deal to Baylor, Texans and runners. The Bearathon began in 2003 as Student Foundation’s primary scholarship fundraiser (replacing Bear […]

Jan
8
2016

Gathers smashing Baylor rebound records

Just how remarkable are the rebounding numbers being put up by Baylor big man Rico Gathers? Consider these numbers: Last season, the 6-foot-8, 275-pound forward set the Baylor single-season and single-game records for rebounds — breaking marks that had stood since 1974 and 1955, respectively. In December — just seven games into his senior season — Gathers broke the […]

Jan
7
2016

Thanks for joining us, Baylor family!

This is a nice way to start the year… An independent survey commissioned by Baylor’s Marketing & Communications office last fall found that this blog — BaylorProud — is the No. 1 way our alumni say they get most of their information about Baylor. For that, we say “Thank you!” We’re glad you enjoy reading these posts, […]