Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Feb
24
2017

Meet Baylor’s first professor — a 30-year-old Episcopalian from Connecticut

On Jan. 12, 1846, the original Baylor University Trustees met for the second time, just six months after Republic of Texas President Anson Jones had signed the university’s charter. The Trustees had already chosen Baylor’s first president, Henry Lee Graves; their next task was to determine who would have the honor of being the university’s first teacher. […]

Feb
24
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “The tests seem to all pile up in the same week.”

“I’m from Kansas City… It is so nice here today! It’s like, 65 degrees but it doesn’t feel like it. It feels like 80. It’s a lot warmer [in Waco compared to Kansas City]. I don’t know how warm it is there today — 45 or 50 degrees, so I’m not used to this, it […]

Feb
23
2017

Award-winning Baylor prof’s path takes him from opera to IT

The Baylor faculty is full of professors who are leaders in their field and outstanding in the classroom, so it was noteworthy (but not unexpected) to hear earlier this month that a Baylor business professor, Dr. John Tripp, had been recognized as a rising star in the world of information systems. What was unexpected, however, is how […]

Feb
22
2017

New Baylor study: Did a drought — not flood — kill the Waco mammoths?

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of people who visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument every year (even more since its national monument designation in 2015!), you’ve heard the prevailing theory of how the mammoths found here died. For years, scientists have believed it likely that rising waters from the Bosque River flooded the site […]

Feb
20
2017

Four ways Baylor parents support Baylor students

Sure, parents of college students everywhere send encouraging text messages and the occasional box of cookies to their kids away at college. But Baylor parents take it a step further, truly becoming part of the Baylor family. Whether they live close to campus or thousands of miles away, here are four special ways Baylor parents support Baylor students: […]

Feb
17
2017

From Baylor to Paris: Alum’s work appears at prestigious modern art museum

At first glance, the images in “Someone to See,” a video by digital photographic and video artist Zach Nader, BFA ’07, appear both familiar and a bit disorienting. There’s a reason for that — Nader takes images from the world of advertising and fashion and digitally manipulates them to help viewers see them in a […]

Feb
16
2017

Barbara Walker: social work leader, and Baylor’s first female African-American graduate

On June 2, 1967, Barbara Walker, BA ’67, graduated from Baylor with her degree in sociology. When she crossed the Commencement stage and received her diploma that day, Walker earned the distinction of becoming the first African-American woman to graduate from Baylor. (Just moments before, her classmate, Robert Gilbert, BA ’67, had received his degree in history […]

Feb
16
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “He is going to serenade my little…”

Her: “He is going to serenade my little for her basket for Basket Week. … The sororities will do this thing where they’ll get a big, who’s like their sorority mom, who’s in the pledge class above them. That big will put together a series of baskets full of all kinds of t-shirts, goodies and […]

Feb
15
2017

Baylor student and professor write book to support Ghana school

Last May, Baylor School of Education professor Lakia Scott and senior Branda Greening decided to go on Baylor Missions’ annual two-week Ghana Leadership mission trip. It’s an experience known for changing the lives of both the participants and the children they teach in rural Ghana — and that was certainly the case for Greening and Dr. Scott. Going […]

Feb
15
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “It’s just interesting things that we keep figuring out in biology.”

“I’m a biology major… I’m currently walking to Moody Library to work on a research project. We’ve been going out to the wetlands, working on it, going to find different organisms out there in the wetlands, so we got a chance to get in the water and figure out what we are doing. My group is […]

Feb
14
2017

Baylor musicians in Army Band and Marine Band provide inaugural soundtrack every four years

Whenever the President of the United States appears in public, there’s music. And dating back to the earliest days of the presidency, military bands have most often supplied the soundtrack that lends a sense of dignity and gravity to presidential ceremonies. At events ranging from visits by foreign heads of state to funerals to presidential Inaugurations, […]

Feb
14
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “I love raising kids and seeing the world through their eyes.”

“We’re getting some exercise, so my two girls and I are just getting some sun. Some February sun. They got on their scooters and we went out from The Quadrangle — the grad housing residence where we live — and came up here to get some exercise.” [Is it hard to be a grad student […]

Feb
13
2017

Baylor alum wins 4th and 5th career Grammy Awards

Congratulations are in order for Baylor graduate Giancarlo Guerrero, BM ’91; the conductor of the Nashville Symphony since 2009, Guerrero won two Grammy Awards Sunday night — the fourth and fifth of his career! The Nashville Symphony’s performance of “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway” actually won three Grammys on Sunday: best classical instrumental solo, best classical compendium, […]

Feb
9
2017

Baylor to launch Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center for students

Late last month, Baylor announcing the establishment of the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) on campus. The center will open this fall inside Baylor’s East Village Residential Community to provide both support services for students who are in the initial stages of identifying an addiction and continued support for students who have completed rehabilitation programs. An extension of the Baylor Counseling […]

Feb
9
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “I played soccer in high school and I tore my knee…”

“I just recently found out I got into PT school, so that’s exciting… I’m graduating in May and so I didn’t know where I was going to be after I graduate. Knowing I have a school to go to is exciting. “I played soccer in high school and I tore my knee, so I went […]

Feb
8
2017

Baylor grad named Texas Student Teacher of the Year

Every year, Baylor’s School of Education graduates roughly 100 eager, wide-eyed future teachers. One of those graduates is Stephanie Wright, BSED ’16 — who was just named a Texas Student Teacher of the Year. Wright graduated summa cum laude last spring with the goal of working with students in special education, then completed her student-teaching experience […]

Feb
6
2017

Baylor acrobatics & tumbling, equestrian each ranked No. 1 nationally

Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have spent most of the winter ranked among the top 5 nationally — but impressively, they’re not even the university’s top-ranked athletic programs right now. That honor would go to the Baylor acrobatics and tumbling and equestrian squads, each of which is ranked No. 1 in the nation as spring […]

Feb
6
2017

#BearsOfBaylor — “Some of my favorite memories come from summer at Baylor…”

“Listen to your advisors, because I thought I knew what I was doing until my advisors told me to do something better, and it worked out better for me. I’m a junior biochemistry major, but I’m graduating this semester, a year early. I thought I had planned it out very well, but then my advisors gave […]

Feb
3
2017

Three Baylor staffers again chosen to work Super Bowl as ‘Wi-Fi Coaches’

When the Patriots and Falcons kick off Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant, BSED ’98, won’t be the only Baylor Bear in action at the game. Just as it did two years ago, Baylor ITS is sending a trio of staff members (all BU alumni) to help fans at this weekend’s Super Bowl in Houston. Baylor ITS staffers […]

Feb
2
2017

Read Matt Rhule’s refreshing Baylor pitch to recruits and their families

You’ve likely already seen the headlines following college football’s National Signing Day yesterday, as almost every national media outlet emphasized Baylor head coach Matt Rhule’s impressive work in putting together his first signing class in Waco. Starting virtually from nothing, in less than two months Rhule built a signing class that ranks in the top 40 nationally […]