Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Jan
23
2015

Baylor scientist is a Washington regular for U.S. veterans

Dr. Lea Steele, research professor of biomedical studies and Director of the Baylor Veterans Health Research Program, is no stranger to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. In the past few weeks alone, Steele — a neuroepidemiologist and recognized expert on the complex health conditions affecting American veterans — has been to the nation’s capital for scientific […]

Jan
22
2015

Happy 75th birthday, Alexander Hall!

In 1939-40, while the Great Depression was still deeply felt across the country, Baylor University faced the kind of “problem” that many would love to have; the University was growing so quickly that it was hard to keep up. In fact, more than 100 deserving female students were turned down for admission in 1939 simply […]

Jan
21
2015

Former U.S. Congressman named Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom

In December, Baylor announced a $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson to endow a chair in religious freedom, in support of the university’s educational mission and its Institute for Studies of Religion. It didn’t take long for the chair to be filled; Monday, longtime U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf was announced to fill the role. […]

Jan
20
2015

Forbes '30 Under 30' list includes 2008 Baylor grad

Less than a year ago, Baylor alum Brennan Potts, BBA '08, joined two oil and gas veterans in co-founding Titanium Exploration Partners from his Dallas home, investing the first $20 million off his kitchen table. Now, Potts is on Forbes' 2015 "30 Under 30" list of up-and-comers in the energy field. Since the 29-year-old Potts co-founded the company in […]

Jan
16
2015

Baylor tennis dynasty opens 2015 season Sunday

The Baylor tennis dynasty begins its spring schedule in earnest this weekend, looking to continue a run that has seen the Bears and Lady Bears combine for 37 Big 12 trophies and 24 Sweet 16 appearances over the last 15 years. The No. 15-ranked Baylor women open the season by hosting No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. Head coach […]

Jan
15
2015

Baylor celebrates 100 years of Student Government

“But as we see it, self government is the inevitable trend of the progressive student life; it is a proven success beyond question in the largest and smallest schools of the country; it is not a moment fad, but a fundamental and logical principle of the American universities and American life.” — The Baylor Lariat, […]

Jan
14
2015

Football earns best-ever final ranking; what will 2015 hold?

After back-to-back 11-win seasons and Big 12 titles, Baylor football finished the 2014 season ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll — the program’s best-ever finish in each poll. To find the last time Baylor finished in the top 10, you have to go all […]

Jan
13
2015

Neurologist, dean, CDC officer — and now Baylor provost

Just before Christmas, President Ken Starr announced the appointment of Dr. Edwin Trevathan as executive vice president and provost — essentially, Baylor’s chief academic officer. Trevathan will follow interim provost David Garland, who has filled the post since Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA ’84, left last June to become president of Furman University. Trevathan will certainly bring […]

Jan
12
2015

In midst of cancer fight, 71-year-old checks Baylor graduation off his bucket list

If you attended December’s commencement ceremony, you might remember the extended standing ovation given for one graduate in particular: a dimpled, white-haired, 71-year-old man. But why was this septuagenarian crossing the stage with a bunch of 22-year-olds? Ted Carroll first came to Baylor from Dallas as a wide-eyed freshman in 1961. He had been working all summer to […]

Jan
9
2015

Christianity Today names Baylor prof’s book one of 2015’s best

In his book The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, Baylor professor and author Philip Jenkins paints a picture of the religious zeal that shaped the first world war — a collection of dozens of nations, each one sure that their cause was favored by God, while their enemies […]

Jan
8
2015

Baylor prof a finalist for ‘2014 Texan of the Year’

Dr. Lori Baker, BA ’93, MA ’94, a Baylor alumna and assistant professor of anthropology, could have spent every day of 2014 teaching in her classroom, grading in her office, relaxing in her home, and nothing more. But she knew there was work to be done outside the university walls. Instead, Baker used her free […]

Jan
7
2015

What you should know about Baylor basketball so far in 2015

With most eyes focused on Baylor football’s run to a second straight Big 12 title and then the lead up to the Cotton Bowl, it’s understandable if a few of you need some catching up when it comes to the 2014-15 Baylor basketball teams. So here you are, as we join the Bears’ and Lady Bears’ […]

Jan
6
2015

Reflecting on a historic four years for Baylor football

Now that we’ve had a few days to reflect on Baylor football’s Cotton Bowl loss, it’s a little easier to put the game in perspective. After all, a one-point defeat to a top-10 team shouldn’t completely tarnish our memories of the 2014 season — or all that this year’s outgoing seniors accomplished in their four years […]

Dec
30
2014

12 things you should know before the Cotton Bowl kicks off

In two days, No. 5-ranked Baylor and No. 8 Michigan State will square off in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. But before the two teams kick off (11:30 a.m. CT, ESPN), here are 12 things you should know — about the teams, the game, and everything surrounding it: 1. As Bryce Petty prepares for his last […]

Dec
23
2014

Rounding up all the #BaylorChristmas 2014 cheer

With December commencement ceremonies and Baylor football’s final Waco practice of 2014 both complete, campus is quiet now. This blog will be quiet for the next few days, as well, as we celebrate Christmas before moving into bowl-game mode and then the return of school in the new year! In the meantime, enjoy this round-up […]

Dec
22
2014

Baylor football stars earn individual honors — and diplomas

On Saturday, quarterback Bryce Petty, linebacker Bryce Hager and offensive lineman Spencer Drango walked across the Ferrell Center stage and received their Baylor diplomas. (Petty, in fact, received his master’s degree in sports management.) Ten days from today, those three will lead 4th-ranked Baylor football against No. 7 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic […]

Dec
19
2014

Baylor welcomes local children for annual Santa’s Workshop

Every fall semester as Christmas draws near, large boxes begin appearing in the corners of the Baylor campus. Just as quickly, they begin to fill with toys donated by Baylor students, faculty and staff for local children. [SEE PHOTOS of the 2014 Santa’s Workshop] It’s all part of Baylor’s annual Santa’s Workshop. Earlier this month, […]

Dec
18
2014

Budding Baylor entrepreneurs following in footsteps of giants

Over the years, Baylor has been a launching pad for some pretty business-savvy entrepreneurs. Some are names you know — accomplished individuals such as Clifton Robinson, BBA ’63, a successful entrepreneur in the insurance industry; Paul Foster, BBA ’79, founder and chairman of the board of Western Refining; and of course our stadium’s namesake, Drayton McLane […]

Dec
17
2014

Happy 75th birthday, Pat Neff bells!

Something about the sound of the McLane Carillon bells, chiming from atop Pat Neff Hall, elevates even the most routine strolls across campus into something more. They’ve provided the soundtrack to daily life here at Baylor for generations, having played their first hymn (“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”) 75 years ago this month, in […]

Dec
16
2014

What does #BaylorChristmas look like in your home?

This (above) is how we decorate our home for campus. What about you? Check out these Bears (below) who have covered their homes in green and gold for Christmas; maybe they’ll spark some ideas for your own home! [View the story “Bears everywhere celebrate #BaylorChristmas” on Storify] So, how does Baylor show up in your home’s Christmas […]