Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Jul
9
2014

Select program offers undergrads direct path to Baylor Law or College of Medicine

What could be better than a Baylor degree? Two Baylor degrees, that’s what. Baylor 2 Baylor provides students with that opportunity. Baylor 2 Baylor (or Baylor²) is a dual-admission program that allows a select group of incoming freshmen to follow their Baylor undergraduate experience with automatic admission into either Baylor Law School or Baylor College of Medicine. Comprised […]

Jul
7
2014

A Century of Sic ’Em: Celebrating 100 years as Baylor Bears

One hundred years ago this summer, Baylor was without a mascot. Our sports teams were occasionally called the Bulldogs or the Baptists in newspaper accounts, but they had no official nickname. By the fall of 1914, Baylor students were ready for that to change. On Oct. 2, 1914, a contest was proposed to come up with […]

Jul
3
2014

McLane Stadium 97% complete with 8 weeks ’til kickoff

Next month (!!), Baylor football will officially open McLane Stadium as the Bears host SMU. A media tour yesterday gave up-close looks at the team’s locker room, a recruiting area, the field (where turf has gone in this week) and lower stands. (If you’re following @BaylorProud on Twitter, you got a glimpse of things yesterday.) […]

Jul
2
2014

Baylor professors of the year represent education, music and business

Each year, Baylor honors three professors with major awards based on slightly varying criteria. The senior class annually votes to determine the Collins Outstanding Professor Award. For the eighth time in the last 11 years, the Collins Award winner is also a Baylor graduate; this year’s recipient is Dr. Paul La Bounty, PhD ’07 (above left), […]

Jul
1
2014

Yet another Baylor alum joins ranks of university presidents

Today, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA ’84, becomes President Davis. Furman University today welcomes Davis, formerly Baylor’s executive vice president and provost, as the 12th president in the school’s history. (Dr. David Garland, dean of Truett Seminary, has been named to replace Davis on an interim basis while Baylor conducts a national search for the next provost.) Davis, who […]

Jun
30
2014

Spotlight falls on Baylor prof’s work identifying remains in South Texas

The sad plight of children losing their lives while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone has made national news this summer following the discovery of mass unmarked graves in a South Texas cemetery. Texas lawmakers, up to and including Governor Rick Perry, have called for immediate actions to help stop such tragedies from happening; the Texas Rangers have […]

Jun
27
2014

Austin’s emotional moment headlines 2014 NBA Draft

Sportswriters across the country dubbed it the best moment of the 2014 NBA Draft, perhaps one of the most memorable moments in the draft’s history. Midway through the first round, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver interrupted the proceedings to make a special announcement; watch for yourself: “With the next pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the […]

Jun
26
2014

Truett professor and Baylor alum celebrates 50 years of ministry

Renowned preacher (and Truett Seminary professor) Joel Gregory, BA ’70, PhD ’83, gave his first sermon at age 16 — in June 1964. Fifty years later, he’s still at it. The Baylor graduate and professor celebrated a half century of sharing God’s word earlier this month at The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church) in […]

Jun
25
2014

Baylor’s Christian commitment and academic excellence ‘unusual’ in 21st century

At an institution as old as Baylor — founded by Baptist missionaries in 1845 by the Republic of Texas! — each generation has a choice. It can chart its own course, or build off the existing foundation. The list of American colleges and universities that have drifted away from their foundation of Christian faith is long, and includes venerable names like Harvard, […]

Jun
24
2014

Baylor alum named TAPPS 5A Female Coach of the Year

In seven seasons as head volleyball coach at Bishop Lynch High School, head coach Tricia Roos, BBA ’04, has led the Lady Friars to three state titles. With that sort of resume, it’s no surprise that Roos was named this year’s TAPPS 5A Female Coach of the Year. The 5A level of TAPPS (the Texas Association of […]

Jun
23
2014

Baylor family embraces Isaiah Austin following career-ending diagnosis

Isaiah Austin expected to spend this week preparing for Thursday’s NBA draft. Instead, he’ll spend it preparing for life without the sport he loves, after learning Saturday he suffers from a rare condition that could threaten his life if he were to continue the strenuous workouts the game requires. During routine medical tests conducted as part of […]

Jun
20
2014

Prof joins rare club after 55 years teaching at Baylor

He’s a Baylor legend who has taught generations of students, with a tenure only one other professor in Baylor history can match. A lot has changed since Master Teacher and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Roger Kirk began teaching at Baylor in 1958. Consider that, when he arrived, Armstrong-Browning Library and the Tidwell Bible […]

Jun
19
2014

Baylor wedding features another McLane Stadium groom’s cake

With the opening of Baylor football’s new home now less than 75 days away, apparently the McLane-Stadium-as-groom’s-cake phenomenon is still going. Pictured above is 2010 Baylor grad Stephen Strake’s groom’s cake from his wedding to the former Jessica Malzahn (BS ’10) late last month. The two got married in St. Louis, but made sure the wedding had plenty of Baylor […]

Jun
18
2014

Baylor Facebook tops 140,000 followers

Sometime over the past weekend, Baylor’s official Facebook page welcomed its 140,000th follower — one of just 45 colleges and universities nationwide to have topped that mark. Considering that Baylor only has about 165,000 living alumni, such a Facebook following indicates that a tremendous percentage of the Baylor family wants to stay connected to the university. Other […]

Jun
16
2014

Bears match best-ever finish at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

It’s hard to know which storyline to lead with from Baylor track and field’s performance this past weekend at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Is it freshman Trayvon Bromell setting a World Junior Record in the 100m finals to become Baylor’s first NCAA outdoors individual champion since 2005? The St. Petersburg, Fla., native previously shared […]

Jun
13
2014

Baylor Law honored for its legal services to the poor

If you know anything about Baylor Law School, you probably know the success its graduates have, both on the bar exam and in life (see here, here and here, for example). But you might not be as aware of Baylor Law’s legacy of service. Most recently, the school was honored with a prestigious award from the […]

Jun
11
2014

War hero, centenarian, Baylor Law grad honored in native Hawaii

Takashi Kitaoka, LLB ’40, is well-known in his home state of Hawaii as a war hero, judge and trailblazer. At 102 years old, Kitaoka has enjoyed a rich array of experiences in his life that have taken him from Hawaii to Baylor and back. Last month, Kitaoka was honored with the “Heart of a Hero” […]

Jun
10
2014

Baylor lands cover of 2014 ‘Texas Football’ magazine

For the first time since 1975, Baylor football alone commands the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. That bears saying again. Baylor hasn’t taken the cover in this fashion in almost 40 years; this was the last Baylor cover. According to the magazine’s editor, Greg Tepper, Baylor head coach Art Briles — the quintessential Texan […]

Jun
9
2014

National scholarship programs come calling for Baylor students

With recognizable names like Goldwater and Fulbright, some of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation have revealed their winners in recent weeks — and it should come as no surprise that Baylor is again well-represented among the recipients. These awards provide the students with a means to pay for ongoing studies while shining prestige on the university, the […]

Jun
6
2014

A Bear whose actions at Normandy in WWII merited the Bronze Star

Operation Overlord, the World War II Allied operation to invade German-occupied Western Europe, began 70 years ago today on D-Day. At least one former Baylor student was there, earning distinction for his heroism. On this date in 1944, American, British, Canadian and other Allied forces under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower mounted an airborne […]