Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jun
28
2016

Bay Area (TX) Citizen: Clear Lake UMC announces the appointment of Rev. Charles W. Anderson as Senior Pastor

June 10, 2016
The Rev. Charles W. Anderson, B.A. (Religion/Political Science) ’76, has been appointed senior pastor at Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

Jun
28
2016

CBS-DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth): Newsradio 1080 KRLD Names Melissa Harrison Morning News Co-Anchor

June 27, 2016
Melissa Harrison, BA (Spanish, Telecommunication) ’95, was hired as co-anchor of the KRLD Morning News in Dallas. Harrison has worked as a television news reporter, freelance reporter, assistant professor and broadcast journalism consultant. She will assume her new position on Friday, July 1.

Jun
28
2016

Parent Herald: 4 Cities in Texas Included in Hot Spots for Zika Virus, State Says They are Ready but Funding Would Help

June 28, 2016
This story features Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, who is an expert on mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Zika and West Nile viruses. Duhrkopf is quoted regarding a request for federal funding to help the state of Texas prepare for the impact of the Zika virus. "We need money, and we need it appropriated wisely,” Duhrkopf said. “Not just because of Zika; there are other viruses out there, some of which haven't even been named yet." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert on mosquitoes and Zika virus.)

Jun
28
2016

Phys.Org: New Baylor research identifies keys to managing innovators

June 21, 2016
This story highlights a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
28
2016

TAPinto.net (New Providence, NJ): Lantern Hill Hires Hospitality Team

June 11, 2016
Pam Marusic, M.S. (Gerontology) '95, has joined Lantern Hill, a new Erickson Living retirement community located in New Providence, New Jersey, as resident services director.

Jun
28
2016

The Baptist Standard: René Maciel: A soldier, teacher, pastor, dad

June 24, 2016
René Maciel, M.S.Ed. (Educational Psychology) ’91, celebrated his father, Eleazar Maciel, B.A. (Physical Science) ’52, in this article. Eleazar Maciel was a decorated soldier, a teacher in Tucumcari, N.M., and a pastor for 37 years. He also served as a Baylor regent from 1990-98. René Maciel is president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio.

Jun
28
2016

The Dallas Morning News: Texas 'ready as possible' for Zika, but funding would help

June 27, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story about federal health officials and their evaluation of a proposed Zika plan laid out this month by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The plan asks for more than $10 million to help the state prepare for the potential impact of the virus. "We need money, and we need it appropriated wisely," Duhrkopf said. "Not just because of Zika; there are other viruses out there, some of which haven't even been named yet.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert on mosquitoes and Zika virus.)

Jun
28
2016

The Huffington Post: Why Parents In The U.S. Have The Biggest ‘Happiness Gap’

June 27, 2016
A new study by researchers from Baylor and two other universities finds that U.S. parents are not generally as happy as the country’s non-parents, with the major factor being the relative lack of social policies supporting mothers and fathers. Those include paid leave, paid vacation, flexibility in work schedules and childcare assistance. In the study of 22 industrialized countries, the United States had the largest “happiness gap” between parents and non-parents. The study will be published in the American Journal of Sociology in September. Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was one of three researchers. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
28
2016

The Presbyterian Outlook: A new reformation is under way: Philip Jenkins addresses mid council leaders at General Assembly

June 19, 2016
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, said a rapid and radical change is happening in Christianity that is a dramatic as the Reformation. Jenkins, who recently spoke to leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at a General Assembly breakfast, said that from the viewpoint of North American and European Christians, the world has turned upside down, with the majority of Jesus’ followers now found in the Global South. Every denomination is seeing an influx of people with different ideas, different worship styles and different views on issues such as sexuality.

Jun
27
2016

Baylor Campus Kitchen Honored with National “Going Beyond the Meal” Award

WACO, Texas (June 27, 2016) – The Campus Kitchen at Baylor University has been honored with a national award for demonstrating excellent "beyond the meal" initiatives as the student-led organization serves the Waco community.

Jun
27
2016

Business Standard: US Diplomat’s Wife Wowing Audience with Rabindrasangeet

June 24, 2016
Meeryung Hall, M.M. (Performance) ’92, the wife of U.S. Consul General Craig Hall, Ph.D. (Religion) '94, is a well-known Western classical singer who makes a point to learn the local music of each country she lives in. As she performs Rabindrasangeet songs in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Meeryung Hall hopes to build lasting ties between people in Kolkata and the United States through her renditions of Bengali lyrics sung in a Western style.

Jun
27
2016

Extra Credit Newsletter (American Institute of CPAs): 4 Tech Tools for the Accounting Classroom

June 14, 2016
Article about new apps and tech tools that make classes truly mobile includes a demonstration of how Gia Chevis, Ph.D., clinical professor, graduate accounting programs director and holder of the Price Waterhouse Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, uses Educreations, a whiteboard and screencasting app, to create short instructional videos that include writing, audio and graphics. These videos “help students prepare for class better and be more active and engaged versus just reading the chapter,” Chevis said.

Jun
27
2016

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Central Texas Leadership Series: Eric Shephard

June 17, 2016
In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series is Eric Shephard, M.F.A. (Directing) ’99, executive director of the Waco Civic Theater, discusses the importance of an active arts community and future plans for the theater.

Jun
27
2016

Laboratory Equipment: Study Identifies Keys to Managing Innovators

June 21, 2016
This story centers on a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
27
2016

TWC News (Austin): A National Park of Mammoth Proportions

June 25, 2016
VIDEO: Feature on the Waco Mammoth National Monument, which represents a new model for the National Park Service since the site was already fully operational before being designated last summer as a national monument by President Obama. “It already had great visitation, active interpretation, active research going on thanks to Baylor University. Very rarely does the National Park Service absorb a park that is fully functional,” said Raegan King, site coordinator of the Waco Mammoth National Monument.

Jun
27
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Arts: Storytelling Bring Historical Facts to Life

June 23, 2016
In his weekly column, David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, writes that while storytelling seems to have become somewhat obsolete in the face of today’s technology, it is still capable of reforming how people perceive history. He wrote that storytelling is an art that can transform facts into something captivating, as evidenced by the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

Jun
27
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Lack of transportation, information hold back free summer meal programs, research confirms

June 25, 2016
Article about recent research by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, which found that demographic factors such as race had no measurable effect on the utilization of free healthy summer meals program by food-insecure families, but transportation access did. “The constant was transportation,” said Kathy Krey, Ph.D., director of research at THI. “You can’t underplay the importance of transportation infrastructure.” The study was published in the 2016 edition of the Journal of Applied Research on Children. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has pitched this THI research in Texas and nationally.)

Jun
27
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco Singer Holly Tucker Shows ‘Steel’ in Album Release

June 23, 2016
Holly Tucker, B.A. (Communications Studies) ’15, has debuted her new album, ‘Steel,’ which she has been working on for the past three years. Since finishing sixth on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013, Tucker completed her degree and started to build on the "Voice" national exposure toward a sustainable, professional career.

Jun
27
2016

Yahoo! News: Parents in US not as happy as those without kids

June 27, 2016
The United States has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report co-authored by a Baylor researcher. The U.S. falls “strikingly behind,” with parents less happy than non-parents because of a relative lack of workplace “packages’’ such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours and paid parental leave, said Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
24
2016

Focus Daily News (Dallas, Texas): Experts examine West Nile vs Zika Virus carriers

June 24, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story about mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Zika viruses. Of Zika mosquitoes, he said: “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites as do long pants." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert.)