In the Media

Stories, op-ed's and other features from local and national media.

September 8, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - The future of the 154-year-old Baylor Alumni Association is unclear after an agreement to transfer alumni outreach activities to Baylor University failed to gain sufficient support from members.

September 7, 2013 — Brent Edwards, Waco; Danny Huizinga, Waco and Gale Galloway, Austin voice their opinion on the transition agreement. "If you are a member of the BAA, I urge you to vote "yes" on the transition agreement today. Don't be left standing on the sidelines as the university continues forward. Cherish the past but be an active part of the future. The university needs and deserves our support." - Gale Galloway

September 6, 2013 — By Ada Zhang - The Baylor Alumni Network aims to bring the Baylor community together and, to do so, the network relies heavily on volunteers.

September 6, 2013 — By Danny Huizinga - What does "Baylor Forward" mean for us as students? It means that, finally, students will be included in a unified alumni network that reflects the unity of our student body.

September 6, 2013 — The Baylor Board of Regents unanimously approved the new License Agreement for the Baylor Line Corporation (BLC) in a special meeting today (Friday). The BLC will be created if the Transition Agreement receives a two-thirds approval in tomorrow's September 7 vote by the members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA). BAA members must vote in person at the meeting in Waco Hall.

September 6, 2013 — Of course, many of us in college don't pay attention to alumni associations till we're well into our professions, earning a living and beginning families. But when Baylor students and recent graduates do think of alumni associations, they're often thinking of the Baylor Alumni Network -- not the proudly independent, 154-year-old Baylor Alumni Association that has warred with previous Baylor administrations and regents over everything from threats of fundamentalism taking over Baylor to concerns about skyrocketing tuition costs -- the latter now being partially addressed by Baylor President Ken Starr through his successful $100 million scholarship fund drive.

September 6, 2013 — In these last few weeks, as we all stand up for the university and the alumni association we care so deeply for, let's agree to change our tone to one of care and civil discourse. Change is difficult for many to absorb, yet I am confidant we can all converse and debate in a manner that we can be proud of at the end of the day.

September 6, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - The Baylor Alumni Association on Thursday unveiled a new agreement with Baylor University outlining plans to continue to publish its alumni magazine ahead of Saturday's vote on whether to relinquish other alumni activities to the university's control.

September 6, 2013 — BRAD TOBEN Guest columnist - One expects to find differing opinions about a proposal that would significantly change the status quo. Civil discourse should allow for the thoughtful articulation of such opinions. Our national public square needs much more of it. However, one column published Sunday, written by former Texas House representative Stan Schlueter, was not thoughtful in its presentation and certainly was not civil.

September 6, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - Baylor University alum and former Texas Gov. Mark White called upon the school's board of regents to step in and delay a scheduled vote Saturday on a measure that would dissolve the Baylor Alumni Association, in a last-ditch effort to save the organization.

September 5, 2013 — The September 7 vote on the Baylor University/Baylor Alumni Association transition agreement marks an important day in our history. Leaders from across the university, the alumni association and the alumni body at large have spoken out, encouraging others to vote "yes" in favor of the agreement.

September 5, 2013 — By Linda Wilkins, City Editor - After the announcement of the Transition Agreement over the summer, various people have expressed their approval or concerns. While this matter is complicated, these opinions can be sorted into those that support a 'yes' vote on Sept. 7 and those that don't.

September 5, 2013 — By Linda Wilkins, City Editor - After 10 months of negotiations, the leadership of both the Baylor Alumni Association and the Baylor Board of Regents drafted a Transition Agreement.

September 5, 2013 — By Ada Zhang, Staff Writer - If The Baylor Line magazine is to continue with the word Baylor in its title, the Transition Agreement between the Baylor Alumni Association and Baylor Board of Regents must receive a 'yes' vote from at least two thirds of the BAA member present at the meeting on Sept. 7.

September 5, 2013 — The BLC license agreement was developed with input from a Journalism Advisory Group (JAG) of Baylor graduates and supporters with decades of experience in newspapers and magazines. The group, convened by BAA board member Ella Wall Prichard '63, worked with Mike Bourland '66, JD '69, attorney for the BAA, to make recommendations for the BLC license agreement to ensure editorial independence and access to Baylor officials.

September 5, 2013 — New contract offers access, accountability and cooperation
BAA Board votes to secure future for The Baylor Line; accedes other alumni activities to university; Saturday vote scheduled for membership

September 5, 2013 — KELLY RAPP Guest columnist - The transition agreement between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association has multiple aspects, all of which are important to consider when making one's own determination on whether to approve this pact between the two Saturday. There is one part of the conversation, however, to which I bring a unique perspective: the proposal of a non-voting regent specifically representing Baylor alumni perspectives.

September 1, 2013 — KEN STARR Guest columnist - At 11 a.m. next Saturday Baylor Alumni Association members will gather in Waco Hall to vote on a transition agreement between the BAA and Baylor University. If approved, this potentially historic document will create a truly unified, comprehensive alumni engagement program for our university. Once unified, the program's reach will be global. Its strength will be unparalleled in Baylor's long history.

September 1, 2013 — The Baylor University Faculty Senate supports reconciliation within the Baylor family. Having recently met jointly with the chair of the board of regents and the president of the Baylor Alumni Association on the nature and terms of the Transition Agreement, we believe that this agreement holds great promise for moving our university forward in unity and mutual trust.

August 30, 2013 — As a coach, I know to win, a team must be united, dedicated to a single purpose. For Baylor to continue to win, our alumni must be steadfast in their dedication to move Baylor Forward.

August 29, 2013 — By KEN CAMP / MANAGING EDITOR - As members of the Baylor Alumni Association prepare for a called meeting Sept. 7 to vote on a transition agreement with Baylor University, the proposal continues to stir debate and spark a media blitz.

August 25, 2013 — I care about Baylor. I am proud of my two degrees. I am proud of Baylor's heritage and look forward to its continued growth and continued positive impact on its students and faculty. Following a period of discovery, I have concluded it is time to put this discussion and controversy to bed and vote in favor of the transition agreement.

August 23, 2013 — MEREDITH PINSON-CREASEY, Guest columnist - Voting "no" is betting on an uncertain future to retain current status, with current or greater restrictions. That seems to be an unwise financial proposition.

August 21, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - The apartment-style dorm room options in Baylor University's newest residential hall represent the school's largest push to encourage more upperclassmen to live on campus for their entire undergraduate experience.

August 21, 2013 — WILTON LANNING Board of Contributors | It is time to move on.

August 18, 2013 — The new on-campus football stadium promises to be great for Baylor University, the city of Waco and the surrounding area. While Baylor is universally recognized for its academics and research, its reputation has clearly been enhanced by successful athletic performances in several sports disciplines besides football.

August 16, 2013 — One of the Baylor Alumni Association's most critical roles in its long history has been to provide alumni with the opportunity to assert an independent voice on university matters.

August 10, 2013 — We believe the time has come for the Baylor Alumni Association to define its course for the future. The pending Transition Agreement represents the best opportunity for the association to retain an independent voice without entering into a litigious relationship with our beloved Baylor. On Sept. 7, please join us on a vote of yes on the Transition Agreement.

August 4, 2013 — I have had a life-long passion for sports and sports facilities which has led me to a career as a designer where I've been able to help make ideas a reality for universities and teams across the country.

August 4, 2013 — KITALE, Kenya -- "Hope shines here." That's the rallying cry of Baylor University's longtime partner, Buckner International, and it's heard loud and clear here on the beautiful but impoverished western edge of Kenya.

August 1, 2013 — This summer, hundreds of Baylor University students have left the comforts of home to embark on mission trips literally around the globe. In a time of rancor and polarization in America, Baylor Bears are quietly and energetically reaching out to serve some of the neediest people on the planet, including here in East Africa. They are sowing seeds of peace.

August 1, 2013 — The Baylor Nation has been consumed this summer with new developments between the university and the long-independent Baylor Alumni Association. These include the filing of a lawsuit in U.S. district court, issuance of an injunction against Baylor to stop demolition of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on campus and now the razing of the alumni center to pave the way for a walkway bridge crossing the Brazos River to a new $250 million athletic stadium. The lawsuit targets a "transition agreement" negotiated between Baylor and the executive committee of the Baylor Alumni Association.

July 30, 2013 — WACO--A federal judge has lifted the temporary restraining order that delayed Baylor University's plan to demolish the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center. The university needs the alumni center site to create a plaza leading to a pedestrian bridge that will connect the main campus to a $250 million football stadium under construction across the Brazos River, Baylor administrators have said.

July 28, 2013 — As a proud alumnus of Baylor University, I have long dreamt of the day when we would restore to the Baylor campus the strong tradition, celebration and pageantry of Baylor game day football.

July 26, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - A federal judge has lifted a temporary restraining order banning Baylor University from demolishing its Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center.

July 23, 2013 — By KEN CAMP / MANAGING EDITOR WACO--Baylor University regents authorized a fund-raising initiative to build a $17 million alumni event center at Baylor Stadium.

July 23, 2013 — However court-ordered mediation between Baylor University, Baylor Alumni Association leadership and a disgruntled alumnus blocking the razing of Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on campus turns out, last week's vote by Baylor regents to move ahead with a $2.5 million feasibility study and fundraising for a new, $17 million alumni events center alongside Baylor Stadium is yet another significant step toward patching up long-strained relations between the fiercely independent BAA and Baylor. Let no one put asunder this and other moves to heal past wounds.

July 22, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - Mediation talks between Baylor University and Baylor Alumni Association members ended Monday evening without a formal resolution announced about the future of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on the Baylor University campus.

July 20, 2013 — By REGINA DENNIS - Baylor University will begin seeking donations to build a new $17 million alumni events center next to the on-campus football stadium already under construction, the school's board of regents announced Friday.

July 19, 2013 — Baylor University's Board of Regents is expected to vote today on a fundraising campaign for a new $17 million alumni events center adjacent to the new on-campus football stadium.

July 12, 2013 — WACO (June 12, 2013)--Members of the Baylor Alumni Association will vote this fall on an agreement that would disband the independent association and move its programs under the aegis of the university.

July 12, 2013 — No matter what your stance on the struggle between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association a decade ago, no one who even remotely prides himself in his Baylor pedigree should conspire to torpedo the great strides Baylor is now making in terms of research, alumni development and athletics, including Baylor Stadium. Certainly, it's time for everyone involved to readjust their paradigms in terms of getting along.

July 11, 2013 — By KEN CAMP - WACO--After a long hearing, a federal judge ordered mediation regarding demolition of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center at Baylor University.

July 11, 2013 — A federal judge Wednesday ordered mediation for Baylor University and a Baylor Alumni Association member who successfully obtained a temporary restraining order earlier this month preventing the university from demolishing the 
BAA's building.

July 8, 2013 — I am writing in support of the recommendation of the BAA Executive Committee concerning the future of the Baylor Alumni Association.

July 7, 2013 — The recent transition agreement negotiated by the executive committee of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) represents a significant attempt to put a 20-year-old grudge match behind us so we can work together with the very university that the BAA represents.

July 3, 2013 — By KEN CAMP - WACO--A U.S. District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop demolition of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center at Baylor University.

July 2, 2013 — A federal judge Tuesday signed a temporary restraining order to stop demolition of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on the Baylor University campus.

July 1, 2013 — By KEN CAMP - WACO--A group within the Baylor Alumni Association is opposing a proposal to dissolve the 154-year-old association, create a separate nonprofit corporation to publish the Baylor Line magazine and allow Baylor University to unify its alumni-engagement program.

June 28, 2013 — A group of Baylor Alumni Association members is lobbying the organization's board of directors to reject a proposed agreement to dissolve the association and turn over most of its alumni outreach functions to Baylor University.

June 26, 2013 — Thank you, Baylor Alumni Association and Baylor University, for tirelessly working to resolve our differences and develop an agreement that (if approved by Baylor alumni Sept. 7) will allow us both to move forward to better serve Baylor alumni.

June 13, 2013 — BAA leaders' wise, selfless decision to dissolve their organization, hand over alumni operations to the university-established Baylor Alumni Network and seek ways to aid Baylor in a more concerted fashion should be cheered by all who have Baylor's best interests at heart.

June 12, 2013 — By J.B. SMITH - Baylor Alumni Association leaders have voted to dissolve the organization and hand over its alumni relations responsibilities to Baylor's administration.

June 10, 2013 — By KEN CAMP - WACO--Baylor University may unify its alumni-engagement program, and alumni may retain the Baylor Line magazine as an independent voice under terms of an agreement reached by a negotiating team representing the university and the Baylor Alumni Association.

February 11, 2013 — Baylor University alumni expressed high interest in university-sponsored events for graduates in a new survey, which Baylor officials say supports their belief that the school should manage its own alumni relations instead of relying on independent groups.

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