"Through the Baylor in Greece trip, my heart was reminded of the call as Christians to engage in missions and the gospel in every action of life and that, to truly live, we must wear the lens of Christ, knowing that what is seen is fading, but what is unseen will remain."
"I have learned to view people like Plato and Paul as real people as opposed to characters. It is so easy for me to simply view these ancient people as characters in books and stories instead of the real people they were….As a history major, this has brought a whole new dimension to studying history for me."
While the education I have received through Baylor has been stellar, it is clear after this summer that nothing can substitute for real laboratory experience when it comes to the basic sciences. The experience I had with Dr. Zhan’s research laboratory was monumental in the progression of my education.
"I loved being able to travel while taking classes. We were not studying at a university; the archaeological sites themselves were our classrooms. We saw so much of Greece and we really got to experience it in a way that wouldn't have been possible had we been in one city the whole time."
"In the last years of the Weimar Republic, Karl Mannheim, an influential sociologist, argued that a new type of person had recently arisen in the Western world: the intellectual," writes Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, in an essay for Harper's Magazine. 'These were people 'whose special task is to provide an interpretation of the world,' to 'play the part of watchmen in what otherwise would be a pitch-black night.'"
Drew Mackenzie, a junior University Scholar at Baylor, received a Young Scholar Award and $5,000 scholarship from Values & Capitalism, an initiative at the American Enterprise Institute. Working with the oversight of a faculty advisor, Mackenzie’s research project will look at the role of democratic capitalism in upholding man’s dignity, within a context of pluralism. His research will be published next summer on the Values & Capitalism website.
For 1,500 years, elaborate mosaics depicting Bible stories like Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea were buried in the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Israel. But this summer, a team that included two Baylor students and Dr. Nathan Elkins, a Baylor art history professor and coin specialist, uncovered this stunning artwork while excavating the synagogue that housed it.
Baylor University Honors College alumna Evangeline Kozitza (University Scholar, ’14) is one of approximately 140 graduate students worldwide to receive the prestigious 2016 Clarendon Scholarship, awarded by Oxford University. Oxford’s Clarendon Scholars represent a broad spectrum of academic disciplines as the scholarship program aims to bring the most astute graduate students into community for the purpose of research, to participate in academic symposia, for cultural exploration, and to form academic, social, and professional networks. The Clarendon Scholarship covers tuition and college fees in full, as well as provides a generous annual grant for living expenses in Oxford, allowing recipients to focus time on their studies, free of financial burden.
Courtenay Klauber, a May 2016 Baylor University graduate from Issaquah, Washington, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to serve as an English teaching assistant in Turkey for the 2016-17 year. Klauber completed the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core program in the Honors College and graduated with a degree in language and linguistics while minoring in religion. She will use what she learned to teach English at Hitit University in Çorum, Central Anatolia, Turkey.
L. Gregory Jones, executive vice president and provost at Baylor U.: "The more we can talk about friendship as a morally significant relationship, I think that will help address not only sexual assault, but help us think differently about bullying and about the ways we relate to each other."
Isabel Kazan, a freshman University Scholar major and Honors Program student, was recently selected to receive the Israel Experience scholarship to study abroad this summer with the 2016 Israel Experience Student Program. Founded in 2004, the Israel Experience is a three-week intensive study program that brings top college students to Israel.
The spring 2016 “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class of 19 students presented $52,500 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations during a ceremony Tuesday in the President’s Suite at McLane Stadium. The funds will allow these local organizations to take care of practical needs. Honors College students include Lauren Lamb and Evelyn Le (both in the Honors Program) and Danielle Cooper, Emmy Edwards, James Porter, and Elijah Tanner (all in the Honors Program and University Scholars).
Baylor student Chase Gottlich, a junior University Scholar major from Ormond Beach, Fla., is one of a select group of 165 American undergraduates to be selected to receive a prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship. Gottlich will use his Boren scholarship to do language study in Swahili in the African country of Tanzania.
It’s the time of year again when honors students must present and defend their theses. Thesis papers have the reputation of thick stacks of paper, academic research and heavy eyelids. However, that isn’t always the case.
Texas Supreme Court Justice and Honors College Advisory Board Member Don Willett graduated Baylor in the late 1980s as a triple major. In the time leading up to today, Willett earned a law degree from Duke University and worked at some of the highest levels of federal government. From Waco to the White House, the Texas judge gained experiences that later led him to secure a position on one of the highest benches in state. He has now been a Texas Supreme Court Justice for a solid decade. Judge Willett also serves as the official “Twitter Laureate of Texas."
Robin Landrith blasted a two-run homer with one out in the seventh to seal Heather Stearns’ no-hitter as No. 21 Baylor walked off with a 2-0 win over Kansas on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. Landrith is a pre-law Great Texts major and is enrolled in the Honors Program.
Christians should recognize the importance of institutions such as churches and universities in shaping character and instilling virtue, theologian and incoming Baylor provost Gregory Jones told a crowd at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
Four sophomores in a Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) team have won $1,000 to benefit World Hunger Relief by devoting time to learn about social justice and practice writing grant requests, then using that knowledge for a practical application.
Article about religious leaders’ growing involvement in the minimum wage movement quotes Andrew Hogue, Ph.D., lecturer in the Honors Program and director of the philanthropy and public service program at Baylor, who wrote that the civil rights movement in the 20th century also was strengthened by the support of faith groups. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “was a disciple of the Social Gospel, and although we tend to evaluate his legacy on the basis of his contributions to racial justice, the reality is that racial justice was part of a much larger calculus of social justice that he believed should be the mark of our society,” Hogue said.
Q&A features Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, who has done historical and archeological research on Vikings, including as field director at a Viking site in Iceland. His research indicates that Vikings who immigrated into Iceland from Scandinavia struggled in their effort to produce beef and beer to maintain the “big man” society of their homeland, in which chieftains hosted feasts in displays of power.
Baylor University received a $1 million gift to support Honors College mission trips and create the David and Amy Hunt Christian Missions Endowed Fund. David and Amy Hunt, of McLean, Virginia, gave the money to allow Baylor students with discipline-specific knowledge to spread Christianity on their mission trips.
Baylor University today announced a gift of $1 million from David and Amy Hunt of McLean, Virginia, to create the David and Amy Hunt Christian Missions Endowed Fund. The gift will support mission experiences led by the Honors College, enabling Baylor students to integrate the Christian faith with discipline-specific learning and hands-on service.