Honors College Spotlight
Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year Finalist: Honors Residential College Faculty Fellow Lori Baker
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow in Baylor's Honors Residential College, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.”
Book Discussion With BIC Professor on "Virtual Afterlives"
Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, discusses her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century” and how the rituals of death and grieving have changed throughout the past millennium. Cann’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities.
Affiliate Great Texts Professor Pens "The Last and the First Man: P.D. James' Detection of the Divine Mysteries"
Scanning half a dozen major journals for obituaries devoted to the most important mystery writer of our time, P.D. James (1920–2014), I was astonished to find that not one of them mentioned her serious Anglo-Catholicism, much less its shaping presence in her fiction. This, despite one murder occurring in a church (A Taste for Death, 1986), a novel set in a theological college (Death in Holy Orders, 2001), another named Original Sin (1994), still another titled directly from the Book or Common Prayer (Devices and Desires, 1989), as well as an apocalyptic Christian allegory (The Children of Men, 1992). The author of this article, Dr. Ralph C. Wood, is the University Professor of Theology and Literature and an affiliated faculty member of the Great Texts Program within Baylor University's Honors College.
Great Texts Professor Comments on Waco's Ambitious Bike Lane in City's Long-Term Transit Plan
Dr. Eric Martin, assistant professor of history and philosophy of science in Great Texts, is a proud member of Waco’s 0.3 percent. He is a bicycle commuter, living in a city that, until recently, has given little thought to their needs. He's also the kind of person local transportation planners are hoping to see more of. Martin lives near downtown and uses the new mile-long bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth streets to get to his job teaching history and philosophy at Baylor University.
Honors College Professor Featured on C-SPAN's "2014 Cities Tour"
C-SPAN made a stop in Waco and at Baylor in November on its “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. On Dec. 5-8, C-SPAN and two of its signature programs, Book TV and American History TV, featured several segments with Baylor faculty, including Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, on her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century."
BIC Professor's Research Shows That Vikings Were Cultured
This article highlights the discoveries made by Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and his team as they excavated an Icelandic farmstead that was home to some of Iceland’s Viking chieftains. Zori compared archeological findings with ancient Viking texts, confirming that the chieftains used huge feasts and cultural displays to flex political muscle with equals or rivals — or, at the other end of the political spectrum, to cement good relations with local laborers and supporters. Zori is quoted in the article.
Findings at Viking Archaeological Site Show Power Trumping Practicality
Article about the discoveries made by Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and his team as they excavated an Icelandic farmstead famous as the home of some of Iceland’s most famous Viking Kings. Zori found that the Viking chieftains used huge feasts and cultural displays to flex political muscle with equals or rivals — or, at the other end of the political spectrum, to cement good relations with local laborers and supporters. Zori is quoted in the article.
Alumni Interview — Kandace Hillebrandt (’10)
With each year that passes there are more and more BIC graduates doing great work all over the world. At least once each year we hope to publish brief “Alumni Updates” where our alumni can tell us some about their post-BIC lives. In addition to these annual updates, we are posting interviews with some of our alumni. This month we are excited to post an interview with Kandace Hillebrandt (’10). This interview was conducted during the summer of 2014. We hope you enjoy, and if you are interested in being interviewed for a future blog post, email us at BIC@baylor.edu.
Honors Program-Business Student Studies Effect of Gold Prices on South American Economy
In the summer of 2013, Luke Smith, a former Baylor Business Fellow, member of the Honors Program and 2014 graduate, served as an economics research fellow in the South American country of Suriname at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under Baylor alumnus Musheer Kamau. While working at the bank, he assisted on two research projects while also composing and presenting one of his own.
Baylor Honors Residential College Welcomes Darin Davis for Lecture on Friendship
The Baylor Honors Residential College will complete its fall 2014 Formation Series with a lecture by Darin Davis, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith & Learning and assistant professor of Christian philosophy and ethics at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Davis will present a lecture titled “The Necessity and Gift of Friendship” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Alexander Reading Room.
Hardwired for Story | Sarah-Jane “SJ” Murray | TEDxSanAntonio
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stories graft themselves into our minds, hearts, and imaginations. They bridge geographical and cultural boundaries. They’re the key to great marketing, great education, and making the NYT Best Seller list. But they’re more than that. At the end of the day, a civilization that forgets how to tell its story crumbles and dies.
Reflections by Honors College Alumna and Current Trinity Forum Academy Fellow Susannah Brister
Sharing our stories is more than just a way to “get to know” each other: it is a testament to the faithfulness of the God Who “brought [us] safe thus far,” and a renewal of our trust that He is indeed able, by His grace, to “lead [us] home.”
University of London Professor to Illuminate the Connecting Power of Ancient Religious Texts
Michelle Brown, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar of Illuminated Manuscripts at University of London, England, will shine light on this historical query as she uses examples of ancient text preservation as connections between seemingly obscure civilizations. Hosted by the Honors College, department of classics and the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, Brown will give her lecture, “From Eastern Deserts to Western Isles: evidence for contact between the churches of the Near East, Britain and Ireland between Rome and the Crusades,” at 3:30p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
BIC Alumni Lecture Will Examine Relationship between Students’ Education and Future
Alumna Megan Rapp, B.B.A./B.A. ’07, will be the guest speaker for this year’s Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) Homecoming Lecture at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center. She will present a lecture titled “Letting My Life Speak: Pursuing International Affairs as a Vocation.”
Immigration Trends Along the Mexico/Arizona, Texas Border
AUDIO: Interview with Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, with KPCC-FM in Los Angeles about a recent government report that showed the number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. As part of her Reuniting Families Project, Baker and her team of forensic scientists and students have spent the past several summers in Brooks County, Texas, exhuming and using DNA analysis to identify the remains of immigrants who died while crossing the Texas-Mexico border.
Answer came there none
I’m in Waco, Texas, where I’ll be giving a lecture called “Ambassador Satch: Louis Armstrong, Jazz, and International Relations” tonight at Baylor University. On Saturday morning, by way of contrast, I gave a very different lecture called “Whit Stillman’s Secret” as part of “Faith and Film,” a “symposium on faith and culture” organized by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning. (Baylor, a private Baptist university with well over 15,000 students, describes itself as “a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian,” and it takes every part of that description seriously.)
If you live in or near Waco, Texas, a city of which I am greatly fond, you might want to know that I’ll be giving a pair of lectures this coming weekend at Baylor University, an institution of which I’m no less fond.
TT: A pair of shrines
(From March 13, 2012) I recently spent a few days in Waco, Texas, the home of Baylor University, where I gave a lecture on Louis Armstrong, taught a class on Waiting for Godot, and spoke to two groups of exceedingly bright and delightfully polite students about various culture-related subjects. I also made two side trips, one to Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library and one to the Dr Pepper Museum in downtown Waco.
TEDxSanAntonio Sparks a City of Ideas
TEDxSanAntonio, an annual event designed to spark and spread ideas within the city, opened on Saturday with a talk by Sarah-Jane Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of medieval literature and French in Baylor’s Honors College, who spoke about the power of storytelling and “we need stories that inspire us to greatness.”
Naming the Nameless Dead on US-Mexico Border
Feature on the forensic identification work of Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow of the Honors Residential College, who discusses the extensive work that she and her team of forensic scientists and students undergo to identify immigrants who died while crossing the Texas-Mexico border. As part of her Reuniting Families program, she identifies and returns the remains to the deceased’s family for a proper burial and to “restore some of the human dignity” to the unknown by giving them a name.
Honors College Will Host Panel on Worldwide Religious Persecution
The Baylor Honors College will host a panel to discuss worldwide religious persecution at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Alexander Reading Room. Panelists include Rabbi Gordon Fuller of Waco’s Agudath Jacob Synagogue, Father Timothy Vaverek of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gatesville, Texas, and Anne Zaki, from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt.
Death & Tech: Grieving In The 21st Century
Researcher Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honor’s College, is featured on talk shows with two other experts on ways technology figures into current mourning for the dead. Cann, author of the book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the 21st Century,” discusses the merits and disadvantages of Facebook memorials, funeral “selfies” taken by those who are grieving, and tombstones with QR codes that allow mourners to hear a message, song or poem. Some individuals even prepare for their online presence – and absence – after death, and different generations react in varying ways to such approaches
Scientist IDs Bodies of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure
San Francisco’s KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to NPR station in the U.S., is one of the hundreds of stations that aired the StoryCorps/Morning Edition segment on Friday featuring Lori Baker, Ph. D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and a faculty fellow in the Honors Residential College. Recorded on the Baylor campus, Baker was interviewed by her husband, Erich Baker, Ph.D., associate professor in bioinformatics in the School of Engineering Computer Science, about her efforts to identify remains of immigrants and match them with families who are looking for lost relatives. The segment will be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Digital Media Transforming Our Funerals, Memorials
Article about how technology and the explosion of social media are shaping how people share loss and remember the departed. Quoted in the article are Jim Moshinskie, Ph.D., part-time lecturer in information systems in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who is president of OakCrest Funeral Home, and Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, who writes about the dynamics of online grief and memorials in her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century.”
Why Faith-Based Films Are Becoming Mainstream
The success of faith-based films has been attributed to the need they are filling in market for positive, family-friendly entertainment. Sarah-Jane Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of Medieval Literature and French in Baylor’s Honors College, is quoted on the power of storytelling. An Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Murray encourages the next generation of story-tellers “to not merely tell Christian stories, but to tell excellent stories that inspire the truth of Jesus.”
Workers Try To Put Names on Migrants Who Die Near Border
The McClatchy-Tribune wire picks up Claire Osborn’s Austin American-Statesman feature story on the Reuniting Families Project of Lori Baker, Ph. D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow in the Honors Residential College, and her team of forensic anthropologists and students, who exhumed remains during the summer at a Texas border cemetery to identify them and return them to their families.
DC Honors Initiative Set To Grow
Baylor’s new partnership with American University will offer students an intensive program for a wider array of studies across 12 majors.
In the past, Baylor allowed students to study at AU but without as many available majors. This is the first year students can study in the same program with regular Baylor tuition options.
Lectures on Art and Faith in NYC
New York City’s Catholic Artists Society organization will host “The Art of the Beautiful” lectures this fall, and one will feature Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University.
The Trend to Funerals Without Religion
If you're interested, there's a tattoo parlor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where an artist named Dodge may be able to give you a tattoo that incorporates a dead body—literally. “You simply take the cremains, or the ashes, and you mix them in with the ink, and then you ink that onto the person," explained Candi Cann, a professor at Baylor University and the author of Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century, which came out in June.
Baylor Great Texts Professor Awarded Humboldt Fellowship
Dr. William Weaver, a Great Texts professor in Baylor's Honors College and assistant director of its University Scholars program, recently was notified of his selection to receive a coveted Humboldt Fellowship.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards fellowships to experienced researchers worldwide for 6- to 18-month research stays in Germany hosted by one or more sponsoring and collaborating German academic institutions. Humboldt fellows — known as "Humboldtians" — are chosen on the basis of their academic records and join an elite network of scholars called the "Humboldt Family."
Virtual Afterlives: How We Remember The Dead In The Twenty-First Century
Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Interdisciplinary Core in Baylor’s Honors College, is interviewed about how people are “reinventing” the grieving process, including through social media pages, roadside memorials, car decals, T-shirts and tattoo tributes. Cann has done research and written a book about the topic. Click on the "Listen" link to hear interview.
Major multimedia feature in the Boston Globe set up by Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, on the work of Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and faculty fellow of the Honors Residential College, and a team of Baylor students who have spent the past two summers along the Texas border in Brooks County, Texas, exhuming the unidentified remains of undocumented immigrants with hopes of reconnecting them with their families.
Generous Honors College Donor Ted Getterman Honored in Wash., D.C.
U.S. House Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, honored the late Ted Getterman, a Baylor graduate (B.B.A. ’49, J.D. ’51) and philanthropist, this week on the House floor. Getterman, who died July 1, and his wife, Sue Getterman, who served on the Baylor Board of Regents, have generously supported endowed scholarships in the Honors College and the University at large, the arts and athletics at Baylor. Getterman was recognized as a 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of the Hankamer School of Business. In 2005, the Gettermans were awarded the Founders Medallion, the University’s most distinguished award reserved for men and women whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the University.
Fantasy and the Buffered Self
Baylor Named a ‘Best Buy’ in 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges
Baylor is included in this year’s "Fiske Guide to Colleges," where the University was lauded for its affordability, top-tier academics and openness. Baylor also is one of only 44 public and private colleges and universities included on the Fiske Guide's annual "Best Buy" list.
DNA Testing Eyed for Graves Exhumed from Historic Waco Cemetery
The committee tasked with planning the reburial of some 300 human remains unearthed from the old First Street Cemetery in Waco has asked Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and a faculty fellow of the Honors Residential College - known nationally for her work in mitochondrial DNA testing - to extract bone samples from each set of remains before the reburial, expected in 2015. The analysis could help establish kinship with living descendants or with other family members in the cemetery.
An Academic Farce
Peter Conn is right about one thing: college accreditation is a mess. But his comments about religious colleges are thoughtless, uninformed, and bigoted.
Anthropologist Lori Baker Interviewed on Danger of Border Crossings
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, is featured in this FOX News article about the dangers of children crossing the Texas/Mexico border. Baker is quoted about her experiences exhuming bodies of undocumented immigrants, specifically children, at a cemetery in Brooks County, Texas.
University Scholar Selected for White House Internship
Jay Fields, a junior University Scholar from Houston, is listed among those selected to serve as a White House interns this summer. A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Interns work in one of many White House departments. Fields is assigned to the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Baylor Mourns Passing of Distinguished Alumnus and Generous Philanthropist Ted Getterman
“Ted was a prince among men,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor. “Gracious and gentle, he and Sue responded, usually without being asked, to the needs of our students with enthusiasm and joy. Their scholarship funds in the Honors College have made, and will continue to make, a Baylor education possible for bright, hard-working students with great financial need. More than a benefactor, Ted was a friend to us and our students.”
Honors Program Professor David L. Jeffrey Recognized as a Leading Christian Intellectual in Article Regarding Accreditation and Religious Colleges
Of all the bones to pick with contemporary American higher education—and there are many — the University of Pennsylvania’s Peter Conn has decided to call our attention to what he calls “The Great Accreditation Farce.” For him, the farce is that regional accredit ors — who hold the keys to all-important federal student aid — actually display a modicum of respect for the distinctive missions of America’s religiously-affiliated colleges.
Honors Prof. Alan Jacobs Blogs About World Cup for Wall Street Journal
The Journal provides minute-by-minute analysis of the 2014 World Cup Group B game between Spain and the Netherlands. Alan Jacobs offers commentary on the game with contributions from our team in Brazil.
RED-BLUE AMERICA: 'Trigger warnings' from profs?
Using “trigger warnings” — a way of letting people know in advance about sensitive topics — is not appropriate in university classes, according to one of the authors of this article. He supports his opinion with comments from the blog “Text Matters,” written by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors College. Jacobs calls the idea of trigger warnings in college classes “hopelessly misbegotten.”
A Common heritage: The Anglican tradition of prayer
"Lex orandi, lex credendi" is a maxim which underlines the importance of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) in the traditions of the Anglican communion.
Commencing in Cranmer’s study at Croydon, Alan Jacobs, an Anglican and professor of Humanities at Baylor University in Texas, tells us how the BCP was assembled, challenged, proscribed by both Queen Mary (1553) and parliamentary puritans (1641), and restored, not without some controversy, by both Queen Elizabeth I (1559) and Charles II (1662).
Several Honors College Students, Alum Win Prestigious Scholarships in 2014
Honors College students Jeff Cross (University Scholar, Honors Program) and Jonathan Keim (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core), and Honors College alumni Tawei Lin (University Scholar, Honors Program) and Jesus Sotelo (Honors Program) all won prestigious scholarships in 2014.
Honors College Student author: Publishing isn’t magical, easy
Woodway senior Elizabeth Henning published her debut philosophical novel “The Conspirators” after four years of writing and editing while attending Baylor.
Honors College Students Participate in Hands-On Research
Honors College Will Host “The Pulse” Student Lecture
Baylor University’s undergraduate scholarly publication, “The Pulse,” will host its annual student lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Alexander Reading Room to celebrate the publication of its spring edition.
Honors College Welcomes English Professor Brett Foster
Baylor’s Honors College will welcome Brett Foster, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Wheaton College, at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Beckham Room of the Bill Daniel Student Union Center.
BIC Founder Remarks on Origin and Development of BIC Program
There is a story to tell about the creation of BIC. There is even a story behind the story (a back story) to the creation of BIC.
Honors Residential College Members Choose a Spring Break of Service
Honors Residential College Tutors Waco Students for Love of Neighbor
Love of God. Love of learning. Love of neighbor. This motto, for which the Honors Residential College is founded on, has transcended mere speech and moved a group of honors students to action within the East Waco community.
The Book of Common Prayer Is Still a Big Deal
Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program, explains why the nearly 500-year-old Anglican prayer book retains its influence, and why it should appeal even to (non-Anglican) evangelicals.
Former White House Chief of Staff Who Notified President Bush of Sept. 11 Attacks Will Speak At Baylor
Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card – the man who whispered the words “America is under attack” to President George W. Bush on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 – will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Armstrong Browning Library.
Hosted by the Baylor Honors College and Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Card will present his lecture titled “Leading in a Time of Crisis” as part of the 20th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Memorial Lectureship in World Issues. He will describe his experiences in crisis management, including the moment when he alerted Bush of the 9/11 attacks as the president visited an elementary school classroom in Florida.
NY Times Op-Ed on Honors College Alum's Book on Violence and Global Poverty
If you’re reading this, you are probably not buffeted by daily waves of physical terror. You may fear job loss or emotional loss, but you probably don’t fear that somebody is going to slash your throat, or that a gang will invade your house come dinnertime, carrying away your kin and property. We take a basic level of order for granted.
But billions of people live in a different emotional landscape, enveloped by hidden terror. Many of these people live in the developing world.
Loyola University Philosophy Professor Graham McAleer Will Lecture on Baylor’s Campus
Baylor Honors College will host Graham McAleer, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Loyola University in Maryland, as he presents two lectures Monday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 25.
O'Donovan on Honors Prof. Alan Jacobs' "The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography"
This is a concise history of the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer" over 450 years, from its genesis and reception in the English Reformation to its supersession by the proliferation of alternative Anglican liturgies in the second half of the twentieth century. The history traverses the successive versions of the BCP, the controversies and contests (ecclesiological and political) issuing in and from them, the shifting emphases of English worship, the cumulative and changing cultural and spiritual impact of its liturgies on the people of Great Britain, her colonies and ex-colonies, and finally, the subversion and eclipsing of these liturgies by modern developments.
The backbone of Jacobs's "biography" is the original prayer book of 1549 and its revision of 1552, both largely the work of Thomas Cranmer who, as Archbishop of Canterbury in the minority reign of King Edward VI (1547-1553), was primarily responsible for producing a single liturgical order in English for the reformed worship of the church in the king's territories. Replacing the multiple books required by the various Latin rites of the Roman church, Cranmer laid out, under the cover of one book, liturgies for all the services of the English church: notably, for Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, Holy Communion, Baptism, Confirmation (with Catechism), Matrimony, Visitation of the Sick, Burial, the Ordering of Deacons and Priests, and the Consecration of Bishops.
Hollywood Movie Directed by Honors College Student Opens Across the United States
The dark comedy, "Better Living Through Chemistry," co-written and directed by Geoff Moore, BA '98 (University Scholar), will open in theaters across the U.S. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Ray Liotta, and is narrated by Jane Fonda. A free screening of Moore’s film will be held at Baylor on March 19.
Honors Program Alum’s Novel Gives Face to Poverty Crisis
Shanty houses. Dusty roads. Toddlers with swollen bellies. Many Americans often associate these images with poverty, and they are not always incorrect in doing so. But Victor Boutros, a ’94 Baylor alumnus and federal prosecutor, thinks they are missing a huge piece of what the impoverished world faces on a daily basis — systemized violence.
In Austin, College Board Announces Major SAT Changes
The SAT, a standardized test that for many students is an intimidating hurdle to clear en route to college admissions, is about to undergo a major redesign. Among the changes being announced by the College Board in Austin on Wednesday: The test will revert to a 1,600-point scale, and the essay portion will be optional and scored separately.
Grief Online: Honors College Professor Shares the Dos and Don'ts of Internet Etiquette
Article by Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, outlining the appropriate and inappropriate ways to grieve online after the death of a loved one.
Brock McGuire Band shares Irish heritage, influence at Baylor
An Irish band with a banjo and an accordion sounds like a set-up to a musician’s joke, but for the Brock McGuire Band that instrumentation reflects a period of Irish and American interaction.
It dates back to the early 20th century, when Irish Americans often returned to their home country, or that of their ancestors, with instruments and music they had picked up in the United States, said band leader and accordionist Paul Brock.
“A lot of important developments in Irish music happened in America,” he said.
In an era before microphones and speakers, banjos and accordions packed the volume necessary to be heard at dances or outdoors. After the popularization of sound recording, the musical cross-pollination between Ireland and the United States only accelerated, he added.
The Two Cultures, Then and Now: The sciences, the humanities, and their common enemy
When, in May of 1959 at Cambridge University, C. P. Snow delivered a lecture called "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution," it did not generate a great deal of controversy. Soon thereafter it was published in "Encounter" with a series of largely positive responses: the respondents generally agreed that Snow had identified a genuine problem, though no one had a clear sense of what, if anything, could be done about it.
Becoming Icons of God: Divinization in the writings of C.S. Lewis
In 1998, C.S. Lewis was declared by Christianity Today to be the most important Christian apologist of the twentieth century. However one may praise or dispute that claim, there seems little doubt that Lewis's books (perhaps a billion copies sold) have influenced more thoughtful people - believers and unbelievers alike - than any other writer of our time.
Honors Student Reflects on the Greater Work in Prayer
Callie Hyde, a sophomore honors student at Baylor who is majoring in political science, writes about the importance of praying for others.
Honors Program senior starts program to provide transportation help to pregnant Kenyan moms
A Baylor University student's honors research project has spawned a new charitable organization that provides expectant mothers in Western Kenya with free transportation to a health center to safely give birth.
C.S. Lewis: Beyond the Wardrobe... An Honors College Panel Discussion
The University strives to exist at the nexus of sincere Christian faith and rigorous intellectual pursuit. It is perfectly fitting, then, for Baylor to host a conference commemorating the work of perhaps the 20th century's most influential Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis. Culminating on the 50th anniversary of his death [Nov. 22, 1963], a memorial conference titled C.S. Lewis and His Contributions to Christian Thought was jointly hosted by Baylor University, the Departments of Philosophy and Religion, the Honors Residential College and the Institute for Studies of Religion's Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion. The following represents a collection of excerpts from conversations shared by Baylor professors who have been shaped by Lewis' life and work, and who can attest to how his influence can be felt in their teaching and in the mission of Baylor University.
Honors Program Student Wins Poster Presentation Award in Field of Environmental Science
At the recent Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meeting in Nashville, Baylor doctoral student Elias Oziolor and undergraduate student David Dreier won first place poster presentation awards for best Ph.D. and undergraduate research presentations, respectively. Dreier is a senior in Baylor's Honors Program.
Honors College Student Celebrates MLK Celebration with His Grandmother, BU's First African-American Alumna
Barbara Walker's classmates at Baylor University warmly embraced her on campus in 1964, overwhelmingly supportive of welcoming black students to Baylor for the first time in the school's history.
Honors College Senior's Work Provides Lift to Expectant Mothers in Kenya
In rural Kenya, mothers-to-be face challenges shared by expectant mothers in underdeveloped nations around the globe, transportation chief among them. They know they need to get proper care, but getting to a clinic or hospital often proves too difficult.
Baylor senior Jolene Damoiseaux (pictured above), a biology major from the Houston area, met many of these women while traveling in Kenya with Baylor's Straw To Bread organization. What she discovered led her to turn her Honors College thesis project into "Mothers on the Move," an organization that provides transportation to expectant mothers who would otherwise have none.
Great Texts Prof. Sarah-Jane Murray To Speak at Christian Writers' Conference
Story, and in particular how to tell one's story, is the theme of the third annual Christian Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church Woodway.
'Now Our Endless Journey Stops': W.H. Auden and the Time of the Incarnation
By 1941, shortly after the death of his mother, W.H. Auden was drafting an application for a Guggenheim Fellowship in which he proposed to write "a long poem in several parts about Christmas, suitable for becoming the basis of a text for a large-scale musical oratorio."
Auden had come to believe that all the matters he was strenuously reassessing - art, community, erotic love, politics, psychology - had been fundamentally altered by a single event: the entry of God into human history, what Christians call the Incarnation. The Christ child, as every character agrees in the poem he would write, changes everything. And that radical disruption of the world, and therefore of all the things human beings typically think about the world, needed to be accounted for. The result was his great poem, "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio."
Winners of Prestigious Scholarships
Baylor's Roy B. Albaugh Lecture Welcomes Charles Ramirez Berg
The annual Roy B. Albaugh lecture, sponsored by Baylor's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, will welcome Charles Ramirez Berg, Ph.D., to speak about Latino stereotypes in film at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the SBC Theater of the Mayborn Museum Complex.
Baylor SIGHT raises awareness preparing for World AIDS Day
In an effort to educate students about AIDS, the Students Interested in Global Health Today officers are conducting an entire AIDS series. (Current SIGHT president is Honors Program student Jolene Damoiseaux)
I Know What You Did Last Summer: A Summer Trilogy
It's during the fall semester that students begin nailing down internships and research opportunities for the following summer. Already, Honors College students are making preparations for summer international mission trips, gaining lab experience working alongside researchers, and bleeding green and gold as they apply for Line Camp positions. Here are just a few students' accounts of their experiences during summer 2013.
11-year-old's fight against brain cancer inspires Baylor running back to greatness
BIC (Honors College) part-time lecturer Jen Martinsen (BBA '88, MSEd '90) played on Baylor's volleyball team from 1985-88. In May 2012, Martinsen lost her 11-year-old daughter Molly to brain cancer. Yet, Molly's legacy lives on for Baylor running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Lache Seastrunk.
The Exorcist at 40
Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor, examines the background and significance of the 1973 film "The Exorcist," which has become a benchmark of horror-fests and a common allusion in popular culture.
Honors College Welcomes Robert N. McClelland, M.D., for Lecture on 'Parkland Hospital, November 1963'
The Baylor Honors College has invited Robert M. McClelland, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Barfield Drawing Room. McClelland will speak about his experiences caring for President Kennedy, operating on Lee Harvey Oswald and testifying before the Warren Commission in his lecture titled, "Parkland Hospital, November 1963: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald."
Honors College Dean Reviews "12 Years a Slave"
Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor, reviews the new film "12 Years a Slave," which is based on a mid-10th century autobiography by Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
"The Fanny Price we'll never see" ("Text Patterns" blog by Honors Prof. Alan Jacobs)
I'm not especially excited about the Austen Project... Interestingly, but unsurprisingly, no one has signed up for what I believe to be Austen's greatest novel, Mansfield Park.
Leukemia survivor, Honors Program student meet after student's life-saving donation
Suicide at Sixty
Blog by Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in Baylor's Honors College, about the disturbing and dramatic increase in suicides among those who are older and aging, as well as reasons that may prompt senior citizens to end their lives. Cann was invited recently to blog for the "Huffington Post" after she presented her research on the growing popularity of unconventional mourning practices, which she presented at the international conference of the Association for the Study of Death and Society.
Student strives to decrease maternal mortality in Kenya
For Richmond senior Jolene Damoiseaux, a thesis was more than an Honors College requirement. Damoiseaux turned her thesis into Mothers On the Move, a program that provides pregnant women on the Nyakach plateau in Kenya with transportation to the Sigoti Health Centre.
Honors College Prof Speaks on Grieving in the 21st Century: Tattoo Tributes, Mobile Memorials and Virtual Visitations
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" may be the traditional view when it comes to death. But "ashes to tattoos" is one unconventional way people have found to honor their dead, as mourning goes skin-deep, mobile, wearable and virtual this century.
It's all part of new methods of denying the "messiness of the corpse" and "returning" the dead to us, whether by paying tribute through car decals, T-shirts, online memorials or tattoos etched in conventional ink or even mixed with "cremains" -- cremated human remains, says Baylor University scholar and author Candi Cann, Ph.D.
No Happy Harmony
Column by Elizabeth Corey, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science in the Honors College at Baylor University, about the conflict women face between careers and motherhood.
Senior CL in Honors College balances school, around-the-clock campus job
Most Baylor students would agree that juggling school, work and extracurricular activities is difficult.
But when you're a senior who has decided to change majors while working a seemingly 24-hour-a-day job and participating in several student organizations, difficult is hardly the word.
St. Louis, Mo. senior Luke Smith is all too familiar with trying to find balance in his life.
He has worked for three years as a community leader in Alexander Residence Hall, which houses approximately 141 male students in the Honors Residential College.
Faculty kids embracing home life on Baylor campus
Feature on the experience of living on campus amid college students for nine of Baylor's 11 faculty members in-residence, who moved in to Baylor residence halls with children in tow. Quoted in the article is Todd Buras, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and faculty master for the Honors Residential College, with his wife Allison.
Real Men of West Monroe
Column by Thomas Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor, about how the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" offers a "refreshing counter to much of what passes for reality on reality TV."
Stories of a Baylor Honors Experience
Alumna Stephanie Allen ('13) reflects on her four years as an Honors College student at Baylor. This speech was delivered to a portion of the incoming Honors Program class of 2017 at the Honors Program Line Camp.
Honors Program Alumna Caitlin Giddens (BA, '13): Writing her own dream
Putting her thoughts down on paper has been a way of life for Caitlin Giddens for many years. Maybe it began with telling her diary the secrets of her heart or penning fun notes to friends in school, wherever the practice began, she has it down to an art now.
Eight Honors College undergrads selected to attend Introduction to Tropical Medicine Summer Institute
Eight out of ten Baylor University undergraduates and alumni selected to attend the Introduction to Tropical Medicine Summer Institute are Honors College students. They are:
Stephanie Allen ('13)
Jolene Damoiseaux ('14)
Andrew Gross ('15)
Ria Halder ('15)
Anju Kannappan ('15)
Jessica Korona ('15)
Tran Bao Nguyen ('15)
Lauren Roddy ('15)
Honors College professor keynotes Georgetown College's Annual Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy conference
Barry Harvey, Ph.D., professor of theology in the Honors College at Baylor, will present his keynote address "Into Lands as Yet Unkown: The Church's Vocation of not Belonging" July 16 at Georgetown College's Center for Christian Discernment's annual Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy conference.
Video: HRC Faculty Master Todd Buras Discusses Mutual Benefits of Serving the Honors Residential College Community
Dr. Todd Buras, the Honors Residential College Faculty Master in Memorial and Alexander halls, is among those convinced that faculty have a critical role to play in trying to create a truly transformative education for students. He describes what it is to be formed as a whole person as similar to what happens when someone is part of a family.
Incoming Honors College Freshman Mary Kujak Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Honors Program Freshman Cadie Hanes Selected as a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar
Incoming Baylor Honors Program freshman Cadie Hanes is one of 1,000 students to be selected as a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar, a scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that covers undergraduate college expenses through graduation for low-income minority students in the discipline of their choice. Cadie will study speech language pathology and minor in religion this fall.
Honors College Alum Wins UT Southwestern Medical School's Highest Honor
"Dr. [David] Leverenz's extensive knowledge, along with his deep commitment to caring for others, helped earn him the Ho Din - the highest honor given to a graduating student of UT Southwestern Medical School."
Incoming Honors College Freshman Mary Kujak Receives National Honor
To watch Mary Kujak glide through the halls of her high school, you can immediately tell she is completely at ease. Mary has already compiled an amazing list of accomplishments during her time at Ridgewood High School.
Mary has really become a shining star. She is the class valedictorian at Ridgewood High School, the winner of a prestigious Barnes Scholarship, and an all-county athlete in four sports.
Honors College Alumna Publishes Chapter for Makoto Fujimura Exhibition, 'Golden Sea'
Julie Hamilton met Fujimura during her studies at Baylor over their mutual love of Georges Rouault. Leaving Texas, she traveled to Duke for graduate studies in theology and art history, interning a summer at Dillon Gallery. She is currently a creative resource scholar for the Fujimura Institute and recently contributed a chapter for Fujimura's retrospective monograph Golden Sea concerning his work in collaborative and performance art due out this May.
Voices Against Brain Cancer Commends Honors College Student for Her Appearance on "Jeopardy"
On May 11, Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, commends Taylor Roth (University Scholar) on her recent appearance on Jeopardy, a popular trivia game television show, despite suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.