In the latest The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, Baylor University is ranked No. 5 among universities in student engagement, a measure of how connected the students are with their school, each other and the outside world, and how challenging their courses are, among other things. “One of the most remarkable things about the engagement scores was the absolute dominance of religious schools at the top,” says Phil Baty, the Times Higher Education rankings editor. “What I suspect is the case is that there is a very high level of pastoral care and a strong sense of community and a strong sense of shared values.”
Article about research on the bereavement practices of Catholic Latino communities by Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College. Cann hopes the research will help expand training programs in the funeral service industry about Latino grieving and funeral practices.
Death research in the United States has mostly overlooked those who are not Anglo Protestants, says researcher Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College. The Hispanic population is the country’s largest minority – approximately 17 percent – and expected to double by 2050. Cann found in her study that the funeral industry wants to accommodate differing cultures, but “it doesn’t know how,” she said.
Baylor has hit record highs in enrollment, graduation rates and freshman retention, and higher 2017 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Quoted are Jennifer Carron, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment; Sinda Vanderpool, Ph.D., associate vice provost for academic enrollment management; and Wesley Null, Ph.D. vice provost for undergraduate education and professor in the School of Education and the Honors College.
They are Dr. Thomas Hibbs (Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College), Dr. Alan Jacobs (Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program), and Dr. Elizabeth Corey (Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program).
Senior University Scholar Alice Knaeble realized this as she furthered her studies in biomedical ethics through the two-week Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University Program in Rome supported by the Baylor Honors College and Dean Hibbs. This program provided an intensive study in bioethics from a Catholic perspective, investigating issues such as abortion, fertilization techniques, and contraception.
“A different set of lenses.” That was the gift that senior Entrepreneurship major Emily Neel (University Scholar, Honors Program) received through participating in the Hankamer School of Business’s Social Entrepreneurship in Africa program.
While Baylor’s mission speaks of the cultivation of a caring community, how might our understanding of community life be enriched by a deeper understanding and practice of friendship? How might friendship help us cultivate the virtues of truthfulness, courage, wisdom, justice, faith, love, and hope? This panel presentation will explore these questions from the perspectives of Baylor students, faculty, and staff. Panelists include two from the Honors College...Dr. Darin Davis (Vice President for University Mission, Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, and Professor of the Honors College) and Alice Knaeble (University Scholars/Honors Program senior, Great Texts/Premedicine).
"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.'"
University Scholar John Davis reflects on his research experience with Baylor College of Medicine’s Tropical Medicine Division at Texas Children’s Hospital and the monumental effect this has had on his education.
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."