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Jun
21
2017
Honors College celebrates accomplishments of Travel Stipend recipients
The Travel Stipend is awarded to support outstanding Honors College undergraduates in attending professional conferences. In most cases, funding is reserved for those students presenting papers at conferences.

Here's a look at the recipients of the travel stipend during the 2016-2017 school year and the various conferences and experiences that resulted.
May
4
2017
Baylor students study community needs, award grants to 12 nonprofits
Not an average lecture-style course, Baylor University’s philanthropy and the public good class directs thousands of dollars to nonprofit groups after students determine where the money will best improve the community. “Every semester, I get to bear firsthand witness to a remarkable collaboration, a confluence of generous donors, inspiring community partners and bright students who are eager to understand and enrich their community,” said Andrew P. Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and a senior lecturer in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College.
May
4
2017
Fulbright ETA recipient hails from Frisco
Emily E. Martin, a senior University Scholar and Honors Program student at Baylor from Frisco, Texas, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Apr
24
2017
When Character No Longer Counts
Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, in which he examines how and why, during the 2016 presidential campaign, many conservative Christians abandoned a position they “once held almost unanimously: In politics, character counts.” He explores what criteria should determine a Christian’s attitude toward a political candidate, noting there is no uniform answer.
Apr
20
2017
Death in the Age of Facebook
This article about how social media has changed mourning the dead quotes Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core and author of “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century.” While past traditions included photos of the dead and wearing black armbands, “I really believe that a lot of these social media mourning rituals are popping up because people aren't able to mourn in public spaces the way that they used to,” Cann said. “People have this need to be recognized as grievers."
Apr
20
2017
Seniors present theses at Academic Honors Week
Graduating seniors in the Honors Program in the Honors College are presenting thesis research projects during the 25th annual J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors Week. “This is an opportunity for other students and faculty to see the fruit of the thesis process. For the student making the presentation, this is often great training for graduate or professional school where scholarship will continue to be shared with the larger academy,” said Albert Beck, Ph.D., admissions and advisement coordinator for the Honors Program.
Apr
19
2017
Religion Professor Dr. Jonathan Tran Receives 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award
Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, was chosen for the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award by the senior class. On April 20, 2017, Dr. Jonathan Tran will be giving a lecture titled "My Life With Students: Wittgensteinian Thoughts on Baylor Students." Dr. Tran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Faculty Steward of the Honors Residential College. There will be a reception following the lecture.
Apr
13
2017
Baylor Senior Selected for Prestigious Fulbright ETA to Germany
Baylor University senior Emily E. Martin, a University Scholar and Honors Program student from Frisco, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Apr
11
2017
BAY-SIC labs are not so basic
Baylor will offer five social innovation lab courses in fall 2017 meant to address “wicked problems” in society that cannot be solved in one field and require a transdisciplinary approach. The courses offered will address campus hunger, child migration, human trafficking, at-risk elderly populations in Waco and water in communities. “This is not just about caring about a cause. This is about learning the skills, the mindsets of innovation,” said Andy Hogue, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the Honors College and director of the philanthropy and public service program at Baylor.
Apr
5
2017
Honors Students Travel Locally and Abroad on Mission Trips Over Spring Break
The Honors Residential College sent 29 students to Antigua and San Juan, Guatemala to serve orphans, malnourished children and the elderly. At the same time, students were intentionally challenged by Baylor HRC faculty leaders to think about how the conditions of civil war, political violence, economic injustice, and immigration affect those communities.
Apr
5
2017
T2: Trainspotting: A Worthy Sequel
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College at Baylor, reviews the sequel to the 1996 indie hit film “Trainspotting” 20 years after the original, saying that the writer and director “have achieved the rare feat of creating a film that satisfies the sequel viewer’s desire for both nostalgia and novelty."
Apr
3
2017
Boutros & Richmond Brief the President on Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Institute Founding Directors Victor Boutros (BA, '98) and John Richmond briefed President Trump on human trafficking on February 23 as part a closed-door listening session at the White House. Boutros is an Honors College alum and a member of the Honors College Advisory Board. The briefing came from a small, diverse group of trafficking experts, including former federal prosecutors, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, victim service providers, a survivor of human trafficking, and others.
Apr
2
2017
Honors Program Senior Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Study Grant
Jade A. Connor, a senior Honors Program biology major from Lewisville at Baylor University, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright study grant, becoming the University’s 48th student Fulbright recipient since 2001.
Mar
23
2017
Sweet 16 berth lands 3 Baylor students on ESPN quiz show
Kat Largent (BIC, Honors), Trevor Taylor and Daniel Notman (Honors, University Scholars) are competing on ESPN’s “Bracket Genius” game show. The program pits teams from schools remaining in the Sweet 16 of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament against each other in an academics-related quiz show competition with a $100,000 grand prize.
Mar
7
2017
How C.S. Lewis Helped Encourage Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program of Baylor’s Honors College, is quoted in this article about how two British authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, dominated the world’s imagination in the 20th century. “They were very convinced of their own isolation from the mainstream of intellectual culture, but through that mutual encouragement, they produced these works that ended up changing the mainstream of intellectual culture, which I am sure they would not have believed possible,” Jacobs said.
Mar
7
2017
Remembering David Grotberg
Column about the life of David Grotberg, a Baylor sophomore Honors College student from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who was killed by a speeding motorist while riding his bike in Waco on Oct. 6, 2016. The article focuses on David’s involvement in the Honors College, the University’s marching band and Christian missions. “He lived more in 19 years than some people do in their entire lives,” his father Clark Grotberg said.
Feb
28
2017
Religious Speech and Action Silenced
Review by Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel, about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries to Japan. Hibbs writes the film as a “stark depiction of statism against religion.”
Feb
15
2017
Yale Professor Will Speak at John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, will speak at the John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series on Feb. 17. The lecture, “Probing the Minds of Hamilton, Madison and Jay: the Guidance of the Federalist Papers,” will be held at noon in the Kronzer Courtroom (Room 127) at Baylor Law School.
Feb
7
2017
Baylor program lobbies for better government
The Baylor in Washington program, coordinated by Grant Jones, and the Baugh Center will host the Data Coalition’s policy director, Christian Hoehner, from Washington, D.C., for the “Lobbying for Better Government: Agenda Setting and Coalition Building in Washington D.C.” event.
Feb
3
2017
Honors College Co-Sponsors San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project
The San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project (SGARP) is a new transdisciplinary project that targets the archaeological past of San Giuliano, a site located approximately 70 km northwest of Rome within Marturanum Park in Lazio. Dr. Davide Zori, assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, serves as the project director.
Jan
26
2017
Honors College Students Attended 3rd Annual Texas Model United Nations Conference
From Jan. 13-15, 14 Baylor students attended the Texas Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies, at the Center for International Business Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Baylor students represented Angola, China (Security Council only), Germany, Russian Federation and Vietnam. Honors College students included Cat Haseman (HP, UNSC), Kim Andrade (BIC, HP), Caroline Caywood (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation; BIC), Matt Walker (Outstanding Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate – GA 1 – Vietnam; HP, UNSC), Ben Hunt (HP, UNSC), and Kate Farley (Outstanding Delegate – Security Council – Russian Federation; HP, UNSC).
Jan
14
2017
William Peter Blatty, Between Time and Eternity
Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and dean of the Honors College, reflects on the life, legacy, and contribution of American writer and filmmaker William Peter Blatty.
Jan
13
2017
Baylor Set To Launch Social Innovation Collaborative
In Fall 2017, with the aid of seed support from the Office of the Provost, Baylor will launch the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC). Led by Andy Hogue, Ph.D., director of the Philanthropy and Public Service Program and senior lecturer in the Honors College at Baylor, BAY-SIC will bring together faculty, staff, and students in efforts to discover and develop innovative ways to promote human flourishing. Social innovation is an approach to tackling complex, “wicked” problems that involves cross-sector collaboration and multiple strategies and experiments.
Jan
13
2017
How Faulkner Convinced Me Not to Become an Astronomer
Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program, recounts how a childhood love of science-fiction novels paved the way for his discovery of author William Faulkner. Though Jacobs had once dreamed of becoming an astronomer, calculus quickly changed his mind. Instead, he uncovered a love of literature and the value of good writing for its own sake.
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