Honors College Spotlight
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.
Q&A with Honors College Fulbright Recipient Brent Salter
Brent Salter, a Baylor Interdisciplinary Core student, senior international studies and journalism major from Bulverde, Texas, is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Salter received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and will spend the 2013-2014 academic year teaching English at a university in Moldova.
University Scholar Taylor Roth Reaches "Jeopardy" Goal Despite Brain Tumor
Taylor Roth is a University Scholar major and enrolled in the Honors Program in Baylor's Honors College. Two years ago, doctors told Taylor Roth she would likely be dead within 10 months from an inoperable brain tumor. On May 8, the Baylor University junior, who has far surpassed that prognosis, will achieve a lifelong dream: Appearing on the television trivia game show "Jeopardy!"
Q&A with Honors College Fulbright Recipient Taylor Kohn
Honors College Seniors Selected to Receive Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
Two current Honors College seniors, Taylor Kohn and Brent Salter, have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship - the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
Technology won't resurrect dead churches
This article recounts discussions that took place at the symposium on "iFaith? The Church in the Digital Age," hosted by Baylor's Truett Seminary. Dr. Doug Henry, Ph.D., associate dean of the Honors College and a professor in the philosophy department, is quoted.
Honors College Radio Spots Win International Competition
In the fall of 2012, the Baylor University's Honors College and Livingston+McKay LLC composed and produced a series of radio spots for the Honors College to air on Inside Baylor Sports. These three spots won a 2013 Communicators Award of Distinction in this international communications competition. Read the full press release below.
Honors College Senior Selected for "The Pulse" Lecture and Phi Beta Kappa Award
Each year, following the Phi Beta Kappa initiation banquet, one undergraduate scholar is chosen to present a lecture hosted by The Pulse, Baylor University's undergraduate journal. The 2013 lecture will be presented by David Welch. Welch is a senior from Bastrop, Texas, majoring in great texts of the western tradition in Baylor's Honors College. His lecture is titled "The Expanded Problem of Hiddenness for Christian Theodicies." It regards "the problem of divine hiddenness - why, when we look around at the world, it is not obvious that it is ordered by a perfectly loving, omnipotent God - from a Christian point of view," said Welch.
Lariat Letter by Honors College Dean: Education nourishes the soul
"The true college," writes the African-American author W.E.B. DuBois (in words etched in stone in the walkway at Brooks Residential College), "will ever have one goal - not to earn meat, but to know the end and aim of that life which meat nourishes."
Honors College Welcomes University of Pennsylvania Professor to Speak on Roman Antiquity
Written in the Latin language, Roman literature remains an enduring reflection of the culture and traditions of ancient Rome. Baylor University's Honors College welcomes Joseph Farrell, Ph.D., professor of classics at the University of Pennsylvania, for a lecture on Roman antiquity.
Sisters Go to Final Round of Bible Contest
The three Bible experts from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have secured a spot in the May 23 finale of "The American Bible Challenge" game show. [Sr. Peter Joseph is Honors College alumna Faith Wardlaw.]
Honors Alumna Faith Wardlaw Participates on The American Bible Challenge Game Show
From the S.G.S. Newsletter: After graduating, [Honors College alumna Faith Wardlaw] became a novice with the Ann Arbor Dominicans, taking the name Sr. Peter Joseph. Sr. Peter Joseph has recently made headlines, as she and two of her fellow sisters have been beating out competing teams in a Bible trivia gameshow hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Sr. Peter Joseph was also interviewed by "Zenit News," a worldwide Catholic news organization.
Honors College Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship
The Classical Association of the Middle West and South is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Manson A. Steward Scholarships, which are awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate students of Classics. One of seven recipients is Honors College student Kirsten Kappelman. CAMWS awards $1,000.00 scholarships to a limited number of undergraduate students majoring in Classics at the sophomore or junior level at a CAMWS college or university. Nominees must be nominated by a teacher and recipients of the scholarship are expected to take a minimum of two courses in Latin or Greek (normally at least one per quarter or semester) during the junior or senior year in which the scholarship is held.
Honors Week to feature student thesis presentations
Honors students will present their theses as part of a 21-year-old tradition known as Honors Week. The week long event will take place Monday through Friday.
Honors Convocation to Recognize Top Students
Baylor Honors College and BIC Welcome Stanford University Scholar for Laura Blanche Endowed Memorial Lecture Series
Baylor University's Honors College and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) welcome Peter Berkowitz, J.D., Ph.D., Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, for the 19th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues.
Great Texts and Honors College Host Seminar on Dante's Commedia
Dante's "The Divine Comedy" is considered to be the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language. The epic poem will be the topic of an upcoming seminar when the Honors College at Baylor University hosts Susanna Barsella, Ph.D., professor of Italian at Fordham University. The seminar will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Reading Room at Alexander Hall, 1413 S. Seventh St., on the Baylor campus.
Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny
Many of the drugs we take aren't actually digested -- they pass through our bodies, and down through the sewer pipes. Traces of those drugs end up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife. Nobody's sure what effect they have.
Now, a paper being published in "Science" magazine finds that drugs for anxiety drugs -- even at these very low levels -- can affect the behavior of fish.
Mood drug that gets into waterways shows impact on fish
The pills we pop to relieve anxiety may affect the behavior of fish in nearby rivers, and eventually, the entire aquatic ecosystem, new research in the journal "Science" suggests.
Wheaton College professor coming to BU, will share research with Honors College
Wartime is known not only for the death of men and women, but for the death of morals.
Dr. Alan Jacobs, the Clyde S. Kilby Chair Professor of English at Wheaton College, believes he might have a remedy.
Jacobs will join the Honors College in fall 2013 and present the lecture "Christian Humanism in Time of War" as a part of the Honors College Lecture Series. The lecture explores the beliefs of poet W.H. Auden, literary scholar C.S. Lewis and theologian Jacques Maritain.
BU first to study script from 1380s
An undergraduate research team is piloting a study on an Austrian manuscript dated from the 1380s.
Baylor students are the first to study this document.
Baylor University's Honors College Hosts Alan Jacobs
Baylor University welcomes Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., The Clyde S. Kilby Chair Professor of English at Wheaton College, as the next guest speaker in its Honors College lecture series. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Drawing Room of Memorial Residence Hall, 1425 S. Seventh St.
Christians discuss ethnic boundaries
Christians crossed ethnic boundaries Thursday to explore how Waco churches serve immigrants in the community.
Only a few days after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators agreed on a way to overhaul the current immigration system, Calvary Baptist Church came together with 20 local churches during "God's Heart toward Immigrants," to challenge how immigrants were seen in the church.
Poetry in color: Martin Museum's multimedia exhibit based on T.S. Eliot poems
Art interprets art -- specifically, paintings and music inspired by a major 20th-century poem -- in a novel exhibit presently on display at Baylor University's Martin Museum of Art.
The show, "Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman," features the large minimalist canvases of painter Makoto Fujimura and more figurative ones by fellow painter Bruce Herman, each reflecting on British poet T.S. Eliot's work "Four Quartets." Next month unveils the exhibit's musical component when musicians from Baylor's School of Music premiere Christopher Theofanidis's piano quintet "At The Still Point" on Jan. 15.
Theology professor and lecturer talks Tolkein
Dr. Ralph Wood is a professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. He has spent more than 40 years teaching on author J.R.R. Tolkien and his popular works, "The Hobbit," and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Wood's own book, "The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth" was published in 2003.
Renowned philosopher to speak about faith in modern era at BU
Dr. Charles Taylor, professor of philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today in the Meditation Room in the Armstrong Browning Library as part of the Roy B. Albaugh Lecture series sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa.
His lecture, "21st Century Religion: Faith in the Age of Authenticity," is free and open to the public.
Dr. Michael Foley, chair of the Albaugh Lecture Committee of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter of Baylor University and associate professor of Patristics in the Honors College, said the annual lecture series has been going on for several decades.
Notre Dame professor to discuss 'The Divine Comedy' with students
The epic poetry of Dante will be the topic of today's seminar beginning at 5 p.m. in the Reading Room at Alexander Residence Hall. The Honors College will host Dr. Christian Moevs, Notre Dame Italian professor and an authority on Dante's "The Divine Comedy."
World-renowned pianist presents personal account of the effects music and literature have on one's actions
Helge Antoni, a much sought-after pianist worldwide both in solo recitals and in concertos with orchestra, will speak at Baylor on how the arts and humanities encourage acts of compassion through one's life and work.
Renowned Pianist To Visit for Baylor Performance
Pianist Helge Antoni, an Exclusive Steinway Artist from Malmö, Sweden, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Roxy Grove Auditorium.
The recital, "Inspiración Latina," will feature the music of composers Scarlatti, Albeniz, Turina, de Falla, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera and Piazzolla.
Honors College Expands With New Hire
Dr. Alan Jacobs, currently the Clyde S. Kilby chair professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., has accepted an offer to become a new distinguished professor of literature at Baylor. Beginning next fall, Jacobs will lecture for the Honors Program, a program located under the umbrella of the Honors College designed to supplement the university's undergraduate honors degree.
Beauty in an Ugly Time
Sometimes we think of modernism in art as a period of great liberation from the constraints of the past, of the triumphant emergence to dominance of secularism and the demise of religion. This cliché overlooks, of course, the unprecedented violence of the 20th century, the horrible deaths of score of millions of people just because of their religious identity--Jews in the Holocaust and Christian martyrs all over the globe.
A look back at a decade of honor
The Honors College was established as part of the Baylor 2012 initiative in the fall of 2002, uniting the Honors Program, University Scholars, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Great Texts under the direction of a single dean.
Honors College marks 10th anniversary
When Baylor alumni talk about their experiences in the Honors College, one word continues to come up: Impact.
Memorial To Be Held for Teacher
The Honors College memorial service for Dr. Susan E. Colón is set for
4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in the Alexander Reading Room.
Colón, an alumna who joined Baylor's faculty in 2002, served as associate professor of literature in the Honors Program, faculty sponsor of the student-run undergraduate research journal "The Pulse," assistant director of the University Scholars Program and assistant dean of the Honors College.
Surgeon, Senior Lecturer Is a True Baylor Bear
You could say he never really left.
Dr. Bill Neilson, a 1976 graduate of Baylor, is also a senior lecturer and clinical professor of decision science in the Honors College. Neilson, who graduated with a degree in chemistry, is a surgeon and longtime health professional with an interest in medical missions
The Point of It All; Making the Most of Your Baylor Education
Our undergraduate years are inevitably shaped by ideas about the purpose of university education, and these ideas have everything to do with the purpose of life. We do not have the luxury of evading such big issues. Our only options are to take responsibility for the ideas that shape our lives, or to accept passively the ideas that happen to have made their way into our thinking.
Baylor 2012: Higher Learning
Two wildly successful pieces of Baylor 2012 focused on the creation of the Baylor Honors College and an expansion of the university's doctoral program offerings. The former has provided a new, collaborative home for a growing Baylor Honors Program, an enhanced University Scholars program and the historic Baylor Interdisciplinary Core program. Last fall, Baylor Honors College enrollment boasted 1,386 students with an incoming SAT average of 1338. For doctoral students at Baylor, opportunities are more diverse than ever, with 10 new Ph.D. programs made available since 2002 for a total of 24 programs in all.
University Scholar Earns Fellowship at Top Criminology Program
Sociology undergraduate and University Scholar Daniel Jang of Baylor University has accepted a prestigious Edwin Sutherland Fellowship at the University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
University Scholar Awarded Goldwater Scholarship
Baylor University senior Taylor P. Kohn, a University Scholar on a pre-medical track from Wichita, Kan., has been selected as one of only 282 U.S. undergraduates to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the United States and its territories in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Honors College Dean Reviews "The Dark Knight Rises"
For an individual, for a civilization, is a fresh start possible? "The Dark Knight Rises" has the feel of a fresh start even as it manages to loop back to earlier themes in ways that prepare for a very satisfying ending, an ending that affirms the nobility of the deepest desires of the human heart.
Beauty & Brains: Honors Student Proves You Can Have It All
Even after winning Miss Texas and continuing the national headline-grabbing success of her alma mater, dubbed the "Year of the Bear", DaNae Couch, B.A. '10, is humble. While at Baylor, Couch, an English major and public relations minor, was a twirler in the Golden Wave Band, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Baylor Ambassadors, Student Foundation and a part of the Honors Program.
Books & Culture Review: "Victorian Parables" by Dr. Susan E. Colón
Honors College Students Study Ancient Manuscripts, Thanks to Vision of Hobby Lobby Chief
A select few have been chosen to attend the first-ever Logos Institute at Baylor University --- a summer institute for university and seminary students eager to pore over papyrus and parchment texts, contemplate universal questions, worship, pray and learn to defend their Christian faith.
Prominent Alumnus in Hong Kong Honored With Baylor's Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. James Wong helps fellow countryman Evan Choi pursue an Honors College education.
Paying It Forward
Evan Choi's high school ambitions are evident in his résumé; in addition to being a rigorous academic, he also served as head prefect and treasurer at Pui Ching Middle School in Hong Kong and still found time to volunteer with the Red Cross.
Baylor University Mourns the Death of Associate Dean of the Honors College
Baylor University is mourning the death of Dr. Susan E. Colón of Hewitt, Associate Dean of the Honors College, Assistant Director of the University Scholars Program, and Associate Professor of Literature in the Honors Program at Baylor.
Dr. Colón passed away Sunday morning after a six-month battle with cancer. She was 39 years old.
Baylor Among 5 Top Christian Universities in the United States
There are many reasons why students choose to attend a Christian university instead of a public school. A religious approach to teaching, a like-minded community and a wholesome environment are just a few of the reasons that young people may want to consider a Christian university.
Three Honors College Students, Recent Graduates Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
Three Honors College students and recent graduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship - the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government - bringing the number of Baylor students and/or graduates who have received the honor since 2001 to 32.
Life on the Divide
On a typical afternoon, I drop off my eight-year-old daughter and her best friend at ballet lessons and return home to meet my five-year-old son's friend for a "play date." Their mothers and I appear to have everything in common. We all order our children's clothes from the same upscale retailer, an elegant purveyor of classic clothing with styles evoking sheltered and civilized Edwardian childhoods. We love to cook and entertain. We have inherited furniture and china that we display in traditional homes. We attempt to keep our children away from the influences of television and computers.
We should all become fast friends, yet my greatest hope is that Jennifer and Claire never happen to meet in my driveway. Jennifer is CEO of the local Planned Parenthood facility; Claire is a protester there, a devoutly Catholic mother of six. They stand on opposite sides in the war over abortion, and this is never far from my mind.
Baylor Grads Win F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis
Three Baylor University graduates -- Robert Hill, Shingo Kihira and Caleb Simone -- were recently named the 2011 recipients of the F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis, honoring undergraduate thesis writers in Baylor's Honors Program.
The Wilson Award honors the life of the beloved Baylor professor of biology and Master Teacher, who directed 37 honors theses during more than 30 years of teaching at the university. Each year, the award recognizes the outstanding theses in the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. The winners are invited to return to campus to deliver remarks to Honors Program graduates of the following year.
Don't Ask What You Can Do With Your Education, Ask What It Will Do With You
Jamie Gianoutsos Jordan ('06), Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Great Texts, is an Honors College alumna who returned to campus in fall 2011 to address prospective students at Invitation to Excellence. Full copy of Jordan's speech ("Don't Ask What You Can Do With Your Education, Ask What It Will Do With You")
Upon graduation, Jordan went on to Queen's University Belfast in Ireland to earn her master's in English, and then to the University of Cambridge in England to earn her master's in history. She is now at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a doctorate in history with an emphasis in British intellectual history from 1500-1800.
Jordan was awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious award that fully funds up to 40 students per year to study in the United Kingdom. The scholarship covers university fees, living expenses, an annual book grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution toward the support of a spouse. Jordan's award covered both her master's degrees.
Christian universities can produce wise people, not just trained workers
"Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century," an event sponsored by Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning, drew more than 120 presenters from across the globe who examined how to instill wisdom through higher education. The article quotes Dr. Douglas Henry, associate professor of philosophy in Baylor's Honors College.
HC Welcomes Headmaster of Glendale Preparatory Academy for Guest Lecture
David Williams, Headmaster of Glendale Preparatory Academy of the Great Hearts Academies, will speak about liberal education and teaching opportunities at the Great Hearts schools at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Drawing Room of Baylor's Memorial Residence Hall, 1425 S. Seventh St.
The Great Hearts Academies is a consortium of public charter schools in the Phoenix area. The schools have a low student-to-teacher ratio and are focused on the classics and liberal arts.
Scholar explores Talmudic law, Jewish tradition
The Honors College brought a Jewish scholar to campus Wednesday to give a lecture on how the 12th-century philosopher Maimonides helped incorporate philosophy into the Jewish theological tradition.
The speaker, Dr. Joshua Parens, professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas, highlighted how Maimonides codified an enormous body of Talmudic law and introduced 13 principles of Jewish faith that were controversial at the time but have become foundational for the Jewish tradition in the centuries since.
Benefits of Faculty-In-Residence Programs
One student who benefited from her faculty neighbor of three years is Caroline Barta, a senior at Baylor University. The professor gave Barta and her mother a personal tour when they visited campus. Now, he's her academic adviser. Having her adviser live nearby affords her extra opportunities to reach him, Barta says, thought she admits that when she's missed a deadline, "his continual presence around the college [can be] a rather painful reminder of my tardiness."
Great Texts Prof Receives $210,000 NEH Grant
Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, associate professor in the Great Texts Program in the Honors College at Baylor University and Resident Scholar at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, has received a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to translate the Ovide moralisé from Old French into English.
University Scholar Gets Rare Chance for In-Person Research on Ancient Manuscripts
Fragments of ancient, rare manuscripts of Greek classical poetry, Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian Scriptures are being retrieved from papier-mâché-like mummy wrappings on loan to Baylor University -- all part of an international project that will give undergraduate humanities students rare hands-on research. Stephen Margheim, a Baylor senior University Scholars major with a focus in classics, is painstakingly piecing together and studying fragments of a 1,600-year-old Iliad transcription by an unknown scribe.
Honors College Students Take Innovative Aid to Kenya
Since 2009, Honors College students have participated in assisting a community of orphans and elders in rural, western Kenya as part of a medical mission trip. Many are conducting medical research in the community as part of their senior theses. The missionary team is responsible for bringing all medical equipment and supplies for their trip, including thermometers. When the 2010 team reached out to Exergen for help, the company was more than happy to provide them with Temporal Artery thermometers to improve patient care.
Two University Scholar Graduates Win Highly Competitive Lilly Fellowships
Two Honors College alumni -- Gideon Jeffrey and Amanda Weppler -- have been selected as two of 16 Lilly Graduate Fellows, the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts has announced.
The highly competitive Lilly Fellows Program supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar.