Honors College Spotlight
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 Malm", 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.
Honors College Graduate Selected for Fulbright to Finland
Amanda Randolph, a May 2011 Baylor University graduate from La Vernia, Texas, has been selected for a Fulbright grant, becoming Baylor's 25th Fulbright recipient since 2001. Randolph will study in Finland as part of the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
King James Version Is the Only Bible With Power To Unite
King James' Bible failed miserably as a peacekeeper -- civil war broke out in 1642 -- but enjoyed smashing success as a book. Published in 1611, the King James Version (KJV) reigned supreme over English translations for nearly three centuries, becoming the best-selling tome in history.
Preemie Birth Survivor Graduates From Baylor as a University Scholar
Feature on the miracle journey of 2011 Baylor University Scholar graduate Allyson Ray, who defied all medical odds as one of the smallest surviving premature infants in Texas history
Honors Program Senior Wins Fulbright Grant
Honors Program senior Chelsea Mitcham has been selected as a recipient of a Fulbright grant from the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She is Baylor's 23rd Fulbright recipient since 2001.
Hallelujah! At Age 400, King James Bible Still Reigns
This year, the most influential book you may never have read is celebrating a major birthday. The King James Version of the Bible was published 400 years ago. It's no longer the top-selling Bible, but in those four centuries, it has woven itself deeply into our speech and culture. NPR's "All Things Considered" interviews Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, historian of biblical interpretation and professor in the Honors Program.
Baylor Grads Win F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis
Baylor University graduates Sarah Berry, Jessie Kuykendall and Christa Leotti have been selected as this year's recipients of the F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis. The 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.
Honors College Advisory Council Member & BU Alumnus Selected as President of Gordon College
Gordon College's selection of D. Michael Lindsay for its new President represents a passing of the generational torch, and a tremendous opportunity for both Lindsay and Gordon. Lindsay is a Baylor University alumnus and a member of the university's Honors College Advisory Council.
Baylor Names New Faculty Master for Honors Residential College
Dr. Todd Buras, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the department of philosophy at Baylor, has been appointed as the new Faculty Master for the Honors Residential College beginning this fall. Buras will succeed Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, associate professor of medieval literature and French in the Honors College Great Texts program, who has served as Faculty Master since fall 2007.
University Scholar Student Racks Up Eight Conference Paper Presentations
By the year's end, University Scholar Stephen Margheim will have presented eight conference papers on a variety of topics. Such a feat would be impressive for most tenured faculty.
Educating Men And Women For Worldwide Leadership And Service
Over the summer, Honors College pre-med/pre-health students returned to rural western Kenya to provide free medical care, install rain gutters at 25 homes for rainwater harvesting, and planted almost 1,000 fruit tree seedlings as a potential source of food and income.
U.S. Dept. of State Puts Recent Baylor Grad on Fast Track to Foreign Service
Jessie Kuykendall, BA '10, just about did it all during her four years at Baylor. Her resume is impressive: National Merit Scholar, president of her sorority, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core graduate, Honors student with distinction. After earning her degree in international studies (with minors in history and Spanish) in May, she began graduate school at George Washington University in fall 2010.
Baylor Named Among Nation's Best Private School Values
For at least the third year in a row (as long as we've been writing Baylor Proud), Baylor has been named among the nation's "best values" when it comes to private schools as determined by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.
In His Time: The Extraordinary Story of Rachel Butcher
Oddly enough, this story begins in Shanghai, 1948. Sitting on an airplane, college graduate Bao Shan Chu is the last of his affluent family to leave China just hours before Mao Zedong's communist takeover. The army is so close, Bao Shan can hear gunshots in the distance as the plane takes off with a roar. His scholarship to an American university is what allows him to slip out of the country, and he is bound for Texas. By 1949, Bao Shan, began his studies at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
'Soliloquies' Exhibit Uses Rich Visuals To Show Spiritual Themes
The vividly colored, large canvases of painter Makoto Fujimura, which go on display Tuesday at Baylor University's Martin Museum of Art, contrast visually with the smaller, black-and-white prints of Georges Rouault on display across University Parks Drive at the Mayborn Museum. Fujimura's sensibility and intent, however, parallel Rouault's, as both artists communicate traditions of Christian faith and spirituality in contemporary style.
Waco viewers can see Fujimura's paintings, many influenced by richly colored 17th-century Japanese screen painting technique and others by Rouault's colored work, in "Soliloquies," an exhibit organized by Bucknell University's Samek Art Gallery and shown at the Martin Museum through Nov. 13.
Stanley Cavell's Philosophical Improvisations
In God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition, the latest in a number of recent books critical of the modern research university, the influential Irish-born philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre argues that "neither the university nor philosophy is any longer seen as engaging the questions" of "plain persons." These questions include: "What is our place in the order of things? Of what powers in the natural and social world do we need to take account? How should we respond to the facts of suffering and death? What is our relationship to the dead? What is it to live a human life well? What is it to live it badly?" Now in his 80s, MacIntyre is among a small group of philosophers who have sought to address such questions. Other members, about the same age, include the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and, perhaps especially, the American philosopher Stanley Cavell, whose life both in and out of philosophy is on display in his just-published autobiography, Little Did I Know (Stanford University Press).
Preserving Musical Canon Has Value for Humanity
Everybody knows that most movies these days cost a bundle to make. Last year's big hit "Avatar," which supposedly cost more than $300 million, was only the latest with such a jaw-dropping budget. Turns out big-time opera can cost a lot, too, particularly the loud and thunderous kind.
Black & White: Mayborn Show Highlights Chagall, Rouault
"Sacred Texts, Holy Images" places religious art by the Jewish Chagall and the Catholic Rouault together, a joint showing of the master artists' well-known print series, Chagall's "Bible" and Rouault's "Miserere" -- a considerable coup for Baylor University. "To our knowledge, these two exhibits have never been shown together," said Baylor Honors College Dean Thomas Hibbs, a "Sacred Texts" organizer.
HRC Faculty Fellow Bryan Brooks Weighs in on Wastewater Toxicology
In an effort to prevent pharmaceuticals from being flushed into Central Texas waterways, the Austin City Council is likely to ask the city manager on Thursday to set up a program for residents to turn in their unused prescription drugs. Bryan Brooks, an associate professor in Environmental Science & HRC faculty fellow at Baylor, is quoted on wastewater toxicology.
Baylor Professor Explores Colleges' Moral Development Role
The old image of higher education molding young men and women into people of character and judgment in addition to knowledge has slowly been changing over the last two centuries. Dr. Perry Glanzer serves as the faculty assistant director of the Honors Program (one of four programs in the Honors College) and is an associate professor in the School of Education. Along with professor Todd Ream, he co-authored the recently-released book "Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education."
Prof. David Smith Speaks Out About Waco & the Arts
As I have said before, conversation for the arts is like oxygen for fire. Ignore them, and they slowly wither.
This is not a contemporary development. In 1941, artist Nicolas Calas wrote to Alfred Barr at New York's Museum of Modern Art that "the hardest thing for an artist . . . trying to earn a living in America is to make contact with an educated public. If our work isn't known here . . . it's nearly impossible to go on."
Renaissance Program Brings High School Students to Campus
Baylor University's esteemed Honors College and nationally acclaimed School of Engineering and Computer Science have partnered to offer soon-to-be high school seniors an integrated introduction to topics in engineering and technology with complementary readings in history, art, literature, philosophy and theology.
Students Travel to Baylor for Conference on Studying Great Texts Within Christian Framework
Fifteen students from across the country who are in the Lilly Fellows Programs in Humanities and the Arts will travel to Baylor University May 16 to 20 for the conference "Engaging Great Texts Within the Christian Tradition." Among works to be discussed will be the movie "Tender Mercies," writings of the philosopher/theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, the poetry of Virgil and the writings of Flannery O'Connor.
"Avatar" on Earth Day
James Cameron's record-shattering film Avatar is being released on DVD today. Today is not a Tuesday, the day DVDs normally hit the stores, but a Thursday, to coincide with the 40th annual Earth Day: Avatar highlights the threats posed by an advanced, war-mongering, and artificial society to a primitive, pacific, and organic culture.
Eyes on Kenya: Medical service team prepares for trip
The second annual Kenya Medical Missions team is set and heading to Kenya in approximately one month. Several Honors College students are traveling to western Kenya to assist a community of orphans and elders and at the same time conduct medical research for their senior theses.
Honors College Professors Featured in "Science & Faith" Seminar
"Science and Faith: Breaking Down the Wall" is the title of a unique seminar to be offered at Wilshire on Saturday, April 24 in coordination with the Baylor University Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership. The all-day event will feature three Baylor University professors - Gerald Cleaver, a physicist; Barry Harvey, a theologian; and Phyllis Tippit, a geologist.
Actor Terry Kiser Shares His Craft With Honors College Theater Student
It seems unlikely that a longtime Hollywood actor could gain anything from a teenager. But that is not the case. Ridgway's Terry Kiser, 60, perhaps best known as the deceased Bernie Lomax in the "Weekend at Bernie's" movies, has spent the past several years coaching a select few aspiring teenage actors in the Ouray area, including Jake Abell, a current University Scholars major in Baylor University's Honors College.
Baylor Graduates Named Winners of Inaugural F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis
Baylor University graduates Kirsten Appleyard, Lisa Funkhouser and Carrie Wallis have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the F. Ray Wilson II Award for Best Thesis, which 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.
Wilson's Bookmarks: "Rouault--Fujimura: Soliloquies"
This lovely booklet, richly illustrated, features an essay by the philosopher Thomas Hibbs (dean of the Honors College at Baylor University) occasioned by an exhibition at Dillon Gallery in Chelsea in the fall of 2009, juxtaposing two Christian artists: the French painter Georges Rouault (1871-1958) and the New York-based contemporary painter Makoto Fujimura (b. 1960). The booklet concludes with a brief "refraction" by Fujimura, "Georges Rouault: The First Twenty-first Century Artist"; like Hibbs's essay, it invites re-reading and opens up a space for further conversation.
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Baylor Magazine features several Honors College alumni in "Oh, The Places You'll Go." From Europe to South America, academics and personal interests have expanded the borders of many.
What is friendly competition?
Honors College juniors and professors battled head to head in the second annual Junior Jeopardy competition.
City to Host the Nation's Largest Annual Regional Water Conference
From Tuesday, April 13, through Friday, April 16, Corpus Christi will host the nation's largest annual regional water conference -- the Texas Water 2010 Conference. The featured guest following the opening event will be Dr. Bryan Brooks, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Baylor University and a Faculty Fellow in the Honors Residential College.
Baylor University's New Starr
(Guest column by Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and Dean of the Honors College, on the selection of Ken Starr as President of Baylor; Hibbs represented the Council of Deans on Baylor's Presidential Search Advisory Committee) On a Wednesday afternoon I made my way from my office on the Baylor University campus over to the central administration building to begin the process of reviewing candidate files for the next president of Baylor. I had no idea what I would find.
"The Buzz:" Presidential Trivia with Prof. David Smith
In celebration of Presidnet's Day, Honors College professor Dr. David A. Smith (History, BIC) shares presidential history trivia about Washington's "wooden" teeth, Teddy Roosevelt's experience as a cowboy, and more on Channel 10 KWTX's "The Buzz."
Baptists Challenged To Wrestle With Tough Issues of Faith & Science
Baylor theology professor Barry Harvey took just two texts to a seminar on science and faith--the Bible and Darwin's "Origin of Species.""Far too often, (discussing faith and science) generates heat rather than light," Harvey said...
Great Texts Prof. Douglas Henry Is Finalist for Lilly Fellows Book Award
"Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community," edited by Baylor philosophy professors Douglas Henry and Michael Beaty, was a finalist for the Lilly Fellows Program Book Award. The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, based at Valparaiso University, recently announced the winner and finalists of its third biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award at the program's national conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Christians need 'theology of power,' sociologist insists
Christians need to develop "a theology of power," sociologist Michael Lindsay concluded after interviewing 360 evangelicals who hold influential positions in politics, business, entertainment and academia. In particular, Lindsay noted, evangelical Christians need a theological basis for answering questions such as "How do we appropriately leverage the possibilities that arise when we accrue advantages?" and "How do we avoid the perils of privilege?"
Flannery O'Connor...PBS Interview With Prof. Ralph Wood
"Even at the end of her short life, when it became harder and harder for her to walk, Flannery O'Connor went to Mass nearly every day at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville, in central Georgia. In her room after church she would write all morning, facing the back of a tall chest so that she would see no distractions. Her output was not massive--two short novels, two collections of short stories, a number of essays, and a lot of letters. But today many consider her one of America's greatest writers. Since O'Connor's death, more than 50 books have been written about her, one of them by Ralph Wood of Baylor University."
"In Their Words"
"Baylor Life" takes you into the lives of Baylor students. Featured students Preston Yancey, Dan Marchini, and Jennifer Atwood are proud members of the Honnors College. Each podcast will give you the opportunity to listen in as students tell their stories from inside and outside of the classroom.
How Public Art Connects Us
That we Americans are hearty individualists is so widely acknowledged as scarcely to be the stuff of headlines. Much more worthy of the occasional headline is that there's a downside to this, one that manifests itself in many different ways. (Dr. David Smith teaches in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, is a senior lecturer in history and author of "Money for Art: The Tangled Web of Art and Politics in American Democracy")
News 8 Austin: Honors & Engineering Attract Young Minds
Giving high-performing students the opportunity to experience both science, mathematics, and great texts as part of exposure to a well rounded education
People Make the Difference
While our history and mission are significant characteristics of Baylor's uniqueness, the number one component for me is the people who have made a difference in my life and the lives of many others.
Reading Plato's Republic doesn't have obvious benefits for an aspiring physician. But while it lacks in practical tips for diagnosing appendicitis and starting an IV, the text is the perfect prescription for challenging a student's logic and reasoning skills. Read how Nathan Grohmann (Univ. Sch. '09) combined the Classics, service and a scholarship into a potion for pre-medical sucess.
Three Honors College Students Selected for Fulbright Scholarships
Of the five Baylor students selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships this year, three are Honors College students.
An Honorable Pursuit
As Baylor's Honors Program celebrates 50 years of scholarship, the University is seeing the fruits of 1,400 current undergraduates following "an honorable pursuit."
Baylor Named a 'Best Value'
Finance magazine ranks Baylor among nations' best for academic quality and affordability.
Why Teach Interdisciplinary Curriculum?
An integrated curriculum matters for at least three reasons: 1) It makes us more fully human, 2) it creates true--not false--professionals, and 3) it provides us with a path to our faith.