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7/31/2015
July 30, 2015
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: In an unusual concert July 22, 1955, several “all-star” gospel musicians were recorded at a time when very few live recordings were made. Interviewed about the “Great Shrine Concert” is Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden is an expert on what some scholars call the golden age of gospel. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in JPRNM.)

Research

7/31/2015
July 28, 2015
A nationwide study in 2012 by Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Program on Prosocial Behavior found that compared to non-scouts, Eagle Scouts “were significantly more likely to indicate they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance and respect for diversity.” These studies demonstrate Scouting’s success in contributing positively to society. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the initial research nationally in April 2012)

Baylor in the News

7/31/2015
July 31, 2015
Article about Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative and its Summer Meals partnership with Waco ISD that helps address food insecurity among children during the summer. Six of the Waco sites are Baptist churches that provide volunteers to help distribute the food. “We’re really happy to be a partner of Texas Hunger Initiative,” said Toph Whisnant, the community pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco. “If the kids are undernourished during the summer, it affects the next year, and we want to help out in any way we can.”
7/31/2015
July 29, 2015
Baylor Law School will be honored at the 33rd annual Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon for its
“exceptional commitment to volunteer legal services for our most vulnerable citizens.” Baylor Law School has developed several pro bono clinic opportunities for law students and recently established Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic to assist undocumented young people with deportation relief. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Baylor School of Law.)

Faculty in the News

7/31/2015
July 31, 2015
Article on what kind of IRA account is best for parents to leave their children is based on a recent study in the Journal of Personal Finance by William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management, and Tom Potts, Ph.D., professor of finance, both at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers business research and faculty.)
7/31/2015
July 28, 2015
AUDIO LINK INLCUDED: Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses his book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father,” which explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity. Kidd’s interview begins at the 3:15 mark.

Students

7/31/2015
July 31, 2015
Baylor track student-athlete Trayvon Bromell, a sophomore health/kinesiology/leisure studies major from St. Petersburg, FL, has solidified himself as the premier up-and-coming 100-meter runner in the nation, if not the world. In three weeks, he will become the first teenager to run the 100 for the U.S. men's team at the World Championships in Beijing. "The obstacles I've had and the ability to get through them let me know that God is real," Bromell said. "My belief grew stronger, knowing that He was right there and had a plan for me."

Alumni

7/31/2015
July 29, 2015
Christopher J. Hanke, B.A. Political Science ’98, is among a list of eight Broadway stars who took unconventional paths to the big stage. After graduating from Baylor, Hanke successfully applied for medical school but turned down admission in order to pursue a career in theater instead. He has performed in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including “Cry-Baby,” “Rent” and “In My Life.” He was most recently on the Great White Way in the 2011 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

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