Baylor in the News

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12/23/2014
Dec. 23, 2014
Baylor University has selected pediatric neurologist and Saint Louis University dean Dr. Edwin Trevathan as its new executive vice president and provost, effective June 1, 2015. Quoted in the article are President and Chancellor Ken Starr, Dr. Trevathan and Todd Still, Ph.D., The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor’s Truett Seminary and Faculty Regent, who chaired the 14-person provost search committee.
12/23/2014
Dec. 22, 2014
Dr. Edwin Trevathan will join Baylor as executive vice president and provost beginning June 1, 2015. Quoted in the article are President and Chancellor Ken Starr and search committee member Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.
12/23/2014
Dec. 22, 2014
VIDEO: Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr has appointed Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H., dean and professor of epidemiology in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and professor of neurology and pediatrics at SLU’s School of Medicine, as executive vice president and provost.

Baylor in the News

12/23/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
(First item) After a semester-long evaluation process, 30 students in Baylor University’s inaugural “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class directed $100,000 to eight Waco nonprofit organizations. Baylor worked in partnership with the Fort Worth-based Once Upon a Time Foundation, which began the Philanthropy Lab program in 2011. Since its founding, the Philanthropy Lab has given more than $3 million to build philanthropy education at select universities. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers student life, university initiatives and development.)
12/23/2014
Dec. 22, 2014
Construction has started on the $3 million Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center that is focused on using nutrition to boost the health and performance of Baylor’s student athletes. The facility is named after Baylor Board of Regents Vice Chairman Bob Beauchamp and his wife, Laura, the Houston couple that provided the gift to fund the project. The 14,000-square-foot building is being constructed near the Highers Athletics Complex and is expected to be completed in fall 2015.

Faculty in the News

12/23/2014
Dec. 7, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: Bill Pitts, Ph.D., professor of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and religious historian, discusses the history of the Branch Davidian religious sect and the 51-day standoff near Waco with federal law enforcement authorities in 1993. Pitt’s segment was taped on the Baylor campus as part of C-SPAN’s “2014 Cities Tour,” which highlights cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Pitts as a source to C-SPAN producers and facilitated the interview. Fogleman and Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, worked with producers to set up interviews with Baylor authors and experts, as well as with special collections.)
12/23/2014
Dec. 22, 2014
Wiliam Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat & Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is among the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts,” a group of retirement-planning specialists who answer the question: What’s one practical New Year’s resolution soon-to-be retirees should make? Dr. Reichenstein suggest that they should “practice retirement.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)
12/23/2014
Dec. 18, 2014
AUDIO LINK: David J. White, Ph.D., senior lecturer in classics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was a guest on the “Connections” radio show that discussed how modern secular Christmas traditions have a surprisingly close link to the ancient Roman holiday of Saturnalia.
12/23/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
Article by Religion News Service that offers five reasons why 18th century evangelist George Whitefield remains a "potent influence and a cautionary tale" quotes Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history, associate director of Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and author of the new book “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” Baylor held a symposium on the itinerant evangelist in November. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)
12/23/2014
Dec. 20, 2014
Column about 300th birthday of evangelist George Whitefield, whose popularity – and use of print media – made him an 18th-century religious rock star, quotes Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history, associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and author of “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” “He joined with Benjamin Franklin, who became Whitefield’s main printer in America, even though Franklin was no evangelical. Their business relationship transformed into a close friendship, although Whitefield routinely pressed Franklin, unsuccessfully, about his need for Jesus.”
(Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)

Students

12/23/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
Feature on Baylor student and former men’s basketball player Isaiah Austin, who has rebounded from a career-ending diagnosis with a new book and a foundation to help people "dream again." Austin found out just five days before the NBA draft that his playing career had to abruptly end because of Marfan syndrome. As ESPN’s Johnette Howard writes, "In the mere 180 days since his career ended…he's shown more grace and determination, genuine perspective and piercing common sense than people three or four times his age ever summon. And -- it's funny how this works -- the outpouring of support that's flowed back his way has lifted him. As Scott Drew, his coach at Baylor, says, ‘It was like he was wearing a 50-pound weighted vest. And then he got a set of wings.’"

Alumni

12/23/2014
Dec. 21, 2014
The Williamson (TX) County Children’s Advocacy Center recently appointed Baylor alumnus Scott Finnell as its executive director. Finnell earned his B.A. in business in 1979 and M.A. in religion in 1983 from Baylor. “I consider us like Mighty Mouse,” Finnell said. “We are just one small piece of the network of social services, but so important. We provide a solid first step for the child getting the nurturing and care they deserve.”
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