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McLane Stadium News

8/31/2015
Aug. 28, 2015
Southern Tradition Tailgating, a Mississippi-based company that seeks to take the hassle out of tailgating, has brought its act to McLane Stadium for the upcoming football season. “This is a convenience for people who may not want to lug this stuff out every weekend. It’s a great concept and another way to enhance the tailgating experience at the stadium,” said Nick Joos, Baylor’s associate athletic director for external affairs. Baylor is the second school in the Big 12 to have the Southern Tradition Tailgating service.

Research

8/31/2015
Aug. 29, 2015
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune localizes a new study by Baylor sociology researchers found that U.S. counties with the highest volume of “natural amenities” have some of lowest rates of church membership. Doctoral candidate Todd W. Ferguson came up with the idea after seeing a U.S. map highlighting the natural amenities scale, and noticing how it paralleled religious adherence rates. “I wondered if that was a fluke, or there was something more to it,” said Ferguson, whose findings with Jeffrey A. Tamburello were published recently in the journal Sociology of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
8/31/2015
Aug. 30, 2015
Column about spirituality and health, written by a woman with a fear of heights, cites findings from the Baylor Religion Survey that examined the effects of prayer on mental health. One finding was that people who believe that God is loving and protective are less likely to experience fear. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the research nationally in August 2014. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
8/31/2015
Aug. 26, 2015
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. Rundel is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers psychology research and faculty.)

Baylor in the News

8/31/2015
Aug. 30, 2015
Editorial about the lessons learned a decade after Hurricane Katrina mentions that Baylor University covered tuition costs for students from impacted colleges in the New Orleans area to continue their education at Baylor. How to move forward to prevent another Katrina disaster is addressed in many ways, including better planning, more focused engineering efforts and a stronger inclination to help others.
8/31/2015
Aug. 28, 2015
More than 100 people watched a Passing the Mantle ceremony held by Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and the Baptist General Convention of Texas on Aug. 26. “The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing will be blessed to carry on the legacy of faith and good works the Baptist General Convention of Texas has provided over the years in this beautiful facility,” said Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, Ed.D., dean and professor of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

Faculty in the News

8/31/2015
Aug. 30, 2015
The abuse of children by some priests, religious and lay Catholics — along with the failure of superiors to deal with it properly — has not only wronged the victims but also weakened or destroyed the faith of others, writes John Haldane, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at Baylor. But he notes that recommendations of a report commissioned and accepted by the Scottish Catholic Church on safeguarding policies and practices may benefit not only the church, but also “teachers, health professionals, social workers, care workers, politicians, press and media that have also been afflicted by the disease of abuse.”

Alumni

8/31/2015
Aug. 30, 2015
(Subscription required to read full text) Howard Batson, Ph.D. Biblical Studies/Religion ’95 and former chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, celebrated his 20th years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Amarillo with a conversation about his early years as a pastor and calling to Amarillo. “I’ve tried to give them not 40 hours but my life, and that’s what I have done and will continue to do,” he said. “It’s not a job, it’s a calling. It’s not something you clock out and into, it’s your life.”

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