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3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
AUDIO INCLUDED: Thousands of people are expected to come together on Palm Sunday, March 29, for “The Gathering on the Brazos,” a worship and prayer service at Baylor’s McLane Stadium, which is aimed at crossing racial, socioeconomic and denominational lines to bring unity. Event organizer and pastor Ramiro Pena credited Baylor alumnus Drayton McLane Jr., who with his family gave the lead gift for the $266 million, 45,000-seat stadium, for the idea for the service. Quoted is Roger Olson, Ph.D., Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Ethics at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Olson said he doesn’t doubt the stadium will be filled. “This is the buckle of the Bible belt, Jerusalem on the Brazos, people have called it.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Olson as a source for this study. Goodrich covers Truett Seminary.)

Research

3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Story features a Baylor University study which shows the inverse relationship between materialism and happiness. The study was based on a questionnaire sent to 249 university students. Results showed that individuals of high materialism showed lower levels of general satisfaction. Results also demonstrated that gratitude has the ability to “buffer” the negative effects of materialism. Authors of the study include James Roberts, The Ph.D., Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, and Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Baylor in the News

3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Baylor Law School is recognized for its No. 9 ranking among The National Jurist top 20 list of "Best Schools for Practical Training." The magazine examined which law schools place the most emphasis on clinics, externships and simulation courses that prepare students for what lawyers do for a living. Baylor is the only Texas school on that list. Brad Toben, J.D., dean of Baylor Law School, is quoted. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Baylor Law School.)
3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Editorial piece on the rich history of Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library and its namesakes. The article examines both the collections of the library and the lives of the Joseph Armstrong, Ph.D., former head of Baylor’s English department, and Elizabeth and Robert Browning, renowned lovers, authors and poets.
3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
The San Angelo Regional Office of the Texas Hunger Initiative, housed within Baylor University, hosted the Together at the Table West Texas Hunger Summit and was joined this year by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. THI works to end hunger by initiating collaboration, sharing innovative ideas through research, and informing public policy, in Texas and beyond.

Faculty in the News

3/27/2015
March 25, 2015
Arna Bontemps Hemenway, assistant professor of English in creative writing in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has won the 2015 PEN/ Hemingway Foundation Award for Debut Fiction. Hemenway won for his book of short stories, “Elegy on Kinderlavier.” Patrick Hemingway, son of Ernest Hemingway, will present the award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
When does traditional wisdom crumble into irrelevance? Financial advisors – including Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business – say that moment comes when clichés become counterproductive. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)
3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter” feature antiheros — those who straddle the line between deviant morality and a justified cause. Dan Shafer, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, says that morality becomes more subjective to viewers when watching television. “If we feel that the punishment for a crime is too severe, our sense of justice will be violated as surely as if the punishment were not severe enough,” he said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the department of communication.)

Students

3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Baylor junior Elena Hall’s adoption from Russia has inspired her to make a return trip to her place of birth in order to share the Gospel she says rescued her. Hall’s parents were inspired to adopt by the Gospel message. Hall is planning to depart this summer on a month-long mission trip to serve several orphanages in St. Petersburg with Buckner International's Project Go. "My wonderful parents have always told me I was adopted, and I find joy in this," Hall said. "I believe I have always had the deep want and need to visit Russia because it is a part of me that I have yet to explore. The best way I can think to see Russia is by honoring the people through sharing the joy I have because of Jesus and allowing them to teach me about where they receive joy too."

Alumni

3/27/2015
March 25, 2015
A feature about Mary Ellen Kiely, B.A. ‘63, who is celebrating more than four decades as a counselor at Round Rock High School. Kiely, who began working at the school in 1971, is a counselor for sophomores, juniors and seniors. She is celebrated for the impact she’s had on the lives of thousands of students during her tenure.
3/27/2015
March 24, 2015
Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC (KRCL) has announced Philip Bean, J.D. ’10, as one of the latest litigators to join their firm in the Litigation Group in Dallas. Bean has extensive experience in a variety of civil litigation, including automobile dealership defense, consumer bad faith, automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability cases, wrongful death and complex tort cases.
3/27/2015
March 26, 2015
Kim Lubel, M.A. ‘87, chairman, president and CEO of CST Brands, Inc., will present the keynote address at the Frost Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the UTSA College of Business. The Frost Distinguished Lecture Series began in 1988 and encourages the development of a broader understanding of the business world and the individuals who lead it.

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