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9/30/2014
Sept. 22, 2014
AUDIO: Radio interview with James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, about his study that examines cellphone addiction. Roberts talks in depth about the study and how cellphone use affects areas like academics and relationships. The study found that female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on them. Roberts explains how people are not addicted to their cellphones but the activity available through cellphones. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers multidisciplinary research and faculty and pitched Roberts’ study to national media in August.)
9/30/2014
Sept. 27, 2014
Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, asserts that headlines about the decline of religion in America are “misleading, inaccurate and biased” after analyzing data from major social and religion surveys, including the General Social Survey and the Baylor Religion Survey. Young people are not abandoning church, although they may be switching churches and denominations; and the percentage of atheists has not increased, but rather held steady for decades, Johnson writes in The Heritage Foundation’s recently published “2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR faculty and research. Goodrich wrote and placed this story.)
9/30/2014
Sept. 25, 2014
A USA TODAY editorial on states that rely on gambling revenue mentions a 2011 study by Earl Grinols, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Economics in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who examined the social costs of gambling and reported that the cost of one compulsive gambler on society is about $9,393 per year. (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist in Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the school of business.)

Baylor in the News

9/30/2014
Sept. 26, 2014
VIDEO: Story about the popularity of high school and college football in America focuses on the recent successes of the Baylor football team and how that affects all aspects of campus from admissions to campus pride. However, as high-profile scandals in the ranks of professional football are making headlines, players and coaches have made sure they are aware of the potential for problems on their level and teach their players accordingly. Interviewed for the story are Baylor football student-athletes Jason Osei, a sophomore from London, England, and Troy Baker, who earned his B.B.A. in 2012 and currently is working on an MBA, and John Cunningham, senior lecturer in communication in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
9/30/2014
Sept. 30, 2014
The $8.5 million refurbishment of South Russell Hall is the first of 10 residence hall renovation projects Baylor plans to complete over the next eight years. South Russell, which opened in August, is now equipped with a new foyer, furniture, a full kitchen, game room, fitness room, classroom, seminar room and front desk area. “We have kept our focus (on) creating a transformational student experience, rooted in opportunities for positive peer leader, faculty, and staff influence,” said Jeff Doyle, Ph.D., dean of student learning and engagement at Baylor. Next year, South Russell will be the home of the university’s Education Living-Learning Center.

Faculty in the News

9/30/2014
Sept. 29, 2014
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, questions in this essay why the United States would intervene in Syria and Iraq when another “undignified American withdrawal in 2016 or 2020” seems likely. He writes that while American or other Western forces could easily prevail, doing so would require tactics that "Americans would find utterly inconceivable and intolerable." Jenkins asks the question: If the U.S. does not plan to fight to win, "why does it become embroiled in these scenarios in the first place?" (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
9/30/2014
Sept. 25, 2014
Article about reaction to the suspension of ESPN writer Bill Simmons after he criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a podcast about the league's response to domestic violence. Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted. “Clearly a lot of people do follow Simmons and agree with his position. So he has the credibility and following that allows him to say those things.” (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist in Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Alumni

9/30/2014
Sept. 29, 2014
Feature on Texas Supreme Court Justice and Baylor alumnus Don Willett, one of the most avid judicial tweeters in America. The main reason for his online presence, he said, is a practical one: staying connected to voters. Justice Willett earned his B.B.A. in finance, economics and public administration from Baylor in 1988.
9/30/2014
Sept. 23, 2014
Veteran singer/songwriter and Baylor graduate Jenny Simmons, formerly of the group Addison Road, has released her first independent project, To Be Well: Songs for Hope and Healing, that reflects Simmons’ journey to be made well in her own soul, marriage and family. Simmons earned her B.A. in religion from Baylor in 2003.

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