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9/18/2017
Sept. 15, 2017
This article about diversity, retention and graduation rates at Baylor all hitting a record high this fall features comments from Jennifer Carron, associate vice president for enrollment management; Sinda Vanderpool, Ph.D., associate vice provost for academic enrollment management; and Wes Null, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate education and institutional effectiveness. “It’s been so important for Baylor to say the mission of Baylor University stands,” Carron said. “Students when they come to visit, they see students, they see faculty, they see amazing facilities. They see that what we talk about in our print and online communications is true … students will say ‘you have all these things on my checklist,’ but when they get down to it and they visit they honestly say it just feels right. I think that certainly says the Baylor brand is strong and resilient.”

Research

9/18/2017
Sept. 15, 2017
AUDIO: Host Julie Rose of the “Top of Mind” program interviews Jerry Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who discusses the latest analyses from Baylor Religion Survey. Sociologists found that churchgoers tend to look down on atheists as morally inferior, while non-religious individuals look down on Christians for the same reason. In addition, “fear of others” who are different from oneself is a strong pattern in the United States, with conservative Christians fearing Muslims and atheists most, while atheists and those with no religious affiliation tend to fear conservative Christians.
9/18/2017
Sept. 14, 2017
Thomas A. Fergus, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, led a study about the risk of health anxiety in adults. Health anxiety is defined as a disorder characterized by a preoccupation with physical health and/or somatic/body symptoms. Fergus studied many aspects of HA in adults, notably the link between HA and recurring, sometimes unnecessary, visits to the doctor.
9/18/2017
Sept. 14, 2017
Most Americans report they never use technology to find religious or spiritual content — or to share their religious views, according to a recent Baylor University survey. But among those who do proselytize online, Evangelicals and Black Protestants are the most likely to do so, said Baylor researcher Paul McClure. Another finding of Baylor Religion Survey was that those with no religious affiliation are the most likely to feel addicted to technology.

Baylor in the News

9/18/2017
Sept. 12, 2017
Baylor parents from across the nation make up 45 groups of Baylor Parents in Prayer who meet regularly – in person or through the Internet – to encourage, support and gain strength from other parents. “Just as Jesus undergirds all that we do at Baylor, our prayer groups undergird the building of the Kingdom at Baylor by supporting and praying for students, each other, faculty, staff, and the university as a whole,” said Gail Offringa, director of the Parents Network.

Faculty in the News

9/18/2017
Sept. 18, 2017
In this article about the current Twitter trend of “Bury Me in This” entries, archaeologist Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, gives a historical perspective of Viking traditions of burial apparel. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Zori as an expert for this article. She covers research and faculty in BIC.)
9/18/2017
Sept. 16, 2017
AUDIO: Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, is interviewed by Eric Metaxas about his new book, “Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena.” The interview begins at the 11-minute mark.

Students

9/18/2017
Sept. 14, 2017
The Baylor Air Force ROTC program challenges its students to balance their physical training, education and day-to-day routines. The program consists of nearly 100 students who plan to serve as pilots, engineers, nurses, space officers, and battle managers in the U.S. Air Force.

Alumni

9/18/2017
Sept. 16, 2017
Mission Waco is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Church Under the Bridge, which was founded by executive director Jimmy Dorrell, B.A. (Religion) ’72, M.E.S. (Environmental Studies) ’93, and Janet Dorrell, B.S. (Education) ’80, M.S. (Environmental Studies) ’02. The work they started on Sept. 20, 1992, has enabled the least of society, the poor, homeless and hopeless, to find their very own place to worship.

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