Baylor in the News

Research

3/5/2015
March 5, 2015
Article about ways to achieve deep soul satisfaction, or ongoing inner fulfillment, references Baylor research that found materialists to be less satisfied and more depressed. Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences, and James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor in Marketing in the Hankamer School of Business, published their research in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this research nationally in March 2014. She covers research and faculty in psychology and neuroscience.)

Baylor in the News

3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
One in four children is considered food insecure, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative, a Baylor-based project working to create a system of accountability that increases food security in Texas. To combat this, schools across the country are celebrating National School Breakfast Week in honor of the meal that is said to make children more alert in the classroom.
3/5/2015
March 3, 2015
Story about the Academy for Leader Development lecture at Baylor by Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson that focused on the injustices in the American criminal justice system. Stevenson’s nonprofit challenges the biases in the system particularly against the poor and people of color.
3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: Story about the Academy for Leader Development lecture at Baylor by Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson that focused on the injustices in the American criminal justice system. Stevenson’s nonprofit challenges the biases in the system particularly against the poor and people of color. Interviewed is Jennie Massey, Ph.D., assistant dean for student learning and engagement.
3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
The town of Lorena, Texas, will host a Superhero Heart Walk and Family Fund Day in honor of Gavin Fagner, the son of J. Fagner, an assistant director for the electronic marketing department at Baylor University. Gavin will undergo open heart surgery in April to repair a hole in his heart, along with defective valves. The event, inspired by Gavin’s love of superheroes, will raise money to cover his family’s expenses while he’s in recovery.

Faculty in the News

3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
Column by Jerry Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an affiliate fellow in the Institute for Studies on Religion, claims that many Americans mistakenly believe that race relations improve naturally over the course of time, a characteristic that plagues many conversations about race relations. Park’s research interests include American race relations, religion, social identities, culture and civic engagement, with a focus on Asian Americans. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)
3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
Article about the little-known science of “wordnesia,” or forgetting how to spell or pronounce simple words, quotes Charles A. Weaver III, Ph.D., professor and chair of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Science. In fact, Weaver says wordnesia is common and is a result of temporary glitches in the brain that are impossible to ignore completely due to the complexities of human brain function as it relates to reading and writing. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in psychology and neuroscience.)

Students

3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
John Ashburn and Elyse Senteney, current candidates for master’s degrees in mMusic from Baylor and regular performers with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Wind Ensemble and Waco Symphony Orchestra, will return to their alma mater of Ouachita Baptist University where they will perform a guest recital. Ashburn is pursuing a concentration is saxophone performance from Baylor, and Senteney is pursuing a concentration in flute performance. She also conducts the Baylor Flute Ensemble.

Alumni

3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
Article about Melvin Hunt, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’91, M.S. (Education) ’95, who is currently serving as the interim head coach for the Denver Nuggets. Hunt spent four years on Baylor’s basketball team where he helped lead the team to both NCAA and NIT tournaments.
3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
Rob Straughan, B.B.A. ’87, (Marketing and Management), has been named the next dean of Washington and Lee University’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics. Straughan has served as associate dean and professor of business administration and marketing at the Williams School.
3/5/2015
March 4, 2015
Artist Kyle Ragsdale, B.F.A. (Studio Art) ’89, will return to his hometown of Farmington, New Mexico, to present an exhibition titled “Nocturnes” at San Juan College. The exhibit will feature more than two dozen oils split almost evenly between day and night scenes. Ragsdale is a well-known artist in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he serves as the curator at the Harrison Center for Arts.

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