Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

6/29/2015
June 28, 2015
Article about Baylor’s rise to becoming one of the nation’s top athletic programs powered in part by a massive expansion of its facilities over the past 16 years. “One of the Big 12 athletic directors that was here a couple of weeks ago for NCAA tennis said you have the best athletic facilities in the country,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said. “I think that’s exactly right.”

Research

6/29/2015
June 28, 2015
Students tend to learn and perform better in an informal environment, says Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who reshaped "test days" in his class into “learning celebrations.” Students scored better during the celebrations — which included balloons, streamers, treats, music and multiple-choice questions featuring other students — than did students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty’s essay was published in “Teaching/Learning Matters.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Baylor in the News

6/29/2015
June 22, 2015
In the wake of the racially motivated killings at a South Carolina church, this article offers suggestions for achieving solidarity in a time of grief. One resource mentioned is “Racism,” a publication by The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.
6/29/2015
June 20, 2015
Baylor recently dedicated the Charline Dauphin Pro Locker Room in the Simpson Center, which offers an exclusive refuge for former Baylor football players currently playing professionally and training in Waco. Twelve lockers are reserved for current NFL players, including Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. “It’s always a great sign when former players come back because that means they felt great about the experience they had at Baylor and they still have a bond with the coaching staff,” said Ian McCaw, vice president and director of athletics.

Faculty in the News

6/29/2015
June 24, 2015
David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, spoke about World War II hero Audie Murphy at a meeting of the Central Texas chapter of Military Officers Association of America. Smith, author of “The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II,” said that after the war, Murphy struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media communications, covers history research and faculty.)
6/29/2015
June 28, 2015
AUDIO: Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, said the lack of stagnant water due to the recent rains may lessen the threat for West Nile but raises the potential threat for tropical mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and coordinated the interview. She covers research and faculty in the biology department.)

Students

6/29/2015
June 28, 2015
VIDEO: Former Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin, who is completing his degree at the university, looks back at the magnitude of the moment when he was drafted by the NBA in 2014 for “something much bigger than basketball.” That “something bigger” is bringing attention to Marfan syndrome and particularly to the family of Owen Gray, a young man who was watching the draft with his father and was diagnosed the next day with an enlarged heart.
6/29/2015
June 29, 2015
VIDEO: Feature that recalls the moment when NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Isaiah Austin’s name during last year’s NBA draft. It made the former Baylor basketball player’s dream come true – but not in the way he expected. "His purpose now is much more meaningful than if he was just a basketball player," Isaiah’s mother Lisa Green says. "He understands he is still a role model. People still look up to him even more so than before but it is definitely a greater purpose."

Alumni

6/29/2015
June 26, 2015
Kermit Ward, B.B.A. Accounting ’92, recently was promoted to principal of Pflugerville ISD’s Connally High School. Ward began his career in Waco ISD as a teacher and administrator. He served as a principal of a middle school in Pflugerville ISD for three years prior to this promotion and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Texas at Austin.

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