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8/3/2015
Aug. 3, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989-1993, joined current and former solicitors general for a panel discussion on practicing before the Supreme Court Aug. 2 at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. During the session, “Supreme Advocate: Solicitors General Reflect on the Supreme Court As It Was, Is, and Will Be,â€- Judge Starr explained his “call to serviceâ€- and how he discovered that Thurgood Marshall â€" who served as solicitor general under President Lyndon B. Johnson before joining the Supreme Court â€" was right about the position. “It is the best legal job in the world,â€- Starr said.
8/3/2015
Aug. 3, 2015
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989-1993, was among the distinguished panelists who took part in a discussion “Supreme Advocate: Solicitors General Reflect on the Supreme Court As It Was, Is, and Will Beâ€- at the American Bar Association meeting in Chicago. The article reports on the topics of discussion, including how the panelists became the U.S. government’s top courtroom lawyer, day-to-day duties of the office and maintaining independence, when formulating government positions.

Research

8/3/2015
July 30, 2015
AUDIO: Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is interviewed by radio host Julie Rose regarding Oxhandler's research on the integration of religion and spirituality in social work practice. "Top of Mind with Julie Rose" is broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio to a national audience. Oxhandler's research showed that licensed clinical social workers believe that discussions about their clients’ religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers faculty and research in the School of Social Work.)

Baylor in the News

8/3/2015
Aug. 1, 2015
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., exhorted lawyers to do more pro bono work and to help finance free legal services provided by others in his keynote address Saturday at the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Baylor Law School was presented with one of the awards for its impactful pro bono work, including working on foster-care adoptions and finalizing them with a celebration at the school in which students participate and a Serving Those Who Served program that provides a monthly legal advice clinic to help military veterans navigate various legal problems.
8/3/2015
Aug. 2, 2015
Article about fundraising momentum for the planned memorial for Waco native and World War II hero Doris Miller. Baylor University is one of the universities that has provided a letter of support for the memorial.

Faculty in the News

8/3/2015
July 31, 2015
In a new book, two Baylor professors write that for all Baptists’ diversity and predisposition to dissent, they are “well-positioned to thriveâ€- as outsiders in America’s increasingly pluralistic, secular culture. Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, are authors of “Baptists in America: A History.â€- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers history research and faculty.)
8/3/2015
Aug. 1, 2015
Article about an extension of a summer-long program linking Waco ISD’s free summer meals program with reading mentorships quotes Linda English, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of economics in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who leads the Book Nook summer reading program. English said children who need the summer meals program are the most vulnerable to the “summer slide,â€- a loss of the principles and education learned over the school year. “This is a major factor accounting for gaps in test scores among social classes... We’re trying to give them a better chance.â€-

Alumni

8/3/2015
Aug. 3, 2015
Pam Durso, B.A. Religion ’83, Ph.D. Religion ’92, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM), accepted a lifetime achievement award from Christians for Biblical Equality July 25 in Los Angeles. Durso, who has led the Atlanta-based BWIM since 2009, was among nine individuals and one organization honored at this year’s CBE annual meeting. The award, established in 2005, recognizes “those who exhibit a lifetime of courage, sacrifice and vision in advancing the biblical basis for gift-based ministry.â€-
8/3/2015
Aug. 1, 2015
Becky Dinnin, B.A. Journalism ’88, knew the weight of her role when she became director of the Alamo nearly six months ago. But, she says, it’s a responsibility she’s reminded of anew each weekday. “Every morning when I drive in, I think, ―Gosh, this is exciting,’â€- she says. “To be a part of the master plan and rethinking of how we tell the story of the Alamo… This is a once-in-at-least-several-generations opportunity.â€-

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