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5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
Researchers at Baylor and Texas A&M have been awarded a $4.9 million grant for a multi-year project focused on improving health and wellness among families living along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project, a five-year effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to reduce childhood obesity and increase physical activity of border residents in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Renee Umstattd Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, is quoted. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers HHPR research and faculty.)

Research

5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
In Europe and America, tanned skin can be seen as desirable and a sign of good health and beauty. Jay Yoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and consumer sciences in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, carried out a study of 333 college students who were surveyed about their body-tanning attitudes and behaviors and presented the findings at the annual Family and Consumer Sciences Conference of Texas. According to Yoo, “a significant motivation can be that tanning is a pleasurable and social activity.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers research in the department of family and consumer sciences.)

Baylor in the News

5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
Baylor University’s a cappella group VirtuOSO will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Baylor’s Jones Concert Hall. The singing group returned recently from a performance at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella where the ensemble finished in fourth place.
5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
After recent storms pushed debris and city trash into the Brazos River, Keep Waco Beautiful is seeking volunteers for a planned emergency cleanup. The last cleanup was held on April 11 to align with Baylor University’s Steppin’ Out, a day when Baylor students participate in volunteer projects throughout the city. Quoted in the article is Baylor Law School student Tyler Bryan, who has been encouraging Waco residents to properly dispose of their trash.

Faculty in the News

5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
Column by Justice Jan P. Patterson, J.D., a senior justice on the Texas Court of Appeals and justice-in-residence at Baylor Law School, about the importance of Law Day on May 1. According to Patterson, Law Day is to be a special day of celebration by the people of the United States in appreciation of their liberties. “It is a time for all Americans to reflect on their legacy: that in America the rule of law is the link between the individual and freedom,- Patterson wrote.
5/1/2015
April 30, 2015
Quoted in an article about how Southern Baptist women were decades ahead of the denomination’s male leaders in improving race relations among Baptists are Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education and associate dean for graduate and professional studies in the Graduate School, and Nicholas Pruitt, a doctoral student in history at Baylor. Dr. Scales said that personal friendships between black and white Baptist women date back to 1901, when the Women’s Convention, the women’s auxiliary connected to the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., invited Woman’s Missionary Union Corresponding Secretary Annie Armstrong to address the convention in Cincinnati.

Students

5/1/2015
April 29, 2015
Thirty Baylor University football players trained with soldiers from the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion “Saber,- First Armored Brigade Combat Team, First Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas, as part of the battalion’s community outreach program. Players were lead through physical readiness training, the Leadership Reaction Course and received hands-on training with a variety of small arms weapons. Quoted in the article is Baylor student-athlete Seth Russell, the team’s quarterback.

Alumni

5/1/2015
April 28, 2015
Paul Armes, B.A. (religion) ’71, president of Wayland Baptist University, will retire effective June 30, 2016. Armes became Wayland’s 12th president in February 2001 and held the position for 15 years. Under Armes’ leadership, the university’s budget grew exponentially and enrollment reached an all-time record.

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