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Research

5/25/2016
May 10, 2016
Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and based on an analysis of data from more than 11,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "Racial diversity itself is not a detriment to growth," said lead author Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "It is the process of changing the racial composition of a congregation that causes difficulties." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
5/25/2016
May 17, 2016
Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose- approach to customize their faith " regardless of what their religious tradition teaches " than those who do not use social media, according to a study by Paul McClure, doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. “On Facebook, there is no expectation that one’s •likes’ be logically consistent and hidebound by tradition,- he said. “Instead, the Facebook effect is that all spiritual options become commodities and resources that individuals can tailor to meet their needs.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Baylor in the News

5/25/2016
May 24, 2016
In April, Waco’s unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent to 3.6 percent. Whitney Richter, manager of business development and marketing at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, said it is important to sell Waco’s qualities to Baylor University, Texas State Technical College and McLennan Community College graduates as unemployment continues to fall.

Students

5/25/2016
May 19, 2016
The top 10 seniors from each Garland ISD high school were recognized at the district’s annual Senior Summit luncheon last week, including incoming Baylor freshman Preston Hart of Rowlett High School.

Alumni

5/25/2016
May 24, 2016
Mitch Bennett, BBA Accounting ’88, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University on May 13, 2016. Bennett has worked for DBU for the past 28 years, and he currently serves as the director of gift accounting and assistant to the chancellor.
5/25/2016
May 24, 2016
Chip Gaines, BBA Marketing ’98, and his wife Joanna, BA Communication Specialist ’01, run Magnolia Market, Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Farm, and star in the HGTV hit-series “Fixer Upper.- The couple does not own a television, but instead have a farm with chickens, cows, goats and horses. They met at an auto repair shop, have four children, and transformed their own Victorian farmhouse from a two-bedroom house into their family home. They were honored as “The Alumni of the Year- in 2015 for their remarkable achievements.

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