Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

7/21/2014
July 21, 2014
For the fourth year in a row, Baylor University joined an elite group of universities named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Honor Roll as one of the country’s “Great Colleges to Work For.- Of the 42 national universities awarded Honor Roll status, Baylor is one of only two universities in the large university category (10,000 or more students) to achieve recognition in 11 of the 12 categories honoring specific best practices and policies. The Chronicle noted: “In light of Baylor University's warmly welcoming culture, it is little surprise that for three consecutive years Baylor has been named a •Great College to Work For.’ These heartwarming results demonstrate enthusiasm, dedication and a high sense of calling from our faculty and staff. The collaborative work environment these men and women foster allows Baylor to provide a transformational education within a caring community.-

Research

7/21/2014
July 20, 2014
Article mentions a Baylor University sociology study that suggests that evangelicals are more likely to divorce than those who claim no religion. The research was part of a report released by the Council on Contemporary Families. Baylor researchers included Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences; and Joshua Tom and Brita Andercheck, doctoral candidates in the department of sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers the sociology department.)

Baylor in the News

7/21/2014
July 21, 2014
College football analyst Bryan Fischer has put together a list of the top 14 coaches in college football, ranking Baylor head football coach Art Briles No. 6. Fischer noted that Briles “took over one of the toughest rebuilding jobs in the country at Baylor, but has made going to bowl games commonplace in Waco, Texas, where they used to count them on one hand. On his way to a Big 12 title and a string of NFL players, he also helped the Bears produce a Heisman Trophy winner.-
7/21/2014
July 18, 2014
Baylor University will upgrade a historic part of campus thanks to an $8 million gift from Baylor graduate and retired physician Dr. Thomas J. Rosenbalm in honor of his late parents, Clarence and Claudia Rosenbalm. The gift, announced by Baylor’s Board of Regents, will pay for renovation of several buildings and infrastructure along the Fifth Street corridor, home to several traditional Baylor events and programs. A portion of the funds will be used to create the Rosenbalm Memorial Fountain. Rosenbalm earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 1950 and his master’s degree in biology in 1951.
7/21/2014
July 19, 2014
Baylor regents raised tuition and approved changes to the tuition lock-in program at this summer's meeting. The school's administration is working to implement new measures to ease the financial burden families may face in pursuing a Baylor education. President and Chancellor, Ken Starr, is quoted in the article about hopes to raise Baylor's endowment in order to suppress the annual tuition increases.
7/21/2014
July 18, 2014
Baylor’s Accelerated Ventures program is mentioned in this article about an effort in Dallas to help support entrepreneurial businesses and startup companies. Quoted is Baylor alumnus James Blair, who launched LionsMouth Digital, a design firm. Also mentioned is David Grubbs, a former Baylor lecturer in management and entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business who directed Accelerated Ventures.

Faculty in the News

7/21/2014
July 18, 2014
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this article about how researchers and historians are reexamining World War I and the part religion played in it. His book, “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade- is also mentioned in the article and supports the claim that WWI created our current state of international turmoil with modern Islamist nations.
7/21/2014
July 18, 2014
An informational conference in Tyler will provide guidance and insight for those affected by mental illness in families and churches. Matt Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences, will be among those speaking.
7/21/2014
July 17, 2014
In this column, David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, describes an art exhibit in California in which unique artwork is displayed annually as part of the “Sculpture Trail.-

Students

7/21/2014
July 16, 2014
Sasha Asthana, a Girl Scout from Sugar Land, recently planned, constructed and installed a set of benches at her local YMCA soccer fields. This earned her the Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award. This fall Asthana plans to attend Baylor University to study biomedical engineering.

Alumni

7/21/2014
July 20, 2014
Taryn Kelm, B.S. ’14, was presented the M.L. Goetting Award for Outstanding Student in Secondary Education from the Baylor School of Education.
7/21/2014
July 20, 2014
Joshua P. Searcy, J.D. ’05, was recently presented the Romina L. Mulloy Bossio Achievement Award by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Texas State Bar. Searcy was given the award because of “his contributions to community service, pro bono work and efforts to encourage and support other young bankruptcy attorneys in their community and at large.-

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