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7/2/2015
June 29, 2015
The U.S. Treasury’s website dedicated to news about the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill includes a story about Dr. Kim Kellison’s suggestions of remarkable but maybe lesser known women who meet the Treasury’s criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society. As a result, the Treasury invited Dr. Kellison to participate this week in a conference call to provide input and feedback on the historic change. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Kellison’s list to national media outlets.)

Baylor in the News

7/2/2015
July 2, 2015
Local Waco radio Station KWBU-FM celebrated its 15th anniversary this week. The station offers a variety of programs including Baylor University President Ken Starr’s engaging interviews with prominent newsmakers on “On Topic- to “Science Friday.- The station also plays classical, jazz and folk music along with a wide selection of news programming including the Central Texas Leadership Series, which offers an insight into what makes local leaders tick.
7/2/2015
July 2, 2015
Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos will move from Waco’s Indian Spring Park to Baylor University’s McLane Stadium Saturday. The 20-minute H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza will still take place above the Brazos River. The move to McLane Stadium will allow more room for spectators and will also use traffic control and parking plans developed for Baylor football games.

Faculty in the News

7/2/2015
July 1, 2015
Record-breaking rainfall in Texas has resulted in higher-than-usual mosquito populations said Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D. Baylor University professor of biology. As mosquito populations increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. This week a sample of mosquitos collected from The Woodlands tested positive for West Nile. Duhrkopf states that mosquitos testing positive for the virus is a warning sign for people to take precautions. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story. She covers biology faculty and research.)
7/2/2015
July 1, 2015
Blaine McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the management department in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and author of the book “Ben Franklin: America’s Original Entrepreneur,- discuss the legitimacy of Ben Franklin quotes and memes found on social media. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers the Hankamer School of Business.)
7/2/2015
July 2, 2015
David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history at Baylor University, states that the anti-social troubles in the U.S. are not caused racism, easy access to gun or dissolution of the family, but rather by anti-intellectualism and an abandonment of reason. Smith states that “an appreciation of the arts is not (elitist), because anyone can teach him or herself how to appreciate them simply by taking the time to look, listen and think.- Additionally, “It’s not that we don’t respect any intelligence, because most of the time, to some extent at least, we seem to,- Smith said. “It’s more accurate to say that we’re intensely skeptical of any intelligence directed to purposes that aren’t immediately practical.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the history department.)

Alumni

7/2/2015
Baylor graduates, Brad Oswalt, B.B.A •00, and Erin Childs Oswalt, B.A. ’01, ran in this year’s Boston Marathon together. Brad and Erin met in college and began running together during their time at Baylor. Brad initially said that he took up running to be able to spend time with Erin, but over time his passion for the sport grew. In 2006, the couple ran their first half-marathon together and they did not stop there. In 2012, they ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando together, and in 2014 and 2015 they both qualified for the Boston Marathon. Erin is now currently training for an Ironman race in Panama City Beach, Florida in the fall, and Brad will likely begin marathon training in August. The couple runs six days a week with two other couples from Baton Rouge.
7/2/2015
June 29, 2015
J. Bradley Creed, B.A. religion •79, has been named the new president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Creed will come from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as professor of religion, provost and executive vice president. Creed is a Jacksonville, Texas, native and previously served as dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
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