A Journey of Their Own
It didn't take long for a couple of LSU alums to tap into a Baylor experience of their own.
In fact, they jumped in feet first and have been going strong since.
Bob and Mary Grace Bozeman eagerly paved their own parental path as part of the Baylor family as soon as their oldest daughter, Heather, chose to become a Bear.
"I guess I was a little bit of a hovering parent when our daughter first started looking at colleges. I was as excited as she was about the opportunities," said Bob. "But that unique commitment to Jesus Christ is for me, and our family, what sets Baylor apart from other institutions."
So since 2001, the Bozemans have been captivated and rewarded by Baylor's cause, witnessing the growth in both of their girls' lives, while also encountering it for themselves.
"Heather and Molly have had the opportunity to grow in their faith by attending Baylor," said Bob.
Heather, who is wrapping up her Family Nurse Practitioner degree, just spent her spring break on a mission trip in Ethiopia. Eight and a half years younger, Molly follows in her sister's footsteps. Almost.
Molly is studying Speech Pathology and pledged a sorority this spring. Thankful for the "inside scoop" from her older sister and a supportive atmosphere from the Baylor family, Molly hasn't been afraid to walk her own road.
But how did the Bozeman parents make this journey their own?
They began by commencing a Parents League chapter in Northeastern Louisiana, hosting a Send-Off party before the fall of Heather's freshman year. Not surprisingly, they have been hosting parties ever since.
Then, inspired to share the Baylor experience with other students, the Bozemans also gave to the Student Emergency Fund.
Bob and Mary Grace walk a line of parental participation and independence with finesse.
"I think it's so important for you to remain involved in your child's life." Mary Grace said, "Even though you are putting that rope out there further and further so that they are becoming more and more independent, you are there to help them when they do have struggles."
"As parents, we should be there for our students when they need us--to be available and to be encouraging, but yet not to give into every demand they have or respond to everything they think they need but, more importantly, just to be there for them," she continued.
Through their deep commitment to faith, appreciation for the rare family atmosphere and recognition of a chance to grow alongside their children, the Bozeman parents are sold on Baylor. And their involvement with the Green and Gold promises to outlast both daughters' time at the University.
"Though I'll be sad when our youngest daughter graduates and leaves Baylor, our connection to Baylor is not going to change," Bob said, "It'll remain strong for years to come."