Amidst the backdrop of an exciting game against Texas Tech, I thanked Baylor Nation for their support as we have fought hard to sustain a strong Big 12 conference. With the help of so many, we have assured that the Big 12 will not only survive but thrive in the future.
Baylor University has announced a significant naming gift from Baylor Regent Dr. Kenneth Q. Carlile and his wife, Celia, of Marshall, Texas, for the Carlile Equestrian Building. The new facility will strengthen Baylor Athletics' nationally recognized Equestrian program by providing a locker room, coaches offices and meeting space at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The Baylor University Graduate School will host its annual Army-Baylor Family Day this Saturday, Nov. 19, prior to the game between No. 25 Baylor and fifth-ranked Oklahoma. The event celebrates 60 years of partnership between Baylor University and the United States Department of Defense.
The Baylor University family grieves the loss of W. Dewey Presley of Dallas, who passed away Nov. 9 at the age of 93. A faithful steward and committed Christian, Presley has left a rich legacy that will not be forgotten by the Baylor community.
What a wonderful Homecoming we experienced last weekend, as thousands of Baylor alumni once again returned to their beloved alma mater - in the immortal words of Samuel Palmer Brooks - to "renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again."
Today, from offices at Pat Neff Hall, we have watched our ROTC students faithfully standing guard at the flag pole on Founders Mall. This modest but commanding act of respect reminds us how each day, in locations all over the world, and in similarly humble but powerful ways, men and women in the armed services stand guard over our freedoms.
Baylor University today announced a gift of $3.6 million from Carl and Martha Lindner for the establishment of the Carl and Martha Lindner Global Mission Leadership Initiative Endowed Fund benefitting Baylor's School of Social Work. The Lindners' generous gift allows Baylor to continue this important program, the focus of which is to identify and educate global Christian leaders who are God-called and mission-driven to become catalysts for holistic change in international communities.
At its annual Homecoming meeting today, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved $120 million in capital improvements, the largest investment in construction on the Baylor campus since the Baylor Sciences Building in 2004. Construction will be financed through the issuance of bonds and will include a new 700-bed residential complex and dining facility on the east side of campus, the renovation of the Marrs McLean Science Building and Phase 2 of initial construction on academic and research space in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
Baylor University President Ken Starr will welcome Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D., 66th U.S. Secretary of State and the nation's first female National Security Advisor, to the Baylor campus for "On Topic With President Ken Starr," a series of compelling conversations on contemporary issues, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Waco Hall on the Baylor campus. The event is free and open to the public.