|•||Dr. Jon Singletary Recognized with VCU Making a Difference Alumni Award|
|•||Dr. Gaynor Yancey Receives Achievement Award|
|•||Crisis Intervention Team from Baylor Receives State Award for Volunteer Efforts in West|
|•||Gift from Leader in the Care of Aging Adults Establishes Endowed Chair in Baylor's School of Social Work|
|•||Special Fall Worship Service to Be Held in September|
|•||Baylor University to Hold Rethink Mission Conference in September|
|•||Waco Downtown Farmers Market Accepts SNAP Benefits|
|•||SSW Seeks to Fill Three Faculty Positions|
|•||Baylor, the SSW and Waco Create New Waco ISD Position to Aid Community|
|•||Baylor-hosted Hunger Summit Digs into Roots of Poverty|
|•||SSW names Kentuckian as Alumna of the Year|
|•||The Weight of the World: GML Cover Story in Baylor Magazine|
|•||Hogg Scholars Announced at Baylor's School of Social Work|
|•||Military Family Coping Project Receive Funding for Phase II of Research|
|•||GML Initiative moves ahead thanks to generous gift|
|•||THI kicks off No Kid Hungry statewide campaign|
|•||Baylor School of Social Work welcomes alumni from Carver School|
|•||Baylor grad uses art to capture hunger issues|
|•||Ministry Seeks to Share God's Love with Strangers Among Us|
|•||Social Work Alum Wins Spirit Award|
|•||"You Are What You Eat" Photo Exhibit at School Open House|
|•||A Conversation with Tanya Smith Brice|
|•||Looking to find your center of creativity? Unplug|
|•||Fridges Speak Volumes|
Letters to the Editor
With the conclusion of this year's presidential election, it is time for our nation to reunite. That is why I have been extremely disappointed and embarrassed to hear about the hostile reaction of Baylor students to the outcome of the election -- burning Obama memorabilia, shouting racial slurs at one another, and displaying the threatening symbol of a noose on campus.
This change of leadership is definitely a competition, but it should not be such a nasty one. Throughout the campaigns, I have been repeatedly upset by the harsh cruelty, not of the candidates, but of their supporters. While I laugh along with Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show in poking a little fun at our leaders, the vicious attacks I have seen comparing Barack Obama to Hitler or John McCain to Pontius Pilate are wholly uncalled for. These misguided attempts at patriotism are anything but patriotic.
I understand and respect passion, but it must be well-founded. Galations 4:18 tells us that "it is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good." Sowing dissension and bitterness is a decidedly unworthy purpose. Elections, and politics in general, should not be about blind adherence to any party or candidate but thoughtful consideration about the policies and leaders that will most benefit the nation as a whole. With the votes counted, the United States now has one president over one people.
In order to bring the change he speaks of as well as to enact positive Republican legislation, we must work together respectfully as brothers and sisters in our United States.
Social Work, 2011
Reprinted with permission