Afternoon Commencement - December 2014

#Baylor celebrated commencement with our newest graduates. @[29363152418:274:Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business], @[789111627768079:274:Baylor School of Education], @[81611429986:274:Baylor School of Engineering & Computer Science], @[185539154941366:274:Baylor University School of Music], @[150677944959327:274:Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing], the @[71406676017:274:Baylor School of Social Work], and all related graduate degree programs participated in the afternoon ceremony. #SicEm grads!

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General News. Nineteen Student-Athletes Earn Degrees

In graduation ceremonies held at the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Dec. 20, 19 Baylor student-athletes from seven sports earned their bachelor's (16) or master's degree (3).

W. Basketball. No. 9 Baylor beats No. 18 Michigan State 84-65

Imani Wright scored all 18 of her points in the second half and No. 9 Baylor overcame a 15-point deficit to beat No. 18 Michigan State 84-65 on Saturday in the Florida Sunshine Classic.

KXXV-TV (Waco, ABC): Baylor gets $2 million gift for endowed chair in religious freedom

Dec. 19, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

The Baptist Standard: Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Dec. 17, 2014
The holiday season can be difficult for those who are grieving. Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Social Work and an expert on grief, provides tips on how to interact with those grieving the loss of loved ones during the Christmas season. “It is OK to say, ‘I don’t know what to say but I want you to know that I care,’” Harris said. “It is a better choice than saying nothing, or saying things that judge and marginalize.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the School of Social Work and pitched and placed this story nationally.)

The Dallas Morning News: Big-hearted forensic sleuth and unsung Baylor Nation hero Lori Baker

Dec. 19, 2014
Opinion blogger and Baylor alumna Sharon Grigsby, B.A. ’78, explains why Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was selected as a finalist for Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year. For more than a decade, Baker has worked to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This past summer, she traveled to Brooks County, Texas with her forensic anthropology team and exhumed 52 remains and transported them to her lab at Baylor to conduct DNA analysis for identification purposes. Grigsby wrote that Baker is “the best of what The Baylor Nation is all about. Sic, ‘em.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year finalist: Lori Baker

Dec. 18, 2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.” The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the year.” (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Baylor welcomes local children for annual Santa’s Workshop

Every fall semester as Christmas draws near, large boxes begin appearing in the corners of the Baylor campus. Just as quickly, they begin to fill with toys donated by Baylor students, faculty and staff for local children. [SEE PHOTOS of the 2014 Santa’s Workshop] It’s all part of Baylor’s annual Santa’s Workshop. Earlier this month, […]

Budding Baylor entrepreneurs following in footsteps of giants

Over the years, Baylor has been a launching pad for some pretty business-savvy entrepreneurs. Some are names you know — accomplished individuals such as Clifton Robinson, BBA ’63, a successful entrepreneur in the insurance industry; Paul Foster, BBA ’79, founder and chairman of the board of Western Refining; and of course our stadium’s namesake, Drayton McLane […]

Happy 75th birthday, Pat Neff bells!

Something about the sound of the McLane Carillon bells, chiming from atop Pat Neff Hall, elevates even the most routine strolls across campus into something more. They’ve provided the soundtrack to daily life here at Baylor for generations, having played their first hymn (“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”) 75 years ago this month, in […]

What does #BaylorChristmas look like in your home?

This (above) is how we decorate our home for campus. What about you? Check out these Bears (below) who have covered their homes in green and gold for Christmas; maybe they’ll spark some ideas for your own home! [View the story “Bears everywhere celebrate #BaylorChristmas” on Storify] So, how does Baylor show up in your home’s Christmas […]

Baylor University Experts Available to Comment on 2014 Year-in-Review Topics

WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) – Baylor University faculty experts are available to work with media to take a look back at 2014 and discuss a number of key happenings, including the events in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, the Ebola outbreak, ISIS attacks, legal cases, sports stories, consumer behavior, immigration and events in Ukraine.

Christianity Today Gives a Book Award of Merit to Baylor Scholar and Author Philip Jenkins

WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) — <i>Christianity Today</i> has given a 2015 Award of Merit to Baylor scholar Philip Jenkins for his book “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade” (HarperOne).

Third Street Closure Planned Dec. 16-18 for Water Line Work

The southbound lane of Third Street on the Baylor campus is scheduled for closure between Bagby Avenue and the East Campus Parking Facility from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, through Friday, Dec. 19.

Resolving to Be More Generous in the New Year? Baylor Philanthropy Expert Offers Four Ways to Develop Spirit of Generosity in 2015

WACO, Texas (Dec. 11, 2014) – Many Americans already have enough “stuff,” and the gift-giving season sometimes adds to that collection of things we really don’t need. Instead of always receiving, how can we resolve to be more generous in the New Year?

On the Baylor Horizon December 1, 2014

Christmas on 5th Street tickets still on sale. Santa's Workshop volunteer opportunities.

On the Baylor Horizon November 24, 2014

Christmas on 5th concert tickets on sale!

On the Baylor Horizon November 17, 2014

Bearathon registration opens today! Check out Baylor Bookstore events and announcements.

April 2014 To-Do List

Did you know that a lot of students are absolutely wrong about their professors?

March 2014 To-Do List

Did you know that you could be really hurting yourself by not getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night?

February 2014 To-Do List

Check out the new OsoMobile App and Baylor Box, note all dates for projects and exams in your Planner, get a jump start on your papers this semester with the new Paper Planner Tool from the Library website, and much more.

November 2013 To-Do List

Prioritize: Review the Registration Checklist, be familiar with the Early Registration Schedule, review the CL&L Calendar for resident hall hours during breaks, and more.