Students News

Jun
30
2015

Summer at Baylor means classes and camps — for all ages

Parking lots and garages are full. Penland is packed during the lunch hour. The workout machines, Ping-Pong tables, racquetball and basketball courts at the SLC are just as busy as ever. You’d think it was the middle of the fall or spring – but this is Summer at Baylor. Many of those on campus are here […]

Jun
30
2015

W. Basketball. Nina Davis Begins USA Basketball Competition

Following a week-long training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nina Davis and her 2015 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games teammates traveled to South Korea for the next step in its preparations for the July 5-13 World University Games (WUG).

Jun
30
2015

Christianity Today: What the Mirror Can’t See

June 29, 2015
This article mentions a 2013 Baylor study of 389 U.S. congregations that had attracted and retained people from diverse races and ethnic groups. But even in churches with a nearly perfect three-way ethnic split – with the largest racial group making up 35 percent of the congregation – members of “out-groups” felt they didn’t belong. The study was led by sociologist Brandon C. Martinez, a doctoral candidate in the College of Arts & Sciences, and published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the study to national media outlets when it was released. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2015

D Magazine: The Walt Disney of Dallas

July 1, 2015
Baylor alumnus Michael Jenkins, the president and managing director of Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and president and founder of Leisure and Recreation Concepts Inc. (LARC), is described as the Walt Disney of Dallas by D Magazine. Jenkins began his career by investing $5,000 in the first national tour of “My Fair Lady” at age 17. With the money he made from the investment, he was able to pay his way through Baylor. During his career Jenkins co-produced several Tony Award-winning plays on Broadway and grew the DSM’s annual attendance to 500,000.

Jun
30
2015

John Tesh’s Intelligence for Your Life: Know When It's Time to Get a New Job

June 30, 2015
An article about unhappiness at work cites a 2011 study by Baylor researchers, who found that workers with a hostile supervisor were much more likely to have problems with their partners than those with supportive bosses. The workers also are were more likely to take out their frustrations on their family because they felt powerless at work. The study, published in Personnel Psychology, was done by Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., professor of management and The H.R. Gibson Chair of Organizational Development at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, and Merideth Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Hankamer. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2015

Phys.org: Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, study shows

June 29, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2015

Psychology Today: Surprising Links between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness

June 27, 2015
If you feel thankful and grateful in general, you're more likely to experience happiness than people who are more focused on their material wealth and possessions, according to a recent study led by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. But when people who are more materialistic have an experience that causes them to feel gratitude in some form, their level of happiness rises. The research was published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2015

Psychology Today: Surprising Links between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness

June 27, 2015
If you feel thankful and grateful in general, you're more likely to experience happiness than people who are more focused on their material wealth and possessions, according to a recent study led by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. But when people who are more materialistic have an experience that causes them to feel gratitude in some form, their level of happiness rises. The research was published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2015

RadioProject.org: Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border

AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is interviewed for this radio documentary that takes listeners to the desert ranch lands of Brooks County and the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Baker’s part of the documentary runs from 12:14-16:53. Baker is the founder of the “Reuniting Families Project,” which helps recover and identify the remains of unnamed individuals who died while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department. She has pitched Dr. Baker’s work nationally to media since 2012.)

Jun
30
2015

The American Conservative: Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd.

June 26, 2015
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College, reacts to a New York Times story about a report indicating that people with more money are generally happy but that happiness should not be confused with contentment, satisfaction or achievement. The report also found that satisfaction rose with wealth, and 85 percent of those with over $5 million reported that they were “highly satisfied” — despite jobs that often entail long hours and high pressure. Asks Jacobs: “What good is that happiness if the millionaires who have it cannot enjoy the freedom the money gives them, the freedom that most people would love to have? . . .My takeaway from reading this article: no one involved, from the investigators to the respondents to the reporter, has any idea what they mean by ‘happy’ or ‘satisfied’ or ‘content’ or ‘free.’”

Jun
30
2015

The Washington Times: ‘Baptists in America’: A book review

June 25, 2015
“Baptists in America: A History,” a book by Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history and director of graduate studies, and Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, is reviewed by Pastor Steve Weaver. Weaver writes that in their book, Kidd and Hankins show how American Baptists have functioned alternatively as outsiders and insiders in American culture. “Tracing Baptists from their beginning in the new world as a persecuted minority all the way to their late 20th-century prominence in the culture wars, Kidd and Hankins demonstrate that individual Baptists have often enjoyed acceptance while others have been maligned. It is a compelling narrative expertly told.”

Jun
30
2015

Town Hall: What Black Americans Can Teach White Americans About Faith

June 23, 2015
Article about the rich spiritual traditions in African-American culture cites a 2008 Baylor study which found that the percentage of black American atheists was “so low that it registered at zero.”

Jun
30
2015

USA TODAY: Trayvon Bromell on the cusp of taking track and field world by storm

June 27, 2015
Article on the skyrocketing development of Baylor sophomore track student-athlete Trayvon Bromell, who will represent the U.S. in the 100 meters at the World Championships. "I'm just impressed with the perspective he has on the sport and how young he is," Baylor head track coach Todd Harbour said. "He wasn't this phenom when he was a freshman. He had injuries. That helped shape him, build his character, to have to go through some real tough injuries. So success didn't come easy. He had to work for it. But he remembers the days when he was back there. It keeps him pretty level."

Jun
29
2015

W. Tennis. Scrivano Chosen To Lead Texas Junior Team at National Championships

Baylor women’s tennis head coach Joey Scrivano has been selected as the Texas captain for the USTA Girls 18s National Team Championships to be held in Claremont, Calif., at The Claremont Club, July 26-29.

Jun
29
2015

Baseball. Rodriguez Completes Baseball Full-Time Coaching Staff

Baylor head baseball coach Steve Rodriguez completed his full-time coaching staff with the additions of Jon Strauss and Mike Taylor, the program announced Monday.

Jun
29
2015

BPFNA (Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America): CBF offers prayer, solidarity and action in the wake of Charleston violence

June 22, 2015
In the wake of the racially motivated killings at a South Carolina church, this article offers suggestions for achieving solidarity in a time of grief. One resource mentioned is “Racism,” a publication by The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.

Jun
29
2015

Business Standard: Students learn better in informal environment

June 28, 2015
Students tend to learn and perform better in an informal environment, says Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who reshaped "test days" in his class into “learning celebrations.” Students scored better during the celebrations — which included balloons, streamers, treats, music and multiple-choice questions featuring other students — than did students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty’s essay was published in “Teaching/Learning Matters.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
29
2015

CNN: Trayvon Bromell: Teen U.S. sprinter makes Usain Bolt look lethargic in 2015

Bolt's indifferent season so far -- the Jamaican sprinter's best time in the 100 meters is 10.12 seconds -- was put into stark perspective when 19-year-old college student Trayvon Bromell ran 9.84s at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Oregon on Thursday.