Students News

Jul
1
2015

#FiveStarr: Celebrating athletic highlights of President Starr’s 5 years at Baylor

Five years ago this summer, Ken Starr took office as Baylor’s 14th president. From the beginning, he said that athletics were “the front porch of the University,” and since the early days of his tenure, when he fought tirelessly to stabilize and secure Baylor’s spot on the national stage, Baylor’s front porch has grown in […]

Jul
1
2015

General News. Baylor Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in Classroom

A year removed from having a school-record 678 student-athletes earn Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll status, 616 BU student-athletes were so honored in 2014-15--314 for the 2014 fall term and 302 for the 2015 spring semester. It marked the fourth straight year BU produced 600 or more total Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections.

Jul
1
2015

Absolutely Katy: Meet Sarah Michelle De Lost Santos Fernandez

June 30, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Sarah Michelle De Los Santos talks about her success at Katy High School. At Katy, Santos graduated in the top sixth percentile of her class with a GPA of 4.16/5.0, received academic achievement awards her sophomore and junior years and was recognized as the Student of the Month twice during her senior year. “Dedication has a major impact in my life and is something I value over a lot of things,” Santos said. “Nothing can be done without putting in 110 percent of everything you’ve got and striving to do your very best and nothing less. It is my driving force to work hard in order to see results.” Santos will major in biochemistry on a pre-medicine track in hope of one day becoming a forensic pathologist.

Jul
1
2015

Baylor Law School’s Veterans’ Assistance Clinic Receives Grant from State Bar of Texas

WACO, Texas (July 1, 2015) — For the first time in Baylor Law School history, the State Bar of Texas has awarded a grant to support and foster the ongoing effort of the Baylor Law School Veterans’ Assistance Clinic to provide Texas military veterans free legal counsel.

Jul
1
2015

Baylor Named ‘Best Buy’ in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016

WACO, Texas (July 1, 2015) – Baylor University again has been named a “Best Buy” in the 2016 edition of the best-selling <i>Fiske Guide to Colleges</i>.

Jul
1
2015

Brightsurf: Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, Baylor study shows

June 30, 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.)

Jul
1
2015

KWBU-FM (Waco, NPR): Today KWBU Celebrates 15 Years of NPR in Heart of Texas

July 1, 2015
Today (July 1) marks the 15th anniversary for National Public Radio on KWBU-FM in the Heart of Texas. Reporter Carlos Morales looks back at the history of the station. KWBU 103.3 FM is a non-profit station and receives funding from grants, Baylor University support, underwriting support from local businesses, and membership to the station.

Jul
1
2015

Mavs.com: Melvin Hunt Joins Mavs Coaching Staff

June 30, 2015
Former Baylor University basketball player and graduate Melvin Hunt, B.B.A. ’91 and M.S.Ed. ’95, has joined the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff. Hunt will work under head coach Rick Carlisle as the teams lead assistant on the bench. Hunt previously served as the interim head coach for the Denver Nuggets prior to joining the Mavs. Hunt began his coaching career at Temple High School in Temple, Texas.

Jul
1
2015

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin REALLY Say That?

WACO, Texas (July 1, 2015) – As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say these things for which they receive so much acclaim? Find out what Baylor's Franklin expert and biographer Blaine McCormick has to say.

Jul
1
2015

Science Daily: Tests vs. Fests: Students in 'learning celebrations' rather than exams scored higher and enjoyed themselves

June 25, 2015
Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., who reshaped "test day" in his class by transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music, found that students in "learning celebrations" scored higher than students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty, associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, also wrote multiple-choice questions that featured students. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
1
2015

The Houston Chronicle: Authorities ready to battle mosquitoes

June 30, 2015
Richard Duhrkopf, the regional director for the national American Mosquito Control Association and associate professor of biology in Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences, warned of tropical mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever and chikungunya and an ensuing battle to reduce mosquito populations in the Houston area. “So far this year, we've had nine cases of chikungunya in Texas," Duhrkopf said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and coordinated the interview.)

Jul
1
2015

The Mundane Muse: 2015 PEN Hemingway Award

July 1, 2015
Arna Bontemps Hemenway, assistant professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, recently won the 2015 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for his book “Elegy on Kinderklavier.” The judges wrote that the stories in the book are “not afraid to stare in unblinking and finely grained detail at the great sad problem of being alive.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers English faculty and research.)

Jul
1
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco public radio station KWBU marks 15th anniversary

June 30, 2015
Waco Tribune-Herald entertainment editor Carl Hoover blogs about KWBU-FM’s 15th anniversary as an NPR affiliate. “Baylor’s support — financial, material and moral — has kept KWBU going as the station evolved and initial subsidies shrank, but community support has been there as well.”

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.