Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Mar
4
2015

Granddaughter carries on grandfather’s Baylor legacy

For some Baylor students, wearing the green and gold isn’t so much a decision as part of the family tradition. Junior Rachel Ticknor (pictured above right) is one such student. Her mother, Holli, shares the story of their legacy family: “My parents [Rachel’s grandparents] met and married while attending Baylor University over 50 years ago. They married in the […]

Mar
3
2015

National survey finds Baylor in highly regarded company

You likely have green and gold on your mind a lot, and could quickly explain to anyone why Baylor is special, why our football team deserves a playoff spot, or how a professor or program impacted your life. But what do people who don’t have that personal connection think of when they think of Baylor? […]

Mar
2
2015

Scenes from Sing 2015

Saturday night marked the final night for All University Sing 2015, and with the final showing came the naming of this year’s top groups. [PHOTOS: See almost 200 pictures from this year’s performances] Phi Kappa Chi won 1st place for their act, “Dust Bowl Days.” The Baylor Lariat agreed, describing their performance as “the best thing […]

Feb
27
2015

First African American to play SWC football was a Baylor Bear

Fifty years ago this fall, a young man from Elgin, Texas, enrolled at Baylor with plans to walk on to the football team. A year later, that man — John Hill Westbrook, BA ’69 — made history as the first African American to play a down of football in the Southwest Conference. Westbrook’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Feb
26
2015

Professors’ app helps parents detect eye disease in babies

Most new parents take hundreds of pictures of their newborns. Thanks to a pair of Baylor professors, those photos can now be used to screen for pediatric eye cancer — a simple act that could save the eyesight (and maybe even the lives) of children before it’s too late. Baylor chemistry professor Bryan Shaw and computer […]

Feb
25
2015

A snowy morning at Baylor

It’s been years since the Baylor campus got as much snow as we saw here Wednesday morning, as large, fluffy flakes quickly coated already cool surfaces. It snowed hard for about two hours, but the snow disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived; by midday, it was almost completely melted, as the sun came out and temperatures jumped […]

Feb
24
2015

Baylor alum named Texas Superintendent of the Year — again

For the second time in four years, the state of Texas’ Superintendent of the Year is a Baylor graduate. This year’s American Association of School Administrators honoree, Dr. Michael McFarland, BBA ’93, EDD ’05, completed both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at Baylor. (Apparently his leadership skills were on display early; McFarland also served as a team […]

Feb
21
2015

Lady Bears claim 5th straight Big 12 title

With their 91-75 win over TCU Saturday night, the No. 3-ranked Baylor Lady Bears clinched outright their fifth straight Big 12 regular season title — with three games yet to go. [See photos from the celebration.] In what was supposed to be a retooling year following the back-to-back losses of perhaps the two best players in […]

Feb
20
2015

Legendary Baylor coach to retire from AFCA leadership

In 1972, Grant Teaff was given the reins a Baylor football program that had won a total of seven games in the previous five years. Over the next 21 years, he proceeded to win 128 games and earn eight bowl appearances — both still program records. In 1994, Teaff was given the reins of the American Football Coaches Association […]

Feb
19
2015

Baylor nurse’s compassion inspires another to pay it forward

Hope Nail-Bergin was living a good life — married with kids, a nice career as a stockbroker — when she got the news: she had cancer. Furthermore, she was pregnant, and the available treatments could kill either her or her baby. Struggling with her options, a hospital nurse one day asked Hope how she was feeling. “I burst into tears,” […]

Feb
18
2015

McLane Stadium to host historic worship event

On March 29, thousands of people will fill Baylor’s McLane Stadium for what could be the largest worship service in Waco history: “The Gathering.” Baylor is blessed to be a part of this historic Palm Sunday event, and it’s only fitting that McLane Stadium be the setting. After all, the stadium sits right on the banks of […]

Feb
16
2015

Penland, Memorial updates to begin this summer

Coming soon to Baylor: a new doctoral degree in education, upgrades to Penland Hall and Memorial Dining Hall, and an expanded Baylor Energy Complex, following approval by Baylor Regents last week. The new Ed.D. in K-12 educational leadership offers a doctoral leadership program in education from a Christian perspective — a rarity nationwide. The innovative program will […]

Feb
13
2015

7 best love stories found on McLane Stadium brick inscriptions

There’s only so much you can say when it comes to inscribing a message on a brick. But if you get creative — like the example above — it turns out you can actually say a lot. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up our 7 favorite expressions of love from among the 7,200+ bricks […]

Feb
11
2015

Baylor Lady Bear — and Baylor Law School student

Now in her fourth year in Baylor’s women’s basketball program, Suni Agbuke is a familiar face to fans at the Ferrell Center. The 6-foot-4 post has started 47 of the Lady Bears’ last 60 games and ranks fourth in Baylor’s record book for career blocks. Now in her fourth quarter at Baylor Law School, she’s also a […]

Feb
10
2015

Baylor grad named new Alamo director

The Alamo’s new executive director is, naturally, a Baylor Bear. After all, why wouldn’t the state’s most iconic landmark be directed by a graduate of its oldest university? Earlier this month, Rebecca Bridges Dinnin, BA ’88, was named executive director of the Alamo. In her new role, Dinnin will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Alamo, from fundraising […]

Feb
9
2015

‘On Topic’ convenes Baptist, Catholic, Jewish presidents to discuss faith-based education

Across the country, many prospective college students and their parents are increasingly focused on the answer to one question: “Will this college get me/my kid a good job?” In such an era, some wonder if there’s really a place for faith-based universities like Baylor. Last week in our nation’s capital, as part of his ongoing “On Topic” series, Baylor […]

Feb
6
2015

No. 10-ranked Baylor softball opens 2015 season today

When the Baylor softball team opens up the 2015 season today in the friendly confines of Getterman Stadium, the Lady Bears will begin a journey that they hope can build on a historic 2014 season and conclude with a second-straight trip to the Women’s College World Series. Last year, the Lady Bears reached the World Series for the third […]

Feb
5
2015

Israel now an option for Baylor study abroad students

For the first time, Baylor students will have the opportunity to study in Israel, through BearsAbroad and a partnership with Tel Aviv University. Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest university, with more than 30,000 students enrolled, and is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world thanks to a reputation for innovation and discovery. Recognizing the benefits […]

Feb
4
2015

Baylor senior again reaches Hollywood on ‘American Idol’

Baylor Bears are not strangers to televised singing competitions, from singer-songwriter Megan Conner, BFA ’02 (The Next Great American Country Star finalist, 2008), to The Voice finalist Holly Tucker (2013), to three American Idol competitors (Megan McCallon, BA ’06, in 2010; and Bryan Watt, BM ’08, and Savion Wright in 2014). But for the first time, one of […]

Feb
3
2015

‘Fixer Upper’ stars return to NBC’s ‘TODAY’ show

NBC’s TODAY show featured Baylor alumni Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines for a full 10 minutes Monday morning, giving the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper not one, but two segments in front of almost 5 million viewers during the morning show. In segment one, the Gaineses gave quick tips on renovating hardwood floors, building […]