Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

May
3
2015

Baylor leads state of Texas in NFL draft picks since 2011

The back-to-back Big 12 football defending champs will return 18 of last season’s 24 starters this fall. Five of the six who have moved on are headed to the NFL this fall. Two-time All-American Bryce Petty was the first Bear to be selected in the 2015 NFL draft, going early in the fourth round to the New York Jets […]

May
1
2015

Baylor grad’s play nominated for 5 Tony Awards

Just a few years ago, Robert Askins was a theatre major at Baylor writing plays in his spare time. As of this week, he is Tony Award-nominated writer Robert Askins; his brainchild, Hand to God, is up for five Tonys this summer, including “Best Play.” Hand to God is not for the faint of heart. […]

Apr
30
2015

Joe Lieberman joins President Starr on campus for ‘On Topic’ conversation

Joe Lieberman has been a lot of things: a state attorney general, a U.S. Senator, even the Democratic candidate for vice president. Tuesday night, he was President Ken Starr’s latest guest in Baylor’s “On Topic” series, meeting with Judge Starr for a public conversation in Waco Hall. (See photos from the event here.) “I’ve never been to […]

Apr
29
2015

Construction begins on Fifth Street renovation — including new fountain on Fountain Mall

Students finishing up their last few days of class this spring have encountered a temporary obstacle in the heart of campus — green construction fencing running along much of Fifth Street that some students have dubbed the “Bearlin Wall.” Inside the fence, work has begun on a long-awaited project: A complete remodel of Fifth Street, […]

Apr
28
2015

School of Social Work renamed for outgoing dean Diana Garland

The names “Baylor social work” and “Diana Garland” have been virtually intertwined since Garland took leadership of the program in 2001. From now on, the names will be officially connected. Baylor’s School of Social Work is now the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the university announced Friday night to a group of students, faculty/staff, alumni […]

Apr
27
2015

Weekend brings Baylor a national title and 2 more Big 12 trophies

In less than 24 hours, Baylor student-athletes claimed a national championship and two more Big 12 trophies — adding to an already record-setting year. It started Saturday, as Coach Mulkey’s Baylor squad beat Oregon for the national title. No, not women’s basketball; acrobatics and tumbling, led by head coach Felecia Mulkey. In her first season at the helm […]

Apr
24
2015

Who is Baylor’s Fringe Monster?

You’ve seen it at Baylor games. The huge, fluffy, flailing mass of green and gold fringe, surrounded by crowds of gawkers and selfie-takers. It takes charge of dance parties, draws the attention of fans and camera crews, and occasionally (and unintentionally) frightens children. It’s the Fringe Monster. So who is this diehard Baylor fan? Turns out, it’s […]

Apr
23
2015

Alum named Collins Outstanding Professor — again

Each spring, Baylor honors three professors with major awards based on slightly different criteria. The first to be announced is the Collins Outstanding Professor Award, voted on each year by the outgoing senior class. Past Collins Professors include Dr. Randall O’Brien (1996), Dr. Tom Hanks (1998), Rachel Moore (1999) and Dr. Robert Packard (2002). This year’s […]

Apr
22
2015

How Baylor is stewarding the natural resources God’s given us

As Christians, we’re called to be stewards of God’s creation. We’re also proud of the beautiful campus we’ve been blessed with. With those things in mind, Baylor aims to take good care of all that we’ve been given — including our natural resources. In 2009, Baylor became the first university in Texas to earn LEED certification for […]

Apr
21
2015

Baylor English prof’s book named year’s best debut fiction

A Baylor English professor has won the nation’s top award for a debut fiction writer, and it almost seems a bit like destiny. Arna Hemenway, an assistant professor who teaches creative writing in the English department, was awarded this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. The award is the nation’s largest award for an author’s […]

Apr
20
2015

Baylor tennis teams sweep Big 12 regular season titles for 10th time in 13 years

I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that there are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and Baylor tennis winning Big 12 titles. Both the Baylor men and women clinched 2015 conference championships this weekend. For head coach Matt Knoll’s men, it was their 13th regular season title in 16 years; for Joey Scrivano’s […]

Apr
17
2015

National, international leaders calling on Baylor for expertise on fighting hunger

Since the beginning, Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) has had two goals: to develop (and implement) plans to end hunger in Texas, and to create methods that can be reproduced elsewhere around the country. THI’s work has already made an impact. THI has gathered and trained more than 1,100 community-based organizations — churches, libraries, hospitals, schools, shelters, etc. — that are […]

Apr
16
2015

Baylor music groups making waves nationwide

Academics. Athleticism. Giving nature. Baylor students seem to have it all. This past March, it was their musical talents that took center stage, emanating from the Baylor campus and across the nation. Baylor trumpet students made history at the national level, becoming the first group to win the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) three times. An ensemble group […]

Apr
15
2015

Diadeloso 2015: Gray skies, but warm hearts

The cloudy skies threatened showers all day, but never carried through, giving the Baylor campus a surprisingly cool and enjoyable Diadeloso 2015. From zumba and a fun run (complete with paint and foam) in the morning, on through the traditional games and performances, all the way to the Nico & Vinz concert to close the night, the […]

Apr
14
2015

Baylor mock trial teams headed to nationals

For the first time in more than a decade, the Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial Team is headed to nationals. Having accomplished that goal, they decided it was so enjoyable that they went ahead and qualified a second team for nationals, as well — an honor just three other schools in the nation can match. For further context, fewer […]

Apr
10
2015

What is Steppin’ Out?

Shovels, rakes, spades and brooms. Paint, ladders, brushes and rollers. Elbow grease, rolled-up sleeves, care and community. Twice a year, thousands of Baylor students “step out” together across Waco to serve the community, through Baylor’s Steppin’ Out program. It’s a chance for Bears to give back to our neighbors who support Baylor in countless ways. The first […]

Apr
9
2015

‘Silence of the Lambs’ author, a Baylor grad, turns 75

Yes, the No. 1 movie villain of all time is the brainchild of a Baylor grad. It’s been nearly 25 years since Dr. Hannibal Lecter was introduced to moviegoers in The Silence of the Lambs, yet Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Lecter in the 1991 film continues to frighten and fascinate viewers today. Lecter was first […]

Apr
8
2015

New School of Music dean to start July 1

After 26 years at Kansas State — during which time he progressed from an assistant professor to head of an entire school — Dr. Gary Mortenson was finally drawn away. In July, he’ll begin service as dean of Baylor’s School of Music. Mortenson had been at K-State since 1989, serving first as an assistant professor of trumpet, then […]

Apr
7
2015

Baylor names finalists for 2016 Cherry Award, the nation’s largest teaching award

Great teaching is a part of Baylor’s DNA. Among the many ways Baylor invests in and promotes great teaching is the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching; the Cherry Award not only honors great teachers, but invests in their work with a gift of $250,000. It’s the largest monetary gift for teaching presented by a […]

Apr
6
2015

Rangers’ Opening Day bullpen includes pair of Bears

When the Texas Rangers open the 2015 season tonight, two members of the team’s bullpen will be Baylor Bears. Right-handers Shawn Tolleson and Logan Verrett each made the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup. Tolleson could be the setup man for Texas closer Neftali Feliz, while Verrett will be a long reliever for the team. The two Bears were teammates at Baylor for two […]