Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Apr
17
2015

Austin American-Statesman: Rail bridge to honor Baylor’s ‘Immortal Ten’

April 16, 2015
Round Rock city officials have approved a plan to commemorate a rail bridge as the “Immortal Ten Bridge,” honoring the 1927 deaths of 10 Baylor University men’s basketball players, coaches and fans who were killed when the bus they were riding in collided with a train on that stretch of road. The team was traveling to nearby Austin to play a game against the University of Texas. The tragedy paved the way for the construction of railroad overpasses throughout the nation.

Apr
17
2015

Christianity Today: Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman

April 16, 2015
Billy Ray Hearn, a 1954 Baylor University church music graduate, died Wednesday, April 15 at the age of 85. Hearn was considered a pioneer of contemporary Christian music, and he helped launch the careers of artists Amy Grant, Keith Green, Steven Curtis Chapman, and BeBe and CeCe Winans. Hearn served on Baylor’s Board of Regents for nine years. In 2008, he was honored with the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Church Music, given by Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies.

Apr
17
2015

Deseret News: Nearly every college student in America has this addiction

April 16, 2015
An article about college students and texting references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows that women college students spend an average of 10 hours each day on their cellphones, while male students average eight hours. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director in Baylor Media Communications, placed the original stories about Roberts' research.)

Apr
17
2015

Inside Higher Education: New Presidents or Provosts: Baylor, Campbell, Cape Breton, Naval War College, State U of New York-Geneseo, U of Nebraska, William Mitchell College of Law

April 17, 2015
Inside Higher Education’s listing of new presidents and provosts highlights Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H., who has been named Baylor’s executive vice president and provost and will join the University on June 1. Trevathan is currently dean and professor of epidemiology in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and professor of neurology and pediatrics at SLU’s School of Medicine. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)

Apr
17
2015

International Business Times: National Library Week: Five Amazing American Libraries You Need To See

April 16, 2015
The International Business Times honors National Library Week by listing “five amazing libraries worth celebrating,” including Baylor University’s Armstrong Browning Library, a 19th-century research center dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The library houses the world's largest collection of Browning material and other fine collections of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and works of art.

Apr
17
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Christian music pioneer Billy Ray Hearn remembered

April 16, 2015
Billy Ray Hearn, a 1954 Baylor University church music graduate, died Wednesday, April 15 at the age of 85. In a career in Christian music that spanned roughly a half century, Hearn went from more than a decade as a Southern Baptist music minister to the CEO of the world’s largest Christian music company, EMI Christian Music Group, which he founded. “Billy Ray was the one with the great ears. He signed more and bigger artists than anyone,” said gospel music scholar Bob Darden, professor of journalism, PR and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Hearn served on Baylor’s Board of Regents for nine years. In 2008, he was honored with the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Church Music, given by Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies.

Apr
17
2015

The Wall Street Journal: New College Tennis Rule Is a Scream

April 15, 2015
A story about a national push to bring attention back to collegiate tennis centers on Baylor’s recent match against Oklahoma University, which drew more than 1,400 spectators – a number of whom took advantage of the Big 12’s relaxed rules regarding tennis decorum. “The forecast today was sunny with a 100% chance of sic ’em!” one Baylor fan shouted during the competition. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who attended Baylor on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a B.B.A. in 1979, flew to Waco from Tokyo to attend the match, which was held at the Hurd Tennis Center. “Back then it was OK to yell and scream in a match because fans didn’t know any better,” said Hurd, who currently serves as a member of the Baylor Board of Regents. Baylor’s Director of Tennis Matt Knoll was also quoted for the story.

Apr
16
2015

Beaumont Enterprise.com: Take a Look Back at Vintage Photos from Texas Colleges and Universities

April 15, 2015
This slideshow of vintage photos from Texas colleges and universities features images of Baylor University. One photograph features former Baylor President and Governor of Texas Pat Neff posing with a group of students in 1943.

Apr
16
2015

Belton Journal: McLane Children’s Hospital springs into Easter with egg hunt

April 13, 2015
Baylor students assisted with an Easter egg hunt for young patients and former patients at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple. Some children were able to gather eggs; others were wheeled out in wheelchairs. Quoted is Sarah Trocolli, a sophomore journalism major and member of Alpha Lambda Delta.

Apr
16
2015

Insurance News Net: Preparing early: Why you should begin your retirement planning in your 20s or 30s

April 14, 2015
Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this story about younger workers preparing for retirement. In the article, originally published by the Deseret News, Reichenstein encourages people to save all they can in tax-deferred or tax-exempt accounts due to strong tax advantages, compared to saving in a taxable account or a non-qualified annuity. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Apr
16
2015

Powdersvillepost.com: Social media Training Works Best for Student-Athletes, Study Shows

April 14, 2015
For student athletes, an education in social media will help promote a more positive and responsible usage of social networks, according to research by Baylor University, Clemson University and the University of Florida. Given the media coverage that often accompanies college athletes’ social media content, it is essential for them to educate themselves on social media input, researchers found. The study was published in the “International Journal of Sport Communication.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed the original news release about the research cited.)

Apr
16
2015

The Baptist Standard: Diana Garland to Step Down as Dean of Baylor School of Social Work

April 15, 2015
Diana R. Garland, Ph.D., inaugural dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, will step down from her administrative post effective June 1. Jon Singletary, Ph.D., the Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair of Child and Family Studies and associate dean of graduate studies in the School of Social Work, has been named interim dean. Baylor plans to initiate a national search in the fall for a new dean. Quoted in the article is Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)

Apr
16
2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education: To Attract Students, Professors Produce Hollywood-Style Previews

April 6, 2015
Article about how course video trailers have become increasingly common at universities across North America, as a strategy for attracting students and for putting a public face to the institutions. Quoted is Trey Cade, Ph.D., assistant research professor and director of the Baylor Institute for Air Science. "Aviation science is not a typical degree program, so we always have the challenge of letting prospective students know that we even exist,” Dr. Cade said. The target audience for the video included not only Baylor undergraduates but also high-school students wondering where and what they should study. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers the Baylor Institute for Air Science.)

Apr
16
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Big Art Exhibitions Important to Building Culture

April 16, 2015
Arts column on the importance of art fairs by David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. According to Smith, art fairs are crucial in allowing local art scenes to flourish. The fourth annual Art on Elm Avenue fair took place in Waco last weekend, with attendance being a third higher than last year.

Apr
15
2015

Austin American-Statesman: Houston Collector’s Cookbook Reflects Texas Communities

April 10, 2015
Article about Elizabeth White, a collector of Texas cookbooks who donated more than half of her 2,000-book collection to the Texas Collection at Baylor University, which now has one of the largest cookbook collections in the world. According to White, the Texas Collection “can see each of the cookbooks as a reflection of the community that produced them.”

Apr
15
2015

Baptist News Global: Like pope, recent Baylor symposium called Armenian massacre ‘genocide’

April 15, 2015
A recent symposium at Baylor to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the slaughter of more than 1 million Armenian Christians used the same term — “genocide” — that aroused the ire of the Turkish government recently when the Pope used the word. Quoted is Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, who described the massacre as “one of the greatest acts of religious persecution that ever happened in history.” Jenkins also noted that ISR and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr are highly committed to issues of religious liberty, and the symposium — “Remembering Genocide” — was named and timed to reflect those values. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, arranged this interview. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
15
2015

Baptist News: Technology and a Quality Life: A Delicate Balance

April 15, 2015
Referenced in an article about finding a balance between technology and reality is a Baylor University study that relates the uses of smart phones to addictive behaviors, depression, mood changing and inattentiveness. Researcher James Roberts, Ph.D., the Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business conducted the study which also found a connection between phone usage and poor sleep and loneliness. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Apr
15
2015

Huffington Post: Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

April 9, 2015
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, blogs about the popular book series by George R.R. Martin — including “A Song of Fire and Ice” and “A Clash of Kings” — and the television adaptation, “Game of Thrones.” He noted that writings by Martin and other authors, among them sociologists, contend that common worship makes “something whole out of scattered individuals. It encourages them to drop their usual force fields holding everyone else at a distance.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers English faculty and research.)

Apr
15
2015

KWTX: Stevie Ray, Jimmie Vaughan to be Honored

April 12, 2015
Kirby Warnock, B.A. (history) ’74, a documentary filmmaker, is currently working on an art piece to honor blues musicians and brothers Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan in a park blocks from where they grew up in Dallas.