Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Nov
25
2014

Big News Network: Workers of small, locally owned firms show more loyalty

Nov. 23, 2014
New Baylor research published in the journal “Local Economy” shows that employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty towards their employers and tend to stay committed to their company even in the face of low job satisfaction. "When it comes to your job, it is usually not just one thing that affects your commitment. You may say 'I like my boss' or 'I am satisfied with what I do'," said lead author Katie Halbesleben, a doctoral student in sociology at Baylor. "Our study re-affirms that working for a small and local company is also an important factor that contributes to a worker's commitment.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story to national and regional media. Goodrich covers research and faculty in the department of sociology.)

Nov
25
2014

Business Insider: The 50 Best Law Schools In America

Nov. 25, 2014
Baylor University Law School was ranked No. 22 according to Business Insider’s 50 best law schools in the nation. The rankings were based primarily on a survey of more than 300 legal industry professionals, produced with help from Survey Monkey. The ranking also factors in data on acceptance rates and post-graduated employment rates.

Nov
25
2014

Huffington Post: Regaining Contact With the Heavens

Nov. 14, 2014
Blog post by Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media in the College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, about how spirituals, such as "Rise Up Shepherd and Follow” and "Foller the Drinkin' Gourd" are connected to the night sky. “The sense of wonder, the sense of majesty that the night sky imparts is hard-wired into our DNA. We need to replenish our capacity to be awed,” Darden wrote. “It's when we lose that wonder for the glory of creation that we tend to dismiss, denigrate and -- too often -- despoil it.”

Nov
25
2014

Insurance Journal: Employee Loyalty Highest at Small, Local Businesses

Nov. 24, 2014
This article references a recent Baylor study published in the journal “Local Economy” that found more than half of employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers. Quoted is lead author Katie Halbesleben, a doctoral student in Baylor’s department of sociology. Co-author of the study was Charles M. Tolbert, Ph.D., chair of the department of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story to national and regional media. Goodrich covers research and faculty in the department of sociology.)

Nov
25
2014

Jewish World Review: Tap Your Portfolio With Taxes in Mind

Nov. 21, 2014
Research by William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is referenced in this article written by Susan Garland, editor of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report magazine. Reichenstein’s research focuses on Social Security, financial planning, retirement investing and tax-based investment strategies. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Nov
25
2014

KVII-TV (Amarillo, ABC): Hundreds gather for 25th annual community prayer breakfast

Nov. 25, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr was the keynote speaker for Amarillo’s 25th annual Community Prayer Breakfast, an annual event designed to focus prayers and faith in a non-specific, non-denominational, “non-church” setting on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The prayers are focused on the leadership of the community, the city, the state, the country and the world. “We want to ensure that our leaders at every level have strength, have wisdom, and we are doing our part. We need to get out and vote, we need to get involved and we need to pray for our leaders as the Bible tells us to do,” Judge Starr said.

Nov
25
2014

KWTX-TV (Waco, CBS): Behind the Green & Gold: Ehirim's Military Background Helps Lead Baylor

Nov. 24, 2014
VIDEO LINK INCLUDED: Inspirational story of walk-on Baylor football student-athlete Nelson Ehirim as he reflects on what it means to play for Baylor and Coach Art Briles after first trading his helmet and pads for a different uniform – that of a U.S. Army officer. “That was probably the greatest accomplishment that I’ve achieved in life so far just because I know what it means and I know the responsibility that came along with it,” Ehirim said. "We have a great amount of respect for him and who he is as a person," Briles said. "He's been a valuable player to our team. He helps us on the scout team tremendously every day with the effort that he gives."

Nov
25
2014

Michael Hyatt: The Gratitude Advantage: Four Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life

Nov. 25, 2014
An article by Michael Hyatt, B.A. ’77, former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, on the benefits of gratitude. The article links to a study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, who found that gratitude leads directly to feelings of satisfaction and wellbeing. “It seem the more I give thanks, the more reasons I have for gratitude,” Hyatt said.

Nov
25
2014

Patheos: Barry Hankins On America’s Perfect Civil Religion Holiday

Nov. 24, 2014
A reflection by Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, on the national and religious significance of Thanksgiving. Because it’s considered a national holiday and not a religious one, Hankins dubs Thanksgiving “America’s perfect civil religion holiday.” The reflection is a part of a series of writings by history professors assembled by Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D., columnist and professor of psychology at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.

Nov
25
2014

SanAngeloLive.com (San Angelo, TX): State Agriculture Commish-Elect Taps Property Rights Attorney to be General Counsel

Nov. 24, 2014
State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, J.D. ’81, has been appointed General Counsel of the Texas Department of Agriculture by Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller. Kleinschmidt, a Lee County attorney, was recently elected to a fourth term in the Texas House, where he serves on the Agriculture & Livestock and the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committees.

Nov
25
2014

The Daily Oklahoman: Waco travelblog: Baylor's McLane Stadium a jewel on the Brazos

Nov. 24, 2014
Daily Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel writes about his first visit to Baylor’s new McLane Stadium. “My only response is this. Fabulous. Simply fabulous. The setting. The architecture. The amenities. You walk around McLane Stadium and you get the same feeling you get when you walk through one of the new baseball parks that are so stunning. Just the feeling, that this is a cool place to be regardless of what might be happening on the field.”

Nov
25
2014

The Daily Signal: Tebow’s Not Some Freak for (Still) Praying: Lots of Americans Do, Too

Nov. 18, 2014
The public displays of faith, both on and off the football field, by former NFL player Tim Tebow, ignited debate about just how religious America remains today. This commentary includes an essay by Byron R. Johnson, co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, that cites data from the General Social Survey and the Baylor Religion Survey that dispel media accounts of a consistent if not dramatic decline of the faith factor in America.

Nov
25
2014

The Lantern (Ohio State University): Opinion: Going without cellphone, Internet for 24 hours worthwhile but difficult

Nov. 17, 2014
Editorial by an Ohio State University student who went 24 hours without a cellphone, Internet access, television or radio. She cites a Baylor study which found that 60 percent of college students said they might be addicted to their cellphones, noting that her cell was “an extension of me, like another limb,” but that phone usage should be “more balanced with the outside world.” The research was done by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Hankamer School of Business. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Roberts’ research to national media earlier this year. Goodrich covers interdisciplinary research.)

Nov
24
2014

Amarillo Globe-News: Beilue: Starr: Baylor will not compromise its values

Nov. 22, 2014
Column about the leadership of Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr as a “unifying presence among Baylor alumni, faculty and students” as he prepares to keynote the annual Amarillo Community Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 25. Judge Starr discusses many aspects of University life, including Baylor’s commitment to its mission and vision as a national research university that embraces its Christian identity, the importance of listening and shared governance, as well as recent historic success in athletics and in fundraising. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, is the media contact for the President’s Office and assisted with arranging Judge Starr’s interview with columnist Jon Mark Beilue.)

Nov
24
2014

BILD.de: Neue App kann Kinderleben retten (New app can save children’s lives)

Nov. 24, 2014
(ARTICLE IS IN GERMAN) Article on BILD.de, Germany’s largest news portal that reaches nearly 12 million unique visitors monthly, features the work of Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and Greg Hamerly, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, who have launched an iPhone app that they believe will speed up the detection of retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer in children, helping families get critical and potentially life-saving treatment sooner. The free app, CRADLE, which stands for Computer Assisted Detector of Leukocoria, is available on Apple App Store. Hamerly and his team are in the process of launching an Android version of the app. Inspired by his son’s illness, Shaw authored a study on retinoblastoma in November 2013 that found that “white eye,” one of the first symptoms of the disease, can be detected by parents taking pictures of their children using digital cameras and smart phones. (This story is the result of an initial pitch to national media in November 2013 by Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers research and faculty in the department of chemistry.)

Nov
24
2014

KWBU-FM (Waco, NPR): How Baylor Wired Up McLane Stadium For Your Phone

Nov. 18, 2014
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: One of the great feats of Baylor’s McLane stadium is how wired it is, but what does it take to supply 45,000 people with cell phone coverage…in a place that didn’t really offer coverage before? KWBU’s Ryland Barton introduces listeners to Baylor and AT&T’s distributed antenna system, or DAS, that allows fans to send and receive about 660 gigabytes of texts, tweets, and video clips every football game. Interviewed for the story are Bob Hartland, associate vice president of information technology infrastructure at Baylor, and Pattie Orr, vice president of information technology. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers information technology at Baylor and helped arrange a Nov. 17 media tour of the DAS at McLane Stadium.)

Nov
24
2014

Lincoln (NE) Journal: Put the 'thanks' back into Thanksgiving

Nov. 22, 2014
Article about how gratitude affects peoples’ mental and physical health cites research by lead author Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, who found that materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied because they find it harder to be grateful for what they have. “Gratitude is a positive mood. It’s about other people,” Tsang said. “Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them — and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health.”

Nov
24
2014

Longview News-Journal: Baylor honors Texas Bank and Trust

Nov. 23, 2014
Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust has been honored as the Texas Family Business of the Year by Baylor’s Institute for Family Business. The Baylor awards program, now in its 25th year, recognizes outstanding firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity, and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities, and industries. Chairman Rogers Pope, B.B.A. ’59, and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rogers Pope Jr., B.B.A. ’89, J.D. ’92, accepted the honor on behalf of the bank. “To have our success in this endeavor recognized by our alma mater, Baylor University, and the Institute for Family Business is a great honor, and one that reinvigorates our desire to continue to give back to the communities we serve,” Rogers Pope Jr. said in a statement.

Nov
24
2014

MarketWatch.com: Wal-Mart adds Tom Horton, former CEO of American Airlines, to its board

Nov. 11, 2014
Tom Horton, B.B.A. ’83, former chairman and CEO of American Airlines, has been appointed to Wal-Mart Stores Board of Directors. While with the airline, Horton led American through a successful restructuring and turnaround which culminated in the merger with US Airways, creating the world's largest airline.

Nov
24
2014

Phys.org: Employees of small, locally owned businesses have more company loyalty, study finds

Nov. 21, 2014
Employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers -- and for rural workers, size and ownership of their company figure even more into their commitment than job satisfaction does, according to Baylor research published in the journal “Local Economy.” "It's an interesting time because of the shift toward big business and globalization. While large firms tend to provide higher earnings and more fringe benefits, there are still practical values of small and local businesses, including benefits to the community and to the individual, such as less income inequality, less population turnover, lower crime and more committed workers," said lead author Katie Halbesleben, a doctoral student in Baylor's department of sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story to national and regional media. Goodrich covers research and faculty in the department of sociology.)