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Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jul
27
2017

KTRK-TV (Houston/ABC): Baylor men's choir goes viral for performance on Emirates flight

July 24, 2017
VIDEO: News anchors with KTRK-TV in Houston express their appreciation of the Baylor University Men’s Choir, whose performance of “Da Coconut Nut” by Filipino musician and composer Ryan Cayabyab on an international flight has more than 12 million views on Facebook. Seventy-five members of the student group gave an impromptu musical performance as the other passengers disembarked an Emirates Airline flight. The choir was traveling between Nairobi, Kenya, where they had been participating in a mission trip.

Jul
27
2017

Manteca Bulletin (Manteca, California): 4 Ripon High FFA members earn scholarships

July 12, 2017
Incoming Baylor freshman Cara Hoekstra was awarded $1,000 scholarship from the Ripon Livestock Boosters and will be attending Baylor University in the fall. Hoekstra, who will enroll as a University Scholar and study in the Honors Program, plans to major in political science.

Jul
27
2017

Pueblo (CO) Chieftain: Goodnight Barn restoration progresses

July 14, 2017
Calvin Smith, associate professor emeritus of museum studies at Baylor University, has donated his expertise to develop an interpretive plan of the story of Charles Goodnight and the Rock Canyon Ranch, as the city of Pueblo, Colorado, and the Goodnight Barn Historic Preservation Committee restore the historic 1871 Charles Goodnight Barn. Goodnight's Rock Canyon Ranch was the northern headquarters of the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail that extended from Texas to Colorado and inspired the novel and movie "Lonesome Dove."

Jul
27
2017

The Pagosa Springs Sun: Baylor Brass to offer a special evening of chamber music

July 20, 2017
The Baylor Brass, a brass chamber group composed of five Baylor faculty members, will perform Aug. 11 as part of the Mountain Lights Music Festival in Pagosa Springs, CO. The concert will help raise money for the town’s own Community Band.

Jul
27
2017

University of New Mexico: Schuetz appointed interim director of UNM Press

July 21, 2017
Richard Schuetz, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’70, has been named as interim director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Press. A 30-year Air Force veteran, he has served as associate director for business operations for UNM Press for 15 years.

Jul
27
2017

Waco Today Magazine: ESC Region 12 helps educators navigate evolving challenges

July 27, 2017
Article about changes to various aspects of today’s educational experience – from modern technology to the use of flexible learning spaces – includes the research being done in the Learning Experience Labs (LEx Labs) at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, a partnership that allows teachers and students to try out flexible learning spaces while Baylor researchers observe and gather information to evaluate new concepts. “Creating this environment also allows us to conduct research with Baylor University on best practices in the modern classroom,” said Dr. Jerry Maze, executive director of Education Service Center Region 12 in Waco.

Jul
27
2017

Waco Today Magazine: Homecoming for Baylor’s new president: Livingstone returns to school where she served on faculty

July 27, 2017
Cover story of the August education issue of Waco Today magazine features Dr. Linda A. Livingstone and her full-circle journey back to Baylor University as the University’s 15th president. The article focuses on Dr. Livingstone’s return to Baylor after serving as dean of the business schools at Pepperdine and George Washington University; the challenges and opportunities ahead as Baylor aspires to become a Tier 1 Christian research university; growing up in Oklahoma and being a student-athlete at Oklahoma State; and the importance of her family. “It’s a different place and it’s a better place. The breadth and depth of the academic experience that students have access to is even richer now than it was when I was here before. Baylor was a great place when I was here then and to see how much more it has grown and developed, and how we can expand our mission because of the progress made during the time I was away is amazing,” Livingstone said.

Jul
27
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mike Copeland: Baylor named great college to work for

July 23, 2017
Fourth news item: Baylor University again has been named a “Great College to Work For,” based on a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication for colleges and universities.

Jul
27
2017

Wagoner (OK) Tribune: Wagoner seniors receive Gilmore family scholarships

July 13, 2017
Incoming freshman Kailin Eubanks received a $1,000 Freddie Gilmore Scholarship, awarded to a select few seniors at Wagoner High School. She plans to study biochemistry on a pre-medicine track and is one of three students from her graduating class to receive a scholarship from the Gilmore Family Scholarship Fund.

Jul
26
2017

Fox 19 Now: OneBeacon Insurance Awards Sixteen College Scholarships

July 25, 2017
Garrett McCullum, an incoming Baylor freshman, was one of 16 students to receive a $2000 scholarship from OneBeacon Insurance Group this year. Since 2003, the company has awarded scholarships to children of their employees and children of the company’s distribution partners based on their academic performance and extracurricular activities.

Jul
26
2017

Globe Newswire: Nasdaq Elects New Board Member

July 26, 2017
John Rainey, B.B.A. (Management) ’93 and M.B.A. ’95, was elected to the Nasdaq Board of Directors this week. Rainey is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and previously held the same title at United Continental Holdings, Inc.’s United Airlines.

Jul
26
2017

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Hot Beds of Gospel Music

July 23, 2017
AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden features the Indiana Wonders, a gospel group that started creating great music in 1952, touring and recording into the 1990s. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.

Jul
26
2017

Newsdog: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Psych Central: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Times Telegram (Herkimer, NY): Local organist, 12, to play in NYC cathedral

July 12, 2017
Twelve-year-old Dominic Fiacco received a scholarship to attend Baylor’s Summer Organ Institute this year because of his remarkable musical talent. He regularly plays the organ at festivals in his hometown of Utica, New York, and will play next year at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest churches in the world.

Jul
26
2017

USA Radio Network: Older People Securely Attached to God Have Greater Sense of Well-being

June 28, 2017
AUDIO: As people grow older, those who have an attachment to God are more likely to have a better sense of well-being, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. Interviewed is researcher Blake Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology, who says that “the way you feel about God and the way that you think he feels about you is a pretty important factor to take into account when you’re looking at the effectiveness of prayer and these outcomes of psychological well-being.” The study’s lead author was Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
26
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco police hire crime analysts in proactive policing effort

July 23, 2017
Former Waco police crime scene technician Angie McCallister, B.S. (Forensic Science) ’03, is now one of two certified crime analysts, who will research and use historical and real-time crime data to identify trends and find “hot spots” of crime to inform proactive approaches to policing. “I wanted a new challenge, and this was a great opportunity to still help our community,” McCallister said. “This is just a different way to bring crime down in a new approach.”

Jul
25
2017

Baylor Arts and Sciences Magazine: On Any Given Day at Baylor

May 9, 2017
Elizabeth Vardaman, senior lecturer and associate dean for Engaged Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences, describes the little moments that remind her of Baylor's mission in this first-person essay. She said she feels that her calling as a Baylor faculty member is to help students find themselves by exploring their passions. “As a dean, I’ve had too many privileged moments to count with students. In fact, I imagine almost all of us here have had such interactions that adhere to our souls, too, as students think, pray, wrestle, meditate, contemplate, push again, deny failures, weep, startle to attention with epiphanies, embrace success and jump with joy,” Vardaman said.