Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Sep
1
2015

Baptist News Global: Texas Baptist headquarters building transferred to Baylor nursing school

Aug. 28, 2015
Representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff and Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing joined in a “passing the mantle” ceremony on Aug. 26. After nearly 30 years in the Dallas building, the BGCT has passed the facilities on to Baylor nursing school. “Now, with the Louise Herrington School of Nursing making use of this facility, we Texas Baptists are confident and excited that many lives will enjoy the positive physical benefits of extraordinary nursing care from a spiritual foundation. The future is bright for Texas Baptists and Baylor Nurses,” said BGCT Executive Director David Hardage. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Louise Herrington School of Nursing.)

Sep
1
2015

Baylor Lariat: New app to increase safety on campus

Aug. 31, 2015
Baylor University has joined the list of colleges using the Rave Guardian app to promote safety on campus. The app allows students, faculty and staff to communicate easily with the police department in the event of an emergency. Quoted are Baylor Police Chief Brad Wigtil and Mark Childers, associate vice president for public safety and security. According to Wigtil, “The ability to communicate with the police department is critical.” Referring to the usefulness of the app, Childers said “If there’s something going on that doesn’t look right, doesn’t seem right, that may be critical, (users) can report that real time and we can respond to it real time and stop whatever the threat is.”

Sep
1
2015

Houston Business Journal: The ABCs of graduate degrees: What’s hot, and why

Aug. 28, 2015
Article about the importance of a master’s degree mentions Baylor University’s online and evening M.B.A. programs to help students with jobs and families. A problem often faced by those pursuing an advanced degree is time away from a paying salary, yet with programs like Baylor’s, time is no longer an issue.

Sep
1
2015

NAMI.org: Despite Winning Miss International, Raising Mental Health Awareness Is Her Crowning Achievement

Aug. 27, 2015
Elise Banks, B.A. Psychology ’11, writes about “Healthy Mind, Successful Life,” a platform she started when she was 9 years old. A practicing therapist and Miss Texas International 2015, Banks has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to travel around, spreading awareness and starting the discussion about mental health.

Sep
1
2015

NASDAQ: Social Security strategy: Boost lifetime payouts with the spousal benefit

Aug. 28, 2015
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., Professor & Holder of The Pat & Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted about how spouses may maximize the higher earner's benefit when it comes to Social Security payouts. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer School of Business research and faculty.)

Sep
1
2015

PhysOrg: The greater a country's gender equality in employment, the higher its homicide rate

Aug. 25, 2015
Countries with greater workforce equality have higher murder rates, a new international Baylor study suggests. While greater gender equality does not cause an increase in homicides, the results indicate a definite correspondence, according to the study, presented at the American Sociological Association’s meeting in Chicago. Quoted is researcher Katie Corcoran, Ph.D., who says that men may “perceive women’s increasing economic attainment as directly threatening.” Corcoran is a fellow in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and associate professor of sociology and anthropology at West Virginia University. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Sep
1
2015

Redbook Magazine: The Way You Yawn Could Tell Whether or Not You’re a Psychopath

Aug. 27, 2015
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Rundel is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers psychology research and faculty.)

Sep
1
2015

San Francisco Chronicle: Kane Russell Coleman & Logan Hires New Associate Attorney in Houston Office

Aug. 31, 2015
Baylor alum Sarah Judge, J.D. 2012, is the newest addition to Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC. She will be joining the Litigation Group in the firm’s Houston office. “We are confident that Sarah’s litigation experience will provide unique insights to the issues our clients face,” said Marcy Rothman, managing director in the firm’s Houston office.

Sep
1
2015

Spokane FAVS: Social workers want to talk religion — but they don’t

Aug. 14, 2015
Most social workers say they don’t discuss religion or spirituality with their clients, even though they think it could be beneficial in treatment, according to research by Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Oxhandler’s research has received national attention since its release earlier this summer. “Our code of ethics really calls us to work within the client’s environment, strengths and culture,” Oxhandler is quoted in the article: “It’s not about us and our belief system. We’re supposed to attend to the client in their world and what’s going on in their life.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the School of Social Work.)

Sep
1
2015

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

Aug. 31, 2015
A study by researchers at Baylor, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California found little evidence that multiracial congregations promote progressive racial views among attendees of any race or ethnicity. Inside those congregations, views of blacks became more similar to those of whites’ explanations for inequality: personal motivation rather than discrimination. Quoted is Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
31
2015

Amarillo Globe-News: Pastor's 20th year at First Baptist celebrated

Aug. 30, 2015
(Subscription required to read full text) Howard Batson, Ph.D. Biblical Studies/Religion ’95 and former chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, celebrated his 20th years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Amarillo with a conversation about his early years as a pastor and calling to Amarillo. “I’ve tried to give them not 40 hours but my life, and that’s what I have done and will continue to do,” he said. “It’s not a job, it’s a calling. It’s not something you clock out and into, it’s your life.”

Aug
31
2015

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota summers lure the faithful from their pews

Aug. 29, 2015
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune localizes a new study by Baylor sociology researchers found that U.S. counties with the highest volume of “natural amenities” have some of lowest rates of church membership. Doctoral candidate Todd W. Ferguson came up with the idea after seeing a U.S. map highlighting the natural amenities scale, and noticing how it paralleled religious adherence rates. “I wondered if that was a fluke, or there was something more to it,” said Ferguson, whose findings with Jeffrey A. Tamburello were published recently in the journal Sociology of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
31
2015

Preston Hollow People: BGCT Salutes Baylor Nursing School

Aug. 28, 2015
More than 100 people watched a Passing the Mantle ceremony held by Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and the Baptist General Convention of Texas on Aug. 26. “The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing will be blessed to carry on the legacy of faith and good works the Baptist General Convention of Texas has provided over the years in this beautiful facility,” said Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, Ed.D., dean and professor of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

Aug
31
2015

Scottish Catholic Observer: The Scottish Church after McLellan

Aug. 30, 2015
The abuse of children by some priests, religious and lay Catholics — along with the failure of superiors to deal with it properly — has not only wronged the victims but also weakened or destroyed the faith of others, writes John Haldane, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at Baylor. But he notes that recommendations of a report commissioned and accepted by the Scottish Catholic Church on safeguarding policies and practices may benefit not only the church, but also “teachers, health professionals, social workers, care workers, politicians, press and media that have also been afflicted by the disease of abuse.”

Aug
31
2015

The Chattanoogan (Chattanooga, TN): Debra Chew: Lifted Out of the Quicksand of Fear

Aug. 30, 2015
Column about spirituality and health, written by a woman with a fear of heights, cites findings from the Baylor Religion Survey that examined the effects of prayer on mental health. One finding was that people who believe that God is loving and protective are less likely to experience fear. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the research nationally in August 2014. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
31
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: 10 years later, have we learned anything from Katrina?

Aug. 30, 2015
Editorial about the lessons learned a decade after Hurricane Katrina mentions that Baylor University covered tuition costs for students from impacted colleges in the New Orleans area to continue their education at Baylor. How to move forward to prevent another Katrina disaster is addressed in many ways, including better planning, more focused engineering efforts and a stronger inclination to help others.

Aug
31
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Southern Tradition Tailgating comes to McLane Stadium

Aug. 28, 2015
Southern Tradition Tailgating, a Mississippi-based company that seeks to take the hassle out of tailgating, has brought its act to McLane Stadium for the upcoming football season. “This is a convenience for people who may not want to lug this stuff out every weekend. It’s a great concept and another way to enhance the tailgating experience at the stadium,” said Nick Joos, Baylor’s associate athletic director for external affairs. Baylor is the second school in the Big 12 to have the Southern Tradition Tailgating service.

Aug
31
2015

Yahoo! Health: Here’s One Possible Way to ID a Psychopath

Aug. 26, 2015
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. Rundel is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers psychology research and faculty.)

Aug
28
2015

Al Jazeera America: Life or Death Journey: Hundreds of Immigrants Die in Texas Desert

Aug. 27, 2015
VIDEO: In this news story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, describes how she and her forensic anthropology students have exhumed the remains of immigrants who were improperly interred in trash bags in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas. Baker’s team works for numerous hours to identify those who died while crossing the border to return them to their loved ones. “We love them. We think of them as people. We treat them with respect. We remember where they come from. And, we remember that everyone is associated with a family somewhere that is grieving,” Baker said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has been working with national media on Dr. Baker's work since 2013. Lewis covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)