Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

May
25
2016

"Imaginate" Exhibit to Open at Mayborn Museum

WACO, Texas (May 25, 2016) – Imaginate, an interactive summer exhibit focused on encouraging innovation and imagination, will open at the Mayborn Museum Complex on May 28 and run through Sept. 5.

May
25
2016

Focus Daily News: DBU grants honorary doctorate to Mitch Bennett

May 24, 2016
Mitch Bennett, BBA Accounting ’88, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University on May 13, 2016. Bennett has worked for DBU for the past 28 years, and he currently serves as the director of gift accounting and assistant to the chancellor.

May
25
2016

Heavy: Chip and Joanna Gaines: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

May 24, 2016
Chip Gaines, BBA Marketing ’98, and his wife Joanna, BA Communication Specialist ’01, run Magnolia Market, Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Farm, and star in the HGTV hit-series “Fixer Upper.” The couple does not own a television, but instead have a farm with chickens, cows, goats and horses. They met at an auto repair shop, have four children, and transformed their own Victorian farmhouse from a two-bedroom house into their family home. They were honored as “The Alumni of the Year” in 2015 for their remarkable achievements.

May
25
2016

Lamppost Memorials Honor Baylor Veterans

WACO, Texas (May 25, 2016) – Scattered across Baylor University’s campus are more than 140 granite memorial lampposts — silent stone sentinels that each bear a plaque commemorating a Baylor student who was killed in service.

May
25
2016

Rowlett (TX) Lakeshore Times: GISD seniors come together to honor mentors, say farewell at yearly luncheon

May 19, 2016
The top 10 seniors from each Garland ISD high school were recognized at the district’s annual Senior Summit luncheon last week, including incoming Baylor freshman Preston Hart of Rowlett High School.

May
25
2016

Science Codex: Congregations striving for racial and ethnic diversity may shrink, Baylor study finds

May 10, 2016
Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and based on an analysis of data from more than 11,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "Racial diversity itself is not a detriment to growth," said lead author Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "It is the process of changing the racial composition of a congregation that causes difficulties." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

May
25
2016

SeattleIndian.com: Teenagers experimenting with religion on Facebook: Study

May 17, 2016
Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a study by Paul McClure, doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. “On Facebook, there is no expectation that one’s ‘likes’ be logically consistent and hidebound by tradition,” he said. “Instead, the Facebook effect is that all spiritual options become commodities and resources that individuals can tailor to meet their needs.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

May
25
2016

The Dallas Morning News: Justice Don Willett, the boy from Talty, takes Twitter by storm, and maybe SCOTUS, too

May 20, 2016
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, BBA Economics, Finance ’88, drew national attention this week when presidential candidate Donald Trump put his name on a short list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Willett has been recommended as a potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee in the past and is known for both his political ascent and his social media talent—he is famous on Twitter for his prolific and amusing tweets.

May
25
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco’s jobless rate falls again, 7th lowest in Texas

May 24, 2016
In April, Waco’s unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent to 3.6 percent. Whitney Richter, manager of business development and marketing at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, said it is important to sell Waco’s qualities to Baylor University, Texas State Technical College and McLennan Community College graduates as unemployment continues to fall.

May
24
2016

Financial Advisor: Conventional Wisdom Can Cost a Retiree Money

May 17, 2016
Article about how non-traditional drawdown strategies can improve tax efficiency and extend portfolio life cites research by William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and holder of The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)

May
24
2016

One News Now: Separate church studies examine pews, pulpit

May 23, 2016
A study from Baylor University suggests that churches pushing to become more racially diverse may actually end up with a decrease in attendance. The study, by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. The report examined data from more than 11,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 1993 to 2012, as well as data from the U.S. Census. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

May
24
2016

Phys.org: Faith and Facebook: Young social media regulars less committed to one religion

May 16, 2016
Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a study by Paul McClure, doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. “On Facebook, there is no expectation that one’s ‘likes’ be logically consistent and hidebound by tradition,” he said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

May
24
2016

Post Online Media: Concho Resources EVP Jack F. Harper assumes CFO role

May 23, 2016
Concho Resources, an oil and gas exploration company announced that Jack F. Harper, B.B.A. (finance) '93, executive vice president, has assumed the additional roles of chief financial officer and treasurer.

May
24
2016

The North Bay Nugget (Ontario, Canada): The gift from Baylor University

May 21, 2016
Column by Kevin Hutchison, M.B.A. ’07, which thanks the pro bono efforts of Baylor M.B.A. students, guided by faculty, who took park in a Focus Firm project to assist the city of North Bay in charting its strategic direction. This was Focus Firm’s first dual-semester project, first municipal project and first Canadian project.

May
24
2016

WKRG-TV (Mobile, AL): FIGHT THE BITE: Gulf Coast Conditions Make the Perfect Storm for Zika Outbreak

May 23, 2016
VIDEO: Story about the possibility of an outbreak of mosquito-borne cases of the Zika virus in the United States — the Gulf Coast in particular — includes an interview with Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., auxiliary University Professor of Biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. He helps create vaccines for tropical diseases and says doctors are working to create a useable Zika vaccine, but nothing will be ready anytime soon.

May
24
2016

Youth Today: Selfishly selfless: social anxiety, addiction and the benefits of service

May 24, 2016
Article co-written by Byron Johnson, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), about a study examining the relationship between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and drug use as related to peer-helping and recovery. In a sample of 195 teens in court-mandated residential treatment, 42 percent had a fear of being humiliated, with 15 percent fitting the criteria for SAD. But offering service to others struggling with addiction was associated with reduced rates of relapse.

May
23
2016

CBS Sunday Morning: The couple behind "Fixer Upper"

May 22, 2016
VIDEO: CBS Sunday Morning contributor Jane Pauley interviews Chip, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’98, and Joanna Gaines, B.A. (Communication Specialist) ’01, the rising stars of HGTV's hit home renovation show, "Fixer Upper," and how they've turned, Waco, Texas into the Renovation Capital of the World.

May
23
2016

Houston Chronicle: Self-proclaimed prophet says he is 'the real deal'

May 21, 2016
SUBSCRIPTION: This story about a traveling evangelist who says he is “a prophet like Moses” quotes Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. In an era of megachurches and television ministries, the evangelist, who preaches in tents and public halls, may seem to be a throwback to circuit-riding preachers, but “there’s still a lot of this going on,” especially in white and black Pentecostal and Holiness congregations, said Hankins, author of “Jesus and Gin.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Hankins as an expert for this story and arranged the interview. She covers history and religion research and faculty.)

May
23
2016

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Baylor graduate, 22, passes away days after receiving diploma

May 22, 2016
VIDEO: Story remembering May 2016 neuroscience graduate Colton (Coho) Menk, who passed away after a seizure only six days following his graduation from Baylor. One of his professors, Michael Scullin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, spoke with KWTX about his memories of Coho. "One thing that impressed me about Coho was, this is a guy who was really humble, really generous, really wanted to do things for others. He had strong scientific curiosity, he would come by my office and ask really thoughtful, incisive questions about the material we would talk about. He was a really big hockey fan so he really liked the Minnesota Wild. I think he really wanted to be able to go and work for the Minnesota Wild and say 'hey, look at everything we know about the brain. You should be applying this and help us win a Stanley Cup,'" Scullin said.

May
23
2016

Money: St. Petersburg State University Wins IBM-Sponsored International Collegiate Programming Contest

May 19, 2016
Baylor serves as the headquarters for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which recently concluded in Phuket, Thailand. Known as the "Battle of the Brains," the ICPC serves as a proving ground for the top collegiate programmers, challenging them to solve a series of complex real-world problems in just five hours. Quoted is Bill Poucher, Ph.D., professor of computer science in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, serves as ICPC executive director. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the School of Engineering and Computer Science.)