Alumni, Parents and Friends

Baylor alumni, parents and friends share a family bond rooted in over 170 years of rich history. Whether you enjoy connecting with other Baylor alumni and parents through Baylor Alumni Network and other events in your area or through publications like Baylor Magazine, social media tools, or campus events like Family Weekend and Homecoming, your role in the family is a vital one. From young grads to members of the Heritage Club and from first-generation parents to those whose Baylor legacies go back many years and to friends new and old, this page provides you with important resources and reminders to make your Baylor connections even more meaningful.

Give Light
GIVE LIGHT IS A $1.1 BILLION COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. The campaign undergirds Illuminate, the University's Academic Strategic Plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life, from academics and athletics to student life and global engagement.

No. 12 Baseball Hosts Cornell for Three


After inclement weather cancelled the Bears' Tuesday contest at Texas State, the team remains at home for the second-straight weekend of the season, hosting Cornell in a three-game set starting on Friday, Feb. 22.


Nicky Dawson

Champions' TriBUne is a special feature through Baylor Athletics that will give you the student-athlete's perspective and tell their story in their voice. Nicky Dawson, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., is a transfer from LSU who has been the softball team's starting second baseman the last two years. Nicky's father, Charles Dawson, is the CEO for GEO Surfaces, the company that installed the new artificial turf and lighting at Getterman Stadium. The No. 21/22 Lady Bears (7-4) host the Baylor Invitational that begins Friday.

No. 42 WT Returns Home to Face No. 32 Kentucky

Baylor Women's Tennis

WACO, Texas – The No. 42-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will return home to Waco to play host to No. 32 Kentucky at 5 p.m. Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Baptist Standard: Around the State

Feb. 13, 2019
(Fourth news item): The National Institutes of Health awarded a $626,000 grant to Kelly R. Ylitalo, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, to study the link between physical activity and healthy aging. The grant will span a five-year project period, allowing Ylitalo to work with local health care organizations to develop and test new methods for capturing and interpreting data about physical activity.

Baptist Standard: Research links intimacy with God and belief in biblical literalism

Feb. 21, 2019
Women are more likely than men to believe the Bible is literally true, but a Baylor University study finds this may have more to do with how people relate to God than it does gender. Both men and women who report high levels of closeness to God take the Bible more literally – and this confidence grows stronger as they seek intimacy with God through prayer and Bible study. The research, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, was conducted by Christopher Pieper, Ph.D., senior lecturer of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and former Baylor sociologist Blake Victor Kent, Ph.D., now a research fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Bioengineer: Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon around Arctic

Feb. 20, 2019
Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according to a study by an international group of scientists that included a U.S. team from Baylor University. Baylor research, conducted in Barrow, Alaska, was led by Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Tate Barrett, Ph.D., now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Texas. The study was published in the premier journal Science Advances.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Former Fort Worth pastor who took over for preacher in infamous murder trial dies

Feb. 21, 2019
A book by Barry G. Hankins, Ph.D., chair and professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is cited in this article about the death of Homer Ritchie, the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth pastor who succeeded infamous preacher J. Frank Norris. Hankins is author of “God’s Rascal: J. Frank Norris and the Beginnings of Southern Fundamentalism.”

Baylor faculty & students honored for career contributions and promising new research

It’s always impressive when any one Baylor student or professor wins a statewide, national or even international award — but recently, Bears have been winning so many awards that we can’t write about them fast enough! Take a moment to check out these four amazing Bears and the work they’re doing in their respective fields: […]

Lady Bears win 9th straight (!!!) Big 12 title

As Baylor women’s basketball has dominated the Big 12 in recent years, many of the team’s conference titles have been hard fought — leagues won by a narrow margin, clinched in games against similarly top-ranked opponents decided by just a few points. This was not one of those. Wednesday night, head coach Kim Mulkey’s team […]

Baylor alumna’s Waco eatery named among Yelp’s top 100 in the country

In January, Yelp released its list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. 2019“. While perusing the list, we noticed something quite exciting: sitting at No. 71 was Waco’s own Lula Jane’s, owned by Baylor alumna Nancy Grayson! Lula Jane’s is a beloved local café in East Waco that, since 2012, has been […]

How many of these Bible verses have you seen on Baylor’s campus?

Anyone who’s ever set foot on the Baylor campus knows how deeply the university is dedicated to its Christian mission. The very first part of our motto is “Pro Ecclesia” — for the church. The first pillar of our academic strategic plan is to have an “unambiguously Christian educational environment.” Chapel and religion are mandated […]

New Certificate in Global Engagement Helps Prepare Students for Leadership, Service in 21st-Century Global Society

To help students become academically and cross-culturally prepared to adapt and succeed in a diverse and multicultural world, Baylor University’s Center for Global Engagement now offers a Certificate in Global Engagement that immerses students in global culture and prepares them for greater awareness and engagement with global challenges.

This Week at Baylor: Feb. 24-March 2, 2019

WACO, Texas (Feb. 21, 2019) – This week, Baylor University will host a variety of lectures hosted by the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), departments of environmental science and chemistry and biochemistry and the Honors College, along with performances by the Campus Orchestra and All University Sing.

$2M Gift Establishes Chair for Baylor’s Global Mission Leadership Program

WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2019) – Baylor University today announced a gift of $2 million to create an endowed Chair in Global Leadership within Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. The gift, which was made by Baylor parents from California, will support the School’s nationally renowned Global Mission Leadership (GML) program, whose purpose is to contribute to Christ-centered international development through culturally informed education.

Heart of Texas Regional History Fair Announces Winners of 2019 Competition, Special Awards

WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2019) – More than 100 students from 16 Central Texas schools were awarded medals from the Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation for their winning projects in the 2019 Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, held Feb. 14-15 on the campus of Baylor University.