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.

M. Tennis. Around The World in Eight Days

Hopping on a plane in Dallas, starting an eight-day journey that would take them to 10 countries and 16 different airports, Brian Boland turned to Michael Woodson and asked, "Now, where are we going?"

W. Golf. Women's Golf Names Ludwig Assistant Coach

Baylor women's golf has hired Carly Ludwig as the program's assistant coach, head coach Jay Goble announced Friday.

W. Soccer. SOC Announces 2018 Fall Schedule

WACO, Texas - Baylor soccer released its 2018 fall schedule on Thursday afternoon. The slate features 10 home matches and eight matchups against 2017 NCAA Tournament foes. Three opponents ranked in the 2017 Top 20 final RPI rankings, while 10 matches will be against 2017 Top 100 RPI programs.

W. Volleyball. Bears Picked Second in Big 12 Preseason Poll

Baylor volleyball has been picked to finish second in the 2018 Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced Thursday by the conference office.

Baylor Lariat: Helping Hands provides young girl with a $7,700 wheelchair

Jan. 16, 2019
As most Baylor students hunkered down in the library to prepare for final exams, Baylor’s Helping Hands, a club designed to support mentally and physically disabled students on campus and throughout the Waco community, donated a $7,700 wheelchair to 7-year-old Alaina Davis. Davis has cerebral palsy, as well as severe scoliosis, and was in desperate need of a wheelchair to help improve her daily life. “It is without a doubt one of the best feelings in the world,” said Taylor Ernst, Huntsville senior and founder and president of Helping Hands. “Being able to show Christ’s love to someone in need is one of the most rewarding feelings ever.”

Baylor Lariat: Louise Herrington Ornelas passes away at the age of 93

Jan. 16, 2019
Louise Herrington Ornelas, an East Texas philanthropist and Baylor benefactor, died on Dec. 18, 2018, in Tyler, Texas. In fall 1999, Ornelas donated $13 million to Baylor’s nursing school, which was renamed in her honor, and in 2015, made possible the purchase of the BGCT building in Dallas, which now serves as the Louise Herrington School of Nursing Academic Building. “She was so sweet and caring and asked what kind of nurse we wanted to become,” said Georgetown junior and nursing major Courtney Hewlett, who was among the nursing majors who had the opportunity to meet Ms. Lou at the building dedication. “It makes me sad that new students coming in will only get to learn about her impact without being able to meet the woman that made it possible.”

Baylor Media and Public Relations: Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies Receives $1.2 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment

Jan. 17, 2019
Baylor University’s Center for Christian Music Studies in the Baylor School of Music has been awarded a four-year $1.2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its Strengthening Congregational Ministries with Youth Initiative. The initiative’s primary aim is to support projects – such as Baylor’s new “Building Bridges to the Future” project – that help congregations design, test and implement new models for nurturing the religious lives of middle and high school youth and for engaging them more fully in the congregations’ mission and ministries.

KCEN-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/NBC): Baylor University awarded $900K to build clinic in India

Jan. 17, 2019
VIDEO: The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) recently awarded Baylor University a $900,000 grant for Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) to construct a new Women’s and Children’s Healthcare and Research Center in Bengaluru, India. In this feature, Shelby Garner, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, shares the goals associated with the grant, which is expected to add 100 beds to the hospital, spark new innovations and expand educational opportunities. Baylor and BBH have been partners for many years. “We’re both grounded in Christian faith, so it’s a very good partnership,” she said. “We’re both focused on serving people.” (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Media and Public Relations, helped facilitate the interview with Dr. Garner.)

4 Baylor Bears whose lights are shining bright

Over the past year, you might have noticed we’ve been focusing a lot on “Baylor Lights.” One of the university’s goals has been to share stories from the Baylor Family about how Bears are shining their light on our campus, in their communities, and across the world. We’ve heard from so many amazing Bears who […]

Remembering a Baylor Nursing legend: Louise Herrington Ornelas

Just before Christmas, the Baylor Family truly lost a great one: Louise Herrington Ornelas, longtime benefactor of the Baylor nursing school, which bears her name. Ornelas — or “Ms. Lou,” as students called her — dedicated much of her life to Baylor nursing students. In 1999, her $13 million gift to the Baylor School of […]

#NextLevelBU: Meet the Bears in the NBA (plus the ones knocking at the door)

When Vinnie Johnson, ’80, played in his first game for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, he tipped off a pretty impressive streak: from that moment on, there has been at least one former Baylor Bear in the NBA every single NBA season for the last 40 years. Former Baylor stars like Terry Teagle, ’78, Micheal […]

Remembering a legend: Dr. Robert Packard

Beloved Baylor physics professor Robert Packard passed away Saturday in Waco at the age of 94. By some estimates, Dr. Packard had taught nearly a quarter of Baylor alumni during his six decades at Baylor, during which time he became renowned for his “Packard Physics” class. But Dr. Packard was so much more than just a […]

Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies Receives $1.2 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment

WACO, Texas (Jan. 17, 2019) – Baylor University’s Center for Christian Music Studies in the Baylor School of Music has been awarded a four-year $1.2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its Strengthening Congregational Ministries with Youth Initiative.

This Week at Baylor: Jan. 20-26, 2019

WACO, Texas (Jan. 17, 2019) – This week, Baylor University will host lectures in a wide variety of academic disciplines, from physics and chemistry to film and digital media, as well as an opera theater performance and the debut of an art exhibit. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, classes will not be held on Monday, Jan. 21., and the Baylor and Waco communities will hold various celebrations to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Civil Rights leader.

University response to recent video posting

Statement from Kevin P. Jackson, Ph.D., vice president for student life:

Mosquito Known to Transmit Malaria Has Been Detected in Ethiopia for the First Time

WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2019) — A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.