Student Foundation work begins
Ground was broken April 29 for the Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center on Fifth Street between Speight and Bagby avenues. Construction on the two-story, 5,500-square-foot building began this summer and should be completed by early 2006. It is financed by an $850,000 donation from Ed and Denise Crenshaw. Ed Crenshaw, BBA '73, president of Publix Supermarkets Inc., was a steering committee member and president of Student Foundation during his senior year.
Parrish named Collins Professor
Maxey Parrish, journalism lecturer, received the Collins Outstanding Professor Award. The honor, created by the Carr P. Collins Foundation, recognizes exceptional university teaching and is bestowed by senior students. Parrish, who has been honored with teaching awards from Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Society, received $10,000 and presented a lecture in May.
Rust receives research award
Eric Rust, associate professor of history, received the 2005 Centennial Professor Award. The Class of 1945 established the annual award to fund the academic research projects of recipients, who must be tenured Baylor faculty members. Rust received $3,000 to pursue studies on Nazi authorities' attempts to reconfigure Christmas. He will do research in Germany next spring and during the Baylor in Maastricht program, which he will help lead this fall.
Baird named second Marschall Smith Professor
Robert Baird, professor and outgoing chair of the philosophy department, received the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award in April for his significant contribution to Baylor's learning environment. Candidates are evaluated on their teaching, research and service. The award is named for Smith, BS '18, a former professor and chair of the biology department.
Endowed chairs established
Two separate and anonymous donors established endowed chairs in honor of professors David and Diana Garland, who are husband and wife. The David E. Garland Chair in Preaching acknowledges the leadership, vision and devotion to ministry that characterizes his service in the pastorate and as a professor and associate dean of academic affairs at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
The Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair in Child and Family Services was established to recognize the School of Social Work's growth and excellence under her leadership as the School's first dean.
'Bruin' a new Bear
Say hello to the new Bears logo, the result of a 10-month project by Baylor Athletics. Input was sought from students, alumni, fans, staff and faculty. The new look debuted this spring.
Enrollment up, way up
Baylor is anticipating its largest freshman class ever this fall, said James Steen, assistant vice president of enrollment marketing. The University received a record 15,439 applications by April and stopped accepting applications from new freshmen. The number was 42 percent ahead of last year, which was 10,869 at the same point in time. Acceptances were 29.5 percent greater than the previous year.
Steen said that the number of net desposits, 3,466, exceeded Baylor's accommodation capacity, which is about 3,000 freshmen.
University administrators are working through the summer to adjust housing, academic advising and class sections for the fall to accommodate the enrollment.
At press time, the academic quality was on pace with last year's incoming class, which had the highest average SAT score -- 1190 -- in Baylor's history.