Regents appoint Turner new chair
In its winter meeting on Feb. 3, the Board of Regents ratified the appointment of Dallas regent Jim Turner to the office of chair of the board. For the past year, Turner has served as chair-elect and vice chair. He will assume his new duties on June 1.
In other action, the board unanimously affirmed and presented a framed resolution of appreciation to William D. Underwood, who served as Baylor's interim president from June 1 to Dec. 31, 2005. On Dec. 2, Underwood was unanimously elected president of sister Baptist institution Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
Equestrian center receives lead gift
The 18th varsity sport added at Baylor recently jumped a major hurdle. Richard, BBA '81, MBA '82, and Karen (Young), BBA '85, Willis of Colleyville have provided the lead gift for the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The Baylor equestrian team, the University's newest varsity sport, began its first season of competition last November at a meet hosted by Texas A&M.
Naming opportunities within the center are available. For more information, contact Baylor University Development, (254) 710-2561 or 1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 4.
Bellinger named religion chair
William H. Bellinger, professor and director of graduate studies in the religion department, has been named chair of the religion department, effective June 1. An alumnus of Furman University, Bellinger specializes in the Old Testament with a focus on the Psalms.
Seniors raise funds for class project
Students in Baylor's class of 2006 have raised nearly two-thirds of a $25,000 fundraising goal for their senior class gift -- an outdoor meeting and social area at South Russell Field.
The vision for the project includes a well-lit concrete patio surface with picnic tables and barbecue pits, as well as a sand volleyball court and attractive landscaping.
For more information about the outdoor meeting and social area or to make a gift, visit www.baylor.edu/seniorclassgift.
New Master Teachers designated
In December, D. Thomas Hanks Jr. and Gerald R. Powell were named Master Teachers, the University's highest honor granted to faculty members.
Hanks, an English professor and noted expert in medieval English literature, earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
Powell, the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence at Baylor Law School, earned his bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1974 and his law degree with honors from Baylor Law School in 1977. He serves on the Administration of Rules and Evidence Committee for the State Bar of Texas and is on the Association of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
The University has named 21 Master Teachers since the designation's inception in 1982.
Telecom professors named 'pioneers'
Corey Carbonara and Michael Korpi, both professors of communication studies, have been named members of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.
The DTP Academy is a select group of more than 200 individuals who have played a significant role in the decade-long effort to make digital television a reality for consumers.
Korpi and Carbonara join 1994 Baylor graduate Kristen Cox, president and CEO of Los Angeles-based 16x9 Productions, who was inducted in 2003.
School of Social Work receives grants
Diana Garland, dean of the School of Social Work, and Jon Singletary, director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries, have received two grants totaling almost $80,000 to conduct the first major national study in 20 years of congregation-based early childhood education and family support.
The Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment program for the study of American religion based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, has committed $40,896. The A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, which funds projects to improve early childhood education and the overall well-being of young children and their families, has committed an additional $35,000 to conduct this yearlong research project.
The study will include developing a national survey instrument to be used in 10 states, in-depth interviews with congregation and childcare staff members in four sites and a second-level of study with six to eight additional congregation-based childcare agencies. The final report, expected in June 2007, will be available on the School's Center for Family and Community Ministries Web site at www.family-ministry.org, and will be followed by publications and workshops for early childhood educators in congregations.
In separate news, the Center for Family and Community Ministries in the School of Social Work launched its new Family Ministry Academy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Road.
The academy offers a series of three one-day workshops that focus on helping congregational and lay leaders strengthen family and community ministries. At the completion of the three workshops, participants will receive a certificate. For more information, visit www.family-ministry.org.
Bice named Baylor lawyer of the year
Steve Harrison, president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association, has named Noley Bice, Waco attorney and former Baylor general counsel, the 2006 Baylor Lawyer of the Year.
Bice was formally recognized at the Baylor Law School's annual Law Day banquet at the Ferrell Center in early April. He is the 44th attorney to receive the honor, which was first bestowed in 1963. The award recognizes achievements as an attorney and contributions to the legal profession and to Baylor Law School.
Bice, JD '61, served as general counsel at Baylor University from 1998 until his retirement last September. Following his retirement, Bice continues to serve in the position "of counsel" to Baylor and is assisting with the trial advocacy program and other curriculum at Baylor Law School.