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October 4, 2013

Engineering students create devices for veterans, disabled

Over the past year, 19 Baylor engineering students worked with nursing and engineering students at the University of Detroit-Mercy to design, build and deliver devices that met specific needs of three disabled veterans; a fourth team worked to develop a car seat that would be easier for disabled mothers. The yearlong projects were sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation to promote teamwork between universities and to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset among engineering students.

In May, some of the Baylor students traveled to Detroit and delivered their products to the veterans in person. Those projects included a pressure-sensing cushion that alerts a paraplegic person to change positions to prevent ulcers, a bed mattress with an automatic bedpan, and a specialized walker.

The Baylor engineering students contributing to the projects include May 2013 graduates Cason Cole, Tara Davis, Ray Dudgeon, Christopher Duncan, Trevor Hogoboom, Lauren Hurley, Gabrielle Lalou, Miles Landry, Jared Milhoan, Blake Niccum, Katie Pyron, Adam Rogg, Paige Slavik, Stephen Warner and Kelby Villarreal, and seniors Rob Jochetz, Kyle Martin, Arryss Mills and Rebekah Pflieger.

Ansel Adams exhibit at Baylor

An exhibition of work by American photographer Ansel Adams, best known for his black-and-white images of nature, is on display at Baylor's Martin Museum of Art through Nov. 14.

The exhibition, Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail, features 29 photographs, with images that include dunes, lakes, trees, surf crashing on rocks, storms, sunsets and sunrises. Related events include a reception and gallery talk, as well as a complimentary lunch and discussion by Baylor photography professors.

"Ansel Adams was integral in elevating photography from documentation to fine art," said Karin Gilliam, director of Martin Museum of Art. "We are very pleased to bring this extraordinary exhibition of some of Adams' most memorable images to Central Texas."

Adams (1902-1984) also was an environmentalist, writer and lecturer. He was known for his technical mastery of photography. He published eight portfolios from 1927 to 1976 of his original prints and 10 volumes of technical manuals. He also wrote more than 40 books.

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Center for Professional Selling named a top program

Baylor University's Center for Professional Selling has been named a 2013 top program for professional sales education by the Sales Education Foundation. The Center is recognized for preparing students for careers in professional selling and for placing top talent in national professional selling roles.

"We are honored to be recognized as a top sales program again in 2013," said Dr. Andrea Dixon, executive director of the Center for Professional Selling in the Hankamer School of Business. "This recognition affirms the work we are doing to prepare our students for successful careers and helps to raise awareness for sales education."

The Center for Professional Selling, established in 1985 as the first sales center in the country, has gained prominence among national sales programs through its contributions as a full member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA), participation in more than six annual sales competitions and its preparation of some of the finest sales professionals in the country.

"Baylor ProSales students are excellent additions to our sales team," said Rob Broomham, vice president of sales at Occidential Chemical Corp. (#125, Fortune 500). "Their transition into professional selling roles have been ahead of schedule, and their selling skills preparation and training exceeds our expectations."

Students in Baylor's Professional Selling program have averaged 3.2 job offers each, earn an average GPA of 3.3, and achieve 100 percent placement upon graduation.

The Sales Education Foundation is a non-profit organization founded to promote university-level sales education programs. Since its inception in 2007, Baylor's Professional Selling program has been named a top program each year.

Baylor named to top 25 in fashion design

When fashion website recently put together its list of the top 75 fashion design schools in the U.S., Baylor was ranked No. 24 in the nation.

The writers at noted that "The Apparel Design program at Baylor offers summer study tours and field experience in places like the Dallas Market and many design firms, [and] the Parker Design and Technology Center offers hands-on high-tech experience to aid in design study."

Beyond apparel design, the site also named Baylor the No. 2 fashion school overall in the Southwest, pointing out that BU students have interned for designers such as Anna Sui, MTC, Betsey Johnson, and XOXO and Rampage, and internationally for Ann-Louise Roswald (London), Christopher & La Lou (Paris), Amanda Wakely (London) and Matthew Williamson (London).

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