Baylor Alumni & Friends News

Jul
31
2015

#FiveStarr: Celebrating fundraising highlights of President Starr’s 5 years at Baylor

Five years ago this summer, Ken Starr took office as Baylor’s 14th president. Since those early days, when he challenged Baylor Nation to join together to support student scholarships, Baylor has responded in record-setting numbers, providing for increased scholarships, game-changing facilities and more. “The momentous outpouring of generosity that, remarkably, continues unabated is really a story […]

Jul
31
2015

Kiplinger’s Retirement Report: Retirees, Consider This Valuable New Strategy for Passing IRAs to Your Heirs

July 31, 2015
Article on what kind of IRA account is best for parents to leave their children is based on a recent study in the Journal of Personal Finance by William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management, and Tom Potts, Ph.D., professor of finance, both at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers business research and faculty.)

Jul
31
2015

KPCC-FM (Los Angeles/NPR): The Great Shrine Concert: A landmark gospel concert, 60 years later

July 30, 2015
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: In an unusual concert July 22, 1955, several “all-star” gospel musicians were recorded at a time when very few live recordings were made. Interviewed about the “Great Shrine Concert” is Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden is an expert on what some scholars call the golden age of gospel. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in JPRNM.)

Jul
31
2015

LegalNews.com (Detroit): ABA honors contributions to volunteer legal services with 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards

July 29, 2015
Baylor Law School will be honored at the 33rd annual Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon for its
“exceptional commitment to volunteer legal services for our most vulnerable citizens.” Baylor Law School has developed several pro bono clinic opportunities for law students and recently established Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic to assist undocumented young people with deportation relief. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Baylor School of Law.)

Jul
31
2015

NewYork.com: 8 of Broadway’s Most Unlikely Success Stories

July 29, 2015
Christopher J. Hanke, B.A. Political Science ’98, is among a list of eight Broadway stars who took unconventional paths to the big stage. After graduating from Baylor, Hanke successfully applied for medical school but turned down admission in order to pursue a career in theater instead. He has performed in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including “Cry-Baby,” “Rent” and “In My Life.” He was most recently on the Great White Way in the 2011 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Jul
31
2015

Portsmouth (NH) Herald: Boy Scouts program develops ‘socially good citizens,’ morally strong leaders’

July 28, 2015
A nationwide study in 2012 by Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Program on Prosocial Behavior found that compared to non-scouts, Eagle Scouts “were significantly more likely to indicate they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance and respect for diversity.” These studies demonstrate Scouting’s success in contributing positively to society. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the initial research nationally in April 2012)

Jul
31
2015

Tampa Bay Times: Ex-Gibbs star Trayvon Bromell chases Olympic dream

July 31, 2015
Baylor track student-athlete Trayvon Bromell, a sophomore health/kinesiology/leisure studies major from St. Petersburg, FL, has solidified himself as the premier up-and-coming 100-meter runner in the nation, if not the world. In three weeks, he will become the first teenager to run the 100 for the U.S. men's team at the World Championships in Beijing. "The obstacles I've had and the ability to get through them let me know that God is real," Bromell said. "My belief grew stronger, knowing that He was right there and had a plan for me."

Jul
31
2015

The Baptist Standard: Summer feeding programs provide children meals and discipleship

July 31, 2015
Article about Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative and its Summer Meals partnership with Waco ISD that helps address food insecurity among children during the summer. Six of the Waco sites are Baptist churches that provide volunteers to help distribute the food. “We’re really happy to be a partner of Texas Hunger Initiative,” said Toph Whisnant, the community pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco. “If the kids are undernourished during the summer, it affects the next year, and we want to help out in any way we can.”

Jul
31
2015

Truett Seminary Professor Urges Christians to “Walk through the Door” of Spiritual Opportunity

WACO, Texas (July 31, 2015) — God is leading each person through a goal of opportunity for service, said Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, in a keynote address July 26 to conclude the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa.

Jul
30
2015

Another sneak peek at Baylor’s Class of 2019

Last month, we shared a first look at at some of the freshmen who will be joining the Baylor family this fall. Judging from comments and shares on social media, it proved popular, so here we go with a few more fresh faces you might see more of over the next four years: * Best friends since […]

Jul
30
2015

Advance Healthcare Network: MedRisk Names ISAB Panel Member

July 23, 2015
Matthew Walsworth, M.P.T Physical Therapy ’97, has joined MedRisk International Scientific Advisory Board, an elite panel of specialists in physical medicine, diagnostic imaging and electrodiagnostics. Walsworth is an interventional and diagnostic radiologist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor in Health Sciences at UCLA

Jul
30
2015

American Bar Association: ABA honors contributions to volunteer legal services with 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards

July 28, 2015
Baylor Law School will be honored at the 33rd annual Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon for its
“exceptional commitment to volunteer legal services for our most vulnerable citizens.” Baylor Law School has developed several pro bono clinic opportunities for law students and recently established Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic to assist undocumented young people with deportation relief. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Baylor School of Law.)

Jul
30
2015

Myinforms.com: Improved Mental Health is Found Through Greater Spiritual Awareness

July 27, 2015
Article about celebrities who have experienced depression cites Wave III of the Baylor Religion Survey and quotes Paul Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Froese, part of the research team that studied the connection between mental health and spirituality, said that respondents who have strong beliefs about their relationship with God have significantly better mental health, and that those who attend religious services regularly have the lowest reported number of mental health issues. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
30
2015

Point of View: Point of View for July 28, 2015: Thomas S. Kidd, Dr. Albert Reyes

July 28, 2015
AUDIO LINK INLCUDED: Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses his book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father,” which explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity. Kidd’s interview begins at the 3:15 mark.

Jul
30
2015

San Angelo Live!: Congressman Mike Conaway Visits San Angelo Aug. 4

July 24, 2015
Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative will host Congressman Mike Conway, who will visit one of San Angelo’s Kids Eat Free sites on Aug. 4. Conway chairs the House of Agriculture Committee, where one of his top priorities is to ensure implementation of the new farm bill, which includes nutrition assistance programs. Kids Eat Free offers free lunch at 10 sites, sponsored by churches in Tom Green County. The Texas Hunger Initiative is headquartered at Baylor and has 12 regional offices across Texas.

Jul
30
2015

The Washington Post: Why Mike Huckabee probably won’t be the evangelical darling this time around

July 29, 2015
In this opinion piece, Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses why former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not an evangelical favorite as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in ISR and history.)

Jul
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Whitaker: Duncans’ faith in local youths’ potential, dreams has proven wildly contagious with neighbors, friends

July 26, 2015
Opinion piece about the 20th anniversary of the Waco Foundation’s MAC College Money Program, which was established by a Waco couple to ensure that every student in McLennan County with the grades, yet of limited means, is able to receive two years at McLennan Community College or Texas State Technical College. It has expanded to help students with their third and fourth years of college as well, assuming they have at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their first years of college. Baylor University has contributed greatly to this phase, annually offering full tuition to three such students.

Jul
29
2015

W. Tennis. Women's Tennis Adds Three For 2015-16 Campaign

Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the addition of three student-athletes, Gabriela Ferreira, Rhiann Newborn and Elizabeth Profit to his 2015-16 roster Wednesday.

Jul
29
2015

Recent grads give their Baylor experience high marks

We brag a lot about Baylor on this blog; after all, our name is “BaylorProud.” We believe that Baylor is a truly special place, where excellent teaching and advanced research takes place within a caring, Christ-focused community. Of course, we also believe you should be able to back up your bragging points. That’s one reason why Baylor […]

Jul
29
2015

Baptist World Alliance: Going through the door of opportunity

July 27, 2015
Each person has a unique door through which God is leading him or her, said Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching and The George W. Truett Chair of Preaching and Evangelism at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, as he delivered the keynote address at the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Gregory called on the gathering of more than 2,500 Baptist Christians from more than 80 countries to make a commitment to discover the door of opportunity that God has opened for them.