Alumni, Parents & Friends News

Jun
24
2016

General News. BU Leads Conference in Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Baylor had a school-record and league-high 56 student-athletes named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday.

Jun
24
2016

Baylor’s Prince the No. 12 overall pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Taurean Prince, BSED ’16, came to Baylor four years ago with little acclaim or notice. He leaves with his degree in hand as one of the highest draft picks in program history. Thursday night, the Utah Jazz selected Prince with the the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft; once paperwork is complete, he will reportedly […]

Jun
24
2016

Barry Hopper

Sympathies to the family, friends, and students of retired School of Music faculty member Barry R. Hopper on his death June 15, 2016.

Jun
24
2016

Baylor University and Art Briles Issue Joint Statement Regarding Their Employment Relationship

WACO, Texas (June 24, 2016) – Baylor University and Art Briles have mutually agreed to terminate their employment relationship, effective immediately. Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program. Baylor is addressing these shortcomings and making ongoing improvements.

Jun
24
2016

Focus Daily News (Dallas, Texas): Experts examine West Nile vs Zika Virus carriers

June 24, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story about mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Zika viruses. Of Zika mosquitoes, he said: “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites as do long pants." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert.)

Jun
24
2016

Haley Alloway

Sympathies to student Haley Alloway, Truett Seminary and resident chaplain, on the death of her father, Mr. John Loffer on June 21, 2016.

Jun
24
2016

HealthZette: Snubbed by a Smartphone

June 23, 2016
Article cites a 2015 study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that cellphones and smartphones are actually damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. The study was conducted by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing. Researchers surveyed 453 adults, and they confirmed that when someone even perceived that their partner phubbed – “phone snubbed” – them, it created conflict and led to lower levels of satisfaction with the relationship. Poor relationship satisfaction led to lower levels of satisfaction in life — and higher levels of depression. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this research nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
24
2016

Science Codex: New Baylor research identifies keys to managing innovators

June 21, 2016
This story highlights a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
24
2016

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City): American parents have biggest happiness gap of 22 countries, but employers could change that

June 23, 2016
American parents are less happy than their childless counterparts. And the parenthood "happiness gap" is greater in the United States than in 21 other countries studied, according to a briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families. Researchers wrote they were astonished to discover "the negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations." One of the researchers is Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
24
2016

Upworthy: How your phone's camera could help detect a rare cancer in kids

June 24, 2016
Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was featured on Upworthy.com for helping to develop CRADLE, a smartphone app that detects “white eye,” a sign of certain eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, a pediatric eye cancer. "Multiple families have used it to catch cancer in their children at such early stages — way before doctors — that the children received only laser treatment, no chemo, no radiation, no eye removal," Shaw said. With assistance from a faculty colleague, Shaw created the app after his son’s battle with retinoblastoma. Shaw’s story is “part of a special Upworthy series about giving people the power to share and create an open and connected world, made possible by Facebook,” noted Upworthy staff. (Tonya B. Lewis, director of Baylor Media Communications, has pitched Dr. Shaw’s research nationally since 2013. She covers chemistry and biochemistry faculty and research.)

Jun
24
2016

USA TODAY: 3 Social Security scenarios show vastly different results

June 18, 2016
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and holder of The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is cited as an expert source in this Q&A about retirement and Social Security strategies. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers business research and faculty.)

Jun
24
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s Prince drafted by NBA’s Atlanta Hawks

June 24, 2016
Taurean Prince, B.S.Ed. (Health/Kinesiology/Leisure Studies) ’16, a two-time all-Big 12 forward for the Baylor men’s basketball team, was drafted No. 12 by the Utah Jazz in Thursday night’s NBA draft then traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Prince was the third highest Baylor selection in NBA draft history following Ekpe Udoh and Vinnie Johnson.

Jun
24
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s Wil London to run in Olympic Trials

June 24, 2016
Baylor track student-athlete Wil London will join freshman teammates Taylor Bennett, Kiana Horton and Blaine Listach at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships this weekend in Clovis, California. London will compete in the 400 meters before heading to an even bigger stage at the U.S. Olympic Trials beginning July 1 in Eugene, Oregon. “Making the Olympic team is one of the biggest things I want to do,” London said. “It’s a dream and a goal to make it at a young age. I just want to do what I’m capable of doing.”

Jun
23
2016

M. Basketball. Taurean Prince Drafted 12th By Utah, Traded to Atlanta

Taurean Prince was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

Jun
23
2016

General News. Baylor University Grants Releases To Five Football Signees

Baylor University has granted a release from the National Letter of Intent to the five members of the Bears’ 2016 football recruiting class who formally requested such release prior to May 31.

Jun
23
2016

Dr Pepper’s history preserved by a long line of Baylor grads

You know how much Baylor Bears love Dr Pepper. For years, we’ve served it all over campus, mixed it with ice cream every Tuesday, and even popped them open at weddings. Some even joke that the real reason Baylor moved to Waco was because administrators had heard about the drink’s invention the year before! But what […]

Jun
23
2016

Track. Four Athletes Competing At USATF Junior Championships

The Baylor track and field team is slated to have four athletes in action at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, which start Friday and continue through Sunday, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

Jun
23
2016

Infection Control Today: Baylor Biologist Shares Update on Zika Tracking Efforts, Prevention Tips

June 23, 2016
Zika virus Q&A with Richard Duhrkopf, PhD, associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that carry Zika are different from others, Duhrkopf explained. “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites, as do long pants,” he said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story.)

Jun
23
2016

KNVN-TV (Chico, CA/NBC): Study shows amount of time on cell phone affects behavior

June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Roberts’ research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Jun
23
2016

Palestine Herald-Press: Palestine High School Graduate Wins Big

June 21, 2016
Incoming Baylor University freshman Briana Minter was awarded the gold medal for her service with the Sea Scouts. She spent three years amassing 400 service hours and 200 physical fitness and personal development hours in order to win the award. Minter will attend Baylor in the fall and plans to major in pre-business with the intent to move into accounting.