Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Aug
24
2016

Dr. Garland’s Commencement advice exemplifies the need for Christian universities

Baylor posted President Garland’s Summer 2016 Commencement address online earlier this week, and if you haven’t heard it yet, I encourage you to check it out. (Watch the video or read the complete transcript here.) In his speech, Dr. Garland gives an excellent explanation of what excellence looks like in a Christian context, and particularly at a Christian university. […]

Aug
24
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “Get involved right away.”

[What advice would you give to new students?] “Just get involved right away. Find something that you think might be interesting and give it a shot… I’m part of the Swing Dance Society. It’s really great. I came in as a freshman, second semester, never had danced at all. I came in, just started showing […]

Aug
23
2016

Missions Line Camp student: ‘It’s not about whether they know who to thank’

While most Baylor Line Camp participants took part in a camp on the Baylor campus, two special Line Camps took place far from Waco. One of those took incoming freshmen to Guatemala, where they not only got to know Baylor and one another, but served local children through an organization known as Orphan’s Heart. Garrett Burton, a freshman biology […]

Aug
23
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “There are a lot of hidden treasures around here.”

“I’ve lived in Waco my whole life, and [coming to Baylor] has been something I’ve been looking forward to… Waco is a great town. It’s easy to get involved, and it’s a great community. Explore as much as you can. It’s really easy to get rides, everyone is really friendly, so if someone has a […]

Aug
22
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “I’m excited to meet everybody.”

“The summer really helped with the transition from high school friends to meeting new college friends. I was here for Line Camp. … It was great. I don’t even know how to describe it — you just have to be there.” “I guess I’m just more nervous about classes, how it differs from high school. […]

Aug
19
2016

Move2BU crew welcomes Baylor’s Class of 2020

The smartest (and second-largest) class in Baylor history has moved into its new home — but the Class of 2020 (and their families) didn’t have to do it alone. Almost 3,400 Baylor students, professors and staff members — the most ever — were out in the rain Wednesday and Thursday, swarming upon car after car as […]

Aug
18
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “Put yourself in the position of your child…”

[What advice would you have for other parents?] Dad: “Put yourself in the position of your child: the excitement, the fun, the thrill. We love our kids, obviously, so put your kid above you, above your feelings. That’s the hardest part, because my selfishness really wants him at home. But the thrill of all this, […]

Aug
17
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “I’m sure I’ll have my moments, driving back…”

[How do you feel about dropping her off today?] Mom: “It’s okay… I’m sure I’ll have my moments, driving back to Indiana thinking about it. … The most important thing to us is that she keeps the Lord number one and just has fun and enjoys the process. College is a lot of fun, and […]

Aug
17
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “We’re excited about starting a [Baylor] legacy in our family.”

Mom: “We’re super excited! We love it. This is our first Baylor experience — we’re not alumni or anything. So we’re excited about starting a legacy in our family.” Dad: “I’m just looking forward to him having a great time. I’m excited for him, and maybe a little envious.” Mom: “[Move-In] was so easy. It […]

Aug
17
2016

Who was Martin Hall named for?

Since it opened in 1954, thousands of Bears have called Baylor’s venerable Martin Hall home for some part of their student experience, and every one of them daily passed by a painting of the building’s namesake, D.K. “Dock” Martin. While they may have known his name, few knew his impact — but unknowingly, they very likely […]

Aug
17
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “Now, I’m a staff member, instead of a student…”

“I graduated undergrad in 2012 and stayed for a master’s until 2014. My graduate apprenticeship, the office I worked in started hiring for a full-time position, so I applied for that and stuck around. “I walk around the same places. I still work from the Moody Starbucks, I still eat in Penland. But, now, I’m […]

Aug
16
2016

60 years after WWII intervened, Weldon Bigony returned to finish his Baylor degree

In 1938, a young man named Weldon Bigony came to Baylor on a football scholarship. But when America entered World War II three years later, Bigony left school to join the Naval Air Corps. After the war, he became a commercial pilot, got married, had children (and eventually grandchildren), and successfully beat a cancer scare […]

Aug
16
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “It’s combining all those interests into one.”

“I did my undergrad here at Baylor — anthropology and journalism news-ed — and then I started working for the Texas Hunger Initiative. It kind of put me in a whole different direction. For so long, I thought I wanted to go into a magazine and do reporting, and now, working for a non-profit, I […]

Aug
15
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “I’m going to Madrid, Spain, to teach English…”

“I graduated in May… [This fall,] I’m going to Madrid, Spain, to teach English for a couple of years. So that’s kind of my ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life, so I’m going to go leave the country and hopefully know what I want to do when I get back’ […]

Aug
12
2016

A short tale of the Baylor Bookstore’s surprisingly long history

If you’ve ever attended Baylor, you know the Baylor Bookstore. For everything from Baylor gear to textbooks, this is the place you start — and it’s been that way for more than 130 years. The original Baylor book store was called the “Baylor Book Concern” and was located inside Old Main — then just called “Main Building.” […]

Aug
12
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “We were CLs together for two years.”

Him: “We’re engaged.” Her: “We [met as] community leaders on campus in North Village, and we were CLs together for two years. Now we’re about to start a long-distance relationship. He’ll be moving to Dallas. I think it’s probably something hard to wrap our heads around, because we met and lived in the same building […]

Aug
11
2016

“Train up a child in the way he [or she] should go…”

When my son was born, my wife and I decorated his room in a “bears” theme, and of course he left the hospital in a Baylor outfit. Today, he’s as big a Baylor fan as they come, and we’re hopeful that he’ll be earning his Baylor degree sometime around May 2031. But I have to […]

Aug
11
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “Ask the right questions that allow someone to explore for themselves.”

“My second year as a CL I had a resident who really stood out. … He really wanted to figure things out and follow through on his faith and what it meant to be a Christian and what it meant to live in a community. That was a really good thing to see as a […]

Aug
10
2016

Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized mosquito expert

When confronted with mosquitos while playing outside as a child, did you: A) swat at them, B) put on more mosquito repellant, or C) become fascinated by them and write a 7th-grade research paper on the buzzing, biting creatures? You can probably guess which of those Baylor’s resident mosquito expert chose. Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, associate professor […]

Aug
10
2016

#BearsOfBaylor — “We were playing ukulele at like 4 a.m. last night…”

“I was a Line Camper at Honors Line Camp, but this is my first year to be a leader. I applied the first year — I don’t think I had enough leadership experience under my belt — but then I ended up doing Welcome Week and Freshman Retreat, and this time around they accepted me, […]