Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

May
25
2015

Since 1946, Baylor’s memorial lampposts have honored those who served our country

As simple tributes to those who have gone before us, they are easy to miss or take for granted. But the 140-plus red granite lampposts scattered across Baylor’s campus are more than just utilitarian lighting — they are memorials to those who have served our country, including many who gave their lives in action. The […]

May
22
2015

7 books that should be on every Baylor Bear’s shelf

The selection of books that line a person’s shelves can tell you a lot about the person. So what’s a Baylor home without a selection of Baylor books? Below are 7 books that should be on every Bear’s shelf, followed by a host of “honorable mentions” for those who really want to dig deep. * To […]

May
21
2015

Baylor senior finds her true family inside the Baylor family

[We sometimes talk about the “Baylor family,” because that’s how Baylor people act — as a family. But three of the key players in this story — a Baylor student, an alum and a professor — have taken that term to a whole new level.] Born in Kentucky to a mother who may have suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, […]

May
20
2015

Baylor grads honored among the best in Texas public education

What kind of educators does Baylor’s School of Education produce? Why, the best in Texas, that’s all. In 2015 alone, Baylor graduates have been named: * Texas’ Superintendent of the Year — Dr. Michael McFarland, BBA ’93, EDD ’05, became the second Baylor grad in four years to win this honor. McFarland has led Lancaster ISD in south Dallas since […]

May
19
2015

Even cancer diagnosis couldn’t keep Baylor senior from graduating

For many members of the Class of 2015 who received their Baylor diplomas this past weekend, Commencement was simply the next step in their lives — perhaps one even taken for granted as they plotted out their next moves, whether entering careers or graduate school. Joy Ramey fit into that group — until she was diagnosed […]

May
18
2015

Men’s tennis into Final Four for 5th time in 12 years

The Baylor tennis dynasty just keeps rolling. For the fifth time in 12 years, head coach Matt Knoll’s men’s tennis squad is into the NCAA semifinals. After sweeping through the first two rounds in Waco earlier this month, the No. 2-ranked Baylor men defeated No. 18 South Florida in the Round of 16 on Thursday, […]

May
14
2015

6 things you should know about Baylor’s Ferrell Center

While the golden dome of Pat Neff Hall is the iconic image of Baylor University, there’s another golden dome that has housed a significant amount of Baylor history over the last quarter-century. Countless fans have filled the Ferrell Center to watch Baylor’s basketball, volleyball, and now acrobatics and tumbling teams, and thousands of graduates have walked across its stage […]

May
14
2015

Baylor makes history in hosting NCAA Tennis Championships

Baylor has hosted plenty of NCAA postseason play; women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and cross country have all been privileged to play postseason regionals in front of a home crowd here in Waco. But for the first time ever, Baylor is hosting the pinnacle of an NCAA sport. The Hurd Tennis Center is the site of the 2015 NCAA Tennis […]

May
13
2015

Faces of Baylor’s Class of 2015

This Saturday, Baylor’s graduating seniors will receive their diplomas during spring Commencement ceremonies. Each of the hundreds of graduates has his or her own story — some of which we have already told on this blog. Here are just a few of the faces of Baylor’s Class of 2015 who will walk the Ferrell Center stage this […]

May
12
2015

Three-peat: Baylor student again wins national honor for research

Not once, not twice, but three times has this Baylor Bear received a national award for her research. For the third time in six years, Baylor doctoral candidate Stephanie Wong, MS ’12, has won the Farvolden Award from the National Groundwater Association for her studies. In 2015, she claimed top honors for her research paper, “Insights in Karst Groundwater-Stream Interactions […]

May
11
2015

Pair of Bears make list of sports business’ rising stars

Every year, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal recognizes some of the industry’s rising stars with their “Forty Under 40″ list. Included among this year’s honorees were not one, but two Baylor Bears. Colin Faulkner, BBA ’98, is the Chicago Cubs’ vice president for sales and partnerships. Faulkner worked his way up from an internship with the Waco Wizards […]

May
8
2015

World-renowned philosopher joins Baylor faculty

We snagged a good one, Baylor Nation. Baylor has announced the appointment of world-famous philosopher John Haldane as a distinguished professor in philosophy beginning this fall. While Haldane may not be a household name to many Bears, it certainly is in the world of philosophy. He’ll be leaving his homeland of Scotland, where since 1983 he has taught at the […]

May
7
2015

Baylor golf teams roll into postseason among nation’s best

You know about the rise of Baylor football, and the extended success of Baylor basketball. You probably know about Baylor’s tennis dynasty, too. But do you realize just how good Baylor is at golf, too? Of course, it starts at the varsity level, where head coach Jay Goble’s women’s golf team won the Big 12 Championship […]

May
6
2015

10-year-old gets creative to help Baylor serve ‘the least of these’

If you’re ever unsure of the meaning of “servant’s heart,” just take a look at Miriam Hinojosa. Miriam is in the 5th grade. She likes making bracelets. She likes rooting for Baylor. And most importantly, she likes helping others. This spring, Miriam put her passions to work. After overhearing her dad talking with Texas Hunger Initiative […]

May
5
2015

Gospel Music Association to honor trio of Bears tonight

The Gospel Music Association hosts its second annual GMA Honors event tonight in Nashville — and three members of the Baylor family will be among the honorees. Roland Lundy, BBA ’72, longtime president and CEO of Christmas music giant Word Entertainment, is among the 2015 inductees into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, where he will join fellow […]

May
3
2015

Baylor leads state of Texas in NFL draft picks since 2011

The back-to-back Big 12 football defending champs will return 18 of last season’s 24 starters this fall. Five of the six who have moved on are headed to the NFL this fall. Two-time All-American Bryce Petty was the first Bear to be selected in the 2015 NFL draft, going early in the fourth round to the New York Jets […]

May
1
2015

Baylor grad’s play nominated for 5 Tony Awards

Just a few years ago, Robert Askins was a theatre major at Baylor writing plays in his spare time. As of this week, he is Tony Award-nominated writer Robert Askins; his brainchild, Hand to God, is up for five Tonys this summer, including “Best Play.” Hand to God is not for the faint of heart. […]

Apr
30
2015

Joe Lieberman joins President Starr on campus for ‘On Topic’ conversation

Joe Lieberman has been a lot of things: a state attorney general, a U.S. Senator, even the Democratic candidate for vice president. Tuesday night, he was President Ken Starr’s latest guest in Baylor’s “On Topic” series, meeting with Judge Starr for a public conversation in Waco Hall. (See photos from the event here.) “I’ve never been to […]

Apr
29
2015

Construction begins on Fifth Street renovation — including new fountain on Fountain Mall

Students finishing up their last few days of class this spring have encountered a temporary obstacle in the heart of campus — green construction fencing running along much of Fifth Street that some students have dubbed the “Bearlin Wall.” Inside the fence, work has begun on a long-awaited project: A complete remodel of Fifth Street, […]

Apr
28
2015

School of Social Work renamed for outgoing dean Diana Garland

The names “Baylor social work” and “Diana Garland” have been virtually intertwined since Garland took leadership of the program in 2001. From now on, the names will be officially connected. Baylor’s School of Social Work is now the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the university announced Friday night to a group of students, faculty/staff, alumni […]