Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

Apr
18
2014

Happy Easter, Baylor family!

Today and Monday are holidays for the entire Baylor campus, allowing students, faculty and staff some time off to spend with family around what is arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar: Easter. As we enjoy the time off, let’s also keep an attitude of thankfulness for what this weekend means. First and foremost, of course, […]

Apr
17
2014

Alum’s book captures first responders’ stories from West

A year ago today, the Baylor community sprang into action following the tragic explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, just 20 miles up I-35 from Waco. Students organized a midnight prayer rally on campus just a few hours after the blast. The next day was scheduled to be Diadeloso, but was quickly turned […]

Apr
16
2014

McLane Stadium groom’s cake highlights this Baylor Proud wedding

You may have seen the photo above of the McLane Stadium grooms cake that was making the rounds online last week; even Yahoo! Sports picked up the story. But as magnificent as the cake was, that was only the beginning of the Baylor connections on display at this wedding reception. First off, as you might have […]

Apr
15
2014

Baylor alum stars as ‘Fargo’ TV series debuts

A Baylor alum starring in the TV adaptation of Fargo? You betcha. Allison Tolman, BFA ’04, plays the female lead in the televised version of “Fargo,” a 10-episode series premiering tonight at 9 p.m. CT on FX. Tolman plays a rookie deputy in the program, which is based on the 1996 movie that AFI named one […]

Apr
14
2014

Baylor students study business of sports in unique S3 program

Big brands doled out $4 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot this year. AT&T is reportedly paying $19 million a year to have their name on the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. The New York Yankees are worth $2.5 billion, according to Forbes. Clearly, professional sports have become big business. Yet, only one university in the […]

Apr
11
2014

Diadeloso 2014: Greetings from Dia

In 1932, Baylor students celebrated the first “All University Day” — a break from classes late in the spring. The tradition changed names several times over the years, eventually settling on Diadeloso – ”the Day of the Bear”  – in 1966, creating a truly unique Baylor holiday. [SEE PHOTOS from Diadeloso 2014.] From a massive Zumba workout […]

Apr
9
2014

Thousands of Bears serve Waco through spring ‘Steppin’ Out’

Despite unseasonably chilly weather, thousands of Baylor students spent their Saturday “Steppin’ Out” — volunteering across Waco as a way to say “thanks” to our university’s hometown. Approximately 3,000 Baylor students — about a quarter of the university’s undergraduates — were sent out all over the city to paint houses, clean up yards, and perform […]

Apr
8
2014

Odyssey Sims wins ‘Heisman of women’s hoops’

For the third straight season, a Baylor Lady Bear is the national player of the year. Outgoing senior Odyssey Sims was named the winner of the 2014 Wade Trophy on Monday night by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The Wade Trophy is the oldest women’s basketball national player of the year honor, dating back to […]

Apr
7
2014

Baylor junior takes 1st place at state’s oldest speech contest

In 1891, the women of San Antonio began a parade to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Over time, other activities joined the lineup: additional parades, kings and queens being crowned, and a variety of competitions, all part of the Battle of Flowers and Fiesta San Antonio. (Think Mardi […]

Apr
4
2014

Baylor, McLane Children’s partner for new Center for Developmental Disabilities

A new federal study released last week found that one in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder — up 30% from just two years ago. To serve the Central Texas community, the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic (BARC) opened in 2008. Thanks to a partnership with McLane Children’s Scott & White, the BARC and […]

Apr
3
2014

Baylor alum named ‘Kapellmeister’ of famous Vienna Boys Choir

Hong Kong native Jimmy Chiang, BM ’00, came to Baylor in 1995 to further his musical talents; since then, his skill as a conductor has taken him all over the world. Now, he’s traveling the globe with some of the world’s best young singers after reaching a new height in his career — leading the […]

Apr
2
2014

Local public school partnership led by Baylor receives statewide honor

When the city of West was rocked by an explosion last spring, one of the issues that residents faced was how to get kids back in class after their schools had been badly damaged. Less than 12 hours after the blast, a group of Central Texas superintendents were on the case, and by the next […]

Apr
1
2014

Lady Bears fall in Elite Eight; Bears cut down in Sweet 16

So, Baylor’s basketball season has come to an end. As we noted on Twitter, I guess we’ll have to be content with a Sweet 16, an Elite Eight, and two Big 12 titles. The Lady Bears ran into the buzzsaw that is an undefeated Notre Dame team — in South Bend — on Monday night, […]

Mar
31
2014

Hearing voices: Baylor’s Institute for Oral History audio files going online

Since 1970, Baylor’s Institute for Oral History has been collecting and transcribing interviews to preserve historical memories for posterity; since 2008, many of those interview transcripts have been made available online for researchers and lovers of history. Now, the Institute is taking things a step further by making the original audio files available online. Most […]

Mar
28
2014

Trio of Bears appear on ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ in a month’s time

If you’re an avid wheel watcher, you may have noticed that Wheel Of Fortune has taken on a distinct green and gold hue lately, a trend that will continue in April. Two Baylor alums competed earlier this month, and a current student will be a contestant in April. While there, they won some extra spending […]

Mar
27
2014

Baylor Nation unites for most successful fundraising year ever

You didn’t just break the record, Baylor Nation. You shattered it. Over the last two years, Baylor alumni, friends and family have given back to the university at a rate that far outpaces any other two-year period in our history. The amount — 345.3 million — is mind boggling, but so is the depth to […]

Mar
26
2014

Judge Starr, Dershowitz discuss implications of Hobby Lobby case in D.C.

The so-called “Hobby Lobby case” and its implications for religious freedom have been in the news for some time, and Tuesday, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the case that has stoked passions on both sides of the ledger and spurred discussions of the nature of religious freedom, corporations and the scope of government […]

Mar
24
2014

Lady Bears advance to Sweet 16 for 6th straight season

Six straight Sweet 16 seasons. It’s a tongue twister — and a reality for Baylor women’s basketball. In front of a raucous Monday night crowd that included Baylor football head coach Art Briles and men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew, the Lady Bears pulled away from Cal late to win 75-56 and join the Baylor men […]

Mar
24
2014

Men’s hoops heads to Sweet 16 for 3rd time in 5 years

For the third time in five years, Baylor men’s basketball is headed to the Sweet 16. Just let that sink in for a minute. Winners of 12 of their last 14 games, head coach Scott Drew’s Bears are once again peaking at the right time. After wins over No. 11 seed Nebraska (74-60) and No. […]

Mar
20
2014

Baylor prof/alum training female leaders around the world

Many women around the world are only just beginning to have their voices heard. As women ascend to leadership in nations where they were previously relegated to other roles, many of them have found a mentor in one Baylor professor. Rachel Woods, BA ’98, an adjunct professor in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business recently returned […]