Faculty & Staff News: Baylor Proud

May
28
2016

What it means to be BaylorProud, even in disappointment

If this week’s Baylor news has left you shaken, you’re not alone. How, you may wonder, can we ever be proud of Baylor when the university has fallen so far short of the standards it sets for itself? A little history… Almost nine years ago, this blog was started to show the many reasons why […]

May
23
2016

For these father-daughter Baylor grads, protecting the environment is a family affair

Greer Tidwell, BSES ’85, and his daughter Brittainy, BSME ’15, have a lot in common. For starters, they’re both Baylor engineering graduates; they also both love the outdoors. It’s a love that came naturally. Greer grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, where his father, Greer Tidwell Sr., was an early environmental engineer. He passed on […]

May
20
2016

Baylor School of Social Work names new dean

It’s official: Dr. Jon Singletary, BA ’93, is the new dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. And it won’t take Singletary long to get up to speed; neither the position nor the school is entirely new to Singletary. He’s been interim dean since June 2015, when he succeeded the late Dr. Diana Garland. […]

May
19
2016

New Disney castle in Shanghai designed by a Baylor grad

There’s a new kingdom coming to China: Disneyland Shanghai. Opening in June, the park features six different lands, including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland. But the crown jewel of the park? The Enchanted Storybook Castle (pictured above) — which, as it so happens, was designed by a Baylor Bear. That […]

May
18
2016

Baylor marina update one of many campus projects underway this summer

It’s amazing to think that it’s only been in the last 20 years or so that Baylor has begun to really utilize the campus’ unique riverfront setting. The push that began with Baylor Ballpark and the rest of the Turner Riverfront Athletic Complex in 1999 has been followed by the Umphrey Law Center in 2001, Mayborn Museum Complex in 2004, […]

May
17
2016

Baylor lab studies the value of a good night’s sleep

How does sleep impact your memory, creativity or ability to function at work or in class? Baylor researchers are studying these very questions at the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. There, you’ll often find student research subjects settling into one of the lab’s private bedrooms for the night, while electrodes attached around the dome of […]

May
16
2016

Congratulations, Baylor Class of 2016!

More than 2,500 Bears — the largest graduating class in Baylor history — joined the Baylor alumni family this weekend following the Spring 2016 Commencement ceremonies. Before they head out into the “real world,” get to know 10 of Baylor’s newest alumni — and the journeys that led them to become the men and women they are today: • For much of […]

May
13
2016

Samuel Palmer Brooks and a Baylor Commencement for the ages

In the long history of Baylor Commencement celebrations, one stands above the rest. It’s been 85 years since Baylor graduates first heard the now-legendary “Immortal Message,” the posthumous charge from President Samuel Palmer Brooks, BA 1893, to the Class of 1931. Brooks’ words and deeds — both the message, and his actions in the weeks […]

May
11
2016

Baylor study on prayer and healing finds it more common than you might think

Chances are that, somewhere along the line, you have prayed for healing. I say that not just because, as a reader of this blog, you’re likely to be a Baylor Bear, or a Baptist, or even a Christian. Rather, we know that most readers of this blog live in the U.S. — and a new Baylor study reports that almost 90% of […]

May
10
2016

Baylor club baseball a step away from NCBA World Series

Across the nation this weekend, a team of Baylor students will be among the many college teams putting it all on the line for the chance to advance to the World Series. But this isn’t a group of varsity student-athletes on the Road to Omaha; these club baseball players dream of getting to Paducah, Ky., and the Bears […]

May
9
2016

Groundbreaking Bear was Houston paper’s first female reporter

The year 1915 was a time of great change all across the globe. World War I had broken out in Europe a year earlier, and while the United States had not yet officially entered the conflict, the move began to seem inevitable that summer when the Germans began attacking American and British civilian ships. At the time, […]

May
6
2016

Baylor professor uncovers wildebeest-like species with unique adaptation

For the last 50,000 years, ancient creatures with a unique nose have been buried in the soil of Kenya’s Rusinga Island. These wildebeest-like animals provide insight into how different species can adapt and evolve in similar ways — but their secrets were kept hidden until they were recently uncovered by a Baylor professor and his research […]

May
5
2016

Another Baylor alum’s short film earns Cannes screening

Cannes. For filmmakers, there’s an aura in its very name. Earning a spot on a Cannes Film Festival screen is an incredible honor that only a select few achieve — which makes it all the more incredible that, for a second consecutive year, a Baylor filmmaker will see his work screened there. “Stray,” a short film […]

May
4
2016

ExxonMobil celebrates ‘Baylor Day’ — will your company help BU, too?

For years, ExxonMobil has supported Baylor — not only by hiring Baylor graduates, but by matching their donations back to the university. Last week, the ExxonMobil Foundation presented Baylor with a check for $340,575, bringing the company’s cumulative donations to more than $8.4 million — all the result of matching their employees’ already generous gifts. To […]

May
3
2016

Carroll Science: At the heart of the Baylor campus for more than a century

Today, we think about Burleson Quadrangle as a complete set; it’s hard to imagine Old Main and Burleson Hall without Carroll Science Hall and Carroll Library defining the quad on either side. But at the turn of the 20th century, that was exactly how things stood for Baylor students. Outside of some flanking buildings that housed students and a […]

May
2
2016

First-rounder Coleman among six Bears selected in 2016 NFL draft

Six Bears were selected in last week’s NFL draft — the school’s highest total in a single draft since 1987 — though only five of them played football at Baylor. Confused? Read on. Corey Coleman got things started, going in the first round (15th overall) to the Cleveland Browns as the first wide receiver selected in this year’s […]

Apr
29
2016

Baylor AFROTC student earns prestigious Pentagon internship

What’s life like inside the Pentagon? One Baylor student is about to find out. Joseph Mabbitt, a senior Russian major and Baylor Air Force ROTC student, earned a highly-coveted internship at the Pentagon for this coming summer. He’ll be working in the Secretary of the Air Force/International Affairs office, which exists to “strengthen US and […]

Apr
27
2016

Baylor MBA students’ plan offers hope to a city 1,700 miles from Waco

The city of North Bay, Ontario, was founded in 1891 because of its location along a main canoe route vital to the fur trade. Today, North Bay is a typical Canadian mid-sized city, with a strong sense of community, low cost of living, and home to two local colleges. But in recent years, the city’s population has dipped […]

Apr
26
2016

Retiring as Publix CEO, Baylor alum leaves legacy of service

After more than four decades with the company, Baylor alumnus Ed Crenshaw, BBA '73, is retiring as CEO of Publix, one of the nation's five largest grocery retailers. Crenshaw joined the Florida-based supermarket chain shortly after graduating from Baylor and was named CEO in 2008.

Apr
22
2016

Baylor named nation’s No. 1 university on Facebook, No. 3 on Twitter

When it comes to social media, Baylor brought home top honors — thanks in large part to you, Baylor family. Baylor is the nation’s top performing university on Facebook, according to the folks at Engagement Labs, whose research also ranked Baylor No. 3 in the country on Twitter. Only three other schools finished in the top 10 in both platforms, […]