Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Mar
31
2015

KWTX-TV (Central Texas): Former Baylor WR Reaches Out To Child Battling Life-threatening Illness

March 29, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrance Williams, B.S.E. ‘12, a former student-athlete at Baylor, sent a personal video message last week to a young fan in Indiana battling a life-threatening illness.

Mar
31
2015

KXXV-TV (Central Texas): Record-breaking Crowd Attends ‘The Gathering’

March 30, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: “The Gathering,” a Palm Sunday worship event at Baylor's McLane Stadium, attracted more than 30,000 people, with more than 1,200 people making decisions about their faith and more than 12 tons of food donated for local pantries. Pastor Ramiro Pena, the event’s executive director, said the service is believed to be the largest worship gathering in Waco’s history. Pastor Kevin Harrison, lead administrator of the planning team, said some 40,000 Instagram pictures were put online during “The Gathering,” and it was the No. 4 trending topic on Twitter on Sunday. Both men believe the event will serve as a blueprint for mass worship services in other cities.

Mar
31
2015

The Lariat: New School of Music dean to pursue excellence

March 30, 2015
Baylor has appointed Gary Mortenson, D.M.A., as dean of the School of Music after a months-long search. As dean, “the No. 1 thing I want to see as a leader is for everyone to grow and prosper,” Mortenson said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers the School of Music.)

Mar
31
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: City Seeks Descendants of Those Unearthed from First Street Cemetery

March 27, 2015
The city of Waco is seeking descendants of early Waco residents whose remains were unearthed in 2007 during a construction project behind the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. John Wilson, director of Baylor University’s Texas Collection and chairman of the First Street Cemetery Memorial Advisory Committee, is quoted. He says it is unclear how many individuals were disinterred from the historic First Street Cemetery, with a recent estimate of about 75.

Mar
31
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Study Seeks Fix for Scenic but Dangerous Section of Lake Shore Drive

March 29, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: A “dream team,” which includes Baylor’s Peter Allen, Ph.D., professor of urban environmental geology, engineering geology and hydrology, has been put together by Waco city officials to study the dangerous-but-scenic Lake Shore Drive’s traffic and geology problems, which appear to be related. According to Allen, the road rests on an unstable geological formation that runs from Sherman in North Texas to south of Waco, creating a dangerous environment for a road.

Mar
31
2015

Yahoo! Finance: 10 Common Investing Rules That Don’t Apply Anymore

March 26, 2015
When does traditional wisdom crumble into irrelevance? Financial advisors – including Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business – say that moment comes when clichés become counterproductive. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Mar
30
2015

KCEN-TV: ‘The Gathering’ at Baylor’s McLane Stadium

March 29, 2015
VIDEO: More than 30,000 people joined together to worship in Baylor University’s McLane Stadium on Palm Sunday. "The Gathering" brought together believers from all denominations and people from across the United States. More than 100 Central Texas pastors worked together for months to spread the word.

Mar
30
2015

KWBU-FM: On Topic: Frank Wolf

March 27, 2015
AUDIO: Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr hosted an On Topic Q&A discussion with former Congressman Frank Wolf, during which the two men addressed the issue of religious freedom. Starr and Wolf, holder of the new Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor and author of the International Religious Freedom Act that infused religious freedom into U.S. foreign policy, discussed the state of religious freedom in the United States and abroad.

Mar
30
2015

KWTX-TV: "The Gathering Waco" Draws In More Than 30,000 People

March 29, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: More than 30,000 people joined together to worship in Baylor University’s McLane Stadium on Palm Sunday. "The Gathering" brought together believers from all denominations and people from across the United States.

Mar
30
2015

KXXV-TV (Central Texas): Preview of ‘The Gathering’ at Baylor’s McLane Stadium

Mar. 29, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is interviewed in this story previewing “The Gathering” at Baylor’s McLane Stadium and discussing the purpose and mission of the event. “We need to stand and say, ‘We stand for the values and the beauty of the words of Jesus our Lord, who came to bring peace to the world,” Starr said.

Mar
30
2015

KXXV-TV (Central Texas): Worshippers call The Gathering Waco a success

March 29, 2015
Thousands of people turned out for Palm Sunday’s “The Gathering,” a worship and prayer service at Baylor's McLane Stadium. The grass-roots effort begun by local pastors and volunteers attracted people from across the country as part of a movement for racial, socioeconomic and cross-denominational unity.

Mar
30
2015

MSN: Money Alone Can't Buy Us Happiness, But Gratitude Might Help

March 26, 2015
This story, originally published by The Huffington Post, features a Baylor University study showing the inverse relationship between materialism and happiness. The study was based on a questionnaire sent to 249 university students. Results revealed that individuals of high materialism showed lower levels of general satisfaction. Results also demonstrated that gratitude has the ability to “buffer” the negative effects of materialism. Authors of the study include James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, and Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Mar
30
2015

The Baptist Standard: God wants Christians for ‘officiating crew,’ Evans tells The Gathering

March 30, 2015
Standing near the end zone of Baylor University’s McLane Stadium and comparing life to a football game, Dallas pastor Tony Evans insisted Christians must act as a divine “officiating crew” to interpret God’s rules in a chaotic world. Evans preached the keynote sermon at “The Gathering” on Sunday, March 29. About 35,000 people assembled to sing, pray and worship.

Mar
30
2015

The Boston Globe: A PEN/Hemingway for Hemenway

March 28, 2015
Assistant Professor of English in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences Arna B. Hemenway, M.F.A., has received the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for his collection of short stories, “Elegy on Kinderklavier.” He will be honored at an award ceremony on Sunday, April 19, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, where novelist Ann Patchett will be the keynote speaker.

Mar
30
2015

The Wall Street Journal: What Is a Future Income Stream Really Worth?

March 23, 2015
Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this column about the pros and cons of taking a lump-sum check versus a stream of future payments. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Mar
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Professor Wins Hemingway Fiction Prize

March 29, 2015
Arna B. Hemenway, M.F.A., assistant professor of English in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has received the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for his collection of short stories, “Elegy on Kinderklavier.” He will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 19, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, where novelist Ann Patchett will be the keynote speaker.

Mar
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco sees 35,000 ‘gather’ to worship at McLane Stadium

March 29, 2015
Baylor University’s McLane Stadium hosted about 35,000 people who heeded the call of local pastors to attend “The Gathering,” a Palm Sunday worship and prayer event aimed at inspiring the Christian community to work for unity and national healing.