Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

May
1
2015

Austin American-Statesman: Patterson: You too can celebrate Law Day

April 30, 2015
Column by Justice Jan P. Patterson, J.D., a senior justice on the Texas Court of Appeals and justice-in-residence at Baylor Law School, about the importance of Law Day on May 1. According to Patterson, Law Day is to be a special day of celebration by the people of the United States in appreciation of their liberties. “It is a time for all Americans to reflect on their legacy: that in America the rule of law is the link between the individual and freedom,” Patterson wrote.

May
1
2015

Cosmetics Design: Analyzing the motivations behind sun tanning and UV exposure

April 30, 2015
In Europe and America, tanned skin can be seen as desirable and a sign of good health and beauty. Jay Yoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and consumer sciences in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, carried out a study of 333 college students who were surveyed about their body-tanning attitudes and behaviors and presented the findings at the annual Family and Consumer Sciences Conference of Texas. According to Yoo, “a significant motivation can be that tanning is a pleasurable and social activity.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers research in the department of family and consumer sciences.)

May
1
2015

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System: Soldiers lead Baylor football players through Army training

April 29, 2015
Thirty Baylor University football players trained with soldiers from the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion “Saber,” First Armored Brigade Combat Team, First Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas, as part of the battalion’s community outreach program. Players were lead through physical readiness training, the Leadership Reaction Course and received hands-on training with a variety of small arms weapons. Quoted in the article is Baylor student-athlete Seth Russell, the team’s quarterback.

May
1
2015

The Baptist Standard: Baptist women paved way in improving race relations, historians say

April 30, 2015
Quoted in an article about how Southern Baptist women were decades ahead of the denomination’s male leaders in improving race relations among Baptists are Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education and associate dean for graduate and professional studies in the Graduate School, and Nicholas Pruitt, a doctoral student in history at Baylor. Dr. Scales said that personal friendships between black and white Baptist women date back to 1901, when the Women’s Convention, the women’s auxiliary connected to the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., invited Woman’s Missionary Union Corresponding Secretary Annie Armstrong to address the convention in Cincinnati.

May
1
2015

The Baptist Standard: Wayland president Armes to retire next year

April 28, 2015
Paul Armes, B.A. (religion) ’71, president of Wayland Baptist University, will retire effective June 30, 2016. Armes became Wayland’s 12th president in February 2001 and held the position for 15 years. Under Armes’ leadership, the university’s budget grew exponentially and enrollment reached an all-time record.

May
1
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s real “Pitch Perfect” group sings Saturday

April 30, 2015
Baylor University’s a cappella group VirtuOSO will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Baylor’s Jones Concert Hall. The singing group returned recently from a performance at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella where the ensemble finished in fourth place.

May
1
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor, A&M get $4.9 million USDA grant to address border families’ wellness

April 30, 2015
Researchers at Baylor and Texas A&M have been awarded a $4.9 million grant for a multi-year project focused on improving health and wellness among families living along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project, a five-year effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to reduce childhood obesity and increase physical activity of border residents in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Renee Umstattd Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, is quoted. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers HHPR research and faculty.)

May
1
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Brazos River needs trash cleanup following spring storms

April 30, 2015
After recent storms pushed debris and city trash into the Brazos River, Keep Waco Beautiful is seeking volunteers for a planned emergency cleanup. The last cleanup was held on April 11 to align with Baylor University’s Steppin’ Out, a day when Baylor students participate in volunteer projects throughout the city. Quoted in the article is Baylor Law School student Tyler Bryan, who has been encouraging Waco residents to properly dispose of their trash.

Apr
30
2015

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen, CBS): Vigil Held to Honor Nepal Victims

April 29, 2015
VIDEO LINK: The crisis in Nepal is causing those here at home to think about the best way to send help. At Baylor, students, faculty and staff gathered last night for a candlelight vigil during which they heard directly from international students whose families and friends have been directly affected by the devastating earthquake. Interviewed is Vivit Chetry, a freshman pre-business major who has family in Nepal.

Apr
30
2015

MSN: Robert Griffin III, comfortable in his own skin, is eager to ‘talk small and play big’

April 27, 2015
Feature on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, B.A. ’10, as he prepares for a pivotal season with his NFL team. The story focuses on his rise from decorated high school athlete to a Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor to his early success and subsequent injuries and challenges as a premier NFL quarterback.

Apr
30
2015

The Baptist Standard: Truett student to study ethical issues at Auschwitz

April 30, 2015
Elizabeth Andrasi, a third-year Master of Divinity student at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, has been selected by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program for future clergy. The program takes place this summer in New York, Germany and Poland. FASPE allows graduate students to explore relationships between the history of the Holocaust and contemporary ethics in their own discipline. “I hope I can allow myself to be present to the reality of evil in the world as we talk about the ethical issues that face us today,” Andrasi said.

Apr
30
2015

The Baylor Lariat: Baylor student pulls back curtain on filmmaking

April 28, 2015
Interview with Baylor film graduate student Michael McHugh whose film was selected to be featured in the department of film & digital media’s 16th annual Black Glasses Film Festival hosted at the Waco Hippodrome. His film, “The Artist’s Way,” is about the self-critical nature of artists.

Apr
30
2015

The Huffington Post Canada: These Couples Prove No One Remembers Phone Numbers Anymore

April 29, 2015
VIDEO LINK: Research by Baylor University found that cell phone addiction is rampant amongst female college students, with many reportedly spending an average of 10 hours per day on their phones. Illustrating these findings is a video by Elite Daily in which couples try and fail to remember their significant other’s phone number, proving the strength of people’s reliance on cell phones.

Apr
30
2015

Under the sea at the Mayborn: Touring exhibit brings shipwreck exploration, pirate info

April 30, 2015
Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex will welcome its latest touring exhibition, SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, from May 2 to Sept. 16. The exhibit, created by deep-ocean exploration and recovery firm Odyssey Marine Exploration, will take visitors on a voyage through 2,000 years of nautical history with more than 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts and interactive displays.

Apr
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Arts: Conservatives should value education that includes arts

April 30, 2015
Column on the importance of arts education by David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. According to Smith, “the materialistic viewpoint that insists a university degree be little more than practical training to get a high-paying job goes hand in hand with a society that likewise reduces the arts to a frill.”

Apr
30
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor QB Petty primed for NFL future as draft begins

April 30, 2015
Former Baylor Quarterback Bryce Petty, M.S. (health/human performance and recreation) ’14, is projected to be selected in the second or third round of the NFL draft, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Petty could be the third quarterback selected in the draft behind Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. “It’s come to the point now where all the hard work and dedication are coming to fruition,” said Petty, who will watch the draft from his home in Midlothian, Texas.

Apr
29
2015

Environment Guru: OSRC’S Fite says people still care about the Illinois River

April 27, 2015
Ryan S. King, Ph.D., professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and his research team are conducting a study on the Illinois River, its tributaries or other scenic rivers to measure phosphorous levels and determine at what quantity they encourage the growth of nuisance algae species. The Arkansas-Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Joint Study Committee awarded King a $600,000 grant to conduct the study.

Apr
29
2015

KXXV-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen, ABC): Baylor Students Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal

April 28, 2015
VIDEO LINK: Baylor students from Nepal are raising funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake in their homeland. Interviewed for the story are students Meera Gurung, Shiva Acharya and Aminah Saifuddin, president of the Indian Subcontinent Student Association President. Since learning of the disaster, students have received support from Baylor’s Center for International Education. “As students at Baylor, we always say that we are so grateful to have a life like this at Baylor and in America. We always feel we need to do something to give back to those are from where we are,” Saifuddin said. Students will gather at 9 p.m. Wednesday for a prayer vigil at the SUB Bowl. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, facilitated this media request.)