Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jul
26
2017

Fox 19 Now: OneBeacon Insurance Awards Sixteen College Scholarships

July 25, 2017
Garrett McCullum, an incoming Baylor freshman, was one of 16 students to receive a $2000 scholarship from OneBeacon Insurance Group this year. Since 2003, the company has awarded scholarships to children of their employees and children of the company’s distribution partners based on their academic performance and extracurricular activities.

Jul
26
2017

Globe Newswire: Nasdaq Elects New Board Member

July 26, 2017
John Rainey, B.B.A. (Management) ’93 and M.B.A. ’95, was elected to the Nasdaq Board of Directors this week. Rainey is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and previously held the same title at United Continental Holdings, Inc.’s United Airlines.

Jul
26
2017

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Hot Beds of Gospel Music

July 23, 2017
AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden features the Indiana Wonders, a gospel group that started creating great music in 1952, touring and recording into the 1990s. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.

Jul
26
2017

Newsdog: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Psych Central: Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

July 25, 2017
This article about the pursuit of happiness cites a 2014 Baylor study led by Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Quoted is Tsang, who said that “we’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” while materialism tends to be “me-centered,” with people focusing on what they don’t have and impairing the ability to be grateful.

Jul
26
2017

Times Telegram (Herkimer, NY): Local organist, 12, to play in NYC cathedral

July 12, 2017
Twelve-year-old Dominic Fiacco received a scholarship to attend Baylor’s Summer Organ Institute this year because of his remarkable musical talent. He regularly plays the organ at festivals in his hometown of Utica, New York, and will play next year at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest churches in the world.

Jul
26
2017

USA Radio Network: Older People Securely Attached to God Have Greater Sense of Well-being

June 28, 2017
AUDIO: As people grow older, those who have an attachment to God are more likely to have a better sense of well-being, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. Interviewed is researcher Blake Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology, who says that “the way you feel about God and the way that you think he feels about you is a pretty important factor to take into account when you’re looking at the effectiveness of prayer and these outcomes of psychological well-being.” The study’s lead author was Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
26
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco police hire crime analysts in proactive policing effort

July 23, 2017
Former Waco police crime scene technician Angie McCallister, B.S. (Forensic Science) ’03, is now one of two certified crime analysts, who will research and use historical and real-time crime data to identify trends and find “hot spots” of crime to inform proactive approaches to policing. “I wanted a new challenge, and this was a great opportunity to still help our community,” McCallister said. “This is just a different way to bring crime down in a new approach.”

Jul
25
2017

Baylor Arts and Sciences Magazine: On Any Given Day at Baylor

May 9, 2017
Elizabeth Vardaman, senior lecturer and associate dean for Engaged Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences, describes the little moments that remind her of Baylor's mission in this first-person essay. She said she feels that her calling as a Baylor faculty member is to help students find themselves by exploring their passions. “As a dean, I’ve had too many privileged moments to count with students. In fact, I imagine almost all of us here have had such interactions that adhere to our souls, too, as students think, pray, wrestle, meditate, contemplate, push again, deny failures, weep, startle to attention with epiphanies, embrace success and jump with joy,” Vardaman said.

Jul
25
2017

KTBS-TV (Shreveport, LA/ABC): Centenary signs partnership with Baylor University School of Nursing

July 21, 2017
Centenary College students interested in pursuing a nursing career will now be eligible to enter an accelerated post-baccalaureate program at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). Representatives from Centenary and Baylor signed an articulation agreement establishing the new partnership at a ceremony held at Centenary on July 20. Shelley Conroy, Ed.D., M.S. and R.N., dean and professor of nursing at Louise Herrington School of Nursing, said that Baylor and Centenary are a good match, since both are faith-based institutions.

Jul
25
2017

KTBS-TV (Shreveport, LA/ABC): Students get hands-on lessons from Hollywood actor

July 24, 2017
VIDEO: Nate Parker, known for his role as Henry Lowe in “The Great Debaters,” hosted a summer film institute in Marshall, Texas, to give students the experience of writing, directing and acting in their own films. Ashley Williams, a sophomore in Baylor’s film and digital media department, participated in the institute and is quoted.

Jul
25
2017

KWKT-TV Ch. 44: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 19, 2017
VIDEO: Ramona Curtis, director of community engagement and initiatives at Baylor University, was interviewed for this story on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and how local organizations are shedding light on the mental health issues affecting Waco's minority communities. "The need to use the traditional avenues that people of color would go through," Curtis said. "For instance, in the African-American family, if the church has been that main source, the need for churches to raise awareness for churches to say it's okay." Curtis also spoke about how students and staff at Baylor are getting involved this month to make mental health issues easier to confront amongst each other.

Jul
25
2017

KWTX-TV Ch. 10 (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Baylor Choir performs viral hit

July 25, 2017
VIDEO: The Baylor University Men’s Choir, whose viral video of “Da Coconut Nut” sung as a thank you to the crew of Emirates Airlines has been viewed more than 11 million times, stopped by the KWTX-TV studios on Tuesday to perform the catchy tune and share more information about their mission trip to Kenya. Interviewed are Reed Cooper, a choir officer and senior Baylor Business Fellow, and Randall Bradley, D.M.A., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Music and director of church music program in the School of Music.

Jul
25
2017

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Diocese of Lubbock names directors for new family office

July 21, 2017
Jenna Chang, B.A. (Psychology) ’09, will lead marriage and family life ministries as part of the newly created Family Office for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech. She has served as a youth minister from St. John Neumann Parish and is the founder of the Divine Mercy in Action Sunday.

Jul
25
2017

The Daily Mirror (UK): Winter is coming, and we can't wait for Game of Thrones zombie apocalypse - but why do we love it so much?

July 18, 2017
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and author of “Living with the Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalpyse,” is quoted about how stories from the Odyssey of Homer to the hit horror TV dramas and movies help humankind find meaning and purpose, in part because they represent dealing with global threats from terrorism to Ebola, economic uncertainty to mental illness.

Jul
25
2017

USA Radio Network: Older People Securely Attached to God Have Greater Sense of Well-being

June 28, 2017
AUDIO: As people grow older, those who have an attachment to God are more likely to have a better sense of well-being, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. those people who also pray have increased measures of well-being, optimism, self-esteem and a contentment with life. Interviewed is researcher Blake Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology, who says that “the way you feel about God and the way that you think he feels about you is a pretty important factor to take into account when you’re looking at the effectiveness of prayerness of prayer and these outcomes of psychological well-being.” The study’s lead author was Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
25
2017

Yahoo.com: 8 Things Happy Couples Do to Keep the Love Alive

July 24, 2017
Article about couples maintaining a satisfying relationship quotes a Baylor researcher who took part in a study which found that parents in the United States usually aren’t as happy as non-parents. Co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, and other sociologists found that the United States, without any standard paid leave for families with dependent children, lags behind the 21 other industrialized countries in the study. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)