Campus News & Notes
The Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences is 100 years old this spring. On March 21, 1919, the Baylor Board of Trustees decided to formalize a new, modern academic structure for the University, dividing it into six academic units that included the College of Arts & Sciences. As we celebrate our Centennial, we salute the many dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni and benefactors who have given us a heritage to be proud of.
The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Dr. Sara Schnitker, an associate professor of psychology in the Baylor College of Arts & Sciences, and co-principal investigator Dr. Benjamin Houltberg of the University of Southern California. The grant aims to support widespread, scientifically vetted interventions that build character strengths in adolescents across a diversity of contexts, such as athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers and online. “Not only does this generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation allow for excellent scientific research, but it also allows us to make a difference in the lives of real young people,” Schnitker said.
For the second year, Baylor University co-sponsored a special conference in Washington, D.C., during Black History Month that brought together educators, filmmakers, theologians and policymakers to explore ways that film and culture can spark important discussions about race and justice. The conference, “A Long Long Way: Film, Race and Policing,” was held Feb. 1-2 at the Washington National Cathedral. Through public screenings of two films by director Spike Lee, panel discussions and a workshop, the conference took a deeper look at race, prejudice and policing. “It is so meaningful for Baylor to sponsor this program on race and justice at America’s symbolic spiritual home, the site of inaugural prayer services, presidential funerals and important national days of prayer,” said Dr. Greg Garrett, professor of English and one of the conference organizers.