Campus News & Notes
This fall, those Baylor University freshmen and incoming transfer students seeking the BA, BS, BFA or BSAS degrees offered by the College of Arts & Sciences are following a new unified core curriculum. The new unified core provides students with much more flexibility in course selection and degree plans, with 16 to 30 more hours available to take additional electives, or to successfully complete more second majors, minors and certificates. The new core also has more common courses than the previous core and calls for multidisciplinary and upper-level courses.
The new Office of Engaged Learning in the College of Arts & Sciences opened on June 1, directed by Dr. Andy Hogue, associate dean of engaged learning. The Office of Engaged Learning continues and expands on previous efforts by the College to provide students with superior learning opportunities outside the classroom. These include undergraduate research opportunities, professional internships, civic engagement opportunities and assistance in competing for prestigious national and international scholarships.
One of the highest priority capital improvement projects in Baylor’s $1.1 billion Give Light philanthropic campaign is the renovation and restoration of the 65-year-old Tidwell Bible Building. On April 25, Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, PhD, announced that The Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, has given a lead gift of $15 million that will provide significant support for the project. “We are deeply grateful for The Sunderland Foundation’s transformational gift that will restore a truly historic and important building on our campus for future generations,” Livingstone said.
Opening Oct. 5 after a $1.2 million renovation, the new Backyard Ecology Hall long-term exhibit area in Baylor’s Mayborn Museum Complex offers visitors an introduction to local ecosystems. It’s designed to provide hands-on learning experiences through exhibits that have interactive walls, climbable honeycomb and microscopes, while also making solid connections to current research being done at Baylor.
If you assumed that Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is only concerned with preserving great music, you’d be wrong. Now, project founder Robert Darden, a professor of journalism, public relations and new media and former Billboard gospel music editor, is working with his team to restore and preserve recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to gospel music.