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Program connects alumni with student interns in nation's capital

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Academics, Student life

D.C. Baylor interns

When I was in college, I spent my summers working temp jobs doing data entry. Many of today’s Baylor students are getting much more exciting experience in summer internships across the country, such as Baylor’s Washington Internship Program.

A total of 26 Baylor students are interning in Washington, D.C., this summer. Many are working on Capitol Hill in the offices of senators and representatives; others are in government offices ranging from Homeland Security to the State Department.

Earlier this summer, these students and Baylor graduates in the area gathered for the annual Poage-Mayborn Washington Seminar, a two-day event supported by Baylor and Central Texas native Sue Mayborn. A variety of panels featured Baylor alumni who work in D.C. speaking on topics such as “Working on Capitol Hill” and “Bridging the Public and Private Sectors.” Former Baylor regent Charles Overby, the chairman and CEO of the Freedom Forum and CEO of the Newseum, also spoke to the group after a tour of the Newseum.

What an amazing opportunity for those students who hope to serve in the nation’s capital following graduation!

Sic 'em, Baylor students and alumni in D.C.!

Alum's fight against cancer carries on

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Alumni

universal symbol for colorectal cancerKelly Williams (class of 2002) didn’t just battle cancer for herself; she fought it for others, too.

Williams, an economics major at Baylor, was a teacher near Dallas when she was diagnosed three years ago with colon cancer at the age of 26. Even while undergoing chemotherapy, Williams worked to raise awareness of the colon cancer, which rarely occurs in young adults. She started a jewelry line (Lynn-Kelly Jewelry) featuring the star symbol that represents colon cancer (seen at right) and organized a 5K run last fall. Proceeds from her activities went to The Colon Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colon cancer in unusual ways.

Williams passed away last month, but the fight continues on. Members of the Baylor family who knew Williams during her time at Baylor (she was president of the Baylor Women’s League as a senior) or who simply want to honor a fellow Bear’s memory are encouraged to donate to The Colon Club.

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Sic 'em, cancer fighters!

Baylor student named top Emerging Texas Artist

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Academics, Honors, Student life

dobbins-art-july09More than 15,000 visitors attended the 38th Annual Texas Arts & Crafts Fair in Kerrville, Texas, over Memorial Day Weekend, but only one came away with the fair competition’s highest honor. That one, of course, was a Baylor Bear.

Erin Dobbins, who graduated in May with a bachelor of fine arts degree, won the fair’s top award of Emerging Texas Artist (that’s her work at right). And she wasn’t the only award winner from Baylor; four other Bears also brought home scholarship money. Camille Hawbaker was the runner-up for Emerging Texas Artist, while Hunter Chambers (mixed media), Jessica Hollis (photography) and Casey Wright (sculpture) each claimed top honors in their category. (Click here to see samples of each student’s work.)

Sic 'em, Baylor artists!

Recent signees up total to 20 Bears active in pro baseball

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Alumni, Athletics

Drew SuttonWith Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game this week signifying the mid-point of the 2009 season, now seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the 20 Baylor players active in professional baseball.

Those who follow Baylor Proud on Twitter read about Drew Sutton’s promotion to the big leagues earlier this month with the Cincinnati Reds; in his first big league at-bat, Sutton drove in the tying run in the 9th inning (video link) in a game the Reds would go on to win in 10 innings. Sutton has since been returned to Triple-A Louisville, where he is joined by fellow Bears Michael Griffin and Kip Wells.

Three other former Baylor players are also a step away from the big leagues: Kevin Russo (Yankees), Mark Saccomanno (Astros) and Abe Woody (Diamondbacks). Cory VanAllen is at Double-A for the Nationals, while 10 Bears are active at lower levels of the minors: Nick Cassavechia (Tigers), Dustin Dickerson (Marlins), Seth Fortenberry (Yankees), Shaver Hansen (Mariners), Randall Linebaugh (Reds), Jeff Mandel (Nationals), Aaron Miller (Dodgers), Mace Thurman (Reds), Trey Webb (Giants) and Beamer Weems (Padres).

And of course, Jason Jennings (Rangers), David Murphy (Rangers) and Kelly Shoppach (Indians) continue to carry the Baylor banner in the major leagues.

Sic 'em, Bears in the pros!

A 'Mad Dog' immortalized at Baylor Law School

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Academics, Honors, Photo Galleries

Professor "Mad Dog" DawsonEdd Hayes was a little worried when he was commissioned to create a statue of a lawyer nicknamed “Mad Dog.” Can you blame him?

But his rendering of R. Matt Dawson at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center certainly captures the “Mad Dog” spirit. As Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben said at the unveiling of the life-size statue on Tuesday, “if you faced Matt in Practice Court, you admire the sculpture … and are a little bit scared at the same time!”

After all, Dawson created the modern Practice Court program that now defines the Baylor Law experience. Former students joke that Mad Dog’s bark was bad, his bite was worse — and the training, priceless. This photo gallery full of smiling people at the statue unveiling shows that all is forgiven!

What’s more, a group of alums have stepped forward to begin the R. Matt Dawson Endowed Professorship in Trial Practice; they hope others will pitch in to honor this Baylor Law School legend.

Sic 'em, Mad Dog, and all the Baylor Law pups you molded into accomplished Baylor lawyers!

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