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Beloved Baylor history professor Robert Reid passes at 88

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Academics, Alumni

Robert Reid and Ann Miller, Baylor's first Master TeachersBaylor University lost one of its great ambassadors last week when longtime professor Robert Reid passed away a week after his 88th birthday.

Reid first came to Baylor in 1946, earning his master's degree in history a year later. He then headed to Brown University for his doctoral work, but before he could complete it, he answered the call to return to Baylor as a history professor. He would remain in that role from 1948 until his retirement in 1992, including 25 years as chair of the history department. He also served as adviser to the Baylor Chamber of Commerce for many years and as an unofficial University historian, from time to time meeting with students to share stories of Baylor's early years.

A fourth-generation Bear, Reid in 1982 was honored as one of Baylor's first two Master Teachers (along with Ann Miller; the two are pictured at right); he also received an honorary doctorate from Baylor in 1997. A trust fund in Reid's honor was created for Chamber in 1983; eight years later, one of his former students (now a professor at Purdue) established the Robert L. Reid Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities, given each year to a Baylor professor for his or her teaching excellence. The Robert L. Reid Distinguished Lecture Series, also created in 1991, has brought such luminaries as former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell to campus.

Many of Reid's former students rushed to share their memories; we've collected some of those here. (Do you have a favorite story about or memory of Professor Reid? Submit your story here, and Baylor Magazine will include a sampling in its next issue.) News of Reid's passing very quickly led to the creation of a Facebook page in his honor. One of his pupils, Todd Ferguson (BA '04), shared his memories a few years ago in this Baylor Magazine story, and others talked to the Lariat for this story.

Sic 'em, Professor Reid, for your lifetime of service to Baylor and her students!

In Texas Stadium demolition, Bears find opportunities for unique studies

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Academics, Athletics, Research

Whereas Dallas Cowboys fans saw the end of an era Sunday when Texas Stadium, the team's home for 38 seasons, was demolished, a team of seismologists led by Baylor professor Dr. Jay Pulliam instead saw an opportunity.

Pulliam and others, including Baylor graduate and undergraduate students, used seismometers around the stadium to study the seismic waves created by the stadium's implosion, hoping to get a better image of the Earth's crust in North Texas. Such information could help identify whether natural gas drilling in the area is to blame for a series of small earthquakes the region suffered in 2008-09. (See video of the demolition below.)

Texas Stadium

That's not the only Baylor connection to the weekend's events, either. A plan developed by a team of MBA students from the Hankamer School of Business for redeveloping the land Texas Stadium has sat on for four decades placed second in the fifth annual Texas Shoot-Out Real Estate Challenge, earning a prize of $7,500 from the North Texas Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Sic 'em, Bears!

Law grad turned 'Day Tripper' leads Texans around the state on PBS

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Alumni, Just for Fun

As a child, Chet Garner, JD '06, toured Texas in his family's Suburban, stopping at most every small town museum and barbecue joint along the way. After graduating at the top of his class from Baylor Law School in 2006, Garner has returned to his first love as host and producer of "The Daytripper," airing this spring on PBS stations across Texas.

The show debuted last year as "The Austin Daytripper" on Austin PBS affiliate KLRU, covering attractions in and around the state's capital. Garner quickly realized that others would enjoy the format if it expanded to cover the entire state, and the show morphed into "The Daytripper," where it is currently airing on PBS stations in not just Austin but College Station (KAMU) andĘ Killeen (KNCT), with premieres slated for Waco (KWBU, April 18), Houston (Houston PBS, May 1) and Dallas (KERA, May 1) in the next few weeks. Dates and times are pending for additional stations in San Antonio (KLRN), Corpus Christi (KEDT), Lubbock (KTXT), Amarillo (KACV) and Midland (Basin PBS).

"The Daytripper" examines the many great things anyone living in Texas can do in a day, from state parks to museums to local eateries and attractions. Each episode covers a specific destination; early episodes featured towns from Waco to Bastrop to Fredericksburg. The Waco show highlighted city landmarks such as the Dr Pepper Museum, Cameron Park biking trails, Health Camp, and of course Garner's alma mater, Baylor. (See below for a video sample of the show; full episodes are viewable at klru.tv.)

The Daytripper video

Sic 'em, Chet and Texas Daytrippers!

Senior claims second at state Japanese speech contest

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

Rachel McCutchen and Yuko Prefume"In the end, culture cannot be defined by one word. It is not skin color or nationality, but something you have to discover for yourself." Such words are powerful -- but even more so when delivered in a language that is not one's native tongue.

Those two sentences sum up Baylor senior Rachel McCutchen's speech on cultural identity and its meaning, delivered not in English but in Japanese. Based on the content, delivery and pronunciation of the speech, McCutchen become the first Baylor student ever to win the Dallas Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest, then a month later claimed second place at the Texas State Japanese Speech Contest.

The honor is all the more impressive considering McCutchen -- a professional writing major and Asian studies minor from Houston -- is in just her third year of studying Japanese. She spent three weeks preparing and practicing her speech with the help of Baylor professor (and Tokyo native) Yuko Prefume, BA '04, MSED '06 (pictured with McCutchen at right). After the state competition, the Baylor contingency was invited to the Japanese Consul General's reception, where McCutchen had the opportunity to meet with the Consul General and his wife.

Sic 'em, Rachel!

Connect to Baylor and your fellow students and alumni online

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Alumni, Just for Fun, Student life

Whether you live in Waco or Warsaw, Texas or Timbuktu, there are plenty of ways to stay connected to Baylor. Over 25,000 Bears have already become fans of Baylor on the University's official Facebook page, where you'll find news, videos, photo albums and more.

Still want more? There's also:

Sic 'em, connected Baylor family!

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