Interest groups are a vital part of Baylor Round Table. These groups provide opportunities for women across all parts of the Baylor family to meet based on a common interest. These gatherings allow you get to know each other in a more intimate setting. Some of these groups meet monthly, others meet occasionally during the year, and some host a one-time event. Below you can find a list of interest groups for the current year with a description of the group and the group leader’s contact information.
2015-2016 Interest Group Coordinator: Dawn Khoury Dawn_Khoury@baylor.edu
Baylor Theatre Group
This group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Hooper-Schaefer Faculty Lounge before attending the Friday evening performances of Baylor Theatre productions. The directors of the plays are invited to speak to the group informally about the productions, while everyone enjoys light refreshments provided by group members. Spouses and/or guests are welcome.
Connect with a good book! Join a group of women who love to read. Books are selected by the group. Meetings take place in club member’s homes on various nights of the week throughout the year.
Leader: Christine Wilkins
Bridge for Beginners and Refreshers
If you have already taken bridge lessons and are "not yet ready for prime time" bridge or maybe you have been out of the game for a while, then this is the group for you! The first meeting is not yet scheduled, but sign up today!
Leader: Shelley Brooks
A great way to get involved with local non-profits in the Waco area, from a food pantry to helping out at an animal shelter, there will be something for everyone. We will meet once a month to work on small service projects and also have one large service project each year.
Leader: Sally Hofmeister
Leader: Shanna Singletary
Join this group on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:30am at the McMullen Faculty Center for lunch and bridge.
Leader: Suzanne Alcorn
A group that meets to attend the Baylor Equestrian team events.
Leader: Sunny O’Neal
Girls' Night Out Dinner Group
Come join friends for dinner at a different restaurant each month. We meet for dinner around 5:30 p.m. and have a great time of fellowship and getting to know each other.
Leader: Julie Covington
Mentoring Waco Students
The LEAD program is a business and education partnership sponsored by the Greater Waco Chamber. The program pairs Waco Independent School District, LaVega ISD, Midway ISD, Harmony Science Academy and Rapoport Academy high school students with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields. By improving the students’ knowledge of higher education and potential career paths they expand their goals for their future. We hope to motivate them to graduate high school and pursue higher education, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life.
Leader: Berkley Knas
Leader: Amber George
Leader: Rachel Martinez
On-Campus Lunch Group
Food, friends and fellowship! Gather at the McMullen faculty Center for lunch and conversation during the fall and spring semesters.
Off-Campus Lunch Group
This group meets monthly for lunch throughout the year at various Waco restaurants. The purpose of the group is to enjoy good food and fellowship.
The Supper Club Interest Group generally meets the 3rd Monday of even numbered months at the home of one of the members. We usually have a themed potluck but on occasion cook together instead.
Leader: Christina Chan-Park
Leader: Andrea Dixon
Welcome Families/People Around the World Sharing (PAWS)
The People Around the World Sharing (PAWS) program through the Center for International Education offers friendship to international students who are a long way from home, family and familiar culture. The program strives to build bridges of understanding among people of different nations by connecting international students with U.S. families. If you are interested in being a Welcome Family and extending a hand of friendship and hospitality to an international student, please visit the website for further information. Once you fill out and submit the application available on the Center for International Education's website, they will partner you with a student within a few days.
Leader: Melanie Smith
Proposed New Interest Groups:
The Interest Group Coordinators proposed establishing the following groups this year. The group descriptions listed below are rather broad, as we would like the new group leaders and members to have freedom in determining the groups’ structure and activities.
We are seeking group leaders or co-leaders for these groups. Please contact Dawn Khoury (Dawn_Khoury@baylor.edu) if you are interested in serving as a leader. Leading an interest group is a great way to get more involved in Baylor Round Table without a large time commitment.
Mama Bears with Cubs Group
Are you looking for something to do with your Round Table friends with little ones? This group will focus on kid-friendly activities and outing, such as visits to the park, Mayborn Museum, and other kid and budget-friendly eating establishments. Our goal is to have an activity at least once a month. Come as often as your schedule allows.
Movie Night Interest Group
A group that meets to watch a movie together. After the movie members could discuss the movie while enjoying dinner or dessert. Spouses and/or guests are welcome.
Music Appreciation Interest Group
The Baylor campus and Waco community offer many amazing music performances. This group could decide on 1-2 local performances to attend together each month, as well as attend music related lectures and other activities. If desired, the group could travel to Dallas or Austin for a special performance. Spouses and/or guests are welcome.
Depending on the interests of its members, this group could take part in a number of sports or fitness related activities, such as: attend yoga classes together, walk the Bear Trail, play tennis or racquetball, go paddle boarding or kayaking, go hiking in Cameron Park, be exercise buddies for each other, etc. If there is enough interest, the group could split into more specific sub-groups or separate interest groups.