Bear Briefs

January 10, 2005
Babies and toddlers in the Ukraine soon will have new, warm clothes thanks to a group of Baylor women at Baylor University. As a Christmas present to faculty in Baylor's School of Social Work, department staff members put to use their own sewing skills to provide warm overalls to Ukrainian orphans through the program "Aid for Orphans." Three staff members sewed and the others cut patterns and pinned. Sewing machines were brought to school to work during lunch breaks and also some staff took the cut fabric home to work. The project was started the first week in December, with 35 overalls sewed by the week before Christmas.

A total of 340 contributors, including current faculty and staff and retirees, helped Baylor Univesity to receive $48,415 in its 2004 fundraising campaign for the United Way.

The University Staff Council Spirit Shirts are on sale, and must be ordered by 5 p.m. on Jan. 13. To view the shirts types available for purchase and place an order, visit the link above.

Baylor's second annual "Walking Works" competition began Jan. 3. The program encourages faculty and staff to walk for health and keep track of their miles using a pedometer. Interested persons can sign up on the Office of Work/Life Programs website. During the first Walking Works competition, 600 faculty and staff purchased 750 pedometers, 275 walkers completed the seven-month program, and 163 faculty and staff qualified for a health premium reduction by averaging 5,000 steps a day or more.

Beginning Jan. 18, Baylor will no longer be a dial-in Internet service provider. Having already terminated this service for students several years ago, the University has found it necessary to do the same for faculty and staff. Persons who consistently used the dial-in service over the past four months should already have received an e-mail explaining in detail a proposed transition.

The new Baylor Electric Substation was dedicated Dec. 9. The $2.7 million structure will save the University an estimated $600,000 each year in electrical service costs.

Dr. Todd L. Lake is now vice president for spiritual development at Belmont University in Nashville after resigning his position as Baylor's dean for University Life in November. Dr. Lake came to Baylor in 1999 and led the successful transformation of the chaplain's office into University Ministries. He helped begin new initiatives including Baylor's resident chaplain program, discipline-specific mission trips and the sports chaplaincy program.

Baylor's Model United Nations team received the Best Small Delegation award at the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference, marking the second year in a row the Baylor team has taken the top small delegation award. Penn's tournament is one of the largest and most competitive on the Model U.N. circuit and Baylor competed against 60 other schools including Harvard, Yale, West Point, Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Meanwhile, the University's Model Organization of American States team won awards in all committees and the General Assembly at a MOAS simulation held at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. The tournament featured 20 universities, including five from Mexico.


Rex and Ethel Ramsower of Plainview have donated a new stained glass window in Armstrong Browning Library's Cox Reception Hall in memory of Mrs. Ramsower's mother and grandmother. The window features scenes from Asolo, the hillside village 20 miles above Venice, Italy, that Robert Browning visited early in his life and which provided the setting for his play "Pippa Passes." The Ramsowers are the parents of Dr. Reagan M. Ramsower, Baylor's dean of libraries and acting vice president for finance and administration.

Overflow crowds greeted judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which visited Baylor Law School Nov. 10 to hear four cases in the Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom and Courtroom. At a reception following the session, students got the opportunity to meet the judges and question them about the court's work.

Dr. M. David Rudd, iinterim chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience, has been named president-elect of the Texas Psychological Association. He will serve as president-elect in 2005-2006 and as president in 2006-2007. Dr. Rudd serves as president of the American Association of Suicidology and his 2001 book Treating Suicidal Behavior gained worldwide attention as a resource for health professionals dealing with suicide issues.

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, associate professor of church-state studies and associate director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies is the new vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society, which was founded "to foster conservative Biblical scholarship by providing a medium for the oral exchange and written expression of thought and research in the general field of the theological disciplines as centered in the Scriptures." Dr. Beckwith will become the organization's president-elect in November 2005.

Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its bachelor of nursing science degree with a 1950s themed birthday party in November. The event included remarks from Dean Judy Wright Lott and a panel discussion with alumni discussing topics such as changes in nursing school uniforms and the best and worst nursing school memories. Baylor established its nursing school in 1907 and conferred the first BS degrees in 1954.


Baylor engineering student Eric Green, a Sugar Land senior, has been selected as one of the top five senior engineering students in the United States by Eta Kappa Nu, the national electrical and computer engineering honor society. Green also was recognized as the spring 2004 outstanding student in engineering at Baylor.

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