Hundreds gather for "Burgers at the BRIC"
by Gary Stokes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research

An estimated 600 people braved summer-like, mid-90s heat to enjoy "Burgers at the BRIC," the discovery park's first public, community-wide event. Families chowed down on grilled burgers and snow cones. Kids gyrated with hula-hoops, dug for "buried treasure" and romped on an assortment of huge inflatable playscapes. Over 200 attendees signed up for guided tours during which BRIC researchers presented first-hand overviews of their projects.

Following an introduction by event emcee and "Voice of the Baylor Bears," John Morris, Baylor's vice provost for research, Dr. Truell Hyde, announced an upcoming series of open house events at the BRIC held especially for former General Tire employees and their families.

"It's exciting for me to see the BRIC rising out of the General Tire legacy, and given what I've been told by the people of Waco, Bellmead and other places, it's pretty exciting for you as well, " Dr. Hyde told attendees. "So we want to make certain that every General Tire employee has an opportunity to tour the BRIC."

General Tire Fridays at the BRIC will be held the first four Fridays in November. Former tire plant employees and their families will be served refreshments and offered guided tours on a reservation basis. Tour reservations can be made online at or by calling 254-710-6779.

In his remarks for the occasion, Baylor president, Judge Ken Starr, invoked a theme from the popular 1989 movie, Field of Dreams.

"This is a building of dreams, right here. You see, this building closed, ... it was mothballed, it was shuttered, it was closed down. (But) "... just as that cornfield in Iowa was transformed into a field of dreams, that's what happened here at this special place...," he said. "Baylor is a university of dreams, and this is a place of dreams."

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.