President Linda Livingstone
December 28, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
The Baylor campus teems with opportunities to enjoy music, theatre, art, athletics and more. In this Baylor Connections, Baylor University President Linda Livingstone shares how the pursuit of “excellence in human performance through the arts and athletics,” one of the four foundational pillars of Illuminate, will impact those areas at Baylor.
December 21, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
How appealing does it sound to work from home, or at least away from the office? Baylor Assistant Professor of Management Sara Perry has studied the role of stress, autonomy and workplace interaction in the ways individuals handle remote work. She shares her findings and gives tips for those considering remote work in this Baylor Connections.
Stephen Trumble and Sascha Usenko
December 14, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Whale earwax tells a story. In 2013, Baylor Associate Professor of Biology Stephen Trumble and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Sascha Usenko developed a novel technique to study whales’ exposure to pollutants and environmental stressors through the examination of whale earwax. In a follow-up to that groundbreaking study, Trumble and Usenko have released new research uncovering whale stress response to whaling, pollutants, climate and other man-made events. They share more in Baylor Connections.
December 7, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies trains students and develops professionals in all aspects of Christian music. Dr. Randall Bradley, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Christian Music Studies, examines Christian music from a variety of angles and shares more about the program’s tradition of excellence in classrooms and houses of worship across the nation.
November 30, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Heidi Hornik, Professor of Art History, is a nationally-recognized expert in Renaissance & Baroque painting. She discusses the intersection of art and faith on this Baylor Connections, and examines the ways art compels meaningful reflection about our neighbors, on important issues and on historical factors that continue to impact the world today.
President Linda Livingstone
November 23, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s graduate and professional programs are poised for expansion as Baylor builds on the aspirations of Illuminate, the university’s academic strategic plan. President Linda Livingstone paints a picture of the impact of those programs, both on and off campus, and how their growth will enhance Baylor’s research and influence in the years to come.
November 16, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Social media has changed the way people consume and disseminate information. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez examines modern communication, race and gender from a number of angles. Dr. Moody-Ramirez, a leading researcher and communications expert, serves as a professor and Graduate Studies Director in Baylor Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.
November 9, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Striving to be a “solid gold neighbor,” Baylor University partners with local organizations throughout Central Texas for the betterment of the community. Jeremy Vickers, Associate Vice President for External Affairs, explains how Baylor builds meaningful community engagement in areas like education, public service, economic development and more.
November 2, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Over Homecoming weekend, Baylor announced the launch of “Give Light,” a $1.1 billion campaign for Baylor’s future. Vice President for Advancement Dave Rosselli shares how this historic campaign will help position Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university and support the aspirations of Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan. Learn more about how “Give Light” will build on Baylor’s historic strengths and fund exciting new facilities in this Baylor Connections.
Deanna Toten Beard
October 26, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan, highlights human performance through arts and athletics as a foundational pillar. Dr. Deanna Toten Beard, department chair of Theatre Arts and professor of theatre history and dramaturgy, shares how theatre and the arts enrich the campus community, equipping both students and theatergoers to better understand the world around them.
October 19, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
In the Baylor School of Education, groundbreaking research and immersive experiences prepare students for the future of education. Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has founded numerous programs designed to help students succeed. She shares how these experiences equip future educators to better serve their students and communities after college.
President Linda Livingstone
October 12, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Transformative undergraduate education is one of the four foundational pillars of Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan. President Linda Livingstone explains how Illuminate will enhance Baylor’s strong undergraduate experience and examines a series of signature academic initiatives chosen to prepare students to address society’s most challenging problems.
October 5, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
The Philanthropy & Public Service Program in the Baylor Honors College trains students to solve problems and think beyond themselves by pairing academic learning with service to the community. Andy Hogue, senior lecturer in the Honors College and director of the program, shares more about this Baylor hidden gem, which has enabled students to distribute more than $500,000 to area non-profit organizations.
September 28, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Cori Pinkett, Assistant Athletic Director for Character Formation, came to Baylor in July with a distinct charge: to oversee character formation programming to Baylor’s more than 500 student-athletes. “Baylor Built,” which provides distinct character formation learning opportunities across five core competencies, represents Baylor Athletics’ roadmap to prepare champions for life.
September 21, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
What does it mean to oversee the research policy of a Christian research university? As Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Truell Hyde works with faculty across campus to encourage and support meaningful research that impacts the world around us. Hyde shares how Baylor faculty come together to advance important scholarly agendas, and explains how research benefits the Waco and Central Texas community.
September 14, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
A student’s earliest experiences with a university can positively impact the trajectory of their college career. As director of Baylor New Student Programs, Nathan Shelburne and his team provide intentional opportunities for students to connect, plug in and build friendships on campus. In this Baylor Connections, Shelburne explains how programs like Orientation, Line Camp and Welcome Week help students discover their place in the Baylor Family.
President Linda Livingstone
September 7, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s unambiguously Christian educational environment uniquely positions the University to impact the world around us. Through dynamic classroom experiences, meaningful research, service experiences and more, Baylor lights shine bright around the globe. In her monthly Baylor Connections visit, President Livingstone shares why the world needs a place like Baylor.
August 31, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
At the beginning of each new year, Brad Toben reminds Baylor Law students that “the legal profession is a service profession.” Toben, the longtime Dean of Baylor Law School, shares the many ways law students at Baylor give of their time and talents, partner with others in the community and live out the call to serve through a variety of law clinics and outreaches.
August 24, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
More than 2400 Baylor students represent the first generation of their family to attend college. Mito Diaz-Espinoza is the Program Manager for Baylor First in Line, which serves those students through a variety of resources to assist their transition to college life. Diaz-Espinoza, himself the first member of his family to attend college, shares the struggles and joys of first-generation students and the ways they enrich the Baylor Family.
August 17, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Most people would prefer not to think about topics like bereavement and loss, but Dr. Helen Harris has made them her life’s work. Dr. Harris, associate professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is one of the nation’s leading experts in loss, grief and faith across all age groups. In this Baylor Connections, she shares insights into how we, individually and culturally, can better serve those dealing with loss.
August 10, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
The demand for professionals across the health fields grows unabated. Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences meets those needs by training students to be excellent practitioners and leaders in fields that improve quality of life. Dr. Rodney Bowden, Dean of the Robbins College, shares why the school has become one of the fastest-growing at Baylor and how Robbins College students are prepared to serve their communities.
August 3, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
In May, Dr. Gary Carini was charged by President Linda Livingstone with the completion and implementation of Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan. Carini, a longtime Baylor management professor who now serves as Vice Provost for Graduate Professional Education, shares how that implementation is taking place, including the ways Baylor faculty help shape the plan in this Baylor Connections.
July 27, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Creating a culture of engaged students means investing in the whole student—academically, spiritually, emotionally and more. In this episode of Baylor Connections, Baylor Vice President for Student Life Kevin Jackson explains how Baylor intentionally provides programs and resources across campus to help connect, nurture and challenge students as they make the most of their Baylor experience.
July 20, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
What does it mean to live missionally? Rebecca Kennedy, Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life & Missions, explains how an individual’s unique calling is also a call to serve. She shares how Baylor students discover the ways they can live out Missio Dei—the “mission of God”— through Baylor Missions opportunities in this Baylor connections.
July 13, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Lori Spies, Assistant Professor and Missions Coordinator at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was recently awarded a Fulbright Global U.S. Scholar Award to participate in global health research projects in India, Vietnam and Zambia. Through the years, she’s built and grown a missions program that has enabled Baylor Nursing students to serve around the globe. Spies shares how nursing, global health and service go hand-in-hand in this Baylor Connections.
July 6, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond the basics—it’s about instilling in students, through initiatives and education, a sense of how being good stewards of our resources intersects with their faith. Smith Getterman, Baylor Director of Sustainability and Special Projects, explains why and how in this Baylor Connections.
June 29, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
“Titanic: The Artifact,” the first blockbuster exhibition to come to Waco’s Mayborn Museum, is now on display. Rebecca Nall from the Mayborn Museum shares how the exhibit transports visitors to the ship through a variety of experiences, how the exhibit was brought to Waco and how the museum serves Central Texas in this Baylor Connections.
June 22, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
“Preparing champions for life” has been Baylor Athletics’ mission statement since Mack Rhoades became Baylor’s Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In this Baylor Connections, Rhoades looks back at his first two years at Baylor and shares the many ways Baylor Athletics works as a department to shape champions long after their time on campus is through.
Dr. Burt Burleson
June 15, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
What does spiritual formation look like in a University of 16,000 students, all at different points in their faith journey? How do today’s students approach their faith? Dr. Burt Burleson, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life, answers those questions and more in this episode of Baylor Connections.
Dr. Terrill Saxon
June 8, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
As the Baylor School of Education approaches its centennial anniversary in 2019, it continues to build on a legacy of immersive classroom experience, dynamic research and local partnerships. Dr. Terrill Saxon, Interim Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Educational Psychology, shares insights on award-winning partnerships with Central Texas schools, initiatives that enhance opportunities for low-income students and more.
Dr. Wes Null
June 1, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
As Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Wes Null is responsible for overseeing and helping shape a common vision for Baylor undergraduate education. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he explains how that vision is formed and how the University helps students succeed in Baylor’s rigorous academic environment.
May 25, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor lights shine bright—on campus and across the country. Jason Cook, Baylor University’s vice president of Marketing and Communications, explains how Baylor’s light shines and unpacks the ways the university tells its story on this week’s Baylor Connections.
May 18, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Since its founding in 2009, the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University has grown to become a national leader in the fight against food insecurity. Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director, discusses what hunger looks like in Texas communities, shares the importance of public and private partnerships to address hunger, and shares the vision of eliminating food insecurity in the state of Texas.
Dr. Seung Kim
May 11, 2018 / Duration - 20 mins
Dr. Seung Kim, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Baylor, is pursuing a device that could save lives. From his lab in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, Dr. Kim’s research is focused on building an accessible biosensor device that could detect cancer and other diseases early and affordably. He shares his perspective from the frontlines of the fight against disease in this Baylor Connections.
Dr. Brian Webb
May 4, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Beyond the number, what is a university’s endowment? Dr. Brian Webb, Baylor University Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, gives a class on “Endowment 101” in this episode of Baylor Connections: how the endowment works, what the numbers mean, where the money goes, and the ways it supports Baylor’s future.
President Linda Livingstone
Apr. 27, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
How does Baylor nurture a caring community, both on and off campus? In this episode of Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone discusses the ways in which spiritual formation and campus resources work in tandem to help students serve as lights to their fellow students, the Waco community, and beyond.
Dr. John White
Apr. 20, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Sports have been compared to a secular national religion. At Baylor, the Sports Chaplaincy and Ministry programs trains leaders at the intersection of faith and sports on and off the field. Dr. John White, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Sports Chaplaincy and Ministry program in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, discusses how faith impacts the ways we play, coach and interact with athletics on stages both large and small.
Dr. Jim Ellor
Apr. 13, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Jim Ellor is a professor in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, gerontologist and bi-vocational minister. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he shares expertise and insights on working and living with older adults, mental health, the spirituality of aging and more.
Dr. Jim Marsh
Apr. 6, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
The Baylor University Counseling Center provides a comprehensive array of services for the wellbeing of Baylor students. Dr. Jim Marsh, Executive Director for Counseling Services at Baylor, discusses national trends in collegiate mental health and shares how the Counseling Center has grown to meet the needs of students.
Dr. Diane Loeb
Mar. 30, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
The Baylor Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic provides services that extend far beyond the Baylor campus. In this episode of Baylor Connections, Dr. Diane Loeb, Professor and Endowed Chair of Baylor’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), explains how Baylor CSD clinics are a place where miracles happen daily.
Mar. 23, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Preparing “champions for life” means providing guidance and support to student athletes far beyond their field of competition. Marcus Sedberry, Baylor Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success, discusses the ways Baylor assists student athletes in academics, spiritual life, service, health and more.
President Linda Livingstone
Mar. 16, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
“Illuminate,” Baylor’s Academic Strategic Plan, will provide a roadmap for Baylor to serve as a light to the world through increased research capacity and impact. What role does Baylor’s faith foundation play in such a plan? In this episode of Baylor Connections, President Linda Livingstone explains what it means to be a true Christian research university, and how the search for God’s truth drives both faculty and students.
Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton
Mar. 9, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton, Vice Provost for Global Engagement at Baylor, oversees the University's international education initiatives. On Baylor Connections, he discusses "Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing." "Global Baylor" is a new quality enhancement plan that will advance internationalization across campus and enhance student experiences through a diverse and comprehensive array of connective opportunities.
Dr. Terry Maness
Mar. 2, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Terry Maness is the longtime Dean of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Dean Maness discusses the impact of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the importance of partnerships with top executives around the world and trends in business education.
Feb. 23, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Laura Hernandez, professor in the Baylor Law School, is the co-founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic and a leading expert in the experiences of new immigrants to the United States. In this episode, she talks about serving immigrants in Central Texas, and the broader impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests.
Dr. Gary Mortenson
Feb. 16, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Gary Mortenson, Dean of the Baylor University School of Music, explains how the School of Music’s reach extends beyond the concert hall or practice room. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he discusses how Baylor Music enriches the community, the ways Baylor Music students use their calling as a means to serve others and how music serves as a universal language.
President Linda Livingstone
Feb. 9, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s aspiration to become a Tier 1 Research institution is reflected in the outstanding research conducted by longtime faculty members and students whose work addresses society’s most important problems. In this episode of Baylor Connections, President Linda Livingstone explains what it means to become a Tier 1 Research university, and discusses the distinct role Baylor’s Christian identity plays in conducting meaningful research.
Dr. Michael McLendon
Feb. 2, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Michael McLendon, Baylor University’s Interim Provost, works with President Livingstone to provide oversight and strategic direction for the university’s academic enterprise. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he discusses Baylor’s vision in preparing the university’s first academic strategic plan—a roadmap to becoming a top research institution while strengthening Baylor’s commitment to outstanding teaching and student formation.
Jan. 26, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Lilly Ettinger is the senior coordinator for recovery services at Baylor University. In that role, she provides assistance, support and community to students battling addiction at Baylor University’s Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. In this episode of Baylor Connections, she shares how Baylor serves students battling addiction as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals.
Dr. Byron Johnson
Jan. 19, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Byron Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Founding Director of the Institute for the Studies of Religion, is one of the country’s leading researchers on the role of religion in public life. In this episode of Baylor Connections, he shows the impact of communities and people of faith on societal issues such as homelessness, crime and incarceration, and shares why the scientific study of religion is so meaningful.
Jan. 12, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Kevin Pinney, Baylor University professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and member of the Institute of Biomedical Studies, is on the front lines of the fight against cancer. In this episode of Baylor Connections, Dr. Pinney describes how he and his Baylor colleagues bring their own unique skills and research interests to work in concert to fight disease.
President Linda Livingstone
Jan. 5, 2018 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor University President Dr. Linda Livingstone shares insights from her first seven months on the job and provides an outline for Baylor’s strategic vision moving forward in academics, research, leadership and more.
December 27, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
With 2020 approaching, many people will incorporate diet or other areas of self-improvement into a list of resolutions for the new year. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Meredith David, assistant professor of marketing, delves into her research into phone snubbing and relationships, successful diets and more. David, a nationally-recognized leader in consumer behavior and well-being, offers evidence-based insights and practical tips for phone usage and relationships, dieting strategies and more.
December 20, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
What does it mean to be a Solid Gold Neighbor in the community? Holly Burchett, Baylor Director of Community Relations, explains on this Baylor Connections. Burchett shares about partnerships between Baylor and local businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, health organizations, boards and more throughout the Waco area to connect university and community and address meaningful issues.
Bryan Shaw and Greg Hamerly
December 11, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
When Bryan Shaw’s son, Noah, was diagnosed with pediatric eye cancer at four months old, it sparked in Shaw a mission to help other families avoid the challenges his faced. On this Baylor Connections, Dr. Bryan Shaw, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Greg Hamerly, associate professor of computer science, share the moving story behind the White Eye Detector app, an effective screening tool that analyzes photos in the phone to more quickly catch pediatric eye disease. Retinoblastoma claimed Noah’s eye, but today he is a healthy 11-year old who knows his experiences are helping others.
December 6, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
What role does chemistry play in consumer electronics? Dr. Caleb Martin, associate professor of chemistry at Baylor, conducts nationally-recognized research in the process of boron compound synthesis, which has the potential to improve a number of everyday electronic products using LED lights. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how that process works, the impact of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, and the ways Baylor’s research focus will impact the University’s ability to address important challenges.
November 29, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
What is the role of gaming in higher education? Matthew Fendt, Baylor lecturer of computer science, is an expert on artificial intelligence, the gaming industry, and the role of gaming and interactive digital environments in education. In addition to teaching classes like Baylor’s gaming capstone, in which students create their own video games, Fendt has partnered with professors across campus to create tools for data collection. He recently partnered with Baylor Public Health and the Family Health Center in Waco to create a decision support tool for primary-care physicians. He shares how these various threads tie together in this Baylor Connections.
November 22, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Jon Eckert joined the Baylor faculty in 2019 as the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair in Christian School Leadership. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the ways Baylor can help Christians in education, both in faith-based and non-faith-based school contexts. A longtime teacher and professor who served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush and Obama administrations, Eckert shares foundational values in education and casts a vision for future growth in the Center for Christians in Education.
November 15, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Kevin Chambliss examines Baylor’s research growth and future aspirations in this Baylor Connections. Dr. Chambliss, a longtime professor and researcher in Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named as Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research earlier this year. In this role, he works with faculty across the university in identifying funding sources, building partnerships and more. Additionally, his office will oversee a new area of research growth through the formation of a postdoc hiring program, which he explains on the program.
November 8, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Julie Hoggarth, archaeologist and assistant professor of anthropology at Baylor, received national attention for the discovery of an ancient vase containing stories of war and conflict among the ancient Maya. While leading a dig in Belize, Hoggarth and her team found the Komkom vase, dated A.D. 812, which featured one of the largest hieroglyphic texts ever uncovered in the Central America lowlands. In this Baylor Connections, she explains how the vase helps shape our understanding of Maya societal breakdown and digs into the stories and meaning behind the text.
Annette von Jouanne
November 1, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Annette von Jouanne, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor, is a national leader in energy systems and renewable energy. In this Baylor Connection, Dr. von Jouanne examines renewable energy in various forms, particularly as it relates to transportation. Dr. von Jouanne worked on the first hybrid sport utility vehicle and partners with the U.S. Navy on electric ship development, and shares her insight on the present and future of electric vehicles.
Provost Nancy Brickhouse
October 25, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As Provost, Dr. Nancy Brickhouse serves as Baylor’s chief academic officer, overseeing 12 colleges and schools, libraries, the University’s research enterprise and more. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Brickhouse shares about the University’s increased focus on research. Brickhouse, a Baylor alum, examines the ways research enhances the educational experience and advances the Baylor mission, lists priorities in reaching those goals and talks about her return to her alma mater after over three decades in higher ed leadership.
October 18, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
An enormous mass buried beneath the Moon’s largest crater was discovered by a research team led by Dr. Peter James, assistant professor of planetary physics and founder of the Planetary Research Group at Baylor. The mass, five times larger than Hawaii’s largest island, could be the result of an asteroid that formed the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken Basin. In this Baylor Connections, James shares the process of discovering the mass, analyzes its implications and shares broader views of space research.
President Linda Livingstone
October 11, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s 2019-20 Conversation Series will focus on civil discourse, with a variety of speakers and roundtables available to students, faculty and the community to consider this important topic. In this Baylor Connections, Baylor University President Dr. Linda A. Livingstone reflects on the university as a marketplace of ideas, ways to help students grow in the ability to respectfully engage others even in disagreement, and the need for civil discourse more broadly.
October 4, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Cole Matson serves as an associate professor of environmental science at Baylor. An environmental toxicologist specializing in the genetic effects of contaminants on wildlife, Dr. Matson’s research was recently featured in the prestigious journal, Science. The study examined a breed of fish, the Gulf killifish, which has rapidly adapted to and survived in the heavily polluted waters of the Houston Ship Channel. Matson identified hybridization with the Atlantic killifish as having provided the necessary genetic tools for survival in this polluted environment, and he explains how and what that potentially means for other species on this Baylor Connections.
September 27, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Along the U.S.-Mexico border, Lori Baker engages in challenging and important work to repatriate families with lost loved ones. Dr. Baker, professor of anthropology and vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Baylor, founded Reuniting Families in 2003 to assist government agencies with the recovery, identification and repatriation of deceased migrants. Families throughout Latin America have found a friend in Baker and her team, who bring caring and dignity to the lost, and show love to the families faced with unimaginable choices. In this Baylor Connections, she shares the heart behind that work and the examines conditions that shape the border today.
September 20, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
In David Jack’s line of work, there’s zero room for error. The fruit of his expertise can often be found in airplanes and automobiles. Jack, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, is a national leader in the research and development of composite materials. His goal is to create products that are more lightweight, durable, and most importantly, are safer. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Jack unpacks the field of materials science, a vital and growing realm that is one of the five signature initiatives in Illuminate, and shares how it positions the University for even greater breakthroughs.
September 18, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Mark Childers came to Baylor in 2014 after 18 years in the United States Secret Service. In his role as Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Security, he oversees the Baylor Department of Public Safety, comprised of four divisions including the Baylor Police Department. In this Baylor Connections, he examines steps to keep the Baylor community safe and shares more about “Sic ‘em for Safety” month events in September.
September 13, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As one of just 30 American Psychological Association “Citizen Psychologists” in the nation, Sara Dolan has a demonstrated commitment to research that benefits the community. Since coming to Baylor in 2007, Dr. Dolan, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, has blended high-level research with service to others. After the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013, she provided pro bono crisis intervention to emergency workers and community residents. More recently, she received a $3 million grant to facilitate evidence-based assessments for practitioners working with childhood victims of abuse and trauma. In this Baylor Connections, Dolan shares experiences working with first responders, soldiers and citizens, and examines themes of community, scholarship and resilience.
September 6, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Hearing, the brain and aging: Dwayne Simmons, The Cornelia Marschall Smith Endowed Professor and Chair in Baylor University’s Department of Biology, has dedicated his internationally-recognized research to studying how sensory cells and neurons in the brain respond to aging. These sensory cells and neurons are connected by wiring that degenerates over time, a common disconnect revealed in many senior adults as hearing loss. On a broader level, he’s pursuing breakthroughs in the auditory system that could impact areas far beyond hearing. Dr. Simmons came to Baylor three years ago from UCLA and has invested time and energy to invigorate research throughout the biology program. In this Baylor Connections, he shares why he came to Baylor and the motivation to uncover discoveries that heal.
President Linda Livingstone
August 30, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
It’s the start of a new school year, and Baylor University President Linda Livingstone looks ahead to 2019-20 on this Baylor Connections. President Livingstone shares on topics like university priorities, Baylor’s R1/Tier 1 aspirations, the incoming freshman class, a new athletic season and more.
Mayor Kyle Deaver
August 23, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Earlier this spring, the City of Waco was honored with one of Baylor University’s most distinguished awards, the Founders Medal. Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver, a Baylor Business and Baylor Law graduate, accepted the award, which highlighted the partnership between city and university for the betterment of the community. In this Baylor Connections, Mayor Deaver examines numerous ways the City of Waco and Baylor University work together, looks ahead to future growth for the city and shares more about his family’s Baylor experience.
Jason Cook and Jovan Overshown
August 16, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Last spring, Baylor unveiled “United,” a new visual identity featuring an updated interlocking BU and uniforms, a new logo and more. Shortly thereafter, the university adopted the interlocking BU across all colleges, schools and divisions to bring everyone together under “One Brand. One Baylor.” Learn more about the new look and how these changes enhance the Baylor brand in this Baylor Connections with Jason Cook, Baylor University’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief Marketing Officer, and Jovan Overshown, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs.
August 9, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As Baylor’s Director of Social Media Communications, Jeff Brown oversees one of the nation’s most engaged university social media communities, through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the BaylorProud blog and more. In this Baylor Connections, he examines how to strategically navigate the ever-changing social media landscape, shares how Baylor University utilizes social media to communicate with the Baylor Family and provides tips for social media practitioners in other areas.
August 2, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Sarah Schnitker, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, joined the Baylor faculty last year, compelled by the Illuminate vision of a preeminent Christian research university. Earlier this year, she was awarded a $2.6 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to galvanize widespread development of virtue interventions for adolescents. In this Baylor Connections, she shares what that looks like and examines how individuals can better develop virtues like patience in their own lives.
July 26, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Many churches and services are, in part, identified and defined by the style of music they play. Dr. Monique Ingalls, ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Music at Baylor University, is a worship music expert and the author of the book “Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Forms Evangelical Community.” In this Baylor Connections, she shares how musical styles, technology and parishioners’ expectations shape the communities in which they worship.
July 19, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Kenneth Hafertepe takes listeners on a tour of Waco’s historic homes and architecture in this Baylor Connections. Dr. Hafertepe, department chair and professor in Baylor’s Department of Museum Studies, is the author of the recently-released book, “Historic Homes of Waco, Texas.” On the program, he paints a picture of the community through the eyes of a material culture and decorative arts expert and explains how the buildings people inhabit tell a story of the city’s history.
July 12, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Storytelling, from the movies people watch to the ads they consume, can have a powerful impact. Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, shares insights gleaned from her time in entertainment and education about empowered storytelling, consumer behavior and the significance of word of mouth on the decisions people make in this Baylor Connections.
July 5, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Movie studios often save films with broad appeal for summer release. What makes a great summer movie? Chris Hansen, filmmaker and chair of Baylor Film & Digital Media, breaks down summer movies and names a few of his favorites on this Baylor Connections, in addition to sharing personal insights on filmmaking and working with Baylor students on his seven feature films.
June 28, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. David Smith—historian, author and Senior Lecturer of History at Baylor—invites listeners to consider the meaning of Independence Day and the cost of freedom through the lens of one of the most pivotal days in world history. D-Day took place just over 75 years ago and, in this Baylor Connections, Smith paints a picture of the heroism shown that day, and examines how we can honor the sacrifice of those who serve.
June 21, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Jane Damron, Senior Lecturer in Baylor University’s Department of Communication, is the recipient of the 2019 Collins Outstanding Professor Award. In this Baylor Connections, she shares what it means to practice intentional communication—in relationships with others, in the classroom, on social media and more.
Tamar Carter and Jason Pitts
June 14, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Tamar Carter and Dr. Jason Pitts are Baylor biologists with unique insights into mosquitoes. In this Baylor Connections, they share information about these ubiquitous and unwelcome guests, both close to home and abroad. Learn tips to diminish the impact of mosquitoes on summer plans and discover how, more broadly, mosquito research can help stop the spread of disease in impoverished communities around the world.
June 7, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
On May 1, 2019, Baylor University welcomed Dr. Nancy Brickhouse back to campus as Provost. On this Baylor Connections, Dr. Brickhouse recalls how her days as a Baylor chemistry major shaped her view of a life’s calling, shares how past experiences as a professor and leader prepared her, and explains why the vision of a Tier One Christian Research University brought her back to Texas.
May 31, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Horace Maxile, Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Baylor School of Music, is a leading expert on the contributions of African-American composers in classical and concert music. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how his work fills a void in scholarly attention focused on African-American composers and offers seminal pieces for listeners to discover.
May 24, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As a child growing up in El Salvador, Carlos Colon saw war firsthand before his family left their home country and eventually settled in the United States. Today, Colon composes music and serves as Assistant Director of Worship and Chapel in Baylor Spiritual Life. In this Baylor Connections, Colon shares how his experiences as a refugee inform his music and his calling.
President Linda Livingstone
May 17, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor University recently celebrated the announcement of a historic $100-million gift—the largest current gift ever received by the University. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda Livingstone shares the excitement of this transformative moment, answers questions about its impact and explains how the gift will support the aspirations of Illuminate and Give Light in two major areas—endowed faculty positions and a new Baylor Basketball Pavilion.
May 10, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Kevin Dougherty’s religion research has shaped national understanding on topics like religious affiliation, diversity, church attendance, social life and more. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor, examines the rise of multiracial churches and dives deep into the trends, highlights and meaning behind the numbers of diversity in congregational life.
May 3, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s Academy of Teaching and Learning supports Baylor faculty through a variety of programs designed to provide development, resources and enrichment. Dr. Lenore Wright, Director of the Academy of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, shares how the academy supports professors and the students they teach in this Baylor Connections.
April 26, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Joel Allison, Chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, shares insights from a meaningful two-year period in the life of the University. In this Baylor Connections, he explains Board of Regent reforms, examines steps taken to serve the Baylor Family and enhance the Baylor Mission, and reflects on two years of leadership with President Linda Livingstone.
April 19, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Robbie Barber, Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture and 3D Design, is a professional sculptor with a portfolio of work displayed across the country. In this Baylor Connections, Barber shares the themes that motivate his work, examines the craft of sculpting and previews an upcoming sculpture that will be displayed at the entrance to Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo.
Michael Scullin and Elise King
April 12, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
How does sleep impact creativity? Two Baylor professors sought to answer that question in interdisciplinary studies which provide insight into the role of sleep, sleep consistency and more on attention, creativity and academic performance. Dr. Michael Scullin, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, and Elise King, Assistant Professor of Interior Design in Family and Consumer Sciences, share more in this Baylor Connections.
April 5, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
A group of Baylor students has proudly earned the distinction this school year of becoming the University’s inaugural class of McNair Scholars. The McNair Scholars Program provides opportunities for underrepresented and first-generation college students at more than 150 schools nationally. Steven Fernandez, Program Director, shares how McNair Scholars are prepared for graduate school, enjoy purposeful faculty mentorship and participate in research in this Baylor Connections.
March 29, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Jason Whitt is an ordained minister whose calling has led him to the intersection of faith and learning. As a Senior Lecturer in the Honors Program, Dr. Whitt teaches aspiring medical practitioners in Baylor’s one-of-a-kind Medical Humanities program. In January, Whitt and his family accepted the role of Faculty-in-Residence in Alexander and Memorial Halls as well. He shares more about what it means to teach and live among Baylor students in this Baylor Connections.
Martha Lou Scott
March 22, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Martha Lou Scott joined the Baylor University staff five months before her graduation in 1971. Now Baylor’s Associate Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Scott has impacted generations of students over 48 years of service. In this Baylor Connections, she shares the joys and responsibilities of serving the students she’s cared for, counseled, disciplined, mentored and inspired.
March 15, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Dr. Chloe Honum, a Baylor English professor and poet, was recently awarded the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship—New Zealand’s most prestigious writing fellowship. In this Baylor Connections, she shares her love of poetry, teaching and the craft of writing before closing with a reading of an original poem.
March 8, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor University Libraries are more than just repositories for books--they’re centers for the creation of learning. John Wilson serves as University Libraries Interim Dean. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how University Libraries are growing to support the research aspirations of Illuminate, and takes us deep inside Baylor’s beautiful library facilities and fascinating collections.
March 1, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s intramural program is the envy of institutions across the nation, with more than 5300 students participating. In this Baylor Connections, Dominque Hill, Assistant Director for Intramural Sports, shares how the Baylor mission influences the intramural experience, the impact of character and leadership and how participation leads to deeper student engagement.
February 22, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As Student Body President, Hannah Causey works with Baylor students and leadership during a time of exciting opportunities in the life of the University. In this Baylor Connections, she discusses that role and shares the importance of maintaining Baylor's distinct, unambiguously Christian role in higher education.
February 15, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Few coaches have impacted their sport as deeply as Felecia Mulkey. Beyond playing a key role in the creation of Acrobatics & Tumbling, Mulkey has won eight straight national titles, including four consecutive championships since coming to Baylor. In addition to coaching Baylor’s Acrobatics & Tumbling team, Mulkey serves as Baylor Athletics’ Senior Woman Administrator. She discusses what it means to prepare champions for life through those roles in this Baylor Connections.
February 8, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
As Dean of Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Lee Nordt leads a diverse academic division housing 25 departments and seven academic centers ranging from science, the humanities, fine arts and more. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan, will enhance Baylor’s academic influence and engage every department on campus.
February 1, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
On December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, the brave actions of Waco native and Navy messman Doris Miller made him a United States hero and left a lasting impact on the civil rights movement. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. T. Michael Parrish, the Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History and author of “Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement” shares how Miller’s heroism remains felt to this day.
January 25, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
From physical performance to mental health, Baylor Athletics provides resources to support student-athletes on and off the field. As Baylor’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness, Kenny Boyd oversees areas of athletics performance, applied performance, athletic medicine, physical therapy, sports nutrition and mental health. He shares how these units holistically serve student-athletes in this Baylor Connections.
January 18, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s unique role as a leading Christian research university attracts students from across the country. In a field with so many choices, how does the University reach potential students and advance the Baylor brand? Baylor University Vice President for Marketing & Communications and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Cook shares in this Baylor Connections.
President Linda Livingstone
January 11, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Colleges don’t maintain an unambiguously Christian educational environment by accident. Baylor University President Linda Livingstone shares the ways Baylor nurtures that mission through purposeful programs, classes and practices, both historic and present-day, in this Baylor Connections.
January 4, 2019 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s accreditation was officially reaffirmed last month by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for the next decade. What factors into a successful accreditation effort, and what does it mean for the university? Dr. Wes Null, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Institutional Effectiveness, explains on this Baylor Connections.
February 14, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project houses more than 14,000 digital copies of classic black gospel music songs and albums, preserving them for future generations. In this Baylor Connections, Robert Darden, Professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media and founder of the Project, shares how black gospel music tells the story of the African-American experience through the generations and examines its underappreciated role in the Civil Rights movement.
President Linda Livingstone, Ph.D. and Jason Cook
February 7, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor University recently partnered with Texas Business Journals for a survey highlighting the insights of Texas business leaders into the state’s economy and attitudes towards industry-university research partnerships. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Jason Cook, Vice President for Marketing and Communications and Chief Marketing officer, analyze the results and share how Baylor’s research focus drives innovation, uncovers solutions and prepares leaders for the future workforce.
January 31, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
Biblical scholar Stephen Reid’s research is an example of the ways modern technology can give voice to individuals who might otherwise go unheard. Dr. Reid, Professor of Christian Scriptures in Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, recently utilized text mining to learn how African-Americans in the 1700s and 1800s interpreted the book of Deuteronomy. Inside University Libraries, Baylor Digital Scholarship offers powerful technologies to enhance research in the digital humanities. Learn more about how Reid’s experience accelerated his research and provided deep insight into the ways African-Americans shared the Bible on the path to emancipation.
January 24, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
Stress, and its impact on health, is the broad focus of Annie Ginty’s work. Dr. Ginty, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, is an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star whose research bridges understanding of the ways the mind and body react to stress. In this Baylor Connections, Ginty defines stress, shares tips for recognizing the body’s response to stress and offers practical approaches to managing the unique stressors that listeners face.
January 17, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
Baylor’s Department of Public Health seeks solutions to global health issues related to disease, lifestyle, community factors and more. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Eva Doyle, Department Chair of Public Health and Professor of Community Health, discusses the ways Baylor Public Health professionals conduct meaningful research, enrich students through studies around the globe, and partner with other disciplines to solve critical health challenges.
January 10, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
An internationally-recognized leader in water quality, the environment and health, Bryan Brooks has galvanized stakeholders from around the world to partner, identify and address the planet’s most significant environmental challenges. In this Baylor Connections, Brooks, the distinguished professor of environmental science and biomedical studies and director of Baylor’s environmental health science program, examines meaningful environmental issues and shares how partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Environmental Health Association have launched initiatives designed to spark meaningful change.
President Linda A. Livingstone
January 3, 2020 / Duration - 23 mins
2019 was an exciting year at Baylor University, providing many successes on which to build in the new year. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone looks back at successes in areas like athletics, fundraising, hiring and more, and examines how Baylor is poised to build on those superlatives in 2020 as the University celebrates its 175th birthday.