WACO, Texas (April 2, 2020) – In the proverbial “blink of an eye,” many find their neighbors, friends, family – and even themselves – out of jobs that only a few weeks ago seemed safe and secure. The jobless are grieving. What’s our role? How do we help? How do we engage?
Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard of people hijacking the Wikipedia pages of several prominent universities, indicating they were a “private online university based in …”. I am happy to report that no one has commandeered our Wikipedia page so far. Baylor continues to be “a private Baptist Christian university in Waco, Texas.”
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – Drinking alcoholic beverages may be more appealing amid unease about the coronavirus, as people deal with shelter-at-home orders and fears about the economy, says a Baylor University researcher who studies alcohol use and misuse. But with regulations providing less access to alcohol, this may be a good time for substance abusers to seek recovery and for others to guard against over-reliance.
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – The impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis is acutely felt by entrepreneurs and the nearly 60 million people employed by small businesses across the U.S. As communities have sheltered in place and closed all but the most essential businesses, many entrepreneurs find themselves in survival mode amidst uncertain waters, seeking to keep their business afloat and retain employees.
Earlier today, the City of Waco and McLennan County announced an extension of their Shelter in Place orders through April 21. The City and County will continue to reevaluate the order for possible extension beyond the current date.
Today we jointly want to provide two significant faculty-focused updates, based on our collaborative work and in recognition of the many professional and personal disruptions you have faced this semester due to COVID-19.
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2020) – The initial spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented situations for many Americans, causing significant disruptions to ordinarily consistent daily routines. These disruptions have led to widespread fear of a dynamic future and can be seen most tangibly on the empty shelves of grocery stores across the nation.
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2020) - In response to the City of Waco’s call for shelter in place, Baylor University has temporarily closed the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, a Class C Zoo, to visitors. Out of an abundance of caution, the facility will remain closed until group gatherings are deemed safe to resume.
We are happy to share that the University will provide prorated credits for housing, meal plans, and parking permits and will pay students receiving federal work-study. In certain circumstances, the credits provided may result in a reimbursement, based on certain criteria. Below are the specifics of the plan.
Even those of us who find crowds exhausting are mourning the loss of connection, and while Zoom and FaceTime and other tech solutions can bring us together in some fashion, many of us remain unsatisfied.
Still trying to figure out the best way to work from home? You’re far from alone. Maybe your kids are nearby, and you’re balancing your best at work with your best for them. Or perhaps you’re still trying to figure out a new routine, adjusting to life outside the office as all but the most …
As our state and nation respond to the public health crisis created by the global spread of coronavirus, Baylor University has been confronted by many unprecedented circumstances and, accordingly, has taken many equally unprecedented actions in response.
On Sunday I watched the news – until I couldn’t watch it any longer. I doubt I learned anything new during those three hours. I confess that I’ve never been much of a Sabbath observer, but I can say with confidence that there was nothing about Sunday that felt like a day of rest (except sleeping in and tuning into our church’s online worship service while still in my pajamas).
On Sunday I needed rest. I sat around all day, but it wasn’t rest. A big chunk of the day was spent consuming news that wasn’t new, except for the God-awful, rising number of COVID-19 cases and casualties, which only further prevented any sense of rest. Watching the news only fed fear and anxiety, doubt and disbelief.
WACO, Texas (March 26, 2020) — The spread of coronavirus has interrupted many traditional institutions of working life, with perhaps the most drastic change to the professional environment coming from the rapid transition to work-from-home offices. With many segments of the workforce ordered to shelter in place and work remotely, employees have scrambled to transform guest bedrooms and kitchen tables to home offices, exchanging conference room roundtable discussions for tiled video conference calls.
I am glad to be writing again to you on a Thursday afternoon for our weekly Presidential Perspective. Like me, I hope you see this as a sign of a return to normalcy, although it is indeed a new normal for Baylor.
While distance education is new for most of Baylor, Dr. Nicholas Werse has been a distance educator for several years. Werse is the Graduate Writing Coordinator for Baylor School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Organizational Change, the university’s largest online doctoral program, housed in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
While distance education is new for most of Baylor, Dr. Nicholas Werse has been a distance educator for several years. Werse is the Graduate Writing Coordinator for Baylor School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Organizational Change and runs a fully online writing center to coach the doctoral students with their academic writing.
WACO, Texas (March 25, 2020) – The international response to the COVID-19 public health crisis has led millions of workers to make home their new office as communities and organizations promote social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. For many individuals, this spring marks the first time they will have worked from home for a substantial amount of time.
WACO, Texas (March 25, 2020) – In a difficult and ever-changing time of crisis surrounding the spread of coronavirus, the basic needs of health and safety come first. But as these basic physiological needs are met, the more advanced care for spiritual and mental health can remain overlooked or ignored altogether.
As we continue on this journey together forced upon us by the coronavirus (COVID-19), I continue to be impressed by the creativity, dedication and resilience of all of you. We have asked you to do the extraordinary for Baylor University over the past few weeks – all the while balancing family, church and community obligations during these unprecedented times.
The spring 2020 semester has presented many unprecedented circumstances for Baylor University’s students, faculty and staff as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In recognition of these challenges, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to elect to convert any of their spring course grades to Pass/Fail at the end of the semester once their final grades have been submitted.
WACO, Texas (March 24, 2020) – Public health crises such as COVID-19 — in which people may feel powerless and receive conflicting information — can lead to a flare-up of unsafe religious sentiments, says a Baylor epidemiologist.
UPDATE: The Libraries continue to restrict access to the Central Libraries to Baylor ID Card swipe access and to allow access to its special collection libraries by appointment only. In addition, areas within the Central Libraries are closed to traffic and materials should be returned to external drop boxes.
We are doing our best to keep you informed during this rapidly evolving situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as we prioritize the health and safety of our campus community, the ongoing continuity of our academic mission and the continuity of business operations.
WACO, Texas (March 23, 2020) – During a time of stress and uncertainty, how do we ease our fears and avoid a counter-productive and potentially selfish bulk-buying response? Baylor's Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, shares his thoughts.