Updates

Sep
24
2020
Our Illuminate vision – for Baylor to be recognized as a Tier 1/Research 1 university while holding firm to our Christian mission and Baptist heritage –requires a team effort to achieve. Tomorrow is National Research Administrator Day, a day set aside to celebrate the dedicated individuals who advance research in universities across the country.
Sep
23
2020
As Baylor’s Virtual Family Weekend approaches in just a few days, I write with gratitude for your partnership and support. Although the COVID-19 pandemic requires that we present this year’s events quite differently than we have in the past, our goal is the same as it has been since the first Family Weekend in 1960: to help families of Baylor students become better acquainted with the University and its beloved traditions.
Sep
18
2020
On Wednesday I shared with you our revised calendar for the spring semester, which establishes a framework for successfully completing the entire academic year with campus-based instruction. Today, I would like to provide a few more details regarding how the University is operationalizing this planned calendar.
Sep
17
2020
As we finish up our fourth week of the fall semester, I’d like to thank you all – students, faculty and staff – for your diligence and perseverance as we launched into a time of many unknowns. Because of your hard work, I am excited to share three noteworthy updates.
Sep
16
2020
Even as we began the Fall, we were looking ahead to the safest and most effective plan for our Spring semester. Our planning priority has been the safe completion of the Spring semester with campus-based instruction.
Sep
15
2020
Baylor is currently experiencing a decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases.
Sep
14
2020
Fall 2020 Staff Forum was a "virtual" or online event this year. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cheryl Gochis, was joined in the Zoom-hosted forum by Baylor Board Chair Mark Rountree, President Linda Livingstone, Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Staff Council Chaplain Jarrod Mathis and other Baylor senior leaders. Baylor leaders provided information for staff regarding Baylor’s COVID-19 efforts and plans for the academic school year.
Sep
10
2020
Let me extend my sincerest appreciation for all of your efforts to date in the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 on our campus.
Sep
3
2020
President Livingstone and Provost Brickhouse were joined by Board Chair Mark Rountree, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Paxton Riter, CEO of iDesign along with other Baylor leaders for the 2020 Virtual Fall Faculty Meeting.
Sep
3
2020
As we reach the end of the second week of the fall semester, I want to commend all of you for your continued wearing of facemasks, practicing social distancing and following University guidelines and policies during this unique time of COVID-19.
Sep
2
2020
As we responded over the weekend to the positive COVID-19 cases on the 3rd and 4th floors of Martin Hall, we identified the need to define and further clarify several common practices and terms that are used as part of Baylor’s COVID-19 response – Self-Isolation, Self-Quarantine, Reside in Place, Close Contact and Contact Tracing.
Aug
31
2020
As we have worked through the Martin Hall COVID-19 situation over the past few days, we realize there is some confusion within the campus community regarding oft-used terms – such as Self-Isolation, Self-Quarantine, Reside in Place, Close Contact and Contact Tracing – and what these actually mean for Baylor.
Aug
29
2020
We wanted to inform the campus community that we have identified an increase in positive COVID-19 cases among residents on the 3rd and 4th floors of Martin Hall. Since Thursday, we have seen an increase from five positive COVID-19 cases to 21 positives on these two floors as of Saturday.
Aug
28
2020
As I wrap up the week here in my office in Pat Neff Hall – while watching back-packed students walk across our beautiful campus – several of you have reached out and asked: "How did the first week of the fall semester go?"
Aug
28
2020
On behalf of the Baylor Family, I thank you for the innumerable ways your congregation nurtures and challenges students during this formative season in their lives.
Aug
27
2020
I truly appreciate your efforts as we have all come together as the Baylor Family in the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 at the start of the semester. I am pleased to see so many facemasks – some are quite creative and fashionable – as well as your efforts to practice social distancing across the campus.
Aug
25
2020
Thank you for a strong start to the fall semester! Our faculty, staff and administration have had August 24 circled on the calendar for months, as we all worked together to provide a safe and healthy environment for your on-campus instruction.
Aug
25
2020
Baylor is launching COVID-19 surveillance testing for the Baylor campus community in Waco and at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas as part of the University’s ongoing mitigation and prevention efforts related to the virus.
Aug
24
2020
The first day of our fall semester has finally arrived! We are excited to begin what is going to be a truly remarkable year.
Aug
24
2020
As we begin the fall semester, Baylor University is required to send an Emergency Notification* under the Clery Act to all students and employees to ensure you are informed about where to access information regarding COVID-19 positive cases on our campus, important personal health and safety precautions and essential sources of information about the coronavirus.
Aug
21
2020
It is with great warmth and eagerness that I welcome you back to Waco as you begin the fall semester at Baylor University. Waco is a proud part of the Baylor Family, and we have greatly
missed you ever since our collective world changed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug
20
2020
From my early career as an assistant professor at Baylor to now as the University’s President, the start of a new semester always brings much joy and excitement as I reflect on our students and the promise of the future. Of course, this fall semester brings added significance as Monday culminates hours upon hours of planning and preparation by our administration, faculty and staff to welcome students back to campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug
19
2020
Baylor University has extensively planned and
prepared for the arrival of your students this fall with the goal of providing a safe and healthy on-campus educational experience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug
19
2020
This summer Baylor University, like many institutions across the country, has invested significant time and resources to prepare for your safe return to campus. The healthy practices we have shared as part of the Family First campaign are designed for your wellbeing and that of your friends and classmates and our community. It is our hope that these measures will preserve the in-person instruction and beloved Baylor traditions that mark your undergraduate experience. Yet, our preparation is only effective if we partner together to help keep Baylor safe.
Aug
18
2020
While many of the fall preparations I have discussed over the past few weeks may seem mostly technical or operational in nature, I want to take a moment to call our collective attention to a core tenet of the mission of Baylor University, especially in the midst of a pandemic -- creating a caring Christian community.
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