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Aug
14
2018

Unique class hymns welcome Baylor freshmen to campus each fall

While it’s common for incoming freshmen to be welcomed to college by campus leaders, it’s not so common for that encouragement to come in the form of a hymn — but that’s what we do at Baylor. Since 2008, each class of freshmen has received its own unique message of encouragement and hope written by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, […]

Aug
14
2018

Baptist Standard: Voices: Hope is revealed in our obedience to Christ

Aug. 8, 2018
In this column, Smith Getterman, director of sustainability and special projects for Baylor's University Libraries, shares ways Christians might respond to tragedies in the world. He calls for hope and "the simple act of faithful obedience to Christ."

Aug
14
2018

Everything Lubbock: City of Plainview welcomes Cynthia Peterson as new Unger Memorial Chief Librarian

Aug. 13, 2018
The City of Plainview has hired Cynthia Peterson, B.S.Ed. (Music) '79, as the new Unger Memorial Chief Librarian.

Aug
14
2018

HealthDay News: A Weak Grip May Signal Future Health — Even in Kids

Aug. 13, 2018
Weak grip strength in children may point to a higher risk of such health problems as diabetes and heart disease, suggested a study co-authored by Baylor and published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study followed children from fourth grade through fifth grade, with a grip-strength test given at the start. Nearly 28 percent of the boys and 20 percent of the girls were classified as having weak grips, and during the study period, those with weak grips were over three times more likely to remain in poor health or decline in health, said senior author Paul Gordon, Ph.D., chair of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor University's College of Health and Human Sciences. Previous studies have shown that muscle weakness as measured by grip strength is a predictor of poor health in adults, but this is the first to do so in children. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. HealthDay is a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health content for consumers and physicians and the largest syndicator of health news to health news websites.)

Aug
14
2018

Move-In Parking Closures and Traffic Routes

With Move-In Day fast approaching, the campus community should be aware of parking closures and altered traffic routes to manage not only move-in activities but getting around campus.

Aug
14
2018

TIME Online: Baylor University is #501 on MONEY's 2018-19 #BestColleges List

Aug. 13, 2018
Baylor is among the 727 Best Colleges in America for your money.

Aug
14
2018

U.S. News & World Report: Grip Strength of Children Gives Clues about Their Future Health, Study Finds

Aug. 13, 2018
Adolescents with a strong hand grip — an indicator of overall muscle strength — have better odds of being healthy over time, according to a two-year study of 368 elementary school children. “This study gives multiple snapshots over time that provide more insight about grip strength and future risks for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” senior author Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., professor and chair of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. “Low grip strength could be used to predict cardiometabolic risk and to identify adolescents who would benefit from lifestyle changes to improve muscular fitness.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of media communications, pitched this research nationally.)

Aug
14
2018

United Press International: Weak grip may signal future health trouble for adults, children

Aug. 13, 2018
Measuring hand grip may predict future health among adolescents, which could help in identifying those who would benefit from strength exercises, according to a study from Baylor, the University of Michigan and the University of New England. When it comes to young health, the significance of a nutritious diet and aerobic activity are often highlighted. But the new findings from a two-year study of elementary school students suggest why improving and maintaining muscular strength is also important during this age, said senior author Paul Gordon, Ph.D. chair and professor of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of media communications, pitched this research nationally.)

Aug
13
2018

Advocate Health Care: How to have a more enjoyable and productive work day

Aug. 13, 2018
Research by Baylor associate professors of management Emily Hunter and Cindy Wu is highlighted in this story about steps workers can take to have a more productive and enjoyable workday. Hunter and Wu authored a study that shows how workday breaks can lead to more job satisfaction, as well as improvements in energy, concentration and task motivation. “People who took frequent short breaks experienced fewer headaches, less eye strain and lower rates of back pain,” Hunter said.

Aug
13
2018

Baylor University: #BaylorLights: Brooke Blevins

Aug. 6, 2018
Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., associate professor of social studies education in Baylor's School of Education, is spotlighted in this story about her mission to help students realize their capacity to make a difference. In 2013, Blevins and collaborator Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction, launched iEngage, a civics camp for sixth- through ninth-graders. "What we want them to recognize is that they have the ability to make a change," Blevins said.

Aug
13
2018

CitybizList: Dr. Sherry B. Perkins Named President and CEO of UM Capital Region Health

Aug. 9, 2018
Sherry B. Perkins, B.S.N. (Nursing) ’82, has been named president and chief executive officer of University of Maryland Capital Region Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Aug
13
2018

Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH): Opinion: Oh, the Humanities!

Aug. 13, 2018
This opinion piece cites “The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in An Age of Crisis,” a new book by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College. Jacobs writes about a group of religious thinkers, among them T.S. Eliot and C.S. Lewis, whose wartime writings Jacobs depicts as a sustained attempt, in the shadow of totalitarian ambition and liberal crisis, to offer “a deeply thoughtful, culturally rich Christianity” as the means to a postwar humanistic renewal in the West.

Aug
13
2018

Grip Strength of Children Gives Clues about Their Future Health, Study Finds

WACO, Texas (Aug. 13, 2018) — Adolescents with a strong hand grip — an indicator of overall muscle strength — have better odds of being healthy over time, according to a two-year study of 368 elementary school children.

Aug
13
2018

Inverse: The Strange Reason People Think Prices Are Cheaper When They End in $0.99

Aug. 6, 2018
This article centers on new marketing research by Lingjiang Lora Tu, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of marketing, and Chris Pullig, Ph.D., professor and chair of marketing in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. They found that retailers who consider using prices ending in “9” – $2.99 or $3.99, for example – might have more success if they focus their efforts on identifying the thinking styles of their customers. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of media communications, pitched this research and helped arrange this interview.)

Aug
12
2018

This dollar bill has been in this Baylor family for three generations

This is no ordinary dollar bill. This is a prized possession of Jada Stockemer, new Baylor freshman, who will finally move into her dorm this week with thousands of others in the Class of 2022. When she does, that dollar bill will be back where it first started. In the fall of 1952, Gwen Beard […]

Aug
10
2018

Meet Baylor’s nationally-recognized expert on faith and the Founding Fathers

Religion’s role in the founding and shaping of American life has been much-considered, studied and debated throughout U.S. history — but few are as qualified to provide insight into the topic as Baylor’s Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Thomas Kidd. In the classroom, on bookshelves and in the media, students and non-students alike have learned […]

Aug
10
2018

Baylor University Mourns the Passing of Dr. Charles Reeder, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Waco, Texas (Aug. 10, 2018) — Baylor University is mourning the passing of Charles E. Reeder of Waco, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, who died Aug. 8. He was 91.

Aug
10
2018

Baylor University Mourns the Passing of Former Associate Professor of Museum Studies

WACO, Texas (Aug. 10, 2018) — Baylor University is mourning the death of Stephen L. Williams, Ph.D., retired associate professor of museum studies, who died July 31 in Waco. He was 70.

Aug
10
2018

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes new cohort

July 28, 2018
Stephanie Onyechi, B.S.Ed. (Health Science Studies) ’15, was among 56 students who took part in a white coat ceremony as she begins her first year of medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Onyechi said previous exposure to the area through missionary trips as a Baylor undergraduate encouraged her to apply at the UTRGV School of Medicine. “I fell in love with the community here, and I thought, ‘How amazing would it be to spend four years actually being able to commit?’” she said.