Academic Events

Symposia

            Each semester, the Honors Residential College hosts a few small dinners for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guests.  These intimate meals allow for discussion with great minds from a variety of fields.  Past distinguished speakers include:

  • Ron Anderson—former CEO of Parkland
  • Joel Allison—CEO Baylor Scott and White Healthcare System and current Chair of the Baylor Board of Regents
  • Sid Fitzwater—Federal judge
  • Steve Megison—UT Southwestern faculty—Pediatric Surgery
  • Don Meier—Chairman Pediatric Surgery Paul Foster School of Medicine and former missionary to Nigeria
  • Rebecca Naylor—former missionary to India, UT Southwestern faculty
  • Alan Keister—internist Amarillo, started Heal the City free clinic in Amarillo, also founded an ACO in Amarillo
  • Paul Hancock—CMO Methodist Health System in San Antonio
  • Jay Burns—Plastic surgeon Dallas, Texas, founder of The Prodigal ministry
  • Hal Habecker—former international director of Christian Medical and Dental Association, founder of Finishing Well Ministries
  • Ron Wilson—Baylor Regent, Waco internist

<i>Students, faculty, and guests share a meal together.</i>
Students, faculty, and guests share a meal together.
<i>A good story...</i>
A good story...
<i>Symposia allow students to meet and discuss with scholars and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines.</i>
Symposia allow students to meet and discuss with scholars and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines.
<i>The intimate symposia gatherings create an environment for students, faculty, and guests to connect.</i>
The intimate symposia gatherings create an environment for students, faculty, and guests to connect.
<i>an engaging discussion...</i>
an engaging discussion...

Formation Series

            The Formation Series is the HRC's common conversation about what it means to be formed as a whole person by a Baylor education -- the fundamental commitment of our community. The Formation Series is one of the main ways our community comes together around the love of learning. Each fall and spring, the HRC hosts a series of three public lectures. Previous subjects have included ‘God Matters,’‘Friendship,’ and ‘The Works of C.S. Lewis.’ Taking part in a common conversation is an important component of any residential college, and we hope you will join us this year as we learn and grow together.

<i>Love of God, love of neighbor, and love of learning come together in the Formation Series gatherings.</i>
Love of God, love of neighbor, and love of learning come together in the Formation Series gatherings.
<i>The Formation Series is one of the ways our community comes together around the love of learning.</i>
The Formation Series is one of the ways our community comes together around the love of learning.
<i>The Faculty Steward and student leaders thoughtfully select topics for discussion and invite speakers.</i>
The Faculty Steward and student leaders thoughtfully select topics for discussion and invite speakers.
<i>Formation Series cultivates the community's shared conversation.</i>
Formation Series cultivates the community's shared conversation.
<i>learning alongside one another...</i>
learning alongside one another...

Honors Credit

Honors Program students can satisfy some of their program requirements via the HRC Formation Series.  To successfully earn an Honors Unit for participating in the Formation Series, students must attend two of the three Formation Series events each semester and write a critical reflection over one of the events each semester. Half an Honors Unit can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for one semester; a whole Unit can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for two semesters.

Critical Reflection Submission Process (download the instructions here):

1.Your reflection will be due a week following the date of the lecture.     

2.You must submit your reflection to hrc@baylor.edu;

*The formation series can count for an upper or lower level unit.

Discussion Clubs and Study Nights

            Shared conversation continues at Discussion Clubs and Study Nights.  At Discusssion Clubs, students come together to discuss current events, relevant issues, and important subjects.  Students will often gather to discuss following a major university or world event or after a Formation Series lecture.  Study Nights connect the classroom and the community, as students gather over cereal in the Memorial Dining Hall to work on homework and study alongside friends.