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[preparing]
7/31/2020
WACO, Texas (July 31, 2020) — Universities will be faced with numerous changes, challenges and opportunities during the fall semester due to the mitigation and management of campus health as it relates to COVID-19. Baylor University is by no means exempt from these headwinds; in fact, the University is uniquely positioned to be successful despite them.
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7/20/2020
WACO, Texas (July 20, 2020) – As individuals and institutions across the country consider necessary changes to effectively fight racism, two terms are gaining familiarity: cultural humility and antiracism.
[We Shall Overcome]
6/19/2020
WACO, Texas (June 19, 2020) – As the protests following the death of George Floyd began to roil the country, it was only a few days before the demonstrators began to sing an array of freedom songs and protest spirituals, as well as a few new adaptations, including Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
[Kara]
6/16/2020
WACO, Texas (June 16, 2020) – When Baylor’s campus was closed due to COVID-19, Kara Jones drove several times from her home in San Antonio to Waco — a 360-mile round trip — as one of the few volunteers able to help out Mission Waco Health Clinic during that time.
[SpaceX]
5/29/2020
WACO, Texas (May 29, 2020) – As private rocket company SpaceX readies for the scheduled launch to the International Space Station on Saturday or Sunday — the first space crew launch from America in nearly a decade — Baylor University planetary geophysicist Peter James, Ph.D., says that private companies not only have lowered the cost of space exploration but also may speed it along.
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5/21/2020
WACO, Texas (May 21, 2020) – Baylor University’s May Minimester is underway, and students are currently enrolling in large numbers for the University’s Summer of Discovery with two online summer sessions from June 2-July 7 and July 9-August 12, respectively.
[COVID guide]
5/6/2020
WACO, Texas (May 6, 2020) — More than 80 specialists from around the globe who deal daily with the issues of dying and grief — including three from Baylor University — have joined to develop new rituals and resources to honor those who die during the COVID-19 era and to aid the living as they grapple with the crisis.
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5/5/2020
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2020) – Daughters often put in emotional labor and significant time to make Mother’s Day feel special. Research shows that this type of “kin work” is largely invisible – to the daughters themselves, and others – because it is expected of daughters to make that contribution, said a Baylor University expert in mother-daughter relationships.
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4/30/2020
WACO, Texas (May 1, 2020) – As Baylor University shifted classes online to promote social distancing, Anne Jeffrey, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, shifted her “Contemporary Moral Problems: Bioethics” class to engage her students in real world challenges prompted by the response to the virus.
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4/27/2020
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum is hosting a special Virtual Meet the Scientists: Virus 101 online at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. Special guest is Kelli Barr, Ph.D., assistant professor of tropical disease and global health biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
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4/27/2020
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – When COVID-19 concerns led to the difficult but necessary decision to move all courses online, Baylor faculty found themselves having to quickly adapt to a remote-class format. With a few weeks left in the semester, Lenore Wright, director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning and associate professor in the Honors College, urges faculty to continue to utilize available resources.
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4/24/2020
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2020) – With the CoVID-19 pandemic abruptly forcing students into an extended period of physical isolation and heightened stress, Academic Mentoring in Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Success Center (PLFSC) continues to connect students in need of additional assistance to finish the semester successfully with peer mentors.
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4/24/2020
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2020) – With announcements coming in from across the country that schools will remain closed for the duration of the spring semester and won’t be reconvening until the next school year, many parents of students are understandably concerned about their kids falling behind or that they aren’t making the most of the situation for their students.
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4/22/2020
WACO, Texas (April 23, 2020) – A Baylor University marketing professor and advertising expert has created a list of brands and commercials she says are “stellar examples of empowered storytelling” during this time of pandemic.
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4/22/2020
WACO, Texas (April 22, 2020) – The work continues for staff in the Baylor University Counseling Center, who continue to serve hundreds of students, despite physical separation, social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates due to COVID-19.
[bears]
4/20/2020
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2020) – Amid the shelter-in-place mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic, diligent student caregivers in the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, a Class C Zoo, have maintained world-class supervision and protection of the University’s black bears, Judge Joy and Judge Lady.
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4/17/2020
WACO, Texas (April 17, 2020) – As couples and families shelter in place throughout the nation to slow the spread of COVID-19, they are navigating the unique combination of crisis, change and close quarters together.
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4/16/2020
Jeannie, BA ’95, and Dr. Daniel McGinnis, BA ’99, reside in Sheffield, England with their two children. Three of their four family members were diagnosed with COVID-19, with Jeannie experiencing a moderate (borderline severe) case.
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4/16/2020
WACO, Texas (April 16, 2020) – More than 330 Baylor University faculty and staff, who have volunteered as “Bear Care Coaches,” are reaching out to assigned groups of students each week to help them navigate the stresses of remote online education, being away from their peers and trying to adapt to a college experience disrupted by COVID-19.
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4/15/2020
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2020) – More than a month into physical distancing and troubleshooting the technical aspects of creating online worship services, many churches have pivoted from launching their services online to focusing on improving and cultivating the worship experience and community that their congregants are seeking.
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