[CCSI logo]
WACO, Texas (July 29, 2021) – Janeth Mendoza Santillan was awarded first place today in the first-ever innovation challenge from the Christian Collective for Social Innovation (CCSI), a joint initiative of Baylor University and Compassion International, for a grand prize of $25,000. The CCSI invited innovators from around the world to create solutions for the educational challenges in Central and South America in the wake of COVID-19.
[Baylor University]
WACO, Texas (July 27, 2021) - Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., sent the following update was sent to the Baylor University Family.
[Baylor University]
WACO, Texas (July 23, 2021) – The following message was sent to the Baylor University Family today from Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV.
[Orientation Waco Hall 2021]
WACO, Texas (July 16, 2021) – During its regular summer retreat meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents focused on Baylor’s strategic positioning for the future as the University enters the final year of the initial Illuminate strategic plan. The discussions spotlighted the extraordinary progress that has accelerated the University’s aspirations of joining the nation’s top Research 1 universities as the world’s preeminent Christian research university.
[$1 Billion Give Light]
WACO, Texas (July 13, 2021) - Baylor University today announced that alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends combined to provide more than $161 million in given and pledged philanthropic support during the University’s recently completed fiscal year (June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021). The Baylor Family’s philanthropy supports the Give Light Campaign, Baylor’s comprehensive fundraising campaign aimed at resourcing efforts to become the preeminent Christian research university.
Baylor University’s Waco campus experienced an interruption of core data and communication services across the university due to the activation of a fire suppression system in the university’s data center.

Updates were posted to an alternate website ( while systems and services were being restored.
WACO, Texas (July 1, 2021) – Baylor University is seeking artists and foundries to create life-sized bronze statues of the University’s first Black graduates – the Rev. Robert Gilbert, B.A. ’67, and Mrs. Barbara Walker, B.A. ’67. The statues will ultimately reside in front of Baylor’s historic Tidwell Bible Building.
[Supply Chain]
WACO, Texas (June 16, 2021) - To help supply chain managers effectively navigate supply chain risks and disruptions ranging from a worldwide pandemic to ransomware attacks, Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business has added a new concentration in Global Trade and Supply Chain Management beginning this fall in its nationally ranked Baylor Online MBA and Baylor Executive MBA programs in Dallas and Austin.
[Ferrell Center Commencement]
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2021) – Baylor University will return commencement to the Ferrell Center to celebrate summer graduates during two in-person ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 14. In addition, the summer ceremonies will feature a change that reflects the University’s rising number of doctoral candidates and the University’s success as it pursues R1 recognition as a top Christian research university.
[BUPD Chief John Kolinek Swearing-in Ceremony]
WACO, Texas (June 1, 2021) – John Kolinek, who has served as assistant chief of the Baylor University Police Department (BUPD) since 2016, was sworn in today as chief of police during a ceremony at Pat Neff Hall. Kolinek succeeds Chief Brad Wigtil, who retired May 31 after leading the University’s nationally accredited campus law enforcement agency for the past six years.
[Alleluia Conference 2021]
WACO, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The 19th annual Alleluia Conference hosted by the Baylor University School of Music will be offered in a virtual format for the first time July 20-22 but continue to offer a rich and diverse array of sessions led by exciting clinicians and speakers. Register early by May 31.
[Memorial Lamp Post]
WACO, Texas (May 25, 2021) - In observance of Memorial Day, Baylor University administrative offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 31. Baylor University Libraries also will be closed over the Memorial Day weekend and on Monday as they begin a data center migration.
[Mark & Paula Hurd Welcome Center Architectural Rendering 2021]
WACO, Texas (May 14, 2021) – During its regular May meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved the first phase of a capital projects plan, including constructing the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center and resuming the master plan for campus residence hall renovations.
[$1 Billion Give Light Celebration]
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2021) – Baylor University today announced a leadership gift to the Baylor Basketball Pavilion from Paula Hurd, marking progress on the Pavilion and surpassing the $1 billion milestone for the Give Light Campaign, the most the University has ever raised during one campaign effort.
[Baylor Bears]
WACO, Texas (May 12, 2021) – The Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat at Baylor University today announced its approval for accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the independent, international accrediting organization for the best zoos and aquariums.
[Baylor Field at Topgolf Waco]
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2021) – Baylor University today announced an innovative partnership with Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment leader, as the official education partner of Topgolf Waco. The sponsorship agreement is the first between a university and Topgolf nationwide at this partnership level.
WACO, Texas (May 10, 2021) – Baylor University today announced a new alternative to the traditional, on-campus freshman year through a partnership with Verto Education, which offers incoming students a unique cross-cultural educational experience abroad while still earning credits and transfer admission to Baylor.
[Scott C. James, Ph.D.]
WACO, Texas (May 6, 2021) - Baylor University is mourning the passing of current faculty member, Scott C. James, Ph.D., associate professor of geosciences, who died May 2, 2021, while visiting family in California.
[McLane Commencement2]
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Baylor University will celebrate more than 3,600 graduates of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 during six in-person commencement ceremonies May 6-8 at McLane Stadium on the banks of the Brazos River.
WACO, Texas (April 22, 2021) – Baylor University released the following statement in response to a reported assault on an Asian American student near campus on Sunday, April 18. The incident was reported by the student to the Waco Police Department and by the University to the Equity Office.
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