News from Baylor

[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. The Board also voted to approve the 2021-2022 operating budget, heard updates on historical campus master planning, caring for all students and faculty job satisfaction, and elected new Regents and Board leadership.
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2021) – Near the end of his life, as he battled spiraling health and an empty bank account, former United States President – and iconic Civil War General – Ulysses S. Grant penned his memoirs and gave the world a glimpse into the mind of one of the nation’s most celebrated figures.
[$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.
[Piper Professor Presentation]
WACO, Texas (May 12, 2021) – Robert F. Darden III, B.S.Ed. '76, M.J., professor of journalism, public relations and new media, Master Teacher and founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University, has been honored as a Piper Professor of 2021 for the state of Texas by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
[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.
[Dr. Paul Zinke]
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2021) – Paul Zinke, Ph.D., senior lecturer in chemistry at Baylor University, has been selected as the 2021 Collins Outstanding Professor, an honor voted on annually by the senior class.
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.
[2021 Centennial Professors]
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Baylor University faculty members Michael-John DePalma, Ph.D., associate professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences and coordinator of the professional writing and rhetoric program, and Lesley McAllister, D.M.A., professor of piano and director of piano pedagogy in the School of Music, have been selected to receive 2021 Centennial Professor Awards for summer research projects.
[Baylor University]
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Twelve Baylor University professors have been honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship and contributions to the academic community for the 2020-2021 academic year.
[Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez]
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University and a nationally recognized author and expert on race and culture, has been named the 2021 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year.
[Lake Malawi Artifacts]
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Mastery of fire has given humans dominance over the natural world. A Yale-led study – with contributions from a Baylor University paleoclimatologist – provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames.
WACO, Texas (April 23, 2021) — Baylor interior design students won first and third place in the Southwest region in the annual IDEC Student Design Competition held virtually by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).
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.
[Dr. James Curry]
WACO, Texas (April 21, 2021) – James A. Curry, Ph.D., professor of political science and The Bob Bullock Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Baylor University, was recognized today in Austin with Texas House and Senate resolutions honoring his longtime service to the University and dedication to students as director of the Bob Bullock Scholars Program and the Baylor Washington Internship Program.
[Drug Take Back 2021]
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2021) —The Baylor University Police Department (BUPD) will collect old and expired prescription drugs as part of a National Take-Back Day Saturday, April 24. Although the official collection day is on Saturday, BUPD will accept prescription drugs all week.
WACO, Texas (April 19, 2021) — Baylor University’s department of religion has announced that Wemimo Bright Jaiyesimi of Lagos, Nigeria, has been named the recipient of the inaugural Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Religion Graduate Fellowship.
[Greg Garrett, Ph.D.]
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2021) – Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English at Baylor University, has been awarded a $488,000 grant by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to study the pivotal role of movies, books, sermons, political speeches and other media in shaping popular attitudes and opinions, including those about race and racial dynamics.
[Dia Week 2021]
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2021) – As Baylor University winds down the spring semester, students will be able to take a break from studying each evening of April 19-24 and enjoy a range of campus activities in the spirit of the University’s Diadeloso tradition.
[Baylor Sciences Building]
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2021) – Baylor University today announced an estate gift from John and Eula Mae Baugh, creating an endowed chair in physics. The Eula Mae and John Baugh Chair in Physics, which will receive matching funds through the Baylor Academic Challenge, will provide faculty funding within the department of physics and focus on innovative research and teaching in the area of materials science.
[Baylor Sciences Building]
WACO, Texas (April 14, 2021) – Baylor University announced today the launch of nationwide searches for elite researchers to serve in five endowed faculty chair positions. These newly endowed chairs are strategically created to address significant societal challenges and recruit faculty in emerging areas of strength and focus at the University: data sciences, materials science, biomedical engineering, molecular biology and health, and water and health.
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2021) – Baylor University’s Career Center reports a surprising increase in job placement of graduating Baylor University students in the spring of 2020 compared to spring 2019, despite an anticipated decrease due to the effect of COVID-19.
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2021) — With President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, citizens nationwide received a second round of stimulus checks in the form of $1,400 per person and an additional $1,400 per dependent.
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