Baylor University Awards 2014 Centennial Professor

June 27, 2014

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WACO, Texas (June 24, 2014) – Baylor University awarded Alfredo Colman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Baylor University School of Music, as its 2014 Centennial Professor. The Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee awards a professor every spring semester.

The Baylor Centennial Class of 1945 created an endowment fund to support faculty development. Each year a tenured faculty member is recognized as the Baylor Centennial Professor and is provided with funding for a project that will facilitate a more in-depth study in his or her field.

Colman applied for the award with the hopes of studying the works of Florentin Gimenez in Paraguay. Colman will be given $5,000 and be able to visit with Gimenez, a prolific composer with more than 400 compositions, to study the work he’s accumulated over many years in the profession.

Colman is preceded in the award by Richard Russell, Ph.D., associate professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences. Russell utilized his award to study the works of Seamus Heaney and consequently write a book detailed with his findings.

by Rebecca Flannery, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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