This Week at Baylor – Feb. 19-25, 2017

  • Philip Obado
    Philip Obado, D.M.A., will conduct the Concert Band in a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. (Courtesy photo)
  • Jedidah Isler
    Jedidah Isler, Ph.D., will lecture in the Academy for Leadership Development Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Isler will also speak at Ladies and Legos, an event hosted by the School of Engineering and Computer Science at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Courtesy photo)
  • Joyce Jones
    Organ professor emeritus Joyce Jones, Ph.D., will perform at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Courtesy photo)
Feb. 17, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – This week, Baylor University will host several notable speakers, lectures, concerts and events, including a seminar hosted by former NASA engineer Merlin Merritt, a banquet in honor of Black History Month and a lecture and book signing by Glen Sample Ely, Ph.D., author of The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail (1858-1861).

SUNDAY, Feb. 19

Concert Band – The Concert Band will perform its annual winter program at 3 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

MONDAY, Feb. 20

Chapel Highlights – Singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards will perform in Chapel at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. Edwards is the founder of The Deeply Co, a traveling music and art show celebrating makers of all kinds. Edwards is a Baylor University graduate. Her first full-length album, Daydream, was released in 2014. For more information and a list of future Chapel speakers, visit the Chapel website.

Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome – In partnership with the Waco Hippodrome, Baylor Student Activities will show “Weiner” at 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office or online. Visit the Student Activities website for more information.

Campus Orchestra – The Campus Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall in the Waco Hall Complex, 624 Speight Ave. This concert is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

TUESDAY, Feb. 21

Institute for Studies of Religion Lecture – Daniel Falk, Ph.D., professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will lecture on “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls” at 3:30 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave. Falk is the author of Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is also the co-editor of the Brill Dead Sea Scrolls Editions. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register online.

Black History Month Lecture – Todd Moye, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of North Texas, will lecture on “Ella Baker: The Woman Who Invented the Civil Rights Movement” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Morrison Hall, 1410 S. Fifth St. This event is sponsored by the history department in the College of Arts & Sciences in honor of Black History Month.

Alessandro Vettori Lecture – Alessandro Vettori, Ph.D., professor of Italian and comparative literature at Rutgers University, will lecture on “The Exile of Poets in Dante’s Commedia” at 4:30 p.m. in Room 152 of Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St.

Cross Cultural Dinner – Baylor Formation will host a cross-cultural dinner at 6 p.m. in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center, 500 Speight Ave. Click here for more information and a schedule of future cross-cultural engagement events.

Academy for Leader Development Lecture – Jedidah Isler, Ph.D., will lecture in the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St. Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist, a TED fellow and a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive STEM education. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information about Isler and the ALD Lecture Series.

Jazz Ensemble – The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22

Chapel Highlights – Adam Donyes will speak in Chapel at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. Donyes is the K-2 men’s director and founder of the Kanakuk Link Year. His focus is teaching rhythm and rest as a means of pursuing God. For more information and a list of future Chapel speakers, visit the Chapel website.

Joyce Jones Concert – Joyce Jones, Ph.D., organ professor emeritus, will perform at 4 p.m. in Paul Powell Chapel in the Truett Theological Seminary, 1110 S. Third St. Her program is presented in memory of Dean Paul Powell and in observance of the 15th anniversary of the Baugh-Reynolds Campus at Baylor. This event is free and open to the public.

2017 Spring Physics Colloquium Series – Augusto Carballido, Ph.D., assistant research professor at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) will lecture on “Dust Coagulation and Magnetic Field Strength in Protoplanetary Disk Gaps” for the 2017 Spring Physics Colloqium Series at 4 p.m. in Room E125 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. Click here for more information.

Ladies and Legos – The School of Engineering and Computer Science will host Ladies and Legos at 7 p.m. in Room 109 of Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, 105 Baylor Ave. The event will feature award-winning astrophysicist Jedidah Isler, Ph.D., for a discussion about diversity in engineering and computer science. This event is part of ECS Week, featuring activities that provide professional development opportunities, educate students and foster community in honor of National Engineer’s Week. Click here for more information and a full schedule of ECS Week events.

THURSDAY, Feb. 23

The Texas Collection Lecture – Glen Sample Ely, Ph.D., will lecture on his new book The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail (1858-1861) at 3:30 p.m. in the Bennett Auditorium in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing at the Texas Collection in Carroll Library, 1429 S. Fifth St. The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail (1858-1861) presents the story of the growth of West Texas and the stagecoach route that moved passengers and mail from St. Louis to San Francisco during this time.

Religion Department Lecture – Deidre Fulton, Ph.D., will deliver the 33rd annual Religion Department Lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer Academic Center, 1401 S. Fourth St. Fulton is assistant professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences. Fulton’s lecture is titled “No Bones About It: The Philistines of Ashkelon in the Bible and Archaeology.”

CASPER Seminar Series – Merlin Merritt, former NASA engineer, will host a seminar as part of the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER) Seminar Series at 4 p.m. in Room D110 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. Merritt will speak about “Reflections on Science and Faith.” This seminar is co-sponsored by CASPER, Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of Physics, the Department of Philosophy and Truett Theological Seminary. Click here for more information about the CASPER Seminar Series.

Women’s Choir Festival Concert – The Baylor Women’s Choir and young women singers from the choirs of eight local high schools will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

30th Annual Black Heritage Banquet – The Baylor University Association of Black Students, in conjunction with the Department of Multicultural Affairs, will host the Black Heritage Banquet in honor of Black History Month at 7 p.m. in the fifth floor banquet hall in Cashion Academic Center, 1401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for Baylor students. For more information, click here.

2017 Heart of Texas Regional History Fair – Baylor University will host the 2017 Heart of Texas Regional History Fair at the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St. High school students from 14 counties will compete on campus Thursday and Friday.

FRIDAY, Feb. 24

Biology Research Seminar – David Earnest, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, will lecture on “Timing Is Everything: Implications of Internal Biological Clocks in Human Health” at 2:30 p.m. in Room D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave.

Keston Center Lecture – Roman Lunkin, Ph.D., will present the 2017 Spring Keston Center Lecture on “Today’s Russia: Religion, Politics and Society” at 3:30 p.m. in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St. Lunkin is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Chairman Xenia Dennen of the Keston Institute in Oxford, former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards and Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., political science professor in the College of Arts & Sciences. Click here for more information.

Baylor New Venture Competition – Baylor University’s entrepreneurship program will host the sixth annual Baylor New Venture Competition, a multi-round business plan and speed pitch competition promoting entrepreneurship and small business development, on Feb. 24 and 25. The grand prize is $60,000. The 2017 Baylor New Venture Competition is now closed for submissions, but attendance is free. For more information and to register, click here.

SATURDAY, Feb. 25

On Wings of Eagles Film Screening – George W. Truett Theological Seminary will host an advanced screening of the film On Wings of Eagles at 1:30 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. The film tells the story of Olympic gold-medalist Eric Liddell during his time as a missionary in China and when he was held in a Japanese labor camp. Tickets are free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

Going for the Gold Gala – The Louise Herrington School of Nursing will host its sixth annual Going for the Gold Gala at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, 1717 N. Akard St. The gala recognizes and honors those who serve in the community, including nurses, police officers and firefighters. This year’s keynote speaker is Baylor Arts & Sciences alumnus Derek Haas, creator and executive producer of NBC’s hit television series Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Tickets to the gala are $200 per seat for individuals and $2,500 to reserve a table for 10 guests. Click here for more information.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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