Baylor to Celebrate Tradition Jan. 29 ¡ Feb. 2

Jan. 23, 2001

Traditions Week will be observed on the Baylor campus Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. The sophomore class will sponsor the activities that highlight the founding and traditions of Baylor.

"We're real excited about the events," said William Shurley, a sophomore from Monroe, La., and sophomore class president. "We're trying to get the community as well as Baylor involved."

Baylor is the oldest university in continuous operation in Texas.

The week begins Monday, Jan. 29, with a special address by English professor Ann Miller, also a Baylor alumnus and Master Teacher, at 10 and 11 a.m. during Chapel in Waco Hall.

On Tuesday, a timeline showing significant Baylor events from its founding through the present will be on display beginning at 3 p.m. during Dr Pepper Hour in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Also from 3 to 5 p.m., FLASH Photography will be available at the Bear Pit to take photos of students with the bear mascot.

Wednesday, Jan. 31, marks the University's official celebration of Founders Day. Baylor was chartered Feb. 1, 1845, and annually celebrates its founding on the Monday or Wednesday closest to that date. The Founders Medal will be presented during a special Chapel ceremony at 10 a.m. in Waco Hall.

Also on Wednesday, a ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of Baylor's Frank W. and Anyse Sue Mayborn Museum Complex. The Center will be located on University Parks Drive near the Hughes Dillard Alumni Center.

In preparation for the next January's 75th anniversary of the tragic train/bus collision that killed 10 Baylor basketball players, a tribute to the Immortal Ten will take place during halftime of Baylor¡Oklahoma basketball game Wednesday at the Ferrell Center. Fundraising is under way for a statue dedicated to the Immortal Ten, which is scheduled to be built in front of the McLane Student Life Center by January 2002.

"The purpose of the tribute is to raise awareness of the Immortal Ten," Shurley said.

Also during the basketball game, art work from local elementary schools will be displayed in the foyer of the Ferrell Center. The top five students from each school also will have their pictures on display and receive two tickets to the game.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, all seven of Waco's museums will be open for students and members of the community to enjoy the "Traditions of the Brazos" shared by both.

"We're hoping people attend the Thursday night events," Shurley said. "It gives Baylor students a chance to get to know Waco and the unique history shared between Baylor and the City of Waco."

On Friday, Feb. 2, a special tribute will be paid in honor and memory of the 125 Baylor students who fought in World War II and also commemorate of the 60th anniversary this year of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A ribbon and flowers will be tied Friday evening to the memorial lamp posts located throughout the campus.

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