Inauguration Information for Media

April 20, 2006

by Lori Fogleman, director of media relations, (254) 710-6275

Inauguration website:
Inauguration office: (254) 710-1437


The inauguration and installation of John Mark Lilley as Baylor University's 13th president will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Ferrell Center.

No credentials are necessary to cover the inauguration, however, there are several things media need to be aware of.

• Because of an anticipated crowd, we ask reporters and photographers to arrive at least one hour before the beginning of the ceremony.
• Since this is a formal occasion, we are respectfully making the request that all media be appropriately attired for the ceremony. No jeans, shorts or t-shirts. Khaki slacks and a polo or button-down shirt would be fine. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
• KWBU-TV will be providing live audio AND video feeds from a mult-box. You have the option of shooting your own video while tapping into KWBU's audio feed or taking the video/audio feed.
• The tunnel entrance will NOT be available to the media because of the set up of the main stage. Please enter the Ferrell Center on the concourse level and use either one of these floor entrances: Section 123 Southwest Floor Entrance or Section 117 Southeast Floor Entrance.
• There are two platforms for television cameras are located at the back of the Ferrell Center opposite the tunnel and the main stage. The large middle platform is for the Baylor Wind Ensemble, but there are two platforms to the right and left for television cameras.
• If you are at the back of the arena facing the stage, media seating is available in the two-tiered stand to your left. Let any of Baylor's media relations staff members know if you need a place to file stories.
• We also respectfully request that all video camera photographers shoot only from the platforms during the ceremony. (Again, KWBU-TV will be providing an audio/video feed, which should eliminate the need for moving around the floor of the Ferrell Center.)
• The inauguration is expected to last from 2 p.m. to about 4 p.m., but if any members of the media need to leave before the ceremony's conclusion, please let a member of Baylor's media relations staff know (in advance, if possible), so we can help get exit with the least amount of distraction to the audience.
• A reception will follow on Burleson Quadrangle on Fifth Street on the Baylor campus. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be moved to the Mayborn Museum on University Parks Drive.

Here's how to reach Baylor Media Relations if you have questions:

Lori Fogleman, director of media relations, (254) 710-6275, mobile (254) 709-5959 or

Alan Hunt, associate director of media relations, (254) 710-6271 or

Julie Carlson, senior staff writer, (254) 710-6681 or

Frank Raczkiewicz, science writer, (254) 710-1964 or

Paige Patton, news and information coordinator, (254) 710-3321 or

Below are important details about inaugural events on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, April 20

The Inauguration Concert: Several of Baylor University's finest ensembles, vocal soloists and conductors from the School of Music will present an inaugural concert in honor of Dr. John M. Lilley's inauguration at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Waco Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Friday, April 21

Book Signing with Jon Meacham: The managing editor of Newsweek, who will deliver the keynote address at Friday's inauguration, will sign copies of his latest book, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Baylor Bookstore. Former head football coach Grant Teaff also will sign copies of his latest book, Grant Teaff with the Master Coaches.

Friday classes: Classes will be dismissed at noon on Friday, April 21, to permit faculty, staff and students to attend the ceremony.

Shuttle service for Faculty, Staff and Students: A shuttle service to the Ferrell Center will be available at locations throughout campus:

Inauguration Ceremony: Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and should conclude by about 4 p.m.

Reception: Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at Burleson Quadrangle for all faculty, staff, students and guests at the inauguration. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be moved to the Mayborn Museum, and the shuttle service will take guests to the front door of the museum, then on to parking at Ferrell and East Campus Parking Facility. If the location is changed, that information will be posted on the inauguration website at and announced during the inauguration ceremony.

For more information: Many questions may be answered at the inauguration website,, or by calling the inauguration office hotline at (254) 710-1437.

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