News from Baylor

[Stephen Heyde]
10/21/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2020) – Stephen Heyde, The Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence in the School of Music at Baylor University, has received the nationally acclaimed 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Music Performance from the Lilly Fellows Program.
[Drug Take Back 2020]
10/21/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2020) —The Baylor University Police Department (BUPD) will collect old and expired prescription drugs as part of a National Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24. Although the official collection day is on Saturday, BUPD will begin accepting prescription drugs today, Oct. 21.
[Pat Neff Hall Purple Lights]
10/20/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 20, 2020) — In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the lights on Baylor University’s Pat Neff Hall tower, Rosenbalm Fountain and McLane Stadium, along with the I-35 bridges, will “Go Purple” at dusk on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
[Vote 2020]
10/20/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 20, 2020) — Baylor University joined more than 160 universities in the “All In Campus Democracy Challenge” to push for 100% student voter registration and participation. The Baylor Academy for Leadership Development (ALD) has incorporated students into a voting initiative with student-led charges to the polls each Tuesday of early voting.
10/19/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 18, 2020) - Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the upcoming presidential election, changes to Social Security in 2021, the differences between cultural appreciation and appropriation, and grief in the age of COVID-19.
[Jenni and Dan Hord]
10/15/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2020) – Baylor University today announced a $30 million gift commitment from Dan and Jenni Hord of Midland, Texas. The Hords, both Baylor alumni, are passionate about student success, and through the Hord Scholarship Challenge, they are encouraging the collective Baylor Family to match their giving to Baylor by supporting merit-based scholarships to help deserving students bridge the gap between merit- and need-based financial aid and unmet financial need.
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10/12/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 12, 2020) – The Baylor University Board of Regents met virtually today and approved the $9 million purchase of three commercial properties located on nearly two acres in downtown Waco.
[Jacobs]
10/9/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 9, 2020) — The Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL), Office of the President and Office of the Provost will present the inaugural “Readers Meet the Author: A Virtual Reading Group for Baylor Faculty" event, which will feature author Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
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10/9/2020
WACO, Texas (October 9, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance/Campus Safety Operations group has finalized its Clery Program Review at Baylor University dating back to 2017.
10/8/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2020) — The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) this week is virtually presenting the inaugural conference of the Evangelical Studies Program on the “History of Latin American Evangelicalism.”
[Baylor Homecoming 2020]
10/8/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2020) — Baylor University today announced plans to celebrate its Homecoming, the oldest collegiate homecoming in the nation, through a variety of events Oct. 15-17. This year’s celebration brings many of the beloved Homecoming traditions to the homes of alumni and friends around the world for the first time in its 111-year history.
[Open Table]
10/5/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2020) – Runaway and homeless youth are receiving social support as they transition from a federally funded homeless shelter into the community through a unique partnership with volunteers from a nearby church through an intensive, relationship-focused model by Open Table, according to a preliminary study by Baylor University’s Program on Prosocial Behavior.
[Grade A]
10/5/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2020) — Baylor University has received an “A” in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).
[DSE]
10/5/2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2020) – Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, sociologists in a national study have found a link between individuals’ daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University.
10/2/2020
Phi Beta Sigma had submitted a powerful, moving video performance for After Dark, a student variety show with limited time for each performance, that addresses many of the hurts and anxieties that our Black students, faculty, and staff currently face. After reviewing the chapter’s video submission, we felt that it should be elevated as a stand-alone performance and not simply embedded as one of several acts in this year’s virtual event.
[Crenshaws]
9/30/2020

WACO, Texas (September 30, 2020) – Baylor University today announced the naming of the deanship at the Hankamer School of Business to honor William E. (Ed) and Denise Crenshaw of Lakeland, Florida, for their support of the Give Light Campaign and the University’s Hankamer School of Business. The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean within the Hankamer School of Business was funded through a portion of the recently announced $5 million gift from the Crenshaws. The new fund will provide endowment support for the initiatives, programs and projects essential to the School’s dean in executing their vision for Baylor Business and the mission of the School.

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9/27/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 27, 2020) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in local and national media stories as they shared their research and expertise on a variety of subjects, including an article published by a Baylor professor on hopelessness during the pandemic and other COVID-19 related stories including a visit from the White House, voting and healthcare; and Baylor’s ranking Number 5 nationally in student engagement.
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9/25/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2020) — Baylor University’s Institute for Air Science has partnered with Women in Aviation International (WAI), a nonprofit organization that provides networking, mentoring and scholarships to women and men pursuing careers in aviation or aerospace, to sponsor the 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) event virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26.
[soil]
9/24/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2020) – A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon — and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher.
[rankings]
9/23/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2020) — The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2021 has ranked Baylor University No. 5 nationally in the category of engagement, which measures how well a university informs, inspires and challenges students.
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9/22/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2020) — Baylor University’s Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor in the department of film and digital media, has been chosen to receive the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 2020 Excellence in Education Medal.
[crime fiction]
9/22/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2020) – “Whodunnit” may be the big question in crime fiction, but “how they done it” determines whether they get away with it. And these days, both criminals and crime fighters are honing their technological skills for the battle of good and evil, a Baylor researcher says.
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9/20/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2020) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in local and national media stories as they shared their research and expertise on a variety of subjects, including a national grant awarded to Baylor psychology and neurology professors, COVID-19 related stories on technology, local businesses and campus protocols; and topics on education, film, history and race.
[FW]
9/18/2020
WACO, Texas (September 18, 2020) – Baylor University will virtually welcome families from around the world to a Family Weekend Virtual Experience on Sept. 25-26, with live-streamed video events, a Family Weekend Spirit Box available for order for a limited time and other more. While safety precautions due to COVID-19 require some changes to the programming, Family Weekend will once again help families of Baylor students become better acquainted with the University and its beloved traditions.
[library panel]
9/18/2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2020) — On National Voter Registration Day, Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library, the Institute for Oral History and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, in partnership with the Waco NAACP, will present a virtual panel on “19: 100 Years of Preserving Voters’ Rights” at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
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