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10/16/2017
Oct. 10, 2017
This article highlights the good work of Baylor’s Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, which was created in June 2016, and examines the many ways faculty, students and staff are reinvigorating Baylor’s Christian mission daily in both word and deed.

Research

10/16/2017
Oct. 12, 2017
Voters are likely to punish elected school board members when the academic achievement of white students in their district is not up to expectations, according to a new study by Baylor University and Boston College. But they found no similar electoral punishment for school board members in districts where African-American and Hispanics students are not achieving success. “One important and, to date, overlooked component of democratic accountability is the extent to which it might exacerbate existing societal inequalities if the outcomes for some groups of citizens are prioritized over others when voters evaluate governmental performance,- the study stated. Lead author is Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Baylor in the News

10/16/2017
Oct. 16, 2017
Article about the Texas town of West, population 2,800, which experienced an explosion on April 17, 2013, when a fertilizer plant caught fire and its ammonium nitrate detonated " killing 15, injuring 252 and damaging or destroying 500 buildings. For this article, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History provided audio and some April 17 recollections of survivors.
10/16/2017
Oct. 13, 2017
Baylor University will collaborate with the Art Center of Waco and other local universities to bring art and a gallery experience to elementary schools through a 24-foot-long mobile exhibit trailer, funded by a $2,500 Texas Commission for the Arts program grant to the Art Center. Artists and art professionals will travel to schools and talk with students about art, then students will see the approximately three dozen small artworks contained on the trailer.

Faculty in the News

10/16/2017
Oct. 13, 2017
AUDIO: Paul Putz, a doctoral candidate in history at Baylor whose research looks the intersection of sports, religion, race and class is interviewed on NPR’s “Only a Game- about the history of Muscular Christianity and amateurism in the NCAA, in particular college football. “Only a Game- is a national radio program that explores the human side of sports.
10/16/2017
Oct. 10, 2017
Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is one of Baylor’s recognized experts on topics that have real-world applications in churches across the country, such as racial diversity in congregations, congregational growth and decline, religious affiliation and participation, and the impact of religion on other areas of life such as community involvement, politics and work. Dougherty’s interest in sociology isn’t limited to religion, however; he also regularly writes and speaks about innovative teaching, with some of his research focusing on how students learn.
10/16/2017
Sept. 29, 2017
Review of “Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age- by Baylor faculty Perry L. Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership, and Nathan F. Alleman, Ph.D., associate professor of educational leadership, both in the Baylor School of Education, and Taylor University professor and Baylor alumnus Todd Ream, B.A. (Religion) ’93. The book outlines of a renewed vision for the future of the broken university and focuses ultimately on the Christian university.

Students

10/16/2017
Oct. 10, 2017
Article about the importance of service for Baylor students in pre-health majors as they apply for their next level of schooling. Medical Service Organization (MSO) and Multicultural Association of Prehealth Students (MAPS) are just two examples of the many service-oriented organizations on campus which help organize students to contribute to the Waco community. “Being a healthcare professional means that you will be dedicating your life to other people for your entire career,- said Houston senior and MAPS president Maya Fontenot. “If students want to see, •Is this really what I want to do? Do I want to dedicate my life to serving others?’ then they get the chance to taste that while they’re in college and see how wonderful it can be.-

Alumni

10/16/2017
Oct. 12, 2017
Attorney Scott Thomas, M.Tax. (Taxation) ’99, joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the Dallas office. Thomas has experience in commercial litigation, securities litigation and shareholder disputes in federal and state courts in Texas, New York and California.
10/16/2017
Oct. 12, 2017
Jennifer Fordham Blanco, B.A. (Interior Design) ’05, was promoted to Director of Retail at Poggenpohl. Prior to her new role, she served as Manager of the Poggenpohl Dallas Kitchen Design Studio.
10/16/2017
Oct. 6, 2017
Garren Taylor, B.B.A. (Accounting) ’04, has been named vice president of finance for Broken Arrow-based Oseco, where he will oversee accounting and Internet technology operations. He was recently chief financial officer for RL Hudson, a custom molded rubber and plastics manufacturer.

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