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Baylor University: 2014 in review

December 23, 2014 · No Comments · Baylor history

Here’s a quick look at some of the more memorable events that took place at Baylor University in 2014, as compiled by Randy Fiedler of the College of Arts & Sciences

January 2014


January 1—In its first BCS bowl game, No. 6 Baylor (11-1) loses to the No. 15 University of Central Florida (11-1), 52-42, in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. It is the highest-scoring game in Fiesta Bowl history, and the Bears finishes their season with an 11-2 record.

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January 3—Two days after the Fiesta Bowl, Baylor’s Art Briles says he has no interest in pursuing other football coaching positions now open. “As I have said many times, I am both humbled and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, and believe we have something special going here. I look forward to leading the Bears onto the field next fall at McLane Stadium and defending our Big 12 championship,” Briles says.

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January 13—Inaugural classes begin at the new Austin extension campus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, with a limited number of classes offered.

January 13—The No. 7 Baylor Lady Bears basketball team ends its national-best 69-game home winning streak by losing to the No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 66-55, in the Ferrell Center.

January 16––At its first meeting of the spring 2014 semester, Baylor’s Faculty Senate presents President and Chancellor Ken Starr with a Senate resolution congratulating him on his recent appointment as Chancellor and commending him for his leadership of the University.

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January 17—Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is awarded the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, recognizing the top offensive player in Division I football “who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and the determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.”

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January 18—Baylor student Madison Adams of Fort Worth is chosen as Miss Waco 2014 and will soon compete in the Miss Texas pageant.

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January 23—President Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw sign the final steel beam to be placed on McLane Stadium during a topping out ceremony. Officials from contractor Austin Flintco say construction will be completed in time for the stadium’s debut game Aug. 31 against SMU.

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January 27–Baylor announces a gift of $1.5 million from Billy and Elaine Williams of Naples, Fla., that will create the Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Sports Center, an on-campus, $3.3-million facility. The 14,500-square-foot center will feature a coaches suite and locker and training rooms, and will provide the soccer team and other sports housed in the Turner Complex with a 5,000-square-foot weight room and visiting team locker rooms.

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January 30—The C-SPAN Bus visits the Baylor campus on its tour of Big 12 universities.

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February 2014


February 1–Baylor’s R.E.B. Baylor statue at the entrance to Founders Mall celebrates its 75th birthday. It was dedicated on Founders Day 1939.

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February 6—At Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Baylor executive vice president and provost Dr. Elizabeth Davis is announced as the university’s next president. She will step down from her Baylor duties in June and assume the Furman presidency July 1.

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February 14–Baylor Regents approve naming the new $18.1 million track facility the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium in recognition of longtime Baylor track coach Clyde Hart.

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Regents also appropriate $16 million to refurbish North Russell Hall, and approve $1.7 million for the design and construction of Elliston Chapel, a 3,000-square-foot, 100-seat chapel that will be built next to Hallie Earle Hall in the East Village complex.

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February 14–President and Chancellor Ken Starr notifies the Baylor Board of Regents that he has appointed Dr. David Garland, dean of Truett Seminary, as interim provost to succeed Dr. Elizabeth Davis when she leaves in the summer.

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February 23—Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith records his 700th career win as a coach when the Bears beat Austin Peay 12-1 at Baylor Ballpark.

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March 2014


March 2—The Lady Bears basketball team breaks its 35-game winning streak at home against Big 12 conference foes with a heartbreaking, last-second loss to West Virginia, 71-69. It is the last home game for Baylor seniors, including the nation’s top scorer, Odyssey Sims, who scores 39 points. Coach Kim Mulkey’s daughter Makenzie Robertson also plays her last home game.

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March 4—The Lady Bears clinch their fourth straight Big 12 crown with a 70-54 win over Iowa State on the road. Baylor and West Virginia share the Big 12 regular season championship.

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March 9—In the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament, the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team beats Oklahoma State 65-61, giving Coach Kim Mulkey her 400th career victory.

March 10—The Baylor Lady Bears avenge their recent loss to West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 74-71 in the Big 12 Tournament’s final game. It is the Lady Bears’ fourth straight tournament crown.

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March 12—The Baylor men’s basketball team beats TCU 88-62 in the opening game of the Big 12 basketball tournament, giving Bears coach Scott Drew his 200th victory in 11 seasons at Baylor.

March 14—Scott Drew becomes the winningest coach in Baylor men’s basketball history as the Bears beat Texas 86-69 in the Big 12 Conference Tournament seminfinals. The win gives Drew 202 wins in 11 seasons, pushing him ahead of the previous record of 201 wins held by Coach Bill Henderson.

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March 15—The Baylor men’s basketball team falls to No. 16 Iowa State, 74-65, in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament. Baylor was the tournament’s seventh seed.

March 22—Members of the Baylor Bear Foundation vote 59-2 to dissolve the group’s nonprofit status and formally incorporate with Baylor. The change will go into effect on June 1.

March 22–About 2,300 runners take part in the 12th annual Bearathon race, which honors the memory of the late Daniel Jones, a Baylor senior and Student Foundation member who passed away in 2013’s race near the finish line.

March 23—The Baylor men’s basketball team advances to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with an 85-55 win over Creighton in San Antonio. The Bears shut down and end the college career of Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list.

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March 24—The Baylor Lady Bears advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament by beating California 75-56 in the Ferrell Center. It is the last game in the Ferrell Center for seniors Odyssey Sims, Makenzie Robertson and Mariah Chandler.

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March 27—The Baylor men end their NCAA Tournament run with a 69-52 loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 round in Anaheim, Calif.

April 2014


April 1–Baylor University and McLane Children’s Scott & White unveil their partnership on a new facility in Waco that will merge diagnostic, therapeutic and clinical services for children with developmental disabilities. The new Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities aims to centralize care for children living with conditions like autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

April 7—Lady Bears basketball senior Odyssey Sims is announced as the winner of the 2014 Wade Trophy by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The prestigious award is regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball.”

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April 7—Former Baylor baseball coach Dutch Schroeder is inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. The 89-year-old Schroeder coached Baylor’s teams from 1961-1973.

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April 10—Arlington junior Dominic Edwards is elected student body president.

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April 14—All-American guard Odyssey Sims is chosen as the second overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Tulsa Shock. Sims will join former Notre Dame All-American Skylar Diggins in the backcourt.

April 17—Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is among those who speak at a ceremony in West to mark the one-year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. The Baylor Singing Seniors provide some of the music for the event.

April 27—Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams win Big 12 Conference Championship crowns. The men beat No. 3 Oklahoma, 4-3, to win their eighth Big 12 postseason title, while the women beat No. 25 Oklahoma State 4-1.

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April 27–The Baylor Club Golf team wins the Spring 2014 NCCGA National Championship in Hamburg, N.J., beating out teams from other schools such as Michigan State, Rutgers, Florida, Ohio State and Missouri. With the win, Baylor Club Golf joins the 2001 Baylor rugby team as the only Baylor club sports teams to win a national championship.

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May 2014


May 1—Fox News commentator Juan Williams answers questions from Judge Ken Starr and audience members in Waco Hall as part of Starr’s latest “On Topic” event.

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May 5—Waco artist Kermit Oliver speaks about his work to a packed lecture hall in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, and also autographs some of the Hermés scarves he designed that have been brought by audience members. During his presentation, Oliver’s new painting titled “Armillary,” commissioned by Waco philanthropist and art patron Sue Getterman, is unveiled. The painting, which shows the dome of Pat Neff Hall in the background, will be displayed as part of a Martin Museum of Art exhibit.

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May 6—A “college and university neighborhoods overlay district” aimed at controlling development around Baylor receives the unanimous vote it needs to pass the Waco City Council. The overlay district adds an extra layer of rules on new private development in the Baylor area, forbidding front-yard parking, limiting building heights and requiring windows to face major streets.

May 8––President and Chancellor Ken Starr testifies in Washington, D.C., at a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee. He voices strong opposition to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and therefore are entitled to collective bargaining rights. Starr says it would be very disruptive if college athletes were allowed to unionize, and argues that the NLRB should not be driving major changes in college athletics.

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May 9—Penland Hall Food Court closes so that a large renovation and expansion over the summer can begin.

May 16––Baylor Regents vote to establish the College of Health and Human Sciences by uniting four existing health-related academic units and creating a new organizational structure to advance Baylor’s commitment to health-related education and research. The anchor units will be Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, Human Performance and Recreation and the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Nursing school dean Dr. Shelley F. Conroy is appointed to a two-year term as the inaugural dean.

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May 20–The executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas approves the sale of the Convention’s Dallas facility to Baylor University for use of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. The purchase had been approved by Baylor Regents on May 16. As part of the agreement, the BGCT’s Texas Baptist Historical Collection will be relocated to Waco, and Baylor will collaborate with Historical Collection director Alan Lefever to digitize important materials.

May 23–The Lady Bears upset No. 4 seed Georgia in two games to earn Baylor softball its third trip to the Women’s College World Series.

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May 30–The Lady Bears softball team completes the largest comeback in the history of the Women’s College World Series. Facing elimination, the Bears trail Kentucky 7-0 with just two innings to go. They end up beating Kentucky in extra innings, 8-7. The Lady Bears reach the semifinals for the second time in four years, but their loss to Florida the next day ends their 2014 season — a duplication of their most successful season ever.

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June 2014


June 1—The Baylor Bear Foundation ends its independent status and formally incorporates as a part of Baylor.

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June 1—Baylor University formalizes a lactation accommodation policy that establishes a “mother friendly” employee worksite lactation program in accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code. The program provides a work environment that is supportive of lactating mothers and encourages breastfeeding of their children for up to one year following their birth.

June 2—With the first day of summer class sessions today, Baylor adopts a new grading policy that includes minus grades.

June 3—A crowd of dignitaries and business leaders gathers to watch as a sign proclaiming the former Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco as Baylor Scott and White Medical Center––Hillcrest is unveiled. It is the first hospital in the state to wear the brand name of the $8.6 billion Baylor Scott and White Health.

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June 12–Baylor freshman track and field athlete Travon Bromell sets a World Junior Record in the 100 meter finals of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships to become Baylor’s first NCAA outdoors individual champion since 2005. During the competition, Baylor’s men’s and women’s teams match their best combined finish ever.

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June 17––Dr. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, marks the 50th anniversary of his first sermon during a celebration at The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church) in Houston. Gregory preached his first sermon at age 16 in June 1964 at Connell Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

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June 21––Soon after receiving news that a couple of NBA teams are planning to draft him, former Baylor center Isaiah Austin hears from his mother that he has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that will end his basketball career. Austin learns of the condition after undergoing genetic testing in preparation for the NBA draft on June 26. In an ESPN interview the next day, Austin says, “The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called. For all my supporters, I’m sorry they won’t be able to see me play in the NBA. But it’s not the end, it’s only the beginning.”

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June 26—Baylor Law School receives the 2014 W. Frank Newton Award from the State Bar of Texas for the school’s efforts to provide exceptional service to the poor in Central Texas.

June 26––Former Baylor basketball center Isaiah Austin is honored by the NBA as part of the league’s draft ceremonies. “We want to take a moment to recognize Baylor center Isaiah Austin,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces midway through the first round of the draft. “You may have heard about him –– he’s one of the best collegiate players in the country and was expected to be picked tonight. We wanted to make sure he fulfilled at least part of his dream. With the next pick, the NBA selects Isaiah Austin from Baylor University.” Later, Austin says, “It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life. I worked so hard to get to this point, but unfortunately it was taken away. When God closes one door, he opens another. It has been one of the toughest weeks of my life, but I have a great support system behind me. I’m going to dream again and share my story with as many people as I can.”

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In other draft news, Baylor forward Cory Jefferson is chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the last pick in the second round of the NBA draft.

June 28—Former Baylor baseball coach Mickey Sullivan becomes the first Baylor player or coach inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. During his 21 years at Baylor, Sullivan, who died in 2012, won 649 games, captured three Southwest Conference tournament championships, and made back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1977-78. As a Baylor student, Sullivan was an All-American outfielder and hit .519 in 1954, the best ever in SWC history.

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July 2014


July 9—When the second summer term begins today, Collins Dining Hall is closed for good. It had stayed open to serve meals during the first summer session, after an initial announcement that it would close at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

July 10–President Ken Starr announces he has filled two open executive staff positions, appointing Tommye Lou Davis as chief of staff to the president and Dr. Juan Alejandro Jr. as interim vice president of governance and risk and chief compliance officer. Davis will retain her responsibilities as vice president for constituent engagement.

July 15Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith by Baylor coach Art Briles hits bookstores. The book, written with veteran sports author Don Yaeger, focuses on Briles’ philosophy of football and life.

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July 18—Baylor Regents announce an $8 million gift from Baylor alumnus and physician Dr. Thomas J. Rosenbalm that will provide for significant renovation to Fifth Street on campus. The project will be anchored by a signature fountain that will be named in honor of Rosenbalm’s parents, the late Clarence and Claudia Rosenbalm of Bartlett. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and be completed by fall 2015.

July 29—A Baylor student and a recent Baylor graduate are killed when the car they are riding in drives off the roadway of Highway 7 near Marlin and crashes into a tree. Pronounced dead at the scene are 21-year-old Laura Onwudinanti of Grand Prairie, who graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and 19-year-old John Patrick “Jack” Stewart, a junior instrumental studies major from Dallas.

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A third passenger, 18-year-old incoming freshman Megan Ritzi of Forth Worth, is hospitalized in critical condition, while the driver of the car, Jacob “Jake” Hale, a senior instrumental music major from Fort Worth, is injured but in fair condition after the accident. The group was traveling to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to perform at the International Clarinet Association meeting.

July 31––Baylor football player Clay Fuller successfully proposes to former Lady Bear basketball player Makenzie Robertson before the start of a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock. On Baylor night at the Dell Diamond, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty throws out the first pitch to start the festivities, and Fuller, a senior wide receiver, is behind the plate to catch it. Moments later, Fuller walks over to Robertson his girlfriend of 16 months, gets down on one knee and gives her the baseball Petty has just thrown him. Fuller has written on the ball, “Will you marry me,” and Robertson happily responds “yes” and jumps into his arms.

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August 2014


August 6—Judge Ken Starr is among the leaders who address major issues facing universities and the NCAA at a forum in New York City dubbed “The State of College Athletics,” hosted by the Big 12 Conference.

August 7–The NCAA Board of Directors votes 16-2 to allow 65 teams from the five richest football conferences — the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC — to have unprecedented freedom to make their own rules on matters such as stipends, scholarships and insurance for players. “I was very encouraged by the board’s action to give us a new way to govern and allow for autonomy among the five ‘high visibility’ conferences,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw says. “It provides us a pathway to address a number of issues related to student-athlete welfare.”

August 11—Baylor’s new smoke-free campus policy goes into effect.

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August 12—The largest-ever exhibition of works by 19th century Texas artist Henry McArdle –– Baylor University’s first art professor –– opens at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor. The exhibition, which contains 22 oil paintings, 11 drawings and a diary, includes works loaned from the Texas State Capitol, Baylor’s Texas Collection, SMU, the Nau Civil War Collection and private collections.

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August 21—Students move into South Russell Residence Hall for the first time after its complete, year-long renovation.

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August 22—The renovated and greatly expanded Penland Dining Hall, now renamed “The Penland Crossroads,” serves its first meals to diners during Move-in.

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August 28—McLane Stadium gets its public debut with fireworks and a free concert by “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips. The evening “Traditions Rally,” attended by about 17,500 people, allows the public the first glimpse of the new stadium. The rally kicks off with a pep rally featuring the Baylor Bears football team and the Golden Wave Marching Band.

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August 29—McLane Stadium hosts its first official football game –– a high school game between Class 5A powers Aledo and Cedar Park. Aledo wins, 21-17, before an estimated crowd of 8,000.

August 31—No. 10-ranked Baylor plays its first football game in McLane Stadium against SMU, shutting out the Mustangs 45-0 before a sellout crowd of 45,733. The game is preceded by the dedication of the 9 ½-foot tall Robert Griffin III statue. Griffin attends the statue dedication and the game, and other special guests at the game include Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura. George Bush, Griffin and lead donor Drayton McLane participate in the coin toss, which Bush calls and SMU wins. The first Baylor score in the game is a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter kicked by redshirt freshman Chris Callahan. The first Baylor touchdown in the stadium is scored by running back Shock Linwood, who scores on a four-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

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September 2014


September 4––Baylor announces a $500,000 gift from Silsbee, Texas philanthropist Charline Dauphin that will create a space where Baylor’s NFL and pro players will “always have a home” when they come back to Baylor. Construction is expected to begin later in fall 2014 on the Charline Dauphin Pro Locker Room within the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center at the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex.

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September 6—In Baylor’s second football game in McLane Stadium, the Bears beat the Northwestern State Demons 70-6. The Demons score the first points by an opponent in McLane Stadium, a field goal by Chris Moore in the second quarter. The win is the 12th straight home game victory by the Bears.

September 7––The Baylor School of Music hosts a memorial concert in Jones Concert Hall in memory of Jack Stewart and Laura Onwudinanti, the two music students killed in a July 29 highway accident.

September 11—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead and Home, delivers the 2014 Roy B. Albaugh Lecture, speaking on “Reconceiving Realism: The Case for a Deeper Attention.”

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September 12—The Baylor College of Arts & Sciences releases its long-range strategic plan, titled A&Spire: Acts of Determination in Support of Baylor University Pro Futuris.

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September 17—Officials figures released by the Office of Institutional Research and Testing show record numbers in fall 2014 for freshman, undergraduate and overall enrollment. A record number of 16,263 students are enrolled, topping last fall’s record enrollment of 15,616. It’s also the first time Baylor enrollment has reached 16,000 students. There is also a record diversity among the student body, with minority enrollment now at 34.3 percent.

September 22—Baylor sophomore vocal performance major Lindsay Webber wins the grand prize in the 2014 “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” sponsored by FMC Agricultural Solutions, taking home a $10,000 scholarship for her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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September 29—Novelist Amy Tan speaks with English classes, then later delivers the 2014 Beall-Russell Lecture in the Cashion Building.

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October 2014


October 3—The sixth annual Hunger and Poverty Summit at Baylor concludes with a discussion between President Ken Starr and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) on practical methods for reducing poverty and domestic hunger.

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October 8–For the second year in a row, Baylor wins the Baylor vs. TCU Young Alumni Challenge after a close race, raising $38,913 from 1,011 Baylor young alumni. TCU, by contrast, raises $23,570 from 535 alumni.

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October 11—In the first matchup between two Top 10 teams in Waco since 1956, No. 5 Baylor’s Chris Callahan kicks a field goal with time expiring as the Bears post a come-from-behind win over No. 9 TCU, 61-58 at McLane Stadium.

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October 16—Baylor officially announces that beginning with the fall 2015 semester, the Baylor School of Social Work will expand its Master of Social Work program by offering the program in the Houston metropolitan area.

October 16—At 6 a.m., a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opens across Interstate 35 from Baylor on Seventh Street. The 5,439-square foot 220-seat restaurant with two drive-through lanes and 68 parking spaces is the largest design in the chain. Baylor students began setting up tents outside the new restaurant on Oct. 15 to be one of the first 100 in line when it opens, since the first 100 customers earn free Chick-fil-A meals for 52 weeks.

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October 18—Baylor loses 41-27 to West Virginia in Morgantown that gives Baylor its only loss of the regular season and drops the Bears from No. 4 to Nos. 12 and 13 in the national polls.

October 21—Baylor Student Foundation hosts its first Fall Festival event on Burleson Quadrangle, designed to raise money for the foundation’s scholarship fund. The festival includes fall-themed activities such as a costume contest, pumpkin painting, a baking contest and pumpkin bowling, in which competitors knock down toilet paper rolls with small pumpkins.

October 31—At its Homecoming meeting, the Baylor Board of Regents announces that the newly created College of Health and Human Sciences will now be named the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University as a result of a significant gift from William K. and Mary Jo Robbins of Houston.

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November 2014


November 1—Prior to the Baylor-Kansas game at Homecoming, an official rededication ceremony is held for the Grant Teaff statue, which stood for 12 years at Floyd Casey Stadium before being moved to the “I Believe Walkway” on the opposite side of the Brazos River from McLane Stadium. During the ceremony, Teaff is joined by members of the 1974 Southwest Conference football team he coached, who are honored later during the Homecoming game.

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November 7—Baylor alumnus (BA ’61) and famous Hollywood artist David Negrón presents his original impressionist oil painting of former Baylor Student Union Building director Marie Mathis to the University in an unveiling ceremony. As a student, Negrón worked for Mathis as her assistant in charge of student activities and decorations.

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November 8—For the first time in history, No. 10 Baylor beats No. 16 Oklahoma in football on the road, trouncing the Sooners 48-14 in Norman. The win snaps an 11-game losing streak against Oklahoma in Norman, and snaps a 37-game Baylor losing streak in road games against ranked opponents.

November 13—Former First Lady Mary McCall, the wife of the 10th Baylor president, Judge Abner McCall, dies at age 95.

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November 17—Kathy Hillman, an associate professor of library science at Baylor, is elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, becoming only the second woman to hold that position. Hillman served as first vice president of the BGCT the previous year.

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November 18—As part of his “On Topic” series, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr interviews guests Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy in Waco Hall. The Tuohys’s life was chronicled in the book The Blind Side and the resulting movie starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. During the interview, each Tuohy says they considered attending Baylor, but both ended up at Ole Miss, where they met.

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November 21—Baylor observes a “topping off” ceremony for the $100 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The final steel beams, including beams signed by major donors, dignitaries, students, alumni, faculty and staff, is soon joined together and fitted into place at the top of the structure.

November 25––Baylor’s student Model United Nations team receives the “Overall Best Delegation” award at the American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, in competition with 1,500 other students.

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December 2014


December 2–President and Chancellor Ken Starr announces that Dr. Juan Alejandro Jr. has been appointed vice president of governance and risk and chief compliance officer, effective immediately. Alejandro had been serving in an interim capacity since July 2014.

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December 5–Baylor dedicates the $18.1 million Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.

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December 6—In the morning, Baylor hosts ESPN GameDay at McLane Stadium.

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In the evening, No. 5 Baylor wins its second consecutive Big 12 Conference championship by beating No. 9 Kansas State, 38-27, before a stadium record high attendance of 47,934 people. Following the game, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby presents the Bears with the championship trophy. Baylor and TCU have been declared “co-champions” by the Big 12.

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December 7—Baylor finishes No. 5 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, behind No. 4 Ohio State, and ahead of No. 6 TCU. The ranking eliminates Baylor from the four-team field for the national semifinals. Instead, it’s announced that the Bears (11-1) will face eighth-ranked Michigan State (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

December 9–After a semester-long evaluation process, members of a new Baylor class, “Philanthropy and the Public Good,” present $100,000 in grants to the executive directors and boards of eight Waco-area nonprofit organizations.

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December 18–Baylor announces a $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas to establish The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom, an endowed chair to support the University’s educational mission and its Institute for Studies of Religion. “Baylor University is deeply grateful to Jerry and Susie Wilson for this visionary gift that addresses a vitally important issue in our world today –– the protection of religious freedom for all persons, everywhere around the globe,” said President and Chancellor Ken Starr.

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December 22–President and Chancellor Ken Starr announces the appointment of Dr. Edwin Trevathan, dean and professor of epidemiology in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and professor of neurology and pediatrics at SLU’s School of Medicine, as Baylor’s next executive vice president and provost. He will begin work at Baylor on June 1, 2015.

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December 25–Merry Christmas!

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Baylor Model United Nations team wins “Best Delegation” award at international conference

December 5, 2014 · No Comments · Academics, Special events, Students

By Rebecca J. Flavin, lecturer in political science and Model UN advisor

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On Nov. 22-25, 14 Baylor students were in Chicago to participate in the American Model United Nations International Conference, which brought together nearly 1,500 university students to participate in a simulation of the United Nations. These 14 students competed with a field of more than 40 Baylor students to earn a spot on this semester’s traveling team.

In keeping with our team’s tradition of seeking to represent a new nation each semester at our national conference to maximize the learning experience, our students represented Portugal. In this role, the students discussed issues such as: external debt sustainability and development; prevention of armed conflict; the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons; new and renewable sources of energy; violence against women; and refugee protection from sexual violence.

While the educational experience is to be valued above all, and awards are considered a bonus to this, I am delighted to announce that Baylor’s team was named “Overall Best Delegation,” the highest award given at these conferences. This is the first time we have received this designation at AMUN.

In addition, two of our partner groups were named “Outstanding Delegation” for their respective committees: Carissa Carlson (senior, international studies) and Caleb Gunnels (senior, political science) for General Assembly First Committee; and Laura Beth Hooper (senior, international studies, Baylor Model UN head delegate) and Marc Webb (sophomore, international studies) for General Assembly Third Committee.

Members of the Baylor team said taking part in the conference was both exciting and enriching.

“My experience in the third committee of the General Assembly was very challenging, but rewarding,” said head delegate Laura Beth Hooper. “Our greatest difficulty was in approaching the topic of violence against women in such a way that would be culturally sensitive to all of the countries represented at the conference. Ultimately, though, Marc Webb and I were able to find common ground with even the more challenging delegations and create resolutions that were specific enough to be meaningful, but broad enough to avoid causing offense.”

“I enjoyed the amount of diversity in the conference, whether it be the people, nations represented, or strategies utilized in order to help developing nations economies, end conflict, or protect human rights,” Webb added. “This conference provided the opportunity to work with various points of view in order to achieve a common goal such as the United Nations, plus we got to go to Chicago which is always exciting.”

“Working with students from other schools and other countries to address some of the most pressing international problems is an experience like no other,” said Caleb Gunnels. “It is by far one of the most meaningful experiences that I have had the privilege to take part in throughout my time at Baylor University.”

“Despite the competitive nature of this Model United Nations Conference, it was our ultimate goal to come together and form agreeable resolutions,” said Carissa Carlton. “With this being my first conference, I was impressed by the amount of camaraderie that formed between students from all over the country, in my committee especially. I think that is exactly why our delegation performed so well — our preparedness automatically placed us in a leadership role and we took this as an opportunity to serve and let others contribute to a common goal.”

In the spring of 2015, Baylor Model UN will travel to two conferences — the Inaugural TexMUN conference hosted by Hardin Simmons University in January, where 18 Baylor students will represent Belize, Burundi, France and Portugal, and the National Model United Nations Conference in early April, where 16 Baylor students will represent Burundi.

In October 2014, our Baylor team hosted more than 300 high school students from Texas and Louisiana for the University’s annual high school Model UN conference, so it has been a busy year!

The students and I are grateful for your continued support of their endeavors. It is my pleasure to work with such an outstanding group of young men and women.

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STUDENTS IN ABOVE PHOTO:

Top row (L to R): Caleb Gunnels (senior, political science), Matt Demond (senior, economics), Marc Webb (sophomore, international studies), Anthony Severin (senior, economics) and Emily Brizzolara-Dove (senior, international studies)

Middle row (L to R): Hannah Mullikin (senior, international studies), Laura Beth Hooper (Baylor Model UN head delegate and senior, international studies), Ruth Anne Holiday (senior, international studies), Mary Margaret Hambuchen (senior, journalism, public relations and new media), Megan Rollag (sophomore, international studies/Spanish) and Renie Saenz (Baylor Model UN assistant head delegate and junior, history)

Bottom row (L to R): Seti Tesefay (senior, international studies), Carissa Carlson (senior, international studies) and Jessica Abbey (Baylor Model UN publicity chair and senior, journalism, public relations and new media/Spanish)

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Phi Beta Kappa initiates new Baylor members

December 4, 2014 · No Comments · Academics, Students

Baylor University’s Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 16 new members during a ceremony Dec. 3, 2014, in Armstrong Browning Library.

PBK initiation fall 2014

Fall 2014 initiates who attended the ceremony include: Emily Ballard, a senior double major in journalism, public relations and new media and English from Kingwood; Ian Boys, a senior University Scholar major from Allen; Tyler Couch, a senior double major in biochemistry and Spanish from Norman, Okla.; Sarah Crockett, a senior double major in Arabic and Middle East studies and international studies; Erin Foster, a senior University Scholar major from Columbia, Mo.; Mariah Franklin, a senior professional writing major from Prescott, Ariz.; Rebecca Holden, a senior double major in chemistry and biology from Allen; Lauren Lee, a senior University Scholar major from Olathe, Kan.; Richa Manglorkar, a senior biology major from Flower Mound; T.J. Neathery, a senior University Scholar major from Dallas; Sarah Rabke, a graduate student in Spanish from San Antonio; Caroline Rogers, a senior international studies major from Nashville, Tenn.; Will Simmons, a senior neuroscience major from Ridgeland, Miss.; Stephen Spees, a senior psychology major from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Sarah Tucker, a junior medical humanities major from Houston; and Tori Waters, a senior University Scholar major from Kountze.

Other fall 2014 PBK initiates include Richard Baker, Brooke Ballengee, Matthew Corrigan, Justin Emerick, Masha Madani, Audrey Richardson, Amanda Rushing and Zachary Sharpe.

PBK Key Blue BackgroundPhi Beta Kappa , founded on Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., is the nation’s oldest scholastic honor society, and the first American society to have a Greek letter name. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Baylor University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of Texas, was chartered in 1976 and is one of only eleven chapters in Texas. Baylor’s Zeta Chapter now lists more than 1,800 living members.

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PERSONS IN TOP PHOTO:

Front row (L to R): Rebecca Holden , Emily Ballard, Tori Waters, Sarah Rabke, Baylor President Ken Starr, Richa Manglorkar, Caroline Rogers, Lauren Lee, Mariah Franklin and Erin Foster

Back row (L to R): Sarah Crockett, Stephen Spees, Will Simmons, Sarah Tucker, T.J. Neathery, Tyler Couch and Ian Boys

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Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine, Fall 2014

November 10, 2014 · No Comments · A&S magazine

The Fall 2014 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine is now available online!

Features include:

Fall 2014 A&S cover* “Moving Picture,” which tells the story of a Baylor Arts & Sciences alumnus who saw a gripping photograph of a young Albanian war refugee from war-town Kosovo and was inspired to make an international search to discover the boy’s identity;

* “Engaging the Environment,” a profile of the work being done by Baylor environmental scientists to make the world a better place in which to live;

* A look at how faculty and students from the “arts” and “sciences” areas of the College of Arts & Sciences are working together on some exciting cross-disciplinary projects;

* An essay by Dr. Rizalia Klausmeyer on what students and faculty experienced during the first year of Baylor’s Science and Heath Living Learning Center in Hallie Earle Hall, and;

* News and notes about Arts & Sciences faculty, students and alumni.

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Baylor-authored journalism paper wins regional award

November 7, 2014 · No Comments · Academics, Faculty, Students

A scholarly paper written by three Baylor authors, titled “The 2013 Steubenville Rape Case: An Examination of Framing in Newspapers and User-generated Content,” was selected as “Top Paper” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication’s 2014 Southwest Symposium, held in October at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo.

The paper’s co-authors are Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, associate professor and graduate program director of journalism, public relations and new media, Tonya Lewis, assistant director of media communications and a Baylor graduate student, and Ben Murray, a journalism graduate student.

Moody-Ramirez wrote the paper with Lewis and Murray in the Research Methods and Theory courses she taught in spring 2013 and fall 2014.

“I am very excited about this award,” Lewis said. “Our team worked very hard on this project for two semesters. It is great to see our hard work pay off.”

The three competed with dozens of other scholars in the competition sponsored by SWECJMC. Their paper will be published in the organization’s journal in spring 2015.

The mission of the SWECJMC is to promote the recognition, welfare and progress of journalism and mass communication education in the southwestern part of the United States. The group’s members include dues-paying journalism and mass communications programs in institutions of higher education offering the baccalaureate degree in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

SWECJMC is an affiliate of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Expanding horizons: Baylor Army ROTC cadets learn valuable skills during summer training

September 24, 2014 · No Comments · Students

In the following essay, Baylor Army ROTC cadet Anthony Rifaat, a senior astrophysics major from Houston, describes what kinds of training cadets take part in during the summer, and what new skills they come away with as a result. A number of photos of summer training follow the essay.

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Cadet Summer Training
By Cadet Anthony Rifaat

Every summer, after working hard throughout the spring semester, cadets in the Baylor Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program continue to work by attending several different training opportunities offered through the program. These trainings include CULP (Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency), Air Assault School, LDAC (Leadership Development and Assessment Course) and CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training). They provide cadets experience in critical leadership and cultural, social and physical skills to succeed, not just in their future Army career but also in the private workplace.

CTLT, usually conducted after the completion of the third year in ROTC, provides cadets an opportunity to serve in platoon leader positions within active duty units around the world. A unit mentor is assigned to each cadet, and guides them through the nuts and bolts of running an active duty platoon in the Army. CTLT takes place immediately after successfully completing LDAC and lasts about three weeks.

After graduating with the 8th Regiment, Cadet Tara Hutchison traveled to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she trained with the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division. Among her activities, she completed training for the EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) as well as the EFMB (Expert Field Medic Badge). Hutchison also was able to “shadow a medical service platoon leader, learning the additional responsibilities…that better prepare myself for the future,” as she remarked. The program allows cadets a glimpse of the daily activities of Army life on military installations, which they otherwise would not get until after commissioning.

CULP goes beyond units inside the Army. Cadets travel to different countries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, and work hand in hand with foreign military units to conduct a variety of missions in the local areas. The missions, which can be humanitarian, educational or military based, immerse cadets in a foreign culture and society, giving them invaluable experiences and memories.

Cadet Clayton Crenshaw, a junior management information systems major, participated in an educational CELTT (Cadet English Language Training Team) mission in Thailand, where cadets instructed high school students in English conversation at the Armed Forces Academy Prep School. The instruction that was provided assisted students preparing to enter one of four Thai service academies.

When not teaching, teams may help run community activities, explore the city or travel throughout the country and visit popular and historical destinations. In his free time and on weekends, Crenshaw explored what not only “Bangkok had to offer” but also “other parts of the country with sites, such as the Bridge on the River Kwai (famous battle of WWII) and historical landmarks that have been around for 500 years.” With so much to see and do, cadets never have enough time but the roughly 21-day trip was “truly an unforgettable experience.”

All the hard work and dedication cadets pour into their first three years in ROTC accumulates at LDAC where thousands of cadets are evaluated on all skills and knowledge learned up to that point. The course, previously located at Fort Lewis, Washington, took place at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for the first time. It was spread out over 13 regiments, from June to August, with each regiment actively engaged for 29 days.

Training events that cadets were evaluated in included First Aid Readiness Training, a confidence course, rappelling, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Training and confidence drill, Land Navigation, and Platoon Operation STX (Situational Training Exercises). Each event brought its own challenges and forced cadets to persevere regardless of any setbacks.

For some, the familiar turned to a new surprise. Martin Kudra, a senior political science major from Chicago, said the confidence obstacle course proved to be a “completely different experience…I wasn’t tethered to anything,” he said. “There were pads for safety but we were pretty high up…I was scared I would fall.” But despite Kudra’s fear of heights, he “pushed past that and found new confidence” in himself.

For others, the new and unexplored trainings were more nerve-racking. “From the time I arrived at Fort Knox”, said Cadet Renae Hagood, a nutrition sciences graduate student, “people kept talking about how daunting the gas chamber would be.” The goal of CBRN training is to build confidence in military equipment, by entering a gas chamber filled with CS (tear) gas and then taking off the protective mask for a few seconds inside. “It was great training that helped me develop confidence in my equipment, so that I may be able to protect myself and my battle buddies in a CBRN combat situation,” Hagood said.

Although LDAC is required, it nevertheless encourages cadets to perform their best on an individual and team level, and hones their overall leadership qualities and expertise.

Though not your typical summer vacation to the Bahamas, cadets enjoyed meaningful, productive, developmental and exciting experiences that shaped their future careers as Army officers. They met challenges and roadblocks with confidence and perseverance. They grew as individual leaders as well, as members of a team. They enhanced their awareness of what it takes to lead an actual platoon.

Most importantly, the cadets expanded their horizon outside the classroom and into the real world. Only the Baylor Army ROTC cadets can say, “I did that during my summer,” here on campus.

A Thai cadet participates in class, learning new English vocabulary and grammar.

A Thai cadet participates in class, learning new English vocabulary and grammar.

Cadet Crenshaw’s team hikes through the hot Thai jungle, exploring far outside the capitol of Bangkok.

Cadet Crenshaw’s team hikes through the hot Thai jungle, exploring far outside the capitol of Bangkok.

Cadet Hutchison helps set up the Expert Field Medic Badge course.

Cadet Hutchison helps set up the Expert Field Medic Badge course.

The 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division conducts training to earn the Expert Field Medic Badge.

The 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division conducts training to earn the Expert Field Medic Badge.

Cadet Hagood walks out of the gas chamber after breathing in CS gas. She was instructed to immediately start fanning her arms up and down and continually spit out any chemical residue breathed in.

Cadet Hagood walks out of the gas chamber after breathing in CS gas. She was instructed to immediately start fanning her arms up and down and continually spit out any chemical residue breathed in.

Cadet Kudra, far left, looks on as other cadets being climbing up the first obstacle.

Cadet Kudra, far left, looks on as other cadets being climbing up the first obstacle.

Cadets from the 6th Regiment climb up, unaided and unattached, a high, spaced out wooden ladder.

Cadets from the 6th Regiment climb up, unaided and unattached, a high, spaced out wooden ladder.

Cadet McAnally assists in facilitating a training class.

Cadet McAnally assists in facilitating a training class.


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Medical humanities students fashion quilt for Waco’s Avance Center

September 18, 2014 · No Comments · Students

In this post, Linda W. Bostwick, family nurse practitioner in Baylor Health Services, discusses a recent project completed by Baylor medical humanities students.

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In designing the interdisciplinary course “Visual Arts and Healing” for Baylor’s medical humanities curriculum, the cornerstone of the course was to be a service learning project. This past spring, medical humanities students worked with fabric artist Sue Benner and art professors Mary Ruth Smith and Leah Force to design a quilt for the new Avance Center, a non-profit organization that focuses on early childhood development and parent education.

Students spent time observing the environment at the Avance Center, located in East Waco. Based on these observations, students chose a size, theme and location for the quilt. Each student then designed a quilt square incorporating a serape theme and one letter of the alphabet.

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Through this project, students explored how art effects an environment. Furthermore, by making art, our students are utilizing some of the same motor skills they will need in the health care profession. They also gain the satisfaction of creating a beautiful gift.

Finally, the students experienced the therapeutic effects of creating art –- a discovery that will provide them a healthy outlet for the rest of their lives.

Linda W. Bostwick, CRN, MN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Baylor University Health Services

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STUDENTS IN PHOTO AT TOP:

Back row, L to R: Breanna Davis, Kirstin Manka, Nipa Patel, Sue Benner, Stephanie Frawley, Ann Dyer, Jessica Gonzales, Dylan Magee, Hayden Smith
Front row, L to R: Cesar Davila Chapa, Hillary Villarreal, Erin Witter, Bianca Jimenez, Anji Patel, Brinda Chellappan, Estela Rodriquez Alonso, Caroline Tessler, Nadia Ullah

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Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences Releases Long-Range Strategic Plan

September 12, 2014 · No Comments · Academics, Administration, Faculty and staff, Special events

A&Spire report cover image copyWACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2014) – After two years of planning that included the active participation of its senior administration and deans, department chairs, faculty and staff, the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences today released a long-range strategic plan titled A&Spire: Acts of Determination in Support of Baylor University Pro Futuris.

As reflected in the title, A&Spire is intended to guide the College of Arts & Sciences in helping to achieve the goals expressed in Pro Futuris, the University’s 10-year strategic vision approved by Baylor Regents in May 2012.

“The College of Arts & Sciences has desired a coherent plan of action in the form of a strategic plan for some time,” said Lee C. Nordt, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Pro Futuris was the catalyst that led us to the creation of our A&Spire plan.”

Nordt said the strategic plan process began by identifying the key initiatives present in Pro Futuris. The dean then appointed committees of faculty and staff, charging them with exploring five major themes within Arts & Sciences corresponding to Pro Futuris and proposing initiatives related to those themes.

In the completed A&Spire strategic plan, Theme 1 looks at ways to advance liberal education. It recognizes the importance of undergraduate students at Baylor and the critically important role Arts & Sciences plays in providing a mission-centered and core-driven education through cutting-edge approaches.

A&Spire directs us to seriously assess and promote the many facets of undergraduate education,” Nordt said. “The College of Arts & Sciences provides the important core curriculum not only for our own students, but for all students at Baylor. However, higher education and the needs of students are constantly changing. We need to be sensitive to that in how we shape the knowledge base, character and well-being of our students by making use of cutting-edge technology and modern methods of instruction.”

Theme 2 of A&Spire examines the part the College of Arts & Sciences will play to further Baylor’s goal of becoming a nationally recognized research institution. It emphasizes the need to accelerate first-rate faculty scholarship with the help of graduate and undergraduate students, and acknowledges that Arts & Sciences will continue to create cross-disciplinary collaborations between the sciences and the humanities.

“We cannot forget the importance of research in elevating Baylor’s standing in the academic community,” Nordt said.

Theme 3 calls for the College of Arts & Sciences to strengthen its engagement with the community. It recognizes the need to improve communications, both internally on campus and externally among alumni and others, concerning the valuable clinical services and outreach Arts & Sciences provides and the many culturally relevant activities it offers. These include theatre productions, lectures, exhibits, publications and online resources.

Theme 4 surveys the timely topic of investing in the health sciences. It recognizes the importance of healthcare to the Baylor brand and the central role that Arts & Sciences plays in maintaining the University’s reputation for excellence, since Arts & Sciences houses the prehealth program, serves most of Baylor’s prehealth majors and conducts much of the University’s research at the graduate level in health and health-related disciplines.

The final section of A&Spire, Theme 5, proposes strategies to fund Arts & Sciences initiatives and addresses methods to diversify the ways resources will be procured.

A&Spire will improve the College of Arts & Sciences in many ways, but it runs deeper than that,” Nordt said. “We are Baylor’s oldest and largest academic unit. By successfully completing our own long-range plans, we will play a major role in helping Baylor University to achieve the admirable goals set forth in Pro Futuris.”

David E. Garland, Ph.D., interim provost, said A&Spire will make an important contribution to the University.

“The College of Arts & Sciences has prepared an exciting, challenging, and farsighted long-range strategic plan. I greatly appreciate all those who contributed to its development and the faculty and staff who will help to make it a rousing success in its implementation,” Garland said. “This plan reveals the College’s investment in providing the best education possible for its students while bolstering the faculty’s significant contribution in making Baylor a premier research university.”

Truell Hyde, Ph.D., vice provost for research, said strategic plans such as Pro Futuris and A&Spire provide calls to action for a university community, reaching audiences from regents to community stakeholders to alumni.

“While administrators can develop strategies and establish supporting frameworks, the elements required to successfully navigate from vision to reality will always be faculty research and scholarship,” Hyde said. “The Acts of Determination within A&Spire, produced with the guidance of College of Arts & Sciences faculty, bear witness that Baylor’s greatest days are ahead.”

“I commend the College of Arts & Sciences for creating this remarkable, inspirational, visionary planning document,” said Larry Lyon, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School, said. “Graduate education will be especially enhanced by the Acts of Determination associated with Theme 2 [to help Baylor become a nationally recognized research institution]. I look forward to working with Dean Nordt and his colleagues in implementing this ambitious plan.”

The complete text of A&Spire is available online.

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Move-in Day at Hallie Earle Hall

August 20, 2014 · No Comments · Special events, Students

Baylor students, including members of the largest freshman class in the University’s history, began moving into their campus homes on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to begin the 2014-2015 academic year. The students in these photos are predominantly College of Arts & Sciences students who are moving into Hallie Earle Hall, home of the Baylor Science & Health Living-Learning Center.

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These are not your mother’s student films — at least not quite: A review of “Black Glasses”

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment · Academics, Special events, Students

Art and Science Collide at the Baylor Film and Digital Media
15th Annual Black Glasses Film Festival

A review by Lisa Stepp and Kathy Tinius of Sandbox Productions, Inc.

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There was a time when films made by new filmmakers included scantily clad girls, someone speaking French, and an ending no one understood except the director.

While the students in the Film and Digital Media division at Baylor University have certainly taken their craft to a new level, they still showed love and respect for the styles of the past on April 25, 2014, at Baylor’s 15th annual Black Glasses Film Festival — which was directed by Dr. Jim Kendrick, associate professor of communication.

Shotgun CrewMaverick Moore, absolutely true to his name, provided a blast from the past and a nod to Tarantino with his Best Picture and Audience Choice Award-winning film, “Shotgun.” Three girls, dressed like they are on their way to a Beatles concert, follow a path of revenge while speaking French, badly. A simple and universal theme, but Maverick and his team managed to execute flawlessly as he “broke all the rules” and made a film that was engaging and an absolute joy to watch. (In the photo above, winning director Maverick Moore poses with the crew of the film.)

But the fun didn’t stop there. Alec Weaver managed to remind us that going to the bathroom while wearing roller skates can be challenging in “A Wheel Predicament,” as Faith Korpi and Zachary Korpi showed us the joy of dance through their mesmerizing cinematography in “Patchwork Girlfriend.”

There was a unique mix in the festival of narratives, documentaries and music videos, providing a broad showcase of talent. Casey Floyd’s film “Molly,” a documentary about a young girl’s struggle against terminal disease while exhibiting a tenacious spirit, had the audience laughing, crying and embracing the memory of someone they had never met, yet felt they knew well.

Brianna Carbonara and Alec Weaver explored the possibilities that new technology can afford in “Companion Apps” and demonstrated Baylor’s commitment to providing comprehensive preparation for students moving in to the film industry.

This year, the students also participated in the 10 Below Short Film Contest. Alec Weaver won first place with his film “The Good Samaritan, But Mostly a Fish.” Second place was awarded to Philip Heinrich with his unique and insightful exploration of grace and forgiveness in “Samaritan.”

Overall, the students of the Baylor Film and Digital Media division (which is directed by Dr. Chris Hansen, associate professor of communication) brought their talent and love of filmmaking to new heights this year, and it looks as though there is no limit to their potential for success in the future.

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Complete list of 2014 Black Glasses winners

Best Picture: “Shotgun” (directed by Maverick Moore)

Audience Award: “Shotgun” (directed by Maverick Moore)

Best Cinematography: Brent Bailey, “3:33″

Best Editing: Alec Weaver, “A Wheel Predicament”

Screenplay Awards:

1st Place: Lauren Sheldon, “Fat vs. Evil”

2nd Place: Aaron Carter, “The Great American Grovel”

3rd Place: Chad Hayes, “Crowley”

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Comprehensive Black Glasses 2014 screening list

“Rest” (Cameron Bohls)
“Layne Lynch, ‘With or Without You'” (Jackie Fernandez, Brittney Devine, et al.)
“Companion Apps” (Brianna Carbonara and Alec Weaver)
“The Argument” (Aaron Carter)
“Molly” (Casey Floyd)
“Mobile DTV Project” (Casey Floyd, et al.)
“Samaritan” (Philip Heinrich)
“In Paradise” trailer (Philip Heinrich and Aaron Youngblood)
“Patchwork Girlfriend” (Faith Korpi and Zachary Korpi)
“Shotgun” (Maverick Moore)
“3:33″ (Steven Trebus)
“A Wheel Predicament” (Alec Weaver)
“Dead End” (Alec Weaver)
“The Good Samaritan, But Mostly a Fish” (Alec Weaver)
“Zombie Western, ‘If I Stay I’ll Never Leave'” (Aaron Youngblood)

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