Note from the Director – Spring 2014

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” Rilke

Dear BIC alumni,

I hope this letter finds each of you flourishing in the activity of the new year. The new year is well underway here at Baylor. In December we gained twenty-five new BIC alumni–new graduates in fields as varied as fine art, marketing, anthropology and bioinformatics. We are also proud that four of our students were recently initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. We anticipate approximately ninety graduates in May, and we are busy recruiting our 20th BIC class, which will arrive in the fall. This semester we are offering two new capstone courses, one on “Exploring Personal Identity,” taught by Ivo Novakovic and Kyle Welty, and one offered by Tom Hibbs and Stacey Hibbs, “God, Nihilism, and Beauty.” Sam Perry and Sarah Walden, both BIC alumni themselves, have been hard at work revamping the World of Rhetoric curriculum. We are also thrilled to report that Melanie Nogalski, our Program Manager, has won Baylor’s outstanding staff award for this year.

We are currently in the process of creating two graduate assistantships in the BIC. The first will work directly with the BIC director and staff on a variety of administrative tasks. The second is a joint venture with the Speech Communications department and will work with the World of Rhetoric team. Our hope is to develop more graduate assistantship lines in the future.

Finally, I’ll mention our new undergraduate research initiative. We have paired undergraduate students with six of our faculty members. We look forward to seeing the good work that will come from these partnerships.

As you can see, the BIC continues to thrive with new ventures. Please keep us informed about your activities as well (email your updates to Adam Moore , BIC Program Coordinator). We always love to hear the latest news from our graduates.

Sincerely,

Anne-Marie Schultz
Director, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

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