Baylor in the News – April 4-10, 2021

April 11, 2021

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WACO, Texas (April 11, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on Baylor men’s basketball and the NCAA Championship women’s role in the church, food insecurity and racial diversity in congregations.

April 4, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Historian: Calhoun American Heretic Shows Complexity of Vice President Slavery Defender
Author Robert Elder, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, discusses the rights of the minority party or states versus the national government, an issue that political theorist John C. Calhoun wrestled with nearly two centuries ago.

Waco Tribune-Herald: $90 million Whataburger bonuses; new Hankamer Business School dean; Rebuilt Bush’s; Subaru move
Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., has been selected to be the new dean of Hankamer School of Business following a nationwide search.

April 5, 2021

Religion News Service: 5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown
Baylor, which won the 2021 NCAA men's National Championship, is the first Protestant men’s basketball champion in the NCAA’s top division.

Relias Media: Huddles Vital to Effectively Conveying Important Safety, Risk Information
Ashley K. Barrett, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, discusses the communication challenges health providers face amid the daily barrage of emails, texts, pages, alarms and other alerts.

Money Geek: Expert Advice: Car Insurance for College and High School Students
J. Franklin Potts, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, insurance and real estate, discusses how should students decide what level of auto insurance to purchase.

Forbes: Major League Baseball At Odds With Itself And Its Fans
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, writes about about how Major League Baseball’s decision to relocate the All-Star game from Atlanta places itself at odds with both its fans and itself.

April 6, 2021

TODAY Show: Baylor coach showed team clips of ‘everybody and heir mama’ saying Gonzaga would win
VIDEO: Baylor basketball star Jared Butler shared how head coach Scott Drew motivated his team to topple undefeated Gonzaga.

Christianity Today: Baptists Can Dunk: 5 Facts About Baylor Basketball’s Historic NCAA Championship Win
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of sports ministry with the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor's Truett Seminary, writes about how the 2021 NCAA basketball champion Baylor Bears fit in with the broader historical context of Christian engagement with basketball.

KPFA-FM (Berkeley, CA): John C. Calhoun: Defender of Racial Slavery & White Democracy
AUDIO: Robert Elder, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and author of “Calhoun: American Heretic,” discusses the rights of the minority party or states versus the national government, an issue that political theorist John C. Calhoun wrestled with nearly two centuries ago.

April 7, 2021

Baptist News Global: Contrary to what you’ve heard, study finds churches thrive with racial diversity
Having a racially diverse congregation offers a path toward church growth, according to a comprehensive national study of The United Methodist Church led by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor.

Religion News Service: Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating ‘complementarian’ theology that limits women leaders
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., associate professor of history, associate dean of the Graduate School and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” says author and evangelical biblical teacher Beth Moore’s tweets about complementarian theology can be likened to the biblical Joshua commanding the people to shout so the walls of Jericho would fall down.

Reporting Texas: Central Texas Food Bank A Godsend for Residents During Pandemic
Food insecurity is a complex issue that has been a major problem in Central Texas since the start of the pandemic, said Cara Allen, a doctoral candidate who studies the issue, but “Our [food] banks have been really instrumental in serving our households throughout COVID.”

Baptist News Global: I knew the truth about women in the Bible, but I stayed silent
Opinion piece by Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., associate professor of history and author of “The making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” writes about the role of women leaders in the early church and the implications for today.

Austin Moms: Why it is essential to unplug
This article mentions a Baylor marketing study which found that cell phone addiction was linked to impulsiveness and materialism instead of intellectual, spiritual or cultural values.

April 8, 2021

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Teaching
This article mentions a study by Christopher Richmann, Ph.D., assistant director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor, in which he and his co-authors found that “instructors’ syllabus language often does not convey their perceptions of themselves as teachers” and offer ideas for closing that gap.

April 9, 2021

Baylor Connections: Jessica King Gereghty
Amidst the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, Baylor University welcomed a record incoming class last fall while maintaining high academic standards. Baylor University Admissions navigated those challenges, which changed numerous aspects of their work, to connect students to Baylor and welcome them in to the family. In this Baylor Connections, Jessica King Gereghty, assistant vice president of enrollment strategy and innovation, examines how it all came together, and shares how new programs like Summer of Discovery and Accelerate help students connect with Baylor before setting foot on campus.

Baptist Standard: Congregational song teaches fundamentals of faith
This article is about “The Teaching Ministry of Congregational Song,” the topic of the 2021 Northcutt Lecture, sponsored by Baylor’s Center for Christian Music Studies.


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