Baylor in the News – May 15-21, 2022

May 22, 2022

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WACO, Texas (May 22, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the Declaration of Independence as a secular or religious document, an edgy advertising campaign for a popular TV series about the life of Jesus and why Baylor students are receiving more prestigious scholarships - Fulbright, Goldwater, Churchill and more – than ever before.

May 15, 2022

The Dallas Morning News: Is the Declaration of Independence a Christian document?
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor at Baylor and Midwestern Baptist Seminary, and the author of “Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh,” writes about the Declaration of Independence and the debate over the nation’s founding document as secular or religious, the real answer unsatisfying for both sides of the culture war.

May 17, 2022

Convos with Clay Podcast: EP. 071: Dr. Matt Quade [Ethical Leadership, Moral Courage and Feedback Culture]
AUDIO: Matt Quade, Ph.D., associate professor of management and director of Christian leadership and ethics, discusses his research on ethical leadership, behavioral ethics, bottom-line mentality and amoral management.

KWTX-TV: Heroic doctor, Baylor alum remembered by loved ones after being killed in attack on California church
AUDIO: Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor of history, remembers his Baylor classmate Dr. John Cheng, B.A. ’91, who was killed after he heroically confronted an active shooter inside a church in California on May 15.

May 18, 2022

USA TODAY: Fact check: Bibles are allowed in schools and prisons
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor at Baylor and Midwestern Baptist Seminary, addresses the false claim that Bibles are not allowed in schools but are encouraged in prisons. "Students would always be allowed to personally possess Bibles in public or private schools," Kidd said. "Many private schools in America are religious, anyway, so it obviously would not be a problem in that context."

Christianity Today: Reimagining Biblical Womanhood Part 2: Continuing the Conversation
VIDEO: History professor Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” joins this continued conversation about women’s journeys in the church and sharing wisdom from their personal and professional experience as women leaders.

May 19, 2022

The Boston Globe: Edgy ad campaign for Christian TV series gets mixed reviews
Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, clinical assistant professor of marketing, is quoted in this article about a controversial ad campaign using “defaced” billboards in Boston and other cities to draw attention to “The Chosen,” a popular TV series about the life of Jesus.

KWBU-FM: Business Review: Making An About-Face in Business
AUDIO: When entrepreneurs are faced with deciding when to stay the course or to pivot, Matthew Wood, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, shares data-driven predictors to inform difficult business decisions.

KCEN-TV: Baylor family takes walkthrough tour through Paula and Mark Hurd Welcome Center
VIDEO: On Thursday, Baylor University alumni, regents board members, donors and students went on a walkthrough tour to see the construction of the new welcome center that's soon to be entry point to Baylor University. The Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center is schedule to finish in the Fall of 2023.

Baylor Lariat: Baylor gives sneak peek of Welcome Center
In just under a year, construction on the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center has progressed from an empty field to a towering structure visible from I-35. It’s anticipated to open before the fall 2023 semester.

May 20, 2022

Baylor Connections: Andy Hogue
AUDIO: Baylor students have set an incredible standard this year in the number of prestigious scholarships and fellowships received—Fulbright, Goldwater, Churchill and more. In this Baylor Connections, Andy Hogue, Ph.D., who serves as associate dean of engaged learning in the College of Arts & Sciences and directs Baylor’s Office of Engaged Learning, highlights the meaning and impact of these honors and examines the reasons these numbers continue to grow.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor regents tour $60M Hurd Center, extend Livingstone's contract by 8+ years
Baylor University’s board of regents took a break from passing a budget and extending President Linda Livingstone’s contract to tour the towering steel structure wedged between Interstate 35 and the Baylor campus that will become the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center. Additional coverage by KXXV-TV, KWTX-TV, KWKT-TV and the Baylor Lariat.

May 21, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Puppets act by proxy in 'Leonardo' production at Baylor
The Young Festival Stage puppet-actor production “Leonardo and the Flying Machine” at Baylor’s Jones Theatre is the brainchild of assistant professor of set design Michael Sullivan, who uses a cast of rod puppets and actors to tell a story of Renaissance inventor Leonardo da Vinci and his dream of building a device that lets a person fly like a bird.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor to move Burleson statue, rename quadrangle as part of racial history effort
Baylor University’s board of regents this past week approved changes to Burleson Quadrangle and Founders Mall designed to address the university’s historic ties to racism and the institution of slavery. Additional coverage in the Texas Tribune and Baptist Standard.

National Catholic Register: Facing a Rise in Religious Repression in India and Elsewhere in South Asia
AUDIO: Paul Marshall, The Wilson Distinguished Professor of Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor and a research professor in political science, is interviewed on the program “Religious Freedom Matters,” about religion and religious freedom in South and Southeast Asia.


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