Baylor in the News – Dec. 18-31, 2022

January 1, 2023
Founders Mall Tree

Pat Neff Hall, Founders Mall (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 1, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the phenomenon of “gift guilt,” the history of White House Christmas themes from Jill Biden to Jackie Kennedy and the simplicity of Nativity spirituals.

Dec. 19, 2022

The Close: How to Make Money as a Real Estate Agent: 9 Strategies to Earn More
This article about tried-and-true strategies for financial success as a real estate agent cites research from Baylor’s Keller Center for Research on the effectiveness of cold calling to boost productivity.

Dec. 23, 2022

CNN: The truth behind ‘gift guilt’ and what to do about it
This article about how receiving presents can stir up “gift guilt” for some people cites a Baylor sociology study that explored how humans sometimes punish others for generosity because that kindness led to their own feelings of inadequacy.

The Oklahoman: Guest column: What 'Ender’s Game' can teach us about Ukraine
In this guest column, Baylor senior University Scholar Josiah Stephens writes about the timeless work of Orson Scott Card’s "Ender’s Game" and how it offers guidance to Americans supporting Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Dec. 24, 2022

The Dallas Morning News: The simplicity of Nativity spirituals: ‘Let’s Start With a Child’
Robert Darden, professor of journalism and founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Preservation Project, writes about how the narratives of the shepherds - as sung in spirituals - continue to stir us so profoundly at Christmas.

FOX News: A special look at White House Christmas themes from Jill Biden to Jackie Kennedy
Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., professor of patristics at Baylor and author of "Why We Kiss under the Mistletoe: Christmas Traditions Explained," writes about tradition of a special theme for Christmas at the White House that continues today.

Dec. 27, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Repairs sought for Waco giraffe sculpture hit by wayward driver
Robbie Barber, professor of art sculpture and 3D design at Baylor, is quoted in this article about damage to his public art work “Geri,” a steel-framed giraffe that is the largest structure of the Waco Sculpture Zoo.

Dec. 28, 2022

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Central Texas museum teams up with the Smithsonian to advance programs, resources and exhibits
VIDEO: The Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor became one of 13 museums in Texas to join the Smithsonian Affiliate Program, creating collaboration opportunities to advance programs, resources and exhibits for the Central Texas community.

Dec. 30, 2022

Baylor Connections: Jeremy Everett
AUDIO: Proximity, policy and research play significant roles in the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty’s fight to end food insecurity. In this Baylor Connections, Jeremy Everett, BCHP executive director, conveys the heart behind the call to feed the hungry—both close to home and around the world—and examines how relationships, high-level research and multi-sector partnerships boost the work they do.

Dec. 31, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: A. Christian van Gorder: Make 2023 a year of self-improvement
In this New Year’s column, A. Christian van Gorder, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic studies and world religions at Baylor, writes about how all faith traditions share a call for believers to have a moral compass to foster a healthy, balanced path, offering the guidance of wisdom and compassion, ethical guidelines and life direction.


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